The Developing World is Awash in Pesticides. Does It Have to Be?...

Jul 5, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Herbicides, insecticides and fungicides threaten the environment and human health in many parts of the world. But research is pointing to a better approach. By Aleszu Bajak BILL MOYERS & CO. Pesticides help developing countries produce more food — but also take a toll on human health and the environment. (Photo by Thomas Cristofoletti/USAID/Flickr cc 2.0) This post originally appeared at Ensia. In today’s globalized world, it is not inconceivable that one might drink coffee from Colombia in the morning, munch cashews from Vietnam for lunch and gobble grains from Ethiopia for dinner. That we can enjoy these products is thanks, in large part, to expanded pesticide use across the developing world. Every year, some 3.5 billion kilograms (7.7 billion pounds) of pesticides — a catch-all term for the herbicides, insecticides and...

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CARTOON: CONSERVATIVES CURE THE ZIKA VIRUS...

Jun 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   By BrianMcFadden  DAILY KOS The Senate passed a not-great, but decent bill to address the threat of the Zika virus. The House version is garbage and uses the public health crisis mostly as a means to relax regulations on pesticides. By the time the House and Senate bills are reconciled, it will be too late to do anything meaningful, since mosquito season is already in full...

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HOUSE PASSES ZIKA BILL THAT WON’T FIGHT THE VIRUS BUT MAY PUT MORE PESTICIDES IN YOUR WATER...

May 25, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Natasha Geiling CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock   Despite the fact that Congress has yet to pass a fully-funded Zika emergency bill, the House of Representatives passed the Zika Vector Control Act Tuesday evening, a bill ostensibly aimed at helping to fight the potential spread of the Zika virus throughout the United States. But House Democrats and environmental organizations are crying foul, arguing that the bill uses the threat of Zika as a cover for rolling back crucial EPA regulations that protect bodies of water from pesticides. “The reality is that the majority has been pushing this legislation for years under whatever name is convenient at the time,” Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) said during the floor debate Tuesday. “This bill has nothing to do with combating Zika.” Opponents of the bill noted that...

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CHILDREN IN FARM COMMUNITIES PAY A STEEP PRICE FOR THE FOOD WE EAT...

May 15, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Civil Eats About the Writer Elizabeth Grossman is a senior reporter for Civil Eats focused on environmental and science issues. She is the author of Chasing Molecules, High Tech Trash, Watershed and other books. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including Scientific American, Environmental Health Perspectives, Yale e360, Ensia, High Country News, The Pump Handle, Chemical Watch, The Washington Post, TheAtlantic.com, Salon, The Nation, and Mother Jones. Photo courtesy of Bread for the World. Children in Farm Communities Pay a Steep Price for the Food We Eat The evidence linking pesticide exposure to childhood cancers and learning and behavioral problems has grown increasingly strong. By Elizabeth Grossman on May 10, 2016 Filed Under: Food Justice, Pesticides Subscribe  993  268 Tumblr1 Google +2  15 If you’re an urban parent, you might...

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3 PESTICIDES ARE PUTTING NEARLY ALL U.S. ENDANGERED SPECIES AT RISK...

May 3, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Climate by Katie Valentine CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File   A few widely-used pesticides have the ability to harm nearly all the endangered species in America, a new report from the Environmental Protection Agency has found. The EPA’s draft report, which was released earlier this month, looked at three widely-used pesticides: chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion. It found that both malathion, which is used in agriculture, for lawn care, and for mosquito control, and chlorpyrifos, which is used on a range of crops including cotton, almonds, and fruit trees, was “likely to adversely affect” 97 percent of the 1,782 species listed under the Endangered Species Act. The other pesticide, diazinon, which is used in orchards and vegetable crops, was found to likely adversely affect 79 percent of these species. Federal agencies like...

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LEAKED TTIP DOCUMENTS CAST DOUBT ON EU-US TRADE DEAL...

