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Be cautious with these fruits and vegetables; they're known to contain the most pesticides

11/13/2016 - The familiar phrase "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" may no longer hold true. It seems that, along with many other fruits and vegetables, apples are coated with health-damaging pesticides. Each year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit advocacy agency, releases a list called the...

Pesticides found in majority of drinking water tested; EPA warns consumers need water upgrades

11/3/2016 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking action in Ireland and addressing water quality issues with a public utility company named Irish Water. The EPA has conducted audits at 19 public water supply utilities, and has issued 11 important directives to Irish Water. The public water utility...

This smart, harmless pesticide patent could take down Monsanto and change the world

11/2/2016 - Is bio-agriculture giant Monsanto, king of genetically modified foods and seeds, about to suffer an irreversible decline while the planet Earth gets a huge chemical reprieve? Well, it may be a bit too early to declare the St. Louis-based corporation dead in the water, but that day may soon be upon...

Study seeks to curb impaired brain development of fetuses exposed to agricultural pesticides in the womb

10/3/2016 - Salinas Valley, California, known colloquially as "America's Salad Bowl" for providing our nation with 80 percent of its salad greens, is apparently a hotbed of pesticide pollution that many local farm workers believe is negatively affecting their families. And a long-range study known as "CHAMACOS,"...

CHEMICAL WARFARE RED ALERT: Zika panic DEET chemical part of a brain damaging binary weapon being carpet bombed across America's cities

8/21/2016 - With every ignorant news organization across America now pushing Americans to slather their skin with DEET chemicals as a defense against Zika mosquitoes, there's something every American needs to know: DEET is one chemical component of a binary chemical weapon system currently being carpet bombed onto...

How Zika-fighting pesticides are accelerating the honeybee collapse

8/21/2016 - As expected, the government is responding to the ongoing Zika threat in typical reactionary form, calling for aerial chemicals to be blasted across our skies in an attempt to carpet-bomb the living daylights out of all mosquitoes. But based on what's known about these chemicals, many are wondering about...

Government advises airlines to spray pesticides on passengers

8/14/2016 - Have you ever felt sick after flying, only to assume it's jetlag or a virus you picked up from another passenger? Well, think again! You might have been exposed to an insecticide, pesticides or other toxic chemicals – deliberately used by airline staff. (Article by Jonathan Landsman, republished...

This is how pesticides have injured my family for 3 generations (and counting?)

8/10/2016 - When I was 16-years-old, my period stopped. I was an active teen who ate lots of vegetables and looked perfectly normal and healthy from the outside. So, after emphatically reassuring my mother that I was 100% not pregnant, we took a trip to the gynecologist to see what was up. (Article by Esperanza...

Hawaii's Department of Agriculture sued for dumping hazardous pesticides into waterways

8/6/2016 - Back in May 2016, Earthjustice threatened to sue Hawaii's Department of Agriculture for allowing hazardous pesticides to flow into waterways on the island of Kaua'i. After having the water samples tested and confirming that the water is a toxic cocktail of various chemicals, the lawsuit has been filed. This...

Members of ritzy New York golf club demand thousands of dollars in refunds after illegal pesticides destroy course

8/1/2016 - Private members of a golf club in Rye, New York, are up in arms after pesticide misuse destroyed the course, causing a "mysterious green residue" to begin coating players' shoes. The obnoxious goo started off as a joke, but tensions began to escalate "as the lush course transformed into a field of dustbowls,"...

Farm workers who detassel corn are sickened by pesticides; emergency crews called to decontaminate

7/27/2016 - Growing up in America's heartland (central Iowa), detasseling corn each summer was a great way to earn some extra money. However, the job wasn't easy, as it required waking up early and working manual labor outside in the hot summer sun. Unlike my peers, my parents did not push me to detassle due to...

Prestigious Hamptons lake poisoned by wealthy residents' lawn maintenance pesticides; swimming, fishing and boating now prohibited

7/26/2016 - Most of us imagine billionaires living in beautiful neighborhoods surrounded by idyllic lakes and lush greenery. However, it is precisely those beautiful green lawns that are making the lake in one upscale New York neighborhood far from inviting. In fact, local officials closed the 190-acre Georgica...

New report reveals EPA assesses toxicity of pesticides individually, while ignoring environmental impacts of chemical cocktails

7/26/2016 - It's no secret that agrochemical companies will beg, borrow and steal to protect their financial interests, and a new report shows that the EPA is essentially looking the other way while Big Ag resorts to clever means of getting its dangerous products approved. The report from the Center for Biological...

Poison Parks Kill: Malibu agrees to ban pesticides in public spaces after five hours of testimony from concerned citizens

7/21/2016 - It might be impossible at this point, short of an armed revolution, for the People of the United States to regain control over their federal government, which has been taken over by rogue tyrants with no regard for the rule of law. But local citizens from the California city of Malibu recently experienced...

Lab analysis shows strawberries are contaminated with 20 different pesticides, majority of which cause cancer in humans

7/19/2016 - We are often told that fruit is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. However, choosing the wrong fruits can actually have a negative impact on your health. While fruits are full of fiber and vitamins, they can also be full of cancer-causing pesticides. A new report shows an alarming amount of...

Californians stage rally demanding protections from harmful crop chemicals, including one-mile buffer zones around schools and daycares

7/16/2016 - A group of residents from California's most heavily farmed regions, has staged a rally in Sacramento, the state capital, demanding protection for children from exposure to dangerous crop chemicals. After a morning rally in front of the headquarters of CalEPA and the California Department of Pesticide...

Pesticides are wiping out organic honey across America

7/11/2016 - If you're anything like me, the sweet, sticky goodness of a dollop of fresh honey over a slice of buttered bread is something of an American pastime. But if organic honey, free of pesticides – the way it always was back in the old days – is what you prefer, you'll have to start looking for...

USDA bans honeybee-saving environmentalists from yearly Pollinator Festival; invites chemical industry instead

7/11/2016 - Is the government really listening or just pretending to care? As pollinator populations dwindle, many facets of agriculture are put at risk. Beekeepers are speaking out like never before, concerned about the future. Shockingly, 44 percent of honeybee colonies have been lost in the past year! If the...

