Scientists say neonicotinoids (“neonics” for short), a highly toxic and widely used family of pesticides, is killing off bees and other pollinators — and threatening ecosystem health and food security. By Courtney Lindwall Around the world, bees and other pollinators are dying off in droves, with potential long-term impacts on ecosystem health and food security. Scientists are now pointing to a highly toxic and widely used family of pesticides known as neonicotinoids (“neonics” for short) as a primary culprit.… Read the rest
The more things change the more they stay the same, at least that’s what they say. And in the case of the carcinogen found in U.S. tap water that was made famous in the film “Erin Brockovich,” that certainly seems to be true. For nearly two-thirds of Americans, chromium-6 is a daily fact of life. It’s the deadly carcinogen that spawned the lawsuit at the heart of the Erin Brockovich case in which residents of Hinkley, California sued and won against Pacific Gas & Electric for its culpability in poisoning the area’s groundwater.… Read the rest
EPA Wins One For The Environment For A Change, Wins Fight To Ban Bayer’s Deadly Insecticide Containing Flubendiamide In these days of captive agencies cravenly cowering before the power of the billion dollar corporations they are supposed to be regulating (for reference, please see Wall Street/SEC, factory farming/USDA, pharmaceuticals/FDA, etc. etc.) it always comes as a shock when a regulatory agency actually, you know, regulates something in such a way that it benefits the people and the environment.… Read the rest
Over-Policing Pasteurization: How the USDA and EPA Employ Their In-House SWAT Teams To Harass Natural Food Producers You’ve probably heard tales about how those thrifty bean-counters at the Pentagon have been providing local law enforcement with tanks, armored troop vehicles, and other surplus weaponry from the Gulf War theater at fire sale prices (read: for free). But did you know that the U.S.… Read the rest
EPA Finally Comes Out Against Neonicotinoids: Bayer Chemical Under Fire For Risk To Bees There is an old saying in the South of the United States: “Even a blind pig finds an acorn every now and then.” It refers of course to the occasional good fortune that befalls even the most hapless and incompetent, and it’s a phrase that is applicable to the news out of the EPA today.… Read the rest
Congress’ latest outrage: toxic chemical safe levels decided not by science, but by lobbyists There are certain people we entrust with certain decisions. You have a financial advisor for your money questions. You wouldn’t ask the guy pumping your gas for stock tips. And when it comes to our health and physical well-being, most of us would probably agree that our questions are best answered by scientists and doctors.… Read the rest
The controversial practice, known in full as hydraulic fracturing, in which water with benzene and other chemicals is injected along with sand at high pressures into underground rock formations to free natural gas has long been suspected of tainting area drinking water. But the Wyoming study is the first time fracking has been definitively linked to drinking water contaminants.
A company spokesperson said, “Monsanto does not consider either version of the bill, with respect to the effect on preemption, to be a ‘gift.’” Really? Just what would Monsanto consider a gift? Perhaps granting unlabled “substantial equivalent” status to its dangerous genetic-altering GMOs and nearly unlimited tolerance for its dangerous herbicide, RoundUp® (glyphosate)?
The Growing Weight of Glyphosate Toxicity Katy Agruiera Weeds are tough; they grow everywhere, competing for water and nutrients with crops. If left alone, they proliferate and take over. Anyone who tries to keep a neat, green lawn can tell you that weeds are a threat to that endeavor. Any farmer will tell you that weeds present a challenge to producing the food we eat.… Read the rest