'Like a slow death': families fear pesticide poisoning after Trump reverses ban. A white cloud of pesticides had drifted into Fidelia Morales’s backyard, coating her children’s swing set.
The 40-year-old mother of five gestured toward the citrus groves that surround her house in California’s Central Valley as she recounted when an air blast sprayer sent chemicals floating onto her property last year – landing on her family’s red and blue jungle gym. 85% of the Food We Eat Has Pesticide Residues. Pesticide applied by airplanePhoto Credit: U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency New government data offers a potentially unappetizing assessment of the U.S. food supply: Residues of many types of bug-killing pesticides, fungicides and weed-killing chemicals have been found in roughly 85 percent of thousands of foods tested. Data recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows varying levels of pesticide residues in everything from mushrooms to potatoes and grapes to green beans.
Monsanto death. Health Disaster in the Making: Hundreds of Schools Are Next to Fields Doused by Monsanto's Toxic Weed Killers. Monsanto's Roundup Linked to Cancer - Again Photo Credit: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout) Genetically engineered crops, or GMOs, have led to an explosion in growers’ use of herbicides, with the result that children at hundreds of elementary schools across the country go to class close by fields that are regularly doused with escalating amounts of toxic weed killers.
GMO corn and soybeans have been genetically engineered to withstand being blasted with glyphosate – an herbicide that the World Health Organization recently classified as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” First Review of Secret Monsanto Studies Shows Glyphosate Cancer Cover Up. For the past 35 years Monsanto has known of the link between glyphosate and cancer, but has systematically worked to cover it up through scientifically fraudulent methods in its safety testing research programme.
This is the most significant conclusion to be drawn from a new research paper published in the Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry and now available online. Source: www.gmfreecymru.org/index.htm. California to List World's Most Commonly Used Herbicide as Carcinogen. SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California’s Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it will list glyphosate — a widely used herbicide dangerous to people and linked to the dramatic decline of monarch butterflies — as a chemical known to cause cancer.
Earlier this year the World Health Organization found that glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup, was a probable human carcinogen based on extensive research. “California’s taking an important step toward protecting people and wildlife from this toxic pesticide,” said Dr. Nathan Donley, a staff scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity. “More than 250 million pounds of glyphosate are used each year in the United States, and the science is clear that it’s a threat to public health and countless wildlife species. It’s long past time to start reining in the out-of-control use of glyphosate in the United States.”
Modern Life Is a Frightening Experiment in How Much Exposure We Can Take from Toxic Chemicals. Back in 1974, the agricultural multinational Monsanto developed a class of herbicides using glyphosate as the key ingredient.
By the 1990s, the company had created corn, soy and cotton seeds genetically altered to resist glyphosate herbicides, meaning farmers could kill weeds without fearing for the health of their crops. Today, Monsanto’s Roundup is the most widely used weed-killer in the world. Dirty Water – The Use of Oil Production Wastewater to Irrigate California Crops. Cross-posted at annoyedomnivore.wordpress.com For two decades farmers in California’s Central Valley have been buying water from the Chevron Kern River oil field, which is currently the 5th largest oil field in the country.
Court Rules Pesticide That's Been Found To Harm Bees Is No Longer Approved In The U.S. A certain pesticide that’s been found to harm bees is no longer approved for use in the United States, after a federal appeals court struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s authorization of it Thursday.
The 9th U.S. Soon We Will Learn Just How Toxic Glyphosate and Atrazine Are For Our Wildlife. Consumers may soon be able to find out how two of the most commonly used pesticides in the U.S. are impacting endangered species.
Under what’s being called a historic settlement, which was reached as a result of a lawsuit filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) will now have to analyze how glyphosate (which is more commonly known as Monsanto’s Roundup) and atrazine are potentially affecting 1,500 endangered plants and animals. According to the Center, the agency will also have to develop conservation measures for these two pesticides, in addition to propazine and simazine, which together “represent nearly 40 percent of annual pesticide use across the nation.”
Love This? Never Miss Another Story. Thanks for subscribing! “This agreement will result in long-overdue protections for our country’s most endangered species,” said Brett Hartl, endangered species policy director at the Center. Last week, the U.S. Photo credit: Thinkstock. FDA to Begin Testing for Pesticide Glyphosate, Probable Human Carcinogen, in Food. PORTLAND, Ore. - The Food and Drug Administration will finally begin testing food for glyphosate, the world’s most commonly used pesticide, according to Civil Eats.
EPA mulls ban on nation’s most heavily used insecticide. Scott Krogstad grows soybeans and sugar beets in the heart of the Red River Valley near Grand Forks, North Dakota. Like most sugar beet farmers in the Midwest, he wages a difficult war with the unpredictable infestations of the sugar beet root maggot. The maggot, the larva of a small two-winged fly, can completely sever the roots from a beet with its hooked mouth. Meanwhile, a thousand miles away in fruit orchards near Provo, Utah, farmer Alan Riley fights off the San Jose scale, an aphid-like insect that sucks sap from his apple, peach, and cherry trees.
It can turn apples from red to purple around feeding sites and result in small, deformed fruit. Despite their many miles of separation, Krogstad and Riley have one key thing in common with each other and countless farmers across the country. U.S. Supreme Court Decision Great News for Consumers and the Environment. WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court today upheld the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) authority to design rules and incentives that allow electricity customers to get paid for reducing consumption during periods of high energy demand. The decision keeps the door open for important clean energy resources to compete with traditional fossil plants in regional energy markets and save customers money on their electricity bills.
Feedly. Read more, know more. EPA to study effects of Roundup on 1,500 endangered species. Health Disaster in the Making: Hundreds of Schools Are Next to Fields Doused by Monsanto's Toxic Weed Killers. EPA to study effects of Roundup on 1,500 endangered species. Pesticides in paradise: Hawaii's spike in birth defects puts focus on GM crops. Pediatrician Carla Nelson remembers catching sight of the unusually pale newborn, then hearing an abnormal heartbeat through the stethoscope and thinking that something was terribly wrong.
The baby was born minutes before with a severe heart malformation that would require complex surgery. Monsanto Herbicide Faces Global Fallout After World Health Organization Labels It a Probable Carcinogen. Photo Credit: PiggingFoto/Shutterstock. California’s strawberry industry is hooked on dangerous pesticides - The Center for Investigative Reporting. The Gist Paul Helliker had a job for Dow AgroSciences.