Pesticide news, articles and information:
|11/15/2016 - A group of beekeepers and environmentalists suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has accused the agency of concealing documents that would prove the agency illegally decided to exempt neonicotinoid-treated seeds and their dust from pesticide regulatory laws.
Neonicotinoids are a family...|
|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...|
|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...|
|10/29/2016 - It's been nearly nine months since the word "Zika" flashed like a lightning bolt in the headlines of mainstream news. Before January 1, 2016, Zika was just one of many viruses that public health officials monitored. But suddenly in January of this year everything changed, as a nearly harmless virus...|
|10/21/2016 - Over the past 40 years, glyphosate has been sprayed on vineyards and orchards to control weeds. However, any chemical used in a certified-organic wine may not have an adverse effect on human health or the environment, as defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and per the National List of...|
|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,"...|
|9/16/2016 - Farmers in 10 states have now reported damage to their crops as result of other farmers illegally spraying dicamba on newly approved genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The new GMO cotton and soybeans are able to withstand application of a chemical cocktail made from dicamba and glyphosate, the ingredient...|
|8/28/2016 - A widely used class of pesticides implemented in the U.S. over the last 20 years continues to threaten the survival of important pollinator insects, including honeybees. Neonicotinoids, or neonics for short, closely resemble nicotine, and are biologically active at very low concentrations. They're used...|
|8/24/2016 - A wide variety of chemical sprays have been used by the agricultural industry for the last several decades. Pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and disinfectants are all things that mainstream farmers have come to rely on to keep their crops "healthy" – or at least that is what they've been led...|
|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...|
|8/19/2016 - Research published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives has found a correlation between pregnant women living near pesticide application sites and a significant increase in the prevalence of autism and developmental delays in babies.
The conclusion was reached based on a population control...|
|8/18/2016 - As fear of the Zika virus spreads throughout the United States, authorities are desperately looking for ways to protect their citizens. As reported by Circa, over 1,000 people in the U.S. have been infected with the Zika virus, which is believed to cause severe birth defects like microcephaly.
|8/17/2016 - As glyphosate is increasingly scrutinized due to its carcinogenic effects, Monsanto has quietly invested more than $1 billion in a new (and more toxic) herbicide called dicamba. The chemical is used in conjunction with other herbicides, including glyphosate, to kill broad-leafed weeds.
One of its...|
|8/11/2016 - A nonprofit environmental law firm has sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling for the agency to revoke the authority of the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) to "investigate and enforce" violations of the state's pesticide regulations.
The letter, sent on August...|
|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...|
|8/9/2016 - A recent investigation led by the Center for Biological Diversity discovered that more than two-thirds of the pesticide products approved by the EPA for four major firms contained mixtures of pesticides that make the pesticides more poisonous than they are on their own.
In light of this finding,...|
|8/5/2016 - What should have been a dream vacation ended up turning into an absolute nightmare for the Esmond family shortly after they arrived for a holiday in the Virgin Islands during March 2015.
Steve Esmond, Theresa Devine and their two teenage sons, Sean and Ryan, became gravely ill after being exposed...|
|8/3/2016 - Once people fully understand just how toxic pesticides truly are, their first thought is usually, "How can I get these deadly chemicals out of my body?" Pesticide use is so prevalent that it might seem impossible to avoid it entirely upon first glance, particularly when you take the concept of pesticide...|
|8/3/2016 - The misapplication of pesticides is damaging various crops, affecting wildlife and threatening public health in the Missouri Bootheel, the southeastern most region of the state named for its boot heel shape. Reports of pesticide pollution have skyrocketed in recent months, resulting in some 70 investigations...|
|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,"...|
|7/29/2016 11:52:06 AM - Working on a farm is not an easy job. As if spending hours doing physical labor under the hot sun weren't bad enough, these workers also have to contend with exposure to toxic pesticides. This combination makes the job a highly taxing and dangerous one, with farm workers reported to suffer from more...|
|7/29/2016 - On July 19, 60 farm workers in rural Illinois had to be treated for pesticide exposure after they went to work in a field too soon after it had been sprayed with pesticides from the air. Several of the sickened workers were teenagers.
Such accidents are relatively common. In 2013, 80 field workers...|
|7/28/2016 - Crucial data on pesticide toxicity is often concealed by the deceptive language put in place by the chemical industry. To bypass regulatory oversight, the chemical industry uses clever marketing language to make their patented chemicals sound legitimate. Some of the biggest agrochemical formulators,...|
|7/27/2016 - The fact that it took 12 years for the EPA to resolve an investigation into pesticide use near a high school in California should come as no surprise to those who are familiar with the agency's complete inability to actually protect people and the environment.
