Tag: agriculture

Farmland 48 Times More Toxic To Insects Than 25 Years Ago

By Tyler Durden A new study shows how “insect apocalypse” is unfolding across America’s farmland since neonicotinoid pesticides were introduced several decades ago. Researchers found that farmland across the country is 48 times more toxic to insect life than 25 years ago, and neonicotinoid pesticides account for a…

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“Alarming” Explosion of Toxic Pesticide Use Causing Insect Apocalypse in US: Study

By Jake Johnson The rapid and dangerous decline of the insect population in the United States—often called an “insect apocalypse” by scientists—has largely been driven by an increase in the toxicity of U.S. agriculture caused by the use of neonicotinoid pesticides, according to a study published Tuesday in…

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Chlorpyrifos: Playing Pesticide Politics with Children’s Health

By Children’s Health Defense Chlorpyrifos—described by some as “the most dangerous pesticide you’ve never heard of”—is an insect-killing organophosphate. Organophosphates trace their roots back to Nazi-era IG Farben nerve gases; contemporary scientists still describe the compounds as “junior-strength nerve agents” that have a mechanism of action comparable to sarin. Dow Chemical—the…

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Monoculture Farming with Pollinator-Dependent Crops Threatens Food Security, Study Suggests

New research suggests that global trends in farming practices are undermining the pollinators crops depend on and putting agricultural productivity and stability at risk, particularly in some Asian and South American nations A multinational team of researchers has identified countries where agriculture’s increasing dependence on…

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