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Earlier this Month
Pesticide banned worldwide still used to grow 70pc of Australian strawberries
About 70 per cent of Australian strawberries are being grown on runners that have been fumigated with an environmentally damaging pesticide that has been banned around the world. Methyl bromide is an odourless and colourless gas which was banned under the United Nations Montreal Protocol in 1989 because it depletes the ozone layer.
What’s left if we lose antibiotics?
Bacterial resistance is developing quickly and many critically important drugs risk becoming obsolete. Disastrous consequences lie in wait therefore unless these drugs are used prudently. This was the stark warning of the World Health Organisation (WHO) in April 2014, prescribing that "significant actions" are needed on how we produce, prescribe and use antimicrobial treatment.
Monsanto’s newest GMO crops under fire ahead of global protest
Monsanto has engineered new strains of cotton and soybean that are able to tolerate multiple herbicides. But critics and activists see it as one more link in the deadly daisy-chain that supplants one engineered crop with a new set of more intractable weeds that must then be controlled with even more potent herbicides.
Farming Science, Without the Conscience
You don't have to be a vegan to be repulsed by an account in The Times revealing the moral depths to which the federal government, working as a handmaiden to industrial agriculture, has sunk in pursuit of cheaper meat and fatter corporate profits.
Plastic chemicals linked to earlier menopause
Women whose bodies contained high levels of certain chemicals found in plastics and cosmetics experienced menopause two to four years earlier than women with lower amounts in their systems, U.S. researchers said Wednesday.
Puberty coming earlier in girls
At the turn of the 20th century, the average age for an American girl to get her period was 16 to 17. Today, it is less than 13, according to national data. The trend has been attributed to the epidemic of overweight children and a greater exposure to pollution.
Mass die-offs of fish, birds, mammals increasing.
Mass die-offs of hundreds — sometimes hundreds of thousands — of fish, birds and other animals appear to be increasing in both frequency and in the numbers of individuals involved, according to a new study
GM crop vote was just the beginning of Europe’s biotech battle
Scientists, politicians and activists expect the first commercially cultivated GM crops to be planted in England in 2017 after an EU vote for new GM crop rules last week, but the battle for biotechnology is far from done.
Call heard for increase in crop varieties
Crop diversification could help growers to cope with an increasingly demanding growing environment. Conference at Warwick Crop Centre.
Why people purchase organic groceries
A new study by a Florida State University researcher is examining why people purchase organic groceries. The study found that neither the level of natural content, nor its degree of organic quality drove customers who bought organic food regularly. Rather, consumers focused on more utilitarian attitudes related to nutritional content and the environmental impact of the food.
Organic farming yields higher than previous estimates
The paper's senior author, Claire Kremen, Professor of Conservation Biology at University of California, Berkeley, has said that the study sets the record straight on the comparison between conventional and organic farming. Helen Browning, chief executive of the Soil Association, commented on what this means for feeding the growing world population.
Russian money suspected behind fracking protests
Pointing to a mysteriously well-financed and well-organized campaign of protest, Romanian officials including the prime minister say that the struggle over fracking in Europe does feature a Goliath, the Russian company Gazprom.
What happens when you put fish on the pill?
A New Brunswick researcher who used an experimental lake in northwestern Ontario as a petri dish to test what happens when fish are put on the birth control pill says better wasterwater treatment is needed to protect the environment.
Bhopal: Tragedy lives on
Thirty years ago, a Union Carbide chemical factory began leaking 27 tons of the deadly gas methyl isocyanate, engulfing a large part of Bhopal’s old quarter and immediately killing more than 3,000 people. The city has never overcome its gory past.
GM foods still controversial after all these years
Proponents and critics of genetic modification have been arguing over the potential impact of genetically modified organisms on health and the environment for more than a decade now.
DuPont: 23K pounds of toxic gas escaped from plant
About 23,000 pounds of a flammable, acidic, toxic chemical escaped in the building where four DuPont workers recently died at a pesticide plant in La Porte, the company reported Friday.
Chemicals in sunscreen, aftershave may affect male fertility
A new study suggests chemicals in sunscreen may impair men’s ability to father children, government scientists say, but other experts question whether the chemicals wound up in men’s urine from sunscreen or through another route.
Filipino Farmers Protest Government Research on Genetically Modified Rice
Jon Sarmiento, a farmer in the Cavite province in southern Manila, plants a variety of fruits and vegetables, but his main crop, rice, is under threat. He claims that approval by the Philippine government of the genetically modified 'golden rice' that is fortified with beta-carotene could ruin his livelihood.
Obama to introduce sweeping new controls on ozone emissions
The Obama administration is expected to release on Wednesday a contentious and long-delayed environmental regulation to curb emissions of ozone, a smog-causing pollutant linked to asthma, heart disease and premature death.
Department of Health warned of ‘another thalidomide’
Patient groups have urged the Department of Health to avoid “another thalidomide” by imposing stricter warnings on a drug, valproate, commonly used to treat epilepsy, bipolar disorder and migraines.
