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Farmers and Cropdusting Pilots on the Great Plains Were Worried About Pesticide Risks Long Before ‘Silent Spring’

It is easy to frame conservation as a clash between environmentalists and polluters. But this view can greatly oversimplify many complex choices. What does conservation look like when ideas about nature cut across political lines?

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Jeff Bezos and Amazon Can Help Save the Bees - So What Are They Waiting For?

By now, most people know that populations of bees, butterflies and other pollinators are declining everywhere, at rates so precipitous that the stability of the global food supply is considered to be under threat.

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Monsanto’s Toxic Legacy: An Investigative Reporter Talks Glyphosate

Editor’s Note: In the following interview, for Acres U.S.A., Tracy Frisch interviews Carey Gillam about her first book: Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer, and the Corruption of Science. Gillam, a “Kansas-based journalist turned glyphosate geek” has been a reporter for over 25 years, 17 of which were spent with Reuters covering, among other topics, economic policy, corporate earnings and commodities trading. In that time, Gillam’s reporting specialized on corporate agribusiness and the agrichemical industry. The public health deceptions she’s since uncovered are numerous. Two years ago she became Research Director with U.S. Right to Know, a nonprofit consumer group that “pursues truth and transparency in America’s food industry.”

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Koch-Funded Anti-Climate Group Tells Women to Ignore Concerns About Toxic Chemicals

At a recent soiree at Union Station, the D.C. power elite gathered in an anti-public health confab dressed up as a celebration of women that should concern anyone who cares about the health and rights of women and children.

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Ben & Jerry's Is Poisoning Vermont's Water and Ruining Its Soil

A Vermont organic dairy farmer recently wrote an op-ed in which he defended conventional (non-organic) dairy farmers.

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Alarming Report Finds Pests' Resistance to GMO Crops Meant to Kill Them Is Surging

Resistance to crops that have been genetically modified to kill pests is surging, according to a study that examines 20 years of data.

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California Court of Appeal Rejects State's Approval of Bee-Killing Pesticides

The First District California Court of Appeal issued an opinion last week in a lawsuit challenging a California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) decision to approve additional uses for two bee-killing pesticides without disclosing the impact on honeybees.

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America's Largest Traditional Supermarket Chain Is Fine With Killing Bees

More and more consumers are choosing to go organic when it comes to the food and products they buy. The science is clear that organic is better for our health, our families and our communities. But going organic can also help an essential part of our food systems: bees and other pollinators.

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6 Ways This Ivy League University Is Acting Like a PR Firm for Junk Food, GMOs and Pesticides

If a scientist has a relationship with a large company, how can the public fully trust the statements they are making about that company’s products? When these relationships aren’t made public, things get even murkier.

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Just-Released Docs Show Monsanto 'Executives Colluding With Corrupted EPA Officials to Manipulate Scientific Data'

Four months after the publication of a batch of internal Monsanto Co. documents stirred international controversy, a new trove of company records was released early Tuesday, providing fresh fuel for a heated global debate over whether or not the agricultural chemical giant suppressed information about the potential dangers of its Roundup herbicide and relied on U.S. regulators for help.

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Burning Issue: The Cannabis Industry Has a Pesticide Problem

As cannabis is legalized for medical and recreational use on a state-by-state basis, safety regulations regarding cannabis products are becoming increasingly important. One aspect of safety regulations involves setting maximal allowable limits on pesticides. Such regulations are particularly significant given that medical populations, including young and immunocompromised patients, are among the intended consumers of cannabis products.

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