Bee colony collapse is taking on new proportions with up to half of bees now dying. Our current dysfunctional agricultural system is destroying itself from within by monoculture, massive use of pesticides and herbicides, and an unsustainable industrial agricultural model. Read the New York Times piece here, and below a quote, one of the first mainstream media stories that accept there may be a link between colony collapse and GE crops.
Neonicotinoids are hardly the beekeepers’ only concern. Herbicide use has grown as farmers have adopted crop varieties, from corn to sunflowers, that are genetically modified to survive spraying with weedkillers.
Posted By Dr. Mercola | October 20 2010
The Indiana Business Journal reports that proteins from genetically modified crops are showing up in Indiana waterways.
According to the Journal, the University of Notre Dame and Loyola University looked at 217 streams, drains and ditches near Indiana cornfields and found genetically modified (GM) bug-killing protein in 50 of them.
The protein is in genetically modified corn and other crops that are engineered to produce their own pesticide when insects bite them. But when farmers mow the fields, the residue remains from the crushed plants – and it’s finding its way to the waterways.
“The protein is carried to surface water by runoff and by the leaves and stalks that sometimes wash into streams,” the Journal said. “And the protein lingers. The study was conducted six months after harvest.”
The paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, says it is not known whether the trace levels of the protein are a threat to invertebrates in the water.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — When the weed killer Roundup was introduced in the 1970s, it proved it could kill nearly any plant while still being safer than many other herbicides, and it allowed farmers to give up harsher chemicals and reduce tilling that can contribute to erosion.
But 34 years later, a few sturdy species of weed resistant to Roundup have evolved, forcing farmers to return to some of the less environmentally safe practices they abandoned decades ago.
The situation is the worst in the South, where some farmers now walk fields with hoes, killing weeds in a way their great-grandfathers were happy to leave behind. And the problem is spreading quickly across the Corn Belt and beyond, with Roundup now proving unreliable in killing at least 10 weed species in at least 22 states. Some species, like Palmer amaranth in Arkansas and water hemp and marestail in Illinois, grow fast and big, producing tens of thousands of seeds.
Posted in American Politics & Food, Biotech Companies, Canadian Politics & Food, Food Security, Herbicides, Monsanto, World Food Politics, World GE Politics
Tagged 2-4-D, Agent Orange, April Reeves, Biotech Companies, Food Security, Glyphosate, GMO, Pesticides, Superweeds
The Economic Times, India.
Indo-Asian News Service, Thailand. 15.06.2010
HYDERABAD: Organically grown cotton is more profitable for farmers
than Bt cotton, a new Greenpeace report said on Tuesday.
“In the year 2009-10, farmers cultivating cotton through organic
practices earned 200 per cent more net income than farmers who grew
genetically engineered cotton (Bt cotton),” the report said.
The report “Picking Cotton – The choice between organic and
genetically-engineered cotton for farmers in South India” is a
comparative analysis of the two methods of agriculture among cotton
farmers in Andhra Pradesh.
The genetically engineered (GE) variety makes farmers more vulnerable
to financial collapse due to high debts and increased costs of
cultivation, it said.
Posted in Biotech Companies, CBAN, Greenpeace, Monsanto, World GE Politics
Tagged Ban GM crops, Biotech Companies, Bt Cotton, CBAN, Lucy Sharratt, Monsanto, Pesticides, Small Farmer, Sustainability
April: finally, a study showing links with pesticides and ADHD in children! But did they study the links; where the pesticides came from – the sprayed pesticide or the pesticide that lives within every cell on a GMO RoundUp Ready plant? The plant that is found in almost every packaged and processed food in North America? This remains to be studied…
WASHINGTON – Children exposed to higher levels of pesticide found on commercially grown fruit and vegetables in the United States were more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a study published Monday.
Researchers in the United States and Canada studied data from 1,139 children aged between 8 and 15 and found that children with higher residue levels of pesticides known as organophosphates were roughly twice as likely to have ADHD, the study in the Journal of Pediatrics found.
Posted in American Politics & Food, Canadian Politics & Food, Food Security, Herbicides, Non-GE foods, Pesticides, World Food Politics
Tagged ADHD, Food Security, Organophosphates, Pesticides, Roundup Ready, US Centers for Disease Control