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How Monsanto is Turning an Island Paradise Into a GMO Wasteland

How Monsanto is Turning an Island Paradise Into a GMO Wasteland

Monsanto is conquering one of the world’s most stunning utopias - and it's happening right under our noses. The company is turning the picturesque island of Molokai into a GMO laboratory, and it's

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Monarch Butterfly Populations Crash 90% in 20 Years – Why Are They Not Considered Endangered?

Monarch Butterfly Populations Crash 90% in 20 Years – Why Are They Not Considered Endangered?

Shocking statistics show that Monarch butterfly populations in the U.S. have fallen roughly 90 percent since 1995. In response, a new petition is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the

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5,000 Honey Bees to be Equipped with Sensors to Study Colony Decline

5,000 Honey Bees to be Equipped with Sensors to Study Colony Decline

In a groundbreaking study, 5,000 honey bees in Australia are set to be fitted with tiny sensors in an effort to better understand Colony Collapse Disorder. The 2.5mm by 2.5mm Radio Frequency

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INFOGRAPHIC: How to Keep Your Drinking Water Safe—A History of Water Quality

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Keep Your Drinking Water Safe—A History of Water Quality

Our bodies are comprised of about 60 percent water, and to stay healthy, we need to drink 8-10 glasses of it a day—even more than that in summertime. But how safe is our drinking water? From lead paint

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How the Deadly Funnel Web Spider Could Help Save the Bees

How the Deadly Funnel Web Spider Could Help Save the Bees

Recent years have seen bees dying off en masse, but our flying friends may have found their salvation in an unlikely insect ally – a dangerously poisonous spider. A bite from a funnel web spider could

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President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)!

President Obama Announces Plan to Save the Bees (and Other Pollinators Too)!

Adding to a string of great green initiatives coming out of the White House recently, President Obama recently announced the creation of a new Pollinator Health Task Force. The Task Force will address

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New Harvard Study Reveals Link Between Bee Colony Collapse Disorder and Neonicotinoid Pesticides

New Harvard Study Reveals Link Between Bee Colony Collapse Disorder and Neonicotinoid Pesticides

A new study by the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) confirms what has long been feared: insecticides, in particular those in the neonicotinoid class, are causing the wide-scale collapse of bee

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Eggpicnic Prints: Bringing Awareness of Bird Extinctions Through Art

Eggpicnic Prints: Bringing Awareness of Bird Extinctions Through Art

Did you know that according to recent findings by Bird Life international, 1 in every 5 bird species could be extinct in the next 50-80 years? Take a quick look at the birds around you the next time you

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Leaf-Cutter Ants Teach Us About Farming?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Leaf-Cutter Ants Teach Us About Farming?

About twelve thousand years ago, humans hit on a bright idea. Why not grow food in our backyards instead of having to go look for it every time our tummies grumble? It was a masterful stroke of conscious

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Widely-Used Pesticide Causes Bees to Shrink in Size

Widely-Used Pesticide Causes Bees to Shrink in Size

Bees have been vital partners in human agriculture for centuries thanks to their role as crop pollinators. However pesticides used to kill other species of insects have wreaked havoc on their hives. A

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Falling Numbers of Honeybees Threaten UK’s Food Security

Falling Numbers of Honeybees Threaten UK’s Food Security

 Photo © Shutterstock A new study in the journal PLoS One has revealed that UK honeybees are only providing a quarter of the pollination that is actually needed for all of the nation's crops. Out of

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Four Years of Extreme Weather has Killed Thousands of UK Barn Owls

Four Years of Extreme Weather has Killed Thousands of UK Barn Owls

Conservationists say that there are now fewer than 1,000 breeding pairs of barn owls left in the UK after four years of extreme weather such as freezing winters and wet summers. Thousands of the birds

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Florida Citrus Grower Kills Millions of Bees, Gets Off with Measly $1,500 Fine

Florida Citrus Grower Kills Millions of Bees, Gets Off with Measly $1,500 Fine

While environmentalists and politicians disagree about whether or not to ban pesticides suspected of killing honeybees, some farmers are completely disregarding bee-protecting legislation that's already

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New Study Suggests Massive Bee Die-Off and Colony Collapse Caused by Combination of Factors: Fungicides Lead to Parasite Infections

New Study Suggests Massive Bee Die-Off and Colony Collapse Caused by Combination of Factors: Fungicides Lead to Parasite Infections

Although it's obvious that something is killing bees in mass quantities, for years scientists have struggled to finger a culprit. A continued mass die-off of honey bees would be disastrous for our food

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25 Indian Children Dead and Dozens Poisoned After Eating Insecticide-Tainted Lunches at School

25 Indian Children Dead and Dozens Poisoned After Eating Insecticide-Tainted Lunches at School

25 students were killed, and dozens poisoned, after eating a free lunch provided by a school in eastern India. Doctors who are treating the children believe that a lethal mix of insecticides in the rice

