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We talk about: food & water quality, human & ecosystem health, and all the pressing global environmental issues
We talk about: food & water quality, human & ecosystem health, and all the pressing global environmental issues

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Consumers are increasingly concerned about farm animal suffering, and they are seeking alternatives to industrialized meat, dairy and eggs. Marketing labels that suggest farm animals are treated humanely are becoming common, but these labels sound better than they are. Eggs and meat labeled “free-range” can come from animals who are crowded by the thousands and who never go outside. Beef sold as “natural” often comes from cattle implanted with hormones and confined in feedlots.
And “organic” doesn’t require animals to be treated humanely either, although the USDA is now accepting public comments on proposed guidelines that seek to improve animal welfare on organic farms.
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Trop propres, les lacs suisses? C’est du moins ce qu’affirment les pêcheurs professionnels, trouvant là une explication aux diminutions spectaculaires de certaines populations de poissons dans nos lacs et nos cours d’eau. C’est tout l’inverse, assure l’association Pro Natura en menant une campagne «Stop aux pesticides dans nos eaux».
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Baby teeth may soon be worth a lot more than the sentimental value they offer nostalgic parents. It turns out that these teeth store a unique type of health record, with the potential to reveal everything that an individual has been exposed to, including environmental toxins such as lead and pesticides, and stress hormones produced by the baby in utero.
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Les agriculteurs suisses devront utiliser moins de pesticides. C’est en tout cas ce que prévoit le plan d’action de la Confédération sur les produits phytosanitaires, rendu public mardi 5 juillet. Ce projet très attendu recense une cinquantaine de mesures allant de la limitation de l’usage de certains produits toxiques à une amélioration des techniques d’épandage. Les risques liés aux pesticides devraient ainsi être diminués.
En savoir plus sur via Le Temps
https://www.letemps.ch/sciences/2016/07/05/un-plan-reduire-pesticides-suisse

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While the link between early chemical exposure and neurodevelopment disorders in children remains a matter of scientific debate, a unique coalition of top doctors, scientists and health advocates is calling for more aggressive regulation. The goal is to protect expectant mothers, infants and children from neurotoxic chemicals by stepping up efforts to curb air pollution, remediate old lead pipes, phase out certain pesticides, ban endocrine-disrupting chemicals used in food packaging and plastics and come up with a plan for getting rid of furniture laden with fire retardants.
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By 2050, scientists forecast that emissions from agriculture alone will account for how much carbon dioxide the world can use to avoid catastrophic global warming. It already accounts for one-third of emissions today — and half of that comes from livestock.
That’s a driving reason why members of a United Nations panel last month urged its environmental assembly to consider recommending a tax on meat producers and sellers. By raising the cost of buying meat, it would ultimately aim to reduce production and demand for it.
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As expected, the European Commission has extended the license for glyphosate for 18 months. Health Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis announced the last-minute re-licensing on June 28 despite failing three times in a row to secure a majority decision from the European Union’s member states.
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It all started on a beach in southwestern England in the early 2000s. Richard Thompson, then a senior lecturer at Plymouth University (where he now serves as professor of marine biology), was leading a team of graduate students researching microplastics in marine environments. Examining samples of sandy sediment, they expected to find degraded bits of marine plastic from decades-old flotsam or plastic beads that were becoming widely used in cleaners. To their surprise, most of the plastic fragments were fibrous, which meant they likely came from clothing, rope, or some types of packaging.
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Pesticides et fraises suisses: un doux poison pour les bébés
Les fraises suisses cultivées de façon conventionnelle sont presque toujours contaminées par des pesticides. C'est ce que montrent des analyses faites par un laboratoire indépendant mandaté par Greenpeace Suisse. Des échantillons de sols et de plantes prélevés dans les fraisières de Thurgovie et du Seeland bernois, ainsi que de fraises suisses achetées dans des grandes surfaces, présentent des taux de pollution élevés. Aucun échantillon provenant de l'agriculture biologique n'était contaminé.
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Projection à Lausanne : pour un rapprochement des milieux agricoles et environnementaux
Une nouvelle projection de "Ceux qui nous nourrissent" aura lieu le jeudi 30 juin à 18h30 à l'Espace Dickens, à Lausanne (av. Dickens 4, à côté de la gare) dans le cadre d'une soirée consacrée aux synergies entre milieux agricoles et environnementaux. Elle sera suivie par une table ronde avec des membres de l'équipe du film, du comité de Bio Vaud et du WWF – qui met en place des projets de connexions naturelles chez les agriculteurs.
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