The EPA has received more than 300 complaints...|
|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...|
|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...|
|7/25/2016 - Pesticides have always played a crucial role in agriculture. However, many of today's products not only kill the insects that threaten plants, but are also lethal to many beneficial insects like honeybees.
According to a recent report, 44.1 percent of all bee colonies in the U.S. died off last year....|
|7/21/2016 - Given their highly toxic nature and high potential for causing harm, one would like to believe that the application of pesticides is a very strictly controlled procedure, and that those who carry it out are highly trained. Unfortunately, a recent survey shows that those who apply pesticides are not...|
|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...|
|7/19/2016 - Love him or hate him, there's no denying that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has sparked a renewed national conversation about the problem of special interest corruption in Washington. And perhaps no entity is now more in the spotlight as a result of Trump's candid indictments than the...|
|7/18/2016 - Last week, the Vancouver city council cast a unanimous vote to issue a citywide ban on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides. Neonicotinoids, or neonics for short, are a group of pesticides first introduced into large scale agriculture in the 1990s, and are believed to be one of the leading causes of...|
|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...|
|7/14/2016 - The efforts of four Southern Californian moms have succeeded in transforming the city of Irvine into the region's first pesticide-free community, proving that grassroots-level activism can accomplish more in protecting children from exposure to deadly toxins than relying on state and federal regulators...|
|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...|
|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...|
|7/5/2016 - As reported by the Agricultural Health Study (AHS), there is a direct correlation between women who live with pesticide applicators and cancer. Dr. Cathy Lerro and AHS colleagues used information reported by wives of pesticide applicators to take the first detailed look at the use of organophosphate...|
|7/1/2016 - Thanks to a successful rebranding effort, House Republicans managed to pass the Zika Control Act in May, voting to loosen pesticide restrictions in a purported attempt to stop the spread of the virus, which is believed to cause severe birth defects, including microcephaly.
Republicans have tried...|
|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...|
|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.
|6/28/2016 - A University of California, Davis, (UC Davis) study recently made a strong epidemiological association between pesticide exposures during pregnancy and autistic or developmentally delayed children.
It was conducted among several farmland locations in California, the top agriculture-producing state...|
|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,...|
|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...|
|6/23/2016 - In accordance with the Obama administration's Presidential Memorandum on Pollinators, states all across the country are developing so-called Pollinator Protection Plans (PPPs) to help safeguard bees, bats, butterflies, and other essential pollinators from being wiped out by noxious pesticides. But a...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|5/27/2016 - While the rest of the world awakens to the damaging effects of pesticide pollution, officials in the U.S. are working to allow more pesticides into our water supplies. The House of Representatives voted Tuesday to loosen already weak pesticide regulations in a purported effort to combat the spread of...|
|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.
|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...|
|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...|
|5/23/2016 - A regulatory loophole ushered in an era of toxic pesticides that has destroyed nearly half of all bees and their colonies over the past few years. Thanks to a deeply flawed system in the U.S., with no accountability in sight, the most wealthy corporations in the world are systematically destroying the...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|5/9/2016 - Pesticide companies rigorously test their products before turning them loose on the public, right? Because if not, wouldn't they stand a grand chance of being wiped out by a mass class-action suit if their products turned out to really be harmful?
Not really, it turns out.
As reported by the group...|
|5/8/2016 - Previous reports have linked mass suicides among farmers in India to mounting debt and crop failures as a result of GMO crops, particularly cotton, as it was forcibly converted to patented, transgenic varieties owned by large agrochemical companies. But now we're learning that pesticide exposure may...|
|5/3/2016 - According to biotech industry and its army of mercenary trolls and science shills, glyphosate is perfectly safe to eat and doesn't cause cancer.
Of course, that claim holds about as much scientific credibility as Big Tobacco's claim that "smoking cigarettes doesn't cause lung cancer or heart disease"...|
|5/3/2016 - Aerial spraying of pesticides to kill mosquitoes, may be linked to an increase in autism spectrum disorder and development delays in children, according to a study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies on Saturday, April 30.