Homebuilders inject pesticides into home foundations to kill termites

7/10/2016 - Raleigh residents who had long touted the quality of their well water got a big surprise when it was revealed that their water was not quite as pure as they thought. In 2012, low levels of four carcinogenic chemicals were discovered in several area wells. Two years later, state environmental officials...

California high school implements advanced warning system to protect students from pesticide drift

7/8/2016 - In rural Kern County, California, parents have been striving to protect their children from pesticide exposure for decades, and their efforts finally appear to be paying off. The Kern High School District has announced that it will implement an advance notification system that will alert schools...

Lethal pesticides responsible for killing hundreds of birds, including parrots and cranes

7/1/2016 - Mass deaths of wildlife due to the introduction of poisons into the environment, either as pesticides, herbicides or for some other allegedly "beneficial" use, have taken place all over the world, and it just happened again, this time in Asia. As reported by the Times of India, hundreds of birds...

Victory! Judge closes industry loophole, barring pesticides from compost used in organic food production

6/30/2016 - In a victory for organic consumers, a federal judge has tossed out a rule change by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that permitted the use of compost containing synthetic pesticides in growing organic foods. "The court's decision upholds the integrity of the organic standard and is an incredible...

Judge says EPA not required to disclose extremely dangerous 'inert' ingredients in pesticides

6/29/2016 - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is not required to force pesticide companies to disclose "inert" ingredients in their products, even when those products are known to be toxic, carcinogenic or otherwise dangerous, a federal judge recently – and reluctantly – ruled. The Center...

India's spice trade at risk, as pesticides and pathogens contaminate popular seasonings including turmeric, chili and pepper

6/27/2016 - Pesticides are causing serious problems all over the world. Most pesticides and herbicides, once taken up by the body, go to war with the endocrine system, blocking the body's ability to regulate its own hormones. In India, these dangerous pesticides are beginning to contaminate the country's most healthy,...

Nine chronic diseases caused by pesticides

6/24/2016 - By now, it is fairly common knowledge that pesticide exposure is associated with a disturbing number of life-changing illnesses. Yet, for some reason, pesticides continue to be used on a widespread basis, with people around the world feeling the effects of these harmful toxins. The wide reach and influence...

Brazilians poisoned to death as 70 percent of crops are treated with pesticides banned in other nations

6/23/2016 - Pesticide exposure is a very real problem around the world, but nowhere is it felt more strongly than in Brazil. In a lecture at the Health Movement Forum last week, Brazilian Association of Collective Health Researcher Karen Friedrich announced that approximately 70 percent of the food that Brazilians...

Health Ranger warns: Popular survival foods are loaded with chemical ingredients that promote DEATH... MSG, GMOs, pesticides and more

6/20/2016 - It's time the survival food industry had a wakeup call. Nearly all the popular survival food sold today is loaded with GMOs, MSG and chemical pesticides, and this fact is obvious from looking at their ingredients labels. Eating survival food in an emergency shouldn't mean poisoning yourself with...

Environmental group establishes training centers to educate farmers about organic growing techniques

6/15/2016 - One of the most damaging impacts humans are having on the environment is caused by Big Agri food production. According to The Star, the Pesticide Action network Asia and the Pacific (known as Panap) is starting a "multiversity" with the goal of showing farmers how to produce food without relying upon...

French town bans pesticides on vineyards located near homes due to rise in child cancers

6/15/2016 - The southern French town of Saint-Jean, located near the city of Toulouse, has passed a law banning the use of pesticides within 50 meters (160 feet) of homes, in the face of concern over rising rates of childhood cancer in the country's agricultural regions. As the town is surrounded by farms, the...

WARNING: If you're juicing non-organic produce, you're just poisoning yourself with a pesticide cocktail

6/11/2016 - I have an important warning today for all those people who are poisoning themselves to death by juicing non-organic produce: STOP what you are doing and think for a minute about how juicing really works. Juicing is an extraction technology that pulls liquids and nutrients out of fresh produce items...

Denmark discovers an alarmingly high concentration of pesticide poisoning in their population - school children are especially vulnerable

6/7/2016 - Researchers in Denmark are concerned about the levels of pesticides found in Danish children and mothers – chemicals that could cause brain damage among other debilitating illnesses, as reported by CHP Post Online. A study undertaken by the environmental protection agency Miljostyrelsen, the University...

'E-nose' created to sniff out pesticides in tea

6/6/2016 - The Tea Research Association (TRA), a partnership between the Indian government and the tea industry, has announced the development of an "e-nose" that can "sniff out" pesticide residues on tea leaves, thus ensuring that contaminated leaves are not sold to consumers. The research, which has led to...

STUDY: Exposure to certain pesticides makes you 6 times more likely to develop ALS

5/27/2016 - Exposure to pesticides and household flame retardants may dramatically increase a person's risk of developing the fatal neurological disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), according to a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan and published in the journal JAMA Neurology. "We...

National park turtles loaded with now-banned toxins, demonstrating how the long life of chemical exposure can poison the environment

5/26/2016 - Some of the most health-destructive chemicals our industrial society has ever pumped out (such as PCBs) are persisting in the environment today, bio-accumulating throughout nature. Even though PCBs are banned to this day, they can still be measured in the air, soil and water, adversely affecting all...

Old pesticide manufacturing company now deemed hazardous waste zone by the government... but the same chemicals are 'safe' enough for food crops?

5/24/2016 - A recent press release by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that the former Kil-Tone Company facility in Vineland, N.J., has now been added to its "Superfund list of the country's most hazardous waste sites." In its own words, the EPA explains that "pesticides were manufactured...

Worse than Zika? Farming chemicals tied to developmental delays and decreased head circumference in newborns

5/20/2016 - It is no secret that organophosphorous pesticides (OP) can have dangerous effects, but a new study out of China shows just how deeply their reach extends. The researchers looked into how prenatal and postnatal OP exposure affected birth outcomes and neurodevelopment in infants in more than 300 mother-infant...