May 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Greenpeace says internal documents show US attempts to lower or circumvent EU protection for environment and public health Protesters wear masks of Barack Obama and Angela Merkel as they demonstrate against TTIP free trade agreement. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Arthur Neslen in Brussels  AMERICANS FOR A SAFE FUTURE     Talks for a free trade deal between Europe and the US face a serious impasse with “irreconcilable” differences in some areas, according to leaked negotiating texts. The two sides are also at odds over US demands that would require the EU to break promises it has made on environmental protection. President Obama said last week he was confident a deal could be reached. But the leaked negotiating drafts and internal positions, which were obtained by Greenpeace and seen by the Guardian, paint a very...

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Monsanto’s Controversial Glyphosate Herbicide Is Being Sprayed in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland...

Apr 27, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment The herbicide was classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans” by the World Health Organization. By Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch  VIA ALTERNET Man in a protective suit spraying plants against pests, Disinfection, photography Photo Credit: overcrew/Shutterstock Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir have published two new interactive maps showing where glyphosate is being sprayed in California’s Bay Area and Portland. Based on the maps, glyphosate—the cancer-linked main ingredient in Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup—is being used in a number of public spaces including parks and playgrounds in both cities. According to a press release sent to EcoWatch, the Portland map displays 1,592 locations in the city where herbicides containing glyphosate are being sprayed. “Monsanto’s Roundup and its key ingredient glyphosate are major weapons in the Portland Parks Department’s arsenal of herbicides,” the release states. A Care2 petition has been posted to...

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THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON FUNGICIDES...

Apr 14, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Mark Sumner  DAILY KOS This guy might not be the only one who ends up in a fog. Science Matters Daily Kos While Republicans are actively trying to bring back DDT to please big agriculture, concern is growing about other pesticides and fungicides that are already out there. In your food. In your body. In your brain. … a team of University of North Carolina Neuroscience Center researchers led by Mark Zylka subjected mouse cortical neuron cultures—which are similar in cellular and molecular terms to the the human brain—to 294 chemicals “commonly found in the environment and on food.” The idea was to see whether any of them triggered changes that mimicked patterns found in brain samples from people with autism, advanced age, and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. This is initial research, and obviously mouse brain...

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Why Is the USDA Silencing Its Own Scientists’ Warnings About the Dangerous Effects of Pesticides?...

Apr 12, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Government whistleblowers are our first line of defense against unscrupulous companies and purchased politicians responsible for the poisoning of honeybees. By Evaggelos Vallianatos / AlterNet bee keeper with bee colony Photo Credit: Pazargic Liviu/Shutterstock [Editor’s note: Evidence has been mounting that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been silencing its own bee scientists who have raised the alarm about the deadly impact that pesticides, particularly neonicotinoids, have on bees. Last month, for example, the Washington Post reported the story of Jonathan Lindgren, a USDA bee scientist, who filed a whistleblower suit alleging that he was disciplined to suppress his research. In 2014, Dr. Jeffery Pettis, another USDA bee scientist and beekeeping advocate, was demoted, leading several beekeeping and environmental organizations to express concern that the agency has actively suppressed bee science that...

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Move Over Pesticides: Could Traditional Plants Hold the Secret to Saving Crops From Pests?...

Apr 11, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Researchers are building on age-old practices to reduce food loss in Africa. By Rachel Cernansky / Ensia   VIA ALTERNET BUIKWE REGION, UGANDA – JULY 26: An unidentified farmers working on their fields on July 26, 2004 in Buikwe region, Uganda. People in rural areas of Uganda depend on farming. Photo Credit: Pecold/Shutterstock Without any effort at all, Hawa Saidi Ibura crushes dried beans, one at a time, between her fingers outside her home in Endagaw, a village in northern Tanzania. She’s holding a basket of a type of red bean eaten all over East Africa, but these beans are skeletons of what they once were. She harvested them from her farm less than a year ago, but insects have since ravaged her storage room—eating the nutrition out of the beans and out...

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FOR THE FIRST TIME, A STATE JUST BANNED NEONICOTINOIDS, A PESTICIDE THREATENING POLLINATORS...

