Tag: pesticides

UK Will Back Full Ban on Bee-Killing Pesticides

By Heather Callaghan, Editor Big news! Research led the environment secretary to overturn the government’s previous opposition, meaning a total EU ban is highly probable. Environment secretary, Michael Grove, revealed last week that the UK will back a complete ban bee-harming pesticides (exempting greenhouses) across Europe. The Guardian reported: The decision reverses the government’s previous position and…

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Five Reasons Not To Spray The Bugs In Your Garden This Summer

By Lizzy Lowe, Macquarie University; Cameron Webb, University of Sydney, and Kate Umbers, Western Sydney University The weather is getting warmer, and gardens are coming alive with bees, flies, butterflies, dragonflies, praying mantises, beetles, millipedes, centipedes, and spiders. For some of us it is exciting to see these strange and wonderful creatures return. For others,…

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The Best Way to Wash Pesticides Off Apples According to Science

By Heather Callaghan, Editor This is your best bet of getting the pesticides off your fruit…(Hint: it’s not tap water). Recently, we published a shocking report that many items in the produce section carry residues of one or more pesticides. This means that consumers are literally consuming pesticides on their food, despite the safety claims of chemophile…

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Study: Dangerous Pesticide Found in 75 Percent of Global Honey

By Derrick Broze A new study has found traces of a controversial pesticide in 75 percent of the world’s honey. A new study published in the journal Science detected at least one variety of a harmful pesticide in 75 percent of honey around the world. The study, “A worldwide survey of neonicotinoids in honey,” examined…

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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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