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Washington state woman faces charges for poisoning husband 15.2.2017 AP Washington
TRI-CITIES, Wash. (AP) -- A Washington state woman has been charged with poisoning her estranged husband with pesticide....
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Questions about EPA-Monsanto collusion raised in cancer lawsuits 14.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Now it's getting interesting. A new court filing made on behalf of dozens of people claiming Monsanto Co.'s Roundup herbicide gave them cancer includes information about alleged efforts within the Environmental Protection Agency to protect Monsanto's interests and unfairly aid the agrichemical industry. The filing, made late Friday by plaintiff's attorneys, includes what the attorneys represent to be correspondence from a 30-year career EPA scientist accusing top-ranking EPA official Jess Rowland of playing "your political conniving games with the science" to favor pesticide manufacturers such as Monsanto. Rowland oversaw the EPA's cancer assessment for glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto's weed-killing products, and was a key author of a report finding glyphosate was not likely to be carcinogenic. But in the correspondence, longtime EPA toxicologist Marion Copley cites evidence from animal studies and writes: "It is essentially certain that glyphosate causes cancer." Attorneys for the plaintiffs ...
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Over 300 Food and Farm Groups Urge Jeff Sessions to Oppose Agricultural Mega-Mergers 13.2.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Food and Farm Groups

Nearly 325 farming, beekeeping, farmworker, religious, food safety, and conservation advocacy groups today urged the U.S. Department of Justice to conduct a thorough investigation into the proposed mergers of the world’s largest agrochemical and seed companies. Groups urged Jeff Sessions, the new Attorney General, to enjoin the mergers of Dow Chemical with DuPont, Monsanto with Bayer AG, and Syngenta with ChemChina on the grounds that they will drive up food and farming costs, threaten global food security, curtail innovation, threaten the health of farmworkers, and limit farmer choice.

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Rachel Carson, 'mass murderer'? A right-wing myth is poised for a reappearance 7.2.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Rachel Carson has been both a hero to environmentalists and the bane of the chemical and pesticide industries—and their political mouthpieces— ever since the 1962 publication of her seminal book “Silent Spring.”

The book helped to launch the environmental movement, which scored arguably its most...

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We're having the wrong argument about GMOs 7.2.2017 Washington Post
We're having the wrong argument about GMOs
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Monsanto's Mind-Meld; Spin Machine in High Gear 1.2.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Alternative facts, indeed. Less than two weeks into the presidency of Donald Trump it appears we are seeing the ushering in of a new era of twisted truths, fake news, and selective science. That should be good news to the corporate spin doctors who are deep into a campaign now to try to combat global concerns about the world's favorite weed killer. Corporate spin is nothing new. Whether it's cigarettes or sugar-laden sodas, the companies that make billions from such products employ a variety of strategies to promote the good and bury the bad. Some even outright lie while doing so. But the tactics being unveiled by Monsanto and surrogates over glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide and the lynchpin for the success of genetically engineered crops, are noteworthy for the depths of their deception. The latest move, the formation of a group called "Campaign for Accuracy in Public Health Research", (CAPHR) clearly promotes an agenda opposite to that which its name implies. Formed this ...
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Monsanto, EPA Seek to Keep Talks Secret on Glyphosate Cancer Review 24.1.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The EPA is a taxpayer-funded, public agency and its dealings with Monsanto should be subject to public scrutiny, particularly given the widespread use of glyphosate herbicide products and the ongoing international debate over the safety of the chemical. (Photo: Joe Brusky / Flickr ) Where do you turn for news and analysis you can rely on? If the answer is Truthout, then please support our mission by making a tax-deductible donation! Monsanto Co. and officials within the Environmental Protection Agency are fighting legal efforts aimed at exploring Monsanto's influence over regulatory assessments of the key chemical in the company's Roundup herbicide, new federal court filings show. The revelations are contained in a series of filings made within the last few days in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California as part of litigation brought by more than 50 people suing Monsanto. The plaintiffs claim they or their loved ones developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) after exposure to Roundup ...
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Public Interest Groups, Farmers File Lawsuit Challenging Monsanto’s Toxic Pesticides 23.1.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Food Safety Farmers and conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit on Friday challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of Monsanto’s new “XtendiMax” pesticide. The approval of the pesticide company’s latest version of the older weed-killer known as dicamba permits it to be sprayed directly on Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE), dicamba-resistant soybeans and cotton. The decision greenlights a more than 10-fold increase in use of the toxic pesticide, increasing risks to farmers, community health, and the ...
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On an Apache reservation in Arizona, a toxic legacy and a mysterious history of chemical spraying 19.1.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The sound always came first, a low buzz that grew and grew until it roared through the valley. Then the olive-colored plane appeared overhead, flying low. In its wake was a thick shower of oily droplets making a long, slow fall to the forested gullies below.

