Officials Ignore Pesticides and Blame Alcohol and Biscuits for Rising Rates of Disease by Colin Todhunter

10 September 2019 — Dissident Voice

The information below and the quotes were taken from the 12-page report that accompanied Rosemary Mason’s recent open letter to the Chief Medical Officer to England, Sally Davies. It can be accessed here.

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Campaigner and environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason has written an open letter to the Chief Medical Officer of England, Sally Davies. In it, Mason states that none of the more than 400 pesticides that have been authorised in the UK have been tested for long-term actions on the brain: in the foetus, in children or in adults.

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Because ‘A World Without Insects Is Not Worth Living In,’ Germany Announces Plan to Ban Glyphosate

4 September 2019 — Common Dreams

“What we need is more humming and buzzing.”

by Andrea Germanos, staff writer

Protesters hold balloons on January 20, 2018 in Berlin during a demonstration under the slogan "We are fed up" against agricultural politics and the use of glyphosate, dumping exports and for sustainable agriculture.

Protesters hold balloons on January 20, 2018 in Berlin during a demonstration under the slogan “We are fed up” against agricultural politics and the use of glyphosate, dumping exports and for sustainable agriculture. (Photo: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images)

The German government announced Wednesday it had agreed on a plan to phase out the use of glyphosate—the key chemical in the weedkiller Roundup—with a total ban set to begin by the end of 2023.

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Boris Johnson, GMOs and Glyphosate by Colin Todhunter

24 August 2019 — Colin Todhunter

Irresponsible, Negligent and Criminal?

In his first speech to parliament as British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said:

Let’s start now to liberate the UK’s extraordinary bioscience sector from anti-genetic modification rules and let’s develop the blight-resistant crops that will feed the world.

Johnson reads from a well-rehearsed script. The ‘GM will feed the world mantra’ is pure industry spin. There is already enough food being produced to feed the global population yet around 830 million are classed as hungry. Feeding the world effectively, sustainably and equitably involves addressing the in-built injustices of the global food system.

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The Fight Against Monsanto’s Roundup

13 August 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

BOOK REVIEW

Activists make the case that this widely  used pesticide is wreaking havoc on the earth, killing not just weeds but multiple species, including our own


Mitchel Cohen, editor
THE FIGHT AGAINST MONSANTO’S ROUNDUP
The Politics of Pesticides
Skyhorse Publishing, 2019

Reviewed by Chris Kinder

Better Living Through Chemistry? Think Again!

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Sick to the Stomach: Pesticides and the Cocktail of Toxicity By Colin Todhunter

12 August 2019 — Global Research

Dame Sally Davies is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England and recently released the CMO annual report for 2019. The report focuses on UK engagement with global health and forging partnerships.

However, there appears to be no mention of cancers in the report, a serious omission according to environmental campaigner Rosemary Mason. Like many others, she has been campaigning tirelessly for many years to draw attention to the links between agrochemicals and certain cancers and health conditions.

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Life Expectancy Falters in the UK Slow Death but Fast Profits for the Agrochemical Sector By Colin Todhunter

28 July 2019 — Off Guardian

A special report in the Observer newspaper in the UK on 23 June 2019 asked the question: Why is life expectancy faltering? The piece noted that for the first time in 100 years, Britons are dying earlier. The UK now has the worst health trends in Western Europe.

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Poisoned for Profit: Whether in the UK or India, We Are Not the Agrochemical Industry’s Guinea Pigs

27 July 2019 — Counter Currents

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Environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason has just written to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Chemicals Regulation Division (HSE) in the UK claiming that the glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup has poisoned her nature reserve in South Wales and is also poisoning people across the UK (she includes herself here, as she struggles with a neurodegenerative condition). She notes that the widespread spraying of glyphosate went against the advice of directive 2009/128/EC of the European parliament but was carried out at the behest of the agrochemicals industry.

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Israel’s Herbicide warfare against Gaza farmers By Maureen Clare Murphy

23 July 2019 — The Electronic Intifada

Thousands of acres of Gaza farmland have been damaged by Israel’s aerial spraying of herbicide. (Forensic Architecture)

Israel’s military propagandists are at it again.

A video recently tweeted by COGAT, the bureaucratic arm of Israel’s military occupation, celebrates its efforts to teach Palestinian farmers in the West Bank about hybrid fruits and vegetables.

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From the Green Revolution to GMOs: Toxic Agriculture Is the Problem Not the Solution By Colin Todhunter

4 July 2019 — The New Dark Age

Why did the European Food Safety Authority claim that glyphosate was not ecotoxic? This is the question environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason poses in her new 23-page report which can be accessed in full here.

In places, the report reads like a compilation of peer-reviewed studies and official reports that have documented the adverse impacts of chemicals used in modern agriculture.

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Consumers Comments Requested By ATSDR Regarding Glyphosate Toxicology Contamination In Food, Water & Air Due July 8, 2019

28 June 2019 — Activist Post

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has gone out of its way, and even ‘fallen all over itself’ in trying to present a somewhat balanced 257-page report regarding the agricultural herbicide glyphosate for the purpose of soliciting consumer public comment by July 8, 2019, the due date.

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