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pesticides

Honeybees dead in Elmwood, Ontario

Shortly after 50,000 bees and other pollinators were found dead in an Oregon parking lot, 37 millions honeybees were found dead in Elmwood, Ontario. Dave Schuit, who runs a honey operation in Elmwood lost 600 hives and he's pointing to the class of insecticides known as neonicotinoids, which are manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc as the culprit.

Pollinator Die-off In Oregon

Tens of thousands of dead bumblebees, honeybees and ladybugs blanketed a shopping plaza's parking lot in Wilsonville, Oregon.

Its estimated 25,000 dead bumblebees and 150 colonies were lost. Rich Hatfield, a conservation biologist with the non-profit Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation said "To our knowledge this is one of the largest documented bumblebee deaths in the Western U.S. It was heartbreaking to watch."

High Fructose Corn Syrup and Colony Collapse Disorder

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found a possible link between the practice of feeding commercial honeybees high-fructose corn syrup and the collapse of honeybee colonies around the world. The study was published by a team of entomologists at the University of Illinois.The team outlines their research and findings in a paper they've had published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Trio of Chemicals Responsible for Major US Brain Drain

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Environmental Health Perspectives

Premature births and ADHD have long been known causes of low IQ in children, but a new study recently found that exposure to common environmental contaminants could be even bigger causes behind a societal brain drain.

Previous studies have shown that mercury, lead, and organophosphate pesticides cause developmental problems in children. This latest study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, shows the collective magnitude of the effects these environmental contaminants have on a population's IQ.

Taking on Goliath

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to Goliath and that’s just what a group of small family-owned farms in Argentina are doing. These brave Argentine tobacco farmers have just filed lawsuits against the goliath Monsanto as well as other major tobacco companies like Philip Morris claiming these companies knowingly poisoned them with herbicides and pesticides subsequently causing “devastating birth defects” in their children.

What Biotech Pesticides Are Doing to Our Bodies

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United States Geological Survey (USGS)

The scientific evidence piling up against Roundup, the best-selling weed killer for home and farm use, is starting to sound a bit sci-fi. The latest damaging evidence against this potent herbicide, once widely believed to be safe, comes from the United States Geological Survey (USGS), which is now detecting glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, in streams, the air, and even rain.

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Pesticides on Trial: The Environment

On the 27th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster in India, anti-pesticide advocates are putting the six largest pesticide companies under the accountability spotlight. According to a press release from the North American branch of Pesticide Action Network (PAN), attorneys, witnesses and jurors will put the 'Big Six' -- Monsanto, Sygenta, Bayer, BASF, Dow and Dupont on trial for what PAN calls "their crimes against humanity.

Now It's in the Blood

For all the empty promises the bioseed corporations have made to try and convince consumers that GMO food is safe, a study from University of Sherbrooke, in Quebec, Canada is perhaps the most telling.

Genetically modified crops include genes extracted from bacteria to make them resistant to pest attacks. The toxin is derived from a soil bacterium called Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt). Corporate scientists who engineer these bioseeds claim there is no danger to the environment or to human health maintaining that the Bt toxin poses no danger to human health as the protein breaks down in the human gut. But the presence of this toxin in human blood clearly demonstrates that this does not happen.

Summer, Your Lawn and Your Liver

Ahhh Summer. There's nothing like it. And, for those who like to putter in the garden during the long days of summertide, there's nothing finer than the gratification of a finely manicured lawn. Unfortunately cultivating that fine patch of green may be detrimental to your health.

Used in yards, farms and parks throughout the world, Roundup is the most widely used weed-killer in the world. Invented in 1976 by Monsanto, Roundup is a highly toxic herbicide.

Gluphosinate Ammonium

Glufosinate-ammonium is a broad-spectrum herbicide, in use in relatively small quantities since the 1980s. Its use is being increased by the recent development of a more than 100 varieties of transgenic plants, genetically modified to be tolerant of it.

It carries unacceptable risks to humans, especially the neurological development of the foetus, to agricultural biodiversity, and to the environment.

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