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Monsanto-Bayer Gets Bitten. But the Fight Is Far from Over. 3.7.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
In 2016, Christine Sheppard traveled to The Hague, Netherlands, to testify before the Monsanto Tribunal (which Organic Consumers Association helped organize).  Sheppard told the panel of lawyers and judges she believed Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller had caused her life-destroying non-Hodgkin lymphoma. She later joined tens of thousands of cancer victims who sued Monsanto (now owned by Bayer). Last week, Bayer settled most of those lawsuits, for a staggering $10 billion.  Sheppard, whose story began in 1995, on a farm in Hawaii that she and her husband were forced to sell after her cancer diagnosis, called the settlement a “slap in the face.” As she wrote  this week in the Guardian: “Bayer admitted no guilt, will continue to sell Roundup, and refused to label it as carcinogenic. People will continue to get cancer from it.” $10 billion is a lot of money to have to pay out to victims of a product Bayer insists is “safe.” We can probably count that as a ...
EU Plans to Reduce Pesticides by 50% 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The European Commission today proposed a plan to transform the European Union’s agricultural system, to make it more sustainable and safer from a health perspective. The plan includes a target of reducing the use of pesticides by 50% in the next decade.

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More Pandemics in Our Future, Unless We Shut Down Gain-of-Function Research: An Interview with André Leu 30.5.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
In an interview conducted on May 20, 2020, Pat Thomas and André Leu discussed the possible origins of COVID-19. Leu is international director of Regeneration International . He is also author of several peer-reviewed papers and books. His latest book  is “Poisoning our Children.”   PT: Hey everyone, wherever you're turning in from today. You are very welcome here on Facebook live with the Organic Consumers Association . We are continuing our exploration of the coronavirus, and its origins, and looking at some of the evidence that the mainstream media seems too often to want to downplay. I'm Pat Thomas and with me today is André Leu. André is the international director of Regeneration International , he's a longtime organic farmer in Australia, he's a former president of IFOAM Organics International and author of the books " Poisoning Our Children " and "The Myths of Safe Pesticides." "The Myths of Safe Pesticides." André, ...
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How to Reduce Plastic and Other Ocean Pollution Simultaneously 27.5.2020 WRI Stories
How to Reduce Plastic and Other Ocean Pollution Simultaneously Comments|Add Comment|PrintUp to 13 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean every year. Photo by pxfuel Plastic has gone from the greatest invention of the modern era to one of the most challenging materials to manage. Each year, up to 13 million metric tons of plastic enter the ocean, the equivalent of one garbage truck of waste every minute. The world has responded with countless intiatives, campaigns and agreements to ban... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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New CDC warning old hat to Chicagoans: Rats scurry for food during COVID-19 restaurant closures 26.5.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Rats in Chicago are getting hungrier, bolder during Illinois' stay-at-home order. With restaurants closed, they’ll follow the food indoors and resort to cannibalism before they starve.
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Regenerative Agriculture: Good for Soil Health, but Limited Potential to Mitigate Climate Change 12.5.2020 WRI Stories
Regenerative Agriculture: Good for Soil Health, but Limited Potential to Mitigate Climate Change Comments|Add Comment|PrintA farmer uses a no-till planter. Photo by United Soybean Board/Flickr Agriculture needs to close an 11-gigaton greenhouse gas (GHG) gap between expected emissions in 2050 and those needed to hold global warming below 2oC. Several noteworthy reports have proposed a range of mitigation options. Our World Resources Report: Creating a Sustainable Food Future, issued jointly... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ...
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Want to save your citrus trees? Start a full-fledged insect war 24.4.2020 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

You'll have to declare brutal warfare on the ants in your yard while embracing a tiny parasitoid wasp that eats its living prey from the inside out.

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Why old is new again in farming, and why it has the potential to feed and save the planet 23.4.2020 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
The COVID-19 pandemic response shows our potential to pull together.
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How 2019 laid the groundwork for change in the chemical industry 15.1.2020 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
There's a movement to regulate toxics such as Chlorpyrifos and PFAS.
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These 21 projects are democratizing data for farmers 25.11.2019 Small Business | GreenBiz.com
On fields across the world, phones, tablets, drones and other technologies are changing how food is grown. Through these devices, artificial intelligence (AI) — technology able to perform tasks that require human intelligence — may help farmers use the techniques they already know and trust on a bigger scale. And big data — data sets that reveal telling patterns about growth, yield, weather and more — may help farmers make better decisions before crises strike.
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Policy News: November 4, 2019 4.11.2019 EcoTone
In This Issue: Senate Advances Spending Bills, Status of Appropriations Uncertain Bills fund the Departments of Interior and Agriculture, National Science Foundation and more. Congress House passes bills banning mining and drilling the Grand Canyon and Chaco National Historical Park. Executive Branch White House revives President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Courts Conservation ...
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Chemical companies agree to end fight over pesticide ban 10.10.2019 LA Times: Environment

Chemical companies agreed not to fight California's ban of Chlorpyrifos, a pesticide linked to learning disabilities.

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Don't pull the weeds in Rainbeau Mars' edible garden 13.9.2019 LA Times: Environment

Actress turned wellness guru Rainbeau Mars traded her lawn in Venice for an edible landscape of herbs, fruit trees, vegetables and, yup, even nutritious "weeds" like dandelions and stinging nettles.

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Organic food health benefits have been hard to assess, but that could change 28.8.2019 GreenBiz.com
Organic growing is proven to be better for biodiversity and chemical exposure, but is the food actually more nutritious?
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Counterfeit cannabis products stoke black market for California weed 26.8.2019 LA Times: Business

All across California, knockoffs of popular cannabis products are popping up, helping to keep the state's flourishing black market alive.

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Mexican marijuana traffickers are poisoning California forests with a banned pesticide, officials say 22.8.2019 LA Times: Environment

Law enforcement officials are targeting pot-growing sites in the Sierra where they say Mexican drug traffickers have been using a dangerous pesticide.

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What is Chlorpyrifos? Donald Trump's EPA Says It Won't Ban Controversial Pesticide Linked to Brain Development Problems in Children 19.7.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The chemical belongs to a class of pesticides known as organophosphates which are used on more than 50 different crops.
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Trump Stings Honeybees While They’re Down 13.7.2019 Mother Jones
Bees are in a world of trouble right now. A few years ago, the US Environmental Protection Agency took some steps to protect the insects by limiting the use of an insecticide called sulfoxaflor. Made by Corteva, the agricultural arm of DowDupont, sulfoxaflor is “highly toxic to bees and other pollinating insects,” and it also appears […]
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A deadly fungus is killing millions of bats in the U.S. Now it’s in California 5.7.2019 LA Times: Commentary

A mysterious fungus that has killed millions of bats in the eastern United States and left caves littered with their tiny carcasses has arrived in Northern California and appears poised to spread throughout the state, according to officials.

Government biologists confirmed Friday that a number...

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More bad buzz for bees: Record numbers of honey bee colonies died last winter 20.6.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: News
An annual survey of beekeepers shows the rate of colony death last winter was the highest reported since the survey began thirteen years ago.
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