Children living in agricultural areas are developing leukemia, brain tumors and other childhood cancers at an accelerated rate

5/16/2016 - Health problems in children have risen significantly in recent years, and the cause is primarily environmental. That's the bottom line of a new report released by the Pesticide Action Network entitled "Kids on the Frontline," which details the harmful and potentially fatal health effects pesticides...

Marijuana businesses face recalls due to pesticide health concerns

5/10/2016 - State marijuana regulations have recalled 31 batches of medical marijuana produced by Sunrise Solutions due to health concerns over pesticide use. This is Colorado's sixth recall since February. Gov. John Hickenlooper declared in November that marijuana bathed in unapproved pesticides poses a threat...

Vaccines and pesticides cause chronic illnesses in pets, too

5/9/2016 9:52:44 AM - An estimated 50 percent of families in the U.S. own a dog, and about one-third own a cat. If you fall into either of these categories, you are probably familiar with the annual notices you get from your vet, persistently reminding you to vaccinate your pet. But what they aren't telling you, is that...

GMO corn is failing; pesticides only exacerbate the problem, scientists say

5/5/2016 - The chickens are coming home to roost for American farmers who adopted the chemical agriculture model. Reports indicate that genetically modified (GM) Bt corn, which is currently grown on millions of U.S. acres, is no longer working. And farmers who grow the crop are having to throw everything in the...

Oregon's natural beauty may vanish in the near future, thanks to toxic pesticides, man-made landslides and excessive logging

5/1/2016 - To casual observers, Oregon might seem like an idyllic state where people are at one with nature, cycling and hiking surrounded by greenery, and fishing in crystal-clear streams. While the state is undoubtedly blessed with an abundance of natural riches, what you see on the surface is only part of the...

The European Union just banned two pesticides linked to infertility and reproductive problems... both still widely used across America

4/30/2016 - The long continued debate over whether or not pesticides are safe to use on crops intended for human consumption has seen a new development, with the EU voting unanimously to ban two dangerous weedkillers: Amitrole and Isoproturon. The decision is an indication that the EU is listening to consumer...

USDA silencing researchers who try to warn about pesticides harming pollinators... Every agency silences its own scientists!

4/28/2016 - Evidence continues to emerge that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has mounted a sustained campaign of harassment and intimidation against its own scientists, in an effort to suppress data the agency considers politically problematic – particularly that which implicates pesticides in...

Bed bugs now developing super resistance to pesticides, resulting in SUPER BED BUGS that just won't die

4/22/2016 - Overuse of pesticides as a measure to control bed bugs is causing the insects to rapidly evolve resistance to the chemicals used against them. Remarkably, the animals are evolving both chemical and physical methods of resistance, recent studies have shown. Bed bugs are tiny, blood-sucking insects...

Study indicates that even one week of organic consumption vs. conventional foods leads to a 90 percent reduction in pesticide poisoning

4/18/2016 - Recent research has shown that eating organic foods for as little as one week can dramatically reduce the amount of pesticides found in the body. The study found that adults who ate only organic foods for seven days showed an 89 percent drop in urinary biomarkers that indicate the presence of organophosphate...

Chemically induced autism? Scientist discovers pesticides, fungicides lead to neurodegeneration in test subjects

4/15/2016 - A new study found that certain pesticides and fungicides cause neurodegeneration in brain cells similar to the effects of autism and Alzheimer's – findings that suggest a link between the use of these chemicals and the skyrocketing rise in autism rates. The report, published by the journal...

A world in crisis: 57 different pesticides found in honeybee populations around the globe

4/14/2016 - Yet another study has come out linking pesticide use to the severely diminishing honeybee population; researchers found that 57 pesticides were present in the European honeybees that they studied. This finding is cause for concern, as it suggests that the harmful chemicals play a significant role in...

Pesticides leave behind legacy of poisoning and contamination

4/4/2016 - Decades after the practice was banned via federal regulations, there are still a number of damaging effects lingering from a legacy of dumping into the environment tens of thousands of pounds of chemical waste used to produce pesticides, says a June 30 report in eNews Park Forest. According to the...

Pesticides continue to contaminate US streams, USGS report says

3/22/2016 - A new report compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) concludes that different types of pesticides are showing up in America's streams and rivers, threatening our planet's innate aquatic life. New research indicates that, while the presence of some chemicals in streams and rivers has decreased...

Pesticides found to cause trans-generational mental disorders and obesity ... Harmful traits are inherited for THREE generations

3/17/2016 - From an early age, we are inundated with the helpless belief that our genes are set in stone – a fixed code – a destiny that we cannot control. The study of epigenetics debunks this mythical mindset, revealing how external factors change our gene expression throughout our lifetime. The...

Pesticides and herbicides like glyphosate now strongly linked to Parkinson's disease and other neurological disorders

3/8/2016 - The genes of the human race have never been under such intense pressure from their surrounding environment. Pesticide and herbicide chemicals that confuse, distort and destroy the natural chemistry of life and microbiology, are being sprayed directly on the foods that people eat. The ill effects are...

USDA caught suppressing science on pesticides that are killing bee pollinators; take action to stop the federal government's 'black box science'

2/24/2016 - Much of the way things operate in the world today is based on the notion that if you speak the truth, you'll receive some serious criticism. At the very least, people will look at you like a deer in the headlights, confused as to why you're not embracing what's really right. What's really right, of...

Top German supermarket bans neonicotinoid pesticides linked to mass honeybee deaths

2/16/2016 - German supermarket chain Aldi, has become the first major European retailer to ban pesticides that are toxic to bees, including neonicotinoids such as imidacloprid, clothianidin and thiamethoxam. All suppliers of produce sold in Aldi stores across Europe and the U.S. are now required not to use those...

Which natural bedbug pesticides really work revealed in new study

2/11/2016 - Not so long ago, the idea of bedbugs contaminating middle-class homes, decent hotel or motel rooms and even cruise ship passenger cabins was far-fetched. But bedbugs have become more ubiquitous than ever before, appearing in locations that you wouldn't normally think would be infested with bedbugs. So...

Working with pesticides raises women's risk of diabetes

1/28/2016 - It's no secret that certain factors such as mass body index (BMI), race and family history are among the main contributors associated with diabetes development. While such risk factors still play a role, a new study has found that there's likely another reason behind onset of the disease, one that specifically...

