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  • What Happened on Oahu Didn’t Stay on Oahu

    03/26/2016 5:34:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | March 26, 2016 | Paul Driessen
    If modern activist groups held sway in the mid-nineteenth century, countless multitudes would have died from typhoid fever and cholera. The “miasma” paradigm held that the diseases were caused by foul air arising from putrid matter – and only dogged scientific work by William Budd, John Snow and others finally convinced medical and health authorities that the agent was lethal organisms in drinking water. Ultimately, the investigators’ persistence led to discoveries of Vibrio and Salmonella bacteria, the use of chlorine-based disinfectants for drains, water purification and hand washing, programs that kept sewage away from drinking water supplies, and steady advances...
  • The chemical behind the great bee dieoff

    12/30/2015 3:47:03 PM PST · by presidio9 · 107 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS / ^ | Wednesday, December 30, 2015 | Heather Leibowitz
    During these hectic weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, many of us think a lot not only about family, but about food. As we gather around tables to talk, so many of our holiday rituals centers around eating: cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving, applesauce for Chanukah latkes, honey-glazed ham for Christmas and — especially in the South — black-eyed peas and greens for good luck on New Year’s Day. Kwanzaa literally translates to “first fruits.” Yet many of these holiday favorites are endangered, because the bees they depend upon are dying by the millions. You may have heard about this...
  • The Colossal Hoax Of Organic Agriculture

    07/29/2015 8:36:45 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 30 replies ^ | 7/29/2015 | Henry I. Miller and Drew L. Kershen
    Organic agriculture is an unscientific, heavily subsidized marketing gimmick that misleads and rips off consumers. The federal government should stop promoting and subsidizing it. Consumers of organic foods are getting both more and less than they bargained for. On both counts, it’s not good. Many people who pay the huge premium—often more than a hundred percent–for organic foods do so because they’re afraid of pesticides. If that’s their rationale, they misunderstand the nuances of organic agriculture. Although it’s true that synthetic chemical pesticides are generally prohibited, there is a lengthy list of exceptions listed in the Organic Foods Production Act,...
  • Pesticides Linked to Honeybee Deaths Pose More Risks, European Group Says

    04/08/2015 9:23:32 PM PDT · by yuffy · 8 replies
    nytimes ^ | APRIL 8, 2015 | David Jolly
    PARIS — An influential European scientific body said on Wednesday that a group of pesticides believed to contribute to mass deaths of honeybees is probably more damaging to ecosystems than previously thought and questioned whether the substances had a place in sustainable agriculture. The finding could have repercussions on both sides of the Atlantic for the companies that produce the chemicals, which are known as neonicotinoids because of their chemical similarity to nicotine. Global sales of the chemicals reach into the billions of dollars. The European Commission in 2013 banned the use of three neonicotinoids — clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam...
  • Feds won't ban pesticides said to kill honeybees, despite 800 studies

    11/27/2014 5:42:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 26, 2014 | Paul Bedard
    Over 100 scientists worldwide, citing 800 studies, are demanding that the Obama administration follow Europe’s lead and put a moratorium on the use of a new-style pesticide blamed for the deaths of 30 percent of American honeybees every year. In a letter to the EPA and Agriculture Department, the scientists said there is overwhelming evidence from 800 studies that the pesticide family called neonicotinoids are to blame for the substantial declines in honeybees, bumblebees and butterflies, all pollinators needed to help farmers produce billions of dollars worth of food every year. “The 108 signers of this letter therefore urge you...
  • (French) Pesticide Drums found at PLO Training Site discovered in Iraq.

