United States Uses 85 Pesticides Outlawed in Other Countries – New Study

Sustainable Pulse – Jun 10, 2019

The United States of America allows the use of 85 pesticides that have been banned or are being phased out in the European Union, China or Brazil, according to a peer-reviewed study published today by the academic journal Environmental Health.

In 2016 the United States used 322 million pounds of pesticides that are banned in the E.U., accounting for more than one-quarter of all agricultural pesticide use in this country, according to the study. U.S. applicators also used 40 million pounds of pesticides that are banned or being phased out in China and 26 million pounds of pesticides that are banned or being phased out in Brazil.

“It’s appalling the U.S. lags so far behind these major agricultural powers in banning harmful pesticides,” said Nathan Donley, a senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity and author of the study. “The fact that we’re still using hundreds of millions of pounds of poisons other nations have wisely rejected as too risky spotlights our dangerously lax approach to phasing out hazardous pesticides.”

The study compared the approval status of more than 500 pesticides used in outdoor applications in the world’s four largest agricultural economies: the United States, European Union, China and Brazil.

Report Highlights

  • The U.S. EPA continues to allow use of 85 pesticides for outdoor agricultural applications that are banned or in the process of being completely phased out elsewhere, including 72 in the E.U., 17 in Brazil and 11 in China.
  • The United States has banned only four pesticides still approved for use in the E.U., Brazil or China.
  • Pesticides approved in the United States but banned or being phased out in at least two of the three other nations in the study include: 2,4-DB, bensulide, chloropicrin, dichlobenil, dicrotophos, EPTC, norflurazon, oxytetracycline, paraquat, phorate, streptomycin, terbufos and tribufos.
  • The majority of pesticides banned in at least 2 of the 3 nations studied have not appreciably decreased in the United States over the past 25 years and almost all have stayed constant or increased over the past 10 years. Many have been implicated in acute pesticide poisonings in the United States, and some have been further restricted by individual states.

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HOW TO BECOME THE LEADING ORGANIC NATION IN THE WORLD (BY THE COUNTRY THAT IS)

Natural Products – Jun 14, 2019 – Jim Manson

Last year, thanks to a doubling of organic food sales in just four years, organic’s share of total food sales in Denmark reached a remarkable 13.3% – an achievement that Organic Denmark hailed as “an extraordinary tipping point”.

So how did Denmark become the leading organic nation in the world, and how can other countries learn from the Danish organic success story?

That was the question Organic Denmark’s international market director, Pernille Bungård, set herself for a special presentation at last week’s Organic Food Iberia event in Madrid.

Denmark, of course, has already travelled a long way on its organic journey – Danish consumers are culturally primed for organic. So, perhaps it shouldn’t  come as a surprise to hear that a healthy 11% of Danes can be classified as ‘super heavy users’ of organic. The fact that these consumers account for 44% of total organic sales shows how important a group they are.

Everyone buys organic
Organic Denmark breaks down organic consumers into five main subsets. ‘Functionalists’ who make 31% of organic consumers are looking for “quick and easy solutions”. ‘Idealists’ (20%) identify with “clean, sustainable and home-made”, while ‘Convenience seekers’ (19%) “have a low interest in food, and choose the cheapest products”. ‘Food lovers’ (17%) look for “taste, quality and country of origin, and ‘Traditionalists’ like things “simple, Danish and traditional”. The big take-home here, says Bungård, is that “consumers are different – but everyone buys organic”.

Danish consumers’ biggest motivation to buy organic is ‘fewer residues’, followed by ‘higher animal welfare’, ‘better environment/drinking water’, ‘health’, ‘quality’ and ‘fewer additives’. Bungård admits to being surprised that “quality is comparatively low” on the list.

An important part of Denmark’s success with organic has been down to the way key stakeholders work together. Winning over the country’s major retailers has been a major priority for Organic Denmark. The organisation has literally worked its way through all the major supermarkets, persuading them about the organic opportunity. The major supermarkets and grocers in Denmark account for the vast majority of organic food sales (the Coop chain commands a whopping 35% by itself). Organic Denmark has also been able to get the discounters successfully onside – Netto, for example, now accounts for 12.2% of all organics sales.

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NEARLY 10% OF ALL FRENCH FARMS ARE ORGANIC AS RECORD NUMBERS OF FARMERS CONVERT

Natural Products – Jun 9, 2019 – Jim Manson

Record numbers of French farmers converted to organic last year, according to France’s lead organic body Agence Bio.

Around 5,000 new organic farms achieved certification in 2018, meaning that 9.5% of all French farms are organic, while organic now accounts for 7.5% of the country’s farmland.

Agence Bio says the sharp rise in organic production was helping keep pace with strong consumer demand, and also limit the need for imports.

Florent Guhl, director of Agence Bio, pointed to the impact on employment in the farming sector. “In total, 14% of agricultural employment is now in organic farming.”

The biggest growth in organic farming came from the grain sector, and was partly a response to depressed prices for conventional grain. But generous financial organic conversion support and supply chain investments also provided encouragement.

In the field of pulses, 40% are already organic. In viticulture too, the leap is also striking (+ 20%), with 12% of the French vineyards operating to organic standards in 2018. To encourage winemakers to take the plunge, a CAB label (organic farming conversion) was created to cover the three-year conversion period. The logo allows the winemaker to explain to the consumer that it is engaged in the organic process, and therefore qualified to sell its wine a small premium over conventional.

Despite the considerable successes of 2018, work remains to be done if France is to reach the 15% organic farmland target, which French government wants met by 2020.

Photo: Super U organic wine aisle. 

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Nails the Vaccine Argument… Video 23 min & transcript

Bolen Report – Jun 6, 2019 – By Kent Heckenlively, JD

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. recently made a speech in Albany, New York at the epicenter of the measles madness.  I have rarely heard the argument against our current vaccine program made any better.  I’ll get out of the way and simply give you his brief talk in front of the state house.

KENNEDY: Thank you for coming on such a rainy day.  The pharmacist walked by and I don’t blame him for being angry because this is the biggest threat to their business plan.  The vaccine industry when I was a boy was $270 million dollars.  I got three vaccines and was fully compliant.  Today it is a $50 billion dollar industry and 20% of pharmaceutical revenues.

But that’s at the front end.

At the back end are all the chronic diseases that the FDA says they think are associated with vaccines.  A hundred and fifty diseases are now listed on the product inserts.  The reason they’re listed on the product inserts is because the FDA has made the determination that these injuries are more likely caused by a vaccine.

This is the chronic disease epidemic.

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Engdahl Newsletter Five: The Incredible Seralini Affair

Jun 9, 2019 – F. William Engdahl

Hello dear reader,
In this installment I want to share with you something I have written on one of the most shocking corruption scandals in the history of a very corrupt European Union Commission together with corruption by Monsanto and the related GMO agribusiness industry. Today Monsanto is being fused in a takeover with the giant German chemical group, Bayer AG, another advocate of GMOs and of toxic herbicides and pesticides. The arbitrary June 2016 decision by the EU Commission to ignore massive opposition on health safety grounds to a relicensing of the widely-used weed-killer, glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, and to relicense glyphosate for use in the EU another 18 months indicates the pervasive extent of this life-threatening corruption. If you find this piece to be useful, I would suggest you buy a copy of my book, Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation. Thank you for your support,


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BONUS VIDEO: Post Hague Report 2 – Seralini (France) – 6 min Analysis by Health Canada whistleblower, Dr. Shiv Chopra on the French molecular biologist Gilles-Éric Séralini’s GMO study and the subsequent blow back by corporations and corporate sponsored media.