Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Self-serving science...And More

Wednesday, January 21, 2009
The Vancouver Province
Self-serving science
With science perceived as hostile to the environment, the headline onRichard Trens' column attacking the EU pesticide ban is veryrevealing. This is not the science of qualified independentprofessionals -- this is a self-serving science of pesticidemanufacturers and their friends.
It is obvious that opposition to the recent EU pesticide ban is mainlyconfined to the British pesticide lobby and the co-opted U.K. farmers'organizations.
Mr. Tren's defence of DDT use is very telling. As early as 1959 ThirdWorld's mosquitoes were developing significant resistance to DDT andit was becoming virtually useless in fighting malaria, while causingirreparable harm to the health of young children.
Tren alleges the unproven existence of "rigorous and sound scientificevidence" against the ban.
Also telling is his belief in the faulty 16th century dogma ofParacelsus: "It's the dose that makes the poison." Not true. Theabsorption of multiple chemicals in minute qualities has significanthealth consequences, especially to young children.
Indeed "pesticide safety is a critical issue that needs evidence-basedscientific evaluation." It is unconscionable, then, to employ thestalling tactics that are usually proposed by individuals with ties tothe pesticide industry.
Who is funding Tren's group Africa Fighting Malaria?
K. Jean Cottam, Nepean, Ont.
© The Vancouver Province 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Ottawa Citizen
Experts urge life changes
By Julie Beun-Chown, For Canwest News Service
When it comes to breast cancer, the numbers speak for themselves:22,400 Canadian women will be diagnosed this year, and 5,000 will die.
Scary stuff to be sure, but that's not what keeps Dr. David Servan-Schreiber up at night.
For Servan-Schreiber, the French-born author of the internationalbestseller, Anticancer (HarperCollins) and a clinical professor ofneuropsychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine,there's another number that worries him more.
According to a 2003 study published in the journal Science, the riskof developing breast cancer before age 50 has virtually tripled forwomen born after the Second World War, compared to those born beforethe war if they carry the high-risk BRCA-1 and 2 breast cancer genemutations, he says.
"No one picks up on that," he says. "It's not just because thepopulation is getting older, either, because childhood cancer has beengrowing consistently, too. In fact, adopted children whose parents hadcancer before age 50 inherit the risk, because it's transmitted bylifestyle.
"So there is something else contributing."
That something else -- a combination of diet, lack of exercise, stressand chemical exposure -- is alarming others, too, including Torontonutrition expert and author, Joey Shulman.
"In my practice, I see women with a BMI of 25, who smoke and don'texercise," she says.
"Everything in their lifestyle contrives to create a ripe environmentfor cancer. Genetics account for just 15 per cent. The rest has tocome from things like lifestyle, diet and the chemicals we're exposedto."
Servan-Schreiber has a deeply personal interest in cancer studies.Diagnosed with brain cancer at 31, then again six years later, hebegan researching the changes he could make in his life to avoid arecurrence.
Foremost amongst these was an upending of the Standard American Diet,which is high in saturated fat, sugar, refined flour, salt andpreservatives.
Not surprisingly, exercise -- or a lack of it -- has also contributedto a rise in cancer rates. Several studies show that as little as 30minutes of exercise six times a week halves the relapse rate of breastcancer.
Perhaps most insidious, however, are the chemicals prevalent in almostevery aspect of modern life. The annual world production of syntheticchemicals has skyrocketed from a million tons in 1930 to 200 milliontons now.
Of the 900 common chemicals tested over 30 years by the World HealthOrganization's International Agency for Research on Cancer, only onehas been deemed non-carcinogenic; 95 are known cancer-causing agents,370 are possible carcinogens and the rest haven't been sufficientlystudied.
Overcoming our personal toxic load, says Servan-Schreiber, is a matterof taking small actions. He doesn't use chemical cleaning products,pesticides, deodorant, non-organic or preserved food, and has ditchedall plastics. It seems like a lot, he admits, but it's not impossible.
"You don't need to do everything, you know. The overall message isbalance. One contaminant here or there isn't the end of the world," hesays, "but when you reach a tipping point, cancer becomes a risk."
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HazMat Magazine, 1/19/2009
Pesticide ban criticized
“The new Cosmetic Pesticide ban will severely impact the lives andlivelihood of many of our members, their employees and families,” saysLandscape Ontario’s executive director Tony DiGiovanni. There areapproximately 1,300 lawn care companies that employ approximately15,000 licensed applicators and 5,000 technicians. “These are realnumbers representing real people,” says DiGiovanni.
Landscape Ontario originally gave conditional support to the cosmeticban, as long as the Regulations allowed limited use of products todeal with infestations and Integrated Pest Management Accreditation.The association withdrew support when the draft regulations wereannounced.
“The proposed Regulations risk more than these 20,000 Ontario jobs,”says DiGiovanni. “By providing no solution to control damaginglandscape infestations, these Regulations say to the Ontario publicthat our lawns and gardens are a non-essential part of ourenvironment. While skilled workers join Ontario’s growing ranks ofunemployed, frustrated homeowners will see the destruction of theirlawns and landscapes requiring unmanageable, and avoidable, renovationcosts. In addition, the lawn destruction risked by these Regulationswill lead to increased soil erosion and a reduction in importantcarbon sinks in our built environments.”
“The Regulations are extreme illogical, and not based on facts andscience,” says DiGiovanni. “All we are asking for is controlled accessto a few Health Canada registered products to deal with seriousinfestations on our lawns and gardens, as defined by the Ontariogovernment itself. These are products Health Canada determines can beused safely when label directions are followed. Limited use bylicensed, IPM-accredited technicians should be allowed until effectivealternatives are discovered. Contrary to this, these Regulations failto recognize Health Canada’s reduced risk pesticide list, therebyputting at risk research and innovation in reduced risk andalternative product development in Ontario.”
The approach proposed by industry professionals would drasticallyreduce pesticide risk while protecting our green infrastructure andallowing the development of better products and processes.
“The industry and activists are really not far apart. We all want asafe, prosperous world with a clean and healthy environment. Green-industry members believe in environmental activism, and improve andenhance the environment every day through their occupation. Let’s worktogether to promote effective lawn care practices and to encourage theintroduction of better products,” say the professionals in LandscapeOntario.
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Monsanto, BASF join forces on new dicamba-based products
BASF and Monsanto have announced a new joint-licensing agreement toaccelerate the development of dicamba-based weed control products.
Crops resistant to both Roundup and dicamba represent the nextgeneration of herbicide-resistant crops, say company officials.Officials add they are developing improved dicamba formulations tocomplement this new combination of herbicide-resistant crops.
"We are very excited to actively participate in developing innovativesolutions for this next-generation cropping system for growers," saysEmmanuel Butstraen, Group Vice President, Global Strategic Marketing,Herbicides, for BASF's Crop Protection division. BASF is currently thelargest provider of dicamba and dicamba-based solutions.
"Effective weed control is critical for increasing crop yields to meetthe growing global demand for food, feed, and fuel," says SeanGardner, Monsanto's Global Chemistry lead. "Combining a second type ofherbicide resistance with Roundup Ready technology would offer growersmultiple tools for weed control though the use of Roundup, dicamba, orcombinations of both herbicides."
Monsanto is working to develop dicamba-resistant soybean and cottonproducts to combine with its current Roundup Ready products. Bothproducts would provide a new, unique way to control broadleaf weeds,designed to provide growers with an effective and high-yielding weedmanagement system, say Monsanto officials.
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