Jim Irving says glyphosate ban would be 'disastrous'

New Brunswick’s largest forestry company and its wealthy owners have urged members of the provincial legislature to not give in to what they call “misinformation” about the herbicide glyphosate.
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Justice

EPA and Bayer had close contact in 2020 reinstatement of dicamba

In summer 2020, a federal court ruled the EPA showed too much deference to Bayer when it approved the company’s dicamba herbicide. This invalidated the approval. But, weeks later, Bayer began working the EPA again, according to newly obtained emails.
Toxics

In-hive sensors could help ailing bee colonies

The technology could help beekeepers reduce short-term losses, but it doesn't address long-term problems facing honeybees.

Toxics

EPA: Bee-killing pesticide harms most endangered species

Most endangered species are likely to be harmed by three pesticides already known to impair bees, the EPA says.

Justice

Nature takes a beating after chemical explosion in South Africa civil unrest

Unknown quantities of toxic agricultural chemicals spilled into an estuary on the Indian Ocean following an arson attack on a warehouse during civil unrest and looting in South Africa in July.

www.nytimes.com
Food

How superweeds like Palmer amaranth are changing agriculture

Herbicides are losing the war — and agriculture might never be the same again. If there's a plant perfectly suited to outcompete the farmers, researchers and chemical companies that collectively define industrial American agriculture, it's Palmer amaranth.

theconversation.com
Toxics

Male fertility is declining – studies show that environmental toxics could be a reason

People are exposed to toxic substances – like pesticides, chemicals in plastics and radiation – every day. A growing body of research shows that this exposure is causing a decline in male fertility.
www.post-gazette.com
Toxics

Investigation into Chartiers Creek fish kill continues

During its continued investigation into the fish killed in Chartiers Creek, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has expanded the affected area and is estimating "thousands of fish" were killed.

www.nytimes.com
Climate

Learning to love G.M.O.s

Overblown fears have turned the public against genetically modified food. But the potential benefits have never been greater.
Toxics

Corporate studies asserting herbicide safety show many flaws, new analysis finds

Revelations come as Europe wrestles over renewal question for Bayer's Roundup herbicides.

Toxics

Maine governor accused of being 'too close' to industry after vetoing bill to ban glyphosate spraying

Just as hearings in the New Brunswick Legislature into the use of herbicides and pesticides wrapped up, Maine Gov. Janet Mills vetoed a bill that passed the state's legislature and would have banned the aerial spraying of glyphosate in the state.
newrepublic.com
Justice

The People vs. Agent Orange exposes a mass poisoning in plain sight

A new PBS documentary investigates the legacy of one of the most dangerous pollutants on the planet, an unsettling cover-up, and the exhausting fight for accountability.
www.cbc.ca
Toxics

N.B. forests have dodged a devastating infestation bullet, insect expert says

Targeted use of insecticide curbed spruce budworm outbreak, committee told on Day 2 of pesticide hearings.

Justice

María Teresa Ronderos, Andrés Bermúdez Liévano: Colombia’s toxic battle against crops that won’t go away

Spraying coca crops with glyphosate doesn’t make sense when we have already verified its failure as a long-term policy.
Justice

Maine Legislature approves ban on aerial spraying of herbicides in forests

In timber management, herbicides are used to control vegetation that may compete with more valuable species like spruce and fir. Foresters say aerial application is the most efficient way to do the job and that the practice is used sparingly in Maine, on less than 4% of harvested acres each year.
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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

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