A new threat to bees? Entomopathogenic nematodes used in biological pest control cause rapid mortality in Bombus terrestris [PeerJ]

Dow predicts EPA review of herbicide safety resolved soon | Reuters

Dow Chemical Co expects environmental safety concerns about its new herbicide Enlist Duo to be resolved, the company said Wednesday, after the government asked a federal appellate court to pull regulatory approvals while the chemical’s safety is re-examined.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Enlist Duo for sale and use in several U.S. states over a year ago. But the agency has since found its assessment of the product’s two active ingredients was incomplete, according to EPA’s court documents, filed late Tuesday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in California.

Enlist Duo is a new combination herbicide aimed at combating weeds that have become resistant to glyphosate — a widely-used herbicide in the United States and the active ingredient of Monsanto Co’s Roundup product.

Enlist Duo combines glyphosate with another herbicide, 2,4-D, and is meant for use on corn and soybeans that have been genetically altered to tolerate it.

The EPA wants to study the product further after it found that the company’s Dow AgroSciences unit claimed the two active ingredients work better together, according to court documents. EPA said its study assumed the components did not have such “synergistic effects.”

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Nanny State Nitwit Award |Montgomery County MD | Bill 52-14 | Cosmetic Pesticide Ban

National Cancer Institute Responds to Montgomery County | No Proof of Dangers | Lawn Pesticides

National Cancer Institute talking circles around dangers of pesticides.

Won’t address council regarding health dangers, political issue not scientific.

No proof pesticides cause harm.

Dr. Maarten Bijleveld | Ottawa River Institute | Chair, IUCN Task Force on Systemic Pesticides


Memo of TFSP to secretariat CBD – SBSTTA
In reaction to: New and emerging issue:  Impacts of Neonicotinoid Insecticides on Biodiversity

In recognition of the fact that the rapidly growing global use of highly persistent systemic pesticides  – unprecedentedly toxic   to invertebrates (including pollinators) in particular – poses a major threat to biodiversity and ecosystem services, a number of independent scientists established a Task Force on Systemic Pesticides in 2009.

They aim to clearly describe ever increasing risks to ecosystems and biodiversity, to demonstrate the imbalance in present knowledge, to determine the consequences for public health, to look for alternatives, and inform the public at large. 

This Task Force now resides under the  IUCN Species Survival (SSC) and Ecosystem Management (CEM) Commissions. At present it numbers 49  experts and scientists from 15 countries in addition to a number of correspondents in others. Dr.Maarten Bijleveld van Lexmond, Neuchâtel, Switzerland , former Executive Officer of the IUCN Commission on Ecology, has been asked to be its Chairman, while Dr. J.P. van der Sluijs of the University of Utrecht, Netherlands, agreed to become  its Science Coordinator.

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