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Breaking news: A massive pesticide company has just asked the U.S. government to increase the legal limit for its bee-killing pesticides by 4000%. That’s right. Four. Thousand. Percent. Bees are already facing a massive global die-off. This could be a death sentence for millions more bees. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting public input on the decision for the next 27 days. So we're urgently working to organize beekeepers and the public to speak out against this devastating bee-killing proposal — and we need your help. Can you chip in CA$1 to help get us started and fight for the bees?
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Bees fill a crucial ecological role as pollinators and are essential for agriculture, and are responsible for every third bite of food we eat. In other words: No bees, no farms. No farms, no food. These pesticides are already banned in Europe. But rather than phase them out for the sake of our bees, pesticide companies are suing the European Union to overturn the ban. Now, they're petition the US government to massively increase the limits of pesticide residues — residues that are actively harmful to bees, and can stay in the soil for up to a year.
Pesticide companies are already spending millions to get their way — to beat them, we need to show the depth of public opposition to this move. So here’s the plan: First, we’ll use social media, our five million member email list, and online ads to alert the public about this dangerous new threat. Then, we’ll organize beekeepers to speak out in the media to put pressure on the EPA to reject the proposal. But with less than a month to save the bees, we have to act fast. And since we don’t get a dime from corporations, we count on you — our members — to provide the funding we need to win.
Glyphosate: no more poisonous than previously assumed, although a critical view should be taken of certain co-formulants
BfR symposium on the reassessment of the health effects of glyphosate-containing pesticides
In view of the public discussion of the evaluation of possible health risks posed by glyphosate-containing pesticides, the Federal Office for Risk Assessment (BfR) is organising a scientific symposium to be held at the ICC in Berlin on 20 January 2014. As part of EU testing of active ingredients, the BfR has reassessed the health risks associated with glyphosate. In addition to the documents already incorporated in the first test series of active ingredients, more than 1000 new studies were examined and evaluated. These new studies do not suggest that glyphosate has carcinogenic or embryo-damaging properties or that it is toxic to reproduction in test animals. "The data do not warrant any significant changes in the limit values of the active ingredient", says Professor Dr Dr Andreas Hensel. "The large volumes of evaluated literature suggest, however, that the toxicity of certain glyphosate-containing pesticides is, due to co-formulants, higher than that of the actual active ingredient." An example of such co-formulants is the group of POE – tallowamines. The BfR has included a toxicological assessment of these tallowamines in the report.
Worldwide, glyphosate is one of the most common active ingredients in pesticides used to prevent unwanted plant growth in plant cultivation or to accelerate the ripening process of crops (desiccation). Glyphosate inhibits an enzyme which is essential for the biosynthesis of certain amino acids. This enzyme is not found in animals and humans.
As part of EU testing of active ingredients, it is currently being investigated whether it will be possible in future to give approval for the active ingredient gyphosate for use in pesticides. Germany is the reporting member state within the EU procedure. The draft for the report is complete, and the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) has, in its capacity as the competent authority, submitted it to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). As the agency responsible for the health assessment, the BfR, in addition to the reassessment of the documents already included in the first test series of active ingredients, has examined and evaluated 150 new original studies conducted in accordance with the OECD guidelines and the Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) standards. In addition, over 900 studies that have recently appeared in scientific journals were taken into account.
The analysis of the numerous new documents does not suggest that glyphosate has carcinogenic or embryo-damaging properties or that it is toxic to reproduction in test animals. Nor do they provide any compelling reason why health-based limit values, notably the Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI), should be changed in any major way. Existing maximum residue limits continue to be safe for consumers. The chronic intake of consumers is lower than 2 % of the ADI. This estimation cover both applications for weed control and use as a desiccation agent. If needed, individual limit values for glyphosate could be raised without posing any risk for consumers, if this became necessary due to changed professional practice, new application areas, or newly requested import tolerance levels.