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Varroa destructor

Varroa destructor feeds primarily on honey bee fat body tissue and not hemolymph

varroa destructor - honey beeVarroa destructor causes considerable damage to honey bees and subsequently the field of apiculture through just one process: feeding. For five decades, we have believed that these mites consume hemolymph like a tick consumes blood, and that Varroa cause harm primarily by vectoring viruses.

Link: www.pnas.org/varroa-destructor

Change our food systems

Eating meat has ‘dire’ consequences for the planet, says report
Eating meat has consequences for the planet

© Photograph by Robin Hammond

There’s an entire industry built around dieting. Most of its products are intended to help people lose weight, gain muscle, or live longer.
But as the global human population steadily climbs, scientists are scrambling to devise a diet plan that can feed 10 billion people by 2050.
www.nationalgeographic.com/commission-report

Cardiovascular disease

Cardiac risk factors and prevention

Abstract: Objective Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in the USA. The role of occupational exposures to chemicals in the development of CVD has rarely been studied even though many agents possess cardiotoxic properties. We therefore evaluated associations of self-reported exposures to organic solvents, metals and pesticides in relation to CVD prevalence among diverse Hispanic/Latino workers. […] https://heart.bmj.com/content/

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Ban for insecticides

University of California – Davis Health

Summary: Public health experts have found there is sufficient evidence that prenatal exposure to widely used insecticides known as organophosphates puts children at risk for neurodevelopmental disorders.

Leading researchers call for a ban on widely used insecticides.

Use of organophosphates has lessened, but risks to early brain development still too high.

Link: www.sciencedaily.com

The pesticide-free town

What do a pharmacist, a nursery school teacher and an architect all have in common?
They all became unlikely activists in the historic case of the first pesticide-free town.

www.protectandresist.video/pesticide-free-town

Damage induced by glyphosate

In vitro evaluation of genomic damage induced by glyphosate on human lymphocytes

Glyphosate is an important broad-spectrum herbicide used in agriculture and residential areas for weed and vegetation control, respectively. In our study, we analyzed the in vitro clastogenic and/or aneugenic effects of glyphosate by chromosomal aberrations and micronuclei assays. Human lymphocytes were exposed to five glyphosate concentrations: 0.500, 0.100, 0.050, 0.025, and 0.0125 μg/mL, where 0.500 μg/mL represents the established acceptable daily intake value, and the other concentrations were tested in order to establish the genotoxicity threshold for this compound.

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Nature hairdressers

A MANIFESTO WRITTEN BY NATURE HAIRDRESSERS FOR HUMANS, ANIMALS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

nature hairdressersThis manifesto was created by: BBF – Bewegung bewusster Friseure International (Movement of Conscious Hairdressers International). The text is based on and inspired by the manifesto “Der Malser Weg” (The Malser Way), written by doctors, pharmacists, biologists, veterinarians of the Upper Venosta Valley, with the contents of which the authors are associated in solidarity.

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Congress on Agritourism

1st World Congress on Agritourism - Eurac - BozenSave the date!

1st World Congress on Agritourism

7-9 November 2018

http://agritourism.eurac.edu/

Pesticide-free in 2050

Agroecology can feed Europe pesticide-free in 2050, new study finds

European agriculture can phase out pesticides, reduce its impacts on climate and biodiversity while ensuring food security for Europeans, French researchers Pierre-Marie Aubert and Xavier Poux  told a conference held in Paris on 13 September.

Link: www.euractiv.com/europe-pesticide-free-in-2050

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