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Topic: Pesticides

Strawberries Top ‘Dirty Dozen’ List Of Pesticide-Laden Fruits And Vegetables

Strawberries topped this year’s 'Dirty Dozen' of the EWG in its annual list of the best and worst produce when it comes to pesticide content. But should you really get these fruits and vegetables organic?

Healthy Living/Wellness March 10, 2017

Common Insecticide Chemicals Adversely Affect Biological Clocks, Bump Up Metabolic Disease Risk

Latest study published in Chemical Research in Toxicology reveals exposure to chemicals found in insecticides messes up with the body’s circadian rhythm, increasing the likelihood of metabolic diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes.

Public Health January 21, 2017

Chemical Commonly Used On Crops Leaves Bees Susceptible To Deadly Viruses

A new study has found that an adjuvant used for increasing the toxins in pesticides of crops has been harming honey bee larvae - making it vulnerable to pathogen attacks and increasing its mortality rate. The agrochemical, however, is officially classified as inert.

Animals January 17, 2017

First Time In The US: Bumblebee Species Enters Endangered Species List

For the first time in American history, a bumblebee species, namely the rusty patched bumblebee, has been added to the endangered species list with an astonishing decline over the years.

Animals January 11, 2017

‘Safe’ Pesticides Not So Safe After All: Honeybee Deaths Linked To Compounds Previously Thought ‘Bee-Safe’

A new study found that pesticides are responsible for many bee colony deaths. From fungicides to insecticides, these substances, thought of as safe for bees and their habitat, end up killing entire colonies.

Animals October 11, 2016

18-Year Study Finds Link Between Neonicotinoid Pesticides And Decline Of Bee Populations

A new study that involved 60 species of bees and used field data spanning 18 years supported findings of earlier smaller studies. The insecticide neonicotinoid is linked to population decline in bees.

Animals August 17, 2016

Bees Get Highest Concentration Of Pesticides From Homes

Bees that live near crop plants such as corn and soybean still spend more time getting pollen from gardens and trees. This exposes the pollinators to chemicals often used by homeowners.

Animals June 1, 2016

Aerial Pesticide Spraying Linked To Autism

Autism in children may be driven, in part, by aerial spraying of pesticides. How serious is the problem?

Public Health April 30, 2016

Low Levels Of Pesticide Still Affect Bees' Ability To Find Flowers

In a new study, even low levels of neonicotinoid pesticides made it hard for bumblebees to learn and remember. This disrupted their foraging behavior, which is crucial for their pollination services and in turn the world's food crops and wild plants.

Earth/Environment March 15, 2016

Up To 57 Pesticides Linked To Declining Population Of Honeybees

Researchers have found a new method that can detect pesticides in bees and help scientists tackle the problem of honeybee population decline worldwide. They analyzed 200 pesticides simultaneously and detected a number present in poisoned honeybees.

Earth/Environment March 13, 2016

Pesticide 'Dumbs Down' Bees, Causes Deficits In Memory And Learning

Honeybees have it tough out there. Researchers have found that the pesticide chlorpyrifos, used for protecting crops against mites and insects, causes memory and learning deficits when ingested, even in minute amounts.`

Earth/Environment March 3, 2016

Many Consumers Who Buy Natural Foods Do Not Know What Natural Foods Are: Consumer Reports Survey

Consumers who chose to buy products that contain the 'natural' label do not know what natural foods are. More Americans assume that whenever they see the word 'natural' in products, they are better.

LIFE January 29, 2016

Britain Fears Super Rat Plague: Warmer Weather May Trigger Invasion Of Giant Rats Immune To Poison

With warmer winters this year, pest control experts warn that millions of rats are set to invade Britain by summer. The rats, which are expected to grow up to 2 feet long, have become immune to over-the-counter pest control poisons.

LIFE January 28, 2016

Scientists Hired By Monsanto Say Weed Killer Glyphosate Does Not Cause Cancer

A scientific panel hired by Monsanto revealed that the ingredient glyphosate commonly used in Roundup pesticide does not cause cancer. The panel’s assessment contradicts the previous report by WHO.

LIFE December 8, 2015

Exposure To Common Farm Pesticide May Damage Lungs Of Children

Early pesticide exposure is linked to poor lung function in children of farming families. Each tenfold increase in levels of organophosphate urinary metabolites was linked to a 159-millimeter decrease in lung function.

LIFE December 6, 2015

Neonicotinoids Blamed For Drop In Butterfly Population: Pesticide Also Harms Small Tortoiseshell, Small Skipper

The use of neonicotinoids in farms in the United Kingdom resulted in the decline of butterfly population. Around 15 to 17 species of butterflies that live in farmlands have declined in the period of 1985 to 2012.

