Posted on October 5, 2016 by Envirothink
Too often science makes a so-called breakthrough and we jump on its results. But also too often, we blindly leap, never considering the potential issues of the larger picture.
And here we are again.
In an article in yesterday’s Sustainable Pulse, genetic engineering company Oxitec, the company clamoring to release GE mosquitoes to deal with the Zika problem, admitted that reducing one mosquito species could likely lead to a population explosion of the Asian Tiger Mosquito.
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Posted on April 12, 2016 by Envirothink
Since 2010, we’ve reported the top Worst and Best lists of fruit and veggie pesticide residue from the Environmental Working Group (EWG). It’s that time of year again – and you may be surprised (again) as to what’s now higher up on the worst list and what got a bit better.
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Posted on February 29, 2016 by Envirothink
Glyphosate is all over the news. The World Health Organization declared it a likely carcinogen yet the U.S. EPA continues to drag its feet adding it to the list of chemicals banned for use.
For those who don’t know or aren’t sure, glyphosate is the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide. It’s also found in 750 or more other products in the U.S. Tests have shown that people in 18 countries across Europe have glyphosate in their bodies. Another study revealed that the chemical has estrogenic properties and drives breast cancer proliferation in the parts-per-trillion range. And in February 2012, a shocking study published by the journal Archives of Toxicology showed that Roundup is toxic to human DNA even when diluted to concentrations 450-fold lower than used in agricultural applications.
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Posted on July 27, 2015 by Envirothink
The demand for organic foods continues to grow. But should we blithely accept something that’s USDA certified as safe?
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Posted on June 5, 2015 by Envirothink
Today is World Environment Day. This isn’t a take-off-from-work holiday and probably a lot of folks may not even be aware of it at all. But as more awareness grows about climate change, the growing worldwide drought and ensuing water scarcity, it’s important to note that what we do has an impact on our surroundings – on our environment and particularly on the availability and drinkability of clean water.
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Posted on June 1, 2015 by Envirothink
Living a healthy lifestyle and being healthy encompasses factors like regular exercise and reducing stress. But it all starts with the quality of the food we eat.
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