Glyphosate effects on soil rhizosphere-associated bacterial communities

Study on the long-term effects of glyphosate…

Glyphosate is one of the most widely used herbicides in agriculture with predictions that 1.35 million metric tons will be used annually by 2017. With the advent of glyphosate tolerant (GT) cropping more than 10 years ago, there is now concern for non-target effects on soil microbial communities that has potential to negatively affect soil functions, plant health, and crop productivity. Although extensive research has been done on short-term response to glyphosate, relatively little information is available on long-term effects. Therefore, the overall objective was to investigate shifts in the rhizosphere bacterial community following long-term glyphosate application on GT corn and soybean in the greenhouse.

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Is the food industry conspiring to make you fat?

Worth a read!
Our food environment sets us up for failure and fat. Everywhere we look we see food triggers. This article looks at the problem with a view to helping us succeed by reframing the food debate and stopping the shame and blame cycle. (*Ed. Note – I would like to shame the article for putting a mouthwatering image of sugary foods right at the top, in effect doing what they are condemning)

Any attempts to restructure our food environments so they are more supportive of health are often criticized as denying freedom of choice.

But what if we reframe the debate over personal choice and collective responsibility by thinking of our modern food environment in the same way as the legal defence of criminal entrapment?

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The Sugar / Opioid Addiction Connection

Another look at the research on the sugar/opioid addiction connection from theconversation.com.

Sugar in the diet may increase risks of opioid addiction

Could a diet high in refined sugars make children and adults more susceptible to opioid addiction and overdose? New research, from our laboratory of behavioral neuroscience at the University of Guelph, suggests it could.

As North America’s opioid crisis worsens, schools across Canada are purchasing naloxone anti-overdose kits. Research suggests that risks of opioid addiction could also be addressed through attention to children’s nutrition.

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High Fructose Corn Syrup And Opioid Addiction

From Forbes’ Pharma and Healthcare:

Study Reveals Possible Connection Between High Fructose Corn Syrup And Opioid Addiction

Diets high in high fructose corn syrup may indirectly contribute to opioid dependence, according to research presented this week at Neuroscience 2017, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

Previous research has shown that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) impacts the brain in a way similar to addictive drugs. It triggers a response in the brain’s reward system circuitry that leads to continued cravings, in much the same way as a narcotic. These similarities have led researchers to wonder whether diets high in HFCS may play a role in opioid dependence.

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