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New Study Sounds Latest Alarm About Need to Put Health Before Pesticide Profits 1.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
You don't have to be a highly trained scientist to see the long-term environmental costs of dumping more than 1 billion pounds of pesticides on the American landscape annually. School kids across America are witnessing the alarming 90 percent decline in monarch butterflies that, not surprisingly, has been linked to an equally alarming increase in the use of glyphosate, the pesticide widely known as Roundup, that kills milkweed, the monarch caterpillar's only food source. What leading scientists are seeing is equally clear: There's a growing body of research linking pesticides to environmental harm and health issues. The latest evidence was delivered this week in a new report from the World Health Organization revealing that glyphosate and two insecticides, malathion and diazinon, are "probably carcinogenic to humans." The report is the work of experts from 11 countries, who found an increased risk of cancer and of DNA and chromosomal damage with use of glyphosate and the two insecticides. This report is ...
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Whoops! 'Safe' Weedkiller Now a 'Probable Human Carcinogen' 1.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
by guest blogger Leah Zerbe, online editor for RodaleNews.com For years, chemical reps assured farmers that Roundup was safe and "biodegradable." Fast-forward and farmers now spray more than 185 million pounds of glyphosate--the active ingredient in Roundup--on U.S. food crops. It's also the most popular weedkiller used in yards, gardens, parks, and playgrounds all across America. The problem with all of this? The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer just reviewed the latest non-industry-funded science and concluded that glyphosate must be labeled a "probable human carcinogen." Specifically, exposure to the chemical is linked to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma . In animal studies, it's tied to other forms of cancer, too. Farmers use so much glyphosate that it's been detected in the air, rain, our food, and yes, even us. As weeds continue to outsmart the chemical, farmers spray more and the government raises the allowable limits in our food. Concerning! And the new trouble with ...
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From the Fields to Congress: Latinos Are Environmental Champions 31.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As we celebrate Cesar Chavez Day on March 31st, it's important to honor the legacy of this farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist who lived by the mantra of ¡Si Se Puede! Many of the gains made by the farmworker movement, particularly those aimed at protecting our health, were steadily attacked in the U.S. Congress last year. But a recent analysis by the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) shows that the vast majority of the Latino members of Congress are standing up for our communities' health and future. For more than 30 years Chavez devoted himself to building the voice and power of some of the most exploited workers in this nation's history. Through his passion, determination and non-violent efforts, he and the farmworker movement were able to improve the health and working conditions of farmworkers across Arizona, California, Florida, Texas and other states. The farmworker movement is often thought of in terms of organizing for workers rights; in fact, many of the rights fought and won ...
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Rounding Us Up, and Exposing Us All to Cancer 31.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
The World Health Organization has just declared the most widely used herbicide in the world, glyphosate, a "probable human carcinogen," a designation long overdue. Cancer is only one of many health consequences of the growing scourge of herbicides, pesticides and GMOs. (Image: Spraying herbicide via Shutterstock) A friend of mine sent me an email recently after being alarmed by observing a neighbor's son, as a city employee, spraying the herbicide Roundup along the Jordan River Parkway in the center of Salt Lake City. She asked him what he was spraying and he said, "nothing dangerous, just Roundup." He wasn't wearing any protection of any kind. The very same day, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that they had concluded the active ingredient in Roundup, glyphosate, the most widely sold agricultural and household herbicide in the world, billed as one of the most benign herbicides ever manufactured, was a "probable carcinogen." The WHO elaborated that their biggest concern was for occupational ...
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Pesticide residue in fruits and vegetables associated with low sperm count 31.3.2015 Washington Post
Consumption of fruits and vegetables that contain relatively large amounts of pesticide residue may affect men's sperm counts and the number of normal-looking sperm they produce, a potential factor in fertility problems, Harvard University researchers reported Monday.Read full article ...
