Can you trust the turkey on your Thanksgiving table? If it’s a Diestel Turkey, maybe not.
Diestel Turkey, sold by Whole Foods and other retailers at premium prices, says on its that its “animals are never given hormones, antibiotics or growth stimulants.”
But Diestel Turkey samples tested by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggest otherwise. According to testing conducted under the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) National Residue Program, samples of Diestel Turkey products tested positive for numerous drug and antibiotic residues.
One of those drugs, Chloramphenicol, is strictly by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in food production. Why? Because it’s known to have “severe toxic effects in humans including bone marrow suppression or aplastic anemia in susceptible individuals.”
According to a filed November 14, against Diestel Turkey Ranch, the FSIS inspected Diestel turkeys on four dates in 2015 and 2016. What they found might make you lose your appetite.
Read ‘Popular Diestel Turkey Brand Sold at Whole Foods Tests Positive for FDA-Prohibited Drug Residue'
Want to thank regenerative organic farmers this Thanksgiving? On a personal level, you can start by buying your holiday turkeys from them, and by buying as much of your food as possible from regenerative organic producers throughout the year.On a bigger, policy level, the best way to thank organic farmers is to push Congress to fix the Farm Bill. In its current form, the Farm Bill’s impact is largely negative. It contributes to diet-related , and . On Thursday, November 16, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) introduced an alternative Farm Bill: . Please help us thank the farmers who grow clean food using farming practices that respect the environment.
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Need more proof that GMO foods are bad for your health?
As reported in Alternet, a published in the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine confirms the reports “from hundreds of healthcare practitioners and thousands of individuals” that when “people from all walks of life eat less GMO foods, a significant percentage get better quickly.”
According to Dr. Jeffrey M. Smith, founder of which conducted the survey:
The results, from over 3,250 people, mostly in the United States, closely matched reports by physicians around the nation who have seen similar results when their patients change to largely non-GMO and organic diets.
Participants reported improvements in 28 conditions; digestive problems was the most often cited at 85.2 percent. The vast majority said their conditions were significantly improved, nearly gone or completely recovered.
You might want to keep the journal article handy for the next time someone you know pipes in about how “safe” GMO foods are.
Read ‘16 Health Problems That Improved in Patients Who Switched from GMO to Organic Diets’
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Jack McCall, described by his wife Teri as a “prince of a guy,” avoided using most pesticides on the couple’s avocado farm. But he made one exception—Monsanto’s Roundup—because he was assured, over and over, that the weedkiller was “safe.”
Teri, along with hundreds of others, has , claiming that Jack’s use of Roundup caused the non-Hodgkin lymphoma that killed him, and the family dog who often accompanied Jack on his farm rounds.
The last chapter of Jack’s life began when he sat up in bed one morning and said, “I have a lump in my neck.”
Now Teri is telling the beginning chapters of their story, in the hope that others will listen—and Monsanto will be held accountable.
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It’s not just the bees that are dying from exposure to pesticides. The birds are dropping like, well, bees, too.
, published in the journal Scientific Reports, confirms that two widely used pesticide types—neonicotinoids and organophosphates—are causing migrating songbirds to lose weight and their sense of direction.
The report focused on two pesticides—Imidacloprid (a neonicotinoid) and chlorpyrifos (an organophosphate).
Neonicotinoids, often applied to seeds before they’re planted, have long been associated with Colony Collapse Disorder—even though that coating the seeds pre-planting provides little or no benefit to farmers.
, a known neurotoxin, was set to be banned in the U.S.. But incoming EPA pick, Scott Pruitt, overturned the ban after a with Dow CEO Andrew Liveris.
Imidacloprid and chlorpyrifos are used on more than 100 different crops, including wheat and canola, and are found in dozens of commercial products, according to a report in Canada’s National Post.
Read 'On Life Support:' Research Shows Common Pesticides Starve, Disorient Birds’
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