Farmers Sue USDA for Appointing Unqualified Individuals to Organics Board

The Cornucopia Institute and 2 of its members have filed a lawsuit against the USDA and Tom Vilsack, alleging unqualified individuals were appointed to determine what is “organic.”


Study Suggests Women are Exposing Themselves to Unsafe Mercury Levels

Study finds women whose consumption of seafood followed federal guidelines had 11 times more mercury in their bodies than those who ate no fish.


People Who Think Positively About Aging Less Likely to Have Alzheimer’s

A recent study suggests one of the best ways to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia is to stop thinking negatively about getting old.


Huge LA School District Switching to Chicken Free of Antibiotics and Hormones

School districts in several large cities are or will serve only antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken to students. LAUSD will be the largest to do so.


WHO Warns of Yellow Fever Outbreak Being a ‘Potential Threat to Entire World’

The World Health Organization (WHO) is warning that an outbreak of yellow fever in Angola presents a threat to the entire world, and must be taken care of.


Schizophrenia and Autism Linked to Low Levels of B12 in the Brain

Research shows abnormally low levels of Vitamin B12 in people with schizophrenia and autism, suggesting decreased metabolism and a threat to cell survival.


New Genetically Modified CRISPR-Mushroom Bypasses USDA Regulations

A Penn State University researcher has created a genetically modified mushroom using CRISPR technology, allowing it to sidestep USDA regulations of GMOs.


How Some Hotels are Creating ‘Rooftop Bee Sanctuaries’ to Help Bee Populations

Seven luxury hotels in San Francisco have made their rooftops sanctuaries for honeybees in an effort to boost the insects’ numbers.


Pennsylvania Becomes 24th State to Legalize Medical Marijuana

After more than 2 years, much political infighting, and numerous changes, Gov. Tom Wolf has signed Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana bill into law.


Could This be the Key to Better Heart Health?

Neutralizing certain gut microbes with a substance found in food may lower risk of heart disease in some people.


Two More Deaths Linked to the Flint Water Crisis

In the wake of the Flint water crisis, two more deaths from Legionnaires’ disease have been confirmed, bringing the total up from 10 to 12.


Powerful Omega-3s in Fish Shown to Protect the Brain

Omega-3 fatty acids seem to cancel out mercury and PCBs in seafood, making it safer than previously thought for pregnant women.


Soda Off the Menu for Kids at Applebee’s, IHOP, and Others

Parents have it a little easier when dining out these days: Applebee’s has decided to remove soda from the children’s menu, with IHOP following suit.


Study Reveals How Food Labels Make Us Buy Certain Products

Some researchers say that they have discovered a way to get people to eat healthier – just do not use the word “healthy” on food packages.


Will the DEA Choose to Reschedule Marijuana this Summer?

The DEA could reschedule marijuana this summer, in spite of agency head Chuck Rosenberg, who said in November that weed is “bad and dangerous.”


As Demand Skyrockets, Thousands of US Farms Are Going Organic

Major retailers Cost-Co, General Mills, Ardent Mills scramble for organic farmland to keep up with burgeoning demand for organics.


Medical Marijuana Could Be Legal in Pennsylvania by Week’s End

Medical marijuana activists are hopeful that Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana bill will pass the House, but are still fearful lawmakers could still kill it.