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May 18, 2012 9:49 am
Why Is Autism So Drastically on the Rise? An Environmental Horror Story

If horror is your genre, environmental writer Brita Belli’s The Autism Puzzle, is the book for you. Her terrifying look at the chemicals we eat, drink and breathe is guaranteed to make your hair stand on end.

We should thank her for it.

Statistics released earlier this spring by the Centers for Disease Control revealed that one in 88 U.S. born toddlers has an autism spectral disorder—from the less severe Asperger’s Syndrome to the so-called classical form of the ailment. Worse, it’s not just a North American phenomenon; Belli also reports a 57 percent spike in Asia and Europe.

The question is why.

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April 16, 2012 12:33 pm
On Pink Slime, Ammonia, Antibiotics, Arsenic and Food Labelling - Mark Bittman, NYT

[NYT Food Columnist has been a guest on “Up with Chris Hayes” for the past two weekends.  He made extensive notes of subjects he wanted to cover…here is his blog post about what he did not have a chance to discuss.]

Pink slime and E.coli/salmonella; the chicken arsenic and inspection issues about which Nick Kristof wrote last week, cuts in funding at the U.S.D.A., F.D.A., E.P.A., and so on … what we’re seeing are budget cuts as a form of deregulation, and that deregulation is geared toward allowing producers to raise the animals in our food supply any damn way they please, in the most profitable way possible.

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August 25, 2011 11:21 am June 3, 2011 9:46 pm
"You are only as healthy as the soil used in your food products."

sign at Earth Day Climate Change Rally