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This is the hardest equipment-free workout move you can do, according to Anna Victoria

This is the hardest equipment-free workout move you can do, according to Anna Victoria

Sometimes you’re just craving a truly kick-ass, leave-you-panting workout session—but you might not happen to be near a gym or boutique studio filled with kettle bells and stair climbers.
(Maybe you’re on a tropical vacay—you never know when that yearning for sweat-induced endorphins might strike.)
Thankfully, you don’t need any machines to get in a grueling sweat sesh.
Working with your body weight alone can do wonders—and make you seriously question your dumbbell habit.
“It’s scary in the best way.
It’s a really great move that hits your entire body.” Just ask Anna Victoria, fitness phenom and creator of the Fit Body Guides, who’s always sharing simple, quickie workouts you can do anywhere via her Instagram and Snapchat.
It’s designed to spike your heart rate and work your whole body—in little time and with zero equipment.
Basically, it’s a burpee-push-up-squat-jump hybrid.
Yes, it’s intense—but it’s also the perfect rockstar move to show off to your friends while you’re hanging out at the beach.
Ready to sweat?

Conservation & Sustainability

Want to stop wildfires? Try logging, says Utah official.

Want to stop wildfires? Try logging, says Utah official.

Want to stop wildfires?
Try logging, says Utah official.. Liar, liar, forest fire Republican State Rep. Mike Noel said this week that “tree huggers” were to blame for a major blaze, which broke out in southern Utah on June 17 and continues to burn 11 days later.
His reasoning?
The fire wouldn’t have spread if federal forest lands had been cleared of dead, bug-infested trees, and environmentalists and the federal government were getting in the way of that deed.
“When we turn the Forest Service over to the bird and bunny lovers and the tree huggers and the rock lickers, we’ve turned our history over,” Noel said.
Experts say that getting rid of the dead trees wouldn’t have made much of a difference.
Noel’s argument ignores flame-inducing factors like climate change, drought, and unpredictable winds, Steve Bloch, legal director of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, told AP.
The wildfire has forced the evacuation of 1,500 residents, burned down 13 homes, and raged through nearly 50,000 acres of land near Brian Head, the town where the fire began.
“If we’re looking for someone to blame, there isn’t anyone,” U.S. Forest Service researcher Mark Finney told AP.
“Forests burn.”

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Trump’s comments to tribal leaders will make you scratch your head.

Trump’s comments to tribal leaders will make you scratch your head.

Trump’s comments to tribal leaders will make you scratch your head.. Say what?
Has President Trump been reading his own executive orders?
Given what he said to Native American leaders and state officials in a meeting on Wednesday, we’re not so sure: Trump: “Infringements on tribal sovereignty are deeply unfair to Native Americans and Native American communities.”
https://t.co/8VRVPNk9Bi It’s an interesting statement, given that tribal leaders have said Trump’s executive order in January to expedite construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline was an infringement on tribal sovereignty.
The controversial project runs under the Missouri River, the main water source for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Former President Obama had paused construction for environmental review.
Just two weeks ago, a court ruled that Trump’s rushed approval process violated the law.
At Wednesday’s meeting with tribal leaders, Trump said that he wanted to create jobs “like you’ve never seen before” for energy development on Native lands.
“For too long, the federal government has put up restrictions and regulations that put this energy wealth out of reach … We’re going to put it back in your hands.” Historian Michalyn Steele has noted that the federal government has typically recognized tribal sovereignty only when it favors its own interests.
Trump’s recent comments suggest his administration intends to do the same.

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Scott Pruitt muddies up the Clean Water Act.

Scott Pruitt muddies up the Clean Water Act.

Scott Pruitt muddies up the Clean Water Act..
The Clean Water Act, which dates to 1972, protects the “waters of the United States.” WOTUS is basically the government’s attempt to define what comprises the national water system.
Problem is: No one knows exactly what waters are included.
The distinction seems clear when you look at extremes (the Mississippi is, a puddle is not), but what about raging whitewater that kayakers bounce down in spring, but goes dry in the summer?
There are 2 million miles of these intermittent streams in the continental U.S., and they exist in a legal grey zone and have a huge effect on the country’s water quality.
Obama tried to find a workable definition, after a Supreme Court decision in 2006 only confused the matter.
Pruitt is now throwing out Obama’s clarification.
Republicans tied up Obama’s WOTUS rule in court, labeling it a grand conspiracy to exert big government control over their puddles.
It wasn’t — it was just the EPA’s attempt to deal with the Supreme Court handing it the legal equivalent of a rabid raccoon.
Now Pruitt and Trump get to wrangle with that raccoon.

