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Pesticides

Analysis of medical records reveals link between pesticides, autism


Evidence supporting the notion that environmental toxins might play a role in triggering autism, especially in young boys, has made its way into the open-access journal PLOS Computational Biology. Researchers from the University of Chicago (UoC) found that, based on an analysis covering more than 100 million U.S. medical records, a strong correlation exists between chemical-induced genital malformations in boys and significantly higher rates of autism.

French government threatens organic winemaker with jail for refusing to use pesticide


A French farmer, attempting to maintain his biodynamically grown vineyard, is facing six months of jail time after he violated a court order last month forcing him to use pesticides on his organic farm.

French government threatens organic winemaker with jail for refusing to use pesticide


A French farmer, attempting to maintain his biodynamically grown vineyard, is facing six months of jail time after he violated a court order last month forcing him to use pesticides on his organic farm.

French government threatens organic winemaker with jail for refusing to use pesticide


A French farmer, attempting to maintain his biodynamically grown vineyard, is facing six months of jail time after he violated a court order last month forcing him to use pesticides on his organic farm.

Canadian government to review 23 pesticides banned in Europe


Have any idea of how many chemicals have been introduced into our environments since WWII? A half-decade ago, the count* was over 80,000. Some are used for Big Ag, some are in medicines and processed foods, toys and household items, and some of them are in the air and water.

DDT increases risk of Alzheimer's disease


Alzheimer's disease is a neurodegenerative condition that adversely affects cognitive functioning. With about 44.4 million people worldwide displaying some type of dementia disease, Alzheimer's is the most common disease of its type. While the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease can vary, some of the more common ones include a deterioration of reasoning and thinking skills as well as difficulty remembering.

Chemical companies now adding untested nanoparticles to pesticide formulas


Industrial agriculture is undergoing yet another major transformation that will amass even more corporate control over the food supply, this time with regard to the composition of chemical pesticides. Untested nanoparticles, according to new research, are now turning up in pesticide formulas being developed by Monsanto, Syngenta, BASF, Bayer CropScience and others, even though the long-term safety of these novel substances has never been proven.

Kaua'i city council slaps down Monsanto with unprecedented new restrictions on GMOs and toxic pesticides


A milestone has just been achieved on the island in Kaua'i, where the city council passed measure 2491 which places unprecedented new restrictions on toxic agricultural chemicals frequently used in conjunction with GMOs.

Florida farm workers say pesticides gave them cancer


A growing number of migrant farm workers, particularly in the state of Florida, are coming down with horrible diseases like cancer that they say are a result of chronic exposure to plant pesticides and herbicides. According to a recent investigative report by Fox News Latino, many conventional produce farms and nurseries in Florida appear to be violating the law by spraying chemicals when workers are present, which is causing many of them to become ill and even die.