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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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Starbucks Accused of Exposing Customers to Potentially Deadly Pesticide 22.5.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Coffee giant has dismissed suggestions their use of chemical near food could have harmed customers as an attempt to "incite public fear.”
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It's not just salt, sugar, fat: Study finds ultra-processed foods drive weight gain 16.5.2019 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
"Landmark" study finds a highly processed diet spurred people to overeat compared with an unprocessed diet, about 500 extra calories a day. That suggests something about processing itself is at play.
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Bees Exposed to Pesticide Become Hyperactive Before Crashing Out 30.4.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
In a "bee treadmill" experiment, the pesticide reduced the length of time and distance that the insects could fly.
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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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New produce guide shows eating kale is a lot dirtier than you think 20.3.2019 LA Times: Commentary

Kale, strawberries and spinach top the Environmental Working Group’s list of the 12 fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residue. The list, called the Dirty Dozen, is released each year by the nonprofit consumer advocacy group.

The list was compiled using more than 40,000 produce samples...

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Buy Organic Food to Help Curb Global Insect Collapse, Say Scientists 15.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Buying organic food is among the actions people can take to curb the global decline in insects, according to leading scientists. Urging political action to slash pesticide use on conventional farms is another, say environmentalists.

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Why the Green New Deal Needs to Include Fair Prices for Farmers 13.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The GND twin resolutions, introduced February 7, 2019, call for all Americans to have access to healthy food, clean water and clean air. The GND also proposes to provide “economic security,” jobs and good wages to all who want to participate in the new green economy.

For consumers, healthy food (and clean water and clean air, for that matter) mean transitioning away from an industrial agriculture model that poisons our food and pollutes our environment.

For farmers, any promise of “economic security” must include the return to an economic agriculture model based on providing farmers a fair price for the products they produce—or as the agriculture industry calls it, “parity pricing.” Only then, will the GND fulfill its promise to clean up our food system, clean up our environment and provide a “fair and just transition for all communities and workers.”

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URGENT: Support Needed for Bill to Ban Pesticide that Harms Children! 13.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
Chlorpyrifos, manufactured by DowDuPont, is a neurotoxic organophosphate pesticide that’s been linked to severe birth defects, brain damage and mental disorders in children. Yet despite these known  risks , and despite  new evidence  suggesting that Dow knew for decades how toxic chlorpyrifos is to children, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) still allows chlorpyrifos to be sprayed on more than 50 fruits, vegetables and nuts, including strawberries, almonds, oranges, broccoli and apples. If the EPA won’t do its job, it’s time for Congress to ...
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Why We Can't Separate Justice and Sustainability in the Food System 10.2.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Most of us wish we could eat with the confidence that everything on our plate has a story we can feel good about, a story about taking care of both people and the environment. In the food system (as elsewhere) these twin issues, justice and sustainability, have often been talked about as if they were unrelated, independent problems with separate solutions.

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New Study Confirms: Degenerative Food & Farming System Poses Mortal Threat 29.1.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

A new study calling for a “radical rethink” of the relationship between policymakers and corporations reinforces what Organic Consumers Association and other public interest groups have been saying for years: Our triple global health crises of deteriorating public health, world hunger and global warming share common root causes—and that the best way to address these crises is to address what they all have in common: an unhealthy, inequitable food system perpetuated by a political and economic system largely driven by corporate profit.

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Bees Are Facing Yet Another Existential Threat 26.1.2019 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by Reveal and produced in collaboration with the Food & Environment Reporting Network, an independent nonprofit news organization. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. While soybean farmers watched the drift-prone weed killer dicamba ravage millions of acres of crops over the last two years, Arkansas beekeeper Richard Coy noticed a parallel disaster […]
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Bees Face yet Another Lethal Threat in Dicamba, a Drift-Prone Pesticide 24.1.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

While soybean farmers watched the drift-prone weed killer dicamba ravage millions of acres of crops over the last two years, Arkansas beekeeper Richard Coy noticed a parallel disaster unfolding among the weeds near those fields. When Coy spotted the withering weeds, he realized why hives that produced 100 pounds of honey three summers ago now were managing barely half that: Dicamba probably had destroyed his bees’ food.

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12 Reasons Why Even Low Levels of Glyphosate Are Unsafe 20.1.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Proponents of GMOs and Glyphosate-based herbicides and staunch believers in the EPA have long argued that low levels of glyphosate exposure are safe for humans. Even our own EPA tells us that Americans can consume 17 times more glyphosate in our drinking water than European residents.

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Colorado women in agriculture help connect the dots for public between farms, dinner table 20.1.2019 Denver Post: News: Local
Colorado women in agriculture, who make up 37 percent of the state's farmers and ranchers, are sharing their stories of what goes into producing food with members of the public.
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Gambling With Our Health: Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Cost the U.S. $340 Billion a Year 19.1.2019 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The diseases caused by exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in our food, environment and household and personal care products cost the U.S. $340 billion a year, says children’s environmental health expert Dr. Leonardo Trasande.

Trasande is the author of “Sicker, Fatter, Poorer,” featured on a recent CBS News segment. The book highlights the potentially harmful effects of thousands of endocrine disruptors, also known as hormone mimickers, which can interfere with the body’s endocrine system and cause adverse developmental, reproductive and neurological effects.

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The Dirty Truth About Oat Milk 17.1.2019 Mother Jones
Move over, almond and soy milk: An oat milk boom, as I argued in a piece last year, could help the Midwest solve some of its most dire agricultural issues. And now there’s new research out this month to help support the case for covering the region with oats. In states like Iowa, fertilizer runoff from […]
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8 types of ag-tech startups with the right ingredients for sustainability 9.1.2019 GreenBiz.com
Here are some of the promising ventures being backed by the likes of Tyson, Campbell Soups and Danone.
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Microbes in the crop rows: Soil's secrets may yield a new ag revolution 26.11.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A U of M scientist is leading an international effort that explores the next frontier of science: Soil microbes. Her research could fundamentally change the way farmers grow the food we eat.
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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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