California RULES Against Monsanto, Requiring Cancer Warning Label On Roundup

By Allison Waldbeser

Officials from Fresno, California have just proposed a rule that will require Monsanto to label its herbicide Roundup as a possible cancer threat. The main ingredient in this herbicide is glyphosate – but what exactly is glyphosate? According to glyphosate facts, it is “one of the world’s most widely used broad spectrum herbicides and accounts for around 25% of the global herbicide market.” The scariest part about this chemical is its likely contribution to the development of cancer. The World Health Organization’s International Cancer Agency states that glyphosate is probably carcinogenic to humans”. Due to these findings, California is deciding to take action.

Monsanto Co. uses this herbicide as one of their main ingredients in their popular weed-killer spray “Roundup”. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends that people avoid contact with fields for 12 hours after Roundup has been sprayed, while Monsanto maintains that the chemical poses no risk to consumers.

Despite the heavy use of Roundup in our communities, many are still unaware of the potential danger it poses. We think farmers and consumers have a right to know the risks of it so they can make informed decisions about what they’re eating and what goes into their bodies. #JustLabelIt!

Fortunately, it is alleviating to see the state of California taking precautions. In the meantime, California regulators and Monsanto continue to battle it out as the public awaits a formal court decision. 

What do you think – should California (and other states) require Monsanto to label Roundup as a possible cancer threat?

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Spinach Basil Artichoke Dip

Cold weather got you down? We’ve got just the recipe to warm up your day — creamy, cheesy Spinach Basil Artichoke Dip! Our tastebuds are still recovering from this heavenly dip loaded with spinach and infused with homegrown basil. Perfect with some warm pita bread or your favorite cracker.

Cook time: 25 minutes
Makes: 2 1/2 cups
Serves 4-5 people

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softenedimg_9833
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese (optional)
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup spinach, blanched and chopped
  • 4 oz artichoke hearts
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil, washed and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes (or to taste)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. Add all ingredients along with salt and pepper to taste into a medium-size bowl and mix well. Spoon into an oven-safe serving bowl. You can top with additional mozzarella cheese if you’d like!
3. Bake for 25 minutes until dip is nice and bubbly.

Serve while warm and with purple corn tortilla chips, veggies, or thin slices of toasted bread!

Want to make it vegan? Use vegan cream cheese, soy yogurt, vegan parmesan and mozzarella cheese, and leave out the ricotta.

 

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Cinnamon Cereal Snickerdoodles

Whether you’re gearing up for a night in of baking or planning to “wow” at your next social function, we’ve got you covered! We’re bringing a biodynamic® twist to your favorite Snickerdoodle with a surprising secret ingredient – Cinnamon Clusters cereal. Ready, set, bake!

Prep: 30 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Makes: 2 dozen cookies

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup all purpose flourimg_9652
  • 3/4 cup crushed Biodynamic Cinnamon Cereal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground clove
  • 1 tbsp milk powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Cinnamon Sugar

  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 

Directions:

1. In a medium bowl whisk together flour, cinnamon cereal, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, clove, milk powder and salt until well mixed.

2. In a separate bowl, beat butter until creamy. Next, add sugar and beat for 1-2 minutes. Then add egg, vanilla extract and maple syrup and beat until well incorporated. Lastly, add in dry ingredients and mix well. Place in the freezer and preheat oven to 350 F.

3. In a small bowl mix together the cinnamon and sugar for the topping.

4.Once oven is ready, remove cookie dough from freezer. Roll 1 tablespoon of cookie dough into a ball. Roll the cookie dough ball into the cinnamon sugar until well coated. Place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat with the rest of the cookie dough.

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Bake for 10 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

Enjoy!

P.S. Vegan? No problem – swap in vegan butter, remove milk powder, and substitute egg with 1/4 cup of cup of applesauce!

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