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Some Bugs Like it Hot: Climate Change and Agricultural Pests

Some Bugs Like it Hot: Climate Change and Agricultural Pests

Scientists and farmers are starting to notice that, as California's winters warm up, the state is becoming more hospitable to destructive agricultural pests.

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Bay-Friendly Gardening: Welcoming Wildlife and Nature Into Human Habitats

Bay-Friendly Gardening: Welcoming Wildlife and Nature Into Human Habitats

A "Bay-Friendly" gardens initiative is underway around the Bay Area under the sponsorship of Stopwaste.org. Last weekend some generous, certified “Bay-Friendly” garden owners opened their yards for tours.

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More Pesticides = More Parkinson's Disease

More Pesticides = More Parkinson's Disease

The case is getting stronger that working with or around pesticides directly increases risk of Parkinson's disease.

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Will Conventional Produce Lower Your Child's IQ?

Will Conventional Produce Lower Your Child's IQ?

While these women had slightly higher than average pesticide exposure due to their proximity to farming centers, their levels were not out of range of national averages.

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Falconry Ruffles Feathers and Saves a Species

Falconry Ruffles Feathers and Saves a Species

This time of year, you may see birds of prey, with their wings outstretched, circling overhead – it is nesting season.

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Reporter's Notes: Catching the Drift – Part 2

Reporter's Notes: Catching the Drift – Part 2

Luis Medellin and Karl Tupper set up a drift catcher in Lindsay, CA. My radio story on pesticide drift looks at how residents in the citrus town of Lindsay are monitoring pesticides in the air and in their bodies. They are using a device called a Drift Catcher, modeled after technology used by the California […]

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Reporter's Notes: Catching the Drift

Reporter's Notes: Catching the Drift

In this week's Quest radio piece, I talk to two pregnant organic onion workers who got sick after an apple farmer sprayed pesticides on a nearby orchard. Following a nearly three month investigation, the Kern County Ag Commissioner issued citations finding both the apple grower and the organic company at fault.

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Reporter's Notes: The Politics of Green Wine

Reporter's Notes: The Politics of Green Wine

I often look at the chemical ingredients in what I buy. I shop at farmers markets for organic produce and use green cleaning supplies. So, it caught me off guard when a friend remarked, "you are so aware of what you eat, why aren't you just as curious about what you drink?"

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