• Exposing Monsanto: Herbicide Linked to Birth Defects - the Vitamin A Connection

    By Jeff Ritterman, M.D., Truthout | Op-Ed

    Monsanto Roundup linked to birth defects(Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, with glyphosate as the primary ingredient, has recently been linked to a fatal kidney disease epidemic ravaging parts of Central America, India and Sri Lanka. A leading theory hypothesizes that complexes of glyphosate and heavy metals poison the kidney tubules. El Salvador and Sri Lanka have adopted the precautionary principle and taken action to ban the herbicide. In the United States, glyphosate is coming up for review by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in late 2014. Monsanto claims a low risk to human health, but the research is showing something very different. Will these health concerns be enough for the EPA to put restrictions on the herbicide - or to ban it altogether?

    Thus far, Monsanto has been successful in portraying Roundup as a safe and effective herbicide.

  • The Silent Anguish of Pregnant Women Who Struggle With Addiction

    The Silent Anguish of Pregnant Women Who Struggle With Addiction

    By Erika L. Sánchez, Truthout | Report

    In early July, Mallory Loyola, 26, was charged with assault after her newborn girl tested positive for meth. Loyola is the first woman in the state to be arrested under a new Tennessee law that "allows the state to criminally charge mothers for the illegal use of a narcotic drug while pregnant," if their children are harmed or addicted to the drug. Many medical experts and reproductive rights advocates warn that this kind of legislation is detrimental to women and worry that similar legislation will be passed in other states.

  • The Changing Map of Latin America

    The Changing Map of Latin America

    By Santiago Navarro F. and Renata Bessi, Truthout | Report

    The map of Latin America is in full flux. The reconfiguration of territories primarily affects the 670 indigenous communities that stretch from the Rio Grande to Patagonia, according to statistics from the Economic Commission of Latin America and the Caribbean. This political, social and economic remodeling of territory has been accompanied by seemingly endless conflict and social upheaval across the continent.