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Bolsonaro Greenlights New Pesticides Even as Advocates Mourn Half Billion Dead Bees in Brazil

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/20/bolsonaro-greenlights-new-pesticides-even-advocates-mourn-half-billion-dead-bees

Bolsonaro and Trump are two peas in a pesticide contaminated pod. An important data point:
U.S. and European chemical companies that make pesticides that are banned in their own countries sell $8 billion worth of those pesticides in Brazil. There are now over 150 pesticides approved for use on the Brazilian soy crop alone and nearly a quarter of those are banned in the U.S. and/or Europe. Meanwhile, the Brazilian coffee crop is similarly laden with pesticides (more than a million pounds per year) and yet these are both important export corps for them - coming right back to the U.S. and Europe where the pesticides were banned in the first place.

So enjoy your Brazilian coffee as you contemplate our fine trade agreements.


Please stop killing us.

It is NOT just the pesticides; please include the herbicides as well.
Soy crops that are being grown in the Amazon are all GMO and are totally dependent on the heavy application of herbicides.
All bees drink water, wild or domesticated, and all chemicals eventually end up in water.

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Humanity is a failed experiment. We learned nothing from our mistakes.

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Well at this rate we won’t be here for much longer. Frankly in the grand scheme of the universe perhaps it is the best result.

As long as money and profits above all else controls our planet rather than science and sustainability and truth we will continue to see our planet Gaia, Mother earth and all Her creatures exterminated by those without conscience, wisdom, humility or any shred of understanding - by the criminally insane, who are, by their actions mass murderers!

When a monster goes into a school or mall and nurders that is understood as a crime, but every day we see far worse mass killings in the natural world that IS essential to human life!

These crimes are crimes against all humanity and nature and must be exposes as the criminal insanity they are - that any leader that promotes or tolerates continuing extermination of life on Earth is criminally insane!
Any nation or people that don’t demand and force an end to these mass exterminations are also complicit - silence IS complicity - and the effects will reach them sooner or later. This is a question of the survival of all living things.

"Only when the last tree has died and the last fish been caught and the last river poisoned will we realize we cannot eat money" Cree Prophesy

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Profit uber alles: no amount of dead bodies, human or otherwise will get in capitalism’s way.

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You would judge 100% of humanity based on the actions of (the) 1%?

Well one can argue if humanity is better than why did the 99% allow such people in the 1% to rise to power. I think both your statement and this has some value.

Hello Tom. I’m not judging Humanity based on the 1%. There is a lot of good in all of Humanity. But generally speaking and I emphasise GENERALLY… our human story is full of self-inflicted misery; conflict, war, human trafficking, racism, homophobia, sexism, and the bloody conquest of other civilisations to name a few. It seems to me that many can’t seem to coexist with each other and rape the environment. So yes, in my own humble opinion, I see us as a failed experiment. Peace.

Humans have been in our current form for about 200,000 years. Only about 10 to 12,000 years ago with the advent of agriculture, did private property, class divided societies (the many dominated by the few thru violence, ideology) and patriarchy, organized warfare develop. That means for 95% of human existence (as hunter/gatherers) we lived in more or less egalitarian societies or what could be called primitive communism. We lived as part of the metabolism of the biosphere, of nature. To me, and those considering themselves socialist, our recent “dominator” past does not necessarily determine our future. And - if we are to have a future worth living, this line of thinking is a necessity.

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Violence and the threat of violence (backed up with the institutions of indoctrination). The US has about 800 military bases outside US territory. These are not there to “protect us.” That’s the propaganda. They are there to advance the interests of the 1%. How did the Brits control India for 300 years? Again, violence. Go back into history and you will see this pattern again and again. There is also a history of those fighting against it. So, you can blame “human nature.” Or, you can be part of the solution.


Very good point, Tom.