Energy

Dallas Fed: Business Activity for OFS Highest It’s Been In 5 Quarters

Dallas Fed: Business Activity for OFS Highest It’s Been In 5 Quarters

Dallas Fed: Business Activity for OFS Highest It’s Been In 5 Quarters.
Business activity for oilfield services companies increased in 2Q 2017 to its highest reading since 1Q 2016, according to findings from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ quarterly energy survey, released June 28.
Survey respondents represented 138 energy firms (70 E&P and 68 oilfield services) in the Eleventh District (Texas, northern Louisiana and southern New Mexico).
Labor market indexes overall (for oil and gas exploration and production firms and oilfield services firms) increased.
This includes rising employment, employees hours, wages and benefits.
Employment growth was driven by oilfield services firms.
Through a set of special questions, the survey also revealed: 67 percent of respondents expect the oil market to come into balance in 2018 or sooner 55 percent of respondents believe OPEC will continue to limit its oil production beyond March 2018; 45 percent believe OPEC will not On average, respondents expect OPEC will produce 32.3 million barrels of crude oil per day in 2H 2017 87 out of 115 executives said they are looking to use their internal cash flow to finance increased activity On average, respondents expect WTI crude oil prices will be $48.79 at year-end.
This projection is lower than the Dallas Fed 1Q 2017 survey, in which respondents expected the price to be 453.49.
WTI crude oil closed at $44.24 per barrel June 27.

Energy

Cyber Attack Hits Shipper Maersk, Causes Cargo Delays

Cyber Attack Hits Shipper Maersk, Causes Cargo Delays

Cyber Attack Hits Shipper Maersk, Causes Cargo Delays.
COPENHAGEN, June 28 (Reuters) – The Danish owner of the world’s largest container shipper Maersk Line, said its computer systems were among those hit by the global Petya cyber attack, causing it problems processing orders and delaying cargoes. “It will have an impact on vessels or cargo that loaded yesterday, today and maybe also tomorrow,” Maersk Line Chief Commercial Officer Vincent Clerc told Reuters on Wednesday.
For now, Maersk is using alternative channels to take orders manually and to communicate with customers, he said.
Sydbank analyst Morten Imsgaard said the situation would not be tenable for Maersk “for many days” and it could have a large economic impact for the company depending on how soon it will be up and running.
At the Spanish port of Algeciras, operations at one of two terminals run by APM Terminals has been down since Tuesday, a spokeswoman said.
A Maersk-operated terminal at India’s largest container port JNPT, near Mumbai, has also been disrupted, the port said on Wednesday.
In Aarhus, the biggest container terminal in Maersk’s home country Denmark, APM Terminals was using alternative methods of communication when loading and offloading vessels.
12 View Full Article “We have found a solution where we work outside the Maersk network,” said Steen Davidsen, managing director at the terminal, told Reuters.
Two APM terminals in Rotterdam, Europe’s busiest port, are still out of commission.

Wellness

Is too much hygge time the reason you’re feeling run-down?

Is too much hygge time the reason you’re feeling run-down?

Is too much hygge time the reason you’re feeling run-down?.
Admit it, sometimes you’re secretly glad when a friend breaks plans to hang out.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania want you to know that too much isolation can lead to poor sleep—and other health problems.
Okay, yes, fruit flies definitely aren’t people, but the authors of the study found that in virtually every animal species, too much alone time actually stresses out cells, potentially causing long-term health problems.
“When you keep animals isolated, it basically induces a disturbance of sleep, which then gives rise to cellular stress.” “Ultimately, [the head researcher] realized that keeping animals isolated induces a cellular stress response,” says senior author Nirinjini Naidoo, PhD, a research associate professor of sleep medicine at Penn.
So yes, too much solo time might ultimately lead to adrenal fatigue.
But unless you’re headed for shut-in status there’s really no reason to freak out: As long as you’re getting some social interaction throughout the day, a night in is totally justified.
How else will you squeeze in that oh-so-important tub time (with a face mask on)?
If you’re all the sudden inspired to socialize, here’s how to make friends at your next workout.
Or, you can try the Tinder for friendship.

