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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...

Dr. Oz viciously attacks organic foods and farmers markets, pushes feedlot beef, urges clueless consumers to eat more pesticides and GMO (opinion)

12/1/2012 - Dr. Oz has finally done it: He has sold out to Big Ag by declaring organic foods to be "elitist," "snooty" and no better than conventional foods. The man who once urged Americans to eat organic has sold his soul to the criminally-run food giants in a mind-blowing editorial piece recently published in...

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...

Aquifers poisoned with drugs, chemicals and pesticides threaten Mexico's Riviera Maya

2/24/2011 - Mexico's Riviera Maya is an area of spectacular natural beauty along the Yucatan Peninsula and includes the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System (also known as the Belize Barrier Reef) which starts near Cancun and continues along the whole length of the Riviera Maya, southward to Guatemala. Tourists and...

The face of a poisoned man - the human cost of pesticides

2/16/2011 - Yannick Chenet, a French winegrower, died after contracting leukemia, becoming the first farmer to have his illness officially linked to the pesticides he used for years on his crops. He is among 40 or so farmers in France whose illnesses have now been officially linked to their profession and the pesticides...

Pesticides inhibit proper childhood development

2/10/2011 - Mothers exposed to high levels of pesticides bear children with lower intelligence levels than children born to mothers not exposed, says a new study published online in the journal Pediatrics. Piperonyl butoxide (PBO), a common chemical used in thousands of household insecticides to boost the effectiveness...

New chemical pesticides now being used on fish farms

2/9/2011 - New pesticides are increasingly being introduced into Atlantic salmon farms, causing outrage among environmentalists and lobster fishers. Widespread use of pesticides has rendered sea lice -- which infest farmed salmon due to their cramped living conditions -- immune to the most popular varieties,...

Pesticides give rise to mutant bed bugs

1/22/2011 - Bedbugs are coming back with a vengeance, and a new study out of Ohio State University says that pesticides and insecticides are at least jointly responsible for spawning a new breed of mutant bedbugs that is genetically-resistant to the very chemicals commonly used to eradicate it.. Pesticide resistance...

Pesticides used in California 'salad bowl' growing region destroying health of workers, children

1/2/2011 - Pesticide residues found on conventional fruits and vegetables have been shown to be harmful to health, but what about the people who pick this produce and the children they bare? According to recent studies, field workers and their children who live in the Salinas Valley of California, also known as...

Foods you should buy from organic sources

12/17/2010 - Organic foods have started taking root (no pun intended) in the minds of more and more consumers each year as people strive to live healthier lives. Not only do they taste a lot better (without the help of chemicals and flavour enhancers), but they also provide far more nutrients and benefits than...

Tax Dollars Help Agribusiness-Chemical Coalition Lie about Pesticides

10/23/2010 - The California Department of Food and Agriculture has awarded $180,000 in federal funds to finance an agribusiness-chemical industry plan to "correct the misconception that some fresh produce items contain excessive amounts of pesticide residues". It appears that the funds will actually be used to attack...

Honeybee researcher who blames virus for CCD has financial ties to pesticide manufacturer

10/13/2010 - The New York Times recently published a story on a new report that claims to have discovered one of the primary causes of colony collapse disorder (CCD), a condition in which entire colonies of bees mysteriously die. But the report, which pins a fungus and virus combination as the culprit, was headed...

Most of the world's rivers threatened by pesticides, pollution

10/2/2010 - The vast majority of the world's rivers are threatened by pollution, pesticide runoff and destructive species, say researchers from The City College (CCNY) of The City University of New York (CUNY), the University of Wisconsin and seven other institutions. And not only is the integrity of the world's...

Chemical pesticides linked to ADHD in children

10/1/2010 - Exposure to pesticides may be one of the causes of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a study conducted by researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and published in the Journal of Pediatrics. "It's consistent with other studies that have looked at organophosphate...

Pesticides may be a leading cause of major diseases

8/24/2010 - Chronic illness is widespread in many industrialized nations like the U.S., and more studies than ever are linking this disease epidemic to pesticide exposure. According to a new database designed to catalog these studies, pesticides are linked to cancer, reproductive dysfunction, diabetes, autism,...

Arctic Birds are Contaminated with Pesticides and Heavy Metals

6/26/2010 - On an isolated island high in the Arctic, biologists recently tested the toxicity of birds by testing their droppings. The conclusion? The birds' poop was loaded with environmental poisons. In these remote birds, they found high concentrations of pesticides and heavy metals including lead, mercury,...

