Quebec announces restrictions on honeybee-harming pesticides

While not banning the killer pesticides altogether, the new measure will at least hopefully help the beleaguered pollinators.

Something funny happens to bees when they fly through clouds of chemicals meant to kill insects. Like, they die … weird, right?

Thankfully – since humans are reliant on honeybees’ pollinating skills for one-third of our crops and most of the planet’s wild plants– some places in the world are deciding to prioritize the health of honeybees over the profits of pesticide manufacturers.

Joining Ontario (which put restrictions on neonicotinoids) and Montreal (which banned them altogether) Quebec has announced that going forward, farmers will be required to get permission from a certified agronomist before using certain pesticides on crops, reports CBC News. The new no-no pesticides include three types of neonicotinoides, along with chlorpyrifos and atrazine. CBC writes:

Last September, the International Union for Conservation of Nature updated a 2015 report on neonicotinoids, which said a review of more than 1,110 peer-reviewed research studies showed there was no doubt that flying through chemical-laden clouds of dust from neonic-treated farm fields is killing bees.

The province’s sustainable development minister, Isabelle Melançon, made the announcement in Quebec City, saying that the new rules strike a balance between the needs of farmers and environmental concerns, notes CBC.

While some Quebec farmers have voiced concern about how pesticide regulations might affect crop yields, it seems prudent to remember that crops without these toxic pesticides presumably can’t be worse than crops without bees –
since crops without bees could end up not being crops at all.

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Amazon charged with 4,000 counts of selling illegal pesticides


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Amazon.com, founded by Jeff Bezos — the current owner of the Washington Post — has been caught committing nearly 4,000 counts of selling illegal pesticides. The EPA spearheaded the investigation that revealed Amazon to be profiting from the sales of toxic, deadly substances that directly threaten the health of children. No criminal charges have yet been filed against the poison-pushing e-commerce giant, but Amazon was forced to pay $1.2 million to the EPA as part of the settlement (see below).

In a Feb. 15, 2018 announcement, the EPA describes a sting operation that caught Amazon selling illegal pesticides on multiple occasions, in clear violation of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. From the announcement:

In late 2014, EPA began investigating online pesticide product distributions and sales through several internet retail sites including Amazon and third-party sellers that used Amazon’s online marketing platform. In March 2015, EPA inspected an Amazon facility in Lexington, Kentucky, and inspectors in EPA’s Region 10 office successfully ordered illegal pesticides from Amazon.com. In August 2015, EPA issued a FIFRA Stop Sale, Use, or Removal Order against Amazon to prohibit the sale of the illegal pesticide products that can easily be mistaken for black-board or side-walk chalk, especially by children.

EPA issued another Stop Sale Order against Amazon in January 2016 after discovering that certain unregistered or misbranded insecticide bait products were being offered for sale on Amazon.com. After receiving the stop sale orders, Amazon immediately removed the products from the marketplace, prohibited foreign sellers from selling pesticides, and cooperated with EPA during its subsequent investigation.

Keep in mind that any other company caught selling illegal pesticides would likely see its executives arrested and its inventory confiscated at gunpoint. But Amazon.com, with its CIA data contracts and Bezos’ ownership of the propaganda fake news publisher The Washington Post, was merely asked to cover the EPA’s “administrative costs.”

“Amazon will also pay an administrative penalty of $1,215,700 as part of the consent agreement and final order entered into by Amazon and EPA’s Region 10 office in Seattle, Washington,” reads the EPA announcement.

In other words, Amazon got off with a slap on the wrist and wasn’t even required to give up the profits it earned from selling the illegal poisons all across America. (More and more, Amazon’s relationship with U.S. regulators is starting to sound like Monsanto’s relationship with the corrupt USDA…)

Amazon repeatedly sold illegal pesticides that children could easily mistake for chalk or candy

As part of its profiting from illicit pesticide sales, Amazon sold illegal and highly toxic products that looked like “toys or even candy,” reports the Seattle Times. “Arriving in bright, cheery and easily opened packaging, the products look like sidewalk chalk, toys or even candy. Any child could easily open and play with them… the toxicity of the illegal products and possible appeal to children make them especially dangerous.”

In an age where children and teens are now gobbling up Tide laundry pods, the importance of making sure that toxic poisons aren’t marketed in child-attracting packaging can hardly be overstated.