Earth/Environment November 25, 2015

Exposure Of Bees To Neonic Pesticides Linked To Poorer Apple Crops

Exposure to a certain pesticide commonly used on apple trees can decrease bumblebee effectiveness in pollinating trees. This is then linked to fewer seeds and overall poorer fruit quality

Animals November 19, 2015

WHO Flags Pesticide Glyphosate As Probable Carcinogen But EU Says Weedkiller Unlikely To Cause Cancer

The IARC said that the pesticide glyphosate is most probably carcinogenic. Despite taking these findings into account, EFSA claimed that the chance of the pesticide causing cancer was minimal, but did propose limitations on how much of glyphosate can be consumed safely.

LIFE November 12, 2015

Exposure to Pesticides May Damage Sperm In Teenagers

A recent study revealed that adolescent exposure to pesticides found in food can lead to the development of defective sperm cells. Researchers said that banned pesticides such as DDTs are still present in the environment.

LIFE November 7, 2015

Bees Love Caffeine And This Is How It Affects Their Foraging Behavior

Caffeine is found by previous studies to make honey bees learn and remember their routes to the correct flower better. But it can also lead to return to lower-quality forage every time - serving the interests of plants, not the pollinators.

October 19, 2015

Government Is Shooting Sterilized Moths From Cannons Attached To Drones To Solve Cotton Farming Pest Problem

The USDA is testing an experiment that consists of shooting sterile moths into cotton fields to falsely reproduce with wild moths to prevent infestations that destroy the crop.

FUTURE TECH October 8, 2015

Home Use Of Pesticides Linked To Increased Risk Of Childhood Cancer

An analysis of health studies suggests a link between home pesticides and childhood cancers, including leukemia and lymphoma. Scientific evidence of the dangers of pesticides are mounting, experts say.

LIFE September 15, 2015

Popular Pesticide Solves Pest Problems But Stings Wild Bee Population

A pesticide known as neonicotinoids, used to protect rapeseeds from flea beetles, has been found to affect the growth and reproduction of bumblebee colonies. Researchers also found the bees are not repelled by the pesticides.

Earth/Environment April 24, 2015

Consumption Of Pesticide-Laden Fruits And Vegetables May Lead To Poor Sperm Count

Lower sperm counts and higher levels of abnormal sperm are seen in men who consume fruits and vegetables treated with pesticides, study finds. Researchers at Harvard say theirs is the first study to show such a link.

LIFE March 31, 2015

UK Wrong About Neonicotinoid Bee Study, Says Expert

A study used by the UK to base its pesticide policy on apparently came to the wrong conclusion, according to a re-analysis and actually shows that neonicotinoid use is harmful to bees.

March 28, 2015

Pesticides in our water: Risk to humans down, but risk to aquatic-life holds steady

A new study shows that although the US has made advances in reducing chemicals harmful to humans in rivers and streams, there are still too many harmful chemicals for marine life.

Earth/Environment September 12, 2014

Conservationists rejoice: Bald eagles make a comeback on California’s Channel Islands

Nesting pair of bald eagles spotted on island off California is an encouraging sign, conservationists say. Sighting confirms the birds are returning to their historic range.

Animals July 18, 2014

Organic foods offer more antioxidants and less pesticide risks, claims new study

Researchers claim the study is the largest to date on comparing organic and conventional produce. The organic choice can provide the equivalent of one to two extra portions of fruit and veggies a day, claims the study.

LIFE July 17, 2014

Organic foods are 'nutritionally superior': They contain less pesticides and more antioxidants

Organic crops provide better nutrition and have fewer toxins than foods grown with pesticides and herbicides, a new meta-study reveals.

LIFE July 14, 2014

Decline of wild bird population linked to use of neonicotinoid pesticides: Study

A study from the Netherlands revealed that neonicotinoids, linked to the declining bee population, are also affecting bird species such as the mistle thrush.

Earth/Environment July 10, 2014

Study implicates pesticides in insectivorous bird decline

Chemicals used to combat crop pests may be behind drop in populations of insect-eating bird species, study suggests. Pesticides leaching into soil, water may represent threat to other species as well, researchers say.

Animals July 9, 2014

Exposure of expectant moms to pesticide ups autism risk of kids

Pregnant women are at a high risk of having offspring with autism and/or developmental delay if they are exposed to pesticides based on a new study. The study has been led by researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

LIFE June 27, 2014

Your beautiful backyard garden could be bee killer

Neonicotinoids could be killing off bees, and many other lifeforms, according to a new meta-analysis of the effect of the powerful insecticide.

Earth/Environment June 26, 2014

Prenatal exposure to pesticides may increase risk of autism in offspring

Researchers at the UC Davis MIND Institute found strong associations between prenatal exposure and residential proximity to certain classes of chemical pesticides and occurrences of autism and other developmental delays in offspring.

LIFE June 23, 2014

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