EPA study shows neonicotinoid pesticides really are killing off honeybees

1/22/2016 - As if we need another reason to be very concerned about the harms of pesticides, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has come out with its first scientific risk assessment study[PDF] which explains just how detrimental they may be. The agency studied neonicotinoids – a specific...

Pesticides and chemical pollution cause early loss of fertility in women

1/6/2016 - A study published in the journal PLOS ONE in January 2015 investigated the links between known endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) and persistent organic pollutants (POPs) that continue to wreak havoc on health even after they've been banned, with a focus on early menopause in women that may also...

Want to eliminate pesticides from your body? Switch to organic food!

1/6/2016 - People have spent thousands and thousands of dollars on all kinds of detoxification programs and "super" supplements trying to get toxins out of their bodies, especially after a long binge of bad eating, bad drinking, bad medicine or even bad supplements. Some folks have spent a small fortune trying...

Chronic pesticide exposure causing lung damage in children, equivalent to health effects of second-hand cigarette smoke, study finds

12/11/2015 - Persistent pesticide exposure in children causes damage comparable to that of second-hand cigarette smoke, according to a new study out of California. Researchers from UC Berkley observed "significantly lower exhalation rates" in children whose bodies contained elevated levels of breakdown products...

Latino children 320 percent more prone to pesticide exposure while at school, causing learning disabilities and cancer

12/9/2015 - Two summers ago we learned that nearly 500 elementary schools in the U.S. are located within 200 feet of farmlands heavily sprayed with toxic agrochemicals, directly impacting the health of attending students. Already facing adversity due to their socioeconomic status, children in lower income regions...

Environmental Working Group releases 2015 Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen produce lists for safe eating

11/24/2015 - The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has officially released its 2015 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce, giving people all across the country the opportunity to make smarter purchasing decisions when shopping for produce. The free report, which is issued annually, contains a list of the top...

New Consumer Report guide breaks down the risks from eating 48 conventional fruit and veggies from 14 different countries

10/20/2015 - More than 85 percent of Americans are concerned about pesticide residue on their fruits and vegetables, according to a recent Consumer Reports survey of 1,050 people. However, many people are confused as to what to do about it, which is understandable, because if you aren't growing your own food yet,...

Pesticides in the home will raise your child's risk of getting cancer

9/23/2015 - Although it might not come as a big surprise to those who believe that natural methods are the only safe way to deal with pests, it's certainly worth noting that a link has been found between indoor pesticide use and the risk of children developing certain types of cancer. A recent report published...

Stop glyphosate poisoning: Urge your city officials to stop spraying cancer-causing Roundup

9/22/2015 - Despite the fact that the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a division of the World Health Organization, announced that glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic to humans," workers in many public spaces are still seen spraying lawns and gardens with it. Think about the many times you've seen...

California to put glyphosate and three other pesticides on cancer list, restricting their use to protect health

9/11/2015 11:54:51 AM - Those involved in the fight against Monsanto and companies like it can claim another victory as the state of California moves toward adding the chemical glyphosate to its list of restricted carcinogenic substances. Although it is still uncertain just how far-reaching the restrictions will be, it...

Are you inhaling pesticides as you get high? Investigation finds excessive pesticide residue in marijuana products

8/6/2015 - Following their recent legalization of recreational marijuana use, a handful of U.S. states are turning their attention to the business of regulating marijuana agriculture. And those regulators have made some shocking discoveries: Dangerous pesticides are being used in excess of legal limits, and growers...

100,000 beekeepers urge Germany to ban GMOs as biotech industry destroys their livelihood and environment

7/2/2015 - Nearly 100,000 German beekeepers are calling for a nationwide ban on the cultivation of GMO crops. The beekeepers are represented by the German Beekeepers Association (DIB), which is pursuing the ban after the introduction of legislation allowing member states to opt out of GM planting schemes that...

Vegetable oil consumption now linked to trans-fats and pesticides found within human tissues

6/3/2015 - Vegetable oil is a product consumed worldwide. Production sky rocketed with advances made in agricultural farming from the industrial revolution. The most common vegetable oils include soybean oil, cottonseed oil, canola (rapeseed) oil, corn oil and safflower oil. Studies reveal that vegetable oil consumption...

Video: Family rids themselves of toxic pesticides by eating organic for two weeks

5/19/2015 - For most of history, food was grown from the seeds passed down from the last harvest. The produce from each year's harvest was labeled and sold as the food it was. Life was simple. Food didn't need an "organic" label to prove that it was real, and the diversity of crops abounded. Small farms were the...

80% of pesticides found in sediments exceed regulatory thresholds, international study finds

5/9/2015 - Freshwater sources worldwide are so heavily contaminated by pesticides that 80 percent of sediment tested at levels that exceed the maximums set by government regulators, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Koblenz-Landau and published in the Proceedings of the National...

Maryland county considers banning harmful pesticides - with natural, non-toxic lawn care tips

4/29/2015 - The war on pesticides is an ongoing fight, where those concerned about their own health, as well as that of the environment, attempt to convey its problems to those who advocate using them. Most recently, this battle has become very apparent in Montgomery County, Maryland. There, many residents,...

Chemical corporations buried report on endocrine disruptors to trade health for profit

3/5/2015 - A scientific report linking endocrine-disrupting chemicals to a myriad of health effects was reportedly blocked from being published by European Union (EU) officials, according to new investigation by The Guardian. Endocrine disruptors are foreign substances found in many products, including pharmaceuticals,...

Drifting pesticides sicken 20 farmworkers in Washington

2/17/2015 - A cocktail of pesticides sickened 20 farmworkers in a cherry orchard in Washington last April, according to a newly released report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The workers, 19 of whom were women, were the victims of off-target pesticide drift, an occurrence responsible...

Landmark study links pesticides to high depression rates

2/6/2015 - Globally, one person dies by suicide roughly every 40 seconds. Around the world, over one million people commit suicide each year -- an increase of 60 percent over the last four and a half decades. Incredibly, farmers have one of the highest rates of self-inflicted death. Newsweek reports that suicide...

