GMO Studies, Patent Battles and Bees In This GMO Digest

While the Washington State labeling initiative appears to have been defeated, being outspent by opponents by a ratio of nearly 3-1, and with the focus now shifting to labeling initiatives in Oregon, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, we look at other important stories that you may have missed in the pre-election buzz.

U.S. Pesticide Use: Back To The Future

Is “cutting-edge” biotechnology taking American agriculture backwards into a more toxic past?

Europe Takes Action To Protect Bees But Where Is the EPA?

Europe Takes Action To Protect Bees But Where Is the EPA?

The European Commission recently said it will ban three neonicotinoids for the next two years citing “acute high risks” to bees associated with this pesticide. The EPA only recommends more tests.

Common Pesticides Are More Dangerous Than You Know

Common Pesticides Are More Dangerous Than You Know

Another study finds inert ingredients in glyphosate formulations to be toxic human cells, questioning regulators’ focus on the active ingredient during the risk assessment process.

U.S. Grassland Bird Decline Hastened By Pesticide Use

U.S. Grassland Bird Decline Hastened By Pesticide Use

Analyzing over 20 years of data, two researchers concluded that pesticide use, not habitat loss, was the most important factor contributing to widespread declines in populations of U.S. grassland birds.

European Food Safety Authority: Neonics Pose Acute Risk To Honeybees

European Food Safety Authority: Neonics Pose Acute Risk To Honeybees

European Food Safety Authority’s analysis of neonicotinioids acknowledged a number of serious risks to bees associated with their use. The agency recommended that, among other things, these systemic pesticides be only used on crops not attractive to honey bees.

New Study Finds Combination of Pesticides Dangerous To Bumblebees

New Study Finds Combination of Pesticides Dangerous To Bumblebees

A recent study found that a combination of two pesticides impairs the natural foraging behavior of bumblebees, increases worker mortality as well as increases the propensity of bumblebee colonies to fail.

Court Battles Over GMOs in Southeast and Midwest Wildlife Refuges

Court Battles Over GMOs in Southeast and Midwest Wildlife Refuges

A judge recently ordered Fish and Wildlife Services to halt the planting of genetically engineered crops on the national wildlife land in the Southeast Region. Similar result eluded environmental groups in a related lawsuit over GMO use on refuge lands in the Midwest Region.

Seralini’s GMO Study Ignites A War

Seralini's GMO Study Ignites A War

There was no shortage of vitriol against a new long-term GMO study showing cancers in rats fed GM maize, as well as those fed Roundup, in amounts well below the officially set safety limits. Is the orchestrated response to discredit Seralini et al anti-science?

EPA Chooses Inaction While Bee Declines Continue

EPA Chooses Inaction While Bee Declines Continue

Reactions to EPA’s refusal to suspend the registration of clothianidin, given the mounting scientific evidence that this systemic poison poses an imminent hazard to bees, have been strong and unequivocal.

EPA Denies Emergency Petition to Suspend Clothianidin

EPA Denies Emergency Petition to Suspend Clothianidin

The EPA went to great lengths to reject a citizen petition seeking to suspend the use of a systemic pesticide that scientific studies link to massive bee die-offs. What happened?

Scotts Miracle-Gro Fined $12.5M for Selling Toxic Birdseed

Scotts Miracle-Gro Fined $12.5M for Selling Toxic Birdseed

Accused of selling toxic bird seed for years and then covering up its use of unregistered pesticides, Scotts Miracle-Gro settled criminal and civil charges by agreeing to record-breaking penalties.

Is Pesticide Drift Trespass?

Is Pesticide Drift Trespass?

The recent Minnessota Supreme Court decision raised quite a few eyebrows and we look closely at the legal issues associated with pesticide drift and this case.

France Moves To Protect Bees By Banning Syngenta Pesticide

France Moves To Protect Bees By Banning Syngenta Pesticide

Citing concerns over massive decline in bee populations due to Colony Collapse Disorder, the French health and safety authority said it will ban the use of Syngenta’s pesticide, Cruiser OSR, used for rapeseed crops coating.

New Evidence Linking Systemic Pesticides To Bee Die Offs

New Evidence Linking Systemic Pesticides To Bee Die Offs

With even more scientific studies linking systemic pesticides to bee deaths, beekeepers and environmental organizations petition EPA to suspend clothianidin, a pesticide that got a free pass from registration requirements.

GMO Battle in Boulder Ends With Discontent

GMO Battle in Boulder Ends With Discontent

Despite a vocal opposition from residents, Colorado’s Boulder County recently decided to permit a second genetically modified crop, Monsanto’s Roundup Ready sugar beets, to be planted on public land.

Latest Resistance Movement: #OccupyNebraska

Latest Resistance Movement: #OccupyNebraska

The chemical system of weed control is a gift that keeps on giving, spreading superweeds that withstand up to 64 times the recommended application of 2,4-D toxin and are resistant to multiple pesticides.

Beekeepers and Scientists Urge A Ban On Systemic Pesticides

Beekeepers and Scientists Urge A Ban On Systemic Pesticides

While evidence of the detrimental impact of systemic pesticides mounts, many beekeepers and independent scientists wonder why U.S. regulators have not suspended or banned their use.

Bee-ware Of The Disappearing Honey Bees

Bee-ware Of The Disappearing Honey Bees

Is the massive honeybee die off a canary in the coal mine telling us that the pesticide treadmill, as our current state of agriculture has come to be known, is short sighted and dangerous?

The Honeybee Disappearance: GMO Connection

Honeybee Disappearance: The GMO Connection

Lack of independent studies on the impact of transgenic crops on honeybees, independently, and in combination with other chemicals, further calls into doubt the industry’s safety claims.

Are Systemic Pesticides To Blame for Honeybee Colony Collapse?

Are Systemic Pesticides To Blame for Honeybee Colony Collapse?

While massive bee die offs have been occurring for more than half a decade, the connection between colony collapse disorder and pesticides, particularly serious concern about systemic pesticides, has been downplayed by the EPA and the industry.

The Empty Honeycomb

The Empty Honeycomb

It’s hard to imagine American agriculture without bees and, yet, we may be seeing the end of beekeeping following years of mysterious collapses of honey bee colonies in the United States and the world.

Halting Genetically Modified Crops in Wildlife Refuges

Halting Genetically Modified Crops in Wildlife Refuges

Faced with another government agency’s failure to follow the laws, advocate groups had to resort to the courts yet again, making the judicial system the last stopgap for even the most sensible environmental policy.

Losing The War On Weeds

Losing The War On Weeds

A new army of out-of-control herbicide-resistant weeds has many farmers across agricultural states returning to the very same practices that the chemical “miracle” was supposed to eliminate. Our in depth look at the emerged battleground and solutions.

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