Tag Archives: pesticides

The End Of Monsanto’s Roundup?

For decades, Monsanto has claimed that Roundup and its key ingredient, glyphosate, are “safe.” The biotech industry has backed up those claims with industry-funded “studies.” The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is supposed to protect us, has been protecting Monsanto’s profits instead. In July the EPA, despite new studies linking glyphosate to everything from infertility ...

Pesticide Use By Farmers Linked To High Rates Of Depression, Suicides

By: Brian Bienkowski | Environmental Health News -  On his farm in Iowa, Matt Peters worked from dawn to dusk planting his 1,500 acres of fields with pesticide-treated seeds. “Every spring I worried about him,” said his wife, Ginnie. “Every spring I was glad when we were done.” A clinical psychologist spoke to him on the phone and ...

USDA Favors Dow AgroSciences Over Farmers

By: Paul Towers, Pesticide Action Network - Today the US Department of Agriculture granted Dow AgroSciences approval of its controversial new herbicide-resistant, genetically engineered corn and soybean seeds known as Enlist. The seeds have been engineered to withstand applications of the toxic herbicide, 2,4-D. Using Dow AgroScience’s projections in its final report, USDA predicts 2,4-D use in corn and ...

Canadian Beekeepers Sue Bayer And Syngenta Over Neonicotinoid Pesticides

Canadian beekeepers are suing the makers of popular crop pesticides for more than $400 million in damages, alleging that their use is causing the deaths of bee colonies. The proposed class action lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the Ontario Superior Court on behalf of all Canadian beekeepers by Sun Parlor Honey Ltd. and Munro Honey, two of ...

An Apple A Day

Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Not anymore, according to soil health experts—unless the apple comes from a tree grown in healthy, organic soil. According to Australian soil scientist Christine Jones, as reported by Courtney White in his book, Grass, Soil, Hope, apples have lost 80 percent of their vitamin C. And that ...

The Assault On Organics

Ignoring science to make the case for chemical farming. The New York Post loves a good villain, but you’d think it would be hard to cast a bad light on the group of people profiled in an April 19 story: moms who feed their kids organic food. Naomi Schaefer Riley took on the challenge in “The Tyranny ...

Pregnant? Live Near Crops Sprayed With Pesticides?

You might want to move. A study published last month in Environmental Health Perspectives shows that babies whose moms lived within a mile of crops treated with widely used pesticides were more likely to develop autism. According to the research, mothers who lived less than one mile from fields treated with organophosphate pesticides during pregnancy were ...

Neonicotinoid Imidacloprid Insecticide Killing Bird Species

Bayer CropScience Ltd, Sherriff Amenity and Westland Horticulture Limited are some of the companies that manufacture this insecticide. The populations of insectivorous birds such as the Common Starling and the Wood Swallow are declining in agricultural areas where high levels of neonicotinoid imidacloprid insecticide are found. This is the conclusion of the latest study published this ...

Study: Bee Foraging Chronically Impaired By Pesticide Exposure

A study co-authored by a University of Guelph scientist that involved fitting bumblebees with tiny radio frequency tags shows long-term exposure to a neonicotinoid pesticide hampers bees’ ability to forage for pollen. The research by Nigel Raine, a professor in Guelph’s School of Environmental Sciences, and Richard Gill of Imperial College London was published today in the British ...

Pesticides Found In 51% Of “Bee-Friendly” Plants From Garden Centers Across U.S.

Many “bee-friendly” home garden plants sold at Home Depot (NYSE: HD), Lowe’s (NYSE: LOW) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT) have been pre-treated with pesticides shown to harm and kill bees, according to a study released today by Friends of the Earth and allies. The study, Gardeners Beware 2014, shows that 36 out of 71 (51 percent) of ...

What Will It Take?

The evidence against neonicotinoid pesticides keeps piling up. But will it be enough to get the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to act in time? Friends of the Earth (FOE) yesterday (June 25, 2014) released results of a second study on so-called “bee-friendly” garden plants sold at Home Depot, Lowe’s and Walmart stores. According to the ...

New Study Finds Organic Diet For One Week Drops Pesticide Levels By 90 Percent In Adults

I constantly come across individuals not knowing the difference between organic food and food that’s riddled with pesticides, which is why awareness is so important. A recent study conducted by researchers from RMIT university, published in the journal Environmental Research found that an organic diet for just one week significantly reduced pesticide (commonly used in ...

EWG Releases 2014 Dirty Dozen And Clean Fifteen Lists

The Environmental Working Group has released its 2014 list of The Dirty Dozen Plus and The Clean Fifteen. It’s important to note that the suggestions given by EWG are based strictly on the levels of contamination from pesticide.  The Clean 15 list does contain items that are potentially genetically modified, so you must be aware of this ...

Follow The Honey

You would think what with Monsanto’s Honeybee Advisory Council, and Bayer’s Bee Care Centers, the world’s largest pesticide-makers would be too busy caring about bees to manufacture or use the pesticides that kill them. Not true, of course. Here’s what is true. Bayer, Syngenta and Monsanto have launched a massive public relations campaign to convince consumers ...

Glyphosate (Roundup) Linked To Cancer Of The Lymph Tissue In New Study

A new review on the relationship between pesticide exposure and the risk of blood cancers in the lymph glands (lymphomas) has confirmed the existence of a link with the world's most popular herbicide glyphosate (aka Roundup). Published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health and titled, "Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and Occupational Exposure to Agricultural ...

Determination Of Insecticidal Action And Effective Dose Rate Of Lantana Camara Fresh Leave Extract Against Cotton Sucking Insects

  ABSTRACT This study investigated biological activity of the botanical pesticide; made from fresh leaves of Lantana Camara plant with brand name LC-Extract comprising natural chemical [Dimethylacryloxy Lantanolic]against sucking insects of cotton; Amarasca devastan Gossypum hirsutum; Thrips tabaci, Gossypum hirsutum and Bemisia Tabaci Gossypum hirsutum. Three dose rates of LC-Extract were evaluated in comparison to standard Movento ...

Roundup Ready Breast Milk?

It’s only a small pilot study. But the numbers are alarming. And the implications profound. In the first testing done of its kind, Moms Across America and Sustainable Pulse found high levels of glyphosate, the key active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, in the breast milk of American women. The pilot study has led to funding for further, ...