FOOD—ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICALS: PESTICIDES
Monsanto and Dow…TWO CHEMICAL GIANTS JOIN FORCES FOR A PESTICIDE-HERBICIDE EXTRAVAGANZA
In a match that some would say was made in hell, the nation’s two leading producers of agro-chemicals have joined forces in a partnership to reintroduce the use of the herbicide 2, 4-D, one half of the infamous defoliant Agent Orange, which was used by American forces to clear jungle during the Vietnam War. These two biotech giants have developed a weed management program that, if successful, would go a long way toward a predicted doubling of harmful herbicide use in America’s corn belt during the next decade.
PESTICIDE *Endosulfan* LINKED TO BLOOD CANCER IN KIDS
Endosulfan pesticide linked to blood cancers in children
High levels of endosulfan, a highly toxic pesticide which has been widely used in cashew nut and other cash crop plantations, have been found in the bone marrow of children suffering from blood cancers in the areas using the pesticide.
CARCINOGENIC PESTICIDE *Methyl Iodide* HAS SHADY HISTORY
Yes, we know that methyl iodide, a popular pesticide for use on tomatoes and strawberries, is carcinogenic (meaning it causes cancer). What you may not know is that it seems to have been approved illegally.