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24/January/17
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Farmers and conservation groups filed a federal lawsuit on Friday challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s approval of Monsanto’s new “XtendiMax” pesticide. The approval of the pesticide company’s latest version of the older weed-killer known as dicamba permits it to be sprayed directly on Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE), dicamba-resistant soybeans and cotton. The decision greenlights a more than 10-fold increase in use of the toxic pesticide, increasing risks to farmers, community health, and the environment. Center for Food Safety
 
 
Breast Cancer UK, which emphasises prevention, supports a phase-out of glyphosate herbicides and an immediate ban on the use of glyphosate formulations for pre-harvest treatment of crops. Breast Cancer UK
 
 
Last week, Michael Pollan, Olivier de Schutter, Mark Bittman and Ricardo Salvador called GMO labelling “parochial“. They are mistaken. GMOs are the leading edge of agribusiness strategy in intellectual, financial, and legal senses. They have enabled huge profits and leveraged the concentration of the global seed supply. Labelling, on the other hand, is a mechanism for introducing democracy and the protection of consumer rights, possibilities that are everywhere in short supply. It should not be dismissed or diminished. Independent Science News
 
 
An order of silence has been handed down to the US Dept of Agriculture’s research arm, prohibiting the taxpayer-funded agency from releasing its work to the public. Quartz
 
 
Senior scientist Martin Tang Sørensen of the Department of Animal Science, Aarhus University, has been given 10 million krone (USD 1.4 million) to spearhead a project to investigate whether Roundup can affect animal health and productivity. Sørensen will look at whether the herbicide can affect gut bacteria and whether its ability to bind metals and minerals impacts health. The experiments will be performed on newly weaned pigs and laying hens. A later study, depending on the initial results, will include cattle. landbrugsavisen.dk (in Danish)

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