Dicamba litigation against Bayer, BASF poised to explode, lawyers say

6 March 2020 — GMWatch

Claims say weedkilling products developed by the former Monsanto and other chemical companies are destroying and contaminating crops, including organic

EXCERPT: In their legal claims, farmers allege that they have experienced damage both from the drift of old versions of dicamba and drifting newer versions as well. The farmers claim that the companies hoped fears of drift damage would force farmers to buy the special GMO dicamba-tolerant seeds in order to protect their cotton and soybean fields. Farmers growing other types of crops have been without any means to protect their fields.

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides

6 March 2020 — Sustainable Pulse

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Next Generation Effects from GMO Crops Are a Serious Risk for Ecosystems – New Study

A new peer reviewed paper published in the international Environmental Sciences Europe journal has focused for the first time on the risk assessment of so-called next generation effects from GM Crops. The review addresses unintended effects that were observed in spontaneous hybrid offspring but absent in the original plants. Some of the risks included a […]

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Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Trigger Loss of Biodiversity – New Study

One of the world’s most widely used glyphosate-based herbicides, Roundup, can trigger loss of biodiversity, making ecosystems more vulnerable to pollution and climate change, say researchers from McGill University in Canada. The widespread use of Roundup on farms has sparked coancerns over potential health and environmental effects globally. Since the 1990s use of the herbicide […] The post Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Trigger Loss of Biodiversity – New Study appeared on …

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DeSmog UK Weekly: *Bumper Cabinet Reshuffle Edition*

14 February 2020 — DesSmogUK

Who is really in charge of the UK’s government? Is it a) the elected MPs that won a landslide victory for the Conservative Party in December last year? Or b) the special advisors that always walk a respectful 5 paces behind them holding a device that looks suspiciously marionette-like?

After Boris Johnson’s first cabinet reshuffle as Prime Mininster, it looks possible it could be the latter.

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Catastrophe is upon us – the grim view from Southern Africa

28 January 2020 — Global Ecosocialist Network

 Rehad Desai

The word catastrophe is being used more and more by institutions reporting on the effects of extreme weather in the two regions of Africa, Southern and South Eastern Africa, and of late Australia. The word means a number of things: tragic; fiasco; utter failure; sudden and violent change in a feature of the Earth. All are completely fitting for the situation we now face.

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Organizing to amplify ecosocialist voices around the world

7 February 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

African journal interviews John Molyneux, a founder of the new Global Ecosocialist Network, on the challenges before ecosocialists today.


John Molyneux

John Molyneux, a socialist activist and writer based in Ireland, has played a central role in organizing the Global Ecosocialist Network. He was interviewed by Leo Zeilig of the Review of African Political Economy (ROAPE).


Visit the Global Ecosocialist Network website for more information, including how to join.


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“Organic is the future”

1 February 2020 — GMWatch

Read this article to the end for the clarity it brings on the link between farmer suicides in India and GM Bt cotton.

Vandana Shiva, a pioneer of organic farming in India, is incensed by the 2019 draft law to compulsorily register all seeds used by farmers. On a wintry afternoon, at her farm Navdanya in the Himalayan foothills, the noted ecologist spoke on the future of the organic farming movement in India. Excerpts:

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In Cuba, greener farming means cleaner rivers

31January 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

Cutting Pollution

Joint Cuba-U.S. study finds sustainable agriculture in Cuba keeps river pollution far below levels in U.S. waterways


At a bridge in central Cuba, near the city of Cienfuegos, a team of Cuban and U.S. scientists collect water. They explored twenty-five Cuban rivers and found little damage after centuries of sugarcane production.


by Joshua A Brown
University of Vermont

When the Soviet Union disintegrated in the early 1990s, food production on the island of Cuba was reduced—as the supply of Russian fertilizers, pesticides, tractors, and oil dried up. Under the stress of an imminent food crisis, the island quickly rebuilt a new form of diversified farming—including many urban organic gardens—that depended less on imported synthetic chemicals. Over the last two decades, Cuba blossomed into a worldwide model for conservation agriculture, with improved soils and cleaner water.

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Monsanto/Bayer News Links 30 January 2020

30 January 2020 — The New Dark Age

There may be some duplication due to cross-posting and may be updated throughout the day, so please check back

EPA Reapproves Glyphosate, Claims Pesticide Poses No Human Health Threat
https://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2020/01/30/epa-reapproves-glyphosate-claims-pesticide-poses-no-human-health-threat?cd-origin=rss

Kellogg’s will phase out pre-harvest glyphosate use
https://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/19298-kellogg-s-will-phase-out-pre-harvest-glyphosate-use

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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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