Insecticide-making cotton actually boosted pesticide use in India

Thanks to genetically modified Bt cotton, "farmers in India are spending more on seeds, more on fertilizer, and more on insecticides."

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL
March 25, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment crops farmers genetic-engineering india insects money pesticides

Super popular weed killer threatens biodiversity

Roundup, one of the world's most popular weed killers, can make ecosystems more vulnerable to pollution and climate change.

McGill University
March 2, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture biodiversity climate-change evolution pesticides plankton

How these pretty weeds resist Roundup

The morning glory is both pretty and a noxious agricultural pest. New research looks into its genome to find out how it resists glyphosate, AKA Roundup.

Jim Erickson-Michigan
Feb. 7, 2020 | futurity

~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology flowers genes pesticides plants

Insecticides have gotten way more toxic to honey bees

A kind of insecticide applied to corn and soy has become significantly more toxic to honey bees, but does little to benefit crops, researchers say.

Sara LaJeunesse-Penn State
Jan. 22, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment bees crops insecticide pesticides pollinators

These toxic chemicals steal IQ points from American kids

Exposure to toxic chemicals, especially flame retardants and pesticides resulted in more than a million cases of intellectual disability in the US between 2001 and 2016, research finds.

NYU Langone Medical Center
Jan. 14, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine childrens-health cognition flame-retardants iq lead-exposure methylmercury pesticides pollution

Bed nets with extra layer better shield against malaria

An extra barrier layer above malaria bed nets significantly improves their performance, a new study shows.

Alice Scott-Warwick
Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine malaria mosquitoes pesticides

What you can do to keep your kids safe from pesticides

Pesticides can have serious effects on the health of young kids, but there are things you can do to keep yours safe.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers
Oct. 24, 2019 | futurity

~1 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine childrens-health parents pesticides pregnancy

Nazi scientists created an alternative to DDT pesticide

Researchers hunting for new pesticides came across DFDT, and soon found that German scientists in WWII had beaten them to it.

Rachel Harrison-NYU
Oct. 11, 2019 | futurity

~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment history mosquitoes pesticides world-war-ii

Prenatal exposure to these pesticides may change teen brain

"These results are compelling, because they support what we have seen with our neuropsychological testing, which is that organophosphates impact the brain."

Kara Manke-UC Berkeley
Sept. 3, 2019 | futurity

~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine brains pesticides teenagers

5 ways a ‘lazy’ lawn makes pollinators happy

A scruffy lawn makes a good home for pollinators, say scientists. Here are 5 ways to make bees feel at home, plus options for those without yards.

Alisson Clark-Florida
June 19, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured bees honey-bees insects land pesticides pollinators sustainability

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