Gone Fishing? No Fish but Plenty of Pesticides and a Public Health Crisis

18 January 2020 — Global Research

There is mounting evidence that a healthy soil microbiome protects plants from pests and diseases. One of the greatest natural assets that humankind has is soil. But when you drench it with proprietary synthetic chemicals or continuously monocrop as part of a corporate-controlled industrial farming system, you can kill essential microbes, upset soil balance and end up feeding soil a limited doughnut diet of unhealthy inputs. 

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Syngenta says media has ‘overstated’ the science on insect declines

13 January 2020 — UnEarthed

The chemical multinational admitted that synthetic pesticides are ‘deeply unpopular’

Bees

A bee collects nectar from a flower in Hamburg’s botanical gardens, 2014. Photo: Axel Kirchhof / Greenpeace

Pesticide giant Syngenta has said that the media is “overstating the science that clearly exists” on insect declines.

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Sustainable Pulse: Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides

20 December 2019 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks

The Future of Wheat Farming is Glyphosate Residue Free – Exclusive Interview with Axis Farms

Sustainable Pulse interview with Axis Farms’ Partner, Mark Sanders, discussing the future of wheat farming in Canada and why they decided it is important to certify their harvest as Glyphosate Residue Free. Glyphosate Residue Free certification is now being embraced by farmers, ingredient suppliers and brands around the world. You can find the latest certified […] The post The Future of Wheat Farming is Glyphosate Residue Free – Exclusive Interview with Axis Farms appeared …

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A Roundup of News about Glyphosate 13 December 2019

13 December 2019 — The New Dark Age

Argentina: Devastating consequences of GMO-based intensive ag on native amphibians
https://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/19263-argentina-devastating-consequences-of-gmo-based-intensive-ag-on-native-amphibians

Why Good Nutrition Will Remain a Distant Dream Unless We Stop the Chemical Onslaught on Our Food from Farm to Plate
https://colintodhunter.blogspot.com/2019/12/why-good-nutrition-will-remain-distant.html

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Uneven Earth’s Monthly Readings

7 December 2019 — Uneven Earth

[Came across this very useful resource, from yet another information source, Uneven Earth. Frankly, with the wealth of accurate information available to us these days, there really is no excuse for inaction, no matter how small, over the major issues of our time. WB]

November readings

On the wave of global protests, lessons from the 1999 Seattle shutdown, and nuclear energy

Once a month, we put together a list of stories we’ve been reading: things you might’ve missed or crucial conversations going on around the web. We focus on environmental and social justice, cities, science fiction, current events, and political theory.

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Dammed Good Question about the Green New Deal

11 January 2019 — Green Social Thought

By: Don Fitz

Gordon Dam, Southwest National Park, Tasmania, Australia (2008). Creator: JJ Harrison. Via Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Gordon_Dam.jpg

Hydroelectric power from dams might be the thorniest question that proponents of the Green New Deal (GND) have to grapple with. Providing more energy than solar and wind combined, dams could well become the backup for energy if it proves impossible to get off of fossil fuels fast enough.

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Bayer faces lawsuit horror as US cases double in three months

31 October 2019 — GMWatch

Over 42,000 lawsuits in the US alone allege the herbicide Roundup has caused cancer

EXCERPT: Bayer has haemorrhaged around $43 billion in market value since acquiring Monsanto.

Gregor Heard
Farm Weekly, 31 Oct 2019
https://www.farmweekly.com.au/story/6469073/bayer-faces-lawsuit-horror/

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Limits: Why Malthus Was Wrong and Why Environmentalists Should Care

22 October 2019 — Resolute Reader

by Giorgos Kallis

GK

This short, readable and stimulating book begins with the author overturning perceived knowledge about the 18th century economist Robert Malthus. Malthus is best know for his extended work An Essay on the Principle of Population, an influential book that has rarely been read by those who claim to extend his ideas. Giorgos Kallis argues that it is important to understand what Malthus was really arguing for, because it is a key statement of a central tenet of modern economics, the idea of limits. In his introduction Kallis says that he aims to “reclaim, refine and defend the notion of limits” and proceeds to do just this with a critical examination of the way that limits have been understood by economists and environmentalists since Malthus’ time.

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Our Vanishing World: Insects

30 October 2019 — Global Research

By Robert J. Burrowes

About 12,000 years ago, late stone age humans precipitated the neolithic (agricultural) revolution that marked the start of the steady rise to civilization. Coincidentally, this occurred at the same time as the beginning of what is now known as the Holocene Epoch, the geological epoch in which humans still live.

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“Let Them Eat Cotton” : Genetically Modified Cotton as a “Solution to Human Hunger”? Approved by FDA

30 October 2019 — Global Research

By F. William Engdahl

US Government regulators have approved a genetically modified cotton variety as a “potential solution to human hunger.” The radical decision is to permit consumption by humans, in addition to animals, of seeds of a GMO cotton developed at Texas A&M University, with no independent long-term testing. It opens grave new concerns about the safety of our food chain. Soon, as a result, the world food chain may well be contaminated with the GMO cottonseeds whose dangers have been simply ignored by authorities.

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