USDA refuses to test foods for glyphosate contamination, says pesticides are safe to eat

1/9/2015 - The American food supply is teeming with deadly pesticides. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), headed by former Monsanto lawyer Tom Vilsack, says people shouldn't worry because pesticides are completely safe to eat! The latest pesticide data released by the USDA's Agricultural Marketing...

What parents need to know about Monsanto: "By 2025 one in two children will be autistic"

12/24/2014 - (Story by Arjun Walia, republished from Collective-Evolution.com, with additional editing by Natural News.) "Children today are sicker than they were a generation ago. From childhood cancers to autism, birth defects and asthma, a wide range of childhood diseases and disorders are on the rise. Our assessment...

Chemical contamination in environment, including pharmaceuticals, are 'growing at exponential rate'

10/21/2014 - The "innovative" and "challenging new compounds" created each day by commerce are threatening the planet in which we live, scientists say. More and more traces of pharmaceuticals are being discovered in our lakes, rivers and soil daily, and their effects are pretty much completely unknown. For once,...

Tucson considers banning neonicotinoid pesticides to save bees and environment

10/12/2014 - Yet another city is contemplating whether or not to ban an insecticide that is likely causing adverse environmental effects by negatively impacting ecosystems. City leaders in Tucson, Arizona, are preparing to be asked to ban nicotine-based insecticides, a chemical which many scientists allege is contributing...

Glyphosate - The silent danger causing lead poisoning in pregnant women

8/29/2014 - The fight taking place doesn't always involve guns on the battlefield. Sometimes the battlefield is something quiet and innocent like a field of crops. The gun is sometimes the chemical pesticides and herbicides soaking into the plants, loading up in the soil. The pesticides and herbacides fire back...

96 percent of Indian-made tea contains pesticides, some of which have long been banned

8/20/2014 - On Monday, Greenpeace, an independent organization dedicated to protecting and serving the environment, made international news after disclosing the results of a study involving what's supposed to be an incredibly healthy beverage. The organization tested tea from 11 brands made by eight manufacturers,...

Bad to worse: Texas seeks to unleash dangerous banned pesticides to kill GMO super weeds infesting cotton

8/9/2014 - Is the state of Texas about ready to make a bad situation worse regarding GMO-created super weeds? It would seem so, based on recent reports. The federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently requesting comments regarding a petition filed by the Texas Department of Agriculture, which...

Neonicotinoid pesticides found contaminating streams and rivers throughout Midwest

8/1/2014 - Researchers for the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) tested nine rivers in the Midwest during last year's growing season and discovered high concentrations of neonicotinoids, or neonics, in 100 percent of the water samples. Neonicotinoids, similar to nicotine, are a class of neuro-active insecticides...

Scientists try to develop frog vaccine while ignoring the pesticides that are harming their immunity

7/26/2014 - A recent discovery has scientists talking about the possibility of vaccinating frogs against a killer fungus and touting vaccination as a possible way to stem the ongoing, catastrophic decline of amphibian populations wide. Yet media reports about this breakthrough are mostly ignoring the fact that...

Beyond honey bees, neonicotinoid pesticides now found to be killing baby birds

7/20/2014 - A class of pesticides widely blamed for a worldwide collapse in pollinator populations is also devastating populations of birds, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Radboud University in the Netherlands and the Centre for Field Ornithology and Birdlife Netherlands, and published in...

Failure of the EPA marked by honey bee decline

7/7/2014 - There have been suspicions about pesticides causing colony collapse disorder (CCD) where suddenly many bees die or disappear from their hives and never return. In particular, many scientists have been suspecting a class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. After several large scale bee keeper and...

Environmental impacts of neonicotinoid pesticides are now 'impossible to deny'

7/1/2014 - Evidence that neonicotinoid pesticides are doing severe damage to ecological integrity and bee populations around the world is now "conclusive," according to a review conducted by an international scientific task force. The threat posed by these pesticides is on the same scale as that once posed...

Minnesota bans overused antibacterial triclosan from soaps, hygiene products

6/5/2014 - An antibacterial chemical commonly used in conventional soaps and toothpastes has been banned from use in some products within the state of Minnesota, according to new reports. Governor Mark Dayton recently signed into a law a bill prohibiting the use of triclosan, a chemical agent linked to causing...

Lawsuit seeks government prohibition of GMOs, bee-killing pesticides in wildlife refuges

5/28/2014 - They are the one place where plants, animals, and other wildlife are supposed to be protected from the machinations of human industry and commerce. But the nation's supposedly protected wildlife refuges are being taken over by the chemical and biotechnology industries, prompting a new lawsuit that seeks...

New study: Eating an organic diet for only one week can reduce pesticide levels by 90%

5/19/2014 - A new study due to be published in the July 2014 edition of the Journal of Environmental Research has found that eating an organic diet for just one week can reduce pesticide levels in adults by almost 90%. The study reaffirms the findings of a 2006 study on children which found that organic diets greatly...

EWG unveils 2014 shopper's guide to avoid pesticides in produce

5/18/2014 - It doesn't take a degree in nutrition to understand that eating fresh fruits and vegetables is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. But not all produce is created equal, and a significant portion of what is sold in grocery stores today as conventional produce has previously been treated with harsh...

Common pesticide combines with Roundup to create even deadlier substance: study

5/15/2014 - Perhaps the only thing more pervasively toxic than crop chemicals, like glyphosate (Roundup) and atrazine, is these poisons combined with one another. A new study published in the journal Chemosphere has revealed that the amalgamated toxicity of certain pesticides and herbicides increases substantially...

Pesticides are heavily used near thousands of California schools

5/8/2014 - The adverse health effects associated with human exposure to pesticides have been well known for decades. Author Rachel Carson helped create public awareness in the early 1960s through her book entitled Silent Spring. In it, she documented the detrimental effects pesticides have on both the environment...

Neonicotinoid pesticides harm honeybees while failing to improve crop yields

4/27/2014 - The immune systems of honeybees are being compromised. Bees are being slaughtered in droves. Piles of these pollinators are gathered by the handfuls at farms across the Western Hemisphere. This isn't a small-scale problem that the bee populations can easily adapt to and overcome. This has been a growing...

