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Report: Widely Used Weed Killer Spurs Reproductive Problems

An international team of 22 researchers released a report yesterday that reiterated the overwhelming evidence that a commonly used synthetic chemical weed killer causes birth defects and other problems related to reproduction in many forms of life including mammals. Here is the link: http://www.newsroomamerica.com/story/195601/herbicide_spurs_reproductive_problems_in_many_animals:_research.html ...

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Research Indicates Weed Killer Has Unintended Consequences

Purdue University professors Angus Murphy and Wendy Peer, partnering with scientists at the Institute of Experimental Botany at the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, have revealed the mechanism by which the popular weed killer 2,4-D also harms grass plants, in addition to killing the surrounding weeds. Since the mid 1940s, 2,4-D's claim to fame is that it kills dicot weeds such as plantain and dand ...

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Canadian Judge Orders Review of Roundup’s Impact on Frogs

Citing the precautionary principle invoked in the historic Supreme Court Hudson v. Spraytech and ChemLawn decision in 2001 — profiled in the documentary film, A Chemical Reaction — a Canadian federal justice has ordered a full review of the impact of the herbicide Roundup on frogs and other amphibians. Justice Michael A. Kelen, who has served on the federal bench since 2003, quoted the Hudson decision in or ...

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International Group to Put Pesticide Manufacturers on Trial

The Ecologist is reporting that the world's six largest pesticide manufacturers will collectively be put on trial by a long-standing tribunal that will convene in India next month. Though the group known as the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal, created in 1979, has no legal standing, its hope is to bring worldwide exposure to what it refers to as atrocities committed by Monsanto, Dow, Bayer, Syngenta, DuPont and ...

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Miss A Week, Miss a Lot in Lawn News

After a week away from the office and this blog, the longest such stretch without a post since we launched it two and a half years ago, there's just so much to catch up with. From lawn pesticide poisonings where innocent children are harmed daily, to the perpetrators like Scotts Miracle Gro suffering a 7 percent loss of business in the United States this year, you miss a lot when you take your eye off the l ...

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47 Schoolchildren Poisoned in Ohio Offers Evidence That Kids Are Silently Poisoned Every Day

[caption id="attachment_4501" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Students from an Ohio middle school were evacuated earlier this month when chemical weed killers were applied to nearby fields. Ironically, the children were evacuated to a site near the sprayed fields that made at least 47 children ill (GANNETT PHOTO). "][/caption] When I arrived home today after another whirlwind week on the road, the in ...

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Roundup Toxicity: Officials Have Kept Proof Hidden for Decades

[caption id="attachment_4490" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Do you use Roundup as a weed killer around your home? According to information withheld from the public, the product his highly toxic even at small doses."][/caption] More information about the toxicity of the weedkiller known as Roundup has come to public light this year more than any other in history. Some experts have gone so far as to ...

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A Remarkable Achievement: Beyond Pesticides Celebrates 30 Years of Making the Environment Safer

Questions & Answers With Founder Jay Feldman This coming Thursday, Oct. 27, a remarkable achievement will be marked in Washington, D.C., when Beyond Pesticides celebrates its 30th anniversary. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Busboys & Poets, leaders of the environmental movement will come together with the general public for a benefit reception with live music and organic food and drinks. Later in the evening gue ...

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Protest Against GMO Lawns, Alfalfa & Food is Lost Amid Occupy Movement

[caption id="attachment_4417" align="alignleft" width="540" caption="Yesterday's anti-GMO rally in Washington was lost in the din of the Occupy movement."][/caption] From a public relations perspective, yesterday's Right to Know rally in Washington was a bit of a bust. Did you even know about it? I didn't, and I like to think I pay attention to such things. Lost amidst the now worldwide Occupy Wall Street m ...

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