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Liberal Use of Insecticides May be to Blame for Latest Bedbug Infestation

In the 1940's and 50's, DDT and other insecticides were liberally applied to eradicate bedbug populations. Scientists now hypothesize that the few survivors produced offspring with insecticide-resistant traits. Popular Science is reporting various studies being done to test this hypothesis. Entomologist Dini Miller of Virginia Tech and her group are comparing cuticle-coding genes in both insecticide-resista ...

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It’s the Unknown That’s Most Dangerous: Geneticist David Suzuki Tells Why We Should Be Concerned About GM-Foods

David Suzuki is one of the top geneticists in Canada. His textbook, An Introduction to Genetic Analysis, is one of the most widely used in the world, and he's authored many other books. Dr. Suzuki explains his concerns over genetically modified foods. Although the bio-industry continues to claim they are safe, the fact is, there is no science to back up those claims. And it's the long-term effects of these ...

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“The Corporation” Reveals How Much Control Monsanto Has Over What Gets Reported in the News

The Corporation is a documentary that was released in 2003. Since then, it has received numerous accolades, including "Best Documentary" Genie Award. Part of the film includes a ten-minute segment with FOX news investigative reporters, Steve Wilson and Jane Akre. "The Investigators" was to be a supplemental news program for Fox Broadcasting Company station WTVT in Tampa, Florida. Wilson and Akre decided the ...

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New York Ban on Pesticides Goes Into Effect

Starting today, children will be safer across the state of New York. The Child Safe Playing Fields Act, which goes into effect today, prevents all k-12 schools and daycare facilities from using pesticides on their properties. According to the new law, "No school shall apply pesticide to any playgrounds, turf, athletic, or playing fields." Turf has been defined as any area of grass, so even a patch of lawn i ...

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Report Rates Strength of Canadian Pesticide Bans

Although approximately 80 percent of Canadians now live under the protection of some sort of restriction on weed killers and other pesticides, not all of the laws and ordinances are created equally. Today the David Suzuki Foundation issued a report ranking the strength of the bans in the six different provinces that have regulated these toxic chemical products: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/media/news/2011/05/ ...

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Guest Blog: A Maine Call to Arms: Act Now to Protect Children From Pesticides

This is a report filed by Ellen Fine, an anti-pesticide activist from New Hampshire, who has consulted across North America on legislative issues related to lawn pesticides. She is also founder of the Leah Collective that has compiled a massive report on scientific reports linking pesticides to myriad health risks. If you are interested, email Paul@SafeLawns.org and we'll send it along. To Our Friends in Ma ...

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200,000 Voices: Keep Pesticide Out of Strawberries

For immediate release: May 13, 2011 CONTACTS: Kathryn Gilje, Pesticide Action Network North America, cell 415-235-9437 Paul Towers, Pesticide Watch Education Fund, cell 916-216-1082 Tracey Brieger, Californians for Pesticide Reform, cell 415-215-5473 As national public comment period closes on methyl iodide, US EPA urged to ban methyl iodide and support green farming WASHINGTON, DC—As part of a public comme ...

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Pesticide Industry Strips Bill of Clean Water Protections

Industry lobbyists managed to convince many in the House of Representatives to vote for H.R. 872, the so-called "Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011". Under the guise of reducing government regulation, lobbyists have now made it to the Senate with this bill, which would effectively strip all waterway protection from dangerous pesticides. Read more from this blog at Natural Resources Defense Council: Pes ...

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