Report calls out worst produce for pesticides—strawberries, spinach top list

From Environmental Health News, April 10, 2018. Pesticides residues are found on about 70% of tested produce; new research suggests this exposure could impact fertility Just when you thought it couldn’t get any harder to eat healthy. Turns out those nutrient packed foods we’re all told to eat—such as strawberries and spinach— are also consistently […]

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Scientists hail European ban on bee-harming pesticides

From Nature, April 2, 2018. The European Union has voted to ban three neonicotinoids after scientific evidence showed their risk to bees. In a long-awaited decision, the European Union today voted to ban the use of three controversial neonicotinoid insecticides on all crops grown outdoors. The vote ends years of bitter wrangling between those in […]

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Protecting crops with predators instead of poisons

From Environmental Health News, March 15, 2018. Luring falcons to farms can keep pesky insects, rodents and other critters in check—putting a dent in poison and pesticide use Summer carloads of sweet-toothed tourists, flush with cash and seeking local pies and jams, are an economic godsend in northwest Michigan’s cherry-growing region. Other hungry visitors are […]

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Cancer Claim for Monsanto’s Roundup Gets Judge’s Scrutiny

From US News, March 5, 2018. Claims that the active ingredient in the widely used weed killer Roundup can cause cancer have been evaluated by international agencies, U.S. and foreign regulators and the product’s manufacturer — agribusiness giant Monsanto. Now, a federal judge in San Francisco is conducting his own review during an unusual set […]

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Cleaning products tied to faster lung function decline in women

From Reuters, March 5, 2018. Women with regular exposure to cleaning products may face a steeper decline in lung function over time, according to an international study. Women who used sprays or other cleaning products at least once per week had a more accelerated decline than women who didn’t, the study authors wrote. “We’re cleaning […]

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Consumer Reports helps you eat organic on a budget

From NBC Turn to 10, February 27, 2018. We all know that opting for organic food can be a healthful choice for us individually, as well as for the planet. Organic food can also be more expensive than conventionally produced food. But you don’t have to break the bank to eat organic. Consumer Reports has […]

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Print Email Facebook Twitter More Blood test for farmers using pesticides, chemical the key to preventing long-term health problems

From ABC News, February 25, 2018. It was only 10 years ago that Russell Mitchell, a sheep farmer from Glenthompson in western Victoria, started wearing gloves when dealing with farm chemicals. But as a growing body of evidence points towards detrimental health impacts, more farmers like Mr Mitchell are taking safety precautions. “I realised, ‘Gee, […]

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Stripes of wildflowers across farm fields could cut pesticide spraying

From The Guardian, January 31, 2018. The stripy fields have been planted across England as part of a trial to boost the natural predators of pests that attack cereal crops Long strips of bright wildflowers are being planted through crop fields to boost the natural predators of pests and potentially cut pesticide spraying. The strips […]

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Controversial insecticides pervasive in Great Lakes tributaries

From Environmental Health News, January 26, 2018. U.S. scientists found neonicotinoid insecticides in about three-quarters of samples from 10 major Great Lakes tributaries. The study is the first to examine the insecticides—gaining notoriety in recent years as a prime suspect in bee die-offs— in the world’s largest freshwater system and suggests Great Lakes’ fish, birds […]

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EPA Could Allow Teenage Workers To Handle Dangerous Pesticides

From Huffington Post, January 10, 2018. Officials have signaled they may eliminate the age requirements for working with toxic chemicals on farms and other worksites. If the Environmental Protection Agency follows through with a reform now under consideration, teenage farmworkers and other working minors would once again be allowed to handle dangerous pesticides while on […]

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Pesticide report shows no residue on half of U.S. food tested

From Food Safety News, November 7, 2017. The annual analysis of pesticide residues in domestic and imported foods, with the results for fiscal year 2015, showed 98 percent of tested foods produced in the United States do not violate federal limits. Of the 835 domestic food samples tested from 39 states, almost half, 49.8 percent, […]

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Ottawa plans to declare deadly gas is non-toxic

From the National Obersrver, December 21, 2017. Staff at Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada came to this conclusion in a draft assessment of hydrogen sulfide, published in September. The proposal found that the gas, also known as H2S or sour gas, does not enter the environment in quantities, concentrations or conditions “that […]

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Minnesota announces restrictions on using herbicide dicamba

From ABC News, December 12, 2017. Minnesota announced restrictions Tuesday on how farmers can use the herbicide dicamba in 2018, responding to complaints by soybean growers across the country that it harmed their crops this year. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture set a June 20 cutoff date for applying the herbicide and prohibited applications when […]

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