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Raisin Hell (and dogs)

Originally posted on Evolution in a toxic world:
We were closing in on the end of a glorious spring weekend when my husband discovered the bag. “Any chance you left this lying around — empty?” he’d asked holding the remnants of a one pound bag of Trader Joe’s raisins I’d purchased just the day before…

It’s Just Another Toxic Tuesday

As the days grow increasingly darker, having just turned back the clock, so too the U.S. EPA is working to turn back the clock. Here are a couple of choice selections from this month’s science-realm news; as usual, two downers followed by at least one positive so if you just “can’t stand it” anymore, skip […]

Chlorpyrifos: Mr. Pruitt, the science has been reviewed

Originally posted on Evolution in a toxic world:
Dear Mr. Pruitt, I hope you can help me out here. I’ve been having trouble explaining your recent decision in favor of the pesticide chlorpyrifos while dismissing years of work by EPA scientists to my environmental toxicology students. This is a chemical that interferes with the normal processes…

Toxic Tuesdays

[Cover photo courtesy of Boredpanda.] Happy Halloween to those who indulge and welcome to Toxic Tuesdays (OK, so this is Thursday!) What better way to begin the week of fright? With this once monthly news brief I aim to round up a few stories from both popular press and the scientific literature with a little bit […]

Food Evolution the movie: a missed opportunity?

A few nights ago, I invited friends and neighbors for a potluck and viewing of the new movie Food Evolution narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Its tagline: “Amongst all this conflict and confusion around food, how do we make the best decisions about how we feed ourselves?” It’s been making its way around the country, showing […]

AI on the farm: plant disease diagnosis anytime, anywhere

Sreebin’s ginger leaves are dying, Tanmay asks about rice pathogens, Leka’s tomato leaves are wilting and Adrienne’s fruits are disfigured. They gather at PlantVillage.org asking how to maintain their crops while fending off mites and blights. Most answers come within hours, or days. The site aspires to become a free comprehensive digital library of plant disease images […]

55 Years ago today…and still.

[From 2008, sadly still relevant, maybe even more so today.]  In her 1962 publication, Silent Spring, Rachel Carson wrote about a spring in the near future potentially silenced by “indiscriminate use of pesticides,” with names like DDT, lindane, aldrin and mirex. What she didn’t write about back then, are the now infamous perfluorinated chemicals used in nonstick […]