While health authorities have increasingly encouraged pesticide...|
|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...|
|4/29/2016 - In the winter of 2014, Canada's province of Ontario suffered an exponential loss of honeybees. An estimated 58 percent of the honeybee population vanished that year, frightening beekeepers. So many facets of a diverse agriculture system and healthy ecosystem depend on the bees' ability to stay healthy...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|4/12/2016 - A Delaware family vacationing in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2015 didn't return home with the usual memories typically associated with having an enjoyable time. Instead, they learned that they were a victim of illegal pesticide exposure after staying in a St. John resort room – for eight days –...|
|4/11/2016 - It is becoming increasingly obvious that cronyism and big money are buying influence among lawmakers on several continents when it comes to scientifically vetting many of the chemicals being used in the world's food supply. That is certainly the case in the United States, where biotech-giants like Monsanto...|
|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...|
|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.
|3/11/2016 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has repeatedly denied a petition filed by environmental groups asking for better pesticide labeling. In March, Beyond Pesticides, the Center for Environmental Health, Physicians for Social Responsibility and other advocacy groups sued the EPA for failing...|
|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...|
|3/7/2016 - In a new white paper entitled Human Health and Pesticides: Glyphosate and 2,4-D, the Midwest Pesticide Action Center warns of a ubiquitous source of exposure to toxic chemicals: so-called "Weed and Feed" mixes, or combinations of herbicides and fertilizers that are spread across everything from lawns...|
|3/2/2016 - It's said to be the most widely used class of pesticides in the world. But the scientific community has reached an overwhelming consensus that neonicotinoids are killing bees by the untold millions, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is doing absolutely nothing to protect these important...|
|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...|
|2/9/2016 - Back in 2006, one of the world's foremost mycologists secured a patent that, once fully developed, could shatter the power of the pesticide industry. This would be a major setback not just for manufacturers of chemical poisons like Dow, but also for companies like Monsanto that genetically modify crops...|
|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...|
|1/27/2016 - The scientific community is in an uproar after it was learned that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is planning to ban an inert gas, one that occurs naturally in the air we breathe, from being used in pesticide formulas.
According to the agency, the natural element argon is considered...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|11/10/2015 - Produce high in pesticide residues may lower men's sperm count and quality, according to a study conducted by researchers from Harvard University and published in the journal Human Reproduction on March 31.
Men who ate food highest in herbicide, insecticide and fungicide residue had half the sperm...|
|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,...|
|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...|
|9/23/2015 - Nearly all of the corn grown in the United States has been treated with a class of pesticides linked to the collapse of honeybees, other pollinators and perhaps entire ecosystems.
This means that bees foraging anywhere near a cornfield are likely being exposed to toxins that have been shown to damage...|
|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...|
|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...|
|8/31/2015 - Ecologists refer to bees and a few other select organisms as keystone species. This term is analogous to the keystone of an arch. Remove the wedge-shaped stone at the top, and the entire structure collapses.
Bees are a keystone species because they are the world's primary pollinators and are therefore...|
|8/30/2015 - In what proponents are calling a "landmark" decision in favor of transparency in Europe, the EU Court confirmed in a recent ruling that protecting health and the environment is a higher priority than protecting the confidentiality of experts who have, at times, changed risk rules.
As noted in a press...|
|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...|
|7/14/2015 - The overall percentage of U.S. crop acreage exposed to chemical insecticides is significantly higher than regulatory authorities are claiming, warns a shocking new report released by the Center for Food Safety (CFS). Data compiled by scientists from Pennsylvania State University (PSU) reveals that nearly...|
|6/25/2015 - The federal government has granted its approval for a new unmanned pesticide drone that reports indicate will soon start dumping chemical herbicides and other crop-related substances from the sky.
The helicopters, designed by Yamaha Corp. U.S.A., have an empty weight of only 141 pounds, according...|
|6/6/2015 - When Americans think of child predators, they think of creepy-looking strangers whisking their son or daughter away from the park playground. Americans rarely consider the real child predators hiding in sky rises behind glass walls, holding tight to chemistry degrees and six-figure salaries. Pharmaceutical...|
|6/2/2015 - A patent for a pesticide made from mushrooms was granted in 2006. This pesticide is safe, nontoxic and can control over two-hundred thousand types of insects. Fungi are known to cause insect diseases and the use of spores from fungi has been known for over 100 years. Previous patents were granted as...|
|5/19/2015 - Clandestine pesticide tests that have been taking place on the island of Kauai are finally being revealed and revoked in a federal court of law. DuPont Pioneer has been experimenting with genetic material and agricultural chemicals for more than 15 years in Kauai, exploiting the beautiful landscape...|
|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...|
|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,...|
|3/13/2015 - Organophosphate pesticides (OPs) are among the most used pesticides in agriculture. They are basically neurotoxic, causing neurological issues, learning and developmental disorders and depression, and sometimes leading to suicide.
