Food Safety

GMOs | Pesticides | Water


GMOs, “Biggest Fraud in the History of Science”


Mexico Resists U.S. GMOs, Fights for Food Sovereignty
The Conscious Resistance Network

Canada Joins US Trade Complaint Against Mexico’s GMO Corn Ban
Bloomberg via Yahoo!Finance


Guest column
The Roundup reckoning
Farmworkers win key glyphosate decision

“On June 17, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals confirmed what we have long known – that the EPA’s safety findings are deeply flawed. The court’s decision in Rural Coalition, et al. v. U.S. EPA overturned the agency’s determination that glyphosate is not likely to cause cancer. It also held that the EPA failed to protect species listed under the Endangered Species Act before approving glyphosate.”

Amy van Saun and Bill Frees
Center for Food Safety


Related from THE NEW LEDE
“The 9th Circuit panel found that the EPA failed to follow established guidelines for determining cancer risk, ignored important studies, and discounted expert advice from a scientific advisory panel in officially declaring that the weed killer glyphosate was ‘not likely to be carcinogenic.'”

Carey Gillam

Appeals court overturns a Monsanto win
on Roundup cancer issue
11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals

Whistleblowers Expose Corruption in EPA Chemical Safety Office
EPA managers removed information about the risks posed by dozens of chemicals, according to whistleblowers.
The Intercept_

Silent Spring
Book by Rachel Carson

Silent Spring began with a “fable for tomorrow” – a true story using a composite of examples drawn from many real communities where the use of DDT had caused damage to wildlife, birds, bees, agricultural animals, domestic pets, and even humans.

Utilizing her many sources in federal science and in private research, Carson spent over six years documenting her analysis that humans were misusing powerful, persistent, chemical pesticides before knowing the full extent of their potential harm to the whole biota.

She admonished her readers and audiences to ask “Who Speaks, And Why?” and therein to set the seeds of social revolution. She identified human hubris and financial self-interest as the crux of the problem and asked if we could master ourselves and our appetites to live as though we humans are an equal part of the earth’s systems and not the master of them.

Silent Spring inspired the modern environmental movement, which began in earnest a decade later. It is recognized as the environmental text that “changed the world.”

The Life and Legacy of

‘We Have Screwed Up the Balance of Nature’
Chemical Expert Tells RFK, Jr.

“Neonicotinoids are a class of pesticides… used to coat seeds or impregnate them. They get incorporated into the leaves of the plant and any insect that eats the leaves or the stems of the plant is killed as well… The neonicotinoids don’t kill the bees, but they screw up their life function to the point that they might as well kill them…

Our dependence on bees is extraordinary because they’re the pollinators. They’re the ones that pollinate the fruit trees, the apples and the oranges and the apricots and the pears. But they also pollinate a lot of garden vegetables, a lot of grain seeds. And if we don’t have the pollinators, what are we going to do?”

Dr. David Carpenter
Institute for Health and the Environment
State University of New York at Albany

the Defender

Related from the Defender:
EPA Ignores Own Science
Plans to Reapprove Deadly Neonicotinoid Pesticides
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to extend the registration of several neonicotinoid insecticides, despite the agency’s own findings of evidence of serious threats to pollinators, aquatic invertebrates and other wildlife.

Have 80% of winged insects disappeared over the past decade? Are most songbirds insect eaters? So, that explains why birds are disappearing?


San Diego County Beaches Remain Under Water Warnings Due to High Bacteria Levels

Is this due to sewage from Tijuana? So, this warning is just for beaches down closer to the border?

Which San Diego County Beaches Have Dangerous Bacteria Levels?
San Diego Reader
Our Border Sewage Crisis Has a Solution. SANDAG Holds it.