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FAO urges developing nations to cut hazardous pesticides

MILAN (Reuters) - Developing countries should speed up the withdrawal of highly hazardous pesticides from their markets following the death of 23 children from contaminated meals in India, the United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization said on Tuesday. Full story

Insight: The poison pill in India's search for cheap food

MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Nearly a decade ago, the Indian government ruled out a ban on the production and use of monocrotophos, the highly toxic pesticide that killed 23 children this month in a village school providing free lunches under a government-sponsored program. Full story

Weedkillers tied to depression in farmers

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Farmers who used weedkillers were more than twice as likely to be treated for depression than farmers who didn't use the chemicals in a new study from France. Full story

Pesticides Contaminating Critters in California's National Parks

Pesticides from California's valley farms are collecting in the tissues of a singing treefrog that lives in pristine national parks, including Yosemite and Giant Sequoia, a new study finds. Full story

Dow Chemical may sell businesses exposed to commodity swings

(Reuters) - Dow Chemical Co <DOW.N> will consider selling its paint, construction and chlorine businesses as it joins industry rivals in shedding units vulnerable to commodity price swings, its chief executive said. Full story

Court petition seeks EPA action on pesticide drift

Activists have filed another petition to force federal regulators to set safety standards that protect children from pesticides that drift from farm fields into nearby communities. Full story

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  Mutating roaches continue evade exterminators

Exterminators say controlling cockroach infestations is becoming more difficult as the bugs become more resistant to common pesticides with each generation. SNN’s Grant Boxleitner reports.

  Chairs: Squawk Takes a Stand on Pesticides

The "Squawk Box" news team discusses some of the morning's most provocative headlines, including a look at the likely comeback of pesticides.

  Bee shortage threatens farmland

Mites, diseases, and pesticides are all suspected of contributing to bee colony collapse disorder. The bees are dying at such a fast rate that farmers who rely on bees for pollination are now reserving them five years in advance. NBC’s Anne Thompson reports.

  What if there are no labels on your food?

When it comes to our food, even if it is not in a package, it is important to know what happens from the seed to your table. Tom Colicchio from "Top Chef,” author Ramez Naam, Ricardo Salvador of the Union of Concerned Scientists, and NYU professor Marion Nestle join Melissa Harris-Perry for a discus

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A farmer sprays pesticide containing monocrotophos on a paddy field at Mohanpur village
A farmer sprays pesticide containing monocrotophos on a paddy field at Mohanpur village

A farmer sprays pesticide containing monocrotophos on a paddy field at Mohanpur village, about 45 km west of Agartala, capital of India's northeastern state of Tripura July 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey

A farmer sprays pesticide containing monocrotophos on vegetable leaves at Mohanpur village
A farmer sprays pesticide containing monocrotophos on vegetable leaves at Mohanpur village

A farmer sprays pesticide containing monocrotophos on vegetable leaves at Mohanpur village, about 45 km west of Agartala, the capital of India's northeastern state of Tripura July 25, 2013. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey