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The World's Most Popular Weed Killer Can 'Probably' Cause Cancer

The World's Most Popular Weed Killer Can 'Probably' Cause Cancer
BY WILLY BLACKMORE
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Since the first genetically engineered crops were approved for commercial production in the United States in the mid-1990s, GMO corn and soy have come to nearly dominate the industry. More than 90 percent of both crops are now genetically engineered, and GMO cotton, alfalfa, and sugar beets have enjoyed similar commercial success.

In many cases, the crops have been genetically modified to withstand the herbicide glyphosate, which Monsanto sells under the brand name Roundup. While there’s been endless emphasis on the possible—and yet unfounded—health risks associated with consuming the GMO crops themselves, perhaps the focus should have been on the herbicide itself. The altered crops allow farmers to spray their fields and only kill unwanted weeds, a boon that has caused glyphosate use to skyrocket over the last two decades, jumping from 20 million pounds used per year in 1992 to more than 250 million pounds in 2011. On Friday, the World Health Organization’s cancer group, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, announced that it is “probably carcinogenic.”

 

The Dangers of Powdered Alcohol

The Dangers of Powdered Alcohol
BY DORY DEVLIN
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Remember Tang? Substitute alcohol for the fruit-flavored powdered drink of the astronauts and you have “Palcohol.” The packaging for the powdered alcohol ...

Over 600 Monitored for Ebola in New Jersey

Over 600 Monitored for Ebola in New Jersey
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Remember the Ebola virus? The New Jersey Department of Health says it’s better safe than sorry.

Travelers from Ebola-stricken countries Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone...

New Jersey Has a Heroin Problem

New Jersey Has a Heroin Problem
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Drug abuse is way up in New Jersey, and leading the way is heroin.

Some people say it starts when people are unable to afford prescription drugs, while Gov. Chris Christ...

The Dangers of Powdered Alcohol

The Dangers of Powdered Alcohol
BY DORY DEVLIN
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Remember Tang? Substitute alcohol for the fruit-flavored powdered drink of the astronauts and you have “Palcohol.” The packaging for the powdered alcohol ...

Taking ‘Plastic Soup’ off the Menu in N.J.

Taking ‘Plastic Soup’ off the Menu in N.J.
BY MICHELE S. BYERS
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Ever seen “plastic soup” on a restaurant menu or store shelf? Let’s hope not!

Plastic soup is the decidedly unappetizing term for plastic pollution in...

New Jersey Among Worst States for Doctors

New Jersey Among Worst States for Doctors
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The good news: There are more opportunities for health care plans in the U.S. today. The bad news: Good luck finding a doctor in New Jersey.

A recent report shows that m...

N.J. Steps Up to Prevent Cardiac Illness in Children

N.J. Steps Up to Prevent Cardiac Illness in Children
BY REGINA WILDER
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr., Gabriela Mosquera, Jason O’Donnell and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to help re...

N.J. Steps Up to Prevent Cardiac Illness in Children

N.J. Steps Up to Prevent Cardiac Illness in Children
BY REGINA WILDER
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Patrick J. Diegnan, Jr., Gabriela Mosquera, Jason O’Donnell and Valerie Vainieri Huttle to help re...

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