Pesticides

Look Out For These 7 Toxins You Consume Every Day

Dr. Alison Chen, ND | Posted 07.20.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Alison Chen, ND

Anything that enters our bodies through direct contact with our mucosal membranes, inhaled into our lungs or touches our skin for long periods of time has the highest chance of entering our blood stream and influencing our health, for good or bad.

The Bee-Friendly Pesticide Alternative That Has Farmers Buzzing

Marc Davis | Posted 06.23.2016 | Canada Business
Marc Davis

A small Mississauga-based agri-tech company called Bee Vector Technologies (BVT) has created an environmentally friendly alternative to spraying crops with toxic pesticides. It also provides farmers with meaningful cost savings, especially over the long-term -- savings that can be passed on to consumers.

Poor Environmental Enforcement Creates An Uneven Playing Field

Andrew Gage | Posted 05.11.2016 | Canada Business
Andrew Gage

Poor enforcement of environmental laws doesn't just hurt our environment, and communities that depend on that environment. It also hurts law-abiding businesses -- businesses that find themselves having to compete against counterparts who flout the law. But don't take my word for it; here's what a law-abiding businessperson had to say on that very topic.

Craving Healthy Fruit During Canadian Winter? Chile Is In Season

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 03.04.2016 | Canada Living
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

Eating local produce is a great idea to help support your local farmers and the economy. But is it realistic to choose local fruits and vegetables all...

Probiotics May Help Lower Pesticide Problems

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.29.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg While governments attempt to find the right balance between agriculture and human health, researchers have turned to our microbial counterparts in the hope of finding species capable of breaking down chlorpyrifos. The goal has been primarily to find beneficial candidates with little concern for public health. After all, it's rare that one can get the best of both worlds. Yet this indeed may be the case.

We Should Love Bees, Especially The Wild Ones

David Suzuki | Posted 02.24.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Public attention in Canada has largely focused on domesticated European honeybees, but research indicates the honeybee crisis is part of a wider problem affecting hundreds of lesser-known but crucially important wild bee species.

Don't Believe These Zika Virus Theories

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.22.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Normally, when an outbreak or epidemic is found, the first order of business is to confirm a situation is actually happening. Once that is confirmed, the next step is to identify the cause. In the case of Zika virus, both these steps happened without much concern. Unfortunately, the rest of the epidemiological investigation has been anything but a matter of routine. The reason stems from our rather rudimentary understanding of the Zika virus. While we have known about its existence for decades, only a few studies on its effect on humans have ever been conducted. This means we're learning new things every day as new studies are ordered. What this does NOT mean, however, is that we are all victims of a vast conspiracy. So let's keep that in mind as we look at what we do know so far.

Environmental Activists Should Not Be Targets of Harassment and Hatred

David Suzuki | Posted 06.17.2016 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

I've spoken to thousands of environmental and community activists during many years of meeting with Canadians across this country. I've heard too many stories of people being harassed, ostracized, sued for standing up to large corporations and even fired from jobs because of their environmental advocacy. Canadians must continue to speak out for our water, land, air and wildlife, for justice for Indigenous Peoples, and for a clean energy future -- without fear of harassment, intimidation and hatred.

Systemic pesticides aren't on your food -- they're in it

Brent Preston | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Living
Brent Preston

The flourishing organic farm movement in North America proves that we can grow food economically and sustainably without resorting to an accelerating chemical arms race. Systemic pesticides are causing harm to our environment on a massive scale. We don't need them. There is no conclusive evidence that systemics are harmful to humans, but we've been consuming a cocktail of different systemic chemicals for decades now, and there's been virtually no study of what that might mean for our long-term health.

My Prayer for Moms Around the World on Mother's Day

Cheryl Hotchkiss | Posted 05.10.2016 | Canada Parents
Cheryl Hotchkiss

On Mother's Day, I look at my kids and think how blessed I am. Not just because I've had a chance to raise them, with all of the love, pride and fun that brings to my life. But because doing so has been a joyful experience. I've been able to nourish them, keep them warm, and send them off to school in the morning.

Is Health Canada Doing Enough to Keep Our Food Healthy and Safe?

Rachel Parent | Posted 06.09.2015 | Canada Politics
Rachel Parent

After my meeting with the Health Minister Rona Ambrose in November, 2014, I was under the impression that labelling genetically modified foods was up to the scientists at Health Canada. But when I asked two of Health Canada's senior officials about it, I was told that it's not a health and safety issue; therefore it is not within their mandate. Shouldn't the Ministry of Health and Health Canada be looking for conclusive proof that GMOs are safe? I think that is a better way to look out for the health of Canadians.

