Regular strawberries are on the Environmental Working Groups famous “Dirty Dozen” list of foods we want to make sure we eat organic.
Since 2006, up to 40% of the bee colonies in the US have suffered Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), in which honeybees die, disoriented, far from their hives. In 2010 we wrote about the disappearing honeybee and how this situation threatened much of our human food supply, including our vegetables and fruits, which must be pollinated by bees. Back then we noted that there have been very few reported bee losses among organic beekeepers, and suggested that the principal difference between them is the use of pesticides. We said at the time that this fact should lead anyone to the most logical conclusion: pesticides are likely responsible for CCD
Pesticide exposure is no laughing matter. These man-made, toxic chemicals have been linked to all sorts of issues like, death to wildlife, birth defects, learning disabilities and even cancer.
Summer is well underway in the Northern Hemisphere, which for many Americans means lots of time spent swimming, picnicking, going to festivals and street fairs, and visiting amusement parks - not to mention all the junk food consumption that typically goes along with these activities. But one popular summertime food that you may want to avoid this year is sweet corn, as it may be a product of biotechnology bigwig Monsanto.
Nearly a decade before the first genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) were ever approved for commercial cultivation, "Frankenscientists" were already busy developing GM pesticides to spray on food crops being grown in the U.K., according to little-known reports. And few people today are aware of the fact that these GM pesticides were - and possibly still are - being openly sprayed on cabbage plants grown for human consumption in Great Britain, and perhaps elsewhere, without ever being properly safety tested.
From fighting common colds to cancer, Chinese herbal medicines have long been touted for their healing properties. But this week, environmental group Greenpeace says it found many herbs purchased from Chinese and Hong Kong retail stores contain alarming levels of harmful pesticides.