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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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Health group sues Dow over California pesticides 21.9.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Fresno, Calif. • Health advocates say the chemical manufacturing giant Dow has failed to warn people in farming communities throughout California about the use of a pesticide. The Oakland-based Center for Environmental Health said it filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court against Dow AgroSciences LLC, which makes Telone. The chemical kills pests in the soil and dissipates before crops are planted, so health advocates say harmful residue is not found in food. Rather, they say th...
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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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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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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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Miami’s Wynwood cleared of Zika; focus shifts to Miami Beach 20.9.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

MIAMI (AP) — With health authorities declaring a win against Zika in Miami’s Wynwood arts district, their emphasis shifts to the remaining transmission zone on nearby Miami Beach, where residents have objected to the aerial pesticide spraying crediting with halting infections. No new cases of Zika have been reported in Wynwood since early August, and […]
EPA Weighs In On Glyphosate, Says It Doesn't Cause Cancer 17.9.2016 NPR News
The Environmental Protection Agency says that the country's most widely used weedkiller, glyphosate, does not cause cancer. The chemical has been under intense international scrutiny.
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In Zika-stricken Miami, aerial pesticide spray adds to fears 17.9.2016 AP National
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- In the only U.S. city confirmed to have mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, some residents say they'd rather be bitten than be exposed to droplets of chemicals sprayed from planes to kill the bugs....
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Aerial pesticide spray adds to fears in Zika-stricken Miami 16.9.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In the only U.S. city confirmed to have mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, some residents say they’d rather be bitten than be exposed to droplets of chemicals sprayed from planes to kill the bugs. No assurances from health officials would calm some 200 people packing a Miami Beach City Commission […]
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Aerial pesticide spray adds to fears in Zika-stricken Miami 16.9.2016 AP National
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- In the only U.S. city confirmed to have mosquitoes carrying the Zika virus, some residents say they'd rather be bitten than be exposed to droplets of chemicals sprayed from planes to kill the bugs....
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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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'Five-Alarm Threat to Our Food Supply': Monsanto-Bayer Merger Advances 14.9.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

Monsanto accepted Bayer's $66 billion takeover offer—the largest all-cash takeover offer ever made—on Wednesday morning.

While anti-trust agencies around the world review the proposed mega-merger, environmental and consumer advocates roundly condemned the creation of what will be the largest pesticide and GMO corporation in the world.

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Monsanto and the Poisonous Cartel of GMOs in India 14.9.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Vandana Shiva

India is steeped in a synthesized controversy created by Monsanto on the first GMO crop supposedly approved for commercialization.

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Time to Drive Factory Farmed Food Off the Market 12.9.2016 Truthout - All Articles
After a decade of exposing and demonizing Monsanto and genetically engineered foods, including an intense four-year battle to force mandatory labeling of GMOs (a battle rudely terminated in July when Congress rammed through the outrageous DARK Act ), the US food movement stands at the crossroads.  Should we keep badgering Monsanto's minions in Washington for the right to know what's in our food, a sentiment shared by the overwhelming majority of consumers? Or should we focus more on single-issue reforms, such as banning neonicotinoid bee-killing pesticides, better nutrition in schools, taxes on soda, and an end to the reckless use of antibiotics in animal feed?  A growing number of food activists believe it's time to move beyond limited or single-issue campaigning and lobbying and take on the entire degenerative food and farming system, starting with the malevolent profit-driver and lynchpin of industrial agriculture, GMOs and fast food: factory farming. We obviously can't count on a corrupt Congress or ...
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Does Asia Have A Secret Weapon Against Zika? 9.9.2016 NPR News
Southeast Asia has all the right ingredients for a massive outbreak. But it also has a hidden advantage that could keep the virus from spreading.
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Spraying Pesticides May Not Kill Zika Mosquitos 9.9.2016 Mother Jones
In Miami Beach, daily crowds have been gathering outside city hall to protest a program to spray a potent pesticide called naled, in an effort to combat mosquitos carrying the Zika virus. After delays, officials began periodic naled sprayings Friday morning at 5 a.m. People are concerned about the spraying because like other organophosphates , naled is a neurotoxin, or a poison that works by attacking the nervous system. Even at tiny doses, naled kills adult Aedes mosquitos—which, in parts of Miami, including Miami Beach , are known to carry the Zika virus. In South Carolina last week, aerial spraying of naled inadvertently killed millions of bees . The EPA reports that naled is regularly sprayed on 16 million acres of land in the mainland United States "as part of routine mosquito control," including in "highly populated major metropolitan areas." That's a lot of land—California, for comparison, occupies 100 million acres. Here's what we know about naled, its toxicity to people and ecosystems, and its ...
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Circle of Poison documentary highlights the deadly impact of the global pesticide industry 9.9.2016 TreeHugger
Even after certain highly toxic pesticides get been banned for use in the US, they can still be produced here, "for export only." This pro-business double standard not only endangers the lives of millions around the world, but can then also come back to h
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State health officials to review Roundup as possible carcinogen 9.9.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Science
After an international cancer group declared the main ingredient of the herbicide Roundup is "probably carcinogenic to humans," Minnesota health officials will study the question.
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San Diego neighborhood sprayed with insecticide to fight Zika virus 8.9.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Wearing protective masks and backpacks that released bursts of insecticide fog into the air, teams of county workers moved through two blocks of San Diego’s Mount Hope neighborhood Tuesday, targeting mosquitoes capable of carrying the Zika virus.

It was the second time such treatment has been applied...

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