It’s clear from the announcement that Amazon utterly failed to police its own product suppliers, relying solely on “self compliance” instead of actively restricting illegal products from being sold in the Amazon marketplace. Now, Amazon claims it will start training its suppliers to stop selling illegal pesticides, but makes no mention of any effort to actually force them to comply. “Under the terms of the agreement, Amazon said it will develop an online training course about pesticide regulations and policies in an effort to reduce the number of illegal pesticides available through the online marketplace,” says the Seattle Times.

Does anyone think the Health Ranger Store would be granted such easy, voluntary consequences if we had been caught selling toxic, illegal chemicals that could be eaten by children? It’s clear that Amazon enjoys a unique “immunity” from prosecution that would never be granted to smaller e-commerce companies. (Interesting, isn’t it, how Google, Facebook, YouTube and Amazon all seem to be able to get away with fraud, censorship, criminality and racketeering on everything imaginable… and these are the same companies whose left-leaning employees demand EQUALITY?)

Follow more breaking news on the toxicity of pesticides at Pesticides.news.

If Amazon openly sold dangerous, illegal pesticides that looked like children’s candy, what other toxic products is it selling right now?

All this makes you wonder: What other extremely toxic, illegal products is Amazon selling right now?

As Natural News has already documented, Amazon willingly sells food products contaminated with alarming levels of toxic heavy metals. See the article, “After being falsely accused, Natural News releases full lab test results for Indus Organics turmeric powder.”

With Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods, “Jeff Bezos has created the world’s largest marketplace of untested health products contaminated with heavy metals and pesticides,” I wrote in 2017.

Now, it seems the EPA just confirmed that fact once again. Thumbs up to the EPA for running this investigation and actually achieving something useful for public health, by the way. Now if we could just get the agency to take a closer look at the Biosludge mass poisoning of America, that would be real progress.

Now it is a matter of record that Amazon.com sells toxic, illegal poisons in violation of federal law. Perhaps that’s why Amazon is steadily rising as one of the “most evil companies” in America (currently dominated by Monsanto, a manufacturer of toxic agricultural poisons).

Read more breaking news about the unethical, irresponsible activities of Amazon.com and Jeff Bezos at JeffBezosWatch.com.

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Paradigm Shifting Study Finds Danger to Bees That is Far Worse than Pesticides

The discovery has now been added to the growing list of threats that could potentially lead to the extinction of the essential pollinators. The revelation that common fungicides are having the strongest impact on the insects came as a surprise, as they typically affect mold and mildew, but appear to be killing bees by making them more susceptible to the nosema parasite or by exacerbating the toxicity of other pesticides.

The discovery was made during a landscape-scale study, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, which used machine learning technology to analyze 24 different factors and how they impacted four bumblebee species.

The study collected ‘subjects’ from 284 sites across 40 US states and tested them against various factors like latitude, elevation, habitat type and damage, human population and pesticide use.

For context, about 75 percent of the world’s crops are fertilized by pollinators. The widespread decline of bees has been attributed to a number of factors including pesticides, destruction of their habitats, disease and climate change, but until now it was unclear which was the most decisive factor.

The unexpected culprit behind bee decline means “people have not been looking in all the places they probably should,” according to lead author of the study, Cornell University’s Scott McArt.

We threw everything but the kitchen sink at this analysis and the ‘winner’ was fungicides,” McArt said to UMass. “It turns out that fungicide use is the best predictor of bumblebees getting sick and being lost from sites across the U.S.”

I was definitely surprised,” said McArt, to The Guardian, as “fungicides have been largely overlooked,” until now. Going forward, McArt says researchers will have to carry out “much more work on fungicides and their role in bee declines” if humanity is to make any progress in regenerating the dying species.

Common systemic pesticide sprays are used worldwide to manage landscapes, and are often found in nectar and pollen. Another recent study, published in the same journal, found chemicals are causing severe nutritional stress on honey bees, affecting their survival rates by a whopping 50 percent.

The Canadian government recently failed to protect bees after rejecting a plea by environmentalists to completely ban the use of insecticides, instead opting to continue their use of neonicotinoids, promising to consider limiting the use of pesticides by March 2018.

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Pesticides sprayed on U.S. cities to fight Zika found to harm motor coordination and neuromuscular systems in children

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Naled, a pesticide commonly used in Florida to ward off Zika-carrying mosquitoes, was associated with motor function deficits in Chinese babies, according to a study published in Environment International.

