pesticides are intended to be harmful; major complications at Standing Rock

TRAUDT AERIAL SERVICE

 4-30-15

Pesticides are intended to be harmful.  They kill pests, diseases and weeds.  But some also harm humans and wildlife.  Pesticides are a huge global business, worth around US$45 billion.  Each year, 3.5 billion kilogrammes of pesticides are applied to food crops and their use is growing.  Much use of this use is at best ineffective and at worst outright harmful.

In recent research we showed that farmers in Asia and Africa have been able to cut the use of pesticides while boosting crop yields, reducing costs and delivering healthier profits. Even the landscape surrounding the farms benefits.  Each kilogramme of pesticide used in agriculture imposes €3-15 (US$4-19) of external economic costs on the environment, wildlife and human health – money spent by water companies to remove them from drinking water, for instance, or the loss of valuable pollinating insects.  https://theconversation.com/cut-pesticide-use-to-boost-yields-its-worked-for-millions-of-farmers-in-asia-and-africa-38951?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+30+April+2015+-+2699&utm_content=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+30+April+2015+-+2699+CID_1036aabe3f67eb76fe2fa0cb82c779c6&utm_source=campaign_monitor_uk&utm_term=Cut%20pesticide%20use%20to%20boost%20yields%20Its%20worked%20for%20millions%20of%20farmers%20in%20Asia%20and%20Africa

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Janet Mackinnon

  Interesting that when pesticide use in the UK “has declined by 44% over the past 20 years”, the National Farmers Union (England, Wales) is so opposed to new EU restrictions on their use.    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29699449    (which reads: The report commissioned by three farming bodies said the EU was on course to “ban” use of 40 chemicals by 2020 to reduce environmental damage….The move banned substances that could cause cancer or harm human reproduction or hormones.  At the time, the UK government, the Conservatives and the NFU all opposed the new rules, saying they could hit yields and increase food prices.)

  1. Jules Pretty

    Professor of Environment and Society and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Essex

    In reply to Janet Mackinnon

    Good point Janet.  Interesting too to note the large swings in use across many countries: several OECD countries have seen large declines in the use of insecticides (Denmark, France, Spain, UK, Japan), herbicides (France, Spain, UK) and fungicides (Sweden, Japan).  There has been a large increase in herbicide use in Canada (3-fold), and substantial reductions in insecticide use in India (down 70%).

    In China, though, pesticide use has increased from 733 M kg in 1990 to 1.806 billion kg in 2012.  More than 2.2 billion kg of pesticides are now produced in China, though much is exported.  There are 2000 pesticide companies in China.

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naled– Summerville, SC – Mosquito eradication efforts via “naled” in South Carolina have gone horribly wrong, resulting in almost total devastation to the indigenous bee populations.

9-2-16        Naled eventually breaks down after spraying into dichlorvos (another organophosphate insecticide), which has been shown to interfere with prenatal brain development.  In laboratory animals, exposure for just 3 days during pregnancy when the brain is growing quickly reduced brain size 15 percent.

Dichlorvos also causes cancer, according to the International Agency for Research on Carcinogens.  In laboratory tests, it caused leukemia and pancreatic cancer.  Two independent studies have shown that children exposed to household “no-pest” strips containing dichlorvos have a higher incidence of brain cancer than unexposed children.

Aerial applications of naled can drift up to one-half mile.  According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, naled is moderately to highly toxic to birds and fish.  It also reduced egg production and hatching success in tests with birds and reduced growth in tests with juvenile fish.

Exposure to naled has multiple effects on behavior.  In a study conducted by naled’s manufacturer, naled caused reduced muscle strength, slow responses to stimulation, and reduced activity in rats.  These behavioral changes occurred at all but the lowest dose level tested in males and all dose levels tested in females, suggesting that females are more sensitive than males to naled poisoning.