    04/08/2003 11:04:38 PM PDT · by Steven W. · 9 replies · 463+ views
    MSNBC | 4/9/03 | Dana Lewis
    NBC reporter Dana Lewis reporting live video from newly discovered PLO terrorist training camp that was discovered in Iraq. It has obstacle course, shooting range, pretty much looks like one of the familiar AlQaeda terrorist training camps. Dana Lewis also reports that this camp is close to the infamous pesticide site and that there are some of the same French pesticide drums (not the others suspected of containing the CW "Cocktail" mixture) at the PLO camp along with gas masks and chemical suits. They're not sure what to make of it and the officer in charge was hesitant to say...
  • Chikungunya continues to spread across the U.S., infecting nearly 600

    07/23/2014 4:58:43 PM PDT · by mykroar · 19 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | July 23, 2014 | Meredith Engel
    More cases of chikungunya, a painful virus spread by mosquitos, are being reported across the country. The Centers for Disease Control has listed a total of 497 cases in the U.S. in 35 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, 197 locally transmitted. reports that other state and local health agencies noted 40 cases, bringing the total to 537. The outbreak is due to a recent epidemic that started late last year in the Caribbean. The first two locally transmitted stateside cases were reported in Florida late last week. "The arrival of chikungunya virus, first in the tropical Americas...
  • Obama gives order to protect bees and bats

    06/21/2014 5:01:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 20, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama is hoping his latest executive action will create lots of buzz. Obama signed a presidential memorandum on Friday ordering the federal government to develop a plan for protecting pollinators such as honey bees, butterflies, birds and bats in response to mounting concerns about the impact of dwindling populations on American crops. "The problem is serious and requires immediate attention to ensure the sustainability of our food production systems, avoid additional economic impact on the agricultural sector, and protect the health of the environment," Obama said in the memo, which was sent to Cabinet secretaries and agency heads. According...
  • Obama moves to save the honey bees, targets pesticides

    President Obama on Friday announced plans to save endangered honey bees and other pollinators, for the first time ordering a probe into new types of pesticides that some local governments and 15 European Union nations have restricted or banned. The long-awaited plan creates a “Pollinator Health Task Force” that has 180 days to come up with a plan to save bees, butterflies and other pollinators. The goal is to rid fields of harmful pesticides while planting food for the bugs, even on military bases an along railroad tracks. Virtually every Cabinet department will be included on the task force. A...
  • ‘Poison Spring’ details dirty EPA history (from treehugger POV)

    04/07/2014 11:21:50 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 7, 2014 1:56 PM EDT | Jennifer Kay
    E.G. Vallianatos’ complaints about the heavy influence that large corporations wield over the U.S. government and environmental policy won’t be news to anyone who follows the debates over genetically modified crops or the ingredients in popular cosmetics. What is surprising and depressing in “Poison Spring,” however, is when that influence began, especially over the regulation of pesticides. According to Vallianatos, even at the dawn of the Environmental Protection Agency, when Republicans and Democrats alike claimed to be green champions, corporations were working within the agency to undermine public health and safety and protect themselves, not the planet. …
  • Perils of Commercial Beekeeping

    04/05/2014 10:24:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | April 5, 2014 | Paul Driessen
    One of America’s earliest food crops – almonds – is also one of the most important for commercial beekeepers. Almonds depend on bees for pollination, but the explosive growth of this bumper crop taxes the very honeybees the industry needs to thrive. California’s Central Valley produces over 80% of the world’s almonds, valued at over $4 billion in 2012. The boom is poised to continue, with new food products and expanding overseas markets increasing demand to the point that no young almond trees are available for purchase until 2016. Demand for almonds translates into demand for pollination. So every year...
  • EPA seeks tougher safety standards for farmworkers

    02/20/2014 1:08:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 20, 2014 3:45 PM EST | Dina Cappiello
    The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to strengthen 20-year-old standards aimed at protecting farmworkers from toxic pesticides. The changes proposed Thursday would bar anyone 16 and younger from handling the most toxic pesticides and require no-entry zones around and in treated fields to protect workers from drift and fumes. …
  • Common crop pesticides kill honeybee larvae in the hive

    01/28/2014 8:35:49 AM PST · by onedoug · 29 replies
    Science Daily/Penn State ^ | 27 JAN 2014 | Sara LaJeunesse/Penn State materials
    Four pesticides commonly used on crops to kill insects and fungi also kill honeybee larvae within their hives, according to new research. Scientists also found that N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone -- an inert, or inactive, chemical commonly used as a pesticide additive -- is highly toxic to honeybee larvae.
  • GM Debate Not Settled, Say European Scientists 'Genetically modified foods'.

