Category Archives: Chemicals

‘cleanest’ foods for pesticides

These were at the bottom of the list for pesticides and herbicides.

From Environmental Working Group.

http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list.php

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10 worst foods for pesticides – buy organic.

  1. Strawberries
  2. Apples
  3. Nectarines
  4. Peaches
  5. Celery
  6. Grapes
  7. Cherries
  8. Spinach
  9. Tomatoes
  10. Sweet bell peppers

From Environmental Working Group.

http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list.php

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What do you use on your lawn?

http://thinkaboutnow.com/2017/06/studies-link-canine-cancers-to-lawn-chemicals/

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International allowable Pesticide levels

Check out Alphalpa (luncere), Hay, Pea and Wheat and Barley!

(And consider what we feed the cows that we eat.)

http://www.fao.org/fao-who-codexalimentarius/standards/pestres/pesticide-detail/en/?p_id=158

 

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GMO foods in Australia

Food produced using gene technology in Australia

  • Soy
  • Corn
  • Canola
  • Cotton
  • Sugar Beet
  • Potato
  • Rice
  • Alfalfa (Lucerne

(from https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2016C00829)

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Crop Pollination Exposes Honey Bees to Pesticides Which Alters Their Susceptibility to the Gut Pathogen Nosema ceranae

Recent declines in honey bee populations and increasing demand for insect-pollinated crops raise concerns about pollinator shortages. Pesticide exposure and pathogens may interact to have strong negative effects on managed honey bee colonies. Such findings are of great concern given the large numbers and high levels of pesticides found in honey bee colonies. Thus it is crucial to determine how field-relevant combinations and loads of pesticides affect bee health. We collected pollen from bee hives in seven major crops to determine 1) what types of pesticides bees are exposed to when rented for pollination of various crops and 2) how field-relevant pesticide blends affect bees’ susceptibility to the gut parasite Nosema ceranae . Our samples represent pollen collected by foragers for use by the colony, and do not necessarily indicate foragers’ roles as pollinators. In blueberry, cranberry, cucumber, pumpkin and watermelon bees collected pollen almost exclusively from weeds and wildflowers during our sampling. Thus more attention must be paid to how honey bees are exposed to pesticides outside of the field in which they are placed. We detected 35 different pesticides in the sampled pollen, and found high fungicide loads. The insecticides esfenvalerate and phosmet were at a concentration higher than their median lethal dose in at least one pollen sample. While fungicides are typically seen as fairly safe for honey bees, we found an increased probability of Nosema infection in bees that consumed pollen with a higher fungicide load. Our results highlight a need for research on sub-lethal effects of fungicides and other chemicals that bees placed in an agricultural setting are exposed to.

Source: Crop Pollination Exposes Honey Bees to Pesticides Which Alters Their Susceptibility to the Gut Pathogen Nosema ceranae

 

This was from 2 years ago.

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Glyphosate report from World Health Organisation

I previously wrote about the dangers of Roundup and how to avoid it.

This week the WHO announced:

The herbicide glyphosate and the insecticides malathion and diazinon were classified as probablycarcinogenic to humans (Group 2A).

The insecticides tetrachlorvinphos and parathion were classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B).

You can read the paper here.

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What is a ‘safe’ level of roundup?

Call me naive, but changing the amount of Roundup allowed in food based on how much Roundup a farmer puts on his crop seems a little back the front to me…

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Ceoliac disease and Roundup

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“Here, we propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup®, is the most important causal factor in this epidemic.”

Barley, Corn, Sorgum, Wheat, Molasses, Wheat Bran, Canola, Cotton Seed and Sunflower oil contain the highest levels of Roundup. Stay off and you will reduce your glyphosate levels 100 fold.  But why should you be worried about Roundup?  It’s been used for years.  This article explains why.

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