As part of the study, a team of researchers at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health and the U-M Center for Human Growth and Development examined umbilical cord blood samples from about 240 mothers between 2008 and 2011. The research team then followed the development of the babies using the Peabody Developmental Motor Skill Assessment at six weeks and nine months.

The experts found that in-vitro exposure to the pesticide naled was tied to a three to four percent decline in fine motor skills, which indicate small movements of hands, fingers, face, mouth and feet, at nine months for babies who belonged in the upper percentile compared with those who had lower exposure levels. The research team also found that the chemical appeared to have a more detrimental effect on girls compared with boys.

“Just because changes are small, that doesn’t mean they should be discounted. We really need to know more about it… Zika is a huge concern [and it is important] to always make sure there’s a focus on integrated pest management and not to just jump straight to spraying a chemical,” lead author Monica Silver told the Miami Herald.

“Zika is a very serious public health threat. This information helps to highlight that the way we go about combating Zika and other vector-borne diseases needs to be thought out more completely in order to minimize other unintended consequences. For example, a focus on a more holistic integrated pest management approach may allow for the same or even improved effectiveness in reducing disease while using smaller amounts of these potentially harmful chemicals,” senior author John Meeker said in a university release.

U.S.-based naled manufacturer puzzled over recent findings

In response to the recent findings, a spokesman for Amvac, the U.S. manufacturer of the pesticide, noted that the company has no recorded transactions of selling naled in China. The spokesperson said the company was baffled by the result and stressed that the federal government has approved the pesticide for mosquito control for fifty years.

“We do not sell naled into China and have no idea how it may have been used or how much is applied. We cannot verify the validity of the China study, knowing nothing about the source of the product or how the population was selected. We recommend a measured, science-based reaction to the study, and look forward to its broader evaluation and peer review,” spokesman Brian Maddox said.

Naled has been used in several U.S. states since the 1960s. The pesticide is a form of organophosphate, a class of chemicals that houses other nerve agents such as sarin gas. The compound works by inhibiting an enzyme that facilitates the nerve signaling process. This, in turn, paralyzes insects and triggers respiratory failure. According to experts, the chemicals may adversely affect human health through other mechanisms at lower exposure levels. (Related: Zika insecticide being sprayed in Miami causes paralysis, cancer and death.)

Sources include: 

MiamiHerald.com

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Chemical pesticides, industrial pollution and ecological destruction causing sixth mass extinction on planet Earth

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A peer-reviewed analysis published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences classified this age as one of “biological annihilation” — one that has prompted the planet’s sixth mass extinction event. Scientists behind the study threaten that should no policies be made to address this issue now, we may soon be facing catastrophic biodiversity changes. Eschewing the typical sober and detached tone most scientific papers relish, the authors say that this biological annihilation is indicative of a “frightening assault on the foundations of human civilization,” as mentioned on TheGuardian.com.

Co-author, Professor Gerardo Ceballos said, “the situation has become so bad it would not be ethical not to use strong language.”

Strong, indeed. Ceballos, along with Professors Paul Ehrlich and Rodolfo Dirzo, says this worldwide decimation of the animal and plant population underlines the “seriousness for humanity of Earth’s ongoing sixth mass extinction event.” The team of three drew this conclusion after observing the rate in which animal and plant species have been dwindling for millennia. Previous research had already indicated a significantly faster rate of extinction, but always ended with implication of a gradual loss of biodiversity. Professor Ceballos expanded this assumption to include “common” species that were not known to be at risk along with determining the range in which these species were kept.

The scientists found that almost a third of thousands of animal species are losing population — though not enough to be classified as “endangered.” Moreover, around half of all individual animals have died out in only a few decades. Land mammals, it was further noted, had lost 80 percent of their range in the last century alone. This meant, according to their calculations, that billions of population of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals could be at risk of extinction in only two decades.

Likening the effect to a domino cascade, the scientists warn that the prospects for us and our survival do not look good. There remains time, they say, to halt the decline, but far too much damage to the environment has already been done. They attribute this annihilation to habitat destruction, toxic pollution, over-hunting, and most especially, over-consumption. Professor Elrich, who authored a controversial book in 1968 called, “The Population Bomb,” argued that maintaining a livable climate in which humans and nature coexist respectfully and comfortably will require great amounts of vigilance, diligence, and stricter diversity protection laws. He went on to say that current environmental practices are mere “band-aid” solutions to a bigger issue. (Related: ‘Mass extinction event’ across planet may have been unleashed by humans, scientists warn.)

