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Study: Common pesticide appears to reduce live bee sperm 27.7.2016 Seattle Times: Local

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study finds that a commonly used insecticide kills much of the sperm created by male drone honey bees, one reason why the bees are dwindling. The class of insecticide called neonicotinoids didn’t kill the drones. But bees that ate treated pollen produced 39 percent less live sperm than those that […]
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The Feds Almost Used A Pesticide That's Harmful To Pregnant Women To Combat Zika In Puerto Rico 23.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON ― In an effort to combat the spreading Zika virus, the federal government came close to spraying a pesticide across Puerto Rico that is highly toxic and presents the most danger to pregnant women. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention went so far as to ship the insecticide called Naled, which belongs to the organophosphate family, to Puerto Rico without notifying the commonwealth. Documented cases of the virus increase weekly; the island now has 5,582 Zika cases, and 662 women pregnant women are infected, according to the Puerto Rican Health Department. In May, the island reported the first microcephaly case to be acquired in the U.S. Despite the growing concerns over Zika ― and Congress leaving for the summer without funding the nation’s response  ―  Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla decided on Friday against using Naled. Padilla confronted the CDC earlier in the week, questioning why he was not alerted to the shipment, and sent a team to ensure the pesticide was secure ...
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Miami Steps Up Mosquito Control Efforts After Suspected Zika Cases 23.7.2016 NPR: All Things Considered
Health officials think two people in Miami may have contracted the virus from local mosquitoes. So they're spraying pesticide to help stop the virus from spreading into Florida's mosquito population.
Wildflowers planted to aid bees may be crippling them 22.7.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Farm country wildflowers planted by governments and nonprofits meant to help pollinators may be inadvertently harming them. Researchers say bee-killing pesticides carried by wind or water from farms are landing in the wildflowers.
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Damning Probe Finds EPA 'Turning Blind Eye' to Toxic Chemical Cocktails 19.7.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Lauren McCauley, staff writer

While the use of one toxic chemical—on our foods, lawns, and elsewhere—has its inherent risks, scientists warn that the combination of two or more such ingredients in common pesticides could have an even more noxious impact, one which is commonly overlooked.

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The ABCs of genetically modified crops 19.7.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Tuesday, July 19, 2016 Like this column? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. In recent months, there have been a number of announcements related to genetically modified (GM) crops. It's these events that have inspired me to write about GM crops now. Genetic modification is the introduction of new traits to an organism by making changes to its genetic makeup -- essentially by manipulating DNA. In recent months, there have been a number of announcements related to genetically modified crops. So, what actions are being taken in Canada and internationally to expand the debate about GM ...
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Monsanto Tries to Build a Society of GMO and Pesticide Devotees, One Child at a Time 19.7.2016 Truthout - All Articles
On October 14, 2015, the International Food Information Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation released a free, 38-page, downloadable lesson plan called " Bringing Biotechnology to Life: An Educational Resource for Grades 7-10 ."   The International Food Information Council is a  front group  funded by some of biggest names in biotech and junk food: Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Coca-Cola, Kellogg, Nestle  and more . The American Farm Bureau Federation, according to  SourceWatch , is a "right-wing lobbying front for big agribusiness and agribusiness-related industries that works to defeat labor and environmental initiatives, including climate change legislation." The organization is adamantly against GMO labels, and even  spoke out  against Roberts' and Stabenow's deal for being too lenient. The lesson plan created by the International Food Information Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation is deceptively innocuous until Lesson 7, which includes the theme, "Where would we be without 'GMOs'?" In ...
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Keeping Secrets From Consumers: Labeling Law a Win for Industry-Academic Collaborations 15.7.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
You've heard the mantra over and over - there are no safety concerns associated with genetically engineered crops. That refrain, music to agrichemical and biotech seed industry ears, has been sung repeatedly by U.S. lawmakers who have just passed a national law that allows companies to avoid stating on food packages if those products contain genetically engineered ingredients. Sen. Pat Roberts, who shepherded the law through the Senate, dismissed both consumer concerns and research that has fed fears about potential health risks related to genetically engineered crops, in lobbying on behalf of the bill. "Science has proven again and again that the use of agriculture biotechnology is 100 percent safe," Roberts declared on the Senate floor on July 7 before bill passed. The House then approved the measure on July 14 in a 306-117 vote. Under the new law, which now heads to President Obama's desk, state laws mandating GMO labeling are nullified, and food companies need not clearly tell consumers if foods ...
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Monsanto, Bayer and the Push for Corporate Cannabis 8.7.2016 Truthout.com
The health benefits of cannabis are now well established. Powerful corporate interests no doubt had a hand in keeping cannabis off the market. The question now is why they have suddenly gotten on the bandwagon for its legalization. (Photo: Adria Vidal ) California's "Adult Use of Marijuana Act" (AUMA) is a voter initiative characterized as legalizing marijuana use. But critics warn that it will actually make access more difficult and expensive, squeeze home growers and small farmers out of the market, heighten criminal sanctions for violations, and open the door to patented, genetically modified (GMO) versions that must be purchased year after year. The health benefits of cannabis are now well established.  As I analyzed previously , cannabis is a cheap, natural alternative effective for a broad range of conditions, and the non-psychoactive form known as hemp has thousands of industrial uses. At one time, cannabis was one of the world's most important crops. There have been  no recorded deaths from ...
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8 Natural & homemade insecticides to save your garden without killing the Earth 8.7.2016 TreeHugger
These natural and DIY pesticides are effective at helping to rid your crops of harmful critters, but safe enough to keep from poisoning you and your family.
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Dangers hiding in everyday products 2.7.2016 CNN: Top Stories
It was long believed that you could acquire "better living through chemistry." But that may really not be the case. In a landmark alliance, known as Project TENDR, leaders of various disciplines have come together in a consensus statement to say that many of the chemicals found in everyday products can result in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism and attention-deficit disorders.
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Vermont will be the first US State to Label GMOs 30.6.2016 Global Health and Wellness News - ENN
Vermont will soon be the first state in the nation to require labels on genetically modified (GMO) foods. Its GMO-labeling law, the first passed in the nation, goes into effect on July 1. Maine and Connecticut have since passed their own GMO-labeling laws. But they won’t go into effect until neighboring states pass similar legislation.
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Stop worrying about GMOs; it's that organic granola bar that could make you sick 30.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Karma can be so cruel. Just think how many times anti-GMO activists have protested against the imaginary risks of food that has been genetically modified. Now a favorite snack of those same protesters, the sacred granola bar, has been found to pose an actual health risk.