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The Blood Sugar–Balancing Ingredient That Will Take Your Smoothie To A Whole New Level

The Blood Sugar–Balancing Ingredient That Will Take Your Smoothie To A Whole New Level

The Blood Sugar–Balancing Ingredient That Will Take Your Smoothie To A Whole New Level.
If there was a Hollywood award ceremony for the best nutrition source of 2017, the moringa tree would surely grab the title.
With the official name Morings oleifera and the nickname “miracle tree,” this plant from Africa, Asia, Central America, and South America is the superfood of 2017.
So if you’re looking to put something new in your smoothie to fight inflammation, support brain health, and balance blood sugar—read on.
I’m moringa-crazy because of the dense nutrition.
Extra antioxidants Moringa works like an antioxidant in the body fighting oxidative stress, cellular damage, and inflammation.
Lower inflammation levels Inflammation can be measured through a blood test—like the high sensitivity C-reactive protein test—and is elevated in many chronic diseases.
More heart-health protection Moringa leaf powder also has heart-healthy benefits, particularly in blood lipid control, the prevention of plaque formation in the arteries, and reduced cholesterol levels.
You can add moringa powder to your smoothie or drink it as a tea.
Here’s a berry and moringa smoothie recipe I like to make in the mornings to start my day on a healthy note: Dr. Kahn’s Berry & Moringa Smoothie Ingredients: 1 cup berries fresh or frozen (I prefer blueberries) 1 scoop organic pea protein powder (I prefer vanilla or strawberry flavor) ½ teaspoon cinnamon 1 ½ tablespoons moringa powder 8 ounces unsweetened almond or organic soy milk Method: Blend with some ice, and enjoy your healthy drink.

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Want to stop wildfires? Try logging, says Utah official.

Want to stop wildfires? Try logging, says Utah official.

Want to stop wildfires?
Try logging, says Utah official.. Liar, liar, forest fire Republican State Rep. Mike Noel said this week that “tree huggers” were to blame for a major blaze, which broke out in southern Utah on June 17 and continues to burn 11 days later.
His reasoning?
The fire wouldn’t have spread if federal forest lands had been cleared of dead, bug-infested trees, and environmentalists and the federal government were getting in the way of that deed.
“When we turn the Forest Service over to the bird and bunny lovers and the tree huggers and the rock lickers, we’ve turned our history over,” Noel said.
Experts say that getting rid of the dead trees wouldn’t have made much of a difference.
Noel’s argument ignores flame-inducing factors like climate change, drought, and unpredictable winds, Steve Bloch, legal director of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, told AP.
The wildfire has forced the evacuation of 1,500 residents, burned down 13 homes, and raged through nearly 50,000 acres of land near Brian Head, the town where the fire began.
“If we’re looking for someone to blame, there isn’t anyone,” U.S. Forest Service researcher Mark Finney told AP.
“Forests burn.”

Conservation & Sustainability

Trump’s comments to tribal leaders will make you scratch your head.

Trump’s comments to tribal leaders will make you scratch your head.

Trump’s comments to tribal leaders will make you scratch your head.. Say what?
Has President Trump been reading his own executive orders?
Given what he said to Native American leaders and state officials in a meeting on Wednesday, we’re not so sure: Trump: “Infringements on tribal sovereignty are deeply unfair to Native Americans and Native American communities.”
https://t.co/8VRVPNk9Bi It’s an interesting statement, given that tribal leaders have said Trump’s executive order in January to expedite construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline was an infringement on tribal sovereignty.
The controversial project runs under the Missouri River, the main water source for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
Former President Obama had paused construction for environmental review.
Just two weeks ago, a court ruled that Trump’s rushed approval process violated the law.
At Wednesday’s meeting with tribal leaders, Trump said that he wanted to create jobs “like you’ve never seen before” for energy development on Native lands.
“For too long, the federal government has put up restrictions and regulations that put this energy wealth out of reach … We’re going to put it back in your hands.” Historian Michalyn Steele has noted that the federal government has typically recognized tribal sovereignty only when it favors its own interests.
Trump’s recent comments suggest his administration intends to do the same.