    11/04/2013 10:55:03 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 128 replies
    Epoch times ^ | Oct 24, 2013 | Justina Reichel,
    GM Debate Not Settled, Say European Scientists Controversy erupts after World Food Prize awarded to Monsanto By Justina Reichel, Epoch Times | October 24, 2013 In the wake of biotech giants Monsanto and Syngenta being awarded the World Food Prize, a European coalition of scientists is challenging claims that the debate around genetically modified foods is settled and that GM foods are safe. The European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility, which consists of more than 90 scientists, academics, and physicians, released a statement Monday in response to “sweeping claims” that GM products are safe. “We strongly reject...
  • Conventional Unwisdom

    10/21/2013 1:23:36 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 1 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 10-20-13 | Clarice Feldman
    In an essay "Freedom of the Press" George Orwell wrote presciently about the dangers of a press too bound to prevailing orthodoxy to print anything else: "Unpopular ideas can be silenced, and inconvenient facts kept dark, without the need for any official ban. Anyone who has lived long in a foreign country will know of instances of sensational items of news -- things which on their own merits would get the big headlines -- being kept right out of the British press, not because the Government intervened but because of a general tacit agreement that "it wouldn't do" to mention...
  • Toxic algae confirmed in St. Lucie River,officials warn tob stay out of water

    08/06/2013 5:28:07 PM PDT · by Fawn · 26 replies
    WPTV ^ | Aug 6 2013 | WPTV
    MARTIN COUNTY — Algae found in the St. Lucie River is toxic, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection confirmed Tuesday. Martin County health officials have warned residents to stay out of the water. Check back for developments. Read more:
  • Over 30 million bees found dead in Elmwood, Canada

    07/03/2013 6:37:49 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 25 replies
    Shortly after 50,000 bees were found dead in an Oregon parking lot (read more here), a staggering 37 million bees have been found dead in Elmwood, Ontario, Canada.Dave Schuit, who runs a honey operation in Elmwood has lost 600 hives. He is pointing the finger at the insecticides known as neonicotinoids, which are manufactured by Bayer CropScience Inc. The loss comes after the planting of corn. Neonicotinoid pesticides are used to coat corn seed with air seeders, which result in blowing the pesticide dust into the air when planted. The death of millions of pollinators was studied by Purdue University....
  • Bumblebee memorial scheduled for Sunday at Wilsonville Target

    06/29/2013 7:43:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 44 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | June 26, 2013 | Elizabeth Case
    Fifty thousand bumblebees will be honored in a memorial this weekend at the Wilsonville Target where a majority of the insects died. State officials directly linked the die-off to trees that had been sprayed with the insecticide Safari. Rozzell Medina, of Portland, said on the Facebook page that the event will "memorialize these fallen lifeforms and talk about the plight of the bees and their importance to life on Earth."
  • Insecticide firms in secret bid to stop ban that could save bees

    04/28/2013 5:07:12 AM PDT · by Renfield · 40 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4-27-2013 | Damian Carrington
    Europe is on the brink of a landmark ban on the world's most widely used insecticides, which have increasingly been linked to serious declines in bee numbers. Despite intense secret lobbying by British ministers and chemical companies against the ban, revealed in documents obtained by the Observer, a vote in Brussels on Monday is expected to lead to the suspension of the nerve agents. Bees and other insects are vital for global food production as they pollinate three-quarters of all crops. The plummeting numbers of pollinators in recent years has been blamed on disease, loss of habitat and, increasingly, the...
  • Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant [Aug. 2002]

    Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant(August 29, 2002)This story was found at: He was introduced as director of research and development at Falluja, one of the remote factories where the United States claims Saddam Hussein could be making chemical and biological weapons. Asked if he had worked on any of Saddam's chemical weapons programs, Dr Mohammed Frah played a straight bat: "In the early 1980s I worked for five years on the chemical and biological programs at Al-Muthanna." This is the name of a critical centre in Saddam's weapons program - a huge pesticide complex that produced...
  • Evidence of pesticide harm to bees is now swarming

    10/22/2012 4:55:15 PM PDT · by Renfield · 8 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | 10-22-2012 | damian carrington
    Yet more top-quality research shows current regulation is woefully inadequate in protecting the creatures that pollinate much of our food. Here we go again. Yet more research has been published in the world's most prestigious, peer-reviewed journals showing that extremely widely-used pesticides have very damaging effects on bees, yet the only response from the government is inaction. The new paper, published in Nature, shows that bumblebees foraging naturally and exposed to realistic doses of pesticides suffer in two key ways. First they are about twice as likely to die: two-thirds of the bees are lost when exposed to two pesticides...
  • "Right to Know" GMO Awareness Radio Show

    10/12/2012 7:40:59 PM PDT · by Libertynotfree · 2 replies ^ | Oct 12,2012 | Libertynotfree
    Join us for this special GMO Awareness radio show! On Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 8:40 a.m. (PST). Deborah Whitman will be talking about some of the health affects of GMO Food and how you can protect yourself and your family.
  • EU court backs environmentalists in pesticide case

    06/18/2012 8:46:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 18 June 2012
    A European Union court has annulled a Commission decision rejecting two environmental groups’ request for an internal review of a pesticide regulation. The General Court’s decision on 14 June called into question the narrow wording of the regulation that obliges the EU’s institutions to protect the rights of civil society to participate in environmental decision-making. The plaintiffs in the case—Stichting Natuur en Milieu, a Dutch environmental foundation, and Pesticide Action Network Europe, a group that campaigns against the use of chemical pesticides—welcomed the outcome. François Veillerette, who heads the Pesticide Action Network, urged the commission to accept the decision and...
  • Decades on, EPA on verge of curbing use of rat poisons

    12/29/2010 7:27:59 AM PST · by CedarDave · 56 replies · 2+ views ^ | December 22, 2010 | Robert McClure
    The Brand names include Havoc, Talon, Contrac, Maki, Ratimus and d-CON Mouse Pruf II. The EPA now is moving to curb widespread use of these rodenticides, starting next June. That move, however, could be short-circuited by a lawsuit filed by the multinational corporation the sells d-CON products. Pesticide manufacturers, applicators and health officials say controlling rats is an important public health goal because they can spread a number of diseases, including hemorrhagic fever, leptospirosis, salmonellosis and rat bite fever.
  • Lawsuit: Worm poop not a pesticide

    06/21/2010 7:42:09 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 15 replies
    upi. ^ | June 21, 2010
    A California man at odds with state regulators regarding whether his worm-waste products are pesticides is taking his fight to court. George Hahn of Cardiff, who was fined $100,000 last year by the state Department of Pesticide Regulation for allegedly selling unregistered pesticides, claims in Sacramento Court his products are made from all-natural ingredients and should not have to be registered, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday. Hahn said his products -- Worm Gold, Worm Gold Plus and Tree Rescue Solution, are made from worm feces, sometimes called castings -- are fertilizers that improve the soil and help plants grow....
  • Some Republicans Just Don't Get the Message (Vanity)

    06/02/2010 10:02:40 PM PDT · by TCH · 9 replies · 509+ views
    TCH | June 2, 2010 | TCH
    June 2, 2010 Dear Senator Johanns, Quoting your recent e-mail update: "I'm disappointed in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s proposal today to further regulate our farmers and ranchers by subjecting pesticide applicators to new and duplicative requirements under the Clean Water Act. It ignores long-established laws already in place to regulate pesticides and will further burden producers, yet it will have virtually zero environmental benefit." Senator Johanns, I am compelled to wonder what heights your "disappointment" shall reach when America no longer is distinct among the nations; when that utterly peculiar design of its founders – a republic whose government...
  • ADHD Revised?

