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'Little Things Matter' Exposes Big Threat To Children's Brains 21.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Tiny amounts of lead, chemical flame retardants and organophosphate pesticides, among other toxins, course through the blood of nearly every American. But just how much worry is a little poison worth? A lot, especially when considering the cumulative effects of this chemical cocktail on children, warns a video unveiled Thursday during an environmental health conference in Ottawa, Canada. The seven-minute project, "Little Things Matter," draws on emerging scientific evidence that even mild exposures to common contaminants can derail normal brain development -- lowering IQs and raising risks of behavioral conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. "The chemical industry argues that the effect of toxins on children is subtle and of little consequence," co-producer Bruce Lanphear, an environmental health expert at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, states in the video. "But that is misleading." Drop a few tablespoons of sugar into an Olympic-size swimming pool, and you ...
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NRDC and hundreds of thousands of our members tell USDA and EPA to stand up for pollinators! 19.11.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C.: The USDA and EPA each hosted a “listening session” on pollinator health recently, where the public — beekeepers, farmers, pesticide manufacturing companies, environmental advocates like me, other public interest groups, etc — all get to stand up and tell the...
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Monsanto Is Using Big Data to Take Over the World 19.11.2014 Mother Jones
You probably know Monsanto as the world's leading producer of genetically engineered seeds—a global agribusiness giant whose critics accuse it of everything from boosting our reliance on pesticides to driving Indian farmers to suicide . But that's actually just the latest in a long series of evolving corporate identities. When the company was founded in 1901 by a St. Louis pharmacist, its initial product was artificial sweetener. Over the next few decades Monsanto expanded into industrial chemicals, releasing its first agricultural herbicide, 2,4-D, in 1945. In the '50s it produced laundry detergent, the infamous insecticide DDT, and chemical components for nuclear bombs. In the '60s it churned out Agent Orange for the Vietnam War. In the '70s it became one of the largest producers of LED lights. It was around this time that Robb Fraley, now Monsanto's chief technology officer, joined the company as a mid-level biotechnology scientist. Back then, he recalls, the company had its hand in oil wells, ...
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Time for a Worldwide Agricultural Disarmament 13.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The so-called industrial revolution of the nineteenth century was a perverse revolution. It knocked down small-scale traditional industries and boosted giant monopolies. Millions of people were forced off the land and into cities of factories, disease, and hunger. Rural people and ancient traditions suffered the most from the violence of few men armed with large machines. This mechanized new class wanted all power. They purchased their way into legislatures, demanding subsidies and a free hand in the use of technologies, especially chemicals. In the United States the effect of industrialized agriculture has been thoroughly bad. The country has lost its character. Rural and urban have become nearly indistinguishable. America looks more like a homogenized territory rather than a society with great urban and rural towns and villages with distinct cultural and architectural assets. "Rural" America has become an alien country within a country. One sees an expanded Depression-era landscape: empty and abandoned ...
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Back-To-The-Future Agriculture: 'Farming Like the Earth Matters' 12.11.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Growing organic food industry rips California's pest-management program as threat to business 9.11.2014 Star Tribune: Nation
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California, No. 1 farm state, enshrining pesticide-heavy means, says growing organic industry 8.11.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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Showdown looms as California eyes pesticides 8.11.2014 AP National
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in US sales each year, producers are challenging a proposed California pest-management program they say enshrines a pesticide-heavy approach for decades to come, including compulsory spraying of organic crops at the state's discretion....
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Showdown looms as California eyes pesticides 8.11.2014 Yahoo: US National
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With organic food growers reporting double-digit growth in US sales each year, producers are challenging a proposed California pest-management program they say enshrines a pesticide-heavy approach for decades to come, including compulsory spraying of organic crops at the state's ...
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EPA Fails to Ban Toxic Chemical in Flea Collars and Pet Products; Ignores Health Risks to Kids 7.11.2014 NRDC: News/Media Center Feed
WASHINGTON (November 7, 2014) – In a major public health setback that will allow pet product companies to continue use of a hazardous neurotoxin called tetrachlovinphos (TCVP) in flea control products, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today denied Natural Resources Defense Council’s 2009 petition seeking to cancel all pet uses of the toxic chemical TCVP because of the risks to ...
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New York Rejects Ban on Super-toxic Rat Poisons 7.11.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Hawaiians Win Community GMO Victory Over Monsanto 5.11.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Asian citrus psyllid proposal worries organic farmers 5.11.2014 LA Times: Business
To combat pests like the Asian citrus psyllid, exotic fruit fly and glassy-winged sharpshooter that threaten the state's food supply, the California Department of Food and Agriculture is weighing a new plan that some organic farmers say doesn't do enough to prevent their crops from being ruined...
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Why Scapegoating Bats Is A Big Mistake For Human Health 1.11.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Even before allegations emerged that West Africa's Ebola outbreak may have originated in bats, public opinion of the animal was hardly glowing. Years as a Halloween icon cast a dark shadow over the flying mammal's reputation. But leading experts in ecology and public health -- even Batman himself -- now beg you to reconsider. "These creatures of the night are thought of as evil," said Michelle Baker, a researcher at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory in Victoria. "But bats play an amazing role in the ecosystem. And we have so much to learn from them." Bats are critical to the health of people and the planet. Best known are the chemical-free pest control and pollination services they perform from Saskatchewan to South Sudan. Some bats, especially when nursing, can consume more than their body weight in bugs during a single night. Less known is the emerging research from Baker and others that suggests bats' unique immunity may hold answers to the very contagions for which they are blamed, including ...
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Monsanto, Big Agriculture Spend Millions Fighting Ballot Measures to Label GMO Foods 28.10.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Colorado and Oregon could soon become the first states in the nation to pass ballot initiatives mandating the labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms. Earlier this year, Vermont became the first state to approve GMO labeling through the legislative process, but the decision is now being challenged in the courts. Numerous items are already sold in grocery stores containing genetically modified corn and soy, but companies are currently not required to inform consumers. Advocates of Prop 105 in Colorado and Measure 92 in Oregon say GMO foods can be harmful to human health due to pesticide residues and the altered crop genetics. Opponents say the effort to label genetically modified food is overly cumbersome and will spread misinformation. Leading corporations opposing the labeling measures include Monsanto, Kraft Foods, PepsiCo Inc., Kellogg Co. and Coca-Cola. By some accounts, opponents of labeling have contributed roughly $20 million for campaigning against the proposed laws, ...
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Dow Chemical and Monsanto Are At It Again as EPA and USDA Approve "Agent Orange" Crops 28.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In a long overdue effort, the U.S. is currently spending millions of dollars to help the Vietnamese clean up the tragic legacy of our use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The effort to remove the remaining contamination caused by the toxic mix of herbicides is expected to be completed in the next few years. Agent Orange was primarily manufactured by Dow Chemical and Monsanto, and these two companies are at it again. This time, they've teamed up to unleash a mixture of their chemical herbicides on the American farmland. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently gave Dow Chemical approval to manufacture and sell next generation, genetically engineered (GE) corn and soy that can withstand massive dosing of the herbicide 2,4-D. The gene altered crops are also resistant to Monsanto's glyphosate herbicide, Roundup. The new combined GE crop systems are given the appropriately military name "Enlist Duo." We know what the coupling of Dow and Monsanto did to ...
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'Stop the Toxic Treadmill': EPA Sued for Approving Controversial Herbicide 23.10.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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China’s GMO Stockpile 21.10.2014 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories

