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  • Organic pesticides may not always be the best choice

    Organic pesticides may not always be the most environmentally-friendly choice of pest control, according to recent research. Two new synthetic pesticides for controlling aphids were found to be less harmful to other species and more efficient than the two new organic pesticides tested in the study. It is often thought that newer organic and natural pesticides are uniformly safer and therefore ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Organic pesticides not always greener choice, study finds

    A new University of Guelph study reveals some organic pesticides can have a higher environmental impact than conventional pesticides because the organic product may require larger doses. Environmental sciences professor Rebecca Hallett and PhD candidate Christine Bahlai compared the effectiveness and environmental impact of organic pesticides to those of conventional and novel reduced-risk ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Pesticide Finder - Your advisor on pesticide management

    Pesticide Finder - Your advisor on pesticide management" has been selectioned by FINODEX (Future INternet Open Data EXpansion) a programm co-funded by the European Union to support SMEs and Web Entrepreneurs to develop products, services  using Open Data ...


    By Geospatiumlab, S.L.

  • The impact of pesticides on freshwater creatures

    A recent study has concluded that, although spray drift of pesticides can have short-term effects on individual stream-dwelling invertebrates, there is no evidence to suggest that there is an impact on populations as a whole. However, to reduce the impact of the pesticides on these organisms, a no-spray buffer zone is shown to be a simple and effective measure. Pesticides play an important role ...

  • Reducing the negative impacts of pesticides

    Ensuring that pesticides do not endanger public health or the environment is a key objective of the European Commission. Due to spray-drift, the effects of pesticides are often observed outside of crop fields, where they affect non-target plants, fungi and insects as well as humans. New research discusses the effects of pesticides on non-target species and demonstrates that employment of “best ...

  • Cultivation affects pesticide–soil interactions

    Pesticides are often used to enhance crop production by killing unwanted animals or plants. Unfortunately, they can also negatively impact humans and environmental health. The degree of impact, in part, depends on the fate and behavior of pesticides in the environment. The latter is governed by complex interactions of pesticides with soil components. One such important interaction is sorption of ...

  • Pesticide drift is persistent problem for farmers

    The cloud of insecticide that drifted from a neighbor's corn field onto the asparagus on Andrew and Melissa Dunham's central Iowa farm cast a shadow over their organic vegetable business. They say the costs from the incident and resulting loss of organic certification on their asparagus patch for three years will reach about $74,000, and they're now working with the sprayer's insurance company. ...


    By Associated Press

  • A new biopesticide for the organic food boom

    With the boom in consumption of organic foods creating a pressing need for natural insecticides and herbicides that can be used on crops certified as 'organic,' biopesticide pioneer Pam G. Marrone, Ph.D., is reporting development of a new 'green' pesticide obtained from an extract of the giant knotweed in a report scheduled for presentation at the 236th national meeting of the American Chemical ...

  • Common Pesticide Reduces Food Value of Algae

    SILVER SPRING, Maryland (ENS) - Researchers with the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science have identified negative effects of the commonly used herbicide atrazine on phytoplankton, the free-floating algae that form the base of the food chain for aquatic animals. Published in the current issue of the journal 'Pesticide-Biochemistry and Physiology,' the study indicates protein levels ...

  • INT- IARC evaluation of five organophosphate pesticides

    A Working Group of 17 experts from 11 countries met at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization on 3–10 March 2015 to review the available published scientific evidence and evaluate the carcinogenicity of five organophosphate insecticides and herbicides: diazinon, glyphosate, malathion, parathion, and ...

  • Pesticides, Fertilizers Linked to U.S. Premature Births

    INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (ENS) - The rising premature birth rate in the United States is associated with increased use of pesticides and fertilizers containing nitrates, according to research by a professor of clinical pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Paul Winchester, MD, reports his findings today at the Pediatric Academic Societies' annual meeting in ...

  • Fungi and roundworms as non-chemical substitutes for pesticides

    The use of some pesticides is a recognised concern for health and the environment. A new UK study identifies some naturally occurring alternatives to control wireworm, a widespread pest of potatoes. The wireworm causes major problems in arable crops, including potatoes, in many parts of the world. Wireworms are the larvae of click beetles. Their damage to potatoes can drastically reduce yield. ...

  • New marijuana industry wrestles with pesticides and safety

    Microscopic bugs and mildew can destroy a marijuana operation faster than any police raid. And because the crop has been illegal for so long, neither growers nor scientists have any reliable research to help fight the infestations. As legal marijuana moves from basements and backwoods to warehouses and commercial fields, the mold and spider mites that once ruined only a few plants at a time can ...


    By Associated Press

  • Organic Farming not Necessarily Best for Environment

    Speaking to The Guardian this week, Lord Krebs, an advisor to ministers on how to adapt to climate change, described how organic farming could actually be worse for the climate than conventional farming methods, due to the greater land use required and the methods implemented. Speaking to the Oxford Farming Conference he suggested that agricultural methods known as ‘no till’, which ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • South Carolina and Missouri Pesticide Companies to Pay Civil Penalties for Selling Antimicrobial Pesticide with Unapproved Claims

    Integrated Environmental Technologies (IET), a South Carolina based pesticide registrant, and Seriously Clean, Ltd., of Nixa, Mo., a firm that served as an authorized distributor of IET’s product under a different brand name, have agreed to pay civil penalties of $87,344 and $91,829, respectively, to settle alleged violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act ...

  • Growing need to revamp national laws governing pesticides

    Some thirty years to the day after FAO first launched its International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides, the UN food agency is calling on countries to make sure that national regulatory frameworks governing the management of pesticides are kept up to ...

  • West Africans would pay more for pesticide-free food

    Even in poor settings, shoppers say they are willing to pay more for organically grown vegetables, a study in West Africa has found. Researchers from Benin and the United Kingdom surveyed 100 people shopping for cabbages and tomatoes in Benin and Ghana about their ideas on vegetable quality, their awareness of the use of synthetic pesticides, and their willingness to pay more for chemical-free ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • US farmworkers sue to block use of four toxic pesticides

    A coalition of farmworker advocates and environmental groups filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Friday, seeking to force a halt to the use of four organophosphate pesticides. Some of these pesticides have been detected in California's rural schoolyards and homes, Sequoia National Park, and Monterey Bay. The four organophosphates at issue in the case are methidathion, ...

  • Achieving a sustainable food system with organic farming

    Despite a slight decline between 2009 and 2010, since 1999 the global land area farmed organically has expanded more than threefold to 37 million hectares, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online service (www.worldwatch.org). Regions with the largest certified organic agricultural land in 2010 were Oceania, including ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Soil Association calls on MEPs to ban pesticides which kill bees

    EU proposals which will potentially ban the use of carcinogenic, mutagenic, neurotoxic and reprotoxic substances will be voted on by members of the European Parliament’s Environment Committee on Wednesday 5 November. As neurotoxins, the group of substances known as neonicotinoids [1] could be banned in the EU. These substances have been shown to have a devastating impact on honey bees across the ...


    By Soil Association

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