Make pesticide companies release bee death studies or ban their products, Health Canada told

4/9/2014 - The natural ecosystem on Earth is being chemically engineered as pesticides pour into the environment, year after year. As crops soak up the pesticides into their roots, stems, flowers and pollen, wildlife is put at risk. Tiny and slight, insects are directly impacted by these chemicals as they pollinate....

Analysis of medical records reveals link between pesticides, autism

4/2/2014 - Evidence supporting the notion that environmental toxins might play a role in triggering autism, especially in young boys, has made its way into the open-access journal PLOS Computational Biology. Researchers from the University of Chicago (UoC) found that, based on an analysis covering more than 100...

French government threatens organic winemaker with jail for refusing to use pesticide

3/29/2014 - A French farmer, attempting to maintain his biodynamically grown vineyard, is facing six months of jail time after he violated a court order last month forcing him to use pesticides on his organic farm. Emmanuel Giboulot owns and operates an organic vineyard in eastern France where he produces organic...

Produce in India's capital declared unsafe for human consumption due to pesticide residue

3/11/2014 - A suo moto probe has been issued in India, as dangerous levels of pesticides continue to show up in produce served in India's open markets. Suo moto probes are often issued by courts when the subject matter is dire and of public interest. Upon the revelation of new findings in early March 2014, the...

EFSA pesticide panel infiltrated by industry insiders, according to new report

3/2/2014 - A report by Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Europe reveals how the pesticide industry has infiltrated global environmental regulatory bodies and sabotaged efforts to research the chemicals' toxic effects. The report focuses on the pesticide panel of the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) and its failure...

Canadian government to review 23 pesticides banned in Europe

2/24/2014 - Have any idea of how many chemicals have been introduced into our environments since WWII? A half-decade ago, the count* was over 80,000. Some are used for Big Ag, some are in medicines and processed foods, toys and household items, and some of them are in the air and water. Industrial chemicals,...

Pesticide formulations up to 1000 times more toxic than active ingredients tested for safety

2/11/2014 - The same university academic whose controversial research exposed the cancer-causing effects of genetically modified (GM) Bt corn and the Monsanto crop herbicide Roundup (glyphosate) has made another groundbreaking discovery, this time with regard to the understated toxicity of pesticides in general. Professor...

Neonicotinoid pesticides not just a threat to bees; humans also at risk

1/5/2014 - A new report issued by the European Food Safety Commission (EFSA) has found that a class of crop pesticides previously linked to causing mass bee deaths is also inherently harmful to humans. Researchers from the EFSA determined that neonicotinoid pesticides -- acetamiprid and imidacloprid in particular...

Illegal application of pesticides in Indiana leads to widespread contamination of restaurants, nursing homes

12/7/2013 - As you might imagine, the pest control industry is largely reliant upon the use of questionable chemical pesticides that, while effective against pests, may also be harmful to humans. And a recent WISHTV.com investigation has found that, in the state of Indiana -- and likely elsewhere -- the illegal...

Banned toxic pesticides are locked up in frozen sea ice, warn scientists

10/27/2013 - DDT, HCB and OPCs. These and numerous other banned pesticides and chemicals are no longer being sold commercially. But does that mean they are no longer a threat to human health? A new study recently released by scientists from Denmark and the U.K. warns that outlawed substances still hiding inside...

Florida farm workers say pesticides gave them cancer

9/12/2013 - A growing number of migrant farm workers, particularly in the state of Florida, are coming down with horrible diseases like cancer that they say are a result of chronic exposure to plant pesticides and herbicides. According to a recent investigative report by Fox News Latino, many conventional produce...

More proof: Pesticides are killing honeybees

8/29/2013 - Three more agricultural pesticides have been added to the growing list of known chemical poisons killing honeybees, thanks to a new study published in the journal Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Researchers associated with the non-profit group Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry...

100 percent of children are found to be exposed to excessive arsenic, dioxins and pesticides in latest study

7/21/2013 - A new study on dietary toxin exposure found that all the participating children exceeded the cancer benchmark levels for arsenic, dioxins, dieldrin, and DDE, while 95 percent of preschoolers exceeded the non-cancer benchmark for acrylamide. More worrying was that the cancer risk ratios were exceeded...

How GMOs are to blame for the rampant overuse of pesticides in modern agriculture

7/20/2013 - It's no secret here, Natural News has long reported what the mainstream media generally has not regarding the risks of GM foods and how they are creating a host of dangers to our food supply. Now, it seems, science is making it much more difficult to ignore these facts. A new study has found that...

Pesticides containing genetically-modified scorpion poison to become recombinant DNA in GM crops

7/10/2013 - Nearly a decade before the first genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) were ever approved for commercial cultivation, "Frankenscientists" were already busy developing GM pesticides to spray on food crops being grown in the U.K., according to little-known reports. And few people today are aware of the...

Pesticide opposition group calls for government to ban bee-killing pesticides

7/2/2013 - Neonicotinoid pesticides, including the likes of imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, dinetofuran and acetamiprid, are coming under heavy scrutiny. Their horrendous, environment-ravishing, bee-killing properties are responsible for entire bee colony collapses. As these poisons are sprayed into...

Down with GMOs

6/15/2013 - Recently, In one of Hawaii's only newspapers that is for the people and free, The Honolulu Weekly, an article written by Tiffany Hervey put the GMO issue in an incredible, proper perspective. The problem is that before any change can take place, we have to somehow negate the efforts of Monsanto's "hooker"...

Ninety percent of U.S. tobacco is GMO; hey smokers, you're smoking pesticide!

6/10/2013 - Smoke herbicide and pesticide all day and what do you get? You get a recurring hangover that seemingly needs a new blast of nicotine to quell or "dissipate," but in actuality, the only thing the nicotine does is stave off the headache, the nervousness, the anxiety, the "chemical hangover," and after...

Systemic pesticides are penetrating deep into plants tissues, destroying beetles, trees, bees, and human hormones

5/17/2013 - Over the last 30 years, the use of pesticides has spiked around the world. People now pour 2.5 million tons of these chemicals into the environment annually, contributing to a $35 billion industry run by global corporations. To make matters worse, the more people use pesticides, the more ineffective...