    05/17/2010 10:39:50 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 9 replies · 264+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | May 17, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    ADHD Revised? Bethany Stotts, May 17, 2010 A new study conducted by Harvard researchers correlates certain pesticides with an increased risk attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children. Using a 95% confidence level, they determined that “For the most-commonly detected DMAP metabolite, dimethyl thiophosphate, children with levels higher than the median of detectable concentrations had twice the odds of ADHD (adjusted odds ratio: 1.93 [95% confidence interval: 1.23–3.02]), compared with children with undetectable levels.” They studied over a thousand children. “These findings support the hypothesis that organophosphate exposure, at levels common among US children, may contribute to ADHD prevalence,” state the authors...
  • Scientists turn moths gay to save precious fruit crops

    04/13/2010 1:51:47 PM PDT · by mgstarr · 15 replies · 562+ views
    Digital Journal ^ | 4/13/10 | Andrew John
    Scientists in the United Kingdom are turning moths gay to prevent them from mating, thus saving crops from their destructive larvae. It could also prevent the overuse of pesticides, which has so far been the conventional method of killing off the larvae of the codling moth. But this has also killed more beneficial insects, as well as devaluing the crop. The codling moth (Cydia pomonella) is largely grey and has copper-striped wings. It lays its eggs on fruit trees. The yellow and black larvae – known in America as “the worm in the apple” – hatch and then burrow into...
  • Roundup Kills More Than Weeds

    04/09/2010 7:48:14 PM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 72 replies · 1,834+ views
    To protect our health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets maximum legal residue levels for every pesticide, for dozens of crops. But a new study in the respected journal Toxicology has shown that, at low levels that are currently legal on our food, Roundup could cause DNA damage, endocrine disruption and cell death. The study, conducted by French researchers, shows glyphosate-based herbicides are toxic to human reproductive cells. The potential real-life risks from this are infertility, low sperm count, and prostate or testicular cancer. But, “Symptoms could be so subtle, they would be easy to overlook,” says Theo Colborn,...
  • First tests for pesticide endocrine effects in US

    11/16/2009 9:39:50 PM PST · by neverdem · 1 replies · 343+ views
    Chemistry World ^ | 03 November 2009 | Rebecca Trager
    More than a decade after Congress directed the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to carry out assessments of endocrine disrupting chemicals, the agency has announced the first set of compounds to be screened under its Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program (EDSP). Endocrine disruptors are chemicals that can affect hormones produced by the endocrine system, which regulate growth, metabolism and reproduction.The EPA has requested that manufacturers screen seven compounds under this  first round, including atrazine - a widely used herbicide that may be associated with birth defects, low birth weight and menstrual problems. Although banned in Europe, atrazine remains prevalent in the US, with...
  • Farmers' pesticides may not raise heart risks

    10/21/2009 10:32:45 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 473+ views
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Good news for men who farm U.S. fields. Regular exposure to pesticides used commonly on the farm does not appear to increase the risk of heart attack. As part of the Agricultural Health Study, between 1993 and 1997, researchers asked more than 54,000 male farmers what pesticides they used regularly, how much time they spent using tractors and other farm equipment, and whether they raised poultry or other livestock. Dr. Jane A. Hoppin, of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, and colleagues surveyed roughly 32,000 of these men...
  • Herbs 'can be natural pesticides'

    08/17/2009 10:56:13 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 6 replies · 852+ views
    bbc ^ | Monday, 17 August 2009
    Common herbs and spices show promise as an environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional pesticides, scientists have told a major US conference. They have spent a decade researching the insecticidal properties of rosemary, thyme, clove and mint. They could become a key weapon against insect pests in organic agriculture, the researchers say, as the industry attempts to satisfy demand. The "plant essential oils" have a broad range of action against bugs. Some kill them outright while others repel them. Details were presented at the Fall Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Washington DC.....
  • Fruit safety: Government report shows more than 50 pesticides on peaches.

