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Neonicotinoid Insecticides Found to Disrupt Insects’ Vision and Flying Ability

Flying insects exposed to neonicotinoid insecticides or its breakdown products experience visual impairment and difficulty flying, according to a study published in the journal NeuroToxicology by researchers at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.


Organic Farming Curbs the Spread of Foodborne Pathogens, According to Study

Organic farming promotes natural resistance to common foodborne human pathogens, according to a study that evaluates the benefit of soil organisms.


Achieving sugar reduction targets could cut child obesity and healthcare costs

Reducing the sugar content of certain foods by 2020, in line with UK government policy targets, could cut child obesity and related illness, and save the NHS in England £286 million over 10 years, suggests a study published by The BMJ today.


Preschoolers with chronic constipation tend to be picky eaters

In the first study of its kind in the U.S., researchers found that normally developing preschool children with chronic constipation have underlying sensory issues that contribute to their difficulties with toileting behaviors.


Cities and countries aim to slash plastic waste within a decade

If all goes well, 2030 will be quite a special year. Global and local community leaders from more than 170 countries have pledged to "significantly reduce" the amount of single-use plastic products by 2030.


Anxiety 'epidemic' brewing on college campuses, researchers find

The number of 18- to 26-year-old students who report suffering from anxiety disorder has doubled since 2008, perhaps as a result of rising financial stress and increased time spent on digital devices, according to preliminary findings released Thursday by a team of UC Berkeley researchers.


An exotic microbe and an unusual extraction process may add up to an economical way to make a promising biofuel

Taking a step closer to a "green" replacement for fossil fuels, a research team that includes a chemical engineer at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has developed a novel process using an unusual solvent and an exotic microorganism that may make it possible to manufacture isobutanol and other biofuels more economically.


Third Roundup-Cancer Lawsuit Exposes Cozy Relationship Between the EPA and Monsanto

On Monday, Monsanto Co. corporate spokesman William Reeves admitted the corporation has regularly communicated with U.S. regulatory agencies regarding reviews of the controversial Roundup herbicide. Reeves denied that Monsanto had given the agencies orders to follow. Reeves’ testimony came about during the latest lawsuit against biotech giant Monsanto, as Alva and Alberta Pilliod fight to prove that Roundup caused their cancer.


Study reveals a connection between the use of NSAIDs and severe C. difficile superbug infections

Antibiotics are known to disrupt the microbial balance in the gut, increasing the risk of getting infected by bacteria such as Clostridium difficile. However, a new study found that even common pain relievers may promote infections caused by C. difficile. C. difficile causes the most common and most dangerous hospital-born infections in the U.S. and around the world.


Farmers who use biosolids are NOT required to tell anyone – their land is being polluted in SECRET

One would think that with so many lingering and unanswered questions about the safety of “biosludge” that regulatory authorities would, at the very least, require farmers who use the stuff to provide full, public disclosure in the interest of public safety. But unfortunately this isn’t the case.

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