With its world-leading research investments and vast size, China will dominate the future of genetically modified food—despite the resistance of its population.

It is a hot, smoggy July weekend in Beijing, and the gates to the Forbidden City are thronged with tens of thousands of sweat-drenched tourists. Few make the trek to the city’s east side and its more tranquil China Agricultural Museum, where several formal buildings are set amid sparkling ponds ringed by lotus plants in full pink bloom. The site, which is attached to the Ministry of Agriculture, promises that it will “acquaint visitors with the brilliant agricultural history of China”—but what’s missing from the official presentation is as telling as what’s on display.

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Chicago is a rat's kind of town 17.10.2014 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Chicago is a rat's kind of town
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EPA Approval Highlights Need for GE Labeling 16.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
On Wednesday, in a quiet but profound decision to approve a dangerous weed killer, the EPA chose the rights of Dow Chemical Co. and the biotech lobby over those of the American people, particularly our children. While the decision will now be litigated, our real hope as citizens to protect ourselves from such potentially carcinogenic herbicides is to get our government to approve mandatory federal labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. Explaining the connection requires that I get down into the, um, weeds. The EPA approved the herbicide Enlist Duo to kill weeds in corn and soybean fields. In the months leading up to the decision, more than 500,000 citizens, 50 congress-people and dozens of eminent physicians, weed scientists and public health experts had urged the EPA not to approve Enlist. Enlist Duo is the combination of two different chemicals, glyphosate and the even more toxic 2,4-D, created by Dow AgroSciences to be used in tandem with their genetically engineered Enlist Duo seeds, which ...
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