Other scientists though temper the study’s conclusions. Professor Stuart Primm who was not involved in the research agreed with the findings but said that the idea of a sixth mass extinction event is not likely. “It is something that hasn’t happened yet — we are on the edge of it,” he said. Professor Primm said that the study highlights, in broad strokes, everything negative about biodiversity loss but does not acknowledge practices being made now to protect animal and plant life.

Robin Freeman, who helped publish an earlier paper which concluded 50 percent of individual animals have been lost since 1970, agreed that people should be made more aware of the loss of numerous animal species, but says that there is a fine but distinct line in which these facts should be given to people.

Regardless of where you stand on the issue, it cannot be denied that our planet has changed in a relatively short period of time.

Read more articles like this when you visit Enviro.news.

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Maryland Will Be The First U.S. State To Ban Bee-Killing Pesticides For Consumer Use






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Global bee populations are declining rapidly as a result of human impact on the environment, and there’s been a lot of buzz about it (pardon the pun). You have Honey Nut Cheerio’s launching advertising campaigns about protecting the bees, despite the fact that the company that owns them, Monsanto, has played a major role in their population decline in the first place. Many other companies have followed suit, and this trend is starting to seriously resemble “greenwashing.”

However, it has at least increased consumers’ knowledge of the threat against the bees, as it’s no secret that they’re in danger. The only “secret” that seems to exist is how that affects us as a collective. There is an apparent disconnect between the destruction of the environment and other species and the effect it will have on human beings.

What many people don’t know is that bees pollinate 71 of the 100 crops that represent 90% of global food supply. Without bees, we could not satisfy current global food demand, let alone reach the capacity required to meet the rapidly increasing projected demand levels that population growth will create.

One of the biggest factors affecting bees are the pesticides we use on crops and the environment in general. Ones that represent a greater threat are neonicotinoids, a dangerous and powerful class of pesticides that tons of U.S. farmers use on their crops. Though they were originally introduced as a less harmful pesticide alternative for bees in the 1990s, these have been directly associated with killing bees and are largely responsible for their recent population decline.

Thankfully, some places are being proactive in placing bans on this class of pesticides. Maryland is actually set to be the first state in the U.S. to ban neonicotinoids for consumer usage. However, it’s important to note that other pesticides affect bees too, and we will have to do much more than simply banning this class to fully give the environment the respect it deserves in order to restore the health of this planet.

Maryland Will Be the First State to Ban This Bee-Killing Pesticide 

It’s official: Maryland will be the first U.S. state to ban neonicotinoids, a class of pesticides that have been linked to bee population decline. This is a big step, as many gardeners and home dwellers use these pesticides on their gardens, trees, etc. The state ban on consumer usage of it will come into effect on January 1, 2018.

Unfortunately, the legislation does include exceptions for farmers, veterinarians, and other related parties, though it still marks a step in the right direction. Another exception involves pet care products, as these often contain them, particularly those related to fleas, mites, ticks, and heartworms. Anyone who violates this rule will be forced to pay a $250 fine, though it is specifically stated that it won’t be considered a “misdemeanour.”

Interestingly enough, the ban will still become law come 2028, despite the fact that the Governor would not provide his signature.

As Bloomberg BNA reported, “Although the governor won’t lend his signature to the measure, spokeswoman Shareese DeLeaver-Churchill told Bloomberg BNA in a May 31 e-mail that Hogan ‘recognizes how devastating the recent honey bee losses are to beekeepers and how vital pollination services are to fruit and vegetable crop production throughout the state.’ “

Just How Bad Are Pesticides for the Bees?

When it comes to neonicotinoids? Pretty bad. Maryland alone lost more than 60% of its hives in 2015 (which is what prompted the proposal of the ban in 2016), each losing up to 20,000 honeybees. Many other states are following suit, as many are experiencing similar losses in honeybee populations.

29 independent scientists conducted a large scale review of 1,121 independent studies and found clear evidence of pesticide usage linked to the declining bee population. The team, the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, titled the review “Worldwide Integrated Assessment of the Impacts of Systemic Pesticides on Biodiversity and Ecosystems,” and you can read the full report hereThey advised that neonics should be banned.

