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Pesticides Are Killing Soil Organisms — The Foundations of the Web of Life

A study published May 4 by the academic journal Frontiers in Environmental Science finds pesticides widely used in American agriculture pose a grave threat to organisms that are critical to healthy soil, biodiversity and soil carbon sequestration to fight climate change.

EU Court Upholds Ban on Bayer’s Bee-Killing Pesticides in Landmark Ruling Against ‘Powerful Multinationals’

In dismissing Bayer’s appeal, the European Court of Justice backed a lower court’s decision to uphold restrictions on three bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides, stating that “protecting nature and people’s health takes precedence over the narrow economic interests of powerful multinationals.”

11 Pesticides EPA Should Ban or Restrict to Protect Infants and Children

The EPA should take swift action to ban and restrict toxic pesticides allowed in agriculture and on food.

Neonic Pesticides Pose Serious Health Risks to Kids

Compared with adults, young children ages 3 to 5 had higher neonic exposures, likely from eating non-organic foods such as applesauce, strawberries, pears and nectarines.

EPA Known Worldwide as ‘Pesticide Pushover’ for Failure to Ban Dangerous Pesticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s deeply flawed regulatory process allows the use of pesticides like aldicarb, an “extremely hazardous” neurotoxin banned in more than 100 countries and known to cause developmental harm in children.

Investigation Finds Airborne Pesticides Near Schools, Parks and Homes Surrounded by Farm Fields

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found atrazine, dimethenamid, permethrin, 2,4-D and 2,4,5-TP — all are endocrine-disrupting chemicals that can lead to poor development in young children — in five Central Illinois locations near corn and soybean fields.

Pesticides Poison More Than 378 Million Farmers and Farmworkers Every Year, Report Says

An evaluation of available poisoning data from countries all over the world concludes annually there are about 385 million cases of acute poisonings, and that 44% of the world’s 860 million farmers and agricultural workers are poisoned every year.

‘Buy It or Else’: Inside Monsanto and BASF’s Strategy to Force Farmers to Buy GMO Seeds and Pesticides

Internal company records show the companies knew their weedkiller, sprayed on GMO soybeans, would drift onto neighboring fields and devastate non-GMO organic crops.

Beyond Pesticides

Mosquito-Control Pesticides Sprayed in at Least 25 States Contain Cancer-Causing PFAS Chemicals, Tests Show

PFAS chemicals, called “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down in the environment, are linked to suppressed immune systems, cancer and other health issues.

Stealth Move by EPA Weakens States’ Rights to Restrict Pesticides

EPA confirmed it “reinterpreted” long-standing rule that allowed states to enforce stronger pesticide restrictions than those imposed under federal law.

25 Pesticides Banned in Other Countries, Still Used in U.S.

About 3 million pounds of agricultural pesticides the World Health Organization considers “extremely” or “highly hazardous” were used in the U.S. in 2017.

EPA Reapproves Dozens of Pesticides, Despite Evidence of Harm to People, Wildlife

The hasty reapprovals include paraquat, the most acutely lethal herbicide still in use today in the U.S.

Big Meat PR Campaign Intentionally Deceives Consumers on Industry’s Huge Climate Impact

A 5-month investigation by DeSmog into the global industrial meat industry’s PR and lobbying revealed hundreds of documents and statements by companies and trade associations exposing a strategy to portray the industry as a climate leader, despite evidence to the contrary.

Why We Shouldn’t ‘Learn to Love GMOs’ as NY Times Journalist Suggests

In her promotion of genetically modified foods published this week in The New York Times Magazine, journalist Jennifer Kahn failed to report on the mountains of evidence showing GMO crops have failed to deliver on the promises she cites in her story.

‘Ecocide’ Could Become an International Crime. Here’s Why That Matters.

Setting a criminal parameter will not only steer activity away from hazards — acting as a kind of health and safety law for the planet — but is likely to stimulate innovation and development in a healthy direction in a wide range of economic sectors.