    08/13/2009 10:31:27 AM PDT · by Fawn · 18 replies · 769+ views
    Sun Sentinel ^ | 8-13-09 | By Monica Eng
    Shoppers face an array of choices on fruit but little guidance on which type to pick. Expensive organic? Pricey farmers' market? Cheap ones from the grocery store? Cost is certainly important. But there are essential numbers that go beyond the price tag. Which contain the highest levels of pesticides?
  • DDT is safe: just ask the professor who ate it for 40 years

    07/03/2002 4:09:24 AM PDT · by backhoe · 132 replies · 7,722+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | originally: 07/19/2001 | Terence Kealey
    Culture/Society Editorial EditorialSource: The Telegraph (U.K.)Published: 07/19/2001 Author: Terence KealeyPosted on 07/18/2001 16:55:32 PDT by Pokey78 THE World Health Organisation, Greenpeace, the World Wildlife Fund, the UN environmental programme and its development programme, USAID, and almost all the other international representatives of the great and the good now campaign against DDT. But, perversely, the Third World still uses it. To those who believe that America under George W Bush and his gas-guzzling, permafrost-drilling accomplices is the source of all global pollution, this Third World defection is disappointing. Where are the virtuous blacks when we need them? DDT was introduced...
  • Owls replace pesticides in Israel

    05/20/2009 12:07:08 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 11 replies · 440+ views
    bbc ^ | Wednesday, 20 May 2009
    Owls and kestrels are being employed as agricultural pest controllers in the Middle East. Many farmers are installing nest boxes to encourage the birds, which hunt the crop-damaging rodents. In Israel, where there is a drive to reduce the use of toxic chemical pesticides, this has been turned into a government-funded national programme. Scientists and conservation charities from Jordan and Palestine have joined the scheme. According to the charity BirdLife International, hundreds of birds of prey - including many endangered species - have been killed in Israel through eating rodents containing poisonous "rodenticides" sprayed on to crop fields. But scientists...
  • Did pesticides damage these children?

    03/14/2009 10:32:10 AM PDT · by Fawn · 30 replies · 827+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | Saturday, March 14, 2009 | By CHRISTINE EVANS and JOHN LANTIGUA
    IMMOKALEE — The children with the medical problems - a malformed ear, a cleft palate, a brain defect - live tucked away in trailers and cabins down dusty roads in this poor farming town. Their immigrant parents do some of the country's hardest and most humble work, picking tomatoes for a per-bucket price. They are sometimes called the "invisible people," here one day and gone with the harvest the next. But now that low profile is about to change. Lawyers have filed a trio of suits claiming the children were born this way because their parents labored in the fields...
  • Crunch time for carrots as EU bans pesticides

    01/13/2009 10:00:14 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 48 replies · 824+ views
    The Times ^ | 1/14/2008 | David Charter
    Brussels A ban on pesticides agreed by the European Parliament could make vegetable production impossible and result in a dramatic drop of wheat yields, farmers have said. The National Farmers’ Union said growing carrots, parsnips and onions would be more difficult because the herbicides that MEPs voted to phase out killed weeds that affect these crops. A total of 22 substances will be banned over the next decade as part of an EU plan to remove chemicals that are thought to pose risks to human health and damage water quality. Fears have been raised of a 20 per cent reduction...
  • Federal Report Recognizes Gulf War Illness, Causes

    12/16/2008 2:02:30 AM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies · 679+ views
    Family Practice News ^ | 1 December 2008 | MARY ELLEN SCHNEIDER
    It's been a long time coming for veterans whose health complaints have been met with skepticism, but a federal panel has determined that Gulf War syndrome is not only real, it is tied to two causes: exposure to pyridostigmine bromide and certain pesticides during the 1990–1991 Persian Gulf War. Members of the federal Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans' Illnesses that wrote a 450+ page report also called for research efforts to shift away from establishing the existence of a Gulf War syndrome to focus on treatment and diagnostic tests. “There's no way to say that [Gulf War illness]...
  • Bayer Pesticide Chemicals Linked to Devastating Collapse of Honeybee Populations