Strawberries are about to Become More Toxic

6/23/2010 - On most dirty produce lists, strawberries make the cut for pesticide contamination. Currently, California strawberry growers use millions of pounds a year of a chemical called methyl bromide. Methyl bromide is banned in many parts of the world and is being phased out because it damages the ozone layer....

New Study Finds Pesticides Double Risk of ADHD in Our Children

6/3/2010 - For years environmentalists and natural health advocates have been trying to point out that organophosphate pesticides (malathion, etc.) work by disrupting the neurological systems of insects, and therefore humans who consume them on foods are at risk of neurological problems. Now, after millions of...

Fresh produce often contaminated with pesticides

3/18/2010 - A number of recent tests have revealed the astonishing degree to which the non-organic fruits and vegetables on grocery store shelves are contaminated with dangerous pesticides. A test conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found traces of more than 50 different pesticides on peaches destined...

How to Remove Pesticides from Produce with Inexpensive Home Ingredients

3/2/2010 - We all know about them - pesticides and waxes that cover our produce. Although there are many fruit and vegetable washes available in supermarkets, it's simple to make your own homemade blend that will work just as well and at a fraction of the cost. So why, then, would you pay all this money for something...

Use Natural, Non-Toxic Pest Control without Resorting to Dangerous Pesticides

2/2/2010 - Too often, people will reach for a can of insect spray and virtually empty the can at the first sign of a mosquito or spider. Not only is this toxic for the environment but it is harmful for humans as well. Have a look at the active ingredients on a can of pesticide and do a little research on the dangers...

Pesticides are killing birds, bees, and bats by the millions

1/18/2010 - Estimates from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service indicate that millions of birds and fish die every year from pesticide exposure. Scientists are now discovering that even low level exposure is disrupting the animal kingdom and causing new diseases to develop, threatening many species with extinction. Roughly...

On-the-job pesticide exposure is linked to Parkinson's disease

10/9/2009 - According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Parkinson's disease (PD) belongs to a group of conditions called motor system disorders which are the result of the loss of brain cells that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine. That's the critical key in the development of...

Pesticides Cause Childhood Brain Cancers

9/28/2009 - Children living with parents who use pesticides around the home are significantly more likely to develop brain cancer than children who are not exposed to such chemicals, according to a study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Researchers matched each of 400 fathers and 250...

Fruit in Europe Contains Illegal Pesticide Levels

9/28/2009 - Recently the European Pesticides Residues Committee tested 4,000 fruits and veggies and found that a number of them contained more than the legal amount of pesticides. The levels of pesticides varied considerably, and imported fruits and vegetables were found to have the highest quantity. Apples,...

Pesticides Cause Parkinson's Disease

9/25/2009 - A new study just found that Parkinson's disease is linked to pesticide exposure. In fact, the study participants were almost twice as likely to have been exposed to pesticides through their work, and exposure to certain pesticides may have increased the chance of having the disease by more than three-fold....

Home Pesticides Linked to Childhood Cancers

9/19/2009 - Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a malignant disease of the bone marrow, is the most common cancer diagnosed in children. In fact, nearly one third of all pediatric cancers are cases of ALL. Although this form of cancer can be cured in many cases, in the worst case scenarios the cancer crowds out...

Natural Plant-Based Pesticides: Ready for Use

9/3/2009 - After a decade of research, scientists recently relayed at a major U.S. conference that the insecticidal properties of rosemary, thyme, clove and mint show great promise for the agriculture industry. Some of these herbal pesticides kill the bugs, while others repel them. In either case, the natural...

Home Pesticides Linked to Childhood Cancers

8/18/2009 - Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a malignant disease of the bone marrow, is the most common cancer diagnosed in children. In fact, nearly one third of all pediatric cancers are cases of ALL. Although this form of cancer can be cured in many cases, in the worst case scenarios the cancer crowds out...

Think Twice Before Using Pesticides: Strong Link Found with Pre-Cancerous Condition

7/15/2009 - Just how dangerous are pesticides? No one knows the full answer to that question yet, but research is revealing that exposure to these toxins is clearly a bigger health risk than most people realize. For example, Natural News recently reported on the strong evidence suggesting pesticides causes Parkinson's...

Research Reveals Which Conventional Produce Can be Safely Eaten

6/23/2009 - The evidence is in. Eating a plant based diet is the key to health and longevity. The only question left is how to get the best value for each dollar you have to spend on fruits and vegetables. The Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization devoted to human and environmental health, has...

