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EU court upholds curbs on bee-killing pesticide

Luxembourg - A top European Union court on Thursday upheld the ban on three insecticides blamed for killing off bee populations, dismissing cases brought by chemicals giants Bayer and Syngenta.

EU to ban bee-killing pesticides

Apo - The EU on Friday backed an almost total ban on insecticides blamed for killing off bee populations, in a move hailed by environmentalists as a "beacon of hope".

EU to ban bee-killing pesticides

Apo - European Union countries voted on Friday in favour of a near-total ban on neonicotinoid insecticides which are blamed for an alarming collapse in bee populations.

Bird populations in rural France 'collapsing'

Paris - Bird populations across an eerily quiet French countryside have collapsed, on average, by a third over the last decade-and-a-half, alarmed researchers reported on Tuesday.

Walmart files for six patents related to the use of farm drones

Walmart has taken the first step in ensuring foods such as apples, pumpkins and almonds remain on shelves in the event of a bee extinction.

France to monitor air-borne farm chemicals

Paris - French air quality experts will begin monitoring the presence of air-borne pesticides and other chemicals at around 50 sites across France next year, their umbrella group ATMO France said Tuesday.

By attacking queen bumblebee, pesticide threatens colony: study

Paris - A common pesticide used on crops compromises a queen bumblebee's ability to lay eggs, threatening her colony with extinction, according to a study released Monday.

Laboratory tests link deaths in Bangladesh to pesticides

Analytical testing has linked a rise in sudden deaths of children in Bangladesh to chemicals sprayed onto local fruit trees. One of the potent insecticides used is banned in 80 other countries.

Walmart and True Value to phase out bee-killing pesticides

Environmental groups have reacted positively to the news that Walmart and True Value have decided to eliminate neonicotinoid pesticides, linked to global bee declines, from company garden retail supply chains.

Synthetic chemicals — An ignored risk to ecological change

Concerns over the proliferation of synthetic chemicals and pesticides, in particular, gave rise to the environmental movement in the 1960s. But scientific analysis of synthetic chemical pollution and their ecological impacts is disproportionately low.

Costco calls for end to bee-killing pesticides

The retail corporation Costco has requested that its suppliers end the use of bee-killing pesticides on garden plants sold in its stores. This is part of a Friends of the Earth initiative.

Several species of bee declared endangered in the U.S.

Further troubling news for bees, and with it worrying news for agriculture, with seven new species of bee being declared at risk in the U.S. The bees have been placed on the list of endangered species.

EU delays re-approval for weedkiller glyphosate

Brussels - The EU on Wednesday failed to agree on the re-approval of weedkiller glyphosate in Europe amid fresh fears the product could cause cancer.

Are bedbugs becoming more resistant?

Sydney - In alarming news for those with an aversion to bedbugs, the insects appear to be adapting to insecticides by developing thicker skins, according to new research.

Strawberries now top the list as most contaminated produce

Strawberries finally knocked apples out of first place on the "Dirty Dozen" list of the most pesticide contaminated produce, according to a new report from the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Pesticides damage bumblebees ability to learn, pollinate: study

A new study has found yet more damage pesticides do to our food supply. The ability of bumblebees to pollinate human crops and wild plants is damaged by them, the study found, by disrupting their natural ability to learn.

Independent report criticizes Europe’s pesticide policy

The ombudsman (office for independent complaints) has criticized the European Commission’s handling of pesticides across the European Union.

Assessing the cumulative risk of pesticides on people

The cumulative risks from exposure to pesticides on people is often discussed, but there is limited information. Now a new European study will consider the impact on the thyroid and nervous systems.

Some French holiday regions rated as pesticide use hot-spots

Paris - French TV channel, Francetv, in conjunction with its investigatory flagship broadcast, “Cash Investigation,” today released an interactive map detailing the French departments most affected by the use of dangerous pesticides.

U.S. government concludes neonicotinoids harm bees

The U.S. government has noted that the most widely used pesticide in the world is harmful to honeybees. However, in Europe, a ban on the use of the chemical could be lifted.

Mountain High Suckers recalls 100,000 pot-infused edibles

Denver - Over 99,500 packages of Mountain High Suckers, a cannabis-infused candy, were recalled on Wednesday in what is now the 15th such recall in 16 weeks in Colorado.

Butterflies could be affected by neonics

London - It is not only bees that are at risk from the use by farmers of neonic pesticides, but butterflies too, according to a new study.

EU downplays cancer risk from weedkiller in win for Monsanto

Brussels - A highly sensitive EU report on Thursday claimed one of the world's most popular weedkillers is "unlikely" to cause cancer, countering the UN and handing a victory to agri-business giant Monsanto.

Honey bee queens vulnerable to neonicotinoid insecticides

Bern - Poor queen health is one reason for the collapse of bee colonies around the world, and the extent of colony collapse disorder is growing. New research shows that honey bee queens are severely affected by two neonicotinoid insecticides.

Neonic pesticide risk to U.S. waterways

Neonicotinoids have been found in more than half of streams sampled across the U.S. The findings come from a team of U.S. government researchers.

Bees prefer nectar laced with insecticide

London - As controversy mounts over the U.K.’s decision to allow the limited use of neonic pesticides — troubling new research shows bees are drawn to plants sprayed with the powerful insect-killing chemical.

Op-Ed: Farm-raised salmon — What you don't know about your fish

I recently wrote a story about salmon farming practices in Chile. I focused on the horrendous amount of antibiotics used by fish farmers, and then I became curious. Why were human-use antibiotics being used at all? Here is what I found out.

The risks of methyl bromide exposure remain

Methyl bromide is a highly toxic pesticide. Although it is not permitted to be used in areas close to human habitation, incidences of poisoning still occur according to the U.S. CDC.

U.K. government lifts ban on neonicotinoid pesticides

London - Despite restrictions throughout Europe, and parts of Canada, the U.K. Conservative government has lifted the ban on neonicotinoid pesticides in certain parts of the country. This has raised concerns about the plight of bees.

Mites, not pesticides, killing the bees?

A Mississippi State University Extension Service apiculture specialist has challenged the assumption that the indiscriminate use of pesticides is responsible for the decline in bee populations. This theory is mites.
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