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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Roundup, Other Herbicides Advance Antibiotic Resistance

Bacteria exposed to widely used herbicides like Roundup develop antibiotic resistance 100,000 times faster than average,

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Roundup, Other Herbicides Advance Antibiotic Resistance  (Beyond Pesticides, October 16, 2018)

'Bacteria exposed to widely used herbicides like Roundup develop antibiotic resistance 100,000 times faster than average, according to new research published by New Zealand scientists in PeerJ. '

'Antibiotic resistance represents and existential threat to modern civilization. As the study authors’ note, “antibiotic resistance in our pathogens is medicine’s climate change: caused by human activity, and resulting in more extreme outcomes.” Like climate change, we successfully address growing antibiotic resistance, but there must be the cultural and political will to make the shift. Advocates already working towards pesticide reform can add another reason for policymakers to shift away from toxic herbicides and other pesticides: stopping antibiotic resistance.;

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Management of Pesticide Waste a Global Problem

The unsustainable life cycle management of pesticides during the past seven decades has created huge stockpiles of these (and other toxic) chemicals across much of the globe.

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Management of Pesticide Waste a Global Problem  (Beyond Pesticides, October 17, 2019) 

The unsustainable life cycle management of pesticides during the past seven decades has created huge stockpiles of these (and other toxic) chemicals across much of the globe.

'POPs are associated with a variety of health problems, including early menopause, and Type 2 and gestational diabetes. Also underscored in various of the IHPA papers and reports are: links between exposure to POPs and risks of obesity and metabolic syndrome, and the particular sensitivity of the developing fetus, especially the brain and immune system, to environmental chemical insults. The IHPA helps identify the enormity of the persistent organic pollutant (POP) problem globally, and in the Kyrgyz Republic, in particular, where levels of these chemicals in blood, breastmilk, and human placentas are very high. Increasing levels of organochlorine pesticides found in placental tissue were correlated with increased health risks of low birth weights, pre-eclampsia, infection, and congenital anomalies in newborns, among other impacts.'

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Shareholders Urge General Mills to Stop Pesticide Use in Its Supply Chain, Popular Products

The shareholder proposal ultimately garnered support from 31% of General Mills shareholders.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Study Finds Organic Farming Methods Help Maintain Healthy Pollinator Populations

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Study Finds Organic Farming Methods Help Maintain Healthy Pollinator Populations (Beyond Pesticides, October 11, 2018) a Swedish study.

“This is the first large-scale study over the course of several years to show that organic farming has a consistent, stabilizing effect on pollinator diversity,” says Romain Carrié, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher at CEC.

'While this trend held in fields with cereal crops and temporary grasslands, semi-natural grasslands were not impacted by the type of farming that occurred. Scientists indicate that this outcome was likely because on these farms, management practices are similar between the two approaches. Specifically, because these fields are generally only used for grazing, synthetic pesticides and fertilizers are not applied to these conventional plots.' 

SNAP Comment: perhaps it is in Sweden, but in Canada and the US, there are many pesticides registered for use on pastures. If the operator wants only grass, he will spray. Granted, pastures are likely directly sprayed less often, but in our Saskatchewan predominant crop landscape, they are still exposed to many pesticides that evaporate easily and fall back in runoff, rain or dry deposition. We know that because pesticides have been measure in air and water and found across the landscape. see pesticides in SK water

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

New study links common herbicides and antibiotic resistance

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New study links common herbicides and antibiotic resistance  (University of Canterbury,October 12, 2018)    'A new study finds that bacteria develop antibiotic resistance up to 100,000 times faster when exposed to the world's most widely used herbicides, Roundup (glyphosate) and Kamba (dicamba) and antibiotics compared to without the herbicide.'

Also filed under  drug interactions and fact sheets/ glyphosate

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Brain and Behavioral Effects of Early Exposures to Neurotoxicants

a 1 hour video presenting study results suggesting profound brain and learning effects of small exposures to chlorpyrifos.

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Brain and Behavioral Effects of Early Exposures to Neurotoxicants  (University of California Television (UCTV), Aug 11, 2015)

There is also a significant link to meaningful tremors and learning deficits. 