Conservation & Sustainability

Scott Pruitt muddies up the Clean Water Act.

Scott Pruitt muddies up the Clean Water Act.

Scott Pruitt muddies up the Clean Water Act..
The Clean Water Act, which dates to 1972, protects the “waters of the United States.” WOTUS is basically the government’s attempt to define what comprises the national water system.
Problem is: No one knows exactly what waters are included.
The distinction seems clear when you look at extremes (the Mississippi is, a puddle is not), but what about raging whitewater that kayakers bounce down in spring, but goes dry in the summer?
There are 2 million miles of these intermittent streams in the continental U.S., and they exist in a legal grey zone and have a huge effect on the country’s water quality.
Obama tried to find a workable definition, after a Supreme Court decision in 2006 only confused the matter.
Pruitt is now throwing out Obama’s clarification.
Republicans tied up Obama’s WOTUS rule in court, labeling it a grand conspiracy to exert big government control over their puddles.
It wasn’t — it was just the EPA’s attempt to deal with the Supreme Court handing it the legal equivalent of a rabid raccoon.
Now Pruitt and Trump get to wrangle with that raccoon.

Conservation & Sustainability

You Won’t Believe How This Desert Toad Survives Drought

You Won’t Believe How This Desert Toad Survives Drought

You Won’t Believe How This Desert Toad Survives Drought.
In modern times, the Big Lost doesn’t reach the sinks most years, but when it does, the toads find it.
Snakes eat toads.
Peterson is in the sinks to see how many tadpoles will turn into toads.
“We think garter snakes come from several miles around to feed on these toads,” Peterson says.
“In 1993, the water didn’t last long enough.
The toads made tadpoles, but those tadpoles didn’t have time to turn into toads,” Peterson says.
“Toads live into their teens so what we hope for is at least every decade or so they get the chance to reproduce.” There are thousands of toads in the desert.
Water reaching the sinks is a rare event in recent years, but when it gets there the toads come out and so does Peterson.
If we ever go a really long time, like 20 years, I wonder if the species will disappear from this part of the state.”

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A state agency filed a complaint against the security company that tracked and targeted DAPL opponents.

A state agency filed a complaint against the security company that tracked and targeted DAPL opponents.
Author: Cody Permenter / Source: Grist North Dakota’s Private Investigative and Security Board says TigerSwan has been operating in the state without
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USDA Removes Cyanide-Spewing Death Traps From Idaho After Horrific Accident

USDA Removes Cyanide-Spewing Death Traps From Idaho After Horrific Accident

USDA Removes Cyanide-Spewing Death Traps From Idaho After Horrific Accident.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it has removed all M-44 cyanide bombs — used to kill coyotes — from lands in Idaho after one of the devices injured a teenaged boy and killed his family dog.
When Canyon touched the device, cyanide powder sprayed all over the boy and dog.
Theresa Mansfield After the incident, the Mansfield family called for a federal ban on M-44s in a White House petition, and 19 environmental groups petitioned the USDA to cease using the devices.
On Monday, the USDA Wildlife Services Western Regional director Jason Suckow sent a letter to those conservation groups announcing it had removed all M-44s from Idaho: We take seriously the incident in Idaho, which involved the unintentional activation of a small spring-loaded device (M-44).
Currently, WS has ceased all use of M-44 devices on all land ownerships in the State of Idaho.
WS has also removed all M-44s currently deployed on all land ownerships in Idaho.
“We applaud the removal of M-44s from all Idaho lands, regardless of when it started,” he told HuffPost in an email.
M-44s are intended to lure coyotes, but they kill thousands of other animals.
Theresa Mansfield, Canyon’s mother, told HuffPost that she intends to keep fighting for a permanent federal ban.

