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Dow fails to warn Californians when pesticide Telone is used, lawsuit alleges 21.9.2016 LA Times: Business

Chemical manufacturing giant Dow fails to warn people in farming communities throughout California when a potentially dangerous pesticide is applied to nearby fields, health advocates alleged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Telone is among the most commonly used pesticides in California — applied to...

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Farmworker Advocates Call For Suspension of Highly Toxic Pesticide 21.9.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

Today, United Farm Workers, labor and community health groups from Florida to California petitioned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately suspend hundreds of uses of chlorpyrifos, an acutely toxic pesticide that harms workers and their family members.

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Startups woo Accelerate audience with climate, waste, ag solutions 21.9.2016 Resource Efficiency | GreenBiz.com
Crafting new fabric from garment waste; transofming CO2 emissions into liquid fuels — here's the stuff of startups' dreams.
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Group says it has sued Dow over pesticide used in California 21.9.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Chemical manufacturing giant Dow fails to warn people in farming communities throughout California when a potentially dangerous pesticide is applied to nearby fields, health advocates claimed in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. Telone is among the most commonly used pesticides in California — applied to strawberry fields, almond orchards, vineyards and other […]
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Senate panel eyes Bayer-Monsanto merger 20.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday warned about the proposed $66 billion merger of American seed and weed-killer company Monsanto and German medicine and farm-chemical maker Bayer, expressing concerns about the implications for U.S. farmers. “I’m afraid this consolidation wave has become a tsunami,” Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said at the start of the hearing. The deal combines two of the six U.S. and European companies that dominate the agrochemical market, ...
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Farmers enlist chickens and bugs to battle against pests 20.9.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
In an effort to turn away from chemical pesticides, which have the potential to damage the environment, some farmers are looking in a new direction in the age-old struggle against pests.
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Over 700,000 People Urge DOJ to Reject Biotech Mega-Mergers 20.9.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

Hundreds of thousands have signed petitions calling on the U.S. Department of Justice and elected officials to block three proposed mega-mergers of chemical and biotech behemoths: Bayer-Monsanto, Dow-Dupont, and ChemChina-Syngenta.

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Over 700,000 People Tell Government to Block Seed Mergers 20.9.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Food & Water Watch As the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee meets today to examine consolidation in the agriculture seed and chemical industry, nine groups have submitted petitions signed by 708,000 people urging the Department of Justice and elected officials to block several pending mergers that would further consolidate the market for seeds and agricultural chemicals. The pending mergers between Dow-DuPont, Syngenta-ChemChina and Bayer-Monsanto would further increase the control that just a few companies maintain over seeds – the basic building blocks of the food ...
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The Government Says This Popular Pesticide Doesn’t Cause Cancer. Here's the Problem With That. 20.9.2016 Mother Jones
Back in 1996, seed and chemical giant Monsanto introduced crops engineered to withstand a weed killer called glyphosate (brand name: Roundup). Soon after, glyphosate emerged as by far the globe's most prolific pesticide, its use spiking ninefold in the United States and nearly fifteenfold globally . All the while, it enjoyed a reputation as a relatively benign agrichemical compared with older, harsher herbicides like 2,4-D and dicamba. Last year, the International Agency for Research on Cancer, which evaluates potential carcinogens for the World Health Organization, detonated a stink bomb in global agriculture and public-health circles by declaring glyphosate "probably carcinogenic to humans," after completing a lengthy assessment of the existing science. But in a report released last week, staff scientists for the US Environmental Protection Agency—which is in the middle of reevaluating glyphosate and a host of other commonly used chemicals—pushed back, declaring that their own review of the scientific ...
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Senate panel to scrutinize proposed Bayer-Monsanto merger 20.9.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate is taking a closer look at a proposed $66 billion merger of American seed and weed-killer company Monsanto and German medicine and farm chemical maker Bayer. The deal combines two of the six U.S. and European companies that dominate the agrochemical market, and would create a global agricultural and chemical […]
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Monsanto and Bayer: food and agriculture just took a turn for the worst 19.9.2016 Environmental News Network
Bayer's $66 billion takeover of Monsanto represents another big click on the ratchet of corporate power over farming and food, writes Colin Todhunter. With the 'big six' of global agribusiness now set to turn into the 'even bigger three', farmers and consumers are facing more GMOs and pesticides, less choice, and deeper price gouging. Agroecology has never looked more attractive.
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The Monsanto Merger Blues 19.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This week, hundreds of farmers from the National Farmers Union are converging on Washington DC to plead with decision makers to say "no" to a blockbusting roster of agribusiness mergers. Farmers--and consumers--have reason to worry. This level of corporate consolidation will give these companies unprecedented power over our farms, our land and our food. Chemical giant Bayer has just announced its intention to purchase Monsanto, the world's leading seed and pesticide supplier. Not to be left behind, DuPont and Dow, and Syngenta and ChemChina--the rest of the "Big Six" that already control 51% of seed and 72% of the pesticides in the international market--are in frantic merger negotiations. If they consolidate, three companies would control nearly 60% of the world's seeds. Why the rush to merge? Saturated markets have dropped profit margins. Corporate consolidation is the only way to increase returns to shareholders. None of this has anything to do with feeding people. We already produce 1 ½ times more ...
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Is the Bayer-Monsanto merger too big to succeed? 18.9.2016 Denver Post: Business
It took $66 billion — the largest all-cash transaction in history — for German biotech giant Bayer to win control over Monsanto, the global seed market leader.
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Another Farm Aid Misstep: Partering with Corporate Agribusiness While Purporting to Support Family Farmers 17.9.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

