Largest Field Study Finds Neonicotinoids Decimate Bees

(Beyond Pesticides, July 3, 2017)
A two-year long study conducted at 33 sites in multiple European countries to assess the effects of neonicotinoid (neonics) insecticides on three bee species in real-world environmental conditions confirms that these pesticides have a deleterious effect on bee survival. The study, the largest of its kind, explored the role of the agricultural use of neonics as seed coatings on bee health and fnds that the pesticides are persistent in the environment, contaminating pollen and nectar that bees forage, reducing colony fitness.
 

New risks of GMOs, glyphosate

January 26, 2017
Scientist’s ground-breaking research uncovers new risks of GMOs, glyphosate

Within just a few weeks, two studies were published in the peer-reviewed journal Scientific Reports that cast new doubts on the safety of genetically modified foods and glyphosate herbicide.

Monarchs & Milkweed

"With the introduction of GMO crops in the mid-'90s, and pesticides and industrial farming practices, the milkweed has disappeared. No milkweed, no home for eggs or food source for caterpillars."

The ‘Non-GMO’ Label Doesn’t Go Far Enough: Taking Stock of GMOs and Glyphosate

By Dr. Jeremy L. Caradonna,Environmental Studies, University of Victoria

and Dr. Thierry Vrain, Head of Biotechnology at Agriculture Canada’s Summerland Research Station (retired)

The total sale of products with ‘Non-GMO’ labeling is now in the billions, and the growth of this market is certainly to be applauded. However, the Non-GMO label inadvertently shields health-conscious consumers from one of the scarier realities of the modern food system—that glyphosate, which is the main ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, is also being applied to non genetically modified crops.

Species of Gut Bacteria reverses Autism?

A new study shows that a single species of gut bacteria can reverse autism-related social behavior in mice. The absence of a one specific species of gut bacteria causes social deficits in mice, researchers report. By adding this bacteria species back to the guts of affected mice, the researchers were able to reverse some of their behavioral deficits, which are reminiscent of symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in humans. The investigators are now looking to explore the effects of probiotics on neurodevelopmental disorders in future work.

Presentation to Opposition Committee Agriculture & Food

Banning Roundup in Agriculture is an Imperative.

In the US a judge has ruled that kids can sue the US government for inaction on Climate Change. Last July, a court in The Hague has ordered the Dutch government to cut its emissions by at least 25% within five years, in a landmark ruling expected to cause ripples around the world. As incontrovertible proofs that Roundup is linked to autism, cancers, and other disorders accumulate, we can expect to see large groups of the population suing government for inaction against toxic agriculture.

Banning Roundup in agriculture won't solve everything but it will at least stop contaminating our food supply with this known toxin, and show that government is taking action. It may even motivate government to change forestry practices for currently BC forestry industry sprays about 18,000 hectares of forests with Glyphosate at a highter toxicity despite the fact that a Ministry of Environment 7paper dated 2008 shows it kills amphibians. Of course it also kills most animals since it greatly reduces food supplies and pollutes the air and waterways. 

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