‘All foods contain pesticides, and 99.99% are natural’: 8 critical facts about chemicals that help us grow food

‘All foods contain pesticides, and 99.99% are natural’: 8 critical facts about chemicals that help us grow food

In the United States, we live in an affluent culture whose standard of living is high compared to other nations ...
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Viewpoint: Plant biodiversity cuts pesticide use, but may slash crop yields needed to feed more people

Everyone recognizes that less less food means fewer pests but when you have to grow food to keep billions from ...
Social media misled you about pesticides. A farmer explains what they are and how they protect our food

Social media misled you about pesticides. A farmer explains what they are and how they protect our food

It seems that too many people don’t realize that herbicides are considered a type of pesticide. All herbicides are pesticides, ...
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Regulate all chemicals in food? Two experts say that’s an ‘absurd (and impossible) exercise’

A recent CNN article about the FDA oversight of chemicals in foods is puzzling.  Author Sandee LaMotte regurgitates a ludicrous demand by ...
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Pesticide safety basics: How does the EPA protect consumers from harmful chemicals?

In our blogs, we often reference Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) safety levels or “tolerances” when discussing [pesticide] residues. But how ...
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Pesticide-free crop protection yields sizable economic benefits in Asia-Pacific

Scientists have estimated for the first time how nature-based solutions for agricultural pest control deliver US$14.6 to US$19.5 billion annually ...
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Podcast: Deadly chemicals everywhere? Stem cell tourism kills; Natural pet food is a scam

A pair of high-profile studies alleges that the health impact of endocrine-disrupting chemicals has doubled in five years. Should you ...
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Viewpoint: Synthetic pesticides are the solution to East Africa’s famine-causing locust swarms

For months, billions of these pests have migrated from remote deserts into populated regions of East Africa and into Asia, ...
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Viewpoint: Germany’s pesticide use drops for 8th straight year, but anti-GMO groups say that’s not good enough

German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture data show that use of crop protection products, e.g. pesticides, went down last ...
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Viewpoint: Europe can’t produce enough food if it cuts use of farm chemicals but opposes gene editing

Europe is asking its farmers to use fewer pesticides and less fertilizer, while still producing the same amount of food ...
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Democratic lawmakers propose ban on organophosphate and neonicotinoid insecticides

Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) are introducing companion legislation to cancel the registrations of organophosphates and ...
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Podcast: Global population crash; Pesticide bans backfire; beef producing CRISPR male cows

CRISPR could enable farmers to produce more beef from fewer cattle, boosting farm sustainability. Lawsuits designed to get pesticides and ...
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Video: Debating Europe’s pro-organic Farm to Fork Green Deal—Sustainable agriculture or recipe for disaster?

One of the unpleasant lessons of the COVID pandemic is how little prepared we’ve been for an event that was, ...
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Preventing spread of parasites, not cutting pesticide use, key to protecting bees

For as long as beekeeping records have been kept, 1,100 years, there have been accounts of colony collapse disorder. Just ...
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Bayer launches carbon capture program to support ‘eco-friendly’ farming

Bayer AG launched a pilot program in the United States and Brazil on [July 21] that will pay farmers for ...
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US GMO crop cultivation accelerates as farmers gain access to more biotech seeds

[Editor's note: GMO crops were widely adopted by US farmers after their initial approval in 1996. According to a new ...
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Viewpoint: Irrational pesticide fears discourage produce consumption and increase cancer risk

Fostering fear doesn't help us eat healthier ...
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Waterhemp weed uses genetic ‘tricks’ to outsmart herbicides, threatening farmers’ crop yields

The weed that represents the biggest threat to Midwestern corn and soybean production, waterhemp, has outsmarted almost every kind of ...
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Africa needs pest-resistant crops and other biology-based solutions to crack down on fall armyworm

Most Malawians, 80 per cent of the population, are subsistence farmers, depending on agriculture for survival. After harvesting, many farmers ...
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Coffee of the future? Lab-made ‘molecular’ version might feed the world’s caffeine habit while sparing the environment

The coronavirus pandemic has led to many shifts in how we eat, but our collective coffee habit remains strong. As ...
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Cumulative pesticide exposure poses little risk to consumers, EU food safety officials find

Risks to consumers from the presence of pesticide residues in food are currently estimated substance by substance. However, a number ...
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Pesticide-spraying drones accelerate sustainable farming as governments relax regulations

Move over dogs – drones are a farmer’s new best friend! In just a few years there’s been a huge ...
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This health writer used to fear the ‘Dirty Dozen.’ Here’s why she quit worrying about pesticides on food

I have a confession: My shopping and eating habits have been influenced by the “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean 15” lists ...
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95.5% of Europe’s produce below legal pesticide limits, posing little risk to consumers, food safety officials say

EFSA has published its annual report on pesticide residues found in food in the European Union. The report is based ...
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Low-toxicity pesticide tricks fungi into ‘committing suicide’, safeguarding key food crops from disease

Pathogenic fungi pose a huge and growing threat to global food security. Currently, we protect our crops against fungal disease ...
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California grows 90% of America’s fresh strawberries. Does pesticide dependence threaten the industry’s future?

Agricultural abundance is a pillar of the California dream. In 2016 the state turned out more than US$45 billion worth ...
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Locust invasion has jeopardized the livelihoods of 20 million Africans—now a second wave is coming

Billions of desert locusts have swept across east Africa, threatening the livelihoods of more than 20 million people. Now a ...
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