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  1. Campaign Summary: Glyphosate is classified as "probably carcinogenic in humans". Although glyphosate as pesticide is banned in organic food production, I think it is still applied as a pre-harvest processing aid on the back of the excuse there is no non-synthetic alternative available, which by the EU law allows the use of synthetic chemicals - practically meaning permitted in organic farming. Moreover, even if glyphosate is not used by the organic farm, it is likely to end up in organic food through contaminated soil and water. I propose to conduct a set of tests of the most popular organic food brands.  
  2. Glyphosate is a broad-spectrum systemic herbicide and crop desiccant. It is known to contaminate water and soil. Due to its physico-chemical properties glyphosate strongly adsorbs into soil and becomes almost immobile there, which means it tends to accumulate in soil. Although ground and surface water are polluted to a less extent, still glyphosate is found in water. Taking into account that application amounts of glyphosate are not controlled and that EFSA does not require buffer zones for organic produce soil protection, there is a likelihood that organic food is contaminated with glyphosate. In the light of the above, I propose to conduct water and soil tests for glyphosate concentration. Tests shall be conducted at (or in close proximity to) several different crop production areas, including organic.  
  3. Fruits and vegetables: the holy grail of health?

    I always wondered how organic production can save their products from pests without pesticides? I bet they use something to circumvent  pesticide bans of organic regulations, and still have some substances in, that are 'not forbidden' and thus otherwise 'allowed', so nobody knows if such chemicals are harmless because no one will ever test against not banned substances.
  4. Aspartame: a daily toxin

    It's not surprising that aspartame is still allowed by EFSA. Obviously they have their part in this story. Aspartame problems are not so significant, and that's why we don't hear a lot about it, but I'm sure that it's the same story behind the regulatory scenes as is with glyphosate scandal.
  5. We all know that unhealthy food, as a rule, is more tasty. Eating meals high in fat, sugar and salt is more satisfying than eating nutritious food, such as brussels sprouts or carrot. Why does our brain drive us to eat junk food and detest the most healthy? Does it mean that 'good' food always has a 'bad' taste?
  6. Gain weight by going 'diet'

    I don't understand one thing. Why producers continue to label their products with such 'diet' markers, when it's became known to general population, that drinks are not actually diet. Are they stupid? I don't think so. What's the reason?