Tag Archive | Pesticides

The Natural Pesticides in Plants

The Natural Pesticides in Plants

Being immobile and mostly lacking in physical armor to ward off threats, plants – including our food crops – have evolved some serious chemical warfare to fight back against all manner of hungry microbes, insects and animals. Over their 500 million year evolution, plants have accumulated an impressive array of natural pesticides which share similar […]

European Food Safety Authority Concludes Glyphosate Not a Carcinogen

The European Food Safety Authority just released their assessment of glyphosate for continued use in countries of the European Union. EFSA’s role is to assess and communicate on all risks associated with the food chain for the European Union. One of their main findings regarding glyphosate: “The substance is unlikely to be genotoxic (i.e. damaging to DNA) […]

Pesticides in Perspective: The Agricultural Health Study

Pesticides in Perspective: The Agricultural Health Study

Pesticides are risky; they are designed to kill organisms that share many biochemical pathways and physiological processes with non-target species, including humans in some cases (National Academy of Sciences). While it is difficult to develop pesticides with large margins of safety, there has been much improvement in this area. The public generally is not familiar […]

Pesticides in Perspective: Trending in the Right Direction

Pesticides in Perspective: Trending in the Right Direction

Pesticides have been with us throughout civilization. “The history of man is the record of a hungry creature in search of food,”¹ and when we found food, and eventually cultivated it, we wanted to minimize the amount that would be lost to all manner of hungry pests. Examples of early pesticides include: use of sulfur […]

Pesticides in Perspective: Most are Less Toxic than Aspirin

Pesticides in Perspective: Most are Less Toxic than Aspirin

In Hawaii there are several groups adamantly opposed to the presence of biotech seed companies which have farms on Kauai, Oahu, Maui and Molokai, where the main activity is the integration of the latest corn traits from research into production varieties and increase of elite parent lines through traditional hybridization and selfing. With the increasingly […]

Comment is Free but Facts are Sacred. Not This Time.

Comment is Free but Facts are Sacred. Not This Time.

The Guardian was founded in Manchester, England, in 1821 and today is one of the leading newspapers in the world when online readership is included. On the occasion of its 100th anniversary, Editor CP Scott wrote in a classic essay ‘Comment is free but facts are sacred’ that espoused a core principal to which it still […]

Pesticides in Perspective: Making Our Water Safe

Pesticides in Perspective: Making Our Water Safe

In Maui County most residents drink water to which the country’s number one restricted use pesticide has been added prior to being piped into our homes. This is a common practice across our state and throughout the country, and it is healthy for us. Treatment of domestic water with chlorine and related compounds is done […]