• 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.

  • Finance in the United States: Promoting Inequality and Waste

    Finance in the United States: Promoting Inequality and Waste

    By Dean Baker, Truthout | Op-Ed

    The bloated financial sector in the United States is a major engine of inequality sucking money away from poor and middle income households and making folks like Lloyd Blankfein, Jamie Dimon, and Robert Rubin incredibly rich. There are many who want the government to play a role in reducing inequality. That might be a desirable goal. However a higher priority would be to have the government stop playing a role in increasing inequality as it does with its support for the financial industry.