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Organic vs. “Organic”: How Much Does Certification Matter?

Organic vs. “Organic”: How Much Does Certification Matter?

| August 20, 2014 | 1 Comment

In most cases, even certified organic produce is not pesticide-free. But compared to most conventional produce, it can mean a big step in a less-toxic direction.

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Fighting Bugs with Bugs: Hatching a Solution for Troubled Trees

Fighting Bugs with Bugs: Hatching a Solution for Troubled Trees

| May 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Asian citrus psyllid is a tiny bug that spreads a devastating tree disease. Pesticides can’t always control it, so California farmers have turned to a different solution: another bug.

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Organic Farming Factions Spat Over Synthetic Substances

Organic Farming Factions Spat Over Synthetic Substances

| May 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s a long list of pesky exceptions to the rules organic farmers have to follow for using pesticides and fertilizers. This week, a battle erupted over those exceptions.

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How To Better Protect Farm Workers From Pesticides: Spanish

How To Better Protect Farm Workers From Pesticides: Spanish

| July 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pesticides carry warning labels that spell out health risks and how workers should protect themselves — but those labels are usually in English. More than 80 percent of the workers in the “salad bowls” of Salinas, California, or Yuma, Arizona, are Hispanic. Many have difficulty communicating in English.

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As Biotech Seed Falters, Insecticide Use Surges In Corn Belt

As Biotech Seed Falters, Insecticide Use Surges In Corn Belt

| July 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Across the corn belt, farmers are pulling out all the stops in their war on the corn rootworm. They’re returning to chemical pesticides, because the weapons of biotechnology — inserted genes that are supposed to kill the rootworm — aren’t working so well anymore.

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What Is Farm Runoff Doing To The Water? Scientists Wade In

What Is Farm Runoff Doing To The Water? Scientists Wade In

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Across the Midwest this summer, scientists are wading into 100 streams to collect water samples and check cages for fish eggs. It’s part of a large study to understand how pesticides and agricultural chemicals from farms are affecting the nation’s streams.

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Bee Deaths May Have Reached A Crisis Point For Crops

Bee Deaths May Have Reached A Crisis Point For Crops

| May 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

The number of honeybees has now dwindled to the point where there may not be enough to pollinate some major U.S. crops, including almonds, blueberries and apples. And this year brought farmers closer than ever to a true pollination crisis.

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Are Agriculture’s Most Popular Insecticides Killing Our Bees?

Are Agriculture’s Most Popular Insecticides Killing Our Bees?

| March 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Neonicotinoids are pesticides widely used to coat the seeds of agricultural plants, especially corn. But some evidence suggests these chemicals may also be poisoning bees. A tell-tale clue: reports of massive bee die-offs that all took place during corn-planting season.

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