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Banned Pesticides found in Chinese Teas

Greenpeace East-Asia: Banned pesticides found in teas produced by popular Chinese tea brands

We consume a fair amount of tea here in the office and this newsbit from Greenpeace East Asia had us a bit worried. “A Greenpeace investigation has found pesticides banned for use on tea in the products marketed by some of China’s top tea companies. Some of the firms, which include China Tea, Tenfu Tea and China Tea King, export tea products to Japan, the US and Europe.”

The link to the full report can be found on the Greenpeace website link below.

Read the full article at Greenpeace…

Are pesticides killing the bees?

Image from The rural blog: http://irjci.blogspot.com/2012/03/research-links-bee-colony-collapse.html

FrankenThursday is back with this bit from Wired.  The cause of the recent bee colony collapse disorder continues to generate heated debates. And this new study will further ratchet up the discussions as everyone tries to figure out the cause and identify solutions to save our friendly pollinators .

A controversial new study of honeybee deaths has deepened a bitter dispute over whether the developed world’s most popular pesticides are causing an ecological catastrophe.

Researchers led by biologist Chensheng Lu of Harvard University report a direct link between hive health and dietary exposure to imidacloprid, a so-called neonicotinoid pesticide linked to colony collapse disorder, the mysterious and massive die-off of bees across North America and Europe.

Continue reading the Wired article here…

A clearer summary here….

GM Crops and the future of food and farming

FrankenThursday wants you to study more about GM issues and this journal we got at Eldis is just perfect 🙂 to arm you with insights and facts about the interplay of GM on the issues of food and farming. A good read most def.

Download the PDF here….

Articles included:

  • Diversity in international biosafety regulation: MacKenzie, R.
  • From risks to rights in southern Africa:  Mohamed Katerere, J.
  • Bt cotton: benefits for poor farmers?: Glover, D.
  • IPRs, biotechnology and development: Yamin, F.
  • Regulating biotechnology: Newell, P.
  • Corporate dominance and agricultural biotechnology: Glover, D.
  • The Chinese biotechnology experience: Keeley, J.
  • Biotechnology for Kenya: Odame, H., Kameri-Mbote, P. and Wafula, D.

 

Farmers and Seed Producers to challenge Monsanto anew

Stumbled upon this newsbit in time for FrankenThursday at the Cornucopia Institute. Seems like american organic farmers and seed producers have filed a lawsuit against Monsanto to “prohibit  the biotechnology giant from suing organic farmers and seed growers if innocently contaminated by roundup ready genes.”

NEW York: On behalf of 60 family farmers, seed businesses and organic agricultural organizations, the Public Patent Foundation (PUBPAT) filed suit today against Monsanto Company challenging the chemical giant’s patents on genetically modified seed. The organic plaintiffs were forced to sue preemptively to protect themselves from being accused of patent infringement should their crops ever become contaminated by Monsanto’s genetically modified seed.

Monsanto has sued farmers in the United States and Canada, in the past, when their patented genetic material has inadvertently contaminated their crops.

Continue reading about why farmers and seed producers launched preemptive strike against Monsanto…

GM Mosquito out and about now

Some rights reserved by OZinOHFrankenThursday’s where it gets a bit freaky.  I’m not sure though if i like self-terminating mosquitoes. Surely some even more freaky mosquitoes would evolve from this. Anyways just tellin’ you all that frankenmosquitoes are available now. to. bite. you. Seriously though, why didn’t they just make those mosquitoes averse to human blood or to humans?

Quick facts: The GMMosquitoes were genetically engineered to kill off  Aedes aegypti mosquitoes which spread dengue fever. The Bill & Melissa Gates Foundation is funding this project and Malaysia is set to undergo field trials of these frankencritters this year.

read more about the GMO mosquitos at the ScienceMag….

more info here about the GMMosquito project

GMO Canolas found growing in the wild in the US

FrankenThursday brings this worrying article from NPR which says that “A survey of North Dakota has turned up hundreds of genetically modified canola plants growing along roads across the state.” Aint that scary? Apart from safety, health and ecological concerns this has legal ramifications as well, as GMO purveyors like Monsanto has  been known to sue farmers whose fields have been unintentionally contaminated with their GMO plants. Read on for more interesting bits…

The results, presented at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Pittsburgh, show that the vast majority of feral canola plants in the state contain artificial genes that make them resistant to herbicides. Researchers also found two plants that contained traits from multiple genetically modified varieties, suggesting that genetically modified plants are breeding in the wild.

continue reading about “escape” of  Genetically Modified Canola from Farm Fields….