[nafex] Help save the Bees
lfljvenaura at gmail.com
Thu Sep 25 01:09:15 EDT 2014
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The activist in me has been aroused by Dow Chemical/Monsanto's latest
attempt to further poison our food supply.
To be specific, Dow/Monsanto has created a stronger weed killer than
Roundup called Enlist DUO by adding 2, 4-D which was an ingredient in Agent
Orange and other deadly products. The FDA has approved it and now it's up
to the EPA before it gets the final OK. You can get the details in the
National Resources Defense Council's blog post at:
Although the primary growing fields may be thousands of miles from us, the
food supply isn't. And of course, there are local farms all around us which
might use this new product. Not to mention, it won't be long before this
product will find its way onto the shelves in our local garden centers and
home improvement stores where homeowners (some of whom think more is
better) will be using it.
We have an opportunity to impact this process by being part of a petition
initiated by Dr. Mehmet Oz during the open comment period. You can sign the
petition by going to http://wh.gov/ilIqc<about:blank>. A minimum of 100,00
signatures are required. If you get to the site and the number is over
100,00 sign it anyway: this is a case where more is really better.
I thank you from the bottom of my organic heart!!
Grow the best plants you can by converting your containers to self-waterers
easily and cheaply. Go to
http://www.successfulselfwateringcontainers.com/> to get the full story.
"the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and US Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) have treated a new pesticide mix called Enlist Duo.
For many years, glyphosate (the active ingredient of Roundup) has been used
to combat weed growth in corn fields. Farmers plant corn that has been
genetically modified (commonly called “GMO corn”) to be resistant to
chemicals like glyphosate, allowing them to spray increasing amounts of
herbicides to kill weeds without damaging their crops. Though the GMO corn
is “protected” from the killing-action of the herbicide, some plants like
milkweed (a staple of the iconic Monarch butterfly - see NRDC Wildlife
Conservation Project Director, Dr. Sylvia Fallon’s, blogpost
more details) are destroyed, while other weeds begin to develop resistance
to the herbicide.
So what does one do when your go-to herbicide stops controlling weeds in
The chemical company solution: *Use even MORE herbicide.*
Enlist Duo, the agricultural equivalent of swallowing a spider, is a
chemical combination of two herbicides: glyphosate and 2,4-D (or
2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid). Intended for use on genetically modified
corn and soy (the GM crop seed was approved by USDA last week
<http://www.eenews.net/assets/2014/09/18/document_gw_02.pdf>), the Enlist
Duo chemical mix is currently being reviewed by EPA for market approval.
The Enlist Duo registration has garnered a great deal of attention, with
both media (like yesterday’s segment on the Dr. Oz show
and the public (nearly 400,000 comments were submitted to EPA on the Enlist
Duo registration – including comments from NRDC
– overwhelmingly opposing the new pesticide."
On Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 8:57 PM, Jim Fruth <jimfruth at charter.net> wrote:
> Sierra Club
> From: Molly Brooksbank, SierraRise
> Sent: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 11:00 AM
> To: jimfruth at charter.net
> Subject: Bees
> This could be the biggest threat to bees yet.
> Big Ag wants to increase using the poison killing our
> bees by up to 4,000%!
> If we submit 50,000 comments before the October 6
> deadline, we'll be too loud to ignore -- help save the bees today!
> Dear James,
> And we thought the bee problem couldn't get any worse.
> Over 100,000 SierraRise supporters like you have taken action
> to stop “neonics,” the deadly insecticide responsible for killing our bees
> and putting our food supply at risk.  But now the EPA is actually
> considering a request to increase how much of this bee-killing toxin we let
> into our environment!
> A massive Big Ag company has asked the EPA to let it spray
> more neonics than ever before on alfalfa, barley, corn, and wheat -- up to
> 400 times more! -- no matter how many already-imperiled bees it kills. 
> This could cripple our food supply.
> The EPA is taking public comments on this issue until October
> 6, and is required to consider them all. If 50,000 SierraRise supporters
> speak out now, it will go a long way towards countering Big Ag's deep
> Help save the bees by submitting your official comment today:
> Tell the EPA our food supply matters more than Big Ag's profits! Neonic use
> must be banned, not increased!
> The company behind this horrible request is Syngenta, a Swiss
> biotech corporation that brought in $14.6 billion in 2013 alone.  This
> is not a company we should trust to put our bees and food supply first: It
> spends millions on lobbying to get its way, and a lawsuit filed earlier
> this month accuses it of ripping off American farmers. [4,5] Perhaps most
> damning of all, it was called out last winter for smearing a research
> scientist who discovered problems with its products. [6,7]
> We can't let Syngenta win -- already every year, we lose 30%
> of our honey bees.  This is a big deal because bees help produce every
> third bite of food we take. Yet just this past winter alone, states like
> Michigan and Indiana lost more than 60% of their bee populations. It's time
> the EPA stops the use of neonics altogether -- letting Big Ag double down
> is the wrong way to go.
> Will you raise your voice for the bees, James? When we stand
> together, our voices are too loud to ignore -- take 30 seconds to contact
> the EPA now!
> In it together,
> Molly Brooksbank
> P.S. Five signatures are even more powerful than one -- after
> you take action, be sure to forward this alert to your friends, family, and
> 1. Leahy, Stephen (2014 June 24). "How 'the New DDT' Wreaks
> Havoc on the Bottom of the Food Chain." Motherboard.
> 2. Stecker, Tiffany (2014 September 5). "Syngenta asks EPA to
> raise tolerance level for 'bee-killing' chemical." Greenwire.
> 3. Syngenta staff (accessed 2014 September 15). "Annual Report
> 2013." Syngenta.
> 4. OpenSecrets staff (accessed 2014 September 15). "Syngenta
> AG." OpenSecrets.org.
> 5. Bunge, Jacob (2014 September 12). "Cargill Sues Syngenta
> Over Sale of GMO Seeds Unapproved in China." The Wall Street Journal.
> 6. Aviv, Rachel (2014 February 10). "A Valuable Reputation."
> The New Yorker.
> 7. Democracy Now staff (2014 February 21). "Silencing the
> Scientist: Tyrone Hayes on Being Targeted by Herbicide Firm Syngenta."
> Democracy Now.
> 8. vanEngelsdorp, Dennis et al (2014 May 6). "Preliminary
> Results: Honey Bee Colony Losses in the United States, 2013-2014." Bee
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