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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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The story of the king of fruits – Mango 17.4.2018 Buzz – The Navhind Times
Miguel Braganza Mango is clearly the ‘king of fruits’, especially in the tropics. Unscrupulous traders encourage farmers to spray the trees and the fruits with insecticides and fungicides, many of which are banned in the advanced countries. The mango crop can be grown free from poisonous insecticides and fungicides that are freely used by commercial ...
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Enough is enough. Scott Pruitt needs to go. 29.3.2018 Washington Post
Enough is enough. Scott Pruitt needs to go.
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Glyphosate levels linked to shortened pregnancy length: Research 26.3.2018 Health – The Indian Express
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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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Glyphosate cancer warning in California halted 28.2.2018 LA Times: Business

A federal judge on Monday temporarily barred California environmental officials from requiring cancer warnings on food products that contain traces of the herbicide glyphosate.

The injunction by U.S. District Judge William Shubb leaves glyphosate on the state’s so-called Proposition 65 list as...

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Judge orders California agricultural officials to cease pesticide use 27.2.2018 LA Times: Commentary

A judge has ordered California agricultural officials to stop spraying pesticides on public and private property to control insects that threaten the state’s $45-billion agriculture industry.

The injunction by a Sacramento County Superior Court judge, issued late last week, could throw a substantial...

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GOP lawmakers take aim at cancer research group over Roundup 7.2.2018 AP Business
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican lawmakers are threatening to cut off U.S. funding for the World Health Organization's cancer research program over its finding that the herbicide Roundup is probably carcinogenic to humans....
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Unsafe on the farm 27.1.2018 Opinion – The Indian Express
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Tamil Nadu: School sweeper averts tragedy by reporting water contamination  26.1.2018 India – The Indian Express
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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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Pesticide death probe blames farmers & govt, experts say soft on manufacturers 26.1.2018 India – The Indian Express
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In its Quest to Kill Regulations, Trump’s EPA May Allow Teenagers to Handle Farm Pesticides Again 18.1.2018 Mother Jones
In its ongoing zeal to nix regulations, the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency has yet another one in its crosshairs: a rule banning minors from applying pesticides on farms. In December, amid the frenzied debate over the GOP tax overhaul, the EPA announced in a release its intent to “revise the minimum age requirements” for pesticide […]
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A law for the farmer 4.1.2018 Opinion – The Indian Express
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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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Is GMO opposition immoral? 2.1.2018 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Is GMO opposition immoral?
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Not easy being green: Legal pot brings environmental rules 22.12.2017 AP National
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- At a state briefing on environmental rules that await growers entering California's soon-to-be-legal marijuana trade, organic farmers Ulysses Anthony, Tracy Sullivan and Adam Mernit listened intently, eager to make their humble cannabis plot a model of sustainable agriculture in a notoriously destructive industry dominated by the black market....
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Drifting Pesticides Keep Making California Farm Workers Sick 21.12.2017 Mother Jones
In August, a group 167 farm workers were harvesting garlic in California’s agriculture-heavy Kern County when some of them began to feel ill. The county’s agriculture department later found that 92 of the workers “exhibited symptoms of pesticide exposure.” This week, after concluding its investigation into the issue, Kern County slapped five companies with fines for incidents […]
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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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