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

Glyphosate Causes Changes to DNA Function Resulting in Chronic Disease, According to Study

Note: One of the traits being engineered into trees is resistance to glyphosate. Via Beyond Pesticides A review of the scientific literature links glyphosate, one of the most popular weed killers in the U.S. and the active ingredient in Roundup,… Read More

WATCH: Profits Over People? Oppose ‘Right–to-Spray’ Bill in Hawaii

Via Center For Food Safety 90 different pesticide formulations. Sprayed 2 to 3 times a week. Up to 16 times a day. No mandatory disclosure or notifications. No regular monitoring. LAWSUITS against three counties to protect their right… Read More

PESTICIDE ACTION NETWORK: OUR GMO RULES NEED FIXING, MR. PRESIDENT

A new blog post by Marcia Ishii-Eiteman of Pesticide Action Network takes a critical stance on President Barack Obama’s lack of focus on reining in the power  of corporate agribusinesses like Monsanto. Last year, the White House released a… Read More

Judge green lights whistleblower claim against USDA by pesticide researcher

The Washington Post recently reported that a prominent scientist in the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service has just cleared the first hurdle in an ongoing whistleblower claim against the agency. According to reporter Steve Volk, Judge Patricia M. Miller rejected the… Read More