Apr 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] by Natasha Geiling CLIMATE PROGRESS CREDIT: Shutterstock   Bonnie Raindrop has been beekeeping for just nine years, but that’s been more than enough time to see the precipitous decline in bee populations that has been plaguing Maryland. Last year, according to the USDA, Maryland beekeepers lost 61 percent of their honeybee populations, which is two times higher than the national average. Over the last five or so years, Raindrop herself has witnessed crushing losses in her own hives, fluctuating between 50 and 100 percent. Which is why Raindrop is so happy that the Maryland legislature has started to take notice. Thursday night, the Maryland House and Senate agreed upon and jointly passed a final version of the Maryland Pollinator Protection Act, which would eliminate consumer use of neonicotinoids, a widely-used class of pesticides...

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ARGENTINES LINK HEALTH PROBLEMS TO AGROCHEMICALS...

Mar 9, 2016 Posted by

[Translate]  Arkady Bukh, esq. BASAVILBASO, Argentina (AP) — Argentine farmworker Fabian Tomasi was never trained to handle pesticides. His job was to keep the crop-dusters flying by filling their tanks as quickly as possible, although it often meant getting drenched in poison. Now, at 47, he’s a living skeleton, so weak he can hardly leave his house in Entre Rios province. Schoolteacher Andrea Druetta lives in Santa Fe Province, the heart of Argentina’s soy country, where agrochemical spraying is banned within 500 meters (550 yards) of populated areas. But soy is planted just 30 meters (33 yards) from her back door. Her boys were showered in chemicals recently while swimming in the backyard pool. After Sofia Gatica lost her newborn to kidney failure, she filed a complaint that led to Argentina’s first criminal convictions...

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TWO-THIRDS OF ALL SHOPPERS ARE TRICKED BY THE WORD ‘NATURAL’ AT THE SUPERMARKET – ARE YOU ONE OF THEM?...

Mar 2, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] There’s a gigantic food labeling scandal going on. Now there’s a campaign to get the FDA to ban it. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet Photo Credit: Minerva Studio/Shutterstock A recent Consumer Reports study shows that nearly two-thirds of shoppers are being misled to believe the label “natural” on food packages means more than it does — including that the foods are free of GMOs, hormones, pesticides or artificial ingredients. But the truth is, these foods often contain the ingredients and chemicals consumers are trying to avoid. As an example, some “natural” shredded cheese contains natamycin, a pesticide. And “natural” fruit snacks can contain artificial preservatives like potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate. Consumers shouldn’t be misled in this way, and now there is a campaign to get the U.S. Food & Drug Administration either...

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HERE’S WHAT WE SHOULD BE ASKING CLINTON, SANDERS, TRUMP AND CRUZ ABOUT FOOD...

Feb 18, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] REUTERS/Katherine Taylor By Donald Carr GRIST Cross-posted from The Republic of Awesome Let’s assume the nascent “good food” movement had its collective shit together enough to coalesce and organize into a coherent political force like the farm lobby. The Club for Growth has famously hamstrung conservative politicians with its tax pledge and it’s not out of the question to think someday the food movement could exercise the same clout. Yet no one is asking the candidates to talk about food. It’s paramount to get politicians who may have nuanced views on the record. Since a consistent and organized “Food Party” doesn’t yet exist, here’s a no-way-definitive list of what I’d like to ask the candidates about their food and farm policy plans. 1. Michael Pollan, Ricardo Salvador, Mark Bittman, and Olivier De Schutter recently called...

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HERE’S NEW NEWS ABOUT PESTICIDES AND BEES...

Jan 7, 2016 Posted by

[Translate] By Nathanael Johnson Bees are struggling, and several environmental organizations want to try to help them out by banning neonicotinoid pesticides. Now the EPA has published an assessment showing that one particular neonicotinoid insecticide, imidacloprid, hurts bees. If you know about the travails of bees, but you’re a normal person who doesn’t follow this stuff obsessively, you are probably thinking one of two things: 1. Wait, haven’t we known for years that neonics are killing bees? 2. Wait, I thought I heard that neonics weren’t the problem! Does this prove that they actually are? Each of these starting places is part right, but also part wrong — so let’s back up one step. Background First, it’s crucial to zero in on what “killing bees” means. There’s a lot of overheated rhetoric about honeybees going extinct; that’s just not happening. There’s also...

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HONEY BEES ARE FACING A GLOBAL THREAT, AND IF THEY GO, SO DO WE...