New Book Unveils Corruption Behind Science and Regulation of Toxic Herbicides

“Herbicides: Chemistry, Efficacy, Toxicology and Environmental Impacts,” a new book by internationally recognized experts, sheds light on the human and environmental impacts from widely used herbicides and offers a potential antidote to the industry playbook downplaying their harm.

Glyphosate Still Used Everywhere, Despite Evidence It Causes Cancer, Other Illnesses

Because it’s a cheap and effective weedkiller, glyphosate is used everywhere around the globe, despite evidence it harms human health. The herbicide looks cheap now, but its true costs could turn out to be much higher.

Parents of Kids With Birth Defects, Brain Damage Sue Chemical Maker Over Insecticide They Say Is to Blame

Attorneys for the plaintiffs suing Corteva (formerly DowDupont) said they found chlorpyrifos, a widely used insecticide, in houses, carpet, furniture — even in a teddy bear — in four California communities where the chemical is used.

Want to Help Your Kids Be Smarter? Feed Them Organic Food, Researchers Say

Research published in the journal Environmental Pollution found organic food consumption among children is associated with higher scores on tests measuring fluid intelligence and working memory.

Regulators Relied on Flawed Studies — Funded by Chemical Industry — to Assess Safety of Glyphosate Herbicide

A 187-page report by researchers at the Institute of Cancer Research Vienna, Austria said their review of 53 safety studies submitted to regulators by large chemical companies showed most lack the types of tests most able to detect cancer risks.

Dr. Zach Bush: Doctors, Farmers Indoctrinated by Big Pharma

Dr. Zach Bush, a thought leader on the microbiome as it relates to health, disease and food systems, told Kelly Noonan Gores on “The HEAL Podcast,” the pharmaceutical industry owns the educational space and the research directions of academia in “profound” ways.

Jury Trial Date Set for Lawsuits Against Syngenta Alleging Weedkiller Causes Parkinson’s Disease

U.S. Judge Nancy Rosenstengel has set a jury trial date for Nov. 15, 2022 for the lawsuits alleging their exposure to Syngenta’s paraquat weedkillers caused them or family members to develop and suffer from the dreaded neurological disorder.

The Next Pandemic Is Here — Antimicrobial Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance is one of the top 10 global public health threats to humanity, but it rarely makes front page news.

‘Concerning’ Levels of Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Found in Bottled Water

A new study by scientists at Johns Hopkins University found 15 different types of PFAS chemicals in bottled water. The testing found “purified” bottled water had “significantly less PFAS” compared to “spring” water.

Author of ‘Monsanto Papers’ Tells RFK, Jr.: EPA Puts Monsanto’s Interests Above Public Health

Investigative journalist Carey Gillam told RFK, Jr. on the “RFK Jr The Defender Podcast,” emails dating back to the 1980’s show the EPA “was working very hard to put Monsanto’s interests above the interests of public health.”

Woman Who Says Roundup Weedkiller Caused Her Cancer Set to Take on Monsanto in Court

A California woman who was a regular user of Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller for more than 30 years is set as the next person to try to prove that exposure to the chemical causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a claim already won by plaintiffs in three previous trials.

Industrial Chemicals Linked to Decreased Fertility in Women

Researchers measured the levels of 31 common industrial chemicals in the blood of 60 women and found women with higher levels of chemicals in their blood sample also had fewer immature eggs left in their ovaries.

A ‘Public Health Catastrophe’: PFAS Chemicals in Home Fertilizer, Mosquito Spray, Drinking Water

“Forever chemicals,” widely used in everyday consumer products, are linked to cancer, brain damage, thyroid disease, low birth weights, obesity, infertility, hormone suppression and other health issues.

Bill Gates’ Scary Recipe for How to Feed the World

If Bill Gates has his way, the food in our future will little resemble what’s on our plates today. It will be replaced by a menu of GMOs, fake lab-made “meat’ and artificial cheese — all made with patented technologies from which he’ll make millions.