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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Bayer On The Edge As Jury Awards $265 M To US Peach Farmer Over Illegal Dicamba Drift

18 February 2020 — Sustainablepulse.com

A jury on Saturday awarded US$ 250 million in punitive damages to a southeastern Missouri peach farmer who argued that weedkiller dicamba that had drifted onto his orchards from other farms had severely damaged his trees — an award that could bode well for over 140 other farmers suing the chemical’s makers – Bayer (Monsanto) and BASF.

Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides

14 February 2020 — Sustainable Pulse

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Fraud in German Laboratory Casts Doubt on 2017 EU Re-Approval of Glyphosate

Fraud in a German laboratory has cast additional doubts on the 2017 re-approval of glyphosate and on the entire EU pesticide safety evaluation procedure, Pesticide Action Network Europe reported on Tuesday. A new study has revealed Laboratory of Pharmacology and Toxicology (LPT) Hamburg was found to commit fraud in a series of regulatory tests, several […]

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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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Fake “Farmer Willi” part of an international fake parade

6 December 2019 — GMWatch

Farmer Willi in field Glyphosate Factory

“Grassroots” defenders of pesticides and GMOs keep on faking it! Report by Jonathan Matthews

Five thousand tractors caused severe disruption in Berlin last week as farmers protested against the German government’s environmental protection policies. These include plans to limit the use of fertiliser in order to tackle nitrate pollution in groundwater, and to phase out glyphosate by 2023 to protect biodiversity.
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Lawyers launch $500M class-action lawsuit against Roundup makers

21 November 2019 — GMWatch

Case represents Canada’s largest class-action lawsuit against manufacturers of glyphosate herbicide

EXCERPT: Darryl Singer, the head of commercial and civil litigation at Diamond & Diamond, said the plaintiffs involved in this class-action lawsuit are looking not only for financial compensation, but also what he calls “behaviour modification” so that the same thing doesn’t happen again in the future with other products in Canada.

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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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Agrochemical Apocalypse: Interview with Environmental Campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason

29 October 2019 — Counter Currents

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The renowned author and whistleblower Evaggelos Vallianatos describes British environmentalist and campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason as a “defender of the natural world and public health.” I first came across her work a few years ago. It was in the form of an open letter she had sent to an official about the devastating environmental and human health impacts of glyphosate-based weed killers. What had impressed me was the document she had sent to accompany the letter. It was over 20 pages long and contained official data and referred to a plethora of scientific papers to support the case she was making.

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Glyphosate impairs honeybee sensory and cognitive abilities

25 October 2019 — GMWatch

Bee apis

New review shows exposure to the herbicide could have “implications for overall long-term colony survival”

A new review of the scientific literature (see abstract below) has found that exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in glyphosate herbicides like Roundup, impairs the foraging behaviour of honeybee workers and has adverse effects at different levels within the colony.

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