Oct 6, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Environmentalists and agribusiness are waging a pitched battle over the use of pesticides. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet   “There is one masterpiece, the hexagonal cell, that touches perfection. No living creature, not even man, has achieved, in the centre of his sphere, what the bee has achieved in her own: and were some one from another world to descend and ask of the earth the most perfect creation of the logic of life, we should needs have to offer the humble comb of honey.”— Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee, 1924 What is the most important animal to humans? In prehistoric times, the dog helped transform early hunter-gatherers into apex predators. Later, human civilization was built on the backs of horses. But starting around 11,500 years ago, when humans began making...

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Monsanto’s Migraine: Big Fiascoes Facing the World’s Biggest Seed Company...

Oct 3, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   Environment The problems are piling up at the company’s front door. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet Photo Credit: a katz/Shutterstock.com Monsanto has been reeling from a number of setbacks around the globe. Here’s a look at some of the main reasons that 2015 has been a giant headache for the biotech giant. But that headache could find some reilef if the U.S. Senate hands them a legislative victory that would keep American consumers in the dark about what’s in their food. Roundup Probably Causes Cancer In March, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the World Health Organization’s cancer arm, said that the controversial herbicide glyphosate — the main ingredient in Monsanto’s popular weedkiller Roundup — is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” IARC noted, “Case-control studies of occupational exposure in the USA,...

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THE BEES HAVE THEIR DAY IN COURT — AND WIN BIG...

Sep 12, 2015 Posted by

[Translate]   A federal appeals court overturns the government’s approval of a powerful new pesticide linked to pollinator deaths. (Photo: Derek Davis/Getty Images) Sep 11, 2015Taylor Hill is an associate editor at TakePart covering environment and wildlife.   A federal court has overturned the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of sulfoxaflor, a pesticide linked to the mass die-off of honeybees that pollinate a third of the world’s food supply. The three-judge panel said the EPA green-lit sulfoxaflor even though initial studies showed the product was highly toxic to pollinators such as bees. The chemical compound belongs to a class of insecticides, known as neonicotinoids, that scientific studies have implicated in bee deaths.   “Because the EPA’s decision to unconditionally register sulfoxaflor was based on flawed and limited data, we conclude that the unconditional...

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STUDY FINDS A LINK BETWEEN NEONIC PESTICIDES AND HONEYBEE DEATHS...

Aug 21, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] A beekeeper in a field of rapeseed some 145 miles west of Bucharest, Romania    REUTERS/Radu Sigheti Johnny Neonic By Nathanael Johnson   GRIST A new study, published on Thursday, shows a correlation between honeybee colony deaths and neonicotinoid pesticide usage in the United Kingdom. Neonicotinoids generally come as a seed coating. When the seed sprouts, it takes in the pesticide, which then protects it against predators. But if that plant flowers, small amounts of the pesticide will linger in the pollen and nectar, which may hurt the beneficial insects, like bees, visiting those blooms to feed. There’s some controversy about this: Scientists have found some indications that the neonics are hurting wild honeybees, but not domestic honeybees. As Maj Rundlöf, the lead author of one of those studies, told Nature: “This doesn’t mean that there aren’t any negative...

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DDT’S TOXIC LEGACY CONTINUES...

Jul 15, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] More than 40 years after it was banned in the U.S., DDT is still in the environment — and it’s still being sprayed in many African homes to combat malaria. By Kristin Schafer / Pesticide Action Network North America  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: Zerbor/Shutterstock.com Last month’s groundbreaking DDT study — linking exposure in the womb to increased risk of breast cancer — represents more than an interesting footnote in the story of this legacy pesticide. Not only is DDT still in our environment more than 40 years after it was banned in the U.S., it also continues to be sprayed inside homes in many African countries as part of malaria control programs — a practice that could be quadrupling the risk, it turns out, of breast cancer among daughters of women exposed to...

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HOW PALM OIL PRODUCTION IS TIED TO ECOCIDE IN GUATEMALA...

