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Exposure to Pesticides and Other Chemicals Cost U.S. Billions Due to Health Care and Lost Wages

Exposure to chemicals in pesticides, toys, makeup, food packaging and detergents costs the U.S. more than $340 billion annually due to health care costs and lost wages, according to a new analysis.

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U.S. Restaurants Are Losing Over $1 Billion to Food Waste - Now Chefs Are Devising Some Creative Solutions

The numbers are big. $218 billion of food is wasted every year in the United States—1.3 percent of national GDP, or $1,500 a year for a family of four. In a country with 48 million food-insecure people, this represents 1,250 calories per person, every day.

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Chicago's Air Is Contaminated With Long-Banned Chemicals Still in Paint

More than 400 pounds of toxic PCBs are emitted to Chicago’s air each year and researchers warn that some of this load comes via a chemical reaction in paint still sold in hardware stores.

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Burn Pits: The New 'Agent Orange' That the Media Has Failed to Expose

The U.S. media has failed to expose the civilian toll of recent wars by largely ignoring burn pits’ toxic effects on local people, a U.S. researcher argues in a new report, suggesting the burn pits are this generation’s Agent Orange.

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Sweeping 'Revolution' Required to Feed People on Stressed Planet, Scientists Say

How do you make sure billions of people around the world have access to food?

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Low Levels of Exposure to Monsanto's Roundup May Cause Kidney and Liver Damage

Long-term exposure to tiny amounts of Roundup—thousands of times lower than what is permitted in U.S. drinking water—may lead to serious problems in the liver and kidneys, according to a new study.

The study looked at the function of genes in these organs and bolsters a controversial 2012 study that found rats exposed to small amounts of the herbicide Roundup in their drinking water had liver and kidney damage. 

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Male Fish in North Carolina Rivers Found to Have Female Parts

Male black bass and some sunfish in North Carolina rivers and streams are developing eggs in their testes, which can cause reproductive problems and potentially threaten populations, according to unpublished research.

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Autism Risk Higher Near Pesticide-Treated Fields, Study Says

Babies whose moms lived within a mile of crops treated with widely used pesticides were more likely to develop autism, according to new researchpublished today.

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Scientists May Have Uncovered a Key to Understanding Why Many Women Get Breast Cancer

Editor's Note: This is the first in a two-part series. Read Part 2.

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Is Your Fish Safe to Eat? Why Warnings May Not Be Reaching the People Most at Risk

MADISON, Wis.–Trey Mackey expertly baits his fishing hook with a live worm, sits down on a folding chair and casts a line into the waters of Monona Bay. He’s driven up from Chicago for a day of fishing that could provide a fresh, tasty dinner of blue gill.

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Why You May Be Drinking Soda That Contains a Dangerous Flame Retardant Banned in Europe and Japan

MARIETTA, Ga. – It's Monday night at the Battle & Brew, a gamer hangout in this Atlanta suburb. The crowd is slumping in chairs, ears entombed in headphones, eyes locked on flat-screen monitors and minds lost in tonight’s video game of choice: "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim."

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Are Flea Treatments Dangerous For Your Pets?

Warning that the powerful poisons can endanger dogs and cats, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will require new instructions and labeling for on-spot flea products.

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Farm Pesticides Linked to Deadly Skin Cancer

Workers who apply certain pesticides to farm fields are twice as likely to contract melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer, according to a new scientific study.

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