    10/01/2008 1:47:28 PM PDT · by Scythian · 175 replies · 3,753+ views
    (NaturalNews) German government researchers have concluded that a bestselling Bayer pesticide is responsible for the recent massive die-off of honeybees across the country's Baden-Württemberg region. In response, the government has banned an entire family of pesticides, fueling accusations that pesticides may be responsible for the current worldwide epidemic of honeybee die-offs. Researchers found buildup of the pesticide clothianidin in the tissues of 99 percent of dead bees in Baden-Württemberg state. The German Research Center for Cultivated Plants concluded that nearly 97 percent of honeybee deaths had been caused directly by contact with the insecticide."It can unequivocally be concluded that a...
  • Moms mobilize to stop moth spraying [California]

    04/15/2008 3:30:31 PM PDT · by my_pointy_head_is_sharp · 134 replies · 270+ views ^ | April 15 2008 | C.W. Nevius
    The vision of airplanes rumbling slowly over San Francisco, spraying a pesticide mist on parks and playgrounds, has now mobilized one of the most effective lobbying groups in the world. Moms. The California Department of Food and Agriculture's plan to eradicate the light brown apple moth with aerial spraying over the city this summer was already in an uphill fight. But when 100 or so mothers and kids showed up at City Hall on Monday afternoon with signs like "Keep Your Spray Off My Baby," it was clear that the battle had entered a new phase. "Nothing gets people more...
  • Bacteria designed to search out pesticides - Biological switch triggers E. coli to swim towards...

    04/12/2008 12:31:48 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 294+ views
    Nature News ^ | 9 April 2008 | Rachel Courtland
    Biological switch triggers E. coli to swim towards chemical. Researchers have hacked into the navigation system of the bacterium Escherichia coli , causing it to hunt down a widely used herbicide called atrazine. The finding could help improve efforts to clean up the environment using biological tricks. Escherichia coli has receptor proteins on its cell surface that can identify chemicals of interest, enabling the bacterium to follow a chemical along its concentration gradient to its source. The recognition information is passed along the cell, eventually triggering its whip-like tail, or flagellum, to rotate either one way to move forward or...
  • Junk Science: DDT Backlash Continues

    10/11/2007 4:29:42 PM PDT · by decimon · 23 replies · 508+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 11, 2007 | Steven Milloy
    Ever since the World Health Organization reversed the environmentalist-promoted ban on DDT in 2006, eco-activists have scrambled to devise new ways to malign the life-saving insecticide in order to salvage their badly marred reputation. Their latest effort involves touting a new study supposedly linking DDT exposure in adolescent girls with increased breast cancer risk in later life. The study was authored by researchers from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine — an institution infamous for alarmist research on asbestos and 9-11 rescue workers — and was published in Environmental Health Perspectives, a journal that seems to operate as a refuge...
  • Farmers Use Human Urine as Fertilizers, Pesticide

    08/19/2007 6:15:30 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 69 replies · 1,892+ views
    The Sunday Monitor - Uganda ^ | August 19, 2007 | By Joseph Mazige
    (MAYUGE) - If you are a farmer, you may want to think twice about flushing your urine down the toilet. Urine may be a waste product but it also has many uses, and the best part of it is that it comes with no price tag. Farmers in various parts of the country use human urine as fertilizers and to fight crop diseases. The method started in Baitambogwe Village in Mayuge District but has now spread to over 21 districts. Through knowledge sharing via telephone Short Message System commonly known as SMS, farmers in Baitambogwe are propagating the method to...
  • The Uses of DDT

    08/16/2007 8:01:04 PM PDT · by narses · 24 replies · 1,084+ views
    WSJ ^ | August 16, 2007; Page A10
    Last year, the World Health Organization reversed a 25-year-old policy and recommended using the pesticide DDT to fight malaria in the Third World. A new study published in the public health journal, PLoS ONE, provides more evidence that the decision was long overdue. The U.S. and Europe solved their malaria problem a half-century ago by employing DDT, but the mosquito-borne disease remains endemic to the lowland tropics of South America, Asia and Africa, where each year a half-billion people are infected and more than a million die. Despite those staggering numbers, radical environmental groups like the Pesticide Action Network continue...
  • Study links pesticides to autism