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“No evidence” is a useful scientific finding

“No evidence” is a useful scientific finding

So, in all logic, you should be interested in a representation of the temperature evolution in dependence of the atmospheric CO2 concentration.
And the expert is not able, or willing, to provide any evidence.
At high [CO2] some cooling was observed, at lower [CO2] high warming rates were observed.
Honestly, no statistically valid correlation tying warming rate to [CO2] can be derived from it.
Why do the IPCC experts avoid looking at such simple relationship?
In any case they behave away from any scientific honesty.
This is all the available observational data; any other relationships are conjectures, however plausible they might be, no evidence.
I have only one questions to ask to all mainstream climate-experts, and their gullible followers in the public, the media, and in the political world: What observational evidence can you provide to sustain the allegation that temperature is “very likely” and mostly driven by anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions?
Trump was 100% right (not just 97%) to show real leadership and walk away from Paris President Trump has rejected and exited the Paris climate treaty – walked America away from the Mad Hatter tea party that was the entire multi-decade, often hysterical and always computer model-driven UN climate process.
The next… Guest essay by Charles Samuels A cursory review of articles about the upper atmosphere reveals many theories about the role of CO2 on temperatures aloft.

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Debunking Inside Climate’s “5 Shades of Climate Denial”

Debunking Inside Climate’s “5 Shades of Climate Denial”

McFarland suggested last month by giving Trump a print-out of a purported 1970s TIME magazine cover predicting a coming ice age.
While the 1977 TIME cover was a fake, this 1975 magazine cover and article were very real: Energy and Climate: Studies in Geophysics was a 1977 National Academies publication.
The Other Shades of Climate Denial Debunking Shade #2 “It’s Not Our Fault” It’s not all our fault.
The point is that the warming observed in the instrumental temperature record doesn’t significantly deviate from the pre-existing Holocene pattern of climate change… Over the past 2,000 years, the average temperature of the northern hemisphere has exceeded natural variability (+/-2 std dev) 3 times: The Medieval Warm Period, the Little Ice Age and the modern warming.
Debunking Shade #4 “It’s Not Urgent” Melting icebergs are NOT beheading Christians in the Middle East.
Thanks to President Donald Trump, America is back.
And just last week we all witnessed the bold leadership of an American President on the world stage, putting America first.
And by the action, the President will announce today, the American people and the wider world will see once again our President is choosing to put American jobs and American consumers first.
So with gratitude for his leadership — (applause) — and admiration for his unwavering commitment to the American people, it is now my high honor and distinct privilege to introduce to all of you, the President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump.
President Donald Trump is the President of these United States of America.

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Eco-Friendly Lunch Boxes Perfect for On-The-Go

Eco-Friendly Lunch Boxes Perfect for On-The-Go

Eco-Friendly Lunch Boxes Perfect for On-The-Go.
On our quest for a more sustainable world, it’s important to look at our daily lives and examine what small changes can be made to be more eco-friendly.
Converting tree wood to paper is a highly energy intensive process that requires large amounts of water, energy and chemicals, and can even release toxic chemicals into the air and water.
So rather than contribute to the damaging process that produces paper lunch bags, try investing in a reusable lunchbox!
With one large container, meant for the base of your meal, and 4 separate compartments intended for snacks, dressings or toppings, this Bentgo box is the perfect option for those of us on the go!
Best of all, Bentgo is a proud supporter of Feed the Children, and each purchase on their website helps the lives of children in America and around the world.
MonBento is BPA free and made from PBT, which is a high quality plastic known for its durability.
http://us.monbento.com/en/shop/lunch-box/bento-box-monbento-mb-original-matcha.html Fit and Fresh Greenville Meal Prep Bag with Portion Control Containers, $29.99: For those of you who are looking for a lunch bag rather than a lunch box, we recommend checking out the Greenville Meal Prep Bag Starter Kit with 6 Stackable Portion Control Containers.
https://www.fit-fresh.com/products/greenville-meal-prep-bag-starter-kit-with-6-stackable-portion-control-containers Smart Planet Collapsible Portion Perfect Lunch on the Go, $9.99: A silicone base box with four collapsible cups, the Smart Planet Collapsible Portion Perfect Lunch Box is an awesome option for keeping track of portion control and keeping your meals fresh.
HydroFlask Food Flask, 29.95: For anybody in a rush to get to work in the mornings, there’s no better option than the HydroFlask to store your breakfast or lunch.