Just to make sure everyone got their fair share of neurotoxic OPs,...|
|3/6/2015 - According to the biotech industry's front group on the Hawaiian Islands, the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association (HCIA), "Hawaii has been the gateway for the future of worldwide agriculture through the efforts of our local seed industry. Virtually all of the products that our member companies sell spend...|
|2/26/2015 - When chemicals were first introduced in farming, everyone marveled at what they could do. Yields were dramatically increased. In the beginning, the soil was so healthy, any damage done by chemical fertilizers was imperceptible, and pests had yet to evolve resistance to the insecticides. Our technologies...|
|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...|
|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...|
|1/30/2015 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released an assessment detailing the health and environmental risks associated with the pesticide chlorpyrifos, a chemical developed by Dow AgroSciences in 1965 that's widely sprayed on a variety of crops.
The EPA's report, released on December 31,...|
|1/20/2015 - The Monsanto Company is responsible for redefining farming, making mainstream agriculture dependent on chemicals -- toxins that sterilize the human population. As food is subjected to chemical warfare all across the planet, militaries are busy searching for terrorists in the mountains. Why can't we...|
|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...|
|12/28/2014 - (Story by William Engdahl, republished from Journal-NEO.org) For the better part of the past century, Western pop culture has systematically denigrated and devalued what should be the most honored profession of all. Those who labor with the land, day-in and day-out, to deliver the food that we eat have...|
|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...|
|12/4/2014 - A chemical pesticide that was outlawed nearly 25 years ago is once again being used in California by conventional strawberry farmers, according to information obtained by The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR). This is despite copious evidence that the noxious substance is killing...|
|11/9/2014 - A memo from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) highlights the way that this agency gives more weight to poorly conducted, industry-funded studies than to the overwhelming body of evidence showing that pesticides are harmful.
The memo concerns an insecticide named chlorpyrifos (trade name Lorsban),...|
|11/5/2014 - For the first time in 600 years, the eastern portion of the Aral Sea has dried up. The Asian freshwater lake once teamed with fish and wildlife, ships and sailboats, but now it is choked dry, drained of every last drop, the bottom showing, flaking off with pesticide residue that now kicks up as dust...|
|10/19/2014 - Pesticide manufacturers reached an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to stop the sale of chlorpyrifos, a powerful toxicant used as an insecticide in homes, lawns and gardens more than 14 years ago, due to associated health risks, according to a written report by Beyond Pesticides...|
|9/2/2014 - A single person's exposure to pesticides may affect not just the person exposed but also three or more generations of their descendents, according to a study conducted by researchers from Washington State University and published in the journal PLOS ONE.
The study looked at the effects of exposure...|
|8/30/2014 - Last Nov., Kauai County, which consists of three Hawaiian islands, passed Kauai County Ordinance 960, which required large-scale agricultural operations to disclose the presence of pesticides and genetically modified (GM) crops, as reported by Hawaii's KHON 2 News.
Despite Mayor Bernard Carvalho...|
|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...|
|8/23/2014 - Dow AgroSciences is getting closer to releasing their "Enlist Weed Control System," a new package that includes two "old" chemicals, glyphosate and 2,4-D, along with seeds genetically engineered to withstand the combination.
The package will provide "robust" tolerance for glyphosate-resistant crops,...|
|8/14/2014 - Good news on the honeybee front -- a team of scientists in the UK have created a biopesticide made from spider venom and plant protein that may provide hope for the endangered pollinators.
A study published in the research journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B [PDF] states that the experimental,...|
|7/22/2014 - Oh, the power of food to heal you, to prevent cancer and to make you feel wonderful, full of life and positive energy. It's amazing, and millions of people know. Then, there are the others. Some have been conned and some don't care too much about their health -- not in the short term or the long run....|
|7/14/2014 - Researchers at the University of California in Davis have recently confirmed that pregnant mothers living in proximity to fields treated with pesticides are at a higher risk for having children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The study examined three different varieties of widely-used insecticides:...|
|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...|
|6/29/2014 - Another positive step in protecting bees has been taken, this time by the Spokane City Council. It will now be illegal for the City of Spokane to purchase or use neonicotinoid insecticides, such as RoundUp Ready. Following the example of Eugene, Oregon, the city is the second in the nation to ban the...|
|6/21/2014 - The colors of nature really stand out in the paradise of Kaua'i, Hawai'i. Sandy beaches embrace the waves of crystal blue water rushing ashore. The ocean waves nip peacefully at the base of the luscious, volcanic mountains, kissing the landscape in a fusion of awe and inspiration.
