Why You Don't Want Industrial Orchards in Your Community

helicopter drying cherriesBecause once they come, forget about your peace of mind, clean air and water, seeing birds and wildlife and selling your property. You won't want to stay in it and nobody in their right mind will want to buy it. All it takes is one in an area to make properties unsalable and turn a lovely rural community into an area that sounds like a war zone and is unfit to live. Industrial cherry orchardists are on the lookout for cheap land and climate change is now making it possible to use land further north.

Pesticide Residues Difficult to Wash Off Food

(Beyond Pesticides, October 27, 2017) In a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists at University of Massachusetts, Amherst identify a novel approach to reduce toxic pesticide residues on conventional food. The method the authors describe is cumbersome and unlikely to be widely used by consumers ... http://beyondpesticides.org/dailynewsblog/2017/10/pesticide-residues-dif....

Largest Field Study Finds Neonicotinoids Decimate Bees

(Beyond Pesticides, July 3, 2017)
A two-year long study conducted at 33 sites in multiple European countries to assess the effects of neonicotinoid (neonics) insecticides on three bee species in real-world environmental conditions confirms that these pesticides have a deleterious effect on bee survival. The study, the largest of its kind, explored the role of the agricultural use of neonics as seed coatings on bee health and fnds that the pesticides are persistent in the environment, contaminating pollen and nectar that bees forage, reducing colony fitness.
 

Monarchs & Milkweed

"With the introduction of GMO crops in the mid-'90s, and pesticides and industrial farming practices, the milkweed has disappeared. No milkweed, no home for eggs or food source for caterpillars."

The ‘Non-GMO’ Label Doesn’t Go Far Enough: Taking Stock of GMOs and Glyphosate

By Dr. Jeremy L. Caradonna, Environmental Studies, University of Victoria

and Dr. Thierry Vrain, Head of Biotechnology at Agriculture Canada’s Summerland Research Station (retired)

The total sale of products with ‘Non-GMO’ labeling is now in the billions, and the growth of this market is certainly to be applauded. However, the Non-GMO label inadvertently shields health-conscious consumers from one of the scarier realities of the modern food system—that glyphosate, which is the main ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, is also being applied to non genetically modified crops.

Species of Gut Bacteria reverses Autism?

A new study shows that a single species of gut bacteria can reverse autism-related social behavior in mice. The absence of a one specific species of gut bacteria causes social deficits in mice, researchers report. By adding this bacteria species back to the guts of affected mice, the researchers were able to reverse some of their behavioral deficits, which are reminiscent of symptoms of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in humans. The investigators are now looking to explore the effects of probiotics on neurodevelopmental disorders in future work.

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