90 percent of pregnant women may have detectable levels of herbicides

Public Release: 22-Mar-2018 Study finds direct evidence of exposure of pregnant women to herbicide ingredient Indiana University INDIANAPOLIS — The first birth cohort study of its kind has found more than 90 percent of a group of pregnant women in Central Indiana had detectable levels of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, the most heavily…

Analysis of 21 studies shows exposure to pesticides is associated with 61% increased risk of developing diabetes

Public Release: 15-Sep-2015 Analysis of 21 studies shows exposure to pesticides is associated with increased risk of developing diabetes Diabetologia A meta-analysis of 21 studies presented at this year’s annual meeting the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) shows that exposure to pesticides is associated with increased risk of developing diabetes by 61%,…

Pesticides: More toxic than previously thought?

Public Release: 6-Aug-2015 Changes in personality of jumping spiders suggest effects of insecticide exposure may have been underestimated McGill University Credit: Crystal Ernst Insecticides that are sprayed in orchards and fields across North America may be more toxic to spiders than scientists previously believed. A McGill research team reached this conclusion after looking at changes…

Big Win for Environmentalists Will Force EPA to Study Glyphosate

  By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM   SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday agreed to analyze effects of glyphosate and three other commonly used pesticides on 1,500 endangered plants and animals in the United States.     The settlement with the Center for Biological Diversity came more than 8 years after the environmental group sued the…

Impact of insecticides on the cognitive development of 6-year-old children

blic Release: 10-Jun-2015 INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale) In an article published in the journal Environment International, researchers from Inserm (Inserm Unit 1085 – IRSET, the Institute of Research in Environmental and Occupational Health, Rennes), in association with the Laboratory for Developmental and Educational Psychology, LPDE (Rennes 2 University),…

Study links exposure to common pesticide with ADHD in boys

Public Release: 1-Jun-2015 Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center A new study links a commonly used household pesticide with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and young teens. The study found an association between pyrethroid pesticide exposure and ADHD, particularly in terms of hyperactivity and impulsivity, rather than inattentiveness. The association was stronger in boys…

Herbicides raise resistance to medical antibiotics: study

  English.news.cn   2015-03-24 16:15:26 WELLINGTON, March 24 (Xinhua) — Commonly used herbicides can increase bacteria resistance to antibiotics, according to a New Zealand-led study out on Tuesday. Herbicides, used to kill plants, could be tested for killing bacteria, but they had never been tested for other effects on bacteria, said Prof. Jack Heinemann at the…

Monarch Butterflies food supply 99% destroyed by Monsanto’s herbicide

  Friday, 06 February 2015 The multinational agricultural giant Monsanto’s signature herbicide Roundup Ready is leading to the decimation of Monarch butterfly populations, according to a report issued by the US environment watchdog Center for Food Safety. “This report is a wake-up call. This iconic species is on the verge of extinction, because of Monsanto’s…

Pesticide linked to 3 generations of disease

PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 24-Jul-2014 Methoxychlor causes epigenetic changes PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers say ancestral exposures to the pesticide methoxychlor may lead to adult onset kidney disease, ovarian disease and obesity in future generations. “What your great-grandmother was exposed to during pregnancy, like the pesticide methoxychlor, may promote a dramatic increase in your…

Organic fertilizers and Crop intensification can be a long-term solution to perennial food shortages in Africa

Chemical Fertilizers degrade the soil and reduce food production over time PUBLIC RELEASE DATE: 17-Mar-2014 Growing more food on the same size of land is key to increasing food production in Africa to meet the needs of an ever-growing population Farmers in Africa can increase their food production if they avoid over dependence on chemical fertilizers,…