Tag: pesticides

Who Is Deliberately Killing the Bees…and Why?

By Cat Ellis Last night, my husband attended our beekeeping association meeting. He was looking forward to it all day. Talking with other “bee people” is exciting, chatting about the upcoming spring, opening up the hives after winter, installing new bees, etc. I couldn’t wait for him to come home to with new beekeeping ideas and…

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Healthy to Eat, Unhealthy to Grow: Strawberries Embody the Contradictions of California Agriculture

By Julie Guthman, University of California, Santa Cruz Agricultural abundance is a pillar of the California dream. In 2016 the state turned out more than US$45 billion worth of meat, milk and crops. Long before nutritionists agreed that fresh fruits and vegetables should be the center of American diets, California farmers had planted much of…

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The Surprising Culprit to Bee Decline That Could Rival Pesticides

By Heather Callaghan, Natural Blaze Many theories have been put forth on the rapid bee decline and colony collapse disorder as well as the concerning decline of other pollinators. Many researchers have pointed fingers at neonicotinoids. In other cases, Monsanto and other chemical companies have been discovered to fund studies that show every other answer but…

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Songbirds Have Lost Their Way Thanks to This Common Pesticide

By Heather Callaghan, Editor A groundbreaking study is showing once and for all that despite safety claims, insecticides called neonicotinoids have a direct effect on the health and travels of songbirds. Inhabitat reports: Reportedly, this is the first study to show that imidacloprid (neonicotinoid) and chlorpyrifos (organophosphate) — which are two of the most widely-used insecticides —…

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Travel Horror Results in Multi-Million Dollar Award For Family Nearly Killed by Banned Pesticide

By Jason Erickson The challenge of dodging pesticides in modern food is well established, but not many people have considered another hidden danger that led to tragedy for one vacationing Delaware family. The Esmond family – husband, wife, and two sons – were staying at a condominium complex in St. John, U.S. Virgin islands when…

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Researchers Warn How Pesticides Are Secretly Growing Antibiotic Resistance

By Heather Callaghan, Editor More emphasis needs to be placed on antibiotic stewardship…Otherwise, new drugs will fail rapidly and be lost to humanity. The first team of researchers ever to discover that the world’s most popular pesticides and herbicides increase the antibiotic resistance crisis have conducted another study to prove once and for all a frightening truth…

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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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