What Are Neonics? And Why Does Ontario Need To Restrict Them?

David Suzuki | Posted 04.13.2015 | Canada
David Suzuki

Apart from the immediate and lethal effects on bees, neonics represent a more subtle threat to a wide range of species. The 2014 Worldwide Integrated Assessment of the Impacts of Systemic Pesticides, the most comprehensive review of the scientific literature on neonics, pointed to effects on smell and memory, reproduction, feeding behaviour, flight and ability to fight disease.

More Bad News for Bees: The New "F" Word

David Suzuki | Posted 12.29.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Have you heard of flupyradifurone? Probably not, unless you work for the federal government agency poised to approve this new pesticide for use in Canada. But take note: This new "F" word is bad news for bees.

We Don't Know Enough About Nanomaterials To Be Adding Them So Freely To Our Food

David Suzuki | Posted 10.12.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

If we've learned anything from past experience, it's that although we can speculate about the benefits of new technologies, reality doesn't always match speculation, and a lack of knowledge can lead to nasty surprises down the road.

1 of Every 3 Bites of Food Depends on Bees -- Let's Save Them

David Suzuki | Posted 09.01.2014 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Bees may be small, but they play a big role in human health and survival. Some experts say one of every three bites of food we eat depends on them. The insects pollinate everything from apples and zucchini to blueberries and almonds. If bees and other pollinators are at risk, entire terrestrial ecosystems are at risk, and so are we.

Should You Wash An Avocado Before You Eat It?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 07.03.2014 | Canada Living

Serious question: Does produce with thick and hard skin need to be washed? We may sometimes forget to wash our fruits and veggies before consumptio...

How Safe Is Organic Food Really?

Steven Burton | Posted 08.20.2014 | Canada Living
Steven Burton

While catastrophic food-borne outbreaks have also occurred with conventional products over the years, this case raises the question: Is organic food safe? Contamination in organic foods is a concern since organic practices revolve around cycling nutrients.

27 Of The Dirtiest And Cleanest Foods We Eat

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 05.08.2014 | Canada Living

For the fourth year in a row, apples have topped the list of most pesticide-laden produce in the U.S. In the Environmental Working Group’s annual...

Become a Citizen Scientist and Help Save Monarch Butterflies

David Suzuki | Posted 05.26.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Monarch butterflies are in trouble, their numbers drastically reduced. Experts and others are calling on citizen scientists -- and politicians -- to help. We can only hope our leaders live up to their commitment,. But we can also become citizen scientists to help monarchs survive.

Pete Seeger: "From Way Up Here the Earth Looks Very Small"

David Suzuki | Posted 04.07.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Pete Seeger, who died January 27 at the age of 94, inspired generations of political and environmental activists with songs. Like me, he was inspired by Rachel Carson's 1962 book Silent Spring to become a strong defender of the environment as well as human rights.

Organic or Gimmick? What You Need to Know About Organic Foods

Dain Wallis | Posted 02.04.2014 | Canada Living
Dain Wallis

Ah, organic foods. Mysterious and pretentious. Some people swear by organic foods to avoid the "hidden dangers" of conventional products, whereas others completely ignore anything organic, equating the term organic with expensive. But what does "organic" even mean, and is eating organic better for you?

Does Monsanto Deserve a Prize for Agriculture?

Sangita Iyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Sangita Iyer

If you thought our global food crisis can't get any worse, guess who's winning this year's Nobel Prize of Agriculture? Robert T Fraley, Executive VP of Monsanto is one of the recipients of this prestigious award (equivalent to the Oscars) on World Food Day October 16 for creating genetically modified organism (GMO).

Save the Whales, But Don't Forget About the Bugs

David Suzuki | Posted 10.14.2013 | Canada
David Suzuki

We focus on charismatic species like whales, pandas, cedar trees and seals as poster children for conservation. But the small things that keep the biosphere going for creatures like us are probably more threatened because we ignore them. If we spend time studying them, they have much to teach us.

Why You Should Give a Buzz About Bees

David Suzuki | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Bees are endlessly intriguing, and incredibly useful to us -- and not just for honey and wax. If bees disappeared, it would be difficult, if not impossible, to grow much of what we eat. The economic value of pollination services from honeybees alone is estimated at $14 billion in the U.S. and hundreds of millions in Canada.

Bee-Killing Germs May Leave You With Less Food Options

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.27.2013 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg For centuries, bees have been a steady part of agriculture. However, in the last decade, due to a rather pesky germ and modern day crop management, this stability has been threatened. What's worse is that the impact could lead to less choice at the grocery store and inevitably higher prices. This past week, scientists definitively found the source of the bee population downturn. Unfortunately, it may be a case of too little, too late.