Pesticides can cause brain damage and organic food is the future, EU report says

Eating food with high levels of pesticides has an adverse effect on the brain, according to a review of existing scientific evidence commissioned by the European Parliament. The MEPs wanted to know whether organic food was healthier than conventionally grown crops and asked experts to look at the relevant research.

The Womb Is No Protection From Toxic Chemicals

Until a few decades ago, the popular but falsely reassuring belief was that babies in the womb were perfectly protected by the placenta and that children were just “little adults,” requiring no special protections from environmental threats. We now know that a host of chemicals, pollutants and viruses readily travel across the placenta from mother to fetus, pre-polluting or pre-infecting a baby even before birth.

Neurobehavioral Effects Found in Children Exposed to Flower Pesticides

Ecuador is the third largest producer of cut flowers in the world, primarily roses, many of which are destined to be sold for Mother’s Day. The industry employs more than 103,000 people, and relies heavily on agricultural pesticides. In a paper published in the May 2017 issue of the journal NeuroToxicology, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, with colleagues in Ecuador and Minnesota, have found altered short-term neurological behaviors in children associated with a peak pesticide spraying season linked to the Mother’s Day flower harvest.

Neonicotinoids detected in drinking water

One of the most dangerous pesticides, neonicotinoids, has been found in drinking water, a new study reveals. Neonicotinoids, most of which were released in the 1990s, were designed to be the most environmentally-friendly chemicals on the market and soon became the most widely used, especially in the Midwest. The compounds don't just coat leaves and stems but work their way into plant tissue, meaning fewer sprays are needed. But the neonics, as they are nicknamed, became reputable for being something else - a bee killer, wreaking havoc on insect nervous systems.

Dr. Henk Tennekes sprach auf Einladung des Kreisimkerverbandes-Leer über Gifteinsatz

Auf großes Interesse stieß am Mittwoch der Vortrag von Dr. Henk Tennekes, (Experimental Toxicology Services Nederland), zum Einsatz von Pestiziden. Im Saal der Gaststätte „Meta“ in Hesel mussten zusätzliche Stühle aufgestellt werden, damit jeder der rund 200 Besucher einen Sitzplatz erhielt. Die Vorsitzende des Kreis-Imkerverbandes, Almuth Janßen aus Hesel, war als Veranstalterin „schlicht erschlagen von der großen Resonanz“, wie sie sagte. Tennekes stellte seine in jahrelanger Forschung ermittelten Untersuchungsergebnisse in wissenschaftlicher Form mit vielen Daten und Tabellen dar.

Gebruik chemische bestrijdingsmiddelen heeft volgens VN rapport catastrofale gevolgen

Het grootschalige gebruik van chemische bestrijdingsmiddelen in de landbouw wereldwijd is volgens de VN gevaarlijk voor de volksgezondheid, heeft rampzalige gevolgen voor het milieu en is in strijd met de rechten van de mens. Jaarlijks sterven 200.000 mensen aan acute vergiftiging door bestrijdingsmiddelen. Dat stelt de Rapporteur voor het recht op Voedsel van de Verenigde Naties deze week in een nieuw verschenen rapport. De VN maakt zich grote zorgen over de effecten van het grootschalig gebruik van chemische bestrijdingsmiddelen op de volksgezondheid.

VN-voedselrapporteur gaat de strijd aan met pesticiden

De huidige VN-rapporteur voor het recht op voedsel, Hilal Elver, staat minstens even kritisch tegenover het gebruik van chemische gewasbeschermingsmiddelen als haar voorganger Olivier De Schutter. Zij schreef een rapport over de ongewenste effecten van pesticiden op het milieu en de menselijke gezondheid. Het leest als een aanklacht: “Fabrikanten promoten pesticiden op een agressieve manier en argumenteren dat ze nodig zijn om een groeiende wereldbevolking van voedsel te voorzien.

Human health implications of organic food and organic agriculture

This report reviews the existing scientific evidence regarding the impact of organic food on human health from an EU perspective and the potential contribution of organic management practices to the development of healthy food systems. Very few studies have directly addressed the effect of organic food on human health. They indicate that organic food may reduce the risk of allergic disease and obesity, but this evidence is not conclusive. Consumers of organic food tend to have healthier dietary patterns overall.

UN experts denounce 'myth' pesticides are necessary to feed the world

The idea that pesticides are essential to feed a fast-growing global population is a myth, according to UN food and pollution experts. A new report, being presented to the UN human rights council on Wednesday, is severely critical of the global corporations that manufacture pesticides, accusing them of the “systematic denial of harms”, “aggressive, unethical marketing tactics” and heavy lobbying of governments which has “obstructed reforms and paralysed global pesticide restrictions”.

There is a link between low dose exposure to pyrethroids and behavioral problems in children

Children exposed to a widely used group of insecticides may be at increased risk for behavioral problems, according to a new study. The insecticides are called pyrethroids. They're used on crops but can also be found in some mosquito repellents and in products used to treat head lice, scabies and fleas, the French research team explained. Like many types of insecticides, pyrethroids work by damaging nerves, and concerns have recently been raised about their possible effects on children who have been exposed.