Methyl iodide’s use in state challenged by suit

San Francisco Chronicle, Jan.4, 2010

Environmentalists and farmworkers challenged approval of a toxic fumigant and carcinogen for use on California crops Monday and urged Gov. Jerry Brown to reverse the decision.

The coalition of advocacy groups filed a lawsuit Thursday calling the decision to register methyl iodide as a pesticide “irresponsible and illegal.”

The chemical, produced by Arysta Life- Science Corp. primarily for use on strawberry fields, was approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation last month despite concern from some scientists, toxicologists and environmentalists. The lawsuit claims methyl iodide is a poison that causes cancer and thyroid disease and can harm the lungs, liver, kidneys, brain and central nervous system.

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15 Die From Mass Food Poisoning

Peace FM, Dec. 6, 2010

As Ghana marked the 26th National Farmers’ Day with a holiday last Friday, disturbing reports from the Upper East Region indicated that 15 persons had died from eating food poisoned with insecticides.

The Upper East Regional Coordinating Council claimed later at a news conference that only 12 persons had died as a result of what they described as “misapplication of agro-chemicals or the use of fake agro-chemicals by some farmers to fertilise their crops in these areas.”

Farmers were advised to read or seek information from any extension worker on the methods of applying agro-chemicals, especially when they were in doubt or dealing with agro-chemicals containing Endo-Sulphar.

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RED ALERT: Senate passed S510 Food Safety Modernization Act

Strategy Page, Nov. 30, 2010

This is a sad day for America. The Senate just passed S510, the so-called ‘Food Safety Modernization Act’, which, as with so many Orwellian-titled pieces of legislation, does not improve food safety, but rather it marks the beginning of food tyranny in America by adopting Codex Alimentarius. This draconian bill fails on moral, social, economic, political, constitutional, and human survival grounds. Here is what it will do:

1. It puts all US food and all US farms under Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.

2. It would end US sovereignty over its own food supply by insisting on compliance with the WTO.

3. It would allow the government, under Maritime Law, to define the introduction of any food into commerce (even direct sales between individuals) as smuggling.

4. It imposes Codex Alimentarius on the US, a global system of control over food.

5. It would remove the right to clean, store and thus own seeds in the US.

6. It includes NAIS, an animal traceability program that threatens all small farmers and ranchers raising animals.

7. It extends a failed and destructive HACCP to all food, thus threatening to do to all local food production and farming what HACCP did to meat production

8. It deconstructs what is left of the American economy.

9. It would allow the government to mandate antibiotics, hormones, slaughterhouse waste, pesticides and GMOs.

10. It uses food crimes as the entry into police state power and control. The bill postpones defining all the regulations to be imposed; postpones defining crimes to be punished, postpones defining penalties to be applied. It removes fundamental constitutional protections from all citizens in the country, making them subject to a corporate tribunal with unlimited power and penalties, and without judicial review.

Do you have a condition or disease that you treat with alternative medicine such as herbs or homeopathic solutions? Under this legislation, your medicines can, and no doubt will, be banned. Good luck.

Sperm Wars: Exposure to Toxins Harms a Man’s Future Offspring for Generations

examiner.com, Nov. 18, 2010

“By altering sperm in an enduring way, an environmental exposure can leave its mark on at least four subsequent generations.” – Newsweek.com
It’s the stuff of ‘mad science,’ if you will: several research teams have demonstrated that a male’s experiences and exposure to toxic compounds alters his sperm, so much so that the nasty effects are passed on in his DNA. Not only is this seen in animal studies, but human investigations are showing comparable sperm wars too. In one study, breathing in a pesticide tweaked male rats spunk, and their sons and daughters, grandkids and their offspring too, were born with permanent kidney and reproductive birth defects.Full story

See also: Genetically modified foods, infertility and your sexual health

Slow death, fast profits

DECCAN HERALD
Nov. 1, 2010

In addition to health risks, there are issues relating to seed patenting, biodiversity and the impoverishment of farmers.

The next time you serve up a good old ‘wholesome’ meal of rice and various vegetables, you will probably take in half a milligram of pesticide also. That would be more than 40 times what an average North American person would consume.

India is one of the world’s largest users of pesticides and a profitable market for the corporations that manufacture them. Ladyfinger, cabbage, tomato and cauliflower in particular may contain dangerously high levels because farmers tend to harvest them almost immediately after spraying. Fruit and vegetables are sprayed and tampered with to make them more colourful, and harmful fungicides are sprayed on fruit to ripen them in order to rush them off to market.

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