In addition, neonics are neurotoxins anyways, so no human being should necessarily want to be in contact with them whatsoever, as this clearly poses a risk to human health.

A Harvard study published in the  Journal of Environmental Chemistry found that bees are at risk of neonicotinoid exposure any time they are foraging, as it was found in the honey and pollen samples.

“Data from this study clearly demonstrated the ubiquity of neonicotinoids in pollen and honey samples that bees are exposed to during the seasons when they are actively foraging across Massachusetts. Levels of neonicotinoids that we found in this study fall into ranges that could lead to detrimental health effects in bees, including CCD,” explained Chensheng (Alex) Lu, associate professor of environmental exposure biology in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard Chan School and lead author of the study.

You can read more about that study and the negative effects neonics have on bees in our CE article here.

Research has shown that when bees consume Monsanto’s insecticide for GM corn crops, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), it attaches to receptors in their stomach lining and prevents them from eating. This breaks down the stomach wall, rendering bees more susceptible to spores and bacteria and ultimately weakening their immune systems.

One study confirmed that exposure to glyphosate, the active ingredient in RoundUp, compromises honeybees’ long-term performance and learning capabilities. Although bees don’t die immediately upon contact, glyphosate can be transferred between bees and this eventually results in colony-wide death if passed down through generations.

All of this information simply goes to show that each individual has an impact on the environment. If you’re purchasing foods with heavy pesticides and harsh chemicals sprayed on them, or purchase those products yourself, this will impact the ecosystem negatively.

You, as a consumer, vote with your dollar. Spend wisely!

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.”

 Albert Einstein


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Humanity’s chemical SUICIDE confirmed: Pesticides sprayed on food crops are wiping out food pollinators, leading toward a global food collapse

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The next time you sit down to a delicious meal, consider the fact that bees are responsible for every third bite you eat. Honey bees take care of about 80 percent of all pollination, with just one bee colony pollinating upwards of 300 million flowers in a single day. In fact, 70 percent of the world’s most important food crops are totally dependent on pollination by bees. And yet, Greenpeace reports that in the United States, “the number of bee colonies per hectare has declined by 90 percent since 1962.”

While it is normal for a bee colony to lose between five and 10 percent of its members each winter, in recent years these declines have averaged between 30 and 50 percent; some farmers have reported 90 percent die-offs in a single year. Though Big Agri companies like Monsanto, DuPont and Syngenta have done their best to avert blame, one of the biggest contributors to the honey bee crisis is the use of neonicotinoid pesticides they produce, as was recently confirmed by a study published in the journal Science.

Researchers from York University and Université Laval in Canada investigated the effects of these harmful pesticides on honey bee populations by studying colonies naturally exposed to neonicotinoids during their active season.

Their conclusion?

“Realistic experiments showed that neonicotinoids increased worker mortality and were associated with declines in social immunity and increased queenlessness over time. We also discovered that the acute toxicity of neonicotinoids to honey bees doubles in the presence of a commonly encountered fungicide. Our work demonstrates that field-realistic exposure to neonicotinoids can reduce honey bee health in corn-growing regions.”

So, what exactly are these harmful chemicals? Neonicotinoids – or neonics, as they are commonly known – are the most widely used pesticides in conventional farming. They ward off insects by affecting their central nervous systems, causing paralysis and death. Neonics are sprayed on seeds or directly on crops, where they are taken right up into the plants’ flowers, leaves, roots, stems, pollen and nectar. This poses an obvious danger to pollinators like bees and butterflies.

The Center for Food Safety reports that there is a direct correlation between the use of neonics and the decline in honey bee populations. In fact, states with the most widespread use of neonics, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri, have also experienced the most dramatic declines in honey bee populations.

Bees exposed to neonics have exhibited learning problems, fertility problems, trouble with memory, difficulty foraging and impaired motor activity.

It would seem reasonable to expect that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), tasked with preserving our country’s environment, would be taking active steps to avert the impending food crisis that is sure to follow if urgent steps are not taken to save the honey bees. Instead, though the EPA has known about the devastating effects of pesticides on honey bees since the 1970s, they have not only done nothing to prevent the disaster, but have taken steps to silence scientists trying to raise the alarm. Former EPA scientist, Evaggelos Vallianatos, claims that the agency reacted “with fury” when one of its scientists discovered neurotoxic plastic spheres inside a honey bee queen and pointed out that the honey would therefore be contaminated. Vallianatos also claims that scientists who dared to speak out about the pesticide/honey bee die-off link were forced out of the lab and into desk jobs in Washington.

