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Hundreds rally against Monsanto, crop pesticides and GMOs in Ybor City listen

05/27/14 Crystal Farina
WMNF Drive-Time News Tuesday
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Tags: Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, GMOs, pesticides, Organic food, protests, Ybor City


This past Saturday, protesters gathered in 52 countries to March Against Monsanto. Groups in St. Petersburg and Ybor City gathered to send a message that poisoning food is not OK.

Organizers say three hundred protesters marched a mile through Ybor City to protest. The target was Monsanto, that’s a giant agribusiness company that manufactures pesticides and genetically modified seeds. Other agribusiness companies were also targeted. Organizer, Nathan Schwartz, says the purpose is to raise ...

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Bee Against Monsanto actions planned in October listen

10/04/13 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Tags: pesticides, bees, Monsanto, GMO, March Against Monsanto, genetically modified organisms, poison


Nathan Schwartz is helping to organize Bee Against Monsanto actions in the Tampa Bay area, including Saturday October 12.

They are related to the March Against Monsanto.

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Farmworker Protection: A need to regulate pesticides

07/24/13 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Wednesday)
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Today on Radioactivity Rob Lorei speaks with Jeannie Economos of the [Farmworker Association of Florida][1] about farmworker safety and better regulation of pesticides.

A group of farmworkers from across the nation met with their members of Congress and agency officials about the need to strengthen the Worker Protection Standard regulations established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set agricultural worker safety standards for pesticide use, but have not been updated...

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Agent orange corn?

06/21/12 Mary Glenney
From A Woman's Point of View
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Rebecca Spector with Center For Food safety talks about efforts by Monsanto to get approval of a genetically modified corn that would be able to tolerate 2,4D-an agent in Agent Orange. The USDA, who has the authority to approve Monsanto's new seed, will be giving a decision soon . The EPA is taking opinions whether 2,4 D can safely be used in this way. Public comment is open until June 22-but Rachel said that opinions are still open and welcome. Since the introduction of Monsanto's Roun...

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Florida has no reporting requirements for controversial pesticide methyl iodide listen

05/13/11 Kelly Benjamin
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Methyl iodide is a controversial pesticide that has been approved for use in agricultural fields in Florida and California despite vocal opposition linking it to cancer and other ailments. Today is the last day the Environmental Protection Agency will take public comment on use of the chemical. But finding out where and how much methyl iodide is being used in Florida is a difficult task.

The EPA's public comment period on methyl iodide comes at the request of EarthJustice, a law firm wor...


Environmental groups want more protections from pesticides listen

12/02/09 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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According to the Tampa Tribune, Tampa City Council member Linda Saul-Sena wants the city to ban a type of pesticide. Saul-Sena wants Tampa to forbid the use of Curfew, made by Dow AgroScience, which is used to kill tiny worms on the lawns of city parks and golf courses. The pesticide, which contains the chemical 1,3-dichloropropene, has been banned in some northern states and in Miami-Dade County because it might contaminate drinking water.

In other pesticide news, a coalition of nonprof...

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