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Factory Farming, Unnatural, Unhealthy and Unsustainable

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor ecomii.com
August 8, 2012
File under: Environment, Food Production, Pollution

 

Industrialized animal production has had a dramatic impact on society, human health and the environment.

Modern animal husbandry is a major factor in water pollution, contributing animal waste, antibiotics, hormones and a witch’s brew of chemicals from tanneries, fertilizers and pesticides from feed crops.

In the final decades of the twentieth century, almost five million family farms were replaced by large-scale manufacturing operations.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency these concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO) confine thousands of animals in a single facility and generate a staggering 300 million tons of waste annually. …read more of Factory Farming, Unnatural, Unhealthy and Unsustainable here

 
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Mercury Testing Recommended Before Pregnancy

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
August 6, 2012
File under: Health Concerns, Pollution

 

Recent testing of mercury concentrations in three national brands of canned tuna found that “55 percent of all tuna examined was above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s safety level for human consumption.” And the problem appears to be getting worse.

Previous studies in 1993 and 2004 showed concerning levels of mercury contamination in canned tuna, but not as high as it is now. VIDEO: Which brand of tuna has the most mercury?

Given the average level of mercury pollution found in canned tuna, researchers suggest that your average nine year old would exceed the EPA limit, even if they only ate one can of tuna every 6 weeks!

They conclude: “These results indicate that stricter regulation of the canned tuna industry is necessary to ensure the safety of sensitive populations such as pregnant women, infants, and children.” …read more of Mercury Testing Recommended Before Pregnancy here

 
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Natural Gas Drilling May Pose Human Health Hazards

By Vincent Pedre M.D. ecomii.com
July 22, 2011
File under: Environmental Impact, Health Concerns, Pollution

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Ask anyone and they will tell you that living without the energy that powers our modern lifestyle with its lights, refrigeration, computers and air conditioners is not an option.

But we can’t live without water, either. A year ago, I wrote about the possible threat natural gas drilling poses to our drinking water, however, this is only part of the story. …read more of Natural Gas Drilling May Pose Human Health Hazards here

 
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Ten Tips to Clean Living in a Toxic World

By Vincent Pedre M.D. ecomii.com
November 16, 2010
File under: Health Concerns, Pollution

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Hundreds of chemicals are inside each of us.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) tested hundreds of people through its bio-monitoring program and found small amounts of chemical pollutants in each person tested.1   Not one person was free of chemicals and some, like DDT have been banned for decades.  While we thought previously that the placenta protected the unborn fetus from harmful exposures; research done by the Environmental Working Group has shown that even umbilical cord blood can contain small amounts of these chemicals.2

When we think of pollution we think of the environment, but all living things, including humans are at risk.  Many of these chemicals are called persistent organic pollutants (POPs), because they enter the body, but have no easy way out.  They poison our mitochondria, disrupt our cell membranes, interfere with our own hormones and affect the action of our body’s enzymes – the very proteins that help coordinate all the processes that are essential to life. …read more of Ten Tips to Clean Living in a Toxic World here

 
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New Study Suggests Vegan Diet Protects Against Pollution

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
August 4, 2010
File under: Health Concerns, Pollution, Vegan

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Dioxins are a class of industrial pollutants that accumulate in the fatty tissues of humans and food animals consumed by humans.  It is generally believed that the most significant exposure to DLCs [dioxin-like compounds such as PCBs] is from the dietary intake of animal and fish products.”1 But which animal products pose the greatest risk?

Every five years, the U.S. government measures the amount of toxic waste in our food supply and according to recent data from the Environmental Protection Agency, the consumption of eggs are second only to fish in levels of PCBs.2 This may explain the findings of a recent study, which found egg consumption to be associated with increased risk of numerous cancers, including of cancer of the upper digestive tract, colon, lung, breast, prostate, and bladder, among others. 3

Of all forms of cancer, egg consumption was most closely correlated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Those eating more than one-half egg a day were found to have nearly 3 times the risk of breast cancer as compared to those who avoid eggs entirely. …read more of New Study Suggests Vegan Diet Protects Against Pollution here

 
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