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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.

Ontario backs restriction on bee-killing pesticides

Toronto - Ontario has issued a new regulation aimed at reducing the use of seeds treated with neonicotinoid pesticides. This type of nicotine-formulated pesticides is connected with the decline of bees.

New campaign to save bees from pesticides

In 2013 neonicotinoid pesticides were temporarily banned in Europe due to a 'high acute risk' to honey bees. An environmental organization wishes the matter to be extended to a complete ban.

Bees are drawn to pesticides, triggering risk of death

A study shows bees prefer food laced with pesticides. Further research adds to the evidence that such chemicals are harmful to some pollinators.

Pesticide use in Europe is harming the bees

Brussels - Some European governments have claimed that neonicotinoid pesticides are not harming bees or other wildlife. This has been challenged by Europe's 29 academies of sciences who are arguing just the opposite.

Lowe's to halt sale on neonics - Only sell plants free of neonics

Home improvement chain Lowe's Cos. Inc. is joining with a number of other retailers in saying "so long" to a class of pesticides that may be responsible for the dwindling numbers of honeybees across the world.

Second child in the family dies due to pesticide poisoning

Fort Mcmurray - It was a sad day for the residents of Fort McMurray in Alberta after a two-year-old boy joined his eight-month-old sister in death due to pesticide poisoning.

Diet changes help bees resist pesticides

Pesticides pose a risk to bees and the loss of bees impacts of framing through a reduction in pollination. Researchers have found that the diet of the bee affects resistance, and this could help protect bee populations.

Biblical plague of Locusts hits Madagascar three years in a row

As in the eighth plague described in the Bible's Book of Exodus, locusts are swarming over Madagascar for the third year in a row. Thick, black clouds blot out the sun as they gobble up crops and ravage the countryside until nothing is left.

New report says pesticide threat goes far beyond birds, bees

More than 50 years after Rachel Carson’s book Silent Spring sounded the alarm on the dangers of pesticides and their effect on birds, a new report shows the problem is worldwide, and threatens a broad range of species.

Lobby against bee-killing pesticides Special

Brussels - Activists and critical shareholders from Coordination Bayer Gefahren (CBG) and European beekeepers are demanding that Bayer drop its lawsuit against the European Commission over bee-killing pesticides.

High level of pesticides found in frozen food products of Japan

Several people in Japan have fallen sick after consuming frozen food products contaminated with high amounts of pesticide.

Weedkillers now linked to depression among farmers

Insecticides used by farmers have been previously linked to higher risk of Parkinson’s disease. Now a new study links weedkillers to depression in a study of French farmers that could also mean health risks for the average gardener.
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France has already banned over-the-counter sales of glyphosate based weed-killers such as Monsanto s...
France has already banned over-the-counter sales of glyphosate based weed-killers such as Monsanto's Roundup.
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Tropical smallholder farmers do not always use protective gear while handling pesticides.
Tropical smallholder farmers do not always use protective gear while handling pesticides.
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Monsanto s Lasso herbicide is to be sprayed on food crops. Generic name is Alachlor.
Monsanto's Lasso herbicide is to be sprayed on food crops. Generic name is Alachlor.
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New EPA rules on pesticide use will better protect the health of our farm workers.
New EPA rules on pesticide use will better protect the health of our farm workers.
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Tainted frozen food sickens hundreds in Japan. Maruha Nichiro Holdings  runs the factory that allege...
Tainted frozen food sickens hundreds in Japan. Maruha Nichiro Holdings, runs the factory that allegedly produced the tainted products (January 8, 2014). A human body is affected by the chemicals after consuming tainted food
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Pollinators help pollinate over 75% of our flowering plants  and nearly 75% of our crops. So why are...
Pollinators help pollinate over 75% of our flowering plants, and nearly 75% of our crops. So why are we killing them?
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As bee populations decline throughout the world  research has shown there is a link between the use ...
As bee populations decline throughout the world, research has shown there is a link between the use of Neonicotinoid pesticides and bee deaths.
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California High Desert Honey Bees Immersed in Yellow beavertail Cactus Pollen.
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A pesticide is being used on citrus fruits.
A pesticide is being used on citrus fruits.
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Rat and insect poison vendor s stall at a market in the Dongguan section of Linxia City.
Rat and insect poison vendor's stall at a market in the Dongguan section of Linxia City.
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A pesticides sign in Manito Park in Spokane, WA
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Farmer spraying pesticides on crop.
Farmer spraying pesticides on crop.
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Did you know that one-third of all food is produced as a result of insect pollination? And the Europ...
Did you know that one-third of all food is produced as a result of insect pollination? And the European honeybee is responsible for about 80 percent of this.
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Tap water purifier implicated as a possible cause of food allergies.
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