USDA welcomed in the new year by presenting Dow AgroSciences with a bountiful gift: a virtual green light for the pesticide company's new genetically engineered (GE) corn and soybean seeds. These crops are designed specifically to be used with Dow's infamous herbicide, 2,4-D.
Many will be watching closely as the Big Island continues the fight today, with a bill that would prohibit the production of GE crops. And while GMO seeds haven't been as widely introduced on that island, concerned residents there aren't waiting around.
Pesticide industry lobbyists and allies tried to divert attention to issues like the pesky Varroa mite and the lack of food or forage for bees. As I've mentioned before, it's a common industry tactic to redirect attention away from pesticides to issues that face less opposition.
You may have recently heard the buzz about the world's bees disappearing but you're not quite sure what the big deal is all about. "What's up with the bees?" you ask your country bumpkin friends. Oh, you ignorant urbanite! I know your type.
What a new report found is that women tend to support clean air, clean water, and overall environmental protections within the aim of promoting public health and resource conservation for future generations.
Researchers worldwide have been scrambling to discover why bees are dying in record numbers. If you're not a huge fan of the bee, why should this matter to you? Well, if you like to eat food, you should be concerned.
Pesticides are prevalent, persistent and more scientists confirm everyday that they are making bees sick (or dead). The sad truth? Beekeepers have been sounding this alarm from the ground for years. Would that we had listened.
European Food Safety Authority's repeated lack of transparency and a recent report showing the business interests of senior EFSA officials suggests that in its current form EFSA is not that organization.
Commercially grown strawberries and tomatoes in California could start getting an unhealthy dose of the highly toxic methyl iodide. Among scientists' greatest concerns is the pesticide's ability to cause spontaneous abortion late in pregnancy.