Oranges and lemons are being treated with chemical fungicides and pesticides that cause cancer and thyroid problems

5/15/2013 - Pesticides and fungicides are sprayed onto orange and lemon shipments to so that they don't rot during long shipping and storage periods. The citrus exposed to these pesticides are marked on the boxes with a message something like this: "Treated to maintain freshness in transit with one or more of...

Biotech's next big disaster

5/15/2013 - Tom Laskawy, writing at Grist, points out how the next generation of GMOs is following in the track of present disasters: "...the growing pest and weed problems for GMOs have caused farmers to turn to seeds that are coated with a different pesticide---a neonicotinoid. If that name rings a bell, it's...

Not even good enough for dog food: Imported food from China loaded with chemicals, dyes, pesticides and fake ingredients

5/10/2013 - Do you really know what's in all the food you're eating that's imported from China? If you don't, you're actually in good company: The FDA only inspects 1% - 2% of all the food imported from China, so they don't know either. Even when they inspect a shipment, they rarely test it for heavy metals, pesticides,...

Frankenapple: Bad News No Matter How You Slice It

4/23/2013 - Thanks to the biotech industry's relentless quest to control our food, McDonald's, Burger King and even school cafeterias will soon be able to serve up apples that won't turn brown when they're sliced or bitten into. A new, almost entirely untested genetic modification technology, called RNA http://theconversation.com...

Pesticides in chlorinated tap water found to cause increased food allergies

4/21/2013 - The evidence continues to mount against genetically modified organisms, in terms of why they are harming our food supply and how much damage they are causing to humans in general. The latest data indicates there is a substantial and growing health risk between GMO pesticides and chlorinated tap water,...

Chlorinated water, pesticides linked to food allergies

4/19/2013 - A chemical used in pesticides, antibacterial soap and water chlorination increases people's risk of developing food allergies, according to a study conducted by researchers from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) and published in the college's journal, Annals of Allergy,...

Top ten ways humanity is being murdered in the name of 'evidence-based science' (#6 Synthetic pesticides)

4/4/2013 - Pesticide chemicals are usually derived from petroleum, and some of them are based on fluoride. Pesticides are, of course, sprayed on crops to kill insects. But an overwhelming mountain of scientific research shows that pesticides remain intact on foods, and when they're consumed by humans they cause...

Pesticides may directly cause Parkinson's disease

2/21/2013 - Pesticide exposure may not just increase the risk of Parkinson's disease, but may actually start a cascade of events that directly cause the disease, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA), UC-Berkeley and the University of Southern California,...

Neonicotinoid pesticides continue to cause the decline of bee population in the U.S

2/13/2013 - In the most recent news about neonicotinoid pesticides, it was reported that European countries have already decided to ban the continuous use of the pesticides because of the presented scientific evidences showing that they continue to endanger bees. Corporate farms in the U.S.; however, continue to...

Pesticides and phthalates top the P.O.P. contaminants list, polluting earth for decades to come

1/16/2013 - Earth's conventional food and water supply is quickly becoming its own huge "cancer." Persistent organic pollutants, POPs for short, are "brewing and breeding" the ultimate destruction of organic life on planet earth, as they bio-accumulate in the environment AND in human and animal body tissues. If...

Recalibration: Why Dr. Oz is such a positive force for empowering health-conscious people

12/1/2012 - I have updated the story that originally appeared here with this account after having met Dr. Oz face to face and appeared on his show as a guest for a heavy metals research segment. This experience drastically altered my opinion of Dr. Oz, and in my view he has become more and more of an "activist"...

American Academy of Pediatrics says pesticides aren't bad for babies - Eat more!

11/14/2012 - For the very first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has come forward with an official position on organic foods and their role in childhood health and development. But rather than encourage parents to avoid buying pesticide-laden conventional foods, the group, which openly admits that...

Study: Roundup and other pesticides directly linked to Parkinson's, neurodegenerative disorders

11/1/2012 - The dangers associated with pesticide exposure are much more far-reaching than previously thought, as illustrated by a shocking study recently published in the journal Neurotoxicology and Teratology. It turns out that chronic exposure to Monsanto's Roundup formula, the active ingredient of which is...

Overwhelming evidence shows pesticides are destroying bees

10/25/2012 - As reported recently by the U.K.'s Guardian, a new study published in the journal Nature is the latest in a long line of recent studies to show that common crop chemicals are destroying bee populations worldwide, which will also eventually destroy much of the world's food supply if left unaddressed....

GMOs and pesticides create super-pests

10/10/2012 - One of the expected advantages to genetically modified crops is their proposed ability to withstand onslaughts from weeds and other pests that could damage or destroy crops. Unfortunately, that's not the way mother nature works. Yes, these crops may be resistant to the original stains of weeds and pests...

Governments fail to act on pesticide threat to honeybee pollinators

9/30/2012 - A noted environmental writer for a top British newspaper is questioning why governments aren't doing more to protect honeybee pollinators from a pesticide that is dramatically thinning the numbers of queen bees in many hives. Damian Carrington, of The Guardian, has written recently that a growing...

Scotts Miracle-Gro busted for illegally using pesticides on its bird seed, falsifying documents and killing wild birds

9/12/2012 - The Scotts Miracle-Gro company has been slapped with a $4 million criminal fine, the largest ever for this type of violation, after pleading guilty back in February to illegally adding unapproved insecticides to several of its bird food lines. Bizjournals and others report that Scotts is also being...

How to reduce your exposure to common pesticides

9/7/2012 - Pesticides is the overall tag for insecticides and herbicides, among others. The suffix cide means to kill, as in homicide involves murdering humans. We do need pesticides for various protections against infestation in the garden, home, and our pets. The problem is that most commercial pesticides...

Do you buy organic food? New York Times writer calls you a delusional cult member suckered into a 'fable'

9/6/2012 - The assault on the organic industry is in full swing today, and it's an attack not merely on the industry itself but an attack on your sanity. If you "believe" in organic foods and non-GMOs, you are about to be labeled a delusional conspiracy theorist. How do I know that? Because the lying mainstream...

