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Exclusive: U.S. seed sellers push for limits on Monsanto, BASF weed killer

August 16, 2018 – By Tom Polansek, Reuters – America’s two biggest independent seed sellers, Beck’s Hybrids and Stine Seed, told Reuters they are pushing U.S. environmental regulators to bar farmers from spraying dicamba weed killer during upcoming summers in a potential blow to Bayer AG’s Monsanto Co.

Breakfast With a Dose of Roundup?

August 15, 2018 – By Alexis Temkin, Ph.D., Toxicologist, Environmental Working Group – Popular oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars come with a hefty dose of the weed-killing poison in Roundup, according to independent laboratory tests commissioned by EWG.

Monsanto’s EPA-Manipulating Tactics Revealed in $289 Million Case

August 14, 2018 – By Tessa Stuart, Rolling Stone – For years, DeWayne “Lee” Johnson drove a truck with a 50-gallon tank of Monsanto’s Ranger Pro pesticide mounted on top. A groundskeeper for the Benicia Unified School District in Solano County, California, north of San Francisco, Johnson went through hundreds of gallons of the stuff every week between the truck and his backpack sprayer. When it was windy, the pesticide would coat his body in a fine chemical mist. One day, the tank’s hose broke, soaking him from head to toe. A few months later, he developed a rash on his knee. A few months after that, the rash spread across his body. In 2014, Johnson was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Ottawa to phase out pesticides linked to bee deaths

August 14, 2018 – By Alex Ballingall, The Star – In what is being hailed as a victory for troubled bee populations, the federal government is moving to ban the outdoor use of pesticides [two neonics – thiamethoxam and clothianidin] that are widely applied to canola, corn and soybean crops in Canada, the Star has learned.

USDA Fresh Fluid Milk Purchase Program Announced

August 14, 2018 – USDA Agricultural Marketing Service – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced plans to purchase Fluid Milk (whole, 2 percent, 1 percent, and skim) in half gallons for distribution to The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). Purchases will be made under the authority of Section 32 of the Act of August 24, 1935, with the purpose to encourage the continued domestic consumption of these products by diverting them from the normal channels of trade and commerce. These purchases are part of the normal operations of administering Section 32 and are not related or associated with the authority or administration of possible purchases under Section 5 of the Commodity Credit Corporation related to trade mitigation.

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