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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Glyphosate perturbs the gut microbiota of honey bees

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Glyphosate perturbs the gut microbiota of honey bees  (Erick V. S. Motta, Kasie Raymann, and Nancy A. Moran, PNAS October 9, 2018 115 (41) 10305-10310) complete sccientific paper.

'The honey bee gut microbiota is dominated by eight bacterial species that promote weight gain and reduce pathogen susceptibility. The gene encoding EPSPS is present in almost all sequenced genomes of bee gut bacteria, indicating that they are potentially susceptible to glyphosate. We demonstrated that the relative and absolute abundances of dominant gut microbiota species are decreased in bees exposed to glyphosate at concentrations documented in the environment.

filed under bee die-off and pesticide fact sheets/glyphosate

Monday, December 17, 2018

Cardiovascular Disease Linked to Pesticide Exposure

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Cardiovascular Disease Linked to Pesticide Exposure  (Beyond Pesticides, December 17, 2018)

As Science Daily reports, “After taking account of potentially influential factors, including lifestyle and workplace factors, exposure to pesticides was associated with nearly six-fold higher odds of atrial fibrillation, while exposure to metals was associated with nearly four-fold higher odds.”...'A 2016 meta-review of research by Azizah Wahab, et al., and published in the International Journal of Community Medicine and Public Health, concluded that, “individual pesticide evaluation revealed significant association with non-fatal myocardial infarctionOrganochlorine pesticides are significantly associated with peripheral arterial disease and stroke. In severe poisonings, the general impression is that cardiac abnormalities are common. This systematic review suggests that pesticide exposure is associated with increased risk of CVD and CVD mortality.”'

filed under Health/Cardiovascular

Monday, December 17, 2018

“Safe Levels” Of Exposure Don’t Exist When It Comes To Monsanto’s Glyphosate Poison

interesting and accurate video on the state of research on glyphosate

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“Safe Levels” Of Exposure Don’t Exist When It Comes To Monsanto’s Glyphosate Poison (The Ring of Fire, Dec 16, 2018)

interesting and accurate video on the state of research on glyphosate.

The main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, glyphosate, is not safe, even at levels that the EPA is telling us is safe. Mike Papanotnio and Farron cousins discuss.

SNAP comment: Technically, neither the EPA or the PMRA can say a pesticide is 'safe" because all registered products are designed to kill. What they determine through LD50 (the dose that kills 1/2 fo the animals) put through some equations, is an acceptable dose i.e.a dose at which they don't think negative health effects will occur. Another issue with re-evaluation of pesticide is the people chosen to sit on the re-evaluation committees, many of whom have a long history of contracting with pesticide companies to do 'regulatory science'. The case of 2,4-D re-evaluation for home use in Canada (2005) illustrates that. The committee was formed of 2 industry-related 'experts', 1 PMRA official and 2 epidemiologsts. Studies of cancer in dogs were eliminated, and the cancer ones minimized so it remained on the Canadian market. The pesticide industry previously unsuccessfully tried to re-write the book on epidemiology so the burden of proof would be so high that all studies would be negative. Regulatory pesticide testing was designed decades ago and has not kept up with the science of low dose and endocrine effects so is totally meaningless in that regards.

filed under pesticide fact sheets/ chlorpyrifos 

Sunday, December 16, 2018

U.S. Asks World Trade Organization to Force Lower International Safety Standards

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U.S. Asks World Trade Organization to Force Lower International Safety Standards

(Beyond Pesticides, December 13, 2018) 'The U.S. is pushing back against international standards that restrict pesticides by appealing to the World Trade Organization (WTO) to intervene. At issue are new EU maximum residue levels (MRLs) on food for the following pesticides: buprofezin, diflubenzuron, ethoxysulfurom, ioxynil, molinate, picoxystrobin and tepraloxydim.'

'Taking issue with the new MRLs – as with all other STCs mentioned above – the U.S. said new MRLs would cause barriers to trade, and therefore, must be rejected by the WTO. Advocates point to the introduction of GMOs as an example of the U.S. using the WTO to block standards that restrict potentially hazardous products.'...

'In her book Stolen Harvest: The hijacking of the global food supply, Vandana Shiva, PhD, says, “The right to food, the right to safety, the right to culture, are all being treated as trade barriers that for the continuation of the WTO need to be dismantled.” Dr. Shiva continues, “The WTO’s Agreement on Agriculture legalizes the dumping of genetically-engineered foods on countries and criminalizes actions to protect the biological and cultural diversity on which diverse food systems are based.”'

