Women living in agricultural areas may experience high pesticide exposures compared to women in urban or suburban areas due to their proximity to farm activities. The objective of the study was to review the evidence in the published literature for the contribution of nonoccupational pathways of pesticide exposure in women living in North American agricultural areas.

California puts limits on tear gas-like pesticide chloropicrin used for strawberries and other crops

NGO warns that regulations for harmful pesticides would be weakened by policy proposed in a transatlantic trade agreement

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Principal Bench, New Delhi) in the matter of Jai Kumar Vs. Union of India & Ors. dated 18/12/2014 regarding the Indian rule of mandatory spraying of planes with pesticides Phenothrin 2%.

Neonicotinoids are the most widely used insecticides world-wide, but their fate in the environment remains unclear, as does their potential to influence non-target species and the roles they play in agroecosystems. The researchers investigated in laboratory and field studies the influence of the neonicotinoid thiamethoxam, applied as a coating to soya bean seeds, on interactions among soya beans, non target molluscan herbivores and their insect predators.

Mancozeb and its main metabolite ethylene thiourea (ETU) may alter thyroid function; thyroid hormones are essential for fetal brain development. In Costa Rica, mancozeb is aerially sprayed at large-scale banana plantations on a weekly basis. The objective of the study was to evaluate urinary ETU concentrations in pregnant women living near large-scale banana plantations, compare their estimated daily intake (EDI) with established reference doses (RfDs), and identify factors that predict their urinary ETU concentrations.

Is there a way to reduce pesticide use? Scientists believe that insect-resistant maize could be the answer.

Although pesticide use is widespread, the possible effect of early-life exposure to organophosphate (OP) on pediatric respiratory health is not well described. The researchers investigated the relationship between early-life exposure to OPs and respiratory outcomes.

Recent rapid evolution and spread of resistance to the most extensively used herbicide, glyphosate, is a major threat to global crop production. Genetic mechanisms by which weeds evolve resistance to herbicides largely determine the level of resistance and the rate of evolution of resistance. In a previous study, we determined that glyphosate resistance in Kochia scoparia is due to the amplification of the 5-Enolpyruvylshikimate-3-Phosphate Synthase (EPSPS) gene, the enzyme target of glyphosate.

The promise that genetically modified crops can “feed the world” is largely used by the biotechnology industry to encourage widespread acceptance of this controversial technology, but it is disconnected from the complex reality of world hunger and the limitations of GM crops themselves.

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