Poisoning the Planet: Pesticides and Capitalism

24 October 2019 — The New Dark Age

9 stories on the global impact of pesticides on ALL life on the planet (all in PDF format).

9 stories on the global impact of pesticides on ALL life on the planet.

Open Letter: Where have all our insects and birds gone?

Neonicotinoid insecticides, glyphosate and Roundup Ready GM Crops

Last year the Guardian published letters from all over the country asking this question. Both the neonicotinoid insecticides and glyphosate (Roundup) herbicide appear to be responsible.1
The UK government, the NFU, the Farming Minister, the Defra Minister, Defra and the Department of Health are supporting glyphosate and systemic neonicotinoid insecticides. Some UK farmers say it will be impossible to farm without access to these two chemicals. They are voting to grow GM Roundup Ready Crops after Brexit.

Has Monsanto told the truth about GM Roundup Ready crops? Monsanto, Bayer and Syngenta coat their GMO corn seeds with neonics but charge farmers extra for them— even though studies show that neonic-coated seeds provide no real benefit to farmers.


Carcinogenicity assessment flawed for four out of 10 pesticides, new review shows

A new review of carcinogenicity assessments of pesticide active ingredients shows 40 percent were not carried out in compliance with existing European guidelines, leading to possible continued exposure of farmers and consumers to cancer-causing pesticides.[1] In 30 percent of the cases, significant details were missing from the dossiers, raising uncertainties about how European authorities came to the conclusion they did.

To those who support the renewal of the registration of glyphosate or remain silent about it

“Corporate totalitarianism … rules through dispensability and corruption. It treats communities, people, countries, ecosystems and species as disposable and dispensable.”

Update on glyphosate renewal: On May 17 2017, the European Commission announced its intention to renew the license for glyphosate for 10 years despite a petition last year from 1.5 million citizens urging them not to. The British Government and civil servants supported this renewal wholeheartedly. But are they aware of the implications? The EU Commission was in a hurry because it didn’t want to wait for the Monsanto Papers to come out. However, MEPs have asked for an inquiry into them.


US Scientists sound the alarm over global mass poisoning

The British Government, the US Government, the US Environmental Protection Agency and some farmers have worked together since before WW2 to silently poison air, water and food supply with synthetic chemicals

A little more than 100 years later, on 21/12/2017, independent US Scientists sound the alarm over global mass poisoning


Our Daily Poison: Chemical Contamination of Our Food, Farmland, Rivers and Seas

How the global pesticides industry has been allowed silently to destroy life

Our Daily Poison: From Pesticides to Packaging, How Chemicals Have Contaminated the Food Chain and Are Making Us Sick

Marie-Monique Robin is an award-winning French journalist, author and filmmaker. She is the patron of the Monsanto Tribunal and on the Steering Committee. She received the 1995 Albert- Londres Prize, awarded to investigative journalists in France. She is the director and producer of more than thirty documentaries across Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia, receiving thirty awards. She wrote the best-selling documentary (and book by the same name), “The World to According Monsanto,” which has been broadcast on fifty international television stations, and translated into 22 languages.


Monsanto’s science is fraudulent Glyphosate causes cancers, many other diseases and is toxic to the environment

World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has declared glyphosate as a 2A carcinogen (probably carcinogenic in humans) On 20/03/2015 IARC reached its decision based on the view of 17 experts from 11 countries, who met in Lyon, France, to assess the carcinogenicity of 5 organophosphate pesticides: tetrachlorvinphos, parathion, malathion, diazinon, and glyphosate.


Why is Britain voting for the renewal of the license of glyphosate?

Europe-wide soil contamination by glyphosate and dramatic declines in insect biomass

Glyphosate and AMPA: widespread persistence in topsoils in Europe

“A new research study by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, the Dutch University of Wageningen and Rikilt laboratories, reveals that among 317 EU soil samples of arable land, 42% contained AMPA, the most toxic metabolite of glyphosate, while glyphosate was found in 21% of the soils; 18% of the samples had both. The study was conducted in six crop systems along 11 EU member states comprising soils under different geographical and climatic conditions. Denmark, the UK and Portugal are the worst in this spectrum, with the highest detection frequency, while Italy and Greece seem to be the ones using less glyphosate on their crops. However, and most notably, these 2 molecules could be found in every tested member state. All tested crops presented glyphosate and AMPA residues. By far, the worst case was that of Portuguese vineyards, while no crops exhibited patterns of reduced reliance on glyphosate compared to others.”


Open Letter: Head of Unit Pesticides and Biocides and Senior Scientist Chemical Regulations Division

Klaus Berend
Head of Unit
Pesticides and Biocides
Cc Dave Bench UK CRD

Dear Klaus Berend

I am fully aware that you are not an expert in Pesticides and Biocides, but an expert in the REACH specifications of plastics in aviation. Nor was the previous holder of the post, Michael Flüh, who was a non-scientist. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that your letter to me displayed a lack of knowledge of the subject. Does the Commissioner for Health Vytenis Andriukaitis have a shortage of qualified candidates to choose from to fill the post of Head of Unit, as specified by Jean-Claude Juncker?


Open Letter to Bayer CropScience

Werner Baumann Chief Executive Bayer CropScience

Dear Werner Baumann

An advertisement that Bayer placed in Politico and the Farmers’ Guardian on 19/12/2018 1

“Transparency creates trust. At Bayer, we embrace our responsibility to communicate how we assess our products’ safety — and we recognize that people around the world want more information around glyphosate. This month, we published more than 300 study summaries on the safety of glyphosate on our dedicated transparency website. “


Why do the experts on Science Advice for Policy by European Academies fight for higher pesticide exposure?

Documents reveal EU bowed to demands of pesticide lobbies

An environmental non-profit has obtained documents showing the extent to which the European Commission has been lobbied by pesticide producers seeking to protect their interests, leading to a more lenient regulation of these controversial substances

The environmental group, Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN), has obtained over 600 documents from the Commission showing top EU officials fighting to “cripple” the bloc’s pesticide protection legislation. “The Commission has chosen the side of the industry,” PAN’s Chemicals Coordinator Hans Muilerman told De Morgen.


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