Nonetheless, despite the best efforts of Big Agri and their EPA cronies, it has now been established without any doubt that neonicotinoids are dangerous chemicals that must be banned or they will destroy the honey bees, creating a food crisis for humankind such as we have never encountered in our history.

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GreenPeace.org

ZeroHedge.com

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NaturalNews.com

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United Nations Expert Admits We DON’T Need Pesticides to Survive

Since World War 2, the idea of “better living through chemistry” has remained persistent throughout the world. We have been told that we can’t live without chemicals, and that we would starve without spraying our crops with the chemical-stew we call pesticides. But is this really true? According to a reportwe’ve been lied to about the necessities of these chemical concoctions.

The new report is strongly critical of the corporations that manufacture pesticides, accusing them of unethical marketing, systematic denials of harm and lobbying governments to prevent regulations against chemical usage. It describes catastrophic effects on the environment, human health, and society, including 200,000 deaths a year from acute poisoning. “Acute” does not include whatever chronic illnesses that pesticides and other agricultural chemicals may cause.

About the supposed “benefits” of pesticides, “it is a myth,” said Hilal Elver, the UN’s special rapporteur on the right to food.

“Using more pesticides is nothing to do with getting rid of hunger. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), we are able to feed 9 billion people today. Production is definitely increasing, but the problem is poverty, inequality and distribution.” [1]

Many of these pesticides are used on commodity crops, such as soy and palm oil, which are often not used in food. Elver has visited Paraguay, the Philippines, Morocco and Poland in order to write this report, and says that while corporations will always deny the nasty effects of pesticides, the testimony of the people still stands.

One disease connected to pesticide exposure is one of our biggest killers: cancer. Multiple studies have shown that pesticide exposure, whether at home or after parental exposure at work, is linked with an up 6 times increased risk of childhood leukemia. For brain cancer, exposure during pregnancy has been linked with the greatest increased risks, as well as home and garden use. There is also some evidence linking pesticide use to other childhood cancers such as Wilm’s tumor, retinoblastoma (eye cancer), non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and neuroblastoma. [2] [3]

The Good News – Organic Farming Explodes

Fortunately, organic agriculture is more popular than ever. In 2015, the number of organic farmers stood at 2.4 million, up 7.2% from 2014. Organic farmland was up to 50.9 million hectares, up 14.7% from 2014. The highest market share was Denmark, at 8.4%, while Australia has the most organic farmland at 22.7 million hectares (as we are a quite arid country, the quality may not be as high as in other regions). India has more than half a million organic farmers, the most of any country, with Ethiopia and Mexico following at over 200,000 each.

If the UN officially turns its back on pesticides, it will not be a groundbreaking act. Instead the organization will be catching up to the rest of us. [4]

Sources:

1. The Guardian

2. EnviroHealthPolicy

3. EnviroHealthPolicy

4. The Scottish Farmer


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Health Ranger vindication: New study finds pesticides are much more neurotoxic than previously reported

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For years Natural News founder/editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, has been warning about the toxic effects modern pesticides have on the human body, especially the brain. Now, new research has vindicated Adams and other natural, organic food experts and proponents (yet again): Pesticides are actually more neurotoxic than ‘mainstream’ scientists have believed.

As reported by the Daily Telegraph, the best thing for consumers to do right away is begin purchasing organic products “because pesticides on foods are far more dangerous than was thought, causing damage to the human brain,” research published by the European Parliament said.

Otherwise, consumers will suffer “very high costs” in terms of overall neurological health, researchers noted, adding that pregnant women and children are particularly vulnerable, and through various means.

The results of the research will hopefully lead to new guidelines and perhaps even mandatory limitations on the overall use of pesticides in agriculture. In addition to being much more dangerous to consume than previously believed by the scientific and bio-agriculture community, pesticide run-off has also been blamed for poisoning soil, water tables and communities.

The Daily Telegraph noted further:

The study suggests that the damage caused by pesticides across the EU amounts to at least £125 billion [$161.1 million] a year, based on the loss of lifetime income from such damage.

The report warns of increasing evidence that residues from insecticides are damaging the brain, and reducing the IQ of the population. And it raises concerns that the chemicals could also cause cancer and damage to the reproductive system. The research, commissioned by the European Parliament, is a review of scientific evidence about the impact of organic food on human health.

