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5 simple ways to eat like a human

In World News on May 12, 2011 at 2:12 pm

By Activist Post

What could be more important than what we put into our bodies?  Yeah, yeah that’s how all these preachy “health” posts begin.  But really, stop and think about what you eat and absorb, and ask yourself on the most basic level if it is fit for a human being.

How many levels of processing is required from the food’s raw materials to get it to the form that you call it food? Does it have engineered chemicals designed to glue it together?  What do these chemicals do to the human body? Ask why do you eat what you eat?  Is it for comfort, convenience, conformity, value, or genuine nutrition?

If we’re honest with ourselves, we all have food vices or desires that may push us outside the realm of human food.  It’s also the nature of our society of unlimited colorful packaging and intense marketing — not to mention the addictive quality of Doritos and Diet Coke.

Then there are genetically engineered crops that replace raw human food substances with laboratory manipulated strains, now proven to have harmful health effects on lab animals. These GMOs are said to already represent around 70% of the average American diet with not much thought about whether they are safe for human consumption.

Indeed, it is increasingly difficult to eat like a human in our society . . . but it is possible. Clearly, one must want to eat healthier in order to make changes, but that simply entails giving profound thought to….

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Revised ‘Net censorship bill requires search engines to block sites’, too

In Americas, Big Brother on May 12, 2011 at 2:12 pm

By Nate Anderson

Surprise! After months in the oven, the soon-to-be-released new version of a major US Internet censorship bill didn’t shrink in scope—it got much broader. Under the new proposal, search engines, Internet providers, credit card companies, and ad networks would all have cut off access to foreign “rogue sites”—and such court orders would not be limited to the government. Private rightsholders could go to court and target foreign domains, too.

As for sites which simply change their domain name slightly after being targeted, the new bill will let the government and private parties bring quick action against each new variation.

Get ready for the “PROTECT IP Act.”

Targeting Google

A source in Washington provided Ars with a detailed summary of the PROTECT IP Act, which takes its acronym from “Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property.” This beats the old acronym, COICA; who can be against protection? The actual legislation should be introduced…

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World’s top commercial weed killer linked to infertility: scientist

In Tech, World News on May 12, 2011 at 2:11 pm

By Kathleen Gilbert

The world’s top herbicide for decades has come under criticism after evidence surfaced suggesting that the chemical may be linked to infertility and miscarriage in animals, raising serious concerns about the possible effect on human consumers.

Glyphosate is the weed-killing ingredient introduced over 30 years ago by the multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto under the brand name Roundup. Monsanto also produces “Roundup Ready” corn, soybeans and cotton genetically engineered to withstand large doses of Roundup that would be deadly to normal plants.

But Dr. Don Huber, professor emeritus at Purdue University and a well-known plant pathologist, wrote to both American and European officials earlier this year to express his concern over a newly-discovered, extremely small organism that has appeared in higher concentrations in conjunction with Roundup and Roundup Ready crops.

The “electron microscopic pathogen,” Huber wrote in a Jan 16 letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack, “appears to significantly impact the health of plants, animals, and probably human beings,” noting that preliminary experiments have been able…

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