Pesticides

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

David Suzuki | Posted 07.02.2014 | 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 06.20.2014 | 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.

The Chemicals Obstetricians Are Speaking Out Against

Kapil Khatter | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada Living
Kapil Khatter

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of the United Kingdom says pregnant women should make an effort to avoid exposures to chemicals in consumer products. The dogs have started barking right away, with critics immediately slamming the obstetricians for scaremongering.

New Pesticide Regulations Won't Protect B.C. Children

Gideon Forman | Posted 05.19.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Gideon Forman

The government seems to believe that if poisons are used by licensed personnel they are acceptable. This is nonsense. Pesticides pose very significant health risks for people and the environment no matter who sprays them. Poisons don't become benign just because the person using them has been given proper instructions.

A Natural Solution to the Obesity Epidemic

Dr Mike Hart | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada Living
Dr Mike Hart

Many different organizations and health experts have purposed various solutions to solve the western world's obesity epidemic. But the underlying problem to the obesity epidemic is the current population's lack of connectivity to the soil, the environment and the food supply. If we can reconnect our current population with the food supply and the community, we will create a healthier and brighter future for generations to come.

Agriculture Misconceptions Run Rampant, But I'm Here To Change That

Teresa Falk | Posted 03.30.2013 | Canada Alberta
Teresa Falk

In the last several years I have become more and more aware of how disconnected the average consumer is from agriculture. Most people are now living in urban centres and have no connection to the farm. This stranger was a perfect example of this. He had many questions and many misconceptions about modern agriculture.

Why Smoking And Pesticides Should Never Mix

CP | Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.27.2012 | Canada Living

TORONTO - Smoking and pesticide exposure appear to be strong risk factors for a rare disorder that causes people to physically act out their dreams wh...

Small Farms May Be Better for Food Security and Biodiversity

David Suzuki | Posted 08.16.2011 | Canada
David Suzuki

Small-scale farming, especially using "organic" methods, is much better in terms of environmental and biodiversity impact. But is it a practical way to feed seven billion people?