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EPA to study pesticide impacts to endangered species

EPA to study pesticide impacts to endangered species | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

"Legal settlement requires agency to analyze effects of 5 common pesticides Staff Report FRISCO — Under legal pressure from conservation advocates, the EPA last week agreed to take a hard look at how five commonly used pesticides affect endangered animals across the U.S."

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Pity the EPA must be forced to perform such analyses.

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How Monsanto and biotech companies violate the Nuremberg Code with inhumane experiments on humans

How Monsanto and biotech companies violate the Nuremberg Code with inhumane experiments on humans | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

"The basic human rights protections established by the Nuremberg Code, which was adopted immediately after the end of World War II, continue to serve as a global template for how human beings are to be treated by the scientific community. But the modern equivalent of the Holocaust is now taking form under the guise of feeding the world and saving the planet, with Monsanto and others in the biotech industry routinely testing their chemicals and faux foods on the public without informed consent, just like amoral scientists did in the death camps.


"As far as medical experiments go, every individual has the right under the Code to consent, or not, to being used in scientific trials or tests that involve toying around with new or unusual substances. This constitutes the essence of the Code, which expressly prohibits human experimentation unless the person being experimented on first gives his or her permission, with full disclosure of any potential adverse events."

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The Nuremberg Code does not protect nonhuman species, but since other species influence human health, it should.

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Living Without Herbicides

Living Without Herbicides | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
The herbicides used to kill weeds have two undisputed dangers: They can poison arthropods and the animals that eat them, and they eliminate plants that are hosts for Monarch Butterflies and many o...
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In 2007, I stopped using herbicides, insecticides, and chemical fertilizers on my farm.

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New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51% of “bee-friendly” plants from garden centers across U.S. and Canada

New tests find bee-killing pesticides in 51% of “bee-friendly” plants from garden centers  across U.S. and Canada | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

Washington, D.C. – "Many “bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at Home Depot (NYSE: HD), Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT) have been pre-treated with pesticides shown to harm and kill bees, according to a study released today by Friends of the Earth and allies.

"The study, Gardeners Beware 2014, shows that 36 out of 71 (51 percent) of garden plant samples purchased at top garden retailers in 18 cities in the United States and Canada contain neonicotinoid..."

Garry Rogers's insight:

The dangers of pesticides are pervasive and worth repeating. Weed managers spray millions of gallons of pesticides on crops, along roads, and in parks.  The U. S. Bureau of Land Management uses pesticides throughout the public lands of the 17 western U. S. states.  The farm upstream from my home has weed-free zones that are probably maintained by pesticides.  Bees serving as pollinators on the farm catch a full dose. Bees in yards and gardens downstream from the farm receive small doses that washed off the farm into the stream and into the groundwater.  When home gardeners respond to the massive pesticide marketing efforts and use pesticides around their homes, they easily reach lethal levels.

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Neonics and genetically engineered crops to be phased out at national wildlife refuges

Neonics and genetically engineered crops to be phased out at national wildlife refuges | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it
These elements of "industrial agriculture" not needed at refuges- Pressure to ban neonictinoid pesticides and mobilization against GE crops has been growing. The U.S. government is perceived by man...
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The US Fish and Wildlife Service will terminate use of Neonics and GMOs in most wildlife refuges by 2016.  Let's hope  this is the start of a change across the US Department of the Interior, the largest manager of US public lands.

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Feds move to restrict neonic pesticides — well, one fed at least

Feds move to restrict neonic pesticides — well, one fed at least | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

So far the EPA has refused to ban use of neonicotinoid insecticides — despite mounting evidence that they kill bees and other wildlife, despite a ban in the European Union, despite a lawsuit filed by activists and beekeepers. 


But if the EPA is somehow still unclear on the dangers posed by neonics, it need only talk to the official who oversees federal wildlife refuges in the Pacific Northwest and Pacific Ocean..

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Pressure mounts for EPA to ban neonicotinoid insecticides.

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Friends of the Earth Petition to Lowe's to Stop Pesticide Sales

Friends of the Earth Petition to Lowe's to Stop Pesticide Sales | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

Home Depot responded to our Valentine’s Day wishes, and we are now in dialogue with the company. This is a critical step in the right direction, and we are hopeful that they will be a leader in bee protection moving forward.

But we still have a lot of work to do. Lowe’s continues to give us the silent treatment. 

Moving forward, we need to increase the buzz to secure strong commitments from Home Depot and send Lowe’s a strong message that they can’t continue to sell bee-killing pesticides

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FOE's petition will go to Lowe's CEO.

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IUCN: Pesticides Pose A Global Threat To Biodiversity And Ecosystems

IUCN: Pesticides Pose A Global Threat To Biodiversity And Ecosystems | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

Systemic pesticides pose global threat to biodiversity and ecosystem services.  

The conclusions of a new meta-analysis of the systemic pesticides neonicotinoids and fipronil (neonics) confirm that they are causing significant damage to a wide range of beneficial invertebrate species and are a key factor in the decline of bees.

Concern about the impact of systemic pesticides on a variety of beneficial species has been growing for the last 20 years but the science has not been considered conclusive until now.

Undertaking a full analysis of all the available literature (800 peer-reviewed reports) the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides – a group of global, independent scientists affiliated with the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management and the IUCN Species Survival Commission has found that there is clear evidence of harm sufficient to trigger regulatory action.

(Photograph: David R. Frazier/Alamy)

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This scoop is about insecticides. Herbicides are equally dangerous. When I finally got my own place and began preparing pastures for cattle (pets, not food), I used mechanical means (mowing and pulling) to subdue the weeds. The weeds (most were human-introduced invasive species from Asia) kept spreading. My father said the herbicide "2,4-D" was safe for people and animals. I checked the literature and found hundreds of studies confirming the harmless nature of the compound. I began using it. I never used the insecticides. Studies showing the damaging effects of "2,4-D"  began appearing, and I stopped using it. Numerous studies have since shown links between "2,4-D" to everything from cancer to food-chain disruption to colony collapse in bees. Mechanical weed removal is initially more expensive than the herbicides, but it is the only safe option. Mechanical weed removal is one step in an effective weed management.  My website (http://garryrogers.com/nature) has descriptions of the other steps

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