German Government Uses Lockdown to Sneak Deadly Pesticide

4 January 2021 — New Eastern Outlook

F. William Engdahl

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Using the conditions of the most recent coronavirus lockdown, the German government’s agriculture minister has made a stealth decision, without open debate, to re-instate a banned class of systemic insecticides known as neonicotinoids. The German move follows a similar move by the French Macron government and puts the entire food security of the EU in serious danger. Ironically, or maybe not, the move comes at a time when food security worldwide is in grave stress owing to consequences of the global COVID lockdowns that have disrupted huge parts of the global food chains.

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New study reveals dramatic rise in global pesticide poisonings

9 December 2020 — Pesticide Action Network

Worldwide poisonings up from 25 million in 1990 to 385 million today

In a comprehensive study released today, scientists report that pesticide poisonings on farms around the world have risen dramatically since the last global assessment 30 years ago. Based on an evaluation of available poisoning data from countries all over the world, the researchers conclude that there are about 385 million cases of acute poisonings each year, up from an estimated 25 million cases in 1990.

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EPA Finds Glyphosate Is Likely to Injure or Kill 93% of Endangered Species

25 November 2020 — Center for Biological Diversity

For Immediate Release, November 25, 2020

Lori Ann Burd, (971) 717-6405, laburd@biologicaldiversity.org

WASHINGTON— The Environmental Protection Agency released a draft biological evaluation today finding that glyphosate is likely to injure or kill 93% of the plants and animals protected under the Endangered Species Act.

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Bayer seeks to profit both from weedkiller linked to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and drug to treat it

21 October 2020 — GMWatch

Attorney Ben Crump denounces Bayer’s cynicism

Personal injury and civil rights attorney Ben Crump has denounced Bayer Corporation for seeking to profit both from the sale of its weedkiller Roundup, which has been linked to non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and a new Bayer drug to treat the disease. Continue reading

Toxic Levels of Heavy Metals and PAHs Discovered in Some Alternatives to Glyphosate-Based Weedkillers

23 October 2020 — Sustainable Pulse

This new research follows a study by the same group of researchers in 2018, which identified petroleum residues and heavy metals in glyphosate-based herbicides such as Roundup. According to the researchers their undeclared presence can explain carcinogenic effects in humans but also mammalian tumours and lethal liver and kidney diseases.

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Bayer’s Monsanto headache persists

1 October 2020 — US Right to Know

by Carey Gillam

The migraine that is Monsanto doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon for Bayer AG.

Efforts at settling the mass of lawsuits brought in the United States by tens of thousands of people who claim Monsanto’s Roundup herbicides gave them cancer continue to inch forward, but are not addressing all outstanding cases, nor are all plaintiffs offered settlements agreeing to them. Continue reading

Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 22 September 2020

22 September 2020 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks

Thailand’s Reversal on Glyphosate Ban Came after Bayer Scripted US Intervention, Documents Show

A year ago Thailand was set to ban the widely used weed killing chemical glyphosate, a move applauded by public health advocates because of evidence the chemical causes cancer, along with other harms to people and the environment, USRTK reported Thursday. Source: USRTK By Carey Gillam But under heavy pressure from U.S. officials, Thailand’s government reversed […]

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Post-Brexit Agrochemical Apocalypse for the UK?

28 July 2020 — Off-Guardian

Colin Todhunter

The British government, regulators and global agrochemical corporations are colluding with each other and are thus engaging in criminal behaviour. That’s the message put forward in a new report written by environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason and sent to the UK Environment Agency. It follows her January 2019 open letter to Werner Baumann, CEO of Bayer CropScience, where she made it clear to him that she considers Bayer CropScience and Monsanto criminal corporations.

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 13 July 2020

13 July 2020 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks

India Set to Restrict Who Can Spray Glyphosate Herbicides in Big Blow for Bayer

Glyphosate is the most used weedkiller in India with over 675,000 Kg of it spread on Indian farmland in 2018-2019, however a new change on who is allowed to spray glyphosate, which is set to be introduced by the Indian government, will immediately massively reduce sales of the chemical across the country. The draft notification […]

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Phony experts with veiled conflicts of interest polluting debates on endocrine disruptors, glyphosate, GMOs

26 June 2020 — GMWatch

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Noisy onslaughts tip the scales towards industry. Report: Jonathan Matthews

One of France’s leading daily papers, Le Monde, just published an article on how “a group of toxicologists with tenuous expertise and veiled conflicts of interest are working to derail the implementation of European regulations” on endocrine disruptors – synthetic chemicals that are toxic at very low doses.

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