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Springing into action against Roundup -- the mounting evidence against use of glyphosate 1.6.2019 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Food & Health Since the inception of this column, a lot of turf has been covered regarding some very challenging agricultural and food issues related to seed, pesticides, health and sustainable agriculture. Often Monsanto and its activities have come into question. Less than three weeks ago, the National Farmers Union initiated an online petition calling on the Canadian federal government to ban Roundup and glyphosate. Monsanto, a huge transnational which has now merged with Bayer, looms large globally when it comes to farmers, weed control, genetic manipulation of seed, Roundup and cancer. In 2018, Monsanto was bought by Bayer for $63 billion. Bayer now faces close to 14,000 lawsuits against its product glyphosate, and in the past year its stock has dropped by 40 per cent. (And yes, that is the same Bayer that makes aspirins and vitamins, and now, most infamously, the pesticide known as Roundup, and its active ingredient glyphosate.) In the last few years Monsanto has been on public trial -- despite its ...
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Commercial honeybees threaten to displace Utah’s native bees 7.3.2019 High Country News Most Recent
Federal lands could offer hives a respite from pesticides.
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Looking to fungi, spiders and other natural insect killers for less toxic alternatives to synthetic pesticides 17.1.2019 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
New technologies based on natural chemicals are yielding more environmentally friendly ways to control pests that eat our food and harm our health.
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Organic farming with gene editing: an oxymoron or a tool for sustainable agriculture? 19.10.2018 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Many farmers cultivating organic crops believe that genetically modified crops pose threats to human health. It's not that simple.
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You can't outproduce our environment 6.10.2018 GreenBiz.com
Or, how this farmer chose regenerative agriculture over conventional growing.
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How much a life? Monsanto trial exposes risks of Roundup herbicide 23.8.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
"This case is way bigger than me. I hope it gets the attention that it needs." -- Dewayne Johnson, former school groundskeeper awarded $289 million in damages from Monsanto As a Saskatchewan resident for many years, I often heard the phrase "Roundup Ready." It was coined as if it were a harmless jingle for soda pop. The ad still rings in my ears. All farmers know of Roundup, the most effective weed killer. Most urbanites do as well. The way the corporate giant Monsanto has marketed, promoted, and created an artificial need for Roundup is a true story of profiteering and avarice. Now, finally, even some courts are accepting that it likely kills much more than just weeds and that Monsanto has acted to cover up concerns about the safety of Roundup. A few years ago, Dewayne Johnson, a courageous man and one who is also dying of cancer, launched a lawsuit against Monsanto. In early August, Johnson had his day in court -- and won. He showed that David can still take down Goliath -- something that some of us ...
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How much a life? Monsanto trial exposes safety risks of Roundup herbicide 23.8.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
"This case is way bigger than me. I hope it gets the attention that it needs." -- Dewayne Johnson, former school groundskeeper awarded $289 million in damages from Monsanto As a Saskatchewan resident for many years, I often heard the phrase "Roundup Ready." It was coined as if it were a harmless jingle for soda pop. The ad still rings in my ears. All farmers know of Roundup, the most effective weed killer. Most urbanites do as well. The way the corporate giant Monsanto has marketed, promoted, and created an artificial need for Roundup is a true story of profiteering and avarice. Now, finally, even some courts are accepting that it likely kills much more than just weeds and that Monsanto has acted to cover up concerns about the safety of Roundup. A few years ago, Dewayne Johnson, a courageous man and one who is also dying of cancer, launched a lawsuit against Monsanto. In early August, Johnson had his day in court -- and won. He showed that David can still take down Goliath -- something that some of us ...
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Monsanto found liable in lawsuit claiming its herbicide causes cancer 23.8.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Monsanto found liable in lawsuit claiming its herbicide causes cancer
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How much a life? Monsanto trial exposes safety risks of company's herbicide 23.8.2018 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
"This case is way bigger than me. I hope it gets the attention that it needs." -- Dewayne Johnson, former school groundskeeper awarded $289 million in damages from Monsanto As a Saskatchewan resident for many years, I often heard the phrase "Roundup Ready." It was coined as if it were a harmless jingle for soda pop. The ad still rings in my ears. All farmers know of Roundup, the most effective weed killer. Most urbanites do as well. The way the corporate giant Monsanto has marketed, promoted, and created an artificial need for Roundup is a true story of profiteering and avarice. Now, finally, even some courts are accepting that it likely kills much more than just weeds and that Monsanto has acted to cover up concerns about the safety of Roundup. A few years ago, Dewayne Johnson, a courageous man and one who is also dying of cancer, launched a lawsuit against Monsanto. In early August, Johnson had his day in court -- and won. He showed that David can still take down Goliath -- something that some of us ...
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The Bayer-Monsanto Merger Is Bad News for the Planet 20.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Two new studies from Europe  have found that the number of farm birds in France has crashed by a third in just 15 years, with some species being almost eradicated. The collapse in the bird population  mirrors the discovery last October  that over three quarters of all flying insects in Germany have vanished in just three decades. Insects are the staple food source of birds, the pollinators of fruits, and the aerators of the soil. The chief suspect in this mass extinction is the aggressive use of neonicotinoid pesticides,  particularly imidacloprid and clothianidin, both made by German-based chemical giant Bayer . These pesticides,  along with toxic glyphosate herbicides (Roundup) , have delivered a one-two punch against Monarch butterflies, honeybees and birds. But rather than banning these toxic chemicals, on March 21st  the EU approved  the $66 billion merger of Bayer and Monsanto, the US agribusiness giant producing Roundup and the genetically modified (GMO) seeds that have reduced seed diversity ...
