14 February 2020 — Sustainable Pulse
Scientist warns scrapping the EU’s strict GMO rules threatens health
28 January 2020 — GMWatch
A scientist has warned that gene-edited foods could prove toxic or allergenic and that if the UK scraps or weakens EU rules after Brexit, public health could be put at risk.
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.
Fake “Farmer Willi” part of an international fake parade
6 December 2019 — GMWatch
“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.
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.
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.
Farm Weekly, 31 Oct 2019
New GMOs: European civil society demands that the law is implemented
1 November 2019 — GMWatch
The European Court of Justice ruled last year that new GMOs are still GMOs: But Finland and the Commission are dragging their feet, writes Eric Meunier of Inf’OGM
Agrochemical Apocalypse: Interview with Environmental Campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason
29 October 2019 — Counter Currents
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.
Glyphosate impairs honeybee sensory and cognitive abilities
25 October 2019 — GMWatch
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.
The War on Weed: Monsanto, Bayer, and the Push for “Corporate Cannabis”
19 October 2019 — The Web of Debt Blog
Canada is to become the second country after Uruguay to legalize the recreational use of cannabis. Adults will be able to purchase cannabis from “federally licensed producers”. At present, Canada has according to the BBC “one of the highest rates of cannabis use” Worldwide. “Canadians spent an estimated C$5.7bn ($4.6bn; £3.5bn) in 2017 alone on combined medical and recreational use – about $1,200 per user. The bulk of that spending was on black market marijuana.” (BBC, October 14, 2018).
Resounding “No” to Monsanto’s “Bogus” GM Drought-tolerant Maize
4 October 2019 — GMWatch
South Africa minister, appeal board, and biosafety authority reject Monsanto’s GM seeds
After more than 10 years of battling Monsanto’s “bogus” drought tolerant maize project, the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) has welcomed the decision by the Minister of Agriculture, Ms Thoko Didiza, upholding the decision by the Executive Council: GMO Act and the appeal board to reject Monsanto’s application for the commercial cultivation of its triple-stacked “drought-tolerant” GM maize seed.
Pesticides in the Dock: Ecological Apocalypse but Business as Usual by Colin Todhunter
24 September 2019 — Counter Currents
Much of the following article is based on a new 20-page report by environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason. Readers are urged to access the full report containing all relevant citations: Download.
In a new paper published in King’s Law Journal – ‘The Chemical Anthropocene: Glyphosate as a Case Study of Pesticide Exposures’ – the authors Alessandra Arcuri and Yogi Hale Hendlin state:
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Fight Against Monsanto’s Roundup
13 August 2019 — Climate & Capitalism
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!
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.
Death and Extinction of the Bees. The Role of Monsanto? By Joachim Hagopian
6 August 2019 — Global Research
This article was originally published in March 2014. What has been the role of Monsanto in the loss of of the global honeybee population.
It is only recently that this issue has been the object of mainstream media coverage.
Glyphosate Should be Phased Out Worldwide. Devastating Health Impacts
31 July 2019 — GMWatch
Far-reaching Statement of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics
The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the only global organisation representing obstetricians and gynaecologists, wants glyphosate phased out worldwide.
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.