Farmer’s perspective: In defense of judicious use of agricultural pesticides – Genetic Literacy Project

I’m no stranger to the controversy that surrounds pesticide use. However, I’d love a chance to explain the benefits I see and my thoughts on the negative perceptions.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/07/29/farmers-perspective-in-defense-of-judicious-use-of-agricultural-pesticides/

Viewpoint: Don’t believe fear-mongering — Here’s why trace pesticide residues in food pose no risk to to humans – Genetic Literacy Project

Everyone, including me, would like food products to be free from pesticide residues. However, the question is, would the world be able to feed itself without the use of plant protection products?
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/07/22/viewpoint-dont-believe-fear-mongering-heres-why-trace-pesticide-residues-in-food-pose-no-risk-to-to-humans/

Beepocalypse Myth Handbook: Assessing claims of pollinator collapse – Genetic Literacy Project

After a decade of debate, the causes of the mid-2000s spike in bee deaths is coming into focus. Culprits are multifactorial, a rebuke of simplistic fingering of pesticides. Time for targeted solutions.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/07/15/beepocalypse-myth-handbook-dissecting-claims-of-pollinator-collapse/

Viewpoint: Millions face food insecurity. Following ‘green hysteria’ in rejecting pesticides and fertilizers will make this crisis worse – Genetic Literacy Project

From 2023, the European Union will allocate 25 per cent of its direct agriculture payment budget to “eco-payments” for carbon and organic farmers. They do this as the world experiences historic starvation levels.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/07/15/viewpoint-millions-face-food-insecurity-following-green-hysteria-in-rejecting-pesticides-and-fertilizers-will-make-this-crisis-worse/

Viewpoint: France’s Le Monde leads media frenzy hyping flawed study claiming trace pesticide residues wipe out benefits of eating fruits and vegetables – Genetic Literacy Project

A recent study suggested that pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables could counteract some of the nutritional benefits of consuming said produce. Are
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Viewpoint: No, trace pesticides do not make fruits and vegetables unhealthy – Genetic Literacy Project

A recent article in the French daily Le Monde speaks of a study with “impressive” conclusions. Reading it, there is reason to be worried since it does
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/06/27/viewpoint-no-trace-pesticides-do-not-make-fruits-and-vegetables-unhealthy/

From the Environmental Working Group to the Pesticide Action Network, food activists claim we face killer risks from chemicals. Here’s why scientists don’t agree – Genetic Literacy Project

E coli in ready-to-eat salads? Salmonella in seafood? Spoiled ground beef? Listeria in vegetables? Pesticide traces in… everything? Each year the
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/06/21/from-the-environmental-working-group-to-the-pesticide-action-network-food-activists-claim-we-face-killer-risk-from-chemicals-heres-why-scientists-dont-agree/

Getting to the bottom of common coffee myths | AGDAILY

From valid concerns about pesticides and mold to misinterpretations of FDA rules about allowable of insects, there are quite many coffee myths to clear up.
— Read on www.agdaily.com/lifestyle/coffee-myths-bugs-mold-and-pesticides-in-your-morning-brew/

‘Organic label doesn’t always mean safer,’ study finds: Spinosad insecticide more damaging to beneficial insects than synthetic imidacloprid neonicotinoid banned in Europe – Genetic Literacy Project

Very low concentrations of the popular organic insecticide spinosad have profound effects on beneficial insect species, including vision loss and neurodegeneration, new research led by the University of Melbourne has found.The study, published in ELife, used the vinegar fly Drosophila to analyse the impact of chronic exposure to low concentrations (0.2 parts per million) of spinosad and the resulting physiological impacts on the brain and other tissues.Spinosad is commonly used to control insect pests including thrips, leafminers, spider mites, mosquitoes, ants and fruit flies, in both commercial and domestic settings.“Within a matter of 20 days, tiny doses of spinosad can have an alarming impact on the brains of adult Drosophila. Observing sections of brain tissue under microscope demonstrated there was an average of 17 per cent of the fly brains destroyed due to exposure,” said Dr Felipe Martelli from Monash University, who completed this work as part of his PhD at the University of Melbourne.
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/03/07/organic-label-doesnt-always-mean-safer-study-finds-spinosad-insecticide-found-to-be-more-damaging-to-beneficial-insects-than-synthetic-imidacloprid-neonicotinoid-banned-in-europe/

Rebuffing activist claims, USDA confirms American-grown fruits and vegetables are free of harmful trace pesticides – Genetic Literacy Project

The results of the USDA’s Pesticide Data Program (PDP) for 2020 are in, and they lend themselves to two important but unsurprising conclusions: the trace
— Read on geneticliteracyproject.org/2022/02/09/rebuffing-activist-claims-usda-confirms-american-grown-fruits-and-vegetables-are-free-of-harmful-trace-pesticides/