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By Paul Koberstein, Earth Island Journal

12 October 14

Data shows insecticides can cause significant harm to children. Dow Chemical is trying to convince the EPA otherwise

The bodies and minds of children living on the Hawaiian island of Kaua‘i are being threatened by exposure to chlorpyrifos, a synthetic insecticide that is heavily sprayed on fields located near their homes and schools.

For decades, researchers have been publishing reports about children who died or were maimed after exposure to chlorpyrifos, either in the womb or after birth. While chlorpyrifos can no longer legally be used around the house or in the garden, it is still legal to use on the farm. But researchers are finding that children aren’t safe when the insecticide is applied to nearby fields.

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The Real Dangers of GMOs–Earth Island Journal

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The great state of Vermont became the third state on Thursday to call on the U.S. Congress to overturn the Supreme Court’s controversial and corrupt ruling in Citizens United v. FEC.

The Vermont House passed the resolution by a 92-40 vote. The Vermont Senate passed the resolution 26-3 last week. No doubt, representatives who voted against the measure may have been on the Koch brothers pay roll.

The 2010 Citizens United ruling struck down key provisions of the federal McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform law and gave rise to super PACS, officially known as independent-expenditure only committees, which can raise an unlimited amount of money to influence federal elections as long as they do not directly coordinate with a candidate’s campaign.

The ruling held that limiting corporate campaign spending violated the First Amendment, because political contributions were a form of political speech and corporations were legally persons. It should be pointed out that the word “corporation” does not appear in the constitution, a point the Koch Brothers wing of the court refused to acknowledge, Scalia, Thomas, Roberts and Alito.

“The General Assembly urges Congress to consider the request of many Vermont cities and towns to propose a U.S. constitutional amendment for the state’s consideration that provides that money is not speech and corporations are not persons under the U.S. Constitution and that also affirms the constitutional rights of natural persons,” Vermont’s resolution, authored by State Senator Ginny Lyons (D), stated.

Similar resolutions have passed in Hawaii and New Mexico.

“By fighting so passionately, Vermonters have put the state on the map as opposing corporate influence in our elections. Public Citizen is proud to have played a coordinating role with our Vermont partners in this movement victory,” said Aquene Freechild, senior organizer with Public Citizen’s Democracy Is For People campaign.

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