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According to the document Joint FAO/WHO evaluation (2004 Part II—Toxicology) with information on the acceptable daily intake of glyphosate (ADI): (listed here) The acceptable daily intake for glyphosate is 0–0.3 mg/kg body weight. This was established based on no-observed-adverse-effect level (NOAEL) of 31 mg/kg bw per day. That means that if ...


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An analysis by Snopes on this claim found it to contain a mixture of both truth and undetermined information. What is true about this claim referring to Snopes is that studies performed on lab animals show glyphosate may be carcinogenic but FDA does not list glyphosate as a human carcinogen. The bottom line is that there are plenty of studies suggesting ...


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Your question asks about "supermarkets", but I have interpreted that as synecdoche - that you really mean to ask about the whole fruit supply chain, and not just the retailers at the end of it. Yes, the agricultural industry uses sprayed chemicals to prolong the shelf-life of food. I list two examples below - but there may be many more. I haven't listed ...


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Summary: No, it seems vegetable washes (a.k.a. produce washes) generally don't really help remove pesticides... but that isn't the point of them... but even at their main task of removing microbes, they may or may not be effective. Are Pesticides the Real Problem? We wash produce to remove a number of contaminants: Dirt Artificial Wax Microbes including ...


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Summary Based on current evidence, the Zika virus appears to be the likely cause of Brazil's microcephaly outbreak. There is limited evidence to support pyriproxyfen as a cause, but further, more specific, studies are required to test this hypothesis. Zika Virus There are several strands of evidence which point to the Zika virus as the likely (but not ...


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There is a News and Views article "Mesoamerica's Mystery Killer " in Science about this disease. It is not a peer-reviewed scientific paper, but a news article. The main hypothesis according to the article is that heat and dehydration in combination with other factors are responsible. But it does mention the pesticide hypothesis and the researchers asked ...


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In the past, Triclosan has been found to reduce the level of bacteria on the skin, as per a set of two 1987 trials, when used after mechanical washing with a bar of soap. Since then, numerous trials have demonstrated that, although it is efficacious in certain situations, the initial conclusions concerning skin infections may have been presumptuous. This ...


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Note: This answers the original question of whether Examiner.com is a reliable news source. Based on remarks made by an executive editor of The Examiner, the website is a less reliable source than a newspaper. However, that is not a valid reason to reject a claim published by the source. Judging an article by the company it keeps is a fallacy and in this ...


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DDT is quite nasty. Here are is an example of a 2010 study about the toxicity of DDT metabolites -- after they have been found in measurable concentrations in Germany. It is an in-vitro study, so take it with caution: All the DDT metabolites tested did not exhibit dioxin-like activities in RTL-W1 cells, but show cytotoxic and estrogenic activities. Based ...


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The CDC now say the Zika virus is the cause. On April 13, 2016, a new report was published by doctors from the CDC in the New England Journal of Medicine. Zika Virus and Birth Defects — Reviewing the Evidence for Causality, DOI: 10.1056/NEJMsr1604338 This review examined the available evidence and concluded: On the basis of this review, we conclude that a ...


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Probably not. There doesn't appear to be any evidence of the exploding stomach phenomenon. And most evidence to be found points in the opposite direction. Seeds are a natural food source. This is a study of the diet of one type of Ant in Oklahoma. And seeds are listed as an important dietary item. http://handle.nal.usda.gov/10113/11737 At grassland and ...


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This may be a bastardization rumor referencing "Chinese Chalk" (or "Miraculous Chalk"), special insecticide-laced chalk which can be used to block the paths of insects. I have heard of overseas restaurants using this chalk to draw lines on the legs of tables, preventing bugs from climbing up the table legs. It is a banned substance in the United States due ...


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At least some agencies charged with ensuring the safety of foods say not. It is possible that these notions arise from studies into the effects on pesticide residues of washing and cooking of fruit. For example a 2006-2009 UK Study. The report looked at how detectable levels of residues were affected by washing, peeling and cooking fruit. However in the ...


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Glyphosate breaks down to aminomethylphosphonic acid. Glyphosate and aminomethylphosphonic acid have about the same toxicity according to PESTICIDE RESIDUES IN FOOD - 1997: AMPA was no more toxic than glyphosate. Similar effects were often found, except for the lesions in the salivary gland seen in the 90-day studies of toxicity and ...


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TL;DR: I did not find any scientific consensus on this subject. The claim: According to this 2014 Statesmen article, Horticulturists from the University of California and Sunset magazine still recommend this tried-and-true technique. This method still is used by professional orchardists. It claims that the method "prevents sunburned tree bark" and "...


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According to Summary of Black-Tailed Prairie Dog Colony Mapping Efforts at Five Colony Complexes in Central and Southeastern Montana (2012): From our North Dakota experience, we have concluded that ranchers prefer to poison prairie dogs with toxicants other than zinc phosphide. In North Dakota during 2002, we found people using bubble gum (not very ...


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Yes. Ingested pesticides are detectable in urine samples which is shown by studies such as Pesticide residues in urine of adults living in the United States: reference range concentrations Robert H. Hill, 1995 We measured 12 analytes in urine of 1000 adults living in the United States to establish reference range concentrations for pesticide residues. ...


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The link between glyphosate and chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) appears to be a medical hypothesis. The underlying process is a tubulointerstitial nephritis, and as well as other groups, appears in otherwise young men. A review of this disease published in April 2014 and concluded: [1] Associations were reported with agricultural work, ...


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They definitely repel fungus gnats. Do they repel other bugs? I have no idea. Sarah Zielinski, in an article on the Smithsonian magazine website, provides a simple summary of the research. Cloyd RA, Marley KA, Larson RA, and Arieli B describe the details in a free 2010 journal article published by the American Society for Horticultural Science. The ...


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