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Feed a Bee is a major new initiative aimed at increasing forage acreage for honey bees and other pollinators. This collaboration between private enterprise, government, and nonprofit organizations aims to grow 50 million flowers in 2015. Thousands of acres of flower-producing crops will be grown for bees between regular crop production. The world population is expected to grow to over 9 billion people, requiring 70 percent more food by 2050. Now bees must work harder than ever before and they need more food. This program will provide pollinators with access to crucial pollen and nectar sources that they need to live and pollinate crops. People can request a free packet of wildflower seeds from to either plant on their own or request the Feed a Bee initiative to plant on their behalf. Each packet contains about 200 seeds.


The International Agency for Research on Cancer has released its finding that glyphosate, the country’s most popular herbicide, causes cancer in humans. National public health and environmental groups are now calling on the EPA and the USDA to stop its use. For years, glyphosate has been claimed to have “low toxicity” and be “safer” than other chemicals, and it is widely used in food production and on lawns, gardens, parks, and children’s fields. The new findings note that glyphosate caused DNA and chromosomal damage in human cells. Epidemiologic studies have also found that exposure to gylphosate is associated with an increased risk of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Ecological data also reports that glyphosate and glyphosate formulated products are toxic to aquatic organisms and extremely lethal to amphibians. Given there are effective organic management system alternatives available that do not use glyphosate, it is time for the EPA and the USDA to take responsible action to cease the use of this hazardous and unnecessary pesticide.


Recognizing there is a need to break the silence for those who suffer from mental health issues, engage people to talk about mental health and learn how to help each other, Congress has passed the Mental Health First Aid Act. The National Council for Behavioral Health will be training three million people in Mental Health First Aid. These one or two day courses use role-play and simulation to demonstrate how to assess a mental health crisis, select interventions, provide initial help, and connect persons to professional, peer and social supports as well as self-help resources. Find out more at .


Other articles of interest in this Spring 2015 TMIS eNewsletter:

* Consumer Reports, “Eat the Peach, Not the Pesticide: A Shopper’s Guide,” presents a risk guide to consumers for 48 fruits and vegetables from 14 countries and says although choosing organic is always the safest choice, in many cases conventional can be as low risk.

* A study released by 23 states that have legalized marijuana evaluates those state laws governing pesticide use, and finds the use of pesticides in the cultivation of cannabis has health implications for those growing the crop, and for users who are exposed to toxic residues through inhalation, ingestion, and absorption through the skin.

* A newly proposed bi-partisan bill would end the Federal ban on medical marijuana and allow patients, doctors and businesses in states that have already passed medical marijuana laws to participate in those programs without fear of Federal prosecution.

* A celebration of the benefits of organic to the environment, to our health, and of all those who make such work possible in the labs, the fields, and in the orchards brings a sold-out crowd to the annual fundraising event for The Organic Center.

* A national survey shows that Americans think Health Information Exchange should be free, and that personal medical data should be openly shared with their health care providers.

* A research organization examines issues associated with secondhand exposure to e-cigarette emissions and product marketing.

* The Sync Project maps music characteristics to real-time biometrics and objective measurements of physiology to enable the study of the therapeutic effect of music.


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- Mary Michele McLaughlin

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