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Can an Ambitious Australian Plan Save The Great Barrier Reef?

Can an Ambitious Australian Plan Save The Great Barrier Reef?

Can an Ambitious Australian Plan Save The Great Barrier Reef?.
This is true whether you add it up in cash, as the Deloitte Access Economics Report did, valuing it at $42 billion (including 64,000 Australian jobs), or as an iconic natural wonder stretching 1400 miles that can be seen from space, or as a living reef supporting countless animal and plant species in one of the most unique and complex ecosystems in the world.
Coral bleaching happens when the coral is exposed to warming sea temperatures and starts to be damaged by the sun.
When the coral bleaches, it dies and the life that lived in and beneath the living coral dies off as well.
The Great Barrier Reef Independent Expert Panel, another group trying to implement the Reef 2050 Plan, voiced its concern over the feasibility of the goals set forth.
Most recently, a Panama based company spilled 15 tons of oil near the reef, for which it may be fined up to $17 million.
Oil spills continue to be a problem and there seems to be no end to them anytime soon.
However, with sea temperatures rising, experts think that the next bleaching event may not be too far away and that this could be the new norm for coral reefs across the world.
So how dead is the Great Barrier Reef?
It needs a lot of good luck, good policy and the reversal of climate change to bring it back from the brink.

Climate Change & Global Warming

Air Pollution, Dusts Could Decrease Efficiency of Solar Energy Production

Air Pollution, Dusts Could Decrease Efficiency of Solar Energy Production

Air Pollution, Dusts Could Decrease Efficiency of Solar Energy Production.
A new study from Duke University, in collaboration with University of Wisconsin and Indian Institute of Technology-Gandhinagar revealed that dusts accumulating in solar panels and airborne particles could reduce the efficiency of solar energy production.
The study, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology Letters, showed that the ability of the solar cells to gather solar energy could be reduced by more than 25 percent due to airborne particles and accumulated dusts. “It’s yet another reason for policymakers worldwide to adopt emissions controls.”
Bergin first thought of the possibility that dirt could reduced the efficiency of solar energy production when his colleagues from India showed some of their rooftop solar installations that were covered by dusts.
To determine how much energy is loss, the researchers developed an equation capable of accurately estimating the amount of sunlight being blocked by different composition of solar panel dust and pollution build up.
Solar energy production in these regions could be reduced by 17 to 25 percent if the solar cells are cleaned once a month.
These losses could reach 25 to 35 percent if the cleanings were done once every two months.
Samples taken from the accumulated dirt showed that it is composed of 92 percent dust while the remaining fraction was composed of carbon and ion pollutants from humans.
Interestingly, the researchers noted that the efficiency of solar energy production was increased by 50 percent every time the solar panels were cleaned after being left alone for several weeks.

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Glyphosate Listing as Carcinogen

Glyphosate Listing as Carcinogen

We are extremely happy and proud to share that the California EPA Office of Environmental Health Hazzard Assessment has announced that the Monsanto lawsuit has been dismissed and glyphosate will be listed officially and legally on July 7, 2017 on the Prop 65 carcinogen list.
We can clearly see that public action matters.
What does this listing mean?
If that lifetime exposure exceeds the NSRL ( current proposal is 1100 micrograms per day- 4000 times higher than has been shown to cause liver disease) than that container of hummus would have to have a warning label that it contains an ingredient which causes cancer.
This amount, one serving in one day, obviously exceeds the proposed NSRL of 1100 micrograms per day.
Funding for tests for glyphosate is now more important than ever.
If you know persons or foundations that would like to fund testing please let us know.
We would hope those food companies would take the initiative, however, and test for themselves.
We also ask our neighbors and cities to stop spraying glyphosate herbicides.
They cannot stop us from being in parades, festivals, fairs, and holding movie nights to watch our new documentary Communities Rising.

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