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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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Bayer pours $5.6 billion into weedkillers that are not Monsanto’s Roundup 14.6.2019 LA Times: Business

Bayer will pump about $5.6 billion of its research and development budget into alternatives to its weedkiller glyphosate over the next decade as it battles more than 13,000 lawsuits claiming the herbicide causes cancer.

Trying to ease concerns about the controversial compound, the German chemical...

Rat infestation at L.A. City Hall linked to nearby homeless camps, report finds 3.6.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

When faced with complaints earlier this year from city workers about rats infesting L.A. City Hall, most city officials said little about whether the problem was connected to several homeless camps right outside.

But a newly uncovered report from a pest control company hired by the city has raised...

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New Boulder County GMO crop transition plan still has critics 1.6.2019 Headlines: All Headlines
Boulder County open space staff have modified proposed changes to a plan to phase out the production of genetically modified foods on thousands of acres of publicly owned cropland.
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Springing into action against Roundup -- the mounting evidence against use of glyphosate 1.6.2019 - 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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Safe or scary? The shifting reputation of Roundup 30.5.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Business
The world's most widely used weed killer was once seen as one of the safest pesticides. Now it is blamed for causing cancer. Yet the scientific evidence remains disputed.
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Trump’s ‘pro-life’ administration just killed a program on children’s health 20.5.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

For more than 20 years, the federal Environmental Protection Agency and National Institutes of Health have partnered to fund a unique nationwide program studying environmental impacts on children’s health.

No more. The Trump administration is zeroing out the EPA contribution to the program, forcing...

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Rat poison is killing California's mountain lions. We need to act 13.5.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Rats multiply by the millions, transmit horrible diseases and are just about the last thing you’d want to see in your kitchen, attic, garage or office. Densely populated cities with steady supplies of trash are havens for rats. Los Angeles City Hall had an infestation so bad that officials considered...

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Climate Change Has Increased Risk of Devastating Banana Disease 7.5.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
“The disease was imported to Honduras in 1972 from Asia, and is now present across Latin America and the Caribbean," Daniel Bebber told Newsweek.
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L.A. sues unlicensed pot dispensary, alleging it sold pesticide-tainted marijuana 17.4.2019 LA Times: Commentary

An unlicensed South L.A. cannabis dispensary was selling products sprayed with a dangerous pesticide, according to a lawsuit announced Wednesday that is part of a broad crackdown on illegal marijuana sales in Los Angeles.

The dispensary, Kush Club 20, was selling cannabis sprayed with paclobutrazol,...

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Rocky Mountain Arsenal continues to leak contaminants into groundwater, Colorado health department lawsuit says 16.4.2019 Denver Post: News: Local
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has sued the U.S. Army claiming that dangerous chemicals including pesticides continue to leach into groundwater at Rocky Mountain Arsenal.
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Colorado issues public health advisory after pesticide found on certain marijuana products 12.4.2019 Denver Post: Business
The advisory cited "potentially unsafe pesticide residue" on marijuana flower, trim, concentrates, and infused-products cultivated by Mile High Medical LLC dba MMJ America Uptown.
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What’s Causing an Outbreak of a Mysterious Fungal Infection? America’s Farms Offer a Clue. 11.4.2019 Mother Jones
Last Saturday, the New York Times came out with an alarming report on Candida auris, a drug-resistant fungal pathogen that has been attacking patients with compromised immune systems in hospitals across the globe, including facilities in New York, New Jersey, and Illinois.  What caught my eye was the possible link, noted in the article, with widespread […]
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'Bee Safe' Pesticide May Not Be Very Safe for Bees 10.4.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Concern has been growing about the effects of agricultural pesticides on the health of bees.
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The Latest $80 Million Cancer Judgment Is Just the Beginning of Roundup’s Woes 29.3.2019 Mother Jones
On Wednesday afternoon, German chemical giant Bayer sustained another costly legal defeat related to Monsanto, the US seed and pesticide giant it subsumed last year. A US District Court jury in San Francisco awarded plaintiff Edward Hardeman $80.3 million—including $75 million in damages—after ruling that Monsanto’s blockbuster glyphosate-based Roundup herbicides had caused his case of […]
Monsanto: Why We Cut Chemicals From Agriculture 28.3.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
In an ideal world, farmers would not need to use chemicals to produce our food and fiber, but that is not the reality we have to live with.
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Jury awards $80 million to man who said Roundup weedkiller caused his cancer 28.3.2019 LA Times: Business

A U.S. jury on Wednesday awarded $80 million in damages to a California man who blamed Roundup weedkiller for his cancer, in a case that his attorneys say could help determine the fate of hundreds of similar lawsuits.

The six-person jury in San Francisco returned its verdict in favor of Edwin Hardeman,...

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