Scientists confirm: Pesticides kill America’s honey bees

                                                     Published time: July 25, 2013 20:24                                                                             Reuters / Stephane Mahe Honey bees are quickly disappearing from the US – a phenomenon that has left scientists baffled. But new research shows that bees exposed to common agricultural chemicals while pollinating US crops are less likely to resist a parasitic infection. As a result…

RNA-interference pesticides will need special safety testing

Contact: Tim Beardsley tbeardsley@aibs.org 703-674-2500 x326 American Institute of Biological Sciences A new technology for creating pesticides and pest-resistant crops could have effects on beneficial species that current toxicity testing will miss Standard toxicity testing is inadequate to assess the safety of a new technology with potential for creating pesticides and genetically modifying crops, according…

U.S. approves a horse slaughterhouse, sees two more plants

Source: Reuters – Sat, 29 Jun 2013 12:08 AM Author: Reuters   * Animal welfare groups say they will sue to prevent slaughter * Congress may vote soon on whether to reinstate slaughter ban WASHINGTON, June 28 (Reuters) – A New Mexico meat plant received federal approval on Friday to slaughter horses for meat, a…

Unapproved genetically engineered wheat has been discovered in an Oregon field : Discovery could have far-reaching implications for US wheat industry

Genetically modified wheat found in Oregon field raises trade concerns Discovery could have far-reaching implications for US wheat industry if growth of Monsanto crop turns out to be far-flung    Associated Press in Washington guardian.co.uk,    Wednesday 29 May 2013 17.35 EDT No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for US farming. Photograph: Laszlo Balogh/Reuters Unapproved…

Shocking US government leaflet tells Mexican immigrants they can collect food stamp benefits without admitting they’re in the country illegally

Conservative legal group obtained  Agriculture Department flyer ‘You need not divulge information regarding  your immigration status in seeking this benefit for your children’ Program in all 50 Mexican consulates in the  U.S. helps push food stamps PUBLISHED: 06:56 EST, 26  April 2013 |  UPDATED: 14:45 EST, 26 April 2013   A Spanish-language leaflet that the…

Obama signs ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ written by Monsanto-sponsored senator

Published time: March 28, 2013 19:04                                                                             US President Barack Obama (AFP Photo / Brendan Smialowsky) United States President Barack Obama has signed a bill into law that was written in part by the very billion-dollar corporation that will benefit directly from the legislation. On Tuesday, Pres. Obama inked his name to H.R. 933, a…

Viral alliances overcoming plant defenses: Could lead to new generation of viruses

Contact: Hanu Pappu hrp@wsu.edu 509-335-3752 Washington State University Could lead to new generation of viruses PULLMAN, Wash.— Washington State University researchers have found that viruses will join forces to overcome a plant’s defenses and cause more severe infections. “These findings have important implications in our ability to control these viruses”, says Hanu Pappu, Sam Smith…

Nutrient in Eggs and Meat May Influence Gene Expression from Infancy to Adulthood: Choline

    Implications for Wide Range of Disorders – Hypertension to Mental Health Problems   September 20, 2012   Just as women are advised to get plenty of folic acid around the time of conception and throughout early pregnancy, new research suggests another very similar nutrient may one day deserve a spot on the obstetrician’s…