“41% glyphosate-cancer increase claim under fire: Did authors of new meta-study deliberately manipulate data or just botch their analysis?”

The Genetic Literacy Project posted the above-titled article. The entire article can be read here.




“Rebellion against Europe’s ‘innovation-killing’ crop gene editing regulations grows among scientists, frustrated member states”

Cameron English | Genetic Literacy Project | February 11, 2019

The Genetic Literacy Project posted the above-titled article, which reads as follows:

“Last July, the European Court of Justice (CJEU) surprised pretty much everybody—politicians, industry and environmental NGOs—when it ruled that plants developed using gene-editing techniques such as CRISPR should be regulated as transgenic crops (GMOs) under rules promulgated in 2001, and now widely considered archaic.

Almost the entire European science establishment had urged that gene-edited crops should be subject to minimal regulations. Not surprisingly, scientists across the continent were almost universally disappointed at what they believed was a political rather than a science-based decision.


Ninth Circuit Will Rehear Chlorpyrifos Ban En Banc

A three judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently ordered EPA “to revoke all tolerances and cancel all registrations for chlorpyrifos within 60 days” of the court’s order. One of the three judges dissented on several grounds, including that the court did not have jurisdiction to issue this order.

The Ninth Circuit has now granted EPA’s Petition for En Banc Rehearing of this Order and the three-judge panel decision underlying it. Oral argument before every non-recused judge in the Ninth Circuit is scheduled for sometime during the week of March 25, 2019, in San Francisco.


“EU pesticide review ‘in danger of being overly politicised’”

Agriland recently posted the above-titled article, which reads as follows:

“PEU pesticide policy is under scrutiny and review – but is in danger of being overly politicised, with scientific rigor taking second place to opinion, according to Mairead McGuinness.

The MEP and First Vice-President of the European Parliament was speaking ahead of a vote this Wednesday (January 16) in Strasbourg, and commenting on a report that outlines the European Parliament’s position on the EU’s pesticide policy.

‘Serious Consequences’

“The EU’s authorisation procedure could have serious consequences for the Irish tillage industry if a proposal to ban the use of PPPs (plant protection products) for desiccation purposes is adopted,” the MEP said.


Enviros Sue FWS Over ESA Listed Bee

The Natural Resources Defense Council has sued the Department of Interior and the Fish and Wildlife Service, claiming that they failed to follow the Endangered Species Act in protecting the habitat of the rusty patched bumble bee.This lawsuit was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C. on January 15, 2019.

Click here for a Chicago Tribune article discussing this case.






Petition for Rulemaking to Restrict Pesticide Use in Critical Habitat

On December 11, 2019, the Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service.  The first two paragraphs of this Petition read as follows (footnotes omitted):


Farm Bill Establishes Interagency Review Process for Pesticide ESA Consultation

Section 10115 of the recently enacted Farm Bill requires the establishment of an interagency working group, comprised of representatives from USDA, the Department of Commerce, the Department of the Interior, the Council on Environmental Quality, and EPA.  This interagency group is tasked with providing recommendations regarding, and to implement a strategy for improving, the consultation process required under ESA Section 7 for pesticide registration and registration review. The goal of this process is to make the ESA review process more efficient and predictable for the federal agencies involved and affected stakeholders.

 Click here for the Farm Bill



“USDA releases annual Pesticide Data Program summary”

The Packer posted the above-captioned article on its website. The article reads in part as follows:

“More than 99% of samples tested in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Data Program had residue levels well below levels established by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The USDA published the 203-page 2017 annual summary on Dec. 17 and said 53% of samples had no detectable pesticide residue.”

Click here to read the entire article.





“The EU special committee on pesticides has adopted plans to make the EU pesticide approval procedure more transparent and accountable”

Government Europa published the above-captioned article, which reads as follows:

“MEPs agreed that members of the public should be allowed to access the studies used to support the EU’s decision to approve the use of pesticides, including supporting data and information on the applications.  The new EU pesticide approval procedure, designed to promote transparency and accountability in committees and members who approve new active substances, emphasise the need for greater public awareness of approval protocols.


EPA IG’s Semi-Annual Report

The EPA Inspector General’s Semi-Annual Report: April 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018, is available at https://www.epa.gov/office-inspector-general/semiannual-report-april-1-2018-september-30-2018.

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