Pesticides Shown to be Huge Parkinson's Disease Risk

5/1/2009 - According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, most researchers believe exposure to some kind of toxin or toxins in the environment triggers the development of Parkinson's disease (PD) -- the degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that impairs motor skills (including...

Residential Pesticides Linked to Childhood Brain Cancer

4/29/2009 - Children who live in homes where parents use pesticides are twice as likely to develop brain cancer, according to the results of a new study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The study evaluated more than 800 fathers and more than 500 mothers that live in residential areas...

EPA Sued to Properly Assess Health Risks of Pesticides in the Water Supply

2/11/2009 - The nonprofit environmental law firm Earthjustice has sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to properly take into account the health and ecological risks of approved pesticides. "There are several pesticides on the market that pose extreme risks to human health - through the...

Give Thought to Green when Buying a Tree

12/18/2008 - According to the New York Times on 12/4/08, the National Christmas Tree Association reported $l.3 billion in Christmas tree sales last year. This amounted to 3l million trees sold. Real Christmas trees bring an appeal that artificial trees just cannot provide, the pleasing scent of a pine forest. When...

Pesticide Exposure Boosts Parkinson's Risk by 60 Percent

11/23/2008 - A new study has provided one of the strongest links yet between pesticide use and Parkinson's disease. A team of researchers from Duke University, Miami University and the Udall Parkinson's Disease Research Center of Excellence has found that people who were exposed to pesticides were substantially...

There Is No Such Thing as the West Nile Virus

11/9/2008 - Do you believe in the Tooth Fairy and Santa Clause? Are they real people flying around performing magical deeds? Hopefully you don't believe this. Yes, they are fun stories, "something to believe in," when you are a child; or possibly they are spirits or energy forms. But they do not exist in flesh...

Pesticides Make Farmers Literally Depressed

10/26/2008 - Pesticides are poison. They are used to kill living creatures. In order to kill those living creatures, humans apply the pesticides. We also eat what`s left of them. We`ve seen handlers of banana pesticide sterilized, a young couple who worked with pesticides give birth to a limbless child, and a...

Germany Bans Eight Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Population Collapse; Clothianidin Chemical Found Contaminating Dead Bees

8/29/2008 - The German government has provisionally banned a family of pesticides conclusively linked to the massive dieoff of honeybees in a southern state. "It's a real bee emergency," said Manfred Hederer, president of the German Professional Beekeepers' Association, referring to the collapse of bee populations...

Colony Collapse Disorder Debunked: Pesticides Cause Bee Deaths

7/22/2008 - The great mystery of bee deaths has been solved. Colony Collapse Disorder is poisoning with a known insect neurotoxin. Clothianidin, a pesticide manufactured by Bayer, has been clearly linked to die offs in Germany and France. Although the bee die offs that have occurred recently are more severe,...

Bush Administration Sued for Allowing Continued Use of Four Pesticides

5/10/2008 - Environmental and farm worker groups have now sued the Bush administration for allowing the continued use of four pesticides. They claim that the government brushed aside its own evidence that the chemicals are toxic to workers, children, and animals. The suit challenged the Environmental Protection...

Study Links Parkinson's Disease With Chemical Exposure

5/2/2008 - Scientists have now discovered additional evidence of a connection between Parkinson's disease and long-term exposure to pesticides. Parkinson's disease strikes movements like walking, talking and writing. Symptoms of the disease first tend to appear in patients over 50. These symptoms may include tremors...

Lawsuit Filed to Halt Use of Dangerous Pesticides

4/16/2008 - A 1996 federal law required the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study the safety of all pesticides and to rule by 2006 whether they could be used on foods safely. The EPA found four pesticides posed risks to human health but decided they saved growers so much money their use outweighed the...

Tracing Pesticides in Children From Ingestion to Elimination

3/28/2008 - If a child eats conventionally grown produce, will it affect his or her health? Recent research revealed that pesticides do show up in the urine of children after consuming non-organic foods. Though the study did not look at whether or not some of the chemicals stay in the tissues and cause damage,...

Pesticides in Food and the Home: Warnings and Alternatives

10/12/2007 - Pests in the home are a big problem for many. Standard treatments rely on poison in the home to kill the invaders which often return anyway, but the poison is not specially designed to only hurt certain types of living creatures, so it is hurting the people in the house as well, just to a slower and...

Common crop herbicide Atrazine linked to reproductive mutations in amphibians

8/27/2007 - Pollutants such as pesticides and toxins damage the ecosystem and cause a variety of damaging ailments in humans. One particular herbicide, Atrazine, has now been found to turn male frogs into hermaphrodites, rendering them impotent by causing their gonads to produce eggs. A subject of great scientific...

