The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in a move that considerably upsets farmers, is moving to essentially ban the commonly used pesticide atrazine. The agency is adapting the so-called concentration equivalent level of concern (CE-LOC) for atrazine from 15 parts per billion (which it had set itself in 2020) to 3.4 ppb — meaning that thousands […]
Checking In on the Bees
The conversation over pollinator health has sparked a heated debate on using crop protection chemicals. In Europe, both neonicotinoid pesticides (marketed since the 1990s) and its competitor sulfoxaflor (registered with the EPA since 2013) have been banned over concerns the insecticides adversely affect bee health. “Should other politicians vote down the (National Front’s) proposals on […]
EPA ignores the pleas of farmers on crop protection
The Environmental Protection Agency isn’t listening to farmers and its own scientific panel. In a move that is causing American farmers significant distress, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is effectively banning the use of the herbicide atrazine. The agency is lowering the so-called concentration equivalent level of concern (CE-LOC) to 3.4 ppb (parts per billion), […]
Bill Would Give US Production of Vital Electronics to China
The consequences of a bill in Congress will make you want to buy a new phone and laptop, provided that inflation leaves you with enough disposable income to do that. While Americans are dealing with the effects of record-high gas prices, Democrats in Congress are suggesting the so-called PFAS Action Act, which would declare perfluoroalkyl and […]
Can Joe Biden restore food trade talks with Europe?
For the EU, former President Donald Trump’s international policy was seen as a major regression for global trade policy. When former EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker signed the EU-Japan trade deal in 2018 — abolishing virtually all tariffs — Europe sold the move as being in significant contrast to the protectionism taken in the United States. That said, many […]
ConsEUmer podcast / EP79: France bans gamer jargon, Shooting the messenger, and Hazard vs. Risk (w/ Prof. David Zaruk)
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The Truth About Organic Farming
Does shopping at upscale grocery stores make you a better consumer? Hardly. In fact, contrary to what you may already believe, organic food is not less efficient and thus more expensive. It is also worse for the environment. A study by the University of Melbourne in Australia shows that organic farming yields 43 percent to 72 percent […]
Pas de crise alimentaire… vraiment?
L’Union européenne semble avoir choisi de déformer la réalité de notre crise alimentaire. Comme ce ne serait pas un problème, elle fait même tout son possible pour l’aggraver… Des commissaires qui prétendent que nous avons une récolte record et que la situation est non seulement bien, mais excellente… cela nous fait indéniablement penser à La Ferme […]
ConsEUmer podcast / EP77: Chaos for only €9, PFAS implications, and The digital Euro (w/Niko Jilch)
In this week’s episode: 🥂 Minimum alcohol pricing doesn’t work 🚄 Germany’s €9 public transport ticket causes chaos 💻 David Clement explains what a PFAS ban would mean for consumers ₿ Bitcoin & the digital euro (w/ Niko Jilch) You can follow Niko Jilch on Twitter @NikoJilch. Check out Fix the Money: https://fixthemoney.substack.com Check out […]
The Bees Are Doing Fine. Why Do Activists Say They Aren’t?
Pollinators are essential to our ecosystem; thus, a drastic decline in them would hurt not just nature around us but also humans. With that in mind, lawmakers around the globe have been worried about the effect of human behaviour on the sustainability of bee colonies. Environmentalists have been adamant that “bee-killing pesticides” are to blame, […]