Global food producers ‘failing to face up to role’ in climate crisis

Report urges meat, dairy and seafood companies to address impact of industrys deforestation, use of antibiotics and emissions The worlds biggest producers of meat, dairy and seafood are failing to tackle the enormous impact they are having on the planet through deforestation, the routine use of antibiotics and greenhouse gas emissions, a report warns. The index ranks 50 of the largest global meat, dairy and fish producers by looking at risk factors from use of antibiotics to deforestation and labour abuses. The producers are the hidden supply chain, providing meat and dairy to global brands including McDonalds, Tesco, Nestl and Walmart. The index is written by investment experts who want to encourage awareness of the risks posed to the planet …

Children are being poisoned: California moms lead the way to pesticide ban

Chlorpyrifos, a chemical used to treat pest infestations, was banned from residential use in 2000 but is still used in agriculture Elisa Riveras face swelled up, her eyes watered and soon she was struggling to breathe. The 39-year-old first started to feel ill when the smell of pesticides drifted from nearby Fresno county fruit orchards on a recent afternoon: We experience this all the time People get used to it. Rivera and other activists have been it was moving to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide that is brain damage in stand against the Trump administration, which has supported continued Toxic America Studies, however, increasingly raised doubts. Pregnant women who lived near farms that sprayed chlorpyrifos had increased risks of having a …

Pesticides explained: the toxic chemicals in up to 70% of produce

Studies have linked long-term health issues, while regulators insist breaches of safe limits are rare What are pesticides? The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines pesticides as any chemical substance used to regulate, prevent or destroy plants or pests usually insects, rodents or microorganisms such as fungi and bacteria or that acts as a nitrogen stabilizer in soil. Q&A Why the Guardian is launching a major reader-funded project on the toxicity of modern life Show Hide Carcinogenic chemicals in your furniture, and drinking water. Welcome to Toxic America a Guardian project which will explore the health implications of living in an environment that can expose all of us to chemical contamination on a daily basis through the air we breathe, the …

The EPA is meant to protect us. The Monsanto trials proves it isn’t | Nathan Donley and Carey Gillam

Three public trials involving Monsanto have raised troubling questions about lax oversight of all pesticides by the Environmental Protection Agency Ever since Monsanto introduced its line of Roundup weedkillers to the world in 1974, the products have been touted by the company and regulators as extremely safe. The corporate secrets in three public trials has revealed a covert campaign to cover-up the pesticides risks and raised troubling questions about lax oversight of all pesticides by the Environmental Protection Agency and other regulatory agencies that are supposed to be protecting public health. Two recently concluded Roundup product liability never conducted epidemiology studies for Roundup and its other formulations made with the active ingredient glyphosate, to see if the products could lead …