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EU Bees May Rest Easy as Dangerous Pesticide Outlawed

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On Friday, European regulators banned a widely-used class of pesticides called neonicotinoids, a move called a “huge win” and “groundbreaking” by campaigners. “The EU’s groundbreaking ban on bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides is a huge win for pollinators, people, and the planet,” said Tiffany Finck-Haynes, senior food futures campaigner for Friends of the Earth (FOE),... 

Pesticides Kill Over 10 Million Pollinators in Brazil

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An estimated 10 million honey bees were killed over several days in the countryside of São Paulo state, Brazil. The suspected cause of death is reported to be airborne pesticides. In a matter of days, 136 beehives in the municipality of Porto Ferreira were destroyed. “Not even the queen bees managed to survive,” Wanderley Fardin, owner of the affected apiaries, told Xapuri. “The... 

Bayer Buys Monsanto: The Empire Strikes Back

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This is the largest corporate cash buyout in history. Mega-giant Bayer put $66 billion on the table, and mega-giant Monsanto said yes. Think GMOs, crop seeds, pesticides, medical drugs. Keep in mind that one of the consultants on the European side of this deal is the Rothschild Group. But that’s not all. Dow and DuPont are planning to merge. Recently, another biotech giant, Syngenta, was swallowed... 

EPA issues moratorium on new pesticides that kill birds and bees

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The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a moratorium that will restrict the use of new pesticides that have been blamed for declining bee populations, though the policy does not apply to products currently on the market. The chemicals in question, neonicotinoids, are a new class of insecticides that affect the central nervous system of insects and result in paralysis and death. On Thursday,... 

Pesticides on fruits and vegetables could account for 49% loss in sperm

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A major study of men’s sperm found that those who ate regular quantities of fruit and vegetables that had pesticide residue on them had half the sperm count of men who ate less, a new study showed. The Harvard University study, the first of its kind on the issue, analyzed sperm samples from 155 men who attended a fertility clinic during 2007-2012, Reuters reported. The men involved were attending... 

European Union bans US apples for being too toxic

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It’s sad when one of the biggest ‘super powers’ can’t even export a quintessentially American food to another country because it is too toxic to eat. But apples treated with diphenylamine (DPA), a substance which keeps them from turning brown for months at a time when they are kept in storage, is now a sore spot for importers of American apples. DPA isn’t harmful all by itself, but it breaks... 

Monsanto denies its pesticides behind Argentine health problems

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Monsanto has denied that health problems in Argentina are caused by its pesticides, insisting that its products are safe. It rejects an AP report that it is to blame for an increase in cancer rates and birth defects. Reacting to an AP report investigating the effects of Monsanto products in Argentina, Monsanto called for more government control and attacked the credibility of the research. “If... 

US Approves pesticide linked to mass bee deaths as EU Bans It

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In the wake of a massive US Department of Agriculture report highlighting the continuing large-scale death of honeybees, environmental groups are left wondering why the Environmental Protection Agency has decided to approve a “highly toxic” new pesticide. The continuing mass death of honeybees, known scientifically as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) and a “pollinator crisis,” could... 

Monsanto wins landmark patent case in Supreme Court

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The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of biotech giant Monsanto, closing the door on a patent case that has pitted a smalltime farmer from Indiana against a titan of the agriculture industry. The high court said early Monday that 75-year-old farmer Vernon Bowman of Indiana violated Monsanto’s patent rights when he purchased a mix of seeds from a grain elevator that he later planted... 

Russia Warns Obama: Global War Over “Bee Apocalypse” Coming Soon

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The shocking minutes relating to President Putin’s meeting this past week with US Secretary of State John Kerry reveal the Russian leaders “extreme outrage” over the Obama regimes continued protection of global seed and plant bio-genetic giants Syngenta and Monsanto in the face of a growing “bee apocalypse” that the Kremlin warns “will most certainly” lead to world war. According to... 

Deadly Pesticides Linked to Increased Prostrate Cancer Risk

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USC researchers have begun examining the link between pesticide exposure and the development of prostate cancer, with scientists documenting an increased prevalence of prostate cancer among older men exposed to certain pesticides. While this news is alarming on its own, it is only one of the many dangers associated with pesticide exposure. Exploring the Cancer Connection Prostate cancer effects one... 

Pesticides can Harm & Interfere with Bees’ Homing Abilities

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A new study has revealed that a little amount of crop pesticides is enough to harm bumblebees and honeybees, and interfere with their homing abilities. British and French researchers conducted two studies to find the reasons for the rapid dropping of bee populations in recent years. Scientists believe the reason was partly related to a phenomenon known as Colony Collapse Disorder. They also suggest... 
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