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VIP Dinner

The Organic Center is holding its 12th Annual VIP Dinner on Thursday, March 5th, 2015 in Anaheim, CA. With over 500 attendees expected, you won’t want to miss the largest organic business networking event at Expo West. At this celebratory fundraising dinner, you’ll hear thought-provoking keynote speakers discuss the intersection of food, farming, science and politics. A celebrity-chef-designed menu will feature delicious appetizers, delectable main courses, and mouthwatering desserts made with the finest organic ingredients. The evening will start with a cocktail reception and end with a rhythm & blues soul band — so you can count on plenty of time to connect with friends, colleagues, and the industry’s leading innovators.

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“Inert” ingredients in pesticides increase their toxicity to humans

Apr 17, 2014

 

exterminatorFrench researchers recently published a study showing that major pesticides are more toxic to humans than suggested by their active ingredients. In addition to declared active ingredients, pesticides contain a mix of other ingredients deemed “inert,” which are often kept confidential by the manufacturing companies. When pesticides are tested for safety, the trials do not take these other chemicals into account, and the active ingredients are tested in isolation. However, some “inert” ingredients may magnify the overall toxicity of the pesticides by enhancing the ability of the active chemicals to penetrate cells. This research looked at the toxicity of herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides when all ingredients were included in the testing, and found that eight out of nine pesticide formulations were up to one thousand times more toxic than their active ingredients. Roundup was an example of a pesticide that showed high toxicity. “Despite its relatively benign reputation, Roundup was among the most toxic herbicides and insecticides tested,” wrote the study authors. Tests of pesticide toxicity need to take into account the full cocktail of ingredients, because even exposure to low levels of residue may be more dangerous than previously thought.

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