A tiny, invasive whitefly that is resistant to pesticides and carries crop-devastating viruses has been found outdoors in the United States for the first time, raising concerns among fruit and vegetable growers.

The Q-biotype whitefly turned up in April in the heavily manicured gardens of an affluent neighborhood in south Florida’s Palm Beach County, where landscapers were spraying the flowers and shrubs regularly with insecticides.

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Time For Truth: (Yahoo News) – Pesticide-resistant whitefly could 'devastate' many US crops

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Background
The etiology of childhood brain cancer remains largely unknown. However, previous studies have yielded suggestive associations with parental pesticide use.

Objectives
We aimed to evaluate parental exposure to pesticides at home and on the job in relation to the occurrence of brain cancer in children.

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One of France’s most venerated winemakers, whose vineyards supply leading restaurants, including those owned by Heston Blumenthal and Gordon Ramsay, will this week risk a six-month prison sentence or a large fine for the sake of both his grapes and, he says, future generations who will want to enjoy the fruit of his soil.

Thibault Liger-Belair, an organic wine producer, is defying orders to spray a pesticide on his vines because of an outbreak 40km from his Burgundy and Beaujolais vineyards of flavescence dorée. The disease, which kills young vines and damages the productivity of older ones, is spread by an insect called the leafhopper.

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Nature has fought back against biotechnology, with rootworms now being able to stomach corn that was genetically modified to poison the pests.

While an awe-inspiring demonstration of nature’s endurance, the development could cause billions of dollars worth of damage to US crops. 

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Thousands took to streets across the world’s cities on Saturday to protest the use of GMO products, with Giant Monsanto being the main target. Over 50 countries have been taking part in the march for world food day, and across 47 different US states.

Berlin, Strasbourg, Chicago, London, Sydney and Mumbai are just a few of the 500 cities worldwide involved in the rallies, with each one drawing hundreds. 

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