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Non Profits Sue General Mills for False and Misleading Use of ‘Natural’ 25.8.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Non Profits Sue General Mills for False and Misleading Use of ‘Natural’
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Forget GMOs. Pesticides Pose the Real Risk 23.8.2016 American Prospect
A tractor spreads chemicals on his crop as Hastings, Florida, resident Brian Hunt watches.    The latest statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture reveal that Americans’ appetite for locally grown, organic food is growing. Consumers want to know where their food comes from and what’s in it. Most polls show that the vast majority of Americans also support mandatory labels for genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Nearly half of Americans think scientists have found risks associated with eating GM foods even though they haven’t, according to a recent survey by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center. “People don’t know very much about the science, and they don’t know that GMOs have been in the food supply for 20 years,” says William Hallman, who ran the survey. “They just know they don’t like it.” Last month, after years of contentious debate, President Obama signed legislation requiring the first national GMO labeling standard. (Labeling advocates aren’t happy with the ...
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How Big, Really, Is The Zika Outbreak In Florida? 23.8.2016 NPR: All Things Considered
So far, health officials know of 37 confirmed cases of people who contracted Zika from mosquitoes in Miami. But computer models suggest the underlying outbreak in Miami is bigger — and spreading.
U.S. warning: Zika could spread to Gulf States, persist for one to two years 22.8.2016 Washington Post
“I would not be surprised if we see cases in Texas and Louisiana, particularly now where you have the situation with flooding,” an official at the National Institutes of Health said.
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Anti-science claims dog Green Party nominee Jill Stein 17.8.2016 CNN: Top Stories
Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein has been waging an uphill battle for name recognition as she pursues her White House bid. But as she emerges in the public eye -- she is participating in a CNN-hosted town hall on Wednesday -- so have some of the retired medical doctor's past controversial comments on vaccines, her concerns about internet use being linked to poor health and GMOs.
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Florida enlists commercial pest control firms in Zika fight 16.8.2016 Seattle Times: Nation & World

MIAMI (AP) — Florida officials have enlisted commercial pest control companies in their fight to stop Miami-area mosquitoes from spreading Zika. A statement Monday from Gov. Rick Scott’s office says 30 people have been infected with the Zika virus through mosquito bites in the state. Scott’s office said Florida’s Department of Health was investigating three […]
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Before Zika: How the U.S. fought illnesses from pests in the past 15.8.2016 LA Times: Nation
It's not the fog of war, but it's a war on bugs. And sometimes it's fought with, well, fog. Recent efforts to halt the spread of the Zika virus in Florida bring to mind other times authorities have unleashed billowing clouds to combat pests.  DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) Bracero workers,...
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How our methods for fighting mosquitoes have changed over the years 15.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary
It's not the fog of war, but it's a war on bugs. And sometimes it's fought with, well, fog. Recent efforts to halt the spread of the Zika virus in Florida bring to mind other times authorities have unleashed billowing clouds to combat pests.  DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) Bracero workers,...
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The Hidden Costs of Food 15.8.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Americans consume an average of three burgers and more than three liters of soda a week. Many of us realize this isn't healthy, but it certainly is cheap. Or is it? How much do we really pay for food, when you consider the health, societal and environmental problems caused by producing and eating it? I recently spoke at a conference on the true cost of food, alongside farmers, health experts, labor advocates, food industry executives and others. As I started to tally the numbers I was hearing at the conference, it seemed to me that the true cost of food could be double, if not triple, what we pay out of pocket. Environmentalists often talk about the hidden costs of pollution from our energy system, and there have been many studies that examine this question. But I wasn't aware of any studies that approached food in a similar way. The numbers presented below are rough, but even these conservative estimates suggest that the real cost of our food could be roughly double the apparent cost. Clearly, this is ...
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Brazil defeated the mosquito that spreads Zika once before - few expect it to do so again 14.8.2016 L.A. Times - World News

The temperature was already soaring when mosquito control agents fanned out one morning amid a maze of crumbling brick homes on the edge of this lakeside city. Garbage clogged a drainage canal. Makeshift sewers lined the dirt streets.

It was, in short, ideal habitat for the mosquito that spreads the...

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Toxic diet threatens reproduction of coastal California condors, study finds 10.8.2016 LA Times: Commentary

Captive-breeding programs have brought the California condor back from the edge of extinction, but habitat loss and lead poisoning have prevented a stable recovery in the wild.

Now a new study is raising more cause for concern: A wild population of condors along the central coast in Big Sur has...

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Woodinville firm builds death trap for mosquitoes that spread Zika 9.8.2016 Seattle Times: Local

Woodinville-based SpringStar has $3 million in grants to produce and test low-tech mosquito traps for Puerto Rico and other places hit by the Zika-carrying insects.
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Pesticides intended to help bees may actually be dangerous to their health 9.8.2016 TreeHugger
Beekeepers often spray hives with pesticides to fight parasites, but these chemicals could have hazardous side effects.
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A California City Is Fending Off Zika by Releasing 40,000 Mosquitoes Every Week 4.8.2016 Wired Top Stories
A California City Is Fending Off Zika by Releasing 40,000 Mosquitoes Every Week
As disease-carrying mosquitoes continue their march across the United States, communities are experimenting with new ways to keep the vectors under control. The post A California City Is Fending Off Zika by Releasing 40,000 Mosquitoes Every Week appeared first on WIRED.
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Advocates Call for Meaningful Public Participation in Federal Regulation of Biotech 3.8.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) Today, 24 farmer and public interest organizations called on the Obama Administration to conduct a new public engagement process as part of the overhaul of federal regulation of biotechnology known as the Coordinated Framework. The letter comes on the heels of a spate of dicamba drift incidents this summer that have caused widespread crop damage in Arkansas, Tennessee and ...
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Florida governor says local mosquitoes have transmitted Zika virus 29.7.2016 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Officials say they've found the first indication that mosquitoes are transmitting Zika virus in the U.S. Four people in South Florida are infected; travel or sexual transmission has been ruled out.
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Dangerous Liaisons: ChemChina's Bid for Syngenta 29.7.2016 Truthout - All Articles
Protesters in Munich, Germany, demonstrate against "patents on life" by companies such as Syngenta and Monsanto, January 20, 2016. (Photo: Michaela Handrek-Rehle / Campact ) We all love to hate Monsanto. We also know that Monsanto isn't the only poison-maker trying to pass itself off as a "farmer-friendly producer of food to feed the world." Monsanto belongs to an exclusive club of dominant pesticide makers. That club, which includes Dow, Dupont, Bayer, Syngenta and BASF, is about to get a lot smaller. And a lot more dangerous. Bayer has been trying for months  to buy  Monsanto. Dow and Dupont are in talks  to merge . And Switzerland-based Syngenta may soon  be owned  by ChemChina. It's bad enough that  less than a dozen multinational corporations  (including Monsanto, Dupont, Bayer and Syngenta) control nearly 70 percent of the global seed market. If these mergers and buyouts go through, that number will shrink even further. The recent merger and acquisition in the seed and chemical (why are the words ...
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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.
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