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Many urgent social concerns don’t get attention without a star attached to the cause. Fortunately, some celebrity performers are taking the spotlight off themselves and focusing it on crucial matters that affect us all.  Read More→

New York’s Governor Cuomo issued his plan to fracking New York. Politicans cutting deals with powerful multinational companies wishfully believe that you can tell contaminated water to stay put in one place. They believe that if they prohibit fracking in the area surrounding the upstate NYC water reservoir, NYC’s water will be safe. Too bad water and air currents don’t stay within the electoral districts that politicians are accustomed to compromising about. Join the Sierra Club and take action here.

A newly discovered pathogen, visible only under an electron microscope, is destroying plants and undermining the health of livestock, thereby posing a deadly risk to the U.S. food supply, a senior plant pathologist warned USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack. In a January 2010 letter to Vilsack, (a former Iowa governor and agribusiness champion, appointed by President Obama), Dr. Don Huber advised caution in introducing additional GMO crops. But just weeks later, the USDA approved expansion of GMO crops to include alfalfa, the most widespread animal feed crop. Read More→

Connect the Dots: Action Links April 16, 2011

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Connect the Dots: Actions Links
After covering toxic chemicals, the Gulf Oil spill, GMOs, and gas drilling and its impact on the water, food, environment, economic, and political structures of the regions it invades, I really could never have imagined that something even worse would come along. Now it has.

A year ago, I wrote in my ezine, “It seems incredible to us that politicians would allow billion dollar industries to pollute our region. But with certain exceptions, overall community activism for public health is notable by its absence.

Where industries focus on cutting corners rather than assuring safety and limiting health risk, there’s a shadow side to technology and product development– Read More→

Helen Caldicott on Connect the Dots

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Tune into the Connect the Dots on Saturday, April 2nd at Noon ET to hear my conversation with Helen Caldicott, MD who will discuss the health risks and misunderstandings about radiation and nuclear power. Dr. Caldicott has devoted the last 35 years to an international campaign to educate the public about the medical hazards of the nuclear age and the necessary changes in human behavior to stop environmental destruction. Dr. Caldicott’s website is: http://www.nuclearfreeplanet.org

Last week’s show, a conversation on radiation and our disconnect from our environment with writer, Susan Griffin can be heard here.

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“Today is Independence Day for America. Monsanto’s threats and abuse of family farmers stops here.  Monsanto’s genetic contamination of organic seed and organic crops ends now.” Declared Jim Gerritsen, a Maine family farmer, who is President of the lead plaintiff Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association. “Americans have the right to choice in the marketplace — to decide what kind of food they will feed their families — and we are taking this action on their behalf to protect that right to choose.”

To support the organic growers who are fighting for our food supply, go to selected links for Food Democracy Now, the Cornucopia Institute,and Organic Seed Growers.

Our second action this week is curbing the nuclear threat here in the U.S. There are two featured actions. First, tell President Obama not to use taxpayer dollars to fund nuclear power. Second, let’s close down all GE Mark nuclear reactors here in the U.S. Third, while we’re at it, let’s ask GE to pay their taxes. That’s right, they’re not paying any. Hey, how could that be? I thought corporations are people?

Radiation Risk? Do Nothing ‘Til You Hear From Me

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

In this special blog, I’ll share with you what my 30-year survey of the most powerful, little known and guaranteed health interventions has revealed.

There is no pill you can swallow, food you can buy, nor gizmo that confers complete protection from pervasive toxicity, skewed societal consensus or invisible radiation. There’s no place you can go, nowhere you can hide and no authority — scientific, medical or spiritual — who can help you to escape what we’ve all created (or allowed to happen) here on planet Earth. Whether you are rich, poor, young, old, sick, healthy, right or left, no health manna, rural organic garden, island dwelling, nor spiritual belief can give you, me or us an out if we keep on screwing up. Read More→

In a letter to President Obama, Congress, and all citizens, Josh Fox details recommendations on how to proceed safely with the myriad concerns about hydro-fracking. Still, the Obama Administration has up until now ignored the public health threat posed by hydraulic fracturing. In a letter to a Catskills Citizen, the Energy Department dismisses the risk of drinking-water contamination and compares the thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals used to frack a gas well to “household consumer products”! Read More→

Following a time-honored tradition of democracy, two ordinary citizens head to Washington, D.C. today with a message for the President and Congress. Their message is simple: “Please keep our drinking water safe.”

The two citizens, the actor Mark Ruffalo, nominated for an Oscar for his performance in The Kids Are All Right, and the documentary film-maker, Josh Fox, nominated for an Oscar for his film, Gasland, are holding a press conference, meeting with Congressional representatives, and screening the film, in an effort to safeguard the people’s right to the life essential, safe drinking water. As detailed in Gasland, hundreds of news stories, state and federal government reports, and expert scientific analysis, this right can no longer be taken for granted, thanks to widespread water contamination by hundreds of proprietary chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, (or fracking), a novel form of an old gas drilling practice. Fox and Ruffalo are calling for an immediate federal moratorium on drilling, permitting, and fracking until appropriate safety measures are in place. Read More→

Here is Josh Fox’s letter to the President and Congress in its entirety:

Dear Members of Congress, President Obama, Members of the Press, and Citizens of the United States,

In writing this statement, I wish to address the severe Environmental, Public Health and Human and Civil Rights abuses that the deregulated Natural Gas Industry has wrought on the citizens of the United States as a result of the massive gas drilling campaign that has been ravaging the country over the past decade. As documented in the film GASLAND, in hundreds of news stories, personal accounts, independent and State and Federal Government reports, I have seen a dire crisis taking shape across America as a result of gas drilling. I hope that legislation introduced in Congress this year will address these issues, and we hope for a bi-partisan acknowledgement of the dangers of Fracking similar to the Moratorium recently placed in New York State. Read More→