Renewable Farming

Month: March 2018

Hearing opens March 5 on lawsuits charging Roundup causes cancer

Among the thousands of lawsuits against Monsanto, one closely watched case gets underway Monday, March 5 in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California. More than 365 lawsuits have been combined into one “multidistrict litigation.” In this week’s hearing, the court will evaluate the “scientific basis” of plaintiff and defense claims presented by expert witnesses. March 5, 2018 …

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Bring back beauty and the bees… with wildflowers mingled in your crops

British and Swiss ag researchers are testing the benefits of wildflowers in field strips, around field borders and unused fencerows as a way to attract beneficial insects. It’s also a way to amplify the attraction for pollinators like honeybees and bumblebees. That raises an idea: How about including more flowering species in field strips dedicated …

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New evidence accumulates on glyphosate’s role in kidney disease

From 2002 to 2005, an epidemic of Chronic kidney disease of “unknown origin” became El Salvador’s leading cause of death in adults.  March 2, 2018 — The disease impacted primarily men, aged 25 to 59, who worked in sugar cane fields. In those years, use of  glyphosate became widely sprayed on cane fields four to five weeks before …

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