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SDSU study shows world’s most common pesticide a danger to deer

From the South Dakota News Watch, October 16,, 2019. Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Share by E-Mail A groundbreaking study conducted by scientists in South Dakota has found that the world’s most widely used family of pesticides — neonicotinoids — is likely causing serious birth defects in white-tailed deer, deepening concerns over the chemical’s potential to […]

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Common insecticide threatens survival of wild, migrating birds

From Environmental Health News, September 13, 2019. Neonicotinoids are harming more than bees. Migrating songbirds exposed to small amounts of a neonicotinoid pesticide suffered weight loss and migration delays, both of which could reduce their chances of survival, according to a new study. The study is the first to examine the impacts of neonicotinoids—in this […]

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Study finds residue of pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormone in non-organic milk

From USA Today, June 26, 2019. Results from a recent study examining what’s in organic versus conventional milk show that the majority of samples of conventional, non-organic milk tested positive for certain low, chronic levels of pesticides, illegal antibiotics and growth hormones. The organic samples tested at either much lower or non-existent rates in comparison. Read the article.

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US environment agency cuts funding for kids’ health studies

From Nature, May 13, 2019. The Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health has tracked the lives of hundreds of children in New York City since 1998. Scientists have collected samples of blood, urine and even the air in children’s homes, starting when their subjects were in the womb, to tease out the health effects of […]

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States Weigh Banning A Widely Used Pesticide Even Though EPA Won’t

From Kaiser Health News, April 25, 2019. Lawmakers in several states are trying to ban a widely used pesticide that the Environmental Protection Agency is fighting to keep on the market. The pesticide, chlorpyrifos, kills insects on contact by attacking their nervous systems. Several studies have linked prenatal exposure of chlorpyrifos to lower birth weights, […]

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Chemicals on our food: When “safe” may not really be safe

From Environmental Health News, November 27, 2018.  Weed killers in wheat crackers and cereals, insecticides in apple juice and a mix of multiple pesticides in spinach, string beans and other veggies – all are part of the daily diets of many Americans. For decades, federal officials have declared tiny traces of these contaminants to be […]

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Federal judges finally just order the EPA to ban a dangerous pesticide

From Popular Science, August 13, 2013. After 11 years of lawsuits, reviews and delays by the Environmental Protection Agency, federal judges last week ordered the agency to ban chlorpyrifos, a widespread agricultural pesticide derived from a class of chemicals first used to develop World War II nerve agents. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals […]

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Monsanto Ordered to Pay $289 Million in Roundup Cancer Trial

From the New York Times, August 10, 2018. A California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a school groundskeeper who said the company’s weedkillers, including Roundup, caused his cancer. The company was ordered pay $289 million in damages. The case of the groundskeeper, Dewayne Johnson, 46, was the first lawsuit […]

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The Terms on a Food Label to Ignore, and the Ones to Watch For

From the New York Times, July 3, 2018. Food labels are meant to be easy to read, but some terms on those labels are marketing lingo or mean something different than you may think. Here’s what to pay attention to and what to ignore entirely. If your head starts spinning when trying to make healthy […]

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