    07/30/2007 3:42:47 AM PDT · by Flavius · 17 replies · 678+ views
    upi ^ | 7/30/07 | upi
    LOS ANGELES, July 30 (UPI) -- A study by California state health officials links farm fields sprayed with certain pesticides to an increase in the number of autistic children. The study, which targets organochlorine pesticides, is to be published on Monday, The Los Angeles Times reported.
  • Reasons you should buy regular goods

    07/29/2007 6:14:50 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 67 replies · 2,034+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 29 july 07 | Jackie Avner
    I don't like to buy organic food products, and avoid them at all cost. It is a principled decision reached through careful consideration of effects of organic production practices on animal welfare and the environment. I buy regular food, rather than organic, for the benefit of my family. I care deeply about food being plentiful, affordable and safe. I grew up on a dairy farm, where my chores included caring for the calves and scrubbing the milking facilities. As a teenager, I was active in Future Farmers of America, and after college I took a job in Washington, D.C., on...
  • Fateful Voice of a Generation Still Drowns Out Real Science

    06/04/2007 9:17:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 833+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 5, 2007 | JOHN TIERNEY
    For Rachel Carson admirers, it has not been a silent spring. They’ve been celebrating the centennial of her birthday with paeans to her saintliness. A new generation is reading her book in school — and mostly learning the wrong lesson from it. If students are going to read “Silent Spring” in science classes, I wish it were paired with another work from that same year, 1962, titled “Chemicals and Pests.” It was a review of “Silent Spring” in the journal Science written by I. L. Baldwin, a professor of agricultural bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin. He didn’t have Ms....
  • Is China trying to poison Americans and their pets?

    05/27/2007 3:53:57 AM PDT · by OneHun · 77 replies · 1,795+ views ^ | May 27, 2007 |
    ...FDA inspectors report tainted food imports intended for American humans are being rejected with increasing frequency because they are filthy, are contaminated with pesticides and tainted with carcinogens, bacteria and banned drugs. ..257 refusals of Chinese products were recorded in April... Refused by the FDA in April because they were "filthy": * salted bean curd cubes in brine with chili and sesame oil * dried apple * dried peach * dried pear * dried round bean curd * dried mushroom * olives * frozen bay scallops * frozen Pacific cod * sardines * frozen seafood mix * fermented bean curd...
  • Seafood from China May Pose a Threat to Human Health

    05/16/2007 5:12:58 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 21 replies · 1,024+ views
    Newswise ^ | May 16, 2007 | Newswise
    Adding to China’s recent problems of food safety is now seafood contamination. As the world’s largest producer and exporter of fish and fish products, China may need to more closely monitor shellfish contaminant levels, because contaminants are finding their way into seafood. A new study found samples from markets that contained concentrations of contaminants high enough to pose threats to human health. The study is published in the latest issue of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Organochlorine pesticides such as DDT can accumulate in top predators, including humans. Though these pesticides were officially banned in 1983, China had been using them...
  • Stinging, invasive pest (fire ant) may have met its match in virus

    05/06/2007 2:04:37 PM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 68 replies · 1,930+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | Sunday, May 6, 2007 | Betsy Blaney - AP Ag Writer
    LUBBOCK, Texas — The battle against red fire ants has plagued farmers, ranchers and regular folks for decades. Now it seems the reviled pests could be in for some sickness of their own. Researchers have pinpointed a naturally occurring virus that kills fire ants, which arrived in the U.S. in the 1930s and now cause $6 billion in damage annually nationwide, including about $1.2 billion in Texas. The virus caught the attention of U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers in Florida in 2002. The agency is now seeking commercial partners to develop the virus into a pesticide to control fire ants....