Manhattan next urban area to be mass-sprayed with pesticides in West Nile propaganda circus

9/5/2012 - Thousands of residents living in dozens of neighborhoods at the center of the "Big Apple" are the latest victims to be forcibly sprayed with toxic pesticides as part of the ongoing, nationwide propaganda circus involving West Nile virus (WNv). Reports indicate that thousands of Manhattanites and others...

The top 12 fresh produce items with the most chemical pesticides

8/25/2012 - With all of the different pesticides used to grow fruits and vegetables today you may wonder if it's safe to eat any non-organic produce at all. The answer is yes, you should still be eating five servings of fruits and vegetables every day, whether they are all organic or not. Of course organic produce...

How to minimize exposure to aerial and ground spraying of pesticides

8/24/2012 - Despite serious questions about safety and effectiveness, Dallas and other municipalities around the country are blanketing their cities and their citizens with pesticides. Pets, gardens, lawns, livestock . . . nothing is safe and individual citizens are not able to opt out of the widespread spraying....

UN warns of global collapse due to pesticides; Agenda 21 is pushed as solution

6/14/2012 - The United Nations (U.N.) Environment Program has released a 525-page report in conjunction with its upcoming Rio+20 conference on sustainable development that warns about "sudden, irreversible and potentially catastrophic changes" that will occur in the world if drastic measures are not taken to stop...

Colony Collapse Disorder in bees triggered not just by pesticides, but also by GMO high-fructose corn syrup

4/19/2012 - Studies linking neonicotinoid pesticides to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), a condition in which entire bee colonies suddenly disappear or die, have been gaining national attention in recent months as they continue to flood scientific journals. But one area that has been largely overlooked is the role...

Farmers sue Big Tobacco, Monsanto for knowingly poisoning them with deadly pesticides that cause birth defects

4/17/2012 - A group of Argentinian farmers says corporate biotechnology giant Monsanto, tobacco behemoth Philip Morris, and several other tobacco companies coerced the farmers into using dangerous amounts of Roundup (glyphosate) and other pesticide and herbicide products on their tobacco crops, which eventually...

Common pesticides double children's risk of ADHD

3/6/2012 - Many people think organic fruits and vegetables are too expensive to buy for family meals. But those who have a hyperactive child should think again. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 4.5 million children ages 5 to 17 in the US have been diagnosed with ADHD....

New scientific study links bee deaths to pesticides

1/18/2012 - A new study by Purdue University scientists seems to confirm what environmentalists have long suspected -- that the massive bee die-offs known as Colony Collapse Disorder are linked to pesticides. Specifically, researchers are pointing to a category of pesticide marketed by the German chemical company...

Was teen prodigy Arfa Karim Randhawa's tragic death caused by pesticides or vaccines?

1/16/2012 - Arfa Karim Randhawa, the 16 year-old girl deemed the world's youngest Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), passed away at Combined Military Hospital (CMH) on Saturday night.(http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012%5C01%5C15%5Cstory_15-1-2012_pg1_5) On December 22, she suffered cardiac...

Pesticides are one of top three 'worst toxic pollution problems' on planet, say non-profit groups

12/5/2011 - The Blacksmith Institute (BI), an international non-profit environmental health organization devoted to solving pollution problems around the world, in conjunction with Green Cross Switzerland (GCS), a group that helps clean up pollution, recently co-released a comprehensive report entitled The World's...

'Natural' breakfast cereals loaded with pesticides and GMOs - explosive new scorecard from Cornucopia reveals all

10/11/2011 - For far too long, breakfast cereal makers have carried out highly deceptive product labeling and positioning campaigns through the use of the term "natural." Consumers are easily misled by this term, believing it to mean the product is free from pesticide chemicals and genetically engineered ingredients....

Court rules organic farmers can sue conventional, GMO farmers whose pesticides 'trespass' and contaminate their fields

8/3/2011 - Purveyors of conventional and genetically-modified (GM) crops -- and the pesticides and herbicides that accompany them -- are finally getting a taste of their own legal medicine. Minnesota's Star Tribune has reported that the Minnesota Court of Appeals recently ruled that a large organic farm surrounded...

Guide to Pesticides in Produce - EWG releases new edition

7/29/2011 - Environmental Working Group (EWG), a nonprofit research organization based in Washington, DC, has released its latest edition of its Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce. The guide helps supermarket shoppers make healthier choices by offering a quick reference to the "Dirty Dozen" list (the produce...

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...

GMO pesticides linked to birth defects, disruption of male hormones, cancer

4/27/2011 - Numerous studies in recent months have tied agricultural pesticides to reproductive and other serious health problems (http://www.naturalnews.com/pesticides.html). And a new study out of Argentina adds even more evidence to the fact that such chemicals are a widespread public health pandemic. Andres...

Choose organics to avoid artificial dyes, pesticides linked to ADHD

4/14/2011 - The US food supply is riddled with petroleum-based, artificial food dyes and synthetic chemical pesticides, both of which have been linked to causing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other behavioral problems in children. So in order to avoid them, the Organic Trade Association (OTA)...

Study: Pesticides, toxins can absorb directly into crops through soil

4/4/2011 - A recent study put forth by Nanjing Agricultural University and funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China provides further insight into the delicate relationship between plants and the soil in which they are grown. An experiment involving ryegrass shed light on how environmental toxins,...

Exposure to pesticides leads to poor semen quality, infertility

3/30/2011 - The organochloride pesticides used every day on many conventional food crops is responsible for lowering semen quality and causing infertility, according to a new study out of Spain. Clemente Aguilar from the Medical Research Laboratory of the University Hospital San Cecilio, Granada, and several colleagues...

Pesticides wreak havoc on reproductive health in men

3/3/2011 - Reports from European countries have found sub-fertile semen quality in 1 out of 5 young men ages 18 to 25. Research has also shown increasing rates of testicular cancer, un-descended testes in babies, and other hormone-related problems in men. Fertility and reproductive health is declining in men and...

Local and organic food, farming: Here's the gold standard

2/28/2011 - More and more consumers and corporations are touting the benefits of "local" foods, often described as "sustainable," "healthy," or "natural." According to the trade publication, Sustainable Food News, "local" as a marketing claim, has grown by 15 percent from 2009 to 2010, and it's likely that number...

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