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Bee pesticide study furore is called a 'scandal' 28.3.2015 New Scientist: Opinion
Research quoted by the UK's former environment minister to reject a ban on neonicotinoids may suggest that the pesticides do harm bees after ...
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Glyphosate herbicide linked to cancer - IARC World Health Organization assessment 27.3.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Jennifer Sass, Senior Scientist, Washington, D.C.: The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - the cancer evaluation arm of the World Health Organization - convened a meeting of 17 scientific experts from 11 countries to assess whether certain pesticides, including glyphosate, caused cancer in humans...
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'Monsanto's Dream': Pro-GMO DARK Act Comes to Congress 26.3.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Untangling the antibiotic resistance puzzle: Expanding global use and a new herbicide risk 26.3.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Carmen Cordova, Sustainable Livestock Science Fellow, San Francisco: It's been an interesting week with two important studies moving the needle on our understanding of the impact of antibiotic use in agriculture on a global scale. Both give me a chance to put on my scientist hat, dive deep...
Reps. Pompeo and Butterfield Will Introduce Industry Bill to Deny States' Rights to Label GMOs 26.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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A Menacing Mix In Antibiotic Resistance: Herbicides, Heavy Metals And Factory Farms 25.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Two common Big Agriculture production practices -- feeding antibiotics to livestock and spraying herbicides on conventional crops -- each face condemnation from the environmental community. And there's been plenty of new fodder in the last week: One study predicted that antibiotic use in livestock will soar by two-thirds globally from 2010 to 2030, and another declared that Monsanto's popular Roundup herbicide is "probably carcinogenic to humans." The latest research may merge the herbicide and antibiotic battle lines. The use of common herbicides, such as Roundup, Kamba and 2,4-D, according to a study published on Tuesday , may help drive antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic-resistant infections take the lives of more than 23,000 Americans every year. The World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are among major groups warning of the dire threat posed to public health. Antibiotic resistance stemming from overuse in livestock also is the target of a bill re-introduced ...
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A Top Weedkiller Could Cause Cancer. Should We Be Scared? 25.3.2015 NPR Health Science
A respected scientific group says that glyphosate, also known as Roundup, is "probably carcinogenic to humans." Yet the actual risks — which are mainly to farmers, not consumers — remain uncertain.
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EPA Agrees to Regulate Novel Nanotechnology Pesticides After Legal Challenge 24.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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Feds under fire for mass killings of starlings in Nevada 24.3.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Land owners surprised to discover tens of thousands of dead birds across the high desert are criticizing the federal government over a mass killing of starlings in northern ...
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Pesticide misuse puts pot plants at six Denver grow facilities on hold 24.3.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
The city of Denver has ordered a hold on some marijuana plants from six grow facilities after the discovery that pesticides may have been improperly used.
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Monsanto Bites Back at Glyphosate Findings 24.3.2015 Wall St. Journal: US
Monsanto Co. escalated its criticism of a World Health Organization agency’s finding last week that said a commonly used herbicide likely has the potential to cause cancer in humans.
United Nations warns on pesticides 23.3.2015 Environmental News Network
The UN's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said Friday (20 March) that three pesticides, including the popular weed killer Roundup, were "probably" carcinogenic and two others, which have already been outlawed or restricted, were "possibly" so.IARC classified the herbicide glyphosate – the active ingredient in Roundup – and the insecticides malathion and diazinon as "probably carcinogenic" on the basis of "limited evidence" of cancer among humans.
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Glyphosate, Favored Chemical of Monsanto & Dow, Declared 'Probable' Source of Cancer for Humans 23.3.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Global Health Experts say Glyphosate “Probably Carcinogenic” to Humans, Raising Significant Concerns About Widely Used Herbicide 23.3.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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World's most popular weed-killer labeled 'probable carcinogen' 22.3.2015 Chicago Tribune: Popular
One of the world's most popular weed-killers — and the most widely used kind in the U.S. — has been labeled a probable carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on ...
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