But just beyond...|
|6/5/2014 - Truvia sweetener is made from about 99.5% erythritol (a sugar alcohol), and 0.5% rebiana, an extract from the stevia plant (but not at all the same thing as stevia). A shocking new study published in the journal PLOS ONE (1) has found that Truvia, an alternative sweetener manufactured by food giant...|
|5/22/2014 - Agricultural workers, utility crew employees and residents in Washington have been exposed to pesticide applications via numerous "drift events," reported the Yakima Herald-Republic.
Roughly 60 people in the region have fallen ill, many reporting difficulty breathing, skin rashes, nausea, vomiting...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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...|
|5/10/2014 - Health enthusiasts all talk about the dangers of consuming genetically modified corn, soy, canola, cottonseed oil and sugar beets (MSG), but what about GM potatoes? Surely fast food French fries aren't just cooked in genetically mutated, hydrogenated oils but come from potatoes that are bred to resist...|
|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...|
|5/6/2014 - Just one week on a diet composed mostly (but not entirely) of organic foods can reduce adults' exposure to pesticides by an astonishing 90 percent, according to a study conducted by researchers from RMIT University in Australia and published in the journal Environmental Research on April 29.
|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...|
|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....|
|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...|
|3/27/2014 - A study done by French scientists, published in a high-impact journal (American Journal of Epidemiology) conclusively reports that chlordecone (kepone), a heavily chlorinated pesticide, is responsible for decreased gestation periods and increased risk of premature birth by 60 percent. How can chlordecone...|
|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...|
|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...|
|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.
|2/3/2014 - Even after being banned more than 40 years ago, the pesticide DDT continues to affect the lives of people today, beckoning infertility and other deeply concerning health conditions. Researchers are now finding out how the pesticide affects the nervous system. In 1972, when the US banned DDT from commercial...|
|1/25/2014 - Anti-GMO activists and Kauai County council members in Hawaii had to dig in as Kauai mayor Bernard Carvalho made a plea to not override his veto of Bill 2491. That's a bill that would monitor and restrict GMO planting and pesticide use in that county. The council got the necessary votes to overturn...|
|1/13/2014 - Industrial agriculture is undergoing yet another major transformation that will amass even more corporate control over the food supply, this time with regard to the composition of chemical pesticides. Untested nanoparticles, according to new research, are now turning up in pesticide formulas being developed...|
|1/9/2014 - There is a cumulative effect from eating bug and weed killer daily. No human being on the planet can deny that, if you swallow a little bit of poison every day, your body will break down and "die." So how much weed killer (RoundUp herbicide) and bug killer (Bt corn) makes you a "dying pest"? If I name...|
|12/19/2013 - Will the mosquito truck cruise through your neighborhood next summer with swine flu "bio-spray" that actually contains bacteria and viruses only preventable with the Big Pharma antidote that costs a fortune and is reserved for elitists? Are hospitals saving money by paying companies to dump their medical...|
|11/14/2013 - Ever since the biotechnology industry first made inroads into South America back in the 1990s, rates of birth defects, cancer and other illnesses have steadily increased, a direct result of pesticides and herbicides being sprayed near residential areas. And one group of mothers from Argentina, known...|
|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...|
|8/23/2013 - Thousands of people who "eat right" still aren't experiencing ideal health, but why? Do they really eat right, or do they just think they eat right? Maybe a few things they're eating drain all the nutrients from their body, basically "burning up" the vitamins and minerals that they thought their bodies...|
|8/19/2013 - Since the time when genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) were first introduced into the American food supply back in 1996, there has been a dramatic increase in pesticide use rather than the decrease we were all promised by the biotechnology industry as a supposed benefit of GMO technology. A new research...|
|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...|
|7/2/2013 - Fresh research on the neurological condition known as Parkinson's disease has affirmed what a number of prominent scientists have been saying for several years now: Mainly that pesticide exposure is a direct cause of this widespread degenerative health condition. And while there are admittedly many...|
|6/25/2013 - Faceless, nameless bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., are once again demonstrating their ignorance of an issue by refusing to take a necessary action that literally could have an impact on the health and well-being of millions of Americans.
Officials at the Department of Agriculture are refusing to...|
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|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"...|
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