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For France, American vines still mean sour grapes

French authorities have tried to outlaw hardy American hybrids for 87 years. But climate change and the natural wine movement are giving renegade winemakers a lift.
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Chlorpyrifos will no longer be allowed on food crops

The agency will reverse a Trump-era decision to keep chlorpyrifos, one of the most common pesticides, in use. The ban is base upon science that links the pesticide to neurological damage in children.

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Study finds link between glyphosate exposure and pregnancy length

Women exposed to the herbicide glyphosate were more likely to experience shorter pregnancies, according to a study published last week in the journal Environmental Research.

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Bayer heads into next U.S. cancer trial, opening statements set for Thursday

Despite Bayer AG's efforts to put an end to costly litigation inherited in its acquisition of Monsanto, opening statements in yet another trial are set for Thursday as a woman suffering from non-Hodgkin lymphoma claims Monsanto's Roundup herbicide caused her cancer.

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EPA watchdog: Trump officials interfered in 2018 dicamba decision

Senior Trump Environmental Protection Agency officials changed career scientists’ analyses and conclusions in order to support the re-registration of the herbicide dicamba in 2018, according to a report from a federal watchdog published Monday.
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Glyphosate doesn't just kill plants. It harms beetles, too.

The key ingredient in RoundUp is supposed to only kill plants, but new research suggests it also interrupts a symbiotic relationship in beetles.
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In California’s farm country, climate change is likely to trigger more pesticide use, fouling waterways

Warmer temperatures would boost pest populations, causing farmers to use more insecticides that, with more frequent and severe storms, turn into toxic runoff.

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Plaintiff files motion to consolidate paraquat lawsuits in California

As the number of paraquat lawsuits increases in courts across the country, the U.S. Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) is considering a motion to cons
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N.Y.C. bans pesticides in parks with push from unlikely force: Children

“A bunch of kindergartners,” now in seventh grade, worked years to urge the City Council to approve a ban on toxic pesticides in parks, playgrounds and other spaces.
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First GMO mosquitoes to be released in the Florida Keys

The EPA approved Oxitec's mosquitoes for release this spring. Some scientists and locals want to halt the deployment.
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A third of global farmland at 'high' pesticide pollution risk

A third of the planet's agricultural land is at "high risk" of pesticide pollution from the lingering residue of chemical ingredients that can leach into water supplies and threaten biodiversity, according to new research.

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A locust plague hit East Africa. The pesticide solution may have dire consequences.

Heavy use of a broad-spectrum pesticide seems to have slowed the desert locust invasion. What the repercussions of that approach are isn’t yet clear.
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'A sip can kill': Did a chemical company misrepresent data to avoid making a safer product?

A former Syngenta scientist alleges lives could have been saved with tweaks to the formulation of weedkiller paraquat.

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Minnesota lawmakers consider banning state's most widely used pesticide

Minnesota lawmakers are pushing a proposal to ban chlorpyrifos, a powerful and widely used pesticide that can cause brain damage and developmental defects in children.

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Researchers, doctors call for regulators to reassess safety of taking acetaminophen during pregnancy

The painkiller, taken by half of pregnant women worldwide, could be contributing to rising rates of reproductive system problems and neurodevelopmental disorders like ADHD and autism.

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