Britain left ‘exposed’ to more floods and heatwaves.
The U.K. is dangerously "exposed" to increasingly extreme weather brought about by climate change, a leading adviser to the Government has warned
Deadly DuPont leak exposes safety failures
Investigations are ongoing, but already it's clear that the response to last Saturday's DuPont emergency was inadequate and slow, and that DuPont failed to reveal to first responders how much was at risk. One of the chemicals in the building was the same one that caused the Bhopal tragedy in 1984, killing more than 2,200 people.
Jordan is out of water
Amman - Jordan has run out of all projects that can be implemented to generate additional water, a senior government official said on Saturday, stressing that water deprivation will remain a challenge that Jordanians will have to live with.
U.S. in limbo over China’s stance on GM crop safety
Dow Chemical Co. has received U.S. government approval for a package of chemicals and new genetically modified crops, but it faces a major obstacle to a US$1 billion market opportunity: Chinese import barriers.
Why pesticides are so harmful to bees
Neonicotinoid (NNI) pesticides are used to protect crop seeds from damage cause by pests. They are most commonly used on oil seed rape. However scientists and campaigners say neonicotinoids have a greater environmental impact, both for plants and animals.
Cost of obesity ‘greater than war, violence and terrorism’
Obesity is a greater burden on the UK's economy than armed violence, war and terrorism, costing the country nearly £47 billion a year, a report has found.
McDonald’s refuses to buy GM potatoes for its fries
McDonald's may not have a stellar reputation for being picky about its ingredients, but the company has put its foot down on GMOs.
Monsanto’s Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides directly linked to chronic disease spike
A new correlation study published in the Journal of Organic Systems has linked glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto's best-selling herbicide, Roundup, to an enormous increase in chronic diseases across the United States.
Organic food: is it worth it?
In the most comprehensive scientific analysis to date, research found that switching to organic fruit and vegetables could give the same benefits as adding one or two portions of the recommended "five a day" into a person's daily diet.
Don’t ask how to feed the 9 billion
Claiming that increasing food yield would feed the poor is like saying that producing more cars or private jets would guarantee that everyone had one. And how do we help those who have malnutrition from excess eating? We can help them, and help preserve the earth's health, if we recognize that the industrial model of food production is neither inevitable nor desirable.
Dame Vivienne Westwood says she cares about starving people and was misunderstood following comments that people who can't afford organic food should eat less processed food.
Are these nicotine-like insecticides killing bees?
Scientists are still unable to pinpoint a single cause of Colony Collapse Disorder - the phenomenon of bee colonies dying off at an alarming rate - but many believe that neonicotinoids, a class of insecticides that is now the most widely used in the world, are a significant factor.
China and the US clean up on emissions
Yesterday the United States and China - responsible for some 40 per cent of the world's carbon dioxide emissions, and long the world's greatest climate adversaries - agreed to clean them up, and far faster than expected.
Global meat demand plows up Brazil’s ‘underground forest’
There is a different kind of forest in Brazil, hidden in plain sight and far more threatened than the Amazon. Known as the Cerrado, it is an enormous landscape where deep roots store vast quantities of carbon. But industrial farming is fast swallowing this unique environment.
California’s strawberry industry is hooked on dangerous pesticides
With a simple memo in 2002, Paul Helliker dismantled the strict oversight designed seven years earlier to protect Californians from cancer, opening the door to 12 years of nearly unfettered 1,3-D access as its use spread to populated areas near schools, homes and businesses.
Senate GOP steeling for battle against EPA
Senate Republicans are gearing up for a war against the Obama administration’s environmental rules, identifying them as a top target when they take control in January.
83% of UK households buy organic
New figures released by Nielsen and the Soil Association show that global consumers are leading the way for purchasing organic produce, especially in the UK, where 83% of consumers now buy organic in some form.
Yes, organic farming can feed the world
Held this year in Istanbul, the Organic World Congress conference brought together people from 81 countries to discuss the latest research from organic farm fields and to share private and public developments that promote organic agriculture.
Pesticides harm bumblebees’ ability to forage
Bumblebees exposed to pesticides suffered adverse effects to their foraging behavior, according to a new study co-authored by Nigel Raine and Richard Gill in the journal Functional Ecology.
Common bird species such as sparrow and skylark facing decline in Europe
Bird populations across Europe have decreased by over 420 million in the past 30 years, according to a study that brings together the results of scientific surveys in 25 countries. While some rarer species have seen an increase in numbers, more common species are facing a steep decline
Earth’s soil is getting too salty for crops to grow
Buildup of salts on irrigated land has already degraded an area the size of France and is costing billions of pounds annually in lost crops. Degraded soil is a big problem - and one that could be getting worse. According to a new estimate the buildup of salt in soil, causes some $27.3 (£17) billion annually in lost crop production.
Parents want more British food in school meals
Parents want to see more British food served in school meals and more lessons on food and farming, according to a survey commissioned by the NFU. A YouGov poll commissioned by the NFU of over 1,100 parents found that 76 per cent agreed that food should be sourced from Britain wherever possible.