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Nanomaterials – particles from 1 to 300 nanometers in size – are as small as 1/100,000 the width of a human hair and can move into skin, lungs and blood. They have been used in foods, cosmetics, computers, clothes and more since the 1990s, with almost no regulation and without required labeling. Now scientists are questioning their safety.

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• U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance formed
• Monsanto marketing Beneforté broccoli

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German epidemiologist and head of health at the World Health Organization Wolfgang Wodarg has called the widely predicted H1N1 outbreak “one of the largest medical scandals of this century,” reports the agricultural site allaboutfeed.net.

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Food & Water Watch has updated its Factory Farm Map charting the concentration of U.S. factory farms and their impacts on human health, communities and the environment. USDA Census data shows its unprecedented growth.

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Untested nanotechnology is being used in more than 100 food products, food packaging and contact materials without being labeled.

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Five articles: Senate Farm Bill includes a provision to delay FDA endorsement of food from cloned animals; FDA announces final approval of meat and milk from cloned cows, pigs and goats; organic standards ban cloned animal products in organic foods; people may already be eating meat from clones’ progeny; California State senator introduces a bill requiring labeling of food from cloned animals.

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The Soil Association, the largest U.K. certifier of organic products ranging from cosmetics to food, has banned inclusion of manufactured nanoparticles in products it certifies as organic.

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A mix of common artificial colorings and the preservative sodium benzoate in drinks can increase hyperactivity; eating microwaved, butter-flavored popcorn at least twice a day for 10 years produces “popcorn lung.”

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The FDA has announced that milk, eggs and meat from cloned animals will soon be allowed on the market.

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The Meatrix II: Revolting is the sequel to the original smash hit The Meatrix – the critically acclaimed exposé of industrial farming.

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Mixing the artificial sweetener aspartame and monosodium glutamate (MSG) causes nerve cell damage, say researchers at the University of Liverpool. Results from a two-year study were recently published in Toxicological Sciences.

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