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25,000 Bees Found Dead in a Target Parking Lot in Oregon

25,000 Bees Found Dead in a Target Parking Lot in Oregon

Photo via Shutterstock This week is National Pollinator Week, but you wouldn't know it if you stepped into the Target parking lot in Wilsonville, Oregon. There, shoppers noticed thousands of dead

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Study Finds Honey Bee Food May Contribute to Colony Collapse

Study Finds Honey Bee Food May Contribute to Colony Collapse

Honeybees photo from Shutterstock Last winter, beekeepers in the United States lost an alarming one-third of their hives to colony collapse disorder. While many acknowledge that pesticides, climate

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US Denies Link Between Bee Deaths and Pesticides Despite Europe’s Ban

US Denies Link Between Bee Deaths and Pesticides Despite Europe’s Ban

Photo via Shutterstock Just days after Europe placed a two year ban on bee-killing pesticides, the US government has released a claim that there is no clear link between widespread colony collapse and

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High Fructose Corn Syrup May Be Tied to Bee Colony Collapse

High Fructose Corn Syrup May Be Tied to Bee Colony Collapse

Photo via Shutterstock Colony Collapse Disorder, which is causing a significant decline in bee populations, has been associated with everything from pesticides to cell phones. And while it's almost

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Bee-Killing Pesticides Banned in Europe!

Bee-Killing Pesticides Banned in Europe!

Today the European Commission voted to ban pesticides that are widely believed to be harmful to bees, The BBC reports. Last month the commission presented a proposal to ban neonicotinoid pesticides such

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72,000 Ladybugs Released Inside Mall of America

72,000 Ladybugs Released Inside Mall of America

Photo via Shutterstock Minnesota’s Mall of America may be known as the largest retail complex in the country, but it is also now home to 72,000 lady bugs!  The ladybugs were released inside the

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Coalition Sues US Government Over Pesticides Toxic to Bees

Coalition Sues US Government Over Pesticides Toxic to Bees

Photo via Shutterstock American beekeepers, conservation groups and food campaigners have filed a lawsuit against the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to protect the

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Biopesticides Grown From Mushrooms Offer Non-Toxic Way to Protect Crops From Unwanted Guests

Biopesticides Grown From Mushrooms Offer Non-Toxic Way to Protect Crops From Unwanted Guests

Locust on barley photo from Shutterstock Feeding seven billion hungry humans is no easy task - especially when crop-killing insects are competing for first dibs on agriculture. Deadly chemical

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UK Home Improvement Retailers to Withdraw Products Containing Chemicals Harmful to Bees

UK Home Improvement Retailers to Withdraw Products Containing Chemicals Harmful to Bees

Bees have had a rough time in the past few years - from the Varroa mite and colony collapse disorder to factory waste contaminating their honey. Heeding the insect's buzz for help, UK home improvement

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“Dirty White Gold’s” Leah Borromeo Talks About Farmer Suicides and GM Cotton

“Dirty White Gold’s” Leah Borromeo Talks About Farmer Suicides and GM Cotton

Cotton is at the heart of clothing manufacturing, but as most only see the material in its final, hanger-hugging form, few are aware of the incredible human and environmental costs associated with its

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Stinging New Study Uncovers More Evidence of Pesticide Harm to Bees

Stinging New Study Uncovers More Evidence of Pesticide Harm to Bees

Poor bees. Not only do they have problems with Colony Collapse Disorder and pollutants affecting the quality and color of their honey, they also have to worry about coming into contact with a barrage of

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Scotts Miracle-Gro Fined $12.5M For Knowingly Selling Bird Seed Tainted With Deadly Pesticides

Scotts Miracle-Gro Fined $12.5M For Knowingly Selling Bird Seed Tainted With Deadly Pesticides

Bird Feeder photo from Shutterstock Today the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company was sentenced for eleven criminal violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) that it plead

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Benefits of Organic Food Go Beyond Vitamins and Minerals

Benefits of Organic Food Go Beyond Vitamins and Minerals

It makes sense to this writer that organic food is a healthier option than convention produce, which is grown with synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Take away those harmful chemicals, and organic

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City of Dallas Bombarded With Duet Pesticide to Kill West Nile Virus Mosquitoes

City of Dallas Bombarded With Duet Pesticide to Kill West Nile Virus Mosquitoes

Crop duster photo from Shutterstock The mayor of Dallas Mike Rawlings has declared a state of emergency as 381 cases of West Nile virus have been reported so far this year, and the disease has already

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Is DEFRA Not Doing Enough to Battle Bee-Killing Pesticides In the UK?

Is DEFRA Not Doing Enough to Battle Bee-Killing Pesticides In the UK?

It has long been theorized that the use of certain pesticides has contributed to the declining bee population around the world. In order to counter and further prevent the detrimental effect to the UK's

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