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Pesticides May Cause Bumblebees to Lose Their Buzz, Study Finds 14.11.2017 Green Technology and Environmental Science News - ENN
Pesticides significantly reduce the number of pollen grains a bumblebee is able to collect, a new University of Stirling study has found.
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The Over-the-Counter Sleeping Pill That’s Too Good to Be True 13.11.2017 Mother Jones
Once upon a time, insomniacs counted sheep. Today, they take melatonin. Referred to by scientists as the “hormone of darkness,” melatonin is naturally produced by a gland in the brain at night, but it can also be purchased at any major drugstore. Millions of Americans take it, whether swallowing it in pill form, spritzing it on […]
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Conference on ‘The Organic Movement: The Way Forward’ 4.11.2017 Voice of Sikkim
04 Nov, Gangtok (IPR) : A conference ‘The Organic Movement: The Way Forward’ was held at Chintan Bhawan today amidst presence of distinguished visiting delegates from leading global Organic bodies. The conference was graced by Chief Minister Mr Pawan Chamling as the chief guest. Mr Markus Arbenz, Director, IFOAM, Germany, made a brief presentation on […]
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'Big Chicken' Connects Poultry Farming To Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria 2.11.2017 NPR News
In her new book, health journalist Maryn McKenna explores how many of the chickens consumed in the U.S. have been fed antibiotics, which can lead to serious infections in humans.
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Little follow-up when FDA finds high levels of perchlorate in food 2.11.2017 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., is Chemicals Policy Director and Maricel Maffini, Ph.D., Consultant For more than 40 years, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has conducted the Total Diet Study (TDS) to monitor levels of approximately 800 pesticides, metals, and other contaminants, as well as nutrients in food. The TDS’s purposes are to “track trends in the […]
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Baking soda can remove pesticides from apples: study 26.10.2017 Lifestyle – The Indian Express
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Milk, salads, kitty litter, condoms: 'Non-GMO' labels sow confusion 25.10.2017 LA Times: Commentary

Clover Sonoma dairy has long cultivated a dual image of folksy kitsch and foodie trend-spotting.

While its cartoon mascot, Clo the Cow, cracked tortured puns on billboards along U.S. 101, the Bay Area’s top milk supplier touted its small-scale farms in the dwindling grasslands of California’s northern...

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Have Monsanto and the Biotech Industry Turned Natural Bt Pesticides Into GMO "Super Toxins"? 11.10.2017 Truthout - All Articles
In times of great injustice, independent media is crucial to fighting back against misinformation. Support grassroots journalism: Make a donation to Truthout by clicking here. Is the supposed safety advantage of GMO crops over conventional chemical pesticides a mirage? According to biotech lore, the Bt pesticides introduced into many GMO food crops are natural proteins whose toxic activity extends  only to narrow groups of insect species . Therefore, says the industry, these pesticides can all be safely eaten, e.g. by humans. This is not the interpretation we arrived at after our analysis of the documents accompanying the commercial approval of 23 typical Bt-containing GMO crops, however (see  Latham et al., 2017 , just published in the journal Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Reviews). In our publication, authored along with Madeleine Love and Angelika Hilbeck, of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), we show that commercial GMO Bt toxins differ greatly from their natural precursors. ...
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It's time to nix neonics 11.10.2017 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
David Suzuki The Canadian government is banning plastic microbeads in toiletries. Although designed to clean us, they're polluting the environment, putting the health of fish, wildlife and people at risk. Manufacturers and consumers ushered plastic microbeads into the marketplace, but when we learned of their dangers, we moved to phase them out. Why, then, is it taking so long to phase out the world's most widely used insecticides, neonicotinoids? Scientists have proven they're harming not only the pests they're designed to kill, but also a long list of non-target species, including pollinators we rely on globally for about one-third of food crops. Neonics are systemic pesticides. Plants absorb and integrate them into all tissues -- roots, stems, leaves, flowers, pollen and nectar. First introduced in the 1990s, they now account for one-third of the global pesticide market. Agricultural applications include leaf sprays, and seed and soil treatments. They're also used for trees, turf products, and flea ...
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Are we at a tipping point with weed control? 5.10.2017 Environmental News Network
If farmers could no longer control weeds with existing herbicides, Americans would take notice pretty quickly
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Diet Diary: The harmful effects of Glyphosate residue in food items 23.9.2017 Health – The Indian Express
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Public comment sought on oyster growers’ new plan to spray beds with pesticide 23.9.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

A 2015 proposal to spray some Washington oyster beds with imidacloprid, a neurotoxic pesticide, was withdrawn after a deluge of opposition from local chefs and the public. Now a new plan is in the works.
Scientists Try To Fight Crop Damage With An Invasive Moth's Own DNA 28.8.2017 NPR News
The diamondback moth attacks cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower, costing farmers billions of dollars every year. But will these lab-bred insects inherit the same stigma as genetically modified crops?
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Popular Pesticides Keep Bumblebees From Laying Eggs 14.8.2017 NPR News
A new study is adding to evidence that a popular class of pesticides can harm wild bees, like bumblebees.
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Austria records first instances of Fipronil-tainted eggs 14.8.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

VIENNA (AP) — Austria’s food safety agency says it has found the first instances of eggs contaminated with Fipronil in the country. The AGES agency says eight of 80 samples tested nationwide yielded traces of the insecticide, with the highest level at 0.1 milligrams a kilogram. That’s below the EU limit of 0.72 milligrams a […]
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Austria finds some egg products contaminated with insecticide: ORF 14.8.2017 Reuters Health
VIENNA (Reuters) - Tests show that some imported egg products in Austria have been contaminated with a potentially harmful insecticide, a health ministry official told broadcaster ORF on Monday, adding to the list of countries affected by an international health ...
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Fear spreads over tainted eggs despite low risk to consumers 11.8.2017 Washington Post: World
Experts say the risk of getting sick from eating an egg tainted with insecticide is low. But that hasn’t stopped stores in Germany and the Netherlands from stripping them from supermarket shelves, or prevented other European food safety agencies from issuing warnings.
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Fear spreads over tainted eggs despite low risk to consumers 11.8.2017 AP Business
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Experts say the risk of getting sick from eating an egg tainted with insecticide is low. But that hasn't stopped stores in Germany and the Netherlands from stripping them from supermarket shelves, or prevented other European food safety agencies from issuing warnings....
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Europe's Egg-Contamination Scandal Spreads As Far As Hong Kong 11.8.2017 NPR News
Tainted eggs have been found in at least 16 countries in Europe. Millions of eggs have been pulled from European shelves over fears they are contaminated with fipronil, which is used to kill insects.
Fear spreads over tainted eggs despite low risk to consumers 11.8.2017 Seattle Times: Nation & World

AMSTERDAM — Experts say the risk of getting sick from eating an egg tainted with insecticide is low. But that hasn’t stopped stores in Germany and the Netherlands from stripping them from supermarket shelves, or prevented other European food safety agencies from issuing warnings. The story about the illegal use of the insecticide Fipronil in […]
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