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The Glyphosate Saga and "Independent Scientific Advice," According to Germany, the UK and France 26.4.2015 Truthout.com
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently classified glyphosate, the active substance of Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, as “probably causing cancer in human beings.” Germany is charged by the EU with the safety review of glyphosate: yet three scientists sitting on its scientific panel on pesticides are employees of BASF and Bayer, two major pesticides producers. Meanwhile, the UK has simply privatised its governmental Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) outright, and France's experts in charge of assessing the safety of medicines have been shown to have been selling undeclared advisory services to pharmaceutical companies on how to best to file their market authorisation applications. Glyphosate, the active ingredient present in Monsanto's weed killer Roundup, again hit the headlines when the WHO recently classified it as probably causing cancer in human beings. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) – WHO’s cancer research agency – published their study in The Lancet Oncology ...
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Tainted drinking water is costing Minnesota taxpayers millions 26.4.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
Randall’s water emergency is the latest sign of an environmental problem in Minnesota. Nitrogen fertilizer is leaching into groundwater from farm fields, contaminating wells and costing taxpayers millions of dollars a year.
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Earth Day 2015: Regenerating the Soil and Reversing Global Warming 23.4.2015 Truthout.com
"The elimination of fossil fuels for all but the most limited and essential purposes is necessary but not sufficient to allow our descendants a fair chance for a healthy and prosperous future. Enhancing carbon biosequestration in terrestrial ecosystems is also essential."  - Wayne A. White, Biosequestration and Ecological Diversity p.118 (CRC Press 2013) The standard gloom and doom discourse surrounding global warming and climate change has infected the body politic with a severe case of depression and disempowerment. So starting April 22, embracing what the United Nations has designated as the "Year of the Soil," let's look at our planetary crisis from an entirely different, and more hopeful perspective. The good news is that the global grassroots, farmers and consumers united, can reverse our suicidal "business as usual" food, farming, energy, and land use practices. Harnessing the awesome power of Regenerative Organic Agriculture and reforestation, we can literally suck down enough excess (50-100 ppm ...
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Buzz over bee health: New pesticide studies rev up controversy 23.4.2015 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Two new studies published in the journal Nature point to a connection between a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids and a decline in bee health.
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Buzz Over Bee Health: New Pesticide Studies Rev Up Controversy 23.4.2015 NPR Health Science
Two new studies published in the journal Nature point to a connection between a class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids and a decline in bee health. What's bad for bees is bad for crops, too.
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New Study: Common Pesticides Pose Significant Risk to Wild Bees 22.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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With EPA Lawsuit, Environmental Groups Step Up Fight Against 'Super-Toxic Chemical Cocktail' 21.4.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Environmentalists contest broadened use of new herbicide 21.4.2015 Yahoo: US National
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Environmentalists are contesting the federal government's decision to allow more widespread use of a new version of a popular weed killer to be used on genetically modified corn and soybeans.
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The Fight Widens: NRDC challenges the approval of the pesticide combination Enlist Duo in nine more states 21.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Sylvia Fallon, Senior Scientist, Washington, DC: Back in October, EPA approved a new pesticide, Enlist Duo, which combines glyphosate (commonly known as Roundup) with another powerful weed killer called 2,4 D in six states (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin). NRDC filed a...
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Coalition Challenges Expansion of Hazardous Herbicide Containing Agent Orange Ingredient 21.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Weedkiller likely cause of Nigeria 'mystery disease': WHO 19.4.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
Pesticide poisoning was the likely cause of the mysterious deaths of at least 18 people in a southwestern Nigerian town earlier this week, the World Health Organization said Sunday. The "current hypothesis is cause of the event is herbicides", WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said in a tweet. "Tests done so far are negative for viral and bacterial infection," he added. The victims began showing symptoms early last week in what Ondo state spokesman Kayode Akinmade called a "mysterious disease", prompting fears of a new infectious disease outbreak in a region ravaged by ...
Lyme Disease Is Wracking New England. Why Isn't More Being Done? 19.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The following story was reported by the New England Center for Investigative Reporting , an independent, nonprofit news center based at Boston University and WGBH News, and published here in collaboration with The Huffington Post. Sign up here for email updates from the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. The predawn rumble of pesticide-spraying trucks is a rite of spring in almost 200 Massachusetts communities. Some $11 million is spent in the state each year controlling and counting the pests and educating residents about how to avoid contracting mosquito-borne diseases such as West Nile virus. Yet no state funds are dedicated to tick-borne diseases, one of which, Lyme, infects at least 5,500 residents a year in Massachusetts and likely many more. Residents may notice that gap even more this spring: The winter’s deep snow probably insulated ticks from low temperatures and heavy winter mortality, say some entomologists. Ticks and Lyme have spread across Massachusetts in the past 40 years to ...
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Are Food Additives Evil? We Have an Almost-Civil Debate 17.4.2015 Wired Top Stories
Depending on who you talk to, food additives are either toxins or marvels of the modern world. Who's ...
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How To Keep The Pesticides On Your Lawn From Poisoning Your Dog 15.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Every pooch loves a good roll around in the grass, but the way you keep your yard weed-free could be hurting your furry friend. HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd discussed the dangers to pets that come with using pesticides on your lawn during Monday's installment of the HuffPost Live Pet Show . The National Pesticide Information Center cautions that pets should be kept away from pesticide-treated areas to avoid poisoning. One study found that lawn residue could expose dogs to certain chemicals that could increase their risk of bladder cancer. To Dog With Love blogger Diane Silver, who lost her beloved pet Cosmo to lung cancer, told HuffPost Live she believes the illness was caused by her own yard. Even though she can't prove what brought the cancer on, Silver took action. "I thought it must have something to do with the environment ... so I turned to my environment in my own backyard, and I thought, 'Well, I don't want my own backyard to be killing my dog,'" Silver said. "So I quit all the pesticides and ...
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Organic Consumers Association Gathers 105,000 Signatures on MoveOn.org Petition Asking Hillary Clinton to Support GMO Labeling 13.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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What is methyl bromide? 11.4.2015 CNN: Top Stories
A Delaware family got sick at a resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Preliminary EPA results find methyl bromide was present in the unit where they stayed.
Has Glyphosate Met Its Waterloo? 11.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Lowe’s to Stop Selling Bee-Killing Pesticides to Protect Pollinators 10.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Lowe's Commits to Decisive Action to Protect Bees and Other Pollinators 9.4.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Monsanto Employee Admits an Entire Department Exists to "Discredit" Scientists 9.4.2015 Truthout.com
Dare to publish a scientific study against Big Biotech, and Monsanto will defame and discredit you. For the first time, a Monsanto employee  admits that  there is an entire department within the corporation with the simple task of 'discrediting' and 'debunking' scientists who speak out against GMOs. The WHO  recently classified glyphosate , a chemical in Monsanto's best-selling herbicide Roundup, as carcinogenic – news that is really heating things up with biotech. So Monsanto has been demanding that the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)  retract their statements  about the poisons's toxicity to human health. The company  demands this  even though a peer-reviewed study published in March of 2015 in the respected journal, The Lancet Oncology, conducted a analysis proving that glyphosate was indeed 'probably carcinogenic.' Monsanto's vice president of global regulatory affairs Philip Miller  told Reuters  the following in interview: "We question the ...
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