Monsanto's genetically modified seeds, which are resitant to Roundup, are used to grow corn and other crops all over the world, including some other DeKalb County.
April 29, 2013:
- An herbicide sprayed on millions of acres of food has been linked to multiple health problems and diseases. The ubiquitous weed-killer Roundup, developed by agricultural biotech giant Monsanto, is said to leave “glyphosate” in food, which “can disrupt normal body functions and induce disease,” according the report. The chemical is absorbed by plants and can’t simply be washed off. Since glyphosate is linked to Parkinson’s and cancer, the EPA is jumping right on this one. The federal agency has set a 2015 deadline for determining if use of the chemical should be limited.
- A British mother forced her 14-year-old daughter to artificially inseminate herself so she could adopt the baby as her fourth child, according to an article in The Guardian. The woman, who is serving five years for cruelty to children, had adopted three children, but was denied a fourth. The mother chose not to give birth herself and underwent elective sterilization. The article states the woman obtained sperm from Cryos International, after forging medical documents. The daughter told investigators she did what her mother asked because “if I do this … maybe she will love me more.”
- Occasionally we are reminded why economics is a “social” science. Economists had feared the U.S. economy would falter in early 2013 as workers, whose pay is not keeping pace with inflation, were also hit with a 2 percent increase in the Social Security tax. Instead of reducing spending, Americans spent 3.2 percent more in the first quarter of 2013 than they did during the final quarter of 2012, which included Christmas. It’s the biggest jump in consumer spending in two years. Where is the money coming from? Americans are saving less and mortgages have been refinanced at lower rates, giving folks the ability to go out and buy something they probably don’t really need. Personally, I’m waiting for the new Nexus 7.
- Speaking of spending money, the fastest growing plastic surgery is “arm lifts.” Back when I last attempted exercise, arm lifts involved a dumbbell, but that requires effort. The surgical procedure involves removing the flabby skin under the upper arms. “The well-toned arms of famous people including First Lady” Michelle Obama may be fueling the trend, said a Tennessee surgeon. More than 15,000 had arm lift surgery in 2012, up from 300 in 2000. Breast augmentation surgery remained most perky (286,000 surgeries in 2012) while buttock implants (down 25 percent) and butt lifts (down 36 percent) drooped most.
- Google is killing the loveable Meebo bar adorning many popular websites. It will no longer be supported June 6, so get your fill by then.
- Those who count sheep to fall asleep will be disturbed to learn the world’s first “phosphorescent” sheep was born recently in Uruguay. Actually, nine of them were born after scientists mixed the genes of glow-in-the-dark jellyfish with that of the farm creature. Scientists said the sheep appear to be normal, other than the green color they emit while roaming the fields at night. The development means sheep have joined an elite group of glowing animals that include fish, cats, dogs, pigs, scorpions, worms, monkeys and mice. No humans are known to glow, yet, but you know someone with a histrionic personality disorder will volunteer soon.