Neonics On Tap: Farm Pesticides in Drinking Water

While the University of Iowa has been aware of this situation since last summer, news of a municipal water supply found tainted with neonicotinoids just broke last week. That’s right, dangerous farm pesticides in drinking water supplied to homes and business in Iowa City. Though neonicotinoids have been on the US market since 1991 when Bayer CropScience introduced imidacloprid (and licensed in Europe in 1994), this is the first discovery of its having entered a city water system. But should we really be that surprised? Waterways and surface water near in agricultural areas have tested positive for neonics for some years. Reports of contamination...

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Roundup Revelations: Monsanto-EPA Collusion Exposed

It’s been a bad week for Monsanto. Money machine hinge pin, Roundup, must be labeled a possible carcinogen in California. Judge Kristi Culber Kapetan handed down the final ruling in Monsanto’s lawsuit against the state in Fresno County Superior Court on Friday, March 10th. Monsanto lost. Glyphosate is now firmly on the Proposition 65 list. All products in the state containing the controversial chemical must now bear the warning label. Naturally, the company and their legal team tried the profit plea. Their attorney telling the judge that this warning label would hurt Monsanto by driving customers away gained no sympathy. They...

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New Honey Bee Killer Identified

A new study proves the use of an unregulated crop spray ingredient is a honey bee killer. The journal paper published this week establishes a substantial connection between ag chemical usage and the bee problem. Naturally, the crop that inspired the study relies on managed hive pollination services from the majority of bees in the United States. Worse still, this common agricultural product is used for many kinds of plant pesticide applications. It’s safe to apply to all crops and landscaping plants. At least one brand is registered for use in hundreds of countries. And it’s also been previously proven as toxic...

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The Cannabis Contamination Scheme

There’s a lot of excitement in Montreal this week as Cannabis Culture opens 8 retail stores in the city. But recent cannabis contamination news gave CBC Montreal Daybreak host Mike Finnerty cause for concern on Thursday’s show. In an interview with Cannabis Culture owners Jodie and Marc Emery, Finnerty questioned the results of testing done by The Globe and Mail on cannabis purchased at their Toronto store. As a result, heated discussion aired on public radio over how the customer knows if the recreational or medical marijuana being purchased is safe to consume. It seems that The Globe and Mail took it upon themselves...

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Urban Agriculture Act of 2016

Yes, an Act, as in law.  On September 26th, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow introduced the Urban Agriculture Act of 2016 in Congress. The bill “addresses the unique needs of urban farmers by investing new resources and increasing flexibility through existing programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).” Among it’s numerous touted virtues, the Act is promised to create new economic opportunity, provide families with greater access to healthy foods, and establish a healthier environment. Don’t misinterpret ‘urban farmer’ to include residential veggie gardening or backyard chickens and goats. This bill was written for agriculture businesses and community gardens that exist...

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