Kids on the Apache reservation back...

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Monsanto, EPA Seek to Keep Talks About Glyphosate Cancer Review a Secret 19.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Monsanto Co. and officials within the Environmental Protection Agency are fighting legal efforts aimed at exploring Monsanto's influence over regulatory assessments of the key chemical in the company's Roundup herbicide, new federal court filings show. The revelations are contained in a series of filings made within the last few days in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California as part of litigation brought by more than 50 people suing Monsanto. The plaintiffs claim they or their loved ones developed non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) after exposure to Roundup herbicide, and that Monsanto has spent decades covering up cancer risks linked to the chemical. Lawyers for the plaintiffs want the court to lift a seal on documents that detail Monsanto's interactions with former top EPA brass Jess Rowland regarding the EPAs' safety assessment of glyphosate, which is the key ingredient in Roundup. Monsanto turned the documents over in discovery but marked them "confidential," a designation ...
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A diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweighs the risks of pesticides 18.1.2017 Washington Post
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweighs the risks of pesticides
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Scott Pruitt is a Dangerous Pick to Lead the EPA 18.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Almost half a century ago, the first head of the Environmental Protection Agency banned the deadly pesticide DDT . He not only protected millions of Americans from DDT's harmful effects, but also rescued the national bird, the bald eagle, from near extinction. The National Audubon Society and its members helped lead that epic change. The primary job of the EPA-created 47 years ago by a Republican administration-is to safeguard America's health. The same clean air and water that is good for our kids and families is also good for birds, wildlife and wild places. That is why Audubon opposes Scott Pruitt's nomination to head the agency , the first time in the agency's history we have taken this kind of stance on a nominee for this position. During his six years as attorney general in Oklahoma, Pruitt worked aggressively to dismantle the EPA's scientifically grounded protections for cleaner air and water. He filed or joined 13 lawsuits against EPA and settled even more against polluters that would permit ...
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‘Clean eating’ is a fuzzy term 15.1.2017 Washington Post
It means different things to different people, and that’s okay.
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EPA Botches Bee-Toxic Pesticide Risk Assessments 13.1.2017 Commondreams.org Newswire

Yesterday, the U.S.

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EPA Acknowledges Neonics' Harm to Bees, Then 'Bows to Pesticide Industry' 13.1.2017 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday published two bee-related announcements, but with both, say environmental groups, the agency has failed the pollinators.

One was its "Policy to Mitigate the Acute Risk to Bees from Pesticide Products." It states that the "policy is not a regulation or an order and, therefore, does not legally compel changes to pesticide product registrations."

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5 best industries for aspiring entrepreneurs in 2017 12.1.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

This could be the year you decide to stop working for someone else and start your own business. While your individual skills and interests are key to determining what type of venture to pursue, the last thing you want to do is start a business in an industry with a gloomy outlook. Here are five […]
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Bee found in Minnesota placed on endangered species list 11.1.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The Fish and Wildlife Service will develop a plan to protect the rusty patched bumble bee, but it says the public can help by planting native flowers, limiting pesticide use and leaving native habitat where bees can overwinter.
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Bumble Bee Species Is First In Continental U.S. To Be On Endangered List 10.1.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
For the first time ever, federal officials have added a North American bumble bee to the endangered species list. The rusty patched bumble bee , or Bombus affinis, has dwindled rapidly in recent decades, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said on Tuesday. Historically, the pollinator spanned 28 states in the upper Midwest and Northeast, plus Washington D.C. and two Canadian provinces. Yet due to a handful of factors  ― including the destruction of its native grassland habitat, disease, increased pesticide use, global climate change and intensive farming (which leads to a loss of crop diversity and flowering plants) ― the bee has only been spotted in 13 states and one Canadian province since 2000. In terms of population and range, that’s a decrease of around 90 percent in the last two decades, the Natural Resources Defense Council says. “We are very pleased to see one of North America’s most imperiled species receive the protection it needs,” said Sarina Jepsen, the director of endangered species at the ...
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APNewsBreak: Rusty patched bumblebee declared endangered 10.1.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The rusty patched bumblebee has become the first bee species in the continental U.S. to be declared endangered after suffering a dramatic population decline over the past 20 years, federal officials said Tuesday. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told The Associated Press it was adding the bee to the […]
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Watering after pesticide use kills 4 children 3.1.2017 CNN: Top Stories
The act of watering the ground after applying pesticide may seem innocuous, but it was enough to kill four children in Texas.
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