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Vermont, Confirming Insect Apocalypse

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Vermont, Confirming Insect Apocalypse

(Beyond Pesticides, December 14, 2018) 'The richness, diversity, and abundance of wild bumblebees in Vermont has plummeted over the last century, according to an analysis from researchers at the University of Vermont and Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE). This research adds fresh evidence to the growing realization that mankind is witnessing and contributing to, as the New York Times recently labeled, a worldwide insect apocalypse.'

'According to the results, of the 17 bumblebee species considered native to Vermont, four showed evidence of significant declines, and four are simply not detected, leading researchers to the conclusion they are likely to be locally extinct...Overall Vermont’s pollinators experienced significant declines in species richness (the number of different species found), abundance (the number of pollinators found), and diversity (a measure of species richness and relative abundance).'

filed under wildlife/insects

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Camera-wielding robot records effects of pesticide on bees’ behavior

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Camera-wielding robot records effects of pesticide on bees’ behavior  (Mongabey, by Stephanie Parker on 21 November 2018)

'The team found that bumblebees exposed to environmentally realistic amounts of neonicotinoid compounds reduced their nursing and caretaking activities at night and were less able to regulate the colony’s temperature, among other behavioral changes that may impact their population.' SNAP comment: A very sophisticated experiment with results indicating that curent pesticide testing is woefully inadequate to prevent damage. 

filed under wildlife/insects

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Beekeepers at Risk of Losing Hives after Mosquito Insecticide Spraying

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Beekeepers at Risk of Losing Hives after Mosquito Insecticide Spraying  (Beyond Pesticides, November 21, 2018) A study published last month in the Journal of Apicultural Research finds significant numbers of U.S. honey bees at risk after exposure to hazardous synthetic pesticides intended to control mosquitoes. With many beekeepers rarely given warning of insecticide spraying, researchers say the risk of losing colonies could increase.

SNAP Comment: The Saskatchewan government West Nile virus program trained municipal workers in identifyng mosquito larvae breeding grounds and using the bacterium Bti as larvicide for mosquito control This program has been discontinued by the SaskParty. However, some municipalities have kept on using malathion or other insecticide fogging and some routinely spray the area of upcoming events with insecticides. Check with your municipality on their approach and policy. 

filed under Bee Die-Off

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

new pesticides in glaciers page on SNAP

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pesticides in water/pesticides in glaciers. Includes Canadian study

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Adverse Impacts of Pesticide Drift in Pineapple Production

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Adverse Impacts of Pesticide Drift in Pineapple Production (Beyond Pesticides, December 12, 2018) 

'Recent studies in Costa Rica identified evidence of increasing fur discoloration in black mantled howler monkeys ((Alouatta palliata) as a result of their exposure to sulfur-based pesticides.'

'In addition to altered pigmentation, excessive exposure often results in sensitivity to light, skin irritation and cancer. In addition to pigmentation bleaching, the use of pesticides in this region have adversely impacted surrounding communities resulting in increased incidences of epithelial damage, gastrointestinal issues, nervous system disorders, eye irritations and birth defects." 

filed under pesticide drift/incidents

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Beyond Damaging Crops, Dicamba is Dividing Communities

As the EPA extends use of the controversial herbicide for two more years, farmers continue to take sides, and the effects on rural America are snowballing.

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Beyond Damaging Crops, Dicamba is Dividing Communities (Civil Eats, BY VIRGINIA GEWIN, Nov 8 2018)  As the EPA extends use of the controversial herbicide for two more years, farmers continue to take sides, and the effects on rural America are snowballing.

'As dicamba use increases, so does the likelihood of non-farmers reporting damage. The number of homeowners and individuals reporting damage to gardens, trees, shrubs, and lawns, definitely increased in 2018 compared to 2017, says Norsworthy. “As individuals become more educated about the symptoms, they are more likely to pick up the phone and report it,” he adds.'

SNAP Comment: Indeed. It is a concern that states are no longer reporting or even collecting incident occurrences. This does not serve the public, the farming community, and only increases the doubts cast on the regulatory environment.

filed under pesticide fact sheets/ dicamba