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Weekender: Organic Food - Hyped or Health-Giving?

A new scientific review has made claims that organic foods are higher in nutrients and lower in pesticides compared with those grown in the now conventional method of intensive farming.
The review encompassed 343 previous peer-reviewed studies, assessing crop composition and foods, and the authors concluded that organic crops had higher...
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Monsanto Linked to Deaths of Thousands of Farmers

Farmers in developing countries are dying in their thousands from a mysterious kidney disorder, which has been termed as "Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology" (CKDu).

The disease is running rife through farmers from the rice paddy regions of Sri Lanka, and in El Salavdor, it is the second leading cause of death among...
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More Pesticides Now Than Ever Before

Despite the upsurge in organic foods, American agriculture is using more pesticides than ever before. Coupled with antibiotics fed to livestock, the farm is becoming a dangerous place for humans!

The Department of Agriculture says that the average American is exposed...
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Poisoned Rice

A Consumer Reports investigation of over 200 rice products revealed "significant" and "worrisome" amounts of inorganic arsenic in nearly every rice product they tested and urged consumers to scale back on their eating of rice products. They also asked the FDA to intervene, since inorganic arsenic is a known carcinogen. Arsenic...
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Those Nasty Sprays

Let's try to make 2010 an organic year! Pesticides can be dangerous in surprising ways: For instance, Insecticide exposure may increase the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis and lupus in post-menopausal women.

Farming and agricultural pesticide exposure has been linked to the development of rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, but it is...

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No More Need to Spray?

Or create GM crops! - Pesticides are dangerous, so let's use everyday herbs and spices instead!

Scientists think that the ordinary herbs and spices we cook with, such as rosemary, thyme, cloves and mint, can be natural pesticides if they are planted next to the plants we at in farm fields, making it unnecessary to spray...

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Pesticide Power

Pesticides may make it impossible for a woman to breast feed, but if she's exposed to too many of the ordinary chemicals that are all around us at home and at the office, it won't matter anyway: these reduce fertility!

Some of the chemicals found in food packaging, upholstery and carpets may damage female fertility, because they contain...

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How to Make Golf Courses REALLY Green

Tiger Woods just won the US Open, so we're all thinking about golf. One of the main reasons that communities object to have golf courses built in their areas is that, while they bring valuable tourism to the area, they also bring pesticides, which are needed to keep all that grass green and weed free. This can leach into the water table, but...

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Do Pesticides Change Our DNA?

...making us more likely to get cancer? - Researchers have discovered that the seeds of some genetically modified crops can stay alive in soil for at least 10 years, meaning they could take over a field that has been planted in another crop. This shows why we need to open seed banks. And the pesticides sprayed on these fields,...

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Melting Glaciers Release DDT

?and pesticides may cause Parkinsons Disease - Our bodies are already filled with pesticides. We know that melting glaciers could release dangerous microbes, and now it's been discovered that they may also release pesticides! In New Scientist, Ewen Callaway writes, "Decades after most countries stopped spraying DDT, frozen...

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Do Houseplants Cause Cancer?

Our bodies are filled with pesticides, and they may cause brain tumors. Agricultural workers exposed to high levels of pesticides and people who use them on houseplants appear to have a greater risk of developing this disease.

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Pesticides Inside our Bodies

Most of us have unhealthy levels of pesticides inside our bodies, from yards (or own and others) and the food we eat, as well as air and water. There's no way to avoid being exposed to them.

When the Pesticide Action Network looked for levels of 23 different pesticides in data on over 2,500 people, they found that the average person had...

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Lawns May Cause Dog Cancer

This is the time of year when people are fertilizing their lawns and putting pesticides on them. A new study shows that these chemicals may cause bladder cancer in some dogs?and maybe in people too. Researcher Larry Glickman says, "While we hope to determine which of the many chemicals in lawn treatments are responsible, we also hope the...

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OK to Test Pesticides on People

The government wants to allow chemical companies to test pesticides on people. However, the Natural Resources Defense Council calls this an "appalling suggestion."

Maggie Fox writes in Reuters that for the last 6 years, the EPA has allowed no human testing, but chemical manufacturers want to overturn the EPA ban because they say the new...

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Pesticides Kill People Instead of Bugs

Farmers are losing the war against agricultural pests asinsects become immune to chemical sprays. Professor IanCrute of Rothamsted Research in the U.K. says, "Just ashuman health is under threat from antibiotic resistance, socrop health is under threat from insecticide resistance. Thebugs are gaining on us -- and our defenses are...

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New Pesticides as Bad as Old

Pesticides developed in the hope that they may be safer than older chemicals known to cause cancer may be only slightly better, according to Margaret Whalen, a biochemist at Tennessee State University. They found the compounds, which are used to protect crops such as pecans, potatoes and sugar beets, as well as to protect boats and wood, can...

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We?re Englulfed in Pesticides

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began an ongoing study in 1999 in an effort to calculate the public?s exposures to environmental contaminants, including mercury, tobacco smoke, and certain pesticides. By taking blood and urine samples, scientists can monitor the population?s contact with chemicals present in the air, water...

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Pesticide Tests Approved for Humans

Three years ago, in response to mounting criticism from environmentalists and physicians, the Clinton administration stopped using information from industry studies conducted on humans to determine the amount of pesticides that could be applied to fruits, vegetables and other crops.

This is related to the problem that physicians have had...

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