biocides

Enemies of Life

Atrazine - the most widely used herbicide in the US and in most major agricultural nations outside of the European Union (banned 2004 because of its persistent groundwater contamination). It is used on cultivated farmland to inhibit the emergence of, and to exterminate, broadleaf weeds. Atrazine is used on over fifty different crops, including corn, which represented nearly 25% of total US crop acreage as of 2000. The United States alone uses an estimated 76 million pounds of atrazine annually!  Though it is by far most heavily used in agricultural regions, atrazine is also used to maintain residential lawns and recreational turf.

Its endocrine disruptor effects, possible carcinogenic effect, and epidemiological connection to low sperm levels in men has led several researchers to call for banning it in the US.

Effects on Human Health

Effects on Wildlife

centerforfoodsafety.org
They Are Biocides, Not Pesticides And They Are Creating an Ecocide

Overall, let’s contemplate what these biocides are bringing us: vast areas stripped of all vegetation save for monocultured GE crops, devoid of flowers, bees, butterflies and song birds, with contaminated rivers and streams with little or no insect life, and fish and frogs and other aquatic life dead or deformed. Then there are the birth defects and cancers in our own children. What is the word that would encompass the result of our using nearly a billion pounds of biocides each year? I would suggest it is nothing short of ecocide

foodquality.com
Biocides in Food Industry May Strengthen Pathogens’ Resistance

Biocides used at sub-lethal doses in the food industry, with the goal of enhancing hygiene and food safety, may be having precisely the opposite effect—instead increasing pathogens’ resistance to antibiotics and promoting their ability to form biofilms (a major virulence factor for human infections).

Improper use of biocides in food industry might be endangering public health.

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Tessenderlo Kerley Acquires Norflurazon Assets From Syngenta

“Tessenderlo Kerley, Inc. (TKI) announced the purchase of the herbicide assets of norflurazon (Solicam®) from Syngenta Crop Protection, LLC.

The product will be managed by NovaSource, the crop protection business unit of TKI.

SOLICAM is used for control of grass and broadleaf weeds in citrus, alfalfa, peanuts, tree fruits and…

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C'est mauvais, oui mais, que fait-on ?

C’est mauvais, oui mais, que fait-on ?

Les perturbateurs endocriniens sont partout: parabènes (conservateurs), bisphénol A, F ou S (plastiques), pesticides… La Commission européenne, qui devait présenter en décembre 2013 les critères pour les définir, puis les réglementera pris du retard. La France, de son côté, vient de publier sa stratégie nationale.

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Improper Use of Biocides in Food Production May Endanger Public Health - American Society for Microbiology

Biocides used in the food industry at sublethal doses may be endangering, rather than protecting, public health by increasing antibiotic resistance in bacteria and enhancing their ability to form harmful biofilms, according to a study published ahead of print in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Improper Use of Biocides in Food Production May Endanger Public Health

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Biocides used in the food industry at sublethal doses may be endangering, rather than protecting, public health by increasing antibiotic resistance in bacteria and enhancing their ability to form harmful biofilms, according to a study published ahead of print in Applied and Environmental…

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What are GMOs?

As I mentioned in an earlier post, one major concern with the “food” we eat is genetic modification. To put it simply genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are organisms whose genetic material has been artificially altered or replaced with genetic material from other organisms, often genetic material from a different species such as the exaggeration below.

Plants and animals are genetically modified to increase productivity. Animals are sometimes modified to make them grow faster or to enable them to eat and digest certain foods that they might not otherwise be able to consume. GMO plants are manipulated to survive certain conditions including exposure to weather and chemicals, to last longer before they go bad, or to have certain nutritional or aesthetic qualities, among other reasons.

Genetic modification might sound a lot like selective breeding, which has been done for thousands of years and is widely accepted. Without selective breeding, we wouldn’t have the domesticated species we enjoy today as pets, foods, sources of textile fabrics, and more. Selective breeding has been used to breed cows that produce more milk and grasses that produce larger grains (i.e. corn).

However, there is a huge difference between genetic modification and selective breeding. Selective breeding works within natural mechanisms to emphasize characteristics already present in species over several generations. Genetic modification, on the other hand, involves the unnatural introduction of genetic information into the biological makeup of an organism. For example, genes from a species of fish can be inserted into the genetic code of a vegetable.

