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Linda Wells
Aug 17, 2012
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The Supreme Court of Minnesota recently issued a disappointing ruling on the legal rights of organic farmers faced with pesticide drift from neighboring farms. As we reported some months ago, Oluf and Debra Johnson went to the courts when they lost their organic certification (and their crops) due to pesticide drift. They were looking for compensation for these losses, as well as future protection from pesticides drifting onto their farm. An appeals court had ruled favorably on their case — so the Johnsons were hoping for good news from the Supreme Court. Instead, the ruling severely... Read More
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Aug 16, 2012
Recent media coverage of Prop 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act, which would permit companies to label foods made with genetically engineered (GE) crops, highlights the gulf between citizens demanding the right to know what's in our food and corporations desperate to keep the public in the dark. According to the California secretary of state, Monsanto and the rest of the pesticide industry's "Big 6" have contributed $13.5 million so far to defeat this initiative, and have put stopping it at the top of their agenda. Add the money from... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Aug 14, 2012
Teeth swiped from tooth fairies could provide important information about the link between chemicals and autism. Researchers are excited. We already know that timing is a critical piece of the autism/chemical connection. Scientists now say that by grinding up baby teeth, they can accurately measure not only what toxicants children have been exposed to, but precisely when. A few weeks ago, researchers in Texas reported the results of their mass spectrometry examination of baby teeth. They found breakdown products of organophosphate pesticides and plasticizers in 21 molars of young, healthy... Read More
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Kathryn Gilje
Aug 09, 2012
When it comes to ovaries, I get protective. Infertility, endometriosis, and fibroids aren't words I should have to use as frequently as I do. And I'm not the only one noticing this disturbing trend. Women around me agree that something is definitely wrong. Science is increasingly pointing to chemicals in our lives that act as endocrine disruptors, causing problems associated with reproductive health. According to an article in Environmental Health News last week, "Several new studies are adding to the evidence that some estrogen-mimicking pesticides and industrial chemicals may... Read More
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Linda Wells
Aug 09, 2012
Legal claims against the Big 6 pesticide company DuPont are piling up based on Imprelis, which has been linked to the loss of hundreds of thousands of trees nationwide. Some 30,000 claims have been filed from individual homeowners, municipalities, landscapers and golf courses. There is also a class-action lawsuit in the works. Imprelis, which was originally marketed by the company as having a "low environmental impact," was conditionally registered by EPA in August of 2010. After thousands of reports blaming Imprelis for the death of Norway spruces, eastern white pines and other... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Aug 09, 2012
A recent review of how endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) impact human health has prompted EPA to reconsider the way it measures risk from pesticides and other endocrine disrupting environmental contaminants. Finally. EDCs may interfere with sensitive human hormone function in unpredictable ways, thus posing a complex challenge that the current approach to risk assessment is not equipped to address. The Agency's Office of Research and Development will, over the next few months, draft a formal position statement on how best to assess pesticides and other chemicals that can cause... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Aug 02, 2012
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Campaign disclosures released this week reaffirm one thing: pesticide and GE seed companies are very focused on defeating Prop 37, the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act. In fact, a giant food lobby — which includes Monsanto as a member — has declared that crushing the GE labeling ballot initiative is its "single highest priority" this fall. Behind front groups and paid consultants, the “Big 6” pesticide makers (BASF, Bayer, Dow, Dupont, Monsanto and Syngenta) have quietly pumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into the effort to... Read More
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Aug 02, 2012
The Olympics are in high gear, and while runners, swimmers and gymnasts wow the crowd,  the festivities are overshadowed by the games' dubious sponsors. Dow Chemical is a major sponsor of the London Olympics, despite protests around the world and opposition efforts by Indian civil society and government. As the owner of the company that perpetrated one of the worst industrial disasters in history, Dow Chemical has done absolutely nothing to accept responsibility for, or compensate the victims of, the ongoing Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984. To add insult to injury, Dow's toxic... Read More
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