This presentation addresses the impact of prenatal exposure to a common neurotoxicant on brain structure and neuropsychological function in an inner-city cohort of minority children. The toxic chemical, an organophosphate insecticide (chlorpyrifos), has been banned for indoor residential use in the U.S. since 2001, but continues to have widespread application for agricultural purposes. Possible moncholinergic mechanisms involve disruption of neural cell development and neurotransmitter systems, including the formation and activity of synapses in different brain regions. This presentation examines the evidence for long-term effects of prenatal chlorpyrifos exposure on neuropsychological profiles and brain morphology as measured by MRI. Series: "MIND Institute Lecture Series on Neurodevelopmental Disorders" Health and Medicine Professional Medical Education Show ID: 29838

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

French President Calls for Glyphosate/Roundup Ban, MPs Balk

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French President Calls for Glyphosate/Roundup Ban, MPs Balk  (Beyond Pesticides, September 28, 2018) 

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Beyond Pesticides Joins Grassroots Groups, Organic Experts for Stonyfield Organic’s New #PlayFree Initiative

initiative to convert public fields and parks to organic land management

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Beyond Pesticides Joins Grassroots Groups, Organic Experts for Stonyfield Organic’s New #PlayFree Initiative  (Beyond Pesticides, September 25, 2018)

Last week the pioneering yogurt maker Stonyfield Organic announced a new initiative to convert public fields and parks to organic land management in collaboration with Beyond Pesticides, Nontoxic Neighborhoods, and natural land care experts Osborne Organics

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

US FDA and Cornell University Reports Show Glyphosate Residues in Corn, Soybeans and Pet Food

“The authors of this study, as quoted in this article, are ignoring established scientific principles and evidence in arriving at their conclusion that the levels of glyphosate residues found in the pet foods are “within a range that would be deemed s

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US FDA and Cornell University Reports Show Glyphosate Residues in Corn, Soybeans and Pet Food  (Sustainable Pulse, Oct 4 2018)

The (FDA) results showed that glyphosate was found at high but legal levels in soybeans and corn but not in eggs or milk.

'Dr Michael Antoniou of King’s College London, who has conducted research on the health impacts of glyphosate herbicide, reacted in a quote for GM Watch; “The authors of this study, as quoted in this article, are ignoring established scientific principles and evidence in arriving at their conclusion that the levels of glyphosate residues found in the pet foods are “within a range that would be deemed safe for humans”.'
'“First, they do not acknowledge the well established principle of low dose toxicity, especially through endocrine disruption, which does not follow a linear ‘dose makes the poison’ model. Second, they ignore a large body of evidence that shows that daily intake of glyphosate well below what regulators have ruled as safe causes ill health to multiple organ systems such as the liver, kidney and reproductive system.”'

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Saturday, October 6, 2018

US Military Base Has Legacy of Pesticide and Other Toxic Chemical Exposure and Harm

Some Canadian bases used Agent Orange

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Military Base Has Legacy of Pesticide and Other Toxic Chemical Exposure and Harm

(Beyond Pesticides, September 19, 2018) “‘Don’t get pregnant at George Air Force Base’” was the advice imparted from one female Air Force member to another in 1975 at that base...Among the many contaminants found at George AFB and other military sites are organochlorine-based pesticides (OCPs), such as DDT, dieldrin/aldrin, heptachlor, lindane, endrin, chlordane,mirex, toxaphene, hexachlorobenzene, chlordane, and others. (all those listed are insecticides)

SNAP Comment: I don't know if Canadian military bases ever used as many chemicals as some US ones, but there has certainly been use of Agent Orange, Agent Purple and other military herbicides at CFB Gagetown. (archived document from National Defense and the Canadian Armed Forces). Trichloroethylene (TCE), a common industrial solvent, had seeped into the underground water table from the adjacent Canadian Forces Base Valcartier. (What made Shannon so sick? Solvent in water table: 'Don't drink it, don't bathe in it, don't breathe it,' health officials warned. Charlie Fidelman, Montreal Gazette) There is likely more if one searches. 

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