But fruit with fish DNA? That doesn’t sound like food to me…

The essential oil of the herb, thyme contains 20-54% thymol. #Thymol belongs to a naturally occurring class of compounds called biocides. Biocides are substances that can destroy harmful organisms. When thyme is used alongside other biocides like carvacrol (in oil of oregano) it has strong antimicrobial properties. Scientists tested thyme for it’s antibacterial properties and found that thyme kills lung cancer cells, oral, and ovarian #Cancer. Thyme essential oil has also been used in Ayurvedic and traditional medicine due to it’s strong antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal properties. Most major diseases can be treated and cured using #MotherNature. Dr. Sebi and Dr. Llaila Afrika have been doing this for years. Ask yourself why the powers that be are keeping this information hidden? 🌿👉 #Thyme #BrotherTarik #DrAfrika #DrSebi #Holistic #HealTHCare #FuckCancer #Herbalist #EssentialOils #Vegan #YourBodyIsATemple

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latimes.com
Water and wildlife may be at risk from fracking's toxic chemicals, panel finds
Hydraulic fracturing uses a host of highly toxic chemicals - the impacts of which are for the most part unknown - that could be contaminating drinking water supplies, wildlife and crops, according to a report released Thursday by a California science panel.
By Los Angeles Times

In an editorial with the caption, “What we don’t know about fracking could hurt us,” the LA Times has asked for a moratorium on fracking in California based upon this report. Here’s the link to the LA Times editorial.

Excerpt:

The long-awaited final assessment from the California Council on Science and Technology said that because of data gaps and inadequate state testing, overwhelmed regulatory agencies do not have a complete picture of what oil companies are doing.

Among the findings of the report, commissioned by the California Natural Resources Agency and written by the California Council on Science and Technology and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory:

– Strong acids, solvents and biocides in oil field water present a “significant hazard to aquatic species and other wildlife, particularly when released into surface water.” All of the chemicals are “undesirable” in drinking water.

– Injection wells that the state is allowing to dispose of oil field wastewater into federally protected aquifers may have received water containing fracking fluids.

– Oil operations in federal waters offshore are discharging wastewater directly into the ocean, against EPA regulations.

– More than half the produced water from fracked wells is disposed of in unlined pits. “We do not know how long hydraulic fracture chemicals persist in produced water or at what concentrations or how these change in time, which means that hazardous levels of contaminants … cannot be ruled out.”

– About one-third of the oil field wastewater pits in the Central Valley are operating without proper permits.

– About 1.7 million people in Los Angeles live or work within one mile of an active oil or gas well, and atmospheric concentrations of pollutants near those sites “can present risks to human health.” The report recommended an extensive epidemiological study of residents living near oil production sites. California does not regulate how close oil operations can be from residences, schools or hospitals. The report recommends that California adopt a setback requirement.

– Oil and gas development causes habitat loss and fragmentation in ecologically sensitive areas of Kern and Ventura counties.

“Right now, patriarchy is the ruling religion of the planet. Women are just another resource for men to use in their endless quest to prove their toxic masculinity and breed soldiers for civilization’s constant state of war. The masculinity and the war—against people, against the planet—together have created a perpetual motion machine of domination and destruction of the land and human rights.

This is why militarism is a feminist issue, why rape is an environmental issue, why environmental destruction is a peace issue. We will never dismantle misogyny as long as domination is eroticized. We will also never stop racism. Nor will we mount an effective resistance to fascism, which is the eroticization of domination and subordination–fascism is in essence a cult of masculinity. Those are all huge spin-outs from the same beginning. The result is torture, rape, genocide, and biocide.” – Deep Green Resistance

For more, read our FAQ on the subject of enmeshed oppressions and the importance of feminism as foundational to social-justice environmental movements: http://ift.tt/1IyPAgW

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reuters.com
U.N. urges Canada to probe mining abuses, murders of native women

The committee of 18 independent experts voiced concern about “allegations of human rights abuses by Canadian companies operating abroad, in particular mining corporations, and about the inaccessibility to remedies by victims of such violations”.

This is why militarism is a feminist issue, why rape is an environmental issue, why environmental destruction is a peace issue. We will never dismantle misogyny as long as domination is eroticized. We will also never stop racism. Nor will we mount an effective resistance to fascism, which is the eroticization of domination and subordination–fascism is in essence a cult of masculinity. Those are all huge spin-outs from the same beginning. The result is torture, rape, genocide, and biocide.

GMO Free USAPage Liked · 3 hrs ·
New study shows that the Brazilian non-GMO soybean meal supply chain is more sustainable than the GMO soybean chain. From the new study’s conclusion:

“Our results show that the non-GM soybean meal chain is more sustainable than the GM chain. Quantity differences (TFP component) include a lower use of biocides, i.e. pesticides, fungicides, and herbicides, in the non-GM chain. The main price difference (TPR [Total Price Recovery] component) is associated with the price premium paid per ton of non-GM soybean meal, which reflects consumer preference for non-GM products.” Consumers prefer food that doesn’t contain high residue levels of probable carcinogens and doesn’t poison people and planet. That should come as no surprise.

READ: http://gmwatch.org/news/latest-news/16283-non-gm-soy-more-sustainable-than-gm-study

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