Anti-genetic engineering...

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More than 100 Nobel laureates take on Greenpeace over GMO stance 29.6.2016 Washington Post
More than 100 Nobel laureates take on Greenpeace over GMO stance
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Weed whackers launch campaign against chemicals 29.6.2016 Steamboat Pilot
Linda Lewis and Peggy Weaver are bringing an end to some of the chemical warfare in Steamboat Springs. Tired of seeing chemical herbicides being sprayed on noxious weeds along some of their favorite trails, the women have started a grassroots effort to remove the weeds by hand. On Tuesday, they set out with shovels and Munchkin the dog in tow to eradicate some Hounds Tongue on the Lower Spring Creek Trail. After 10 minutes of work, the women had a large bag of noxious weeds to haul off from the trail. “It’s so simple, and we can stop using the poisons,” Weaver said. Weaver and Lewis hope their efforts grow more roots. The more volunteers they can round up, the more places they will be able to remove weeds by hand and prevent from being sprayed by herbicides. The volunteers, who see the chemical spraying as a health hazard, have received the blessing of the city of Steamboat Springs to work along the Spring Creek and Sanctuary trails. Their efforts come months after they received 600 to 700 signatures on ...
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Senate Democrats block GOP's Zika funding bill 28.6.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a Republican proposal to provide $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus, faulting the GOP for packing the measure with restrictions on Planned Parenthood money and changes to policies on pesticide spraying.

The nearly party-line 52-48 vote Tuesday left the Senate...

Millions of Dead Bees in D.C. Send S.O.S. for Pollinators 20.6.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Food Safety National Pollinator Week begins today as beekeepers, farmers, scientists, food movement advocates and consumers around the country elevate the plight of bees and other important pollinators. Center for Food Safety has joined several beekeeping, farming, and food advocacy representatives in a national tour to raise awareness on pollinator declines and to demand government action on regulating the use of the toxic pesticides that contribute to their decline. The Keep the Hives Alive Tour makes its final stop during Pollinator Week in Washington ...
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Judge rules: no right to know hazardous pesticide ingredients 16.6.2016 Environmental News Network
A federal judge has ruled that the US Environmental Protection Agency is under no obligation to force pesticide makers to disclose supposedly 'inert' ingredients in their products - even where those ingredients are seriously hazardous to health or environment.
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Women lead the fight against corporate agriculture around the world 16.6.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
June 16, 2016 Like this article? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. Around the world, women are pushing back against GMOs and corporate agriculture and building a food system that promotes health and justice for ...
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The EPA has deemed the drinking water toxic in these three Colorado towns 16.6.2016 Headlines: All Headlines
Invisible toxic chemicals are contaminating drinking water for 80,000 people south of Colorado Springs, one of 63 areas nationwide where the chemicals widely used to fight petroleum fires have been measured at levels the EPA deems dangerous.
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