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  • Three new studies confirm that exposures to common insecticides during pregnancy can cut a child’s IQ 4% to 7%  by age 9.
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Fungicide over-use leads to resistant fruit and vegetable pathogens.

Oct 22, 2014

  Antibiotic-resistant bacteria evolve with the overuse of antibiotics, ‘superweeds’have evolved resistance to commonly used herbicides, and now a recent review in the Journal of Chemical Biology shows that fungal pathogens are developing resistances to fungicides due to excessive application. For its case study, the paper specifically uses the grey mold fungus, a destructive pathogen [...]

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World Health Organization Finds Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria are a Global Epidemic

Jun 12, 2014

A new report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that antibiotic-resistant resistance in bacteria is widespread around the world, presenting significant risk to human populations. The use of antibiotics in conventional animal rearing is identified as one contributor to the problem. Describing potential risk areas, the report calls for a global standardization of [...]

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GMO crops continue to foster development of super bugs

Mar 20, 2014

  A study out of Iowa State University, published this year in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,  has documented the continued development of resistant pests in response to genetically modified (GM) crops. Specifically, the researchers examined resistant varieties of western corn rootworm to Bt corn. They show that western corn rootworms have [...]

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Agricultural use of antibiotics is a public safety risk

Nov 13, 2013

A panel convened by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released a report recently warning that the use of antibiotics puts the public at risk from exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The 14-person panel examined the link between broad, low-dose applications of antibiotics in livestock rearing, and concluded that these uses could increase the [...]

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More pesticide resistance found in U.S. crops

Oct 28, 2013

Resistance to two more pesticides has been discovered in the United States, according to a recent study entitled “Field Strains of Monilinia fructicola Resistant to Both MBC and DMI Fungicides Isolated from Stone Fruit Orchards in the Eastern United States.”  Growers began using the fungicides methyl benzimidazole carbamate (MBC) and demethylase inhibitor (DMI) to control [...]

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Resistance to Bt Genetically Modified Crops found in 5 major pests

Sep 20, 2013

Since the introduction of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) into genetically modified (GM) crops in 1996, scientists have feared that the widespread of use of Bt would spur rapid evolution of resistance in pests.  Now, with over a billion acres of Bt corn and cotton, researchers Bruce Tabashnik, Thierry Brevault, and Yves Carriere, examine the biological reality [...]

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Threats of Antibiotic Resistant Diseases

Sep 17, 2013

A new report by the CDC details the threats of antibiotic resistant diseases on the public.  One of the factors contributing to antibiotic resistance is the broad application of low doses of antibiotics in rearing animals.  This practice can lead to the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria, which can eventually make their way into [...]

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Roundup Ready crops may be creating super-weeds

Aug 26, 2013

A recent study published in New Phytologist found that glyphosate-resistant crops that cross with closely related wild weeds could confer a fitness advantage to these weeds, even in areas where glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) is not being used. Researchers crossed glyphosate-resistant rice with their weedy relatives to examine the performance of the hybrids [...]

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Antibiotic resistant bacteria increase

Jul 31, 2013

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been increasingly concerned about the rise of a little known class of antibiotic-resistant bacteria called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CREs). CREs have developed resistance to almost all antibiotics, and result in death for up to half of all people who become infected. While CREs are currently the [...]

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Non-chemical Control of Weeds Successful

Jul 23, 2013

A new study published in Weed Technology shows that non-chemical controls of weeds can be more effective than herbicides. The study focuses on the weed Palmer amaranth, which has become a major threat to soybean growth in the southern United States. In this study, 250,000 glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth seeds were incorporated into the soil, and [...]

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