LISTEN: Carol Van Strum and the ‘Poison Papers’ on Sojourner Truth Show

Image courtesy of The Intercept   This week’s Earth Watch guest on KPFK-FM’s Sojourner Truth Radio Show was Carol Van Strum, activist, organizer and writer behind the “Poison Papers”. The “Poison Papers” are recently unveiled documents include “more than 100,000… Read More

Poison Papers Expose Decades of Collusion Between Industry and Regulators over Hazardous Pesticides

Watchdog Groups Digitize and Release 20,000 Documents for Public Review   The Bioscience Resource Project and the Center for Media and Democracy today are releasing a trove of rediscovered and newly digitized chemical industry and regulatory agency documents stretching back… Read More

Monsanto Sued for Misleading Labeling of Popular Roundup Pesticide

Two nonprofit organizations on Friday filed a lawsuit against Monsanto for misleading the public by labeling its popular weedkiller Roundup as “target[ing] an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets.” This lawsuit charges that this statement… Read More

Glyphosate: Health Concerns About the Most Widely Used Pesticide

By Stacy Malkan usrtk.org   Glyphosate is a synthetic herbicide patented in 1974 by the Monsanto Company, and now manufactured and sold by many companies in hundreds of products around the world. Glyphosate is best known as the… Read More

EPA Slams Big Ag’s Syngenta on Farmworker Safety Violations

HONOLULU— The the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a complaint last week against agrichemical giant Syngenta for putting the health and safety of farmworkers on Kauai at risk by violating several federal pesticide regulations. The agency says Syngenta failed to tell… Read More

New York Times: GM Crops Don’t Increase Yields, Reduced Chemicals

The New York Times, one of the most widely read mainstream newspapers, is reporting what many readers here may already know – GM crops do not result in better yields or lower chemical usage. “Doubts about the promised… Read More

Bayer Increases Bid To Form GM and Pesticide ‘Juggernaut’ with Monsanto

German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer is increasing its offer to purchase American rival Monsanto. Together, these two companies would form “a juggernaut in the genetically modified seeds and pesticides business,” according to German news website DW.com: Bayer raised its offer… Read More

Aerial Spraying Kills Millions of Bees in South Carolina

Beekeepers in Dorchester County, S.C. discovered millions of dead bees this week after an aerial insecticide spraying intended to control mosquitoes. Through their Facebook page, Flowertown Bee Farm and Supply in Summerville estimated a loss of 46 hives totaling about 2.5 million… Read More

State Owned Enterprise ChemChina Cleared to Take Over Syngenta

Reuters recently reported that a “U.S. national security panel has cleared ChemChina’s $43 billion takeover of Swiss pesticides and seeds group Syngenta (SYNN.S), the companies said, boosting chances that the largest foreign acquisition ever by a Chinese company… Read More

Bayer Considering ‘Hostile Takeover’ of Monsanto

DW.com reports that “after months of unsuccessful courting, German chemicals giant Bayer is reportedly considering an unsolicited bid for the US seed specialist, which rejected an improved offer from the Germans in July.” Here is an excerpt from… Read More