Exposure to naled’s breakdown product dichlorvos causes increased aggression and impaired memory.  A study by biochemists found that fighting aggression was increased about 5 times.    http://thefreethoughtproject.com/millions-bees-killed-zika-spraying-naled/#WLEXvHfYo2s0c4gC.99

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Dec. 2015    Stop Aerial Pesticide Spraying in Surallah,T’boli and the whole areas in South Cotabato!
Aerial spraying in Surallah,T’boli and the whole areas in South Cotabato, Phillipines should be banned due to the following:
• Unknown long-term effects of pesticides on human health and the environment
• Toxic to bees, fish, and other wildlife
• Puts more people at risk, especially the immunocompromised, serious and chronically ill and adds to the overall pesticide load in the environment for the long term   https://www.change.org/p/sumifru-save-lives-save-environment-stop-aerial-pesticide-spraying

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major complications at Standing Rock:

12-4-16   Rerouting is not an acceptable outcome. We will not stop until the project is cancelled.

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1 hr · 

“This is the turning point.  This is when we’re pushing back fossil fuels and moving into the new era.  We’re leaving the extractive model, which takes and takes and takes and doesn’t replenish.  And the people who are going to lead us are the Native people who have known this all the time.  We’ve had 200 years of this extractive model, and now it’s time to move to a reciprocating model, and you’re the people who are going to show us the way.”

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-Courtesy Josue Rivas/Indigenous Rising
Left to Right:  Eriberto Gualinga (Sarayaku), Franco Viteri (Sarayaku), Kandi Mossett (IEN), David Archambault II (Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman), Nina Gualinga (Sarayaku), and Leo Cerda (Kichwa, on Amazon Watch staff).
http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2016/10/01/solidarity-south-indigenous-leaders-ecuador-come-standing-rock-165962
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A "speak-out at the road to the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site, Sept. 13, 2016. (Sarah Jaffe for BillMoyers.com)

A “speak-out” at the road to the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site, Sept. 13, 2016  -Sarah Jaffe          http://billmoyers.com/story/standing-firm-standing-rock-pipeline-protesters-will-not-moved/

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An Native American activist rides down from a ridge which overlooks the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation outside Cannon Ball, N.D., on Dec. 4.  Native Americans and activists from around the country have been gathering at the camp for several months trying to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The proposed 1,172-mile-long pipeline would transport oil from the North Dakota Bakken region through South Dakota, Iowa and into Illinois. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
An Native American activist rides down from a ridge which overlooks the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation outside Cannon Ball, N.D., on Dec. 4.
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12-5-16      Native American reservations cover just 2 percent of the United States, but they may contain about a fifth of the nation’s oil and gas, along with vast coal reserves.

Now, a group of advisors to President-elect Donald Trump on Native American issues wants to free those resources from what they call a suffocating federal bureaucracy that holds title to 56 million acres of tribal lands, two chairmen of the coalition told Reuters in exclusive interviews.

The group proposes to put those lands into private ownership – a politically explosive idea that could upend more than century of policy designed to preserve Indian tribes on U.S.-owned reservations, which are governed by tribal leaders as sovereign nations.

The tribes have rights to use the land, but they do not own it. They can drill it and reap the profits, but only under regulations that are far more burdensome than those applied to private property.   http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-tribes-insight-idUSKBN13U1B1

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The fake embassy and the real embassy

-Image To the left is the fake embassy and to the right is the real US Embassy in Ghana, in very different neighbourhoods of Accra

12-5-16      News has travelled the world that an organised gang based in Ghana ran a fake embassy selling real US visas for $6,000 (£4,700) for “about a decade”.  How did they get away with it for so long?

The US State Department says Ghanaian and Turkish organised crime rings were running the fake embassy complete with a US flag and a portrait of President Barack Obama “unhindered… for about a decade”.

The faded building couldn’t have looked more different to the real embassy.  But, as journalist Sammy Darko in Accra explained on Focus on Africa, the customers have most probably never been to an embassy before so didn’t know what to expect.  “They also find white people there and they assume that it is the US embassy,” he added.  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38209665

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More than 30 percent of North Koreans use meth, opium

http://truepundit.com/more-than-30-percent-of-north-koreans-use-meth-opium/

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