|Mom's pesticide exposure raises risk of infant leukemia|
Environmental Health News - 1/30/2013. By Lesliam Quirós-Alcalá - A mother's exposure to pesticides before, during and after pregnancy may increase the risk of infant leukemia diagnosed before the age of 2, found a study from Brazil. Children were twice as likely to develop the rare cancers if their mothers were exposed three months before conception when compared to mothers who reported no exposures. A mother's exposure at any time to the insecticide permethrin also raised the cancer risk for infants.
|Don’t Put a Fork in It|
Other Words - 1/30/2013. By Wenonah Hauter - While most Americans were enjoying the holiday season or stressing out over the nation’s imminent leap off the so-called fiscal cliff, the Food and Drug Administration delivered some big news as quietly as possible. On December 21, the agency announced that AquaBounty’s genetically engineered salmon had cleared the final hurdle before clinching FDA approval.
|The Surprising Connection Between Food and Fracking|
Mother Jones - 1/30/2013. By Tom Philpott - US agriculture is highly reliant on synthetic nitrogen fertilizer, and nitrogen fertilizer is synthesized in a process fueled by natural gas. As more and more of the US natural gas supply comes from fracking, more and more of the nitrogen fertilizer farmers use will come from fracked natural gas.