Herbicide ban could cost SA farming billions - expert

2015-06-01 14:04

The farming and the agrochemical sectors stand to lose billions of rands if the widely-used glyphosphate herbicide is prohibited amid carcinogenic findings.

Farmers' massive suicide rate due to pesticides: study

2014-10-13 10:25

The chemicals that farmers use to protect their crops from unwelcome invaders might be killing more than just fungus, it seems they could be killing the farmers too.

Otter fishing in Bangladesh faces extinction

2014-03-24 12:39

Otter fishing, a centuries-old fishing partnership between fishermen and otters, has declined sharply because fish are becoming increasingly scarce.

Gases that damage ozone layer found in ice and air

2014-03-10 12:31

Experts are trying to pinpoint sources of four man-made gases that damage the earth's ozone layer, found in Greenland's ice and in air samples in Tasmania and Australia.

Japanese poisoned by pesticide in frozen food

2014-01-08 16:27

More than 350 people have become sick across Japan after eating frozen food products that may have been tainted with a pesticide.

Pesticides tied to endometriosis

2013-11-06 11:22

Two pesticides are associated with an increased risk of endometriosis, a common health problem that occurs in reproductive-age women.

Pesticide exposure may raise parkinson's risk

2013-05-29 09:32

Prolonged exposure to pesticides, bug and weed killers, and solvents may raise the risk for developing Parkinson's disease.

Govts undecided on pesticide ban to protect bees

2013-03-18 11:42

European Union governments failed to reach a decision on whether to ban three widely-used pesticides linked to the decline of honeybees.


Bayer buys Monsanto for record $66bn after months-long pursuit

2016-09-14 16:11

German chemicals giant Bayer has agreed to buy the controversial US seeds and pesticides firm Monsanto for $66bn, in a deal that triggered immediate criticism from environmentalists.

UN agency classifies pesticides as 'probably carcinogenic'

2015-03-23 11:05

The UN's International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified the herbicide glyphosate and the insecticides malathion and diazinon as 'probably carcinogenic' on the basis of 'limited evidence' of cancer among humans.

Antibiotic pesticides linked to allergic reaction

2014-09-04 11:02

A 10-year-old girl's severe allergic reaction was traced back to streptomycin-treated blueberries.

US cracks down on illegal dagga growers

2014-03-14 13:15

US officials are demanding tougher sentences for illegal pot growers who invade public lands, kill native vegetation and wildlife, and spread toxic pesticides.

Pesticides more toxic than previously believed

2014-01-31 15:16

A controversial French biologist, whose 2012 paper on the alleged dangers of pesticides was withdrawn, has published new claims.

Benefit of bees underestimated

2013-12-04 12:32

Bees have a much greater economic value than is widely known, according to a scientific probe into strawberry-growing.

Argentines link health problems to pesticides

2013-10-21 10:15

Doctors are warning that uncontrolled pesticide use could be the cause of growing health problems among the people who live in Argentina's farm belt.

Bedbug remedy based on kidney bean leaves

2013-04-11 10:45

Microscopic hairs on the plants stab the blood-thirsty critters, study shows.

Pesticides and ADHD

2010-08-23 12:15

Children whose mothers were exposed to pesticides while pregnant were more likely to have attention problems as they grew up.

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