On the eve of the annual Farm Aid concert, Saturday in Bristow, Virginia, The Cornucopia Institute, an organic industry watchdog, has filed a formal legal complaint against Farm Aid’s marquee sponsor, Bonterra Organic Vineyards, alleging it misrepresents its products as “organic.” 

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Random tests for pesticides in pot to begin 16.9.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Washington will start random testing for illegal pesticides in pot, becoming the first state to carry out such tests.
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Bayer-Monsanto merger: Two Washington-savvy companies get their game on 16.9.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Bags of Dekalb corn seed, a Monsanto brand. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File) By: Soo Rin Kim If you shuddered at the possibility of St. Louis-based crop titan Monsanto Co. taking over Swiss pesticides giant Syngenta AG last summer , you're probably having a bad week: Monsanto has agreed to be acquired by German chemical conglomerate Bayer AG for $56.5 billion. Monsanto and Bayer are already two of the biggest agrichemical corporations in the world, with the crop firm accounting for 26 percent of the global seeds market and the German firm providing roughly 17 percent of the world's pesticides. Together, Bayer and Monsanto are expected to control 29 percent and 24 percent of of seeds and pesticides, respectively. Should the deal be approved by regulators, it would be the largest merger of the year. And for that reason, it's certain to receive intense scrutiny by domestic and international regulators. But neither Monsanto nor Bayer are strangers to the ruthless world of U.S politics. Together, they have spent ...
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Hatchery chinook fishery extended along Lower Columbia from Buoy 10 to Warrior Rock 16.9.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

The Lower Columbia River sport fishery for fall hatchery chinook will remain open now until Thursday (Sept. 22) from Buoy 10 up to Warrior Rock. State Fish and Wildlife has determined enough remain in the guideline based on the updated forecasts and catch estimates. The expected catch during the reopened period is 800 chinook. Through […]
FDA Finds Monsanto's Weed Killer in U.S. Honey 15.9.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The Food and Drug Administration, under public pressure to start testing samples of U.S. food for the presence of a pesticide that has been linked to cancer, has some early findings that are not so sweet. In examining honey samples from various locations in the United States, the FDA has found fresh evidence that residues of the weed killer called glyphosate can be pervasive - found even in a food that is not produced with the use of glyphosate. All of the samples the FDA tested in a recent examination contained glyphosate residues, and some of the honey showed residue levels double the limit allowed in the European Union, according to documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request. There is no legal tolerance level for glyphosate in honey in the United States. Glyphosate, which is the key ingredient in Monsanto Co.'s Roundup herbicide, is the most widely used weed killer in the world, and concerns about glyphosate residues in food spiked after the World Health Organization in 2015 said ...
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Fishing report: With salmon season on decline, it might be time to start floundering 15.9.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

With 15-fish daily limit and close access, Everett businesses are taking advantage of a flounder abundance.
Bayer buying Monsanto, will create chemical, agricultural giant 15.9.2016 SFGate: Business & Technology
American seed and weed-killer company Monsanto and German medicine and farm chemical maker Bayer are combining in a deal that could help farmers produce higher yields to address challenges from global warming to rising food demand from a fast-growing global population. Consumers could benefit from more-affordable and healthier food options and from the companies using their expertise to help farmers limit chemical use and environmental impact, executives said Wednesday after the all-cash deal was announced. Fitch Ratings said the combined Bayer would have a 25 percent share in some markets, “almost certainly drawing regulatory scrutiny and posing antitrust obstacles.” Bayer sells chemical and biologic crop protection products and the Bayer Advanced garden chemicals line. Monsanto is a top maker of seeds genetically modified to resist drought, weeds and insects. Bayer is a major agricultural supplier in Europe, Asia and Africa, though it’s best known for prescription drugs such as blood ...
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