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Category: Food Safety :: Chemicals
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EPA sets interim limits on hypochlorite bleach to reduce degradation to perchlorate 1.6.2018 Nanotechnology Notes
Tom Neltner, J.D., is Chemicals Policy Director and Maricel Maffini, Ph.D., Consultant On May 1, 2018, Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) made an interim pesticide registration decision[1] for hypochlorite bleach used to disinfect drinking water. The office decided to require the “Precautionary Statements” section of the bleach’s pesticide label to include advisory […]
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The truth about organic produce and pesticides 21.5.2018 Washington Post
The truth about organic produce and pesticides
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If House Republicans Get Their Way, Rural Americans Are Screwed 16.5.2018 Mother Jones
Back in 2016, the Republican Party won the presidency and both chambers of Congress with strong support in rural areas, particularly among farmers. But since that triumph, the Grand Old Party hasn’t exactly been a champion of rural interests. As I’ve written in recent months, President Donald Trump’s crackdown on immigration is essentially an attack […]
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Why data is an essential nutrient for Aerofarms crops 10.5.2018 Design & Innovation | GreenBiz.com
Now on its ninth facility, the world's biggest vertical farming operation is a big proponent of automation.
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How the gig economy influences — and is influenced by — agro-preneurs 9.5.2018 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
One word: drones.
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Suspected water contamination kills 10 Cambodians; 120 ill 6.5.2018 Washington Post: World
Ten Cambodian villagers have died and 120 others have been sickened after drinking water suspected to be contaminated with insecticide, a health official said Sunday.
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Trends in agriculture show organics on top 30.4.2018 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com
'Organic doesn't mean what it used to — it's not just an "alternative" system to conventional agriculture anymore.
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EU to 'completely ban' outdoor use of pesticides blamed for devastating bees 27.4.2018 Minnesota Public Radio: News
Citing concerns for food production, the environment and biodiversity, the European Union moves to protect bees from a popular insecticide.
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The Bayer-Monsanto Merger Is Bad News for the Planet 20.4.2018 Truthout - All Articles
Two new studies from Europe  have found that the number of farm birds in France has crashed by a third in just 15 years, with some species being almost eradicated. The collapse in the bird population  mirrors the discovery last October  that over three quarters of all flying insects in Germany have vanished in just three decades. Insects are the staple food source of birds, the pollinators of fruits, and the aerators of the soil. The chief suspect in this mass extinction is the aggressive use of neonicotinoid pesticides,  particularly imidacloprid and clothianidin, both made by German-based chemical giant Bayer . These pesticides,  along with toxic glyphosate herbicides (Roundup) , have delivered a one-two punch against Monarch butterflies, honeybees and birds. But rather than banning these toxic chemicals, on March 21st  the EU approved  the $66 billion merger of Bayer and Monsanto, the US agribusiness giant producing Roundup and the genetically modified (GMO) seeds that have reduced seed diversity ...
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The story of the king of fruits – Mango 17.4.2018 Buzz – The Navhind Times
Miguel Braganza Mango is clearly the ‘king of fruits’, especially in the tropics. Unscrupulous traders encourage farmers to spray the trees and the fruits with insecticides and fungicides, many of which are banned in the advanced countries. The mango crop can be grown free from poisonous insecticides and fungicides that are freely used by commercial ...
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Why are you still peeling all those vegetables? 13.4.2018 Washington Post
Why are you still peeling all those vegetables?
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Strawberries top 2018's 'Dirty Dozen' fruits and veggies - again 11.4.2018 Science / Technology News

Every year since 2004, the group - a nonprofit, nonpartisan environmental organization - ranked pesticide contamination in 47 popular fruits and vegetables for its Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce . Spinach is the second dirtiest item on the "Dirty Dozen" list, followed by nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, potatoes and sweet bell peppers.

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Can California avert a citrus apocalypse? 11.4.2018 LA Times: Commentary

I don’t usually just wave agents of the state into my house. But when a nice lady from the California Department of Food and Agriculture showed up at my door last week, I welcomed her with a genuine smile.

“You’re here for the psyllids, right?” I asked, as two masked men on the street waited for...

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Slowing down childhood obesity and early puberty with exercise and nutrition 4.4.2018 Philly.com News
Since the 1970s, the percentage of U.S. children affected by early puberty and obesity has continued to grow at an alarming rate.
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Hunger may increase as the pounds decrease. Here are tactics to tame it. 2.4.2018 Washington Post
Hunger may increase as the pounds decrease. Here are tactics to tame it.
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How genetically engineered salmon swims onto our plates 17.3.2018 Energy & Climate | Greenbiz.com
The transgenic technology that produces fast-growing fish soon could come to the U.S. Will it live up to its claims of making seafood more sustainable?
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Why do people get Pancreatitis 11.3.2018 The Navhind Times
Nandkumar Kamat Human pancreas is a long, flat gland, a prodigious and biochemically amazing cellular factory of complex biomolecules located behind the stomach in the upper abdomen. It produces digestive enzymes and hormones regulating sugar metabolism. Enzymes include several complex proteases, lipases, nucleases, amylase and hormones include – gastrin, cholecystokinin, secretin, insulin, glucagon and somatostatin. ...
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California Court Blocks State Agriculture Department From Spraying Pesticides 4.3.2018 Truthout.com
In a win for environmental and public health advocates, a California court has halted a program that allows the state agriculture department to spray pesticides on public and private property without proper notice to the public about its intention to spray or adequate study of the possible adverse impacts of the chemicals used. The court order, which came late last week, was in response to a  lawsuit  brought by 11 environmental and public health groups -- including the Environmental Working Group, Center for Food Safety, Pesticide Action Network North America, Center for Biological Diversity, and Moms Advocating Sustainability -- and the city of Berkeley. The California Department of Food and Agriculture's (CDFA)  Plant Pest Prevention and Management Program , which is supposed to control outbreaks of invasive plant pests, gave the agency the license to use 79 pesticides -- including some known to cause cancer and birth defects and to be highly toxic to bees, butterflies, and other wildlife -- ...
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These Popular Pesticides Are Really Bad for the Birds and the Bees 28.2.2018 Mother Jones
As spring approaches, US farmers are gearing up to plant about 180 million acres in corn and soybeans—a combined land mass nearly twice the size of California, mostly in the Midwest. The great majority of the seeds they sow will be coated with neonicotinoid pesticides: synthetic chemicals thought to be harmless to humans but that attack bugs’ […]
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Glyphosate cancer warning in California halted 28.2.2018 LA Times: Business

A federal judge on Monday temporarily barred California environmental officials from requiring cancer warnings on food products that contain traces of the herbicide glyphosate.

The injunction by U.S. District Judge William Shubb leaves glyphosate on the state’s so-called Proposition 65 list as...

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