Jul 7, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] The cultivation of palm oil is responsible for polluted rivers, vanishing forests and the displacement of communities. By Jeff Abbott / AlterNet   Early on June 6, communities along the once tranquil La Pasión River in northern Guatemala awoke to find tens of thousands of dead fish floating on the surface. This is the second time in two years that communities in northern Guatemala have seen massive fish die-offs in their rivers. Affected communities in Sayaxche, Peten blame the palm oil industry for this mass pollution of their river. “The palm industry has contaminated our river,” Rigoberto Lima, a teacher and representative from the communities of Sayaxché, told AlterNet. Researchers from the University of San Carlos in Guatemala City supported these accusations after confirming the high levels of agro-chemicals, including pesticides and fertilizer,...

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Health Alert update: VERY IMPORTANT, INFORMATIVE ARTICLE ABOUT DANGERS OF GLYPHOSATE AND GMO FOODS...

Jul 6, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Fwd: Health Alert update: VERY IMPORTANT, INFORMATIVE ARTICLE ABOUT DANGERS OF GLYPHOSATE AND GMO FOODS Inbox x to Casey PLEASE take the time to read this article sent out by Dr. Mercola.  The information shared with him by Dr. Samsel, a Ph.d. scientist and researcher, well credentialed and well qualified to conduct a viable scientific investigation, shows that Monsanto knew that glyphosate was carcinogenic to lab animals as far back as 1981, but falsely demanded the data be hidden and regarded as “trade secret”.  THIS SHOULD ALARM EVERYONE WHO STILL HAS ANY INDEPENDENT, CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS LEFT. Virtually everything in conventional supermarkets–unless it is reliably “organically grown”–is loaded with pesticide residue, much of which is from Monsanto’s glyphosate, and nearly everything sold in conventional food stores contains some form of genetically modified organism,...

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BEES ARE DYING OFF – BUT THERE’S A SIMPLE, UNCONTROVERSIAL WAY TO SAVE THEM...

Jun 1, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] The only thing stopping us from protecting pollinators is greed, Dave Goulson tells Salon Lindsay Abrams SALON.COM Bees are dying off — but there’s a surprisingly simple, completely uncontroversial way to save them (Credit: StudioSmart via Shutterstock) The world’s bees are in trouble, and progress in addressing the underlying problems contributing to their demise, from the use of dangerous pesticides to the destruction of their habitat, is painfully slow. But it still isn’t too late, a hopeful, if not terribly optimistic Dave Goulson tells Salon. A professor of biology at the University of Sussex and the founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, Goulson knows better than anyone just how massive the challenges are, but also how capable we are of meeting them — if we only muster the will. His work studying the...

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Biotech Giant DuPont-Pioneer Found Guilty of Pesticide Contamination...

May 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] A jury awarded 15 people $500,000 in damages in the latest victory against GE seed corporations in Hawaii. By Paul Towers / Pesticide Action Network North America   VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: tony4urban/Shutterstock Chalk up another win for the little guy. A handful of residents of Kauai’s Waimea community recently prevailed in court over biotech giant DuPont-Pioneer. Citing extensive, harmful dust generated by DuPont’s seed operations, a jury awarded 15 residents $500,000 in damages. This is just the latest in an impressive string of victories against pesticide and genetically engineered (GE) seed corporations in Kaua’i, the global epicenter for GE seed testing. Why the lawsuit? Picture red (pesticide-contaminated) dust blanketing your house and yard, regularly blowing over from neighboring fields, leaving you unable to open your windows or leave your home. That’s what residents...

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How Monsanto Could Get Even Bigger and More Powerful...

May 29, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Environment We should be very concerned about the future of the world’s food supply. By Reynard Loki / AlterNet Photo Credit: prudkov/Shutterstock Earlier this month, Swiss seed and agrochemical company Syngenta rejected Monsanto’s second takeover bid in a year. Syngenta’s board said the offer undervalued the company and did not fully address regulatory risks. But the St. Louis-based biotech giant, the world’s biggest seed seller, is not deterred and is planning a new offer to Syngenta, the world’s biggest pesticide and fertilizer seller. If approved, it would be the biggest agribusiness merger in history. But clearing antitrust regulators in the U.S. and the EU is a big if. The combined behemoth would be the world’s largest seed and crop chemical company with more than $30 billion in revenue and control over 35 percent...