Pesticides and chemical fertilizers clearly linked to premature births

7/31/2007 - The use of pesticides and nitrate-containing fertilizers is almost certainly responsible for rising rates of premature birth in the United States, according to research presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies' annual meeting in Toronto, Canada. The Pediatric Academic Society is a gathering...

Free consumer guide to pesticides in produce offered by Environmental Working Group

3/28/2007 - The new "Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce," recently released by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), is a quick and easy reference to which fruits and vegetables are the most and least contaminated with chemical pesticide residues. The guide is available as a free download at www.foodnews.org Jump...

Pesticide exposure could increase risk of early onset of Parkinson's disease (press release)

11/2/2006 - Low-level exposure to a banned but lingering pesticide appears to accelerate changes in the brain that can potentially lead to the onset of Parkinson's disease symptoms years or even decades before they might naturally develop. This finding, by researchers at Emory University and the Georgia Institute...

Breast cancer risk tripled for women exposed to farm pesticides and chemicals

10/13/2006 - Adolescent girls who work or live on farms may run a higher risk of developing breast cancer later in life, according to a new Canadian study published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Researchers from the University of Sterling in Scotland conducted a study in Canada of 1,100 women,...

EPA may approve neurotoxic pesticide that harms children

10/4/2006 - The EPA announced Aug. 3 that its 10-year review of U.S. pesticide safety had been completed, and administrator Stephen L. Johnson issued an optimistic statement that said, "By maintaining the highest ethical and scientific standards in its pesticide review, EPA and the Bush administration have planted...

Research Documents Children’s Exposure to Pesticides (press release)

9/19/2006 - Two studies of immigrant farmworker families in North Carolina and Virginia found evidence of pesticide exposure in young children, and prompted researchers to call for pesticide safety training for workers’ spouses. In the American Journal of Industrial Medicine, researchers from Wake Forest University...

Pesticides found to cause Parkinson's disease

9/18/2006 - A new study presented at last week's annual meeting of the American Chemical Society revealed that a pesticide banned since 1987 but still present in today's environment could prompt the onset of Parkinson's disease. Researchers from the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Institute...

Genetically engineered crops contain latent pesticides that are activated when eaten by consumers

9/7/2006 - According to a recent article from the Institute for Responsible Technology, certain varieties of herbicides used on genetically modified (GM) crops -- though inactive inside the plants they protect -- can be re-activated after consumption and cause toxic reactions. Herbicide tolerance (HT) is a...

Pesticides Exposure Associated With Parkinson's Disease (press release)

8/29/2006 - In the first large-scale, prospective study to examine possible links between chronic, low-dose exposure to pesticides and Parkinson’s disease (PD), researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) have shown that individuals reporting exposure to pesticides had a 70 percent higher incidence...

Altered Breast Tissue Development in Young Girls Linked to Pesticides (press release)

8/1/2006 - Exposure to pesticides crosses the generations, according to a new University of Florida study that finds daughters of mothers who lived near areas of heavy agricultural spraying may be unable to nurse their children. The research was conducted in Mexico, but many of these pesticides, although they...

Natural Cellular Defense removes heavy metals, pesticides, toxic chemicals from body - study

8/1/2006 - Natural Cellular Defense is a natural zeolite-based substance that is being increasingly studied for its near-miraculous ability to bind with heavy metals and toxic chemicals, removing them from the body. Dr. Gabriel Cousens, M.D., is leading the research on the use of Natural Cellular Defense to remove...

EPA debating use of fluoride pesticides on food; consumers urged to take action

7/31/2006 - An open letter to the public from the Environmental Working Group (EWG) published at Foodconsumer.org, warns that the already dangerous levels of fluoride in our food supply could be increased if Dow Chemical Co. gets its way, and calls for action to prevent this from happening. The author of the...

Pesticide industry plotted Bush human testing policy; meeting with OMB staff laid out exemptions for experiments on children

7/26/2006 - WASHINGTON -- One month before the Bush administration proposed rules authorizing experiments on humans with pesticides and other chemicals, its key operatives met with pesticide industry lobbyists to map out its provisions, according to meeting notes posted May 30 by Public Employees for Environmental...

Green tea from China found to be contaminated with alarming levels of pesticides

7/20/2004 - China is angry over a test of its green tea exports that turned up alarming levels of pesticides. But rather than turning to its agricultural practices and limiting the use of pesticides, China is attacking the testing methods used to detect the pesticides in the first place. Let me say this bluntly:...

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