Ralph’s, an LA grocery chain, is now offering plastic bags for 15 cents, despite the plastic bag ban. The law states that a reusable bag is defined as “a bag with handles that has a minimum lifetime of 125 uses, can carry 22 pounds over a distance of at least 175 feet and is a minimum of at least 2.25 mils thick.” The plastic bags sold by Ralph’s meet the criteria, but are they going to be reused? Probably not. This is obviously not what the bag ban initiators had in mind, and they are encouraging those seeking out bag bans in other cities to raise the required thickness to 3 mils, or to redefine reusable bag in order to close this dangerous loophole.
“Between 2010 and 2013, scientists from CertiChem, a private lab in Austin, tested 50 reusable BPA-free plastic containers. In most cases, they used a line of human breast cancer cells that multiplies in the presence of estrogen, as well as substances like BPA that mimic the female hormone. The researchers found that some products leached hormone-altering chemicals even before being exposed to conditions, such as heat from a dishwasher or microwave, that are known to unlock potentially toxic chemicals inside plastic. And most containers did so under some circumstances. After exposure to the type of ultraviolet rays that are found in sunlight (UVA) and used to sterilize baby bottles (UVC), more than three-quarters of the containers tested released synthetic estrogens.” A chart linked in the title shows the results for a sampling of products before and after UV exposure.
“For the better part of two decades, BASF Plant Science, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont Pioneer, and Syngenta have been drenching their test crops near the small town of Waimea on the southwest coast of Kauai with some of the most dangerous synthetic pesticides in use in agriculture today, at an intensity that far surpasses the norm at most other American farms, an analysis of government pesticide databases shows.” This has caused community backlash despite aggressive pushback from the industry. Only time will tell if Kauai natives can triumph over big-agra, or if democracy is no longer enough to maintain the health, freedom, and safety of American citizens.
This article discusses how anti-GMO protesters have created a cloud of fear around the word despite little scientific evidence to prove that GMO plants cause harm to us. The author compares this fight, mainly on the Democratic side, to that of climate-change deniers on the Republican side. The author claims that simply labeling products as containing GMO’s is not informing the public properly. She instead insists that all foods and drugs should be labeled in more detail about how the crops were grown and what is actually in the food.
“India occupies just 2 per cent of the world’s territory but is home to 17 per cent of its population, leading to over-use of land and excessive grazing. Along with changing rainfall patterns, these are the main causes of desertification.” Similar desert growth issues are happening in China. Without major changes, the Chinese and Indian dust bowls will continue and worsen.