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EU Dropped Pesticide Laws Due to U.S. Pressure over TTIP, Documents Reveal...

May 25, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] U.S. trade officials pushed EU to shelve action on endocrine-disrupting chemicals linked to cancer and male infertility to facilitate TTIP free trade deal. By Arthur Neslen / The Guardian  VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: sakhorn/Shutterstock EU moves to regulate hormone-damaging chemicals linked to cancer and male infertility were shelved following pressure from U.S. trade officials over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal, newly released documents show. Draft EU criteria could have banned 31 pesticides containing endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs). But these were dumped amid fears of a trade backlash stoked by an aggressive U.S. lobby push, access to information documents obtained by Pesticides Action Network (PAN) Europe show. On the morning of July 2, 2013, a high-level delegation from the U.S. Mission to Europe and the American Chambers of Commerce...

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U.S. HONEYBEE POPULATION PLUMMETS MORE THAN 40%...

May 16, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] Environment Growing body of evidence points to neonicotinoid pesticides as culprit of massive bee die-offs. By Lorraine Chow / EcoWatch   VIA ALTERNET Photo Credit: Shaiith/Shutterstock To the horror of beekeepers around the country, it appears that the worrisome decline in honeybees is getting even worse. According to the latest annual government study, U.S. beekeepers reported losing 42.1 percent of the total number of colonies managed from April 2014 through April 2015, much higher than the 34.2 percent from the year prior. The study was conducted by the Bee Informed Partnership in collaboration with the Apiary Inspectors of America and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Preliminary results indicate that U.S. beekeepers were hardest-hit in the summer of 2014, with an average loss of 27.4 percent of their hives compared to the 19.8 percent...

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Is the Government Harassing and Censoring Scientists for Studying Ties Between Pesticides and Bee Deaths?...

May 10, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] “The possibility that the USDA is prioritizing the interests of the chemical industry over those of the American public is unacceptable,” states the letter, which was signed by more than 25 citizens’ groups concerned that a forthcoming report by the White House Task Force on Pollinator Health, which is co-chaired by the USDA, will be compromised. The signatories include the American Bird Conservancy, Avaaz, Center for Biological Diversity, Center for Food Safety, Farmworkers Association of Florida, Food and Water Watch, Friends of the Earth, Green America, Organic Consumers Association and Sierra Club. “It is imperative that the American people can trust that their government and its employees are serving their constituents and not the profits of private companies,” they wrote. “All of the research that the USDA conducts must maintain scientific integrity and...

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The Latest Threat to Bees? Flupy...

May 7, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] The government approves a new pesticide called flupyradifurone that environmentalists say threatens wildlife and people.   Just as it was beginning to look like the movement to ban bee-killing pesticides was gaining ground, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a new pesticide that threatens to be just as toxic. Flupyradifurone, developed by Bayer CropScience under the brand name Sivanto, is a systemic insecticide that kills aphids, whiteflies, mites, and other “sucking pests.” Slated for use on a cornucopia of crops, including fruit and nut trees, grapes, citrus, potatoes, corn, soy, and cotton, Sivanto is poised to be enormously popular with growers eager for a chemical that’s effective against increasingly resistant pests. Environmental experts contend that the chemical’s killing power also poses a threat to bees, beneficial insects, wildlife—and possibly humans. “The research...

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After Cesar Chavez: The fight for farmworker rights isn’t over...

Apr 6, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] U.S. National Archives and Records Administration By Brentin Mock The irony of nonviolent resistance is that it needs violence to be effective. The spectacle of mobs, deputized and otherwise, billy-clubbing people as they turn cheeks until they run out of cheeks to turn, tends to assault the consciences of those observing. Gandhi understood this, as did his acolytes Bayard Rustin and Rev. James M. Lawson Jr., who both brought Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. to understand it. A young Chicano farmworker named Cesar Chavez also understood this, and made it a central tenet of his social justice work in the 1960s. Today, many Americans are celebrating Chavez’s birthday to commemorate his hard work in organizing some of the hardest workers in the nation: farmworkers. But 22 years after his death, those who toil in...

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