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California Court Blocks State Agriculture Department From Spraying Pesticides 4.3.2018 Truthout.com
In a win for environmental and public health advocates, a California court has halted a program that allows the state agriculture department to spray pesticides on public and private property without proper notice to the public about its intention to spray or adequate study of the possible adverse impacts of the chemicals used. The court order, which came late last week, was in response to a  lawsuit  brought by 11 environmental and public health groups -- including the Environmental Working Group, Center for Food Safety, Pesticide Action Network North America, Center for Biological Diversity, and Moms Advocating Sustainability -- and the city of Berkeley. The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA)  Plant Pest Prevention and Management Program , which is supposed to control outbreaks of invasive plant pests, gave the agency the license to use 79 pesticides -- including some known to cause cancer and birth defects and to be highly toxic to bees, butterflies, and other wildlife -- ...
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The strawberry industry is about to change forever 26.1.2018 TreeHugger
California's dominant strawberry market cannot survive without toxic soil fumigants, which have been recently banned.
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Genetic Changes Help Mosquitoes Survive Pesticide Attacks 3.1.2018 Environmental News Network
For decades, chemical pesticides have been the most important way of controlling insects like the Anopheles mosquito species that spreads malaria to humans. Unfortunately, the bugs have fought back, evolving genetic shields to protect themselves and their offspring from future attacks.
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Pesticides and Poor Nutrition Damage Animal Health 20.12.2017 Environmental News Network
The combined effects of pesticides and a lack of nutrition form a deadly one-two punch, new research from biologists at the University of California San Diego has shown for the first time.
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Pesticides Linked to Declining Bee Populations Also Threaten Birds and Small Mammals 19.12.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The Environmental Protection Agency's latest assessment of four neonicotinoid pesticides linked to declining populations of pollinators show that they could also harm birds and small mammals, but the agency is reluctant to ban their use until it completes its review. Environmentalists, concerned that it may prove too late for some species, want restrictions placed on the chemicals. Support your favorite writers by making sure we can keep publishing them! Make a donation to Truthout to ensure independent journalism survives. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has determined that popular pesticides linked to declining bee populations also pose a threat to birds and, in some cases, small mammals and insects. The EPA  released  preliminary scientific assessments of four chemicals from the neonicotinoid or "neonic" class of insecticides on Friday as part of an ongoing review that environmentalists and farmers are watching closely. Previous EPA assessments echoed  research   showing  that neonics can ...
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Do migrant workers have access to health care? 8.12.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Heryka Miranda Do migrant workers have healthcare? The answer to that question is not easy. As a condition of employment, migrant workers have the right to public healthcare , however, whether they have access is a more complicated question. Many workers do not know that they have healthcare, and generally only access emergency services. Most only have the right to the basic benefits available as a part of the provincial health system, not to dental, prescription drug and other such coverage. Migrant workers often work long hours for 6 or 7 days a week. When you add language barriers, lack of transportation, and fear of the employer finding out about their illnesses, many workers report major impediments to accessing healthcare . There are also important concerns about occupational health and safety, and currently there are campaigns to demand  better pesticide rules and improve occupational health and safety across North America.    I introduce to the reader two groups in the Niagara Region who are ...
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The Forest Service’s battle against illegal marijuana farms 31.10.2017 High Country News Most Recent
Drug cartels on federal land pose enormous environmental and financial costs.
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Exposure to Glyphosate, Chemical Found in Weed Killers, Increased Over 23 Years 24.10.2017 Environmental News Network
Analyzing samples from a prospective study, University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers found that human exposure to glyphosate, a chemical widely found in weed killers, has increased approximately 500 percent since the introduction of genetically modified crops.
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Novel Technique Explains Herbicide's Link to Parkinson's Disease 24.10.2017 Environmental News Network
Northwestern Medicine scientists have used an innovative gene editing technique to identify the genes that may lead to Parkinson’s disease after exposure to paraquat, a commonly-used herbicide.
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It's time to nix neonics 11.10.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David Suzuki The Canadian government is banning plastic microbeads in toiletries. Although designed to clean us, they're polluting the environment, putting the health of fish, wildlife and people at risk. Manufacturers and consumers ushered plastic microbeads into the marketplace, but when we learned of their dangers, we moved to phase them out. Why, then, is it taking so long to phase out the world's most widely used insecticides, neonicotinoids? Scientists have proven they're harming not only the pests they're designed to kill, but also a long list of non-target species, including pollinators we rely on globally for about one-third of food crops. Neonics are systemic pesticides. Plants absorb and integrate them into all tissues -- roots, stems, leaves, flowers, pollen and nectar. First introduced in the 1990s, they now account for one-third of the global pesticide market. Agricultural applications include leaf sprays, and seed and soil treatments. They're also used for trees, turf products, and flea ...
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