Monthly Archives: August 2011

Pesticides pose some inherent risk

The use of pesticides comes with inherent risk, as their main function is to control or kill pests who pose a danger to crops, humans or other living things. There is no such thing as a “safe” pesticide. Even a … Continue reading

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The history of pesticides

Pesticides have been used for thousands of years. The types of substances have changed dramatically through the years. Inorganic substances such as sulfur, arsenic, and lead were used prior to World War II. Synthetic compound development prospered after WWII and … Continue reading

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Revisiting the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides

The Environmental Working Group earlier this summer released an updated version of its popular “Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce” with information on 53 popular fruits and vegetables. Analysis included 51,000 tests for pesticides on these foods, conducted from 2000 … Continue reading

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Tainted strawberries and more food safety tips

On the heels of the third largest meat recall in U.S. history last week because of salmonella, fresh strawberries sold at farm stands and farmer markets in Oregon has sickened several people with E. coli. With all the news lately … Continue reading

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Ground turkey recall and food safety tips

A drug-resistant strain of Salmonella from ground turkey has prompted a recall this week of 36 million pounds of products from meat processing giant Cargill. The recalled turkey was distributed nationwide since March 1, has killed one person, and sickened … Continue reading

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Are makeup primers necessary?

Makeup primers are gaining popularity in skin care, but with so many brands at various prices, is it really worth the extra money? Companies promote primers as providing a layer between skin and foundation to create an even surface when … Continue reading

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