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04/January/17
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Winegrowers fear federal approval of new herbicides (based on dicamba and 2,4-D) to be used on GM cotton seeds will wipe out the wine industry in the Texas High Plains. "I could see it basically killing the [wine] industry, honestly,” said Garrett Irwin, owner of the 20-acre Cerro Santo vineyard in Lubbock County. “If we get the levels of damage that I’m afraid we’ll get, vineyards will not be able to recover or produce grapes at any sustainable level, and we’re just going to have to go away.” The Texas Tribune
 
 
Argentine journalist Fernanda Sández’s new book lays bare the links between the GMO and food industries and agrochemical use to the increasing numbers of deaths from new diseases as a result of pesticide use. In an interview, she says that pesticides are marketed in Latin America that would not be allowed in Europe or the US. Buenos Aires Herald
 
 
Hawaii residents concerned about pesticide use by major GMO agriculture companies on the islands are planning a push to strengthen regulation over chemicals they fear harm their health. Advocates are pushing bills to require companies to fully disclose when and where they’re spraying pesticides and to mandate buffer zones around schools and hospitals. Another proposal calls for the state and counties to stop using sprays containing glyphosate, an herbicide originally brought to market by Monsanto. PBS
 
 
“Invisible” toxicants in commercial formulations of pesticides could be a major health threat because they are not fully disclosed or regulated – with glyphosate herbicides a case in point, write Dr Robin Mesnage and Dr Michael Antoniou. San Francisco Medicine

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