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'Voedsel produceren met gif? Hoe zijn we ooit op dat onzalige idee gekomen?'

De Nederlandse toxicoloog Henk Tennekes (67) vecht al jaren tegen pesticiden. Het kostte hem zijn gezondheid en zijn inkomen. ‘Spijt? Nee, ik wil aan de juiste kant van de geschiedenis staan.’

Op vrijdag 27 april stemden zestien Europese lidstaten voor een verbod op het gebruik van drie neonicotinoïden, afgekort: neonics. Dat zijn pesticiden waarvan inmiddels afdoende is bewezen dat ze massale sterfte van bijen en andere bestuivers tot gevolg hebben.

Chemical madness that haunts the world

All of humanity currently risks exposure to toxic chemicals all over creation in a similar vein to the Mad Hatter of Alice in Wonderland fame. And, maybe, as a result, goin’ kinda looney and getting horribly, dreadfully sick! As soon as the Spring of 2018, the EPA will decide whether to risk the slaughter of birds and bees and pollinators that serve critical functions in crop production, as well as goosing-up the likelihood of chronic illnesses of citizens. The issue behind this flirtation with disease, sickness, pain, and death is regulation, or lack thereof, of chemical pesticides.

Neonicotinoids may affect the developing nervous system of children

Two popular types of the pesticide neonicotinoid used widely on America’s foods may cause brain impairment and should be restricted, according to a recent study by a team of European scientists. Researchers from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recommended further restrictions on the use of neonicotinoids in the wake of new data which indicate that the class of pesticides "may affect the developing human nervous system" of children.

De oorzaak van slechte schoolprestaties ligt mogelijk bij de bestrijdingsmiddelen

Nederlandse leerlingen in basis- en voortgezet onderwijs scoren steeds slechter. De gemiddelde resultaten voor vakken als lezen, rekenen, natuurwetenschappen en bewegingsonderwijs zijn de afgelopen twintig jaar geleidelijk teruggelopen. Dat concludeert de Onderwijsinspectie in haar jaarlijkse rapport De Staat van het Onderwijs, dat vandaag verschijnt.

Neonicotinoids Insecticides Expose Pregnant Women To Hormonal Disturbances, Endangering The Babies

The neonicotinoids insecticides expose pregnant women to hormonal disturbances which could affect the unborn babies, according to a Quebec scientific study. If the effects of neonicotinoid insecticides have been studied on bees, they have been little studied on humans. However, a Canadian research organization, the National Institute for Scientific Research, has decided to study the impacts of these products on human health.

Die Fortsetzung des stummen Frühlings

Die Biologin Rachel Carson begann ihr berühmt gewordenes Buch einst mit einem Zukunftsmärchen. Sie schildert eine Stadt inmitten blühender Obstgärten. Entlang der Straßen entzücken Schneeballsträucher, hohe Farne und wilde Blumen das Auge. Die Vogelwelt ist artenreich, in den Bächen tummeln sich Fische. Doch dann rafft eine seltsame, schleichende Seuche Mensch und Tier dahin. Bäume und Blüten verkümmern. Die wenigen, noch übrig gebliebenen Vögel zittern und können nicht mehr singen. Es sei ein „stummer Frühling“, gewesen, schreibt sie in ihrem gleichnamigen, 1962 erschienenen Buch.

New research finds bee-killing pesticides may be impacting our health

Lots of recent research on neonicotinoid pesticides has focused on their deadly effects on honeybees and hives, but few have studied their possible effects on human health. Now, a Quebec research team has made some disturbing findings, including how the pest killers might affect unborn babies during pregnancy, and how they play a role in fuelling breast cancer.

Studie enthüllt: Unser IQ fällt rasant ab - Ärzte schlagen Alarm

Die Menschen in den Industrieländern werden immer dümmer – das ergab jetzt eine besorgniserregende Studie britischer Forscher. Angeblich soll das Team um den englischen Forscher Edward Dutton herausgefunden haben, dass der IQ in vielen westlichen Nationen alle zehn Jahre um etwa zwei Punkte gesunken ist. Für ihr Ergebnis haben Dutton & Co. die Daten von skandinavischen Soldaten untersucht, die bei der Einstellung in den Militärdienst einen Intelligenztest absolvieren mussten.

Low-level toxicity of chemicals: No acceptable levels?

Over the past 3 decades, in a series of studies on some of the most extensively studied toxic chemicals and pollutants, scientists have found that the amount of toxic chemical linked with the development of a disease or death—which is central to determining "safe" or "hazardous" levels—is proportionately greater at the lowest dose or levels of exposure.

Health Risks of Pesticides

Pesticides are a convenient way to get rid of the pests in our homes and gardens and on the farms that grow the food we eat. Yet, the increased use of pesticides has been linked to a number of serious health risks. Some pesticides are irritating to the skin and eyes. Others, including organophosphates, have been linked to nervous system damage and to the development of Parkinson's disease. Pesticide exposure has also been associated with a greater risk for some cancers, including non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.