Natural News has been out in front on all of this for years. In May 2014, we reported that by switching to organic foods you can reduce your exposure to toxic pesticides by 90 percent in just one week. That same piece cited Australian research that found that conventional food production involves the use of large amounts of organophosphate pesticides, which themselves act as neurotoxins on insects and humans through the blockage of an important enzyme.

“Recent studies have raised concerns for the health effects of these chemicals even at relatively low levels,” reported Dr. Liza Oates, the lead researcher.

Years earlier, in 2010, we reported that studies indicated that a rise in major diseases was also linked to increasing use of pesticides:

According to a new database designed to catalog these studies, pesticides are linked to cancer, reproductive dysfunction, diabetes, autism, asthma, birth defects, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases and more [emphasis added].

The neurologically-related conditions were highlighted above to indicate how long research — much of which has been ignored by the “mainstream” media and the “politically correct” scientific community but promoted by Adams — has indicated there are major health issues associated with heavy pesticide use [a year earlier we reported that pesticides were shown to be a huge risk for Parkinson’s Disease].

“At least 100 different pesticides are known to cause adverse neurological effects in adults, and all of these substances must therefore be suspected of being capable of damaging developing brains as well,” said the recently-published EU study. “Such adverse effects are likely to be lasting and one main outcome is cognitive effects, often expressed in terms of losses of IQ points.” (RELATED: ALERT: Pesticides, Heavy Metals Found In Organic Rice)

Lead author Axel Mie added: “Several practices in organic agriculture, in particular the low use of pesticides and antibiotics, offer benefits for human health.”

Clearly, the EU research confirms our earlier reporting on previous studies, as well as vindicates Adams in his years-long effort to educate and inform the public about the dangers of food production that relies heavily on chemical pesticide use.

J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.

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Source Article from http://www.naturalnews.com/2017-06-05-health-ranger-vindication-new-study-finds-pesticides-are-much-more-neurotoxic-than-previously-reported.html

American Academy of Pediatrics Links Increase in Childhood Cancer to Common Household Spray

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According to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, children exposed to indoor insecticides have a higher risk of developing childhood cancers, including leukemia and lymphoma. With pesticides being used inside homes, preventive measures should be considered to reduce children’s exposure to these deadly carcinogens.

In a recent meta-analysis consisting of 16 previous studies of children exposed to indoor and outdoor pesticides, researchers found that indoor insecticides were associated with a 47 percent increased risk for childhood leukemia. Indoor residential pesticides, including professional pest control services, indoor flea foggers, flea and tick pet collars, and various roach and ant sprays, were also associated with a 43 percent increased risk for childhood lymphomas.

Although outdoor pesticides used as weed killers were associated with a 26 percent increased risk for brain tumors, the association did not reach statistical significance.

“The incidence of childhood leukemia and lymphoma has increased in recent years, and that prompted us to look at this issue,” said the senior author, Chensheng Lu, an associate professor of environmental exposure biology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. “But the risks can be managed as long as parents think, before using pesticides, about better ways to make a house pest-proof or pest-free. That’s a far more important message.”

According to Dr. Lu, children can be exposed to indoor pesticides by breathing them in or accidentally eating them. Younger children often touch areas coated with chemical residue and place their fingers in their mouths later. The study found that children younger than 12 appeared to be the most vulnerable to insecticide exposure.

Although the authors call for further research, they also recommend that parents take preventative measures to keep their children away from indoor pesticides. Due to the close proximity, lack of adequate ventilation, and lingering chemical residue on various surfaces, children can easily come into contact with deadly carcinogens.

“Making your homes pest-proof or pest-free is the best way to prevent your children from developing childhood cancers,” Dr. Lu told Medscape Medical News. “Also there are so many non-chemical treatments that can be used, such as using screen windows or fixing cracks and crevices to prevent insects from getting inside.”

The American Academy of Pediatrics also found that pesticide exposure has been linked to headaches, nausea, skin irritation, and other symptoms. Last month, nine-year-old Peyton McCaughey suffered brain damage after his family was told it was safe to enter their home after termite fumigation. In March, a school administrator and his family were hospitalized and airlifted back to the U.S. after they began having seizures while on vacation. Investigators found that a banned pesticide had been used to fumigate a room at their luxury resort on the Caribbean island of St. John.


 



 


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