By Dr. Christopher Connolly, Buzzworthy Blogs

Why do we need to kill insects with pesticide cocktails?

Insecticide. In-secti-cide. Pronounciation: /ɪnˈsektɪsīd/

“A substance used to kill insects”

Well, the human population on Earth has grown in recent times. About 10,000 years ago (Stone Age) there were roughly five to 50 million humans. By AD 1, there were about 200 million, and this doubled to 400 million over the next 500 years. What an alarming growth rate!

But wait. Over the last 500 years, the world population has doubled every 125 years. Today the population is 7.2 billion and growing by 77 million every year.

At the precise time that I write this, there have been 281,150 births and only 116,006 deaths. Which means, another 165,144 mouths to feed, and it’s only 5:44 p.m.! Go and have a look for yourself and watch the population grow before your eyes.

It’s not just the size of the population, but also the size of the individual. Humans are much taller (and wider!) than they used to be. Such a huge appetite requires matching food reserves. With increasing demand comes the need to use more and more of the planet for food production, and this need also competes with our need to grow biofuels that move us – and food – around the planet.

Craig Watts runs a Perdue chicken farm in North Carolina. He raises about 720,000 chickens each year for Perdue.

The company’s chairman, Jim Perdue, says that: “Doing the right thing is things like treating your chickens humanely… and raising them cage free.” The company’s chicken packages even carry a seal from the US Department of Agriculture with verification that the birds were raised “cage free”.

With ever more consumers of animal products wanting to be assured that the animals live decent lives, Perdue wants to be perceived as being on the side of the animals.

But after 22 years of raising chickens for Perdue, Craig Watts grew increasingly uncomfortable with what goes on behind closed doors, and he decided to show the world what was really going on.

Scientists Reveal Ramen Noodles Cause Heart Disease, Stroke & Metabolic Syndrome

By Susan BirdOriginally published on Care2

College students everywhere might need to let out a collective wail. Why? A study says one of their most beloved foods, ramen noodles, are incredibly unhealthy.

Ramen noodles are a staple for many people trying to eat on the cheap. They are filling meals for those who need something fast, easy and inexpensive. They can even be a quickie meal for vegans and vegetarians, if you buy the right brand and flavor.

That said, though, they’re apparently death in a crinkly little bag or cup, according to a new study by Baylor University researchers. If you eat a lot of ramen noodles, your risk of metabolic changes linked to heart disease, diabetes and stroke rise considerably.

South Korea: Ramen Noodle Capital of the World

Asians tend to eat more noodles than others, says the study. South Koreans in particular eat a heck of a lot of ramen noodles, as it turns out. They are per capita the population which eats more ramen noodles than any other country in the world — 3.4 billion packages in 2010 alone.

Unfortunately, in recent years South Korean health problems have steadily increased. The population is getting fatter and experiencing greater rates of heart disease than ever before. These facts led researchers to decide South Korea was the natural choice for a closer look at exactly what effect high instant noodle consumption has on the human body. The results weren’t good at all.


Oregon’s GMO Labeling initiative is now “too close to call”. The latest data has Oregon’s Measure 92 trailing by less than 850 votes, with a mandated recount now a certainty. Get the latest vote count data here:

Watch the stunning Fox News story about the historic shift from “no” to “too close to call” here.

The recount is expected to take place in the first half of December. While a change in outcome is far from a certainty, past evidence does show that recounts of this nature tend to favor the more “progressive / liberal” side, which in this case generally points towards the “yes” side, from a demographics standpoint. So there is still a very real chance that the “yes” side will pick up the necessary votes, out of over 1.5 million cast, to prevail in the outcome.

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GMO labeling could still win in Oregon. In fact, we appear have the votes for a win. What’s needed now is major grassroots engagement – and some last minute fundraising.

Can you help?

Ballots are still being counted, and according to the latest tally, the yes side is now about 4,500 votes behind. There are still 10,000 approved ballots to be counted, and a majority of these are from counties that support the initiative. But the other big piece of news is that there are also 13,000 contested ballots. “Contested” includes ballots people forgot to sign, or for which a signature was flagged by the computer as not being on file. We have reason to believe that many of these ballots are “yes” votes. Grassroots organizers are reaching out to help the people who submitted contested ballots to get their votes counted.

The results will be finalized on Tuesday at 5pm. So there are only a few days for what turns out to be a massive campaign, that has to be run across the entire state.

What happens in this initiative will set the tone for the GMO labeling movement, and for the political power of the food movement, on a national and even global level.

Monsanto, Dow, Pepsi and their allies may have shattered state records and inundated Oregon voters under an avalanche of lies, but we could still win. And if all the “yes” votes can be counted – we will.

If you have any ability to make a donation – the campaign will put it to IMMEDIATE use hiring the grassroots organizers to help make sure every vote is counted. Make a donation here.

If you can join in the volunteer task force on the ground in Oregon, contact Andy from the campaign at andy (at) They need people on the ground, across the state. Even if you aren’t in the state of Oregon, if you know people who are, you can call and ask them to chip in a half day or a day of time. Know any Oregon voters? They can make sure their vote was counted, here.