People Around The World Are Taking A Stand

(Pesticide Action Network Update July 26, 2012)

Momentum is building. People in communities around the world are standing up to the “Big 6” pesticide/biotech corporations to expose their aggressive, bottom-line driven push of hazardous pesticides into our food and farming systems.

It's time to stop the treadmill» PAN supporters around the world are joining forces with PAN Europe to call on BASF, Bayer and Syngenta — three of the largest pesticide corporations in the world — to stop producing and selling highly hazardous pesticides. Now. Sign on today to PAN’s challenge to the CEOs of these powerful European corporations.

Together with their U.S. counterparts — including Monsanto — these giant corporations hold historically unprecedented power over the world’s agriculture. Their influence allows them to keep dangerous chemicals on the market long after science has shown them to be highly hazardous. 

Pesticides are in our air, our water, on our food — and are wreaking havoc in our bodies. They harm the livelihood and health of farmers around the world, and poison communities from Malaysia to Ecuador, from Senegal to Alaska.

Enough is enough» With your help, we’re building global momentum for food and farming that sustains and nourishes communities, instead of lining the pockets of the Big 6. Please sign onto PAN's challenge today.

Thank you for adding your voice.

Farm Bill: Don't Let Monsanto Sneak This Through

(Action Alert from the Pesticide Action Network North America July 19, 2012)

Several worrisome pro-industry riders, buried deep in the version of the Farm Bill now working its way through the House, would fast-track approval of genetically engineered crops. We need to stop them.

With 9 new GE crops pending approval — including Dow’s 2,4-D corn and Monsanto’s RoundUp Ready canola — the Big 6 pesticide corporations are hoping to quietly slip these damaging riders through, paving the way for expedited approval of their current and future GE products. 

Don't allow GE crops to be fast-tracked» As the Farm Bill moves towards a vote on the House floor, urge your Representative to reject the proposed biotech riders that would bypass scientific review and undermine oversight of GE crops.

Farmers across the country are already dealing with the fallout from pesticide-resistant crops, including superweeds resulting from Monsanto's RoundUp Ready product line. The strategy of stacking seeds with herbicide-resistant traits is fast falling apart.

But instead of abandoning a losing strategy, the pesticide/biotech industry is trying hard to get us all running faster on the same broken pesticide treadmill. The riders attached to the House Farm Bill would eliminate safeguards for farmers while allowing the Big 6 to push through even more GE crops, driving up pesticide use alongside their profit margin.

Protect farmers & communities» With more herbicide-resistant GE crops comes more use of antiquated, dangerous herbicides. Make sure your Representatives know what's at stake, and reject the riders that would give Monsanto & Co. a free pass.

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Practical Method Developed to Access Royal Jelly Freshness

Huo-Qing Zheng, Wen-Ting Wei, Lli-Ming Wu, Fu-Liang Hu, Vincent Dietemann (Journal of Food Science) June 4, 2012

Fast Determination of Royal Jelly Freshness by a Chromogenic Reaction

Royal jelly is one of the most important products of honeybees. Given its role in development of bee brood into fertile individuals of the royal caste it is also used in health products for human consumption. Royal jelly spoils and loses its health-promoting properties depending on storage duration and conditions. To ensure product quality before selling, it is therefore necessary to assess royal jelly freshness. Many indexes of freshness have been suggested, but they all lack reliability or require complex and time-consuming analyses. Here we describe a method to detect royal jelly freshness based on a chromogenic reaction between royal jelly and HCl. We demonstrate that analyses based on color parameters allow for the discrimination of royal jelly samples based on the duration of their storage. Color parameters of royal jelly stored at −18 and 4 °C for 28 d remained comparable to that of fresh samples, which supports the reliability of the method. The method of freshness determination described is practical, cheap, and fast and can thus be used in real-time when trading royal jelly.

The method developed can be used to assess royal jelly freshness. It is practical, cheap, and fast and can thus be used in real-time when trading royal jelly.

Beyond Pesticides Forum

The 30th National Pesticide Forum was held on March 30-31, 2012 at Yale University. 

You can read about the forum and view videos at:

Some of the topics include:

Poisoning of the Bees (Dave Hackenberg, beekeeper)

Neonicotinoid Pesticides and Bees, substitute lecture (Christian Krupke, PhD with Greg Hunt, Purdue University)

Protecting Pollinators: Beekeeping and beyond (Workshop)

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AFDO Issues Guidance on Cottage Foods

By Dan Flynn (Food Safety News) May 30, 2012

With so many state lawmakers willing to throw out the rulebook when it comes to cottage foods, the Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO) has decided it's time to draw the line.

The 116-year-old AFDO has published a 20-page "guidance document" with "consensus opinion of best practices and limitations on this somewhat controversial matter."

cottage-food-jams-iphone.jpgAFDO says it developed the guidance document for state and local food safety regulators to help them with management of food safety issues associated with cottage food operations.  AFDO Food Committee, consisting of food protection officials from around the country, drafted the document.

AFDO defines cottage food as products made in a home kitchen for direct sale to consumers. The FDA Food Code, adopted by most state and local jurisdictions, prohibits the sale of food prepared in a home kitchen from being sold in any food establishment, retail food store, or to any wholesale food manufacturer.

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