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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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

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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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From Cotton to Brinjal: Fraudulent GMO Project in India Sustained by Deception

29 August 2020 — Counter Currents

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Insecticidal Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) cotton is the first and only GM (genetically modified) crop that has been approved in India. It has been cultivated in the country for more than 20 years. In a formal statement to the Supreme Court of India, the Indian government has asserted that hybrid Bt cotton is an outstanding success. It therefore argues that Bt cotton is a template for the introduction of GM food crops.

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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

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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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Challenge eyed to class action plan for Bayer Roundup settlement

26 June 2020 — US Right to Know

by Carey Gillam

A plan to delay any new Roundup cancer claims for years and shift the key question of whether or not the weed killer causes cancer from a jury to a hand-picked panel of scientists faces potential opposition from some of the plaintiffs’ attorneys who initiated and led the mass tort claims against Roundup maker Monsanto, sources close to the litigation said.

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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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Nature can’t be patented

22 May 2020 — WeMove

It’s official and we won: Conventionally-bred animals and plants are not patentable. [1] It may seem obvious to us, but corporations like Bayer (buyer of Monsanto), Syngenta and Carlsberg fought hard against this outcome. Without a patent, they cannot control and profit from the biological information in those plants and animals!

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