Daily Archives: July 21, 2018

Is climate change the trigger for toxic drinking water?

The Big Picture RTPublished on Aug 6, 2014

Keith Schneider, Circle of Blue, joins Thom Hartmann.

What leaving the Paris Accord could mean for U.S. and the world

PBS NewsHour

Published on May 31, 2017

President Trump tweeted Wednesday that his decision on the Paris Accord will come “over the next few days,” an announcement that arrives after weeks of signaling he may walk away from the deal. The pact was signed in 2015 in order to reduce carbon emissions. William Brangham speaks with Princeton University’s Michael Oppenheimer and Phil Kerpen of American Commitment about what’s at stake.

The 4 man-made famines threatening 20 million people


Published on Jun 12, 2017

Fighters are using hunger as a weapon. Jane Ferguson’s reporting in Africa was supported with a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Read more: https://www.vox.com/world/2017/6/1/15…


Why China is building islands in the South China Sea


Published on Feb 17, 2017

China claims they aren’t military bases, but their actions say otherwise. Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO China is building islands in the South China sea and its causing disputes among the other nations in the region; Malaysia, the Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam, and Indonesia. The US has many allies in the region and uses its massive Navy to patrol international waters, keeping shipping lanes open for trade

OUT NOW: EWG’s 2018 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ | EWG

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For Immediate Release:
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

  • Most conventionally grown produce contains pesticides, EWG’s guide lists low- and high-residue foods
  • Recent studies suggest eating high-pesticide produce can affect fertility

WASHINGTON – All adults and children should eat more fruits and vegetables, whether they are organic or conventionally grown. With EWG’s 2018 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™, you can choose healthy produce while minimizing unwanted doses of multiple toxic pesticides.

See: Dirty Dozen – EWG’s 2018 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

Many shoppers don’t realize that pesticide residues are common on conventionally grown produce, even after it is carefully washed or peeled. EWG’s analysis of the most recent tests by the Department of Agriculture found that nearly 70 percent of samples of conventionally grown produce were contaminated with pesticide residues.

The USDA tests found a total of 230 different pesticides and pesticide breakdown products on the thousands of produce samples analyzed. EWG’s analysis of the tests shows that there are stark differences among various types of produce. The Shopper’s Guide lists the Dirty Dozen™ fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residues, and the Clean Fifteen™, for which few, if any, residues were detected.

Key findings from this year’s guide:

  • More than one-third of strawberry samples analyzed in 2016 contained 10 or more pesticide residues and breakdown products.
  • More than 98 percent of samples of strawberries, peaches, potatoes, nectarines, cherries and apples tested positive for residue of at least one pesticide.
  • Spinach samples had, on average, almost twice as much pesticide residue by weight compared to any other crop.
  • Avocados and sweet corn were the cleanest. Less than 1 percent of samples showed any detectable pesticides.
  • More than 80 percent of pineapples, papayas, asparagus, onions and cabbages had no pesticide residues.
  • No single fruit sample from the Clean Fifteen tested positive for more than four pesticides.

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EWG’s 2018 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce



EWG and Pesticides: The Dirty Dozen

Environmental Working Group (EWG)
Published on Sep 28, 2009

Amy Rosenthal, Outreach Manager with EWG, introduces us to pesticides and the dangers they can impose on our health. She outlines EWG’s Shopper’s Guide so that when you’re shopping you’ll know which produce to buy organic, and which conventionally-grown fruits and vegetables are okay if organic isn’t available

When Trump met Putin – cartooned | The Economist

The Economist

Published on Jul 20, 2018

President Trump spent two hours alone with President Putin at a controversial meeting in Helskini this week. Our cartoonist Kal imagines the encounter.