March 2019

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Glyphosate Food Contamination: What You Need to Know

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Glyphosate Food Contamination: What You Need to Know

Do you know what is in your food?  If glyphosate had to be listed as an ingredient on nutrition labels, it would be listed above vitamins D and B12 on Honey Nut Cheerios®. Last year an Environmental Working Group tested 28 Cheerios and Quaker® Oats Products for Round Up (Glyphosate) contamination. All were contaminated.

Farming with Glyphosate: Farm Practices

People really need to understand that Farmers can spray Round Up® on their wheat and oat crops up to 10 days before it is harvested to dry the crop out. Just think of it.  You can spray poison on your wheat and oats 10 days before it is harvested and the reason they do this is, so the crop can be combined while it is standing up. It dries out the crop consistently throughout the whole field. Then the farmers do not have to deal with the moisture content of the crop.

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Ticks in Cold Weather? Yes, Here’s Why:

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Are Ticks Out During Cold Weather?

Are Ticks Out During Cold Weather?

It is time for tick season again. Even though it is still cold in many places, all those ticks under the snow or frozen under the leaves are just waiting for a little warm up. Ticks have a devilish adaptation that allows them to be active even in the deep of winter. “They’ve been on this planet for 120 million years. They lived through the ice age,” so the coldest winters don’t stop them says Larry Dapsis, an entomologist for the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension. Ticks’ bodies contain glycerol, which is chemically very similar to ethylene glycol, or antifreeze. Ticks can be covered in ice or buried in snow, but when temperatures rise above freezing, they become active again. The only thing that stop ticks from moving is real cold weather and deep snow pack. They will not climb up through the snow.

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