Happy Valentine’s Day (but don’t kiss your chickens)!

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, a salmonella outbreak that occurred over the summer may have been caused by contact with chickens, ducks and other live poultry. 252 people in 43 states were sickened. Out of these, 39 people reported snuggling with baby poultry and 4 reported kissing baby chickens.

The CDC recommends washing your hands after handling your birds and “do not let live poultry inside the house, in bathrooms, or especially in areas where food or drink is prepared”.



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Ingredient in Monsanto’s ‘Roundup’ Causes Cancer

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On September 5th, the California Environmental Protection Agency announced it would label the herbicide glyphosate as a chemical known to cause cancer. This implies that they have reviewed solid evidence that Roundup causes cancer.Monsantos Round Up Causes Cancer

Glyphosate is the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, a weedkiller or herbicide that most of us, as gardeners, are familiar with. What you may not know is that this particular herbicide is the most widely used in the world, with more than 250 millions pounds of used annually in the US. What you also may not know is that it’s used with genetically modified crops, such as soy and corn, to kill any weeds. In fact, residues are now on 90 percent of soybean crops.

This all came about because a branch of the World Health Organization found in March that the chemical is probably carcinogenic to humans. This resulted in several countries banning or severely restricting the use of glyphosate, including the Netherlands, Bermuda, and Sri Lanka, with France banning it for use in gardens in June.

There was also a recent study that suggested long-term exposure to tiny amounts of the chemical (thousands of times lower than what’s allowed in drinking water in the US) could lead to liver and kidney problems.

In California, there’s a ruling called Proposition 65, which voters approved in 1986. It requires the state to publish a list of chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harms. The state regularly updates the list, which now includes hundreds of chemicals. When determining whether a chemical should be placed on the list, the committees base their decisions on the most current scientific information available.

On September 22nd, Enrique Rubio, a former California field worker, filed a lawsuit against Monsanto in Central California Federal Court, claiming that his 1995 bone cancer diagnosis at the age of 38 was caused by years of spraying Roundup on cucumber, onion and other vegetable crops. The same day, a similar lawsuit was filed in federal court in New York by 64-year-old Judi Fitzgerald, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2012. She claims her exposure to Roundup at the horticultural products company she worked for caused her illness. Both have accused the company of falsifying the safety of the product.

While the ruling doesn’t ban the sale of Roundup, environmental activists are hopeful that labeling it as a carcinogen will be the first step to make the federal EPA take notice and revise its classification of Roundup as a “safe” chemical. Monsanto continues to maintain that the product is safe.


AgriCast Digest E07: Interview with Doug Kaufmann Part I

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We are very pleased to announce the release of our two part interview with Doug Kaufmann from the long running investigative health television program Know The Cause. Mr. Kaufmann was one of the first voices on TV to talk about functional medicine. He specializes in fungus, molds, and yeasts and the effects of such on the human and animal body.

The interview was intense, with really great information given by Mr. Kaufmann, and ran over the allotted 20 minutes to an hour! Since it ran over, but there was so much great stuff we decided to cut it in half to make it more palatable for our listeners. We know your time is valuable, so it’s down to a more manageable half hour for each section.

In this session, Gabrielle talked about the beginning of Mr. Kaufmann’s show and some general health questions as well as the nature of fungi, yeast, and molds. Listen up, kids! It’s more interesting than it might sound!

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AgriCast Digest E06: Tom & Chareva Naughton Interview!

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Hey folks, we’re really happy about this week’s episode because even though the skype sound quality wasn’t the greatest, the content was amazing because Gabrielle interviewed Tom and Chareva Naughton!

You may have heard of him from his blog (fathead-movie.com) or from the documentary he did a few years ago called Fathead. He did the documentary as a rebuttal to Super Size Me and I know that the wife and I really enjoyed watching it when Gabrielle mentioned it to us a few months back.

If you’ve ever been depressed about the mixed messages nutritionists send out then take a look at this because you won’t regret it. He really busted out all the old myths about diet like cholesterol, low fat, and all that grain and starch! They also shared their own experiences with moving from a deeply urban to a deeply rural area.

Tom and his wife share some great news for kids in this podcast as well and we’re looking forward to what the next few months bring. Until then, have a listen and tell us what you think.

Next week, part one of the intense hour long interview with Doug Kaufmann of Know the Cause.


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