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Man patents natural, non-toxic pesticide that could make many agricultural chemicals obsolete

2/9/2016 - Back in 2006, one of the world's foremost mycologists secured a patent that, once fully developed, could shatter the power of the pesticide industry. This would be a major setback not just for manufacturers of chemical poisons like Dow, but also for companies like Monsanto that genetically modify crops...

Fungi pesticide offers non-toxic alternative to chemical pesticides

6/2/2015 - A patent for a pesticide made from mushrooms was granted in 2006. This pesticide is safe, nontoxic and can control over two-hundred thousand types of insects. Fungi are known to cause insect diseases and the use of spores from fungi has been known for over 100 years. Previous patents were granted as...

Wave of new diseases being brought to America by insects

1/8/2015 - Pandemics like the Ebola virus have made headlines around the world lately, but one medical expert said recently that the bigger threat to health comes from tropical diseases being spread by hordes of insects. In an interview with Fox News, Dr. Mark Siegel, professor of medicine at NYU's Langone...

United Nations: Eating insects is good for health, can create job opportunities

9/7/2014 - Would you like some strawberries with that stinkbug? How about a little quinoa with that cricket? The United Nations has a list of edible bugs on Earth -- over 1,900 to be exact -- in a released report that they hope will generate less of a "yuck" factor and more of an interest in the flavorful variety...

7th Annual Bug Eating Festival explodes from small gathering behind a barn to party taking over Austin's most prestigious park

6/13/2014 - "It started as a small gathering behind my barn" says Marjory Wildcraft, the founder of the 7th Annual Bug Eating Festival which will be held in Austin's Zilker Park on June 21st starting at 7pm in the evening. "It's just crazy how many people are into it now." Wildcraft likens eating a cricket...

Secret world of insects revealed in fascinating science photos from the Natural News Forensic Food Lab

8/24/2013 - When I'm working in the Natural News Forensic Food Lab, I like to put the equipment to use for much more than just food investigations. Recently, I gathered some insects and brought them to the lab to take a closer look. At 200X magnification, fascinating details emerge. What you see below is a collection...

6th Annual Bug Eating Festival

6/5/2013 - Are people in Austin so hungry they are eating bugs? "Well, it does help if you come to the party having skipped lunch," says Marjory Wildcraft, the host and creator 6th Annual Bug Eating Festival which will be held on Saturday June 29, 2013 at Zilker Park in Austin, TX starting about 7:00 p.m. "Hunger...

GMO multi-toxin crops continue to backfire as more insects become resistant to crop chemicals

4/29/2013 - Promises made by the biotechnology industry about the alleged robustness of its genetically modified (GM) crops are proving to be false, as research out of the University of Arizona (UA) uncovers a growing resistance by pests to even the most advanced crop chemical technologies in use today. Published...

Pollinating insects disappear as GMOs proliferate: What will become of our food supply?

3/21/2013 - A pair of studies recently published in the journal Science raises fresh and dire warnings about the continued decline of crop-pollinating insects all over the world, and what this means for the future of the world's food supply. Both studies highlight the fact that wild pollinators like bumblebees,...

Safely destroy fleas on pets - Finally, a non-toxic, natural way to kill fleas, mites, chiggers and other parasitic insects on pets and in the house

1/23/2012 - Nothing is more aggravating then finding fleas on the family pet. Even the best pet parents have their work cut out for them when flea season begins, and that doesn't include a possible infestation of chiggers or other creepy, crawling, mite-like invaders taking up residence in the home. Conventional...

Green gardening secrets: How to eliminate bugs and pests without using poison

5/4/2011 - As people are turning away from chemical ingredients in everything from cleaning products to beauty products, they are also turning to chemical-free foods by growing food in their own backyards. In order to keep your homegrown produce as free from harmful chemicals as possible while keeping crop-destroying...

Global warming researchers says eating bugs better for environment than eating meat

1/16/2011 - Researchers from Wageningen University in the Netherlands say that insects produce far less greenhouse gases than cattle and pigs do, and would thus be a viable alternative to eating meat. Published in the journal PLoS ONE, the study found that pigs, for instance, produce up to one hundred times more...

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