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Six days of eating all organic is enough to significantly reduce pesticide levels in the body

Researchers in California just demonstrated that a mere six days of eating all organic is enough to significantly reduce levels of harmful pesticides in your body. In the study, four families (with completely different backgrounds) consumed conventional products for six days and had their urine tested. Then, they ate a 100 percent organic diet for six days and had their urine tested again. The drop in pesticide levels present in their urine between tests was massive.

Study Shows Pesticide Levels in Families Dropped by 60% After One-Week Organic Diet

A new peer-reviewed study shows that eating a completely organic diet—even for just one week—can dramatically reduce the presence of pesticide levels in people, a finding that was characterized as “groundbreaking” by critics of an industrial food system that relies heavily on synthetic toxins and chemicals to grow crops and raise livestock. Published in the Environmental Research, the study—titled Organic Diet Intervention Significantly Reduces Urinary Pesticide Levels in U.S.

Deltaplan Biodiversiteitsherstel negeert de grootste sleutelproblemen op het Nederlandse platteland

De laatste decennia is het Nederlandse platteland veranderd in een ecologische woestijn. De verstikkende deken van ammoniak en landbouwgif die over ons landschap ligt, heeft vergaande gevolgen, niet alleen voor de natuur, maar ook voor onze gezondheid en voor het agrarische bedrijf. Iedereen heeft dan ook lang uitgekeken naar het Deltaplan Biodiversiteitsherstel dat een oplossing zou presenteren. Maar zelden was de teleurstelling zo groot. Het plan negeert de grootste sleutelproblemen op het Nederlandse platteland: het te kleine natuurareaal en een landbouw die extreem vervuilend is.

Pesticides discovered in 83% of examined European soils

Today, 2,000 pesticides with 500 chemical substances are being used in Europe. However, data on how such substances affect soil quality is incomplete and fragmented, and fails to clearly reflect their overall impact on soil systems and human health. First-time research conducted in the course of two EU-funded projects, iSQAPER and RECARE, is shedding light on the state of European soils. The results are far from reassuring.

Truths about pesticides

Chemical agriculture is destroying the ecosystems that sustain all life. Pesticides are a key culprit in the decline of bees, butterflies and other pollinators — leading some scientists to warn of a “second silent spring.” , Pesticides wreak havoc on the soil by killing the organisms that are the basis of soil life. And they pollute rivers, lakes and oceans, leading to fish die-offs.

Organic food may reduce your risk of cancer

To reduce your risk of cancer, you know you should quit smoking, exercise regularly, wear sunscreen, and take advantage of screening tests. New research suggests another item might be added to this list: Choose organic foods over conventional ones. A study of nearly 70,000 French adults who were tracked for an average of 4.5 years found that those who ate the most organic foods were less likely to develop certain kinds of cancer than the people who ate the least.

Bespuitingen op akkers laten sporen na in de bodem

In meer dan 80 procent van de Europese landbouwbodems worden één of meerdere gewasbeschermingsmiddelen aangetroffen. Dat blijkt uit een onderzoek van Wageningen Universiteit, dat gepubliceerd is in het wetenschappelijk magazine Science of the Total Environment. De wetenschappers onderzochten de aanwezigheid van 76 actieve chemische stoffen in de bodems van landbouwpercelen in elf Europese landen. Zoals je kan verwachten, worden er van de middelen die boeren spuiten op hun percelen sporen teruggevonden in de bodem.

Florida monarch butterfly populations have dropped 80 percent since 2005

A 37-year survey of monarch populations in North Central Florida shows that caterpillars and butterflies have been declining since 1985 and have dropped by 80 percent since 2005. This decrease parallels monarchs' dwindling numbers in their overwintering grounds in Mexico, said study co-author Jaret Daniels, program director and associate curator of the Florida Museum of Natural History's McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity.

Zeker tien vogelsoorten in Nederland staan op het punt van uitsterven

De vernietiging van leefgebieden en het verdwijnen van insecten in Nederland hebben de afgelopen decennia veel vogelsoorten bedreigd en zelfs doen uitsterven. Zeker tien vogelsoorten staan op het punt van uitsterven, als er geen maatregelen worden genomen. Dat concludeert het boek Bedreigde vogels in Nederland van de Vogelbescherming, dat woensdag verschijnt.