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Farmers, scientists face off against activists as New Hampshire mulls neonic insecticide ban

Farmers, lawn service scientists and educators supplied stinging criticism [October 8] of legislation that activists are pursuing to ban the ...
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Do farmers really need neonic insecticides? Study sparks debate over pesticides’ future

New research has found a widely used and increasingly controversial insecticide has “negligible” benefits for commercially grown soybeans. Pesticide makers ...
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Over 99% of farmers follow EPA pesticide rules, so why is the public scared of chemicals?

[In September] the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released its 2017 pesticide residue sampling data results. FDA concluded: “The ...
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Turkish scientist gets 15-month prison sentence after publishing study that links chemicals in food and water in western Turkey to cancer

A Turkish food engineer and human rights activist was sentenced .... to 15 months in jail after publishing the results ...
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AI-powered devices deliver ‘micro-dose’ of herbicide to cut agriculture’s chemical use

Above a Saskatchewan field, a line of drones rises in formation, sensors primed to pick out enemy targets below. But ...
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Podcast: Farming without chemicals: Pesticide-carrying bees poised to revolutionize agriculture?

While the GMO controversy rages, a handful of companies are taking another innovative approach to crop protection ...
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From GMOs to BPA, why the wealthy are more likely to fall for food pseudoscience

Socioeconomics play a significant role in attitudes about food ...
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Weed-pulling robots are here. Can they eliminate chemical herbicides?

Early this year, 85-year-old Bonipak Produce unleashed an orange, 8,000-pound autonomous robot upon its California vegetable fields. It was one ...
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EPA proposal to roll back animal testing and ‘cut unnecessary research’ gains backing from PETA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says it plans to reduce the use of pesticide testing on birds as part of ...
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Viewpoint: 5 reasons there’s a ‘civil war’ brewing between organic food advocates

There’s something of a civil war brewing in the organic movement. On one side are industry boosters boasting about how ...
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Pesticide-carrying bees help cut synthetic chemical use on farms

Bees are great at retrieving tiny cargo: their main job is to visit flowering plants in order to gather pollen ...
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Paris bans synthetic pesticides as French anti-chemical movement ‘gains momentum’

Paris and four other French cities on [September 12] banned the use of synthetic pesticides within their boundaries, as an ...
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Pesticides don’t pose acute health risk to honeybees foraging on farmland, two-year study finds

Honey bees forage across a large area, continually scouting the local landscape for ephemeral food resources. Beekeepers often rely on ...
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Viewpoint: Organic or conventional produce? Doesn’t matter—just eat more fruits and vegetables

All fruits and vegetables are good for you, but when people start talking about how to eat healthy, the word ...
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Podcast: Do it for the kids? Federal children’s health research grants fund anti-pesticide, organic food activism

How would taxpayers feel about funding organic food activism masquerading as children's health research? ...
Viewpoint: Eat 1,500 strawberries in one sitting—and pesticides still won't harm you

Viewpoint: Eat 1,500 strawberries in one sitting—and pesticides still won’t harm you

Can you identify which of the following is NOT true about pesticides? A: Pesticides are extremely dangerous to humans. B: ...
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EU urges member states to ban insecticide chlorpyrifos, citing potential threat to children’s health

The European Commission will put forward a proposal to EU countries not to renew the license for the pesticide chlorpyrifos ...
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Gene-silencing biopesticide targets harmful insects without threatening pollinators

A natural, sustainable alternative to pesticides that targets specific pests, without harming beneficial pollinators such as honeybees, is being developed ...
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Microorganisms could help rid soil of lingering pesticides

Pesticides have been widely used after the Second World War in management of weeds, diseases and pests of plants. Most ...
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Podcast: Food 5.0—GMOs, robots and the future of farming with agronomist Robert Saik

The high efficiency of modern agriculture has a downside: most consumers don't know the first thing about farming ...
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Viewpoint: Eating organic is a ‘personal choice,’ but pricier produce won’t make you healthier

Many folks automatically assume that organic equals healthier. But have you ever wondered if the product you're most likely paying ...
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Denied access to neonicotinoid insecticides, UK farmers scramble to control deadly plant virus

Controlling the spread of plant viruses has just got harder with the demise of neonicotinoid seed treatments putting the emphasis ...
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Roundworm pheromones could boost crop pest resistance, cut chemical use

Protecting crops from pests and pathogens without using toxic pesticides has been a longtime goal of farmers. Researchers at Boyce ...
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Organic produce consumption lowers pregnant women’s exposure to some pesticides, small study suggests

Organic versus conventional foods: are they really better for people’s health? Are all organic foods created equal, and if not, ...
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Farming without pesticides could double crop losses, boost global food prices, UK economist warns

The average UK family grocery bill could increase by more than [$977] over the course of a year without the ...
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Pesticide exposure boosts cancer risk in farmers? Busting one of social media’s favorite agriculture myths

Did you hear? Farmers have less cancer overall than the general population .... Nearly 10 years ago .... U.S. Agricultural ...
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