Tag: pesticides

Consuming Folate Around Conception Reduces Risk of Autism From Pesticides

By Mae Chan Mothers exposed to pesticides who took high-doses of folic acid around conception reduced their risk of having children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), according to a study in Environmental Health Perspectives. An editorial published previous in the prestigious journal Environmental Health Perspectives called for increased research to identify possible environmental causes of…

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Farmers & Farm Organizations Urge EPA & USDA to Address Threat from Dicamba Pesticide Drift

Farmers Challenge Monsanto CEO’s Definition of “Success” Washington, DC – As members of Congress return to Capitol Hill today, 85 farm and farmer support organizations sent letters to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) urging them to better protect farm families from an unprecedented spike in crop loss from herbicide drift. Experts estimate that…

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Study Finds Disturbing Spike in Birth Defects in US Women Living Near Industrial Agriculture

By Justin Gardner An exhaustive new study is sounding the alarm over industrial pesticide use and its effect on human health. Pregnant women in California’s San Joaquin Valley have a significantly greater chance of premature birth or birth abnormalities if they live near agricultural fields with high pesticide use. [F]or individuals in the top 5…

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Weeding Out Vaccine Toxins: MMR, Glyphosate, and the Health of a Generation

By Dr. Stephanie Seneff Glyphosate, often sold under the brand name “Roundup,” is the most widely used weed killer in the U.S. Glyphosate is a “non-selective herbicide,” which means it kills many plants, not just weeds. It kills them by interfering with the production of critical proteins necessary for growth. In commercial agriculture, Roundup is…

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Maryland Joins Efforts to Ban Dangerous Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

On June 6, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh joined six attorney generals in challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) failure to label chlorpyrifos as unsafe for humans in any quantity. Six weeks later, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin announced his co-sponsorship of a bill that bans chlorpyrifos. What exactly is chlorpyrifos and why is everyone so up…

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Pesticides Can Block Colony Formation in Bumblebees, Could Lead to Extinction: Study

By Jason Erickson Regular readers of Natural Blaze are probably well aware of the threat that neonics present to the ecosystem. For this reason, it is essential that we continue to focus on each new study that reinforces what the alternative media seems willing to cover, but the mainstream not so much. The plight of…

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Bayer Accidentally Funds Study Showing Its Pesticide is Killing Bees, Promptly Denies Conclusions

By Justin Gardner A large-scale study on neonicotinoid pesticides is adding to the growing body of evidence that these agricultural chemicals are indeed harming bee populations. Carried out at 33 sites in the United Kingdom, Germany and Hungary, the study found that exposure to neonicotinoids “left honeybee hives less likely to survive over winter, while…

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What They Aren’t Telling You About the Dicamba Crisis

By Heather Callaghan, Editor There’s a reason Arkansas and Missouri just issued emergency, temporary dicamba bans. Dicamba pesticide isn’t new – but the biotech feats that are bolstering its indiscriminate use are unsurprisingly causing new problems If you know agriculture, you know that sometimes – drift happens. If you live near farm fields, you know when it’s time to close…

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Two New Studies Confirm Common Insecticide Weakens Honeybee Hives

By Derrick Broze Two new studies confirm the danger of neonicotinoid insecticides. After years of back and forth speculation and conflicting studies from countries around the world, it seems fair to say neonicotinoids insecticides are causing dramatic weakening of honeybee hives. The “neonics” are a class of pesticide that has previously been linked to declines…

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