U.S. Climate Alliance; must be non-binding or may be un-Constitutional

A little matter will move a party, but it must be something great that moves a nation. – Thomas Paine

The agreement made in June 2017 between several states and other municipalities to uphold the Paris Climate Agreement even though the Trump administration withdrew from it, may be against a clause of the Constitution that prohibits interstate agreements that are made without approval of Congress. If the agreement is cooperative in nature rather than being a ‘legally binding” contract then it would be more likely to be considered legal.

 

According to Thomas Paine, “A little matter will move a party, but it must be something great that moves a nation.” He was right. The planet is something great, and it has already moved many people to join together in support of protecting it and working together towards more sustainable development:

  • An alliance of health professionals has been in existence in the U.S., working to increase awareness of the risk climate change has for human health: “The US Climate and Health Alliance is a national network of health and public health practitioners dedicated to addressing the threats of climate change to health.” Read more:  usclimateandhealthalliance.org/
  • Another group also exists in the U.S. with more than 160 member organizations in their network : usclimatenetwork.org/who-we-are
  • “Make Our Planet Great Again,” is a global initiative to help reduce climate change sponsored by President Macron of  France:  makeourplanetgreatagain.fr/home

Moving to France may not be possible for many people, but that’s okay because we all can help protect the planet wherever we happen to be.

  • Here are a few easy ideas from the United Nations Sustainable Development 17 Goals initiative for helping reduce your impact on the environment no matter where you are. The ideas are in lists of things you could do from your couch, or around your home, or in your community: The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World

There are many wonderful organizations working towards protecting our planet and its many species. Finding an organization that is working on issues that interest you and is located near you is easy with the help of services like:

Why do so many people care?  — because worse case scenario predictions are being surpassed — reality is turning out even worse than predicted. We need to act together now rather than continue to deny that humans’ use of resources and production of waste is depleting the planet’s ability to recover.

“THE UNINHABITABLE EARTH”

How soon will our planet be too hot for life? Likely sooner than previous worse case scenarios have suggested. A long read article discusses aspects of climate change in addition to temperature that may put human and other species at risk in the future:

  • The Uninhabitable Earth: When will climate change make the Earth too hot for humans? nymag.com

The short answer: “Actually, we’re about there already. Since 1980, the planet has experienced a 50-fold increase in the number of places experiencing dangerous or extreme heat; a bigger increase is to come.”

Technological advances have been made but we have to put them in place instead of continuing to protect and expand fossil fuel industries and products that depend on them. And we have to each make the small daily changes or annual changes in reducing our use of non-renewable resources.

Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and the information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes.

Nutrient content found to be different in GMO soy; a link

Glyphosate tolerant GM soybeans were found to contain high residues of glyphosate and AMPA, a breakdown product of glyphosate. Nutrient content was also found to be different between the glyphosate tolerant GM soybeans and organically grown soybeans. The GM soybeans had less sugars, protein and zinc than the organically grown soybeans and had more omega-6, a less beneficial type of fatty acid.

Compositional differences in soybeans on the market: Glyphosate accumulates in Roundup Ready GM soybeans.

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    The herbicide Round-Up found more dangerous than glyphosate alone

    The herbicide Round-Up contains glyphosate which is considered the active ingredient but research suggests that the supposedly inert ingredients in the mixed product make Round-Up as much as 125 times more dangerous to health than glyphosate alone. An international society for science has assembled a review of literature on the topic within the following article:

    Round-Up ready crops have been found to require more water and do less well in drought situations than normal crops. Pigs fed GMO based foods were found to become significantly healthier when the farmer switched to non GMO based feed for them.

    Glyphosate residues have been found to drop after individuals switched to a diet based on non GMO, organic foods and autism symptoms were found to improve for individuals who were switched to a non GMO organic food diet. Single case studies may be considered anecdotal and not worth considered but each and every patient is a single case study for themselves.

    How many people need to get sick in the U.S. before we decide that we would rather not be experimented on by agribusiness and the processed food industry?

    Excerpts from the article:

    Glyphosate widespread in the environment and in our bodies

    “Due to the official ‘safe’ status of glyphosate, data on how much we are being exposed have been scarce, forcing citizen activists and civil society organizations to find out for themselves. Friends of the Earth Europe commissioned an analysis of 182 volunteers across 18 EU countries and found detectable levels in 44 % of urine samples [13] with concentrations ranging from 0.16 ug/L average in Switzerland, to 1.82ug/L in Latvia. Of the UK citizens tested, 7 out of 10 were positive. In the US, urine samples show concentrations 8 times those in Europe [13]. The analysis, commissioned by Moms Across America, also tested 10 mother’s breast milk, which came up positive for glyphosate with levels ranging from 76 µg/L to 166 µg/L (76-166 ppb) (see [14]). These levels are 760 to 1600 times higher than the European Drinking Water Directive allows for individual pesticides, and raise obvious concerns as they fall within the range of concentrations at which developmental toxicity has been observed in animal studies (see below). This analysis is the only study on breast milk to date, as no government or public health body has found it necessary to carry out any study on bioaccumulation in internal organs and tissues or in breast milk fed to infants.”

    Health of American citizens deteriorating

    “One argument for the safety of GM food and their associated pesticides is that the US has been consuming them for years without ill effect. However, in the absence of labelling GM foods, it is illegitimate to make such a claim. On the contrary, there has been a drastic deterioration of public health in the US since GM crops were introduced. A new publication by Swanson and colleagues plots the rise of 20 chronic diseases using available US government data, all correlating closely with increasing glyphosate application to corn and soy crops, especially over the past several years. The diseases included cancers, Parkinson’s, autism, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, digestive disease and kidney failure [62]. Correlation does not prove causation, but such strong association certainly cannot be dismissed, especially in combination with the plethora of other evidence from laboratory studies, and the experiences of doctors in their clinics and farmers in the fields. For a detailed analysis of the study please see [67] Marked Deterioration of Public Health Parallels Increase in GM Crops and Glyphosate Use, US Government Data Show ( SiS 65).”

    Read more: http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Roundup_of_Roundup.php

    /Disclaimer: This information is provided for educational purposes within the guidelines of fair use. While I am a Registered Dietitian this information is not intended to provide individual health guidance. Please see a health professional for individual health care purposes./