Do we have to use pesticides?

http://www.nature.com/articles/nplants20178

Efficient farming methods are necessary to feed an increasing world population. Many people think this requires extensive use of pesticides, which is detrimental to human health and the environment. This paper challenges such an assumption.

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BBC News – Life choices ‘behind more than four in 10 cancers’

Latest figures from Cancer Research UK show smoking is the biggest avoidable risk factor, followed by unhealthy diets.

 

The charity is urging people to consider their health when making New Year resolutions.

 

Limiting alcohol intake and doing regular exercise is also good advice.

 

According to the figures spanning five years from 2007 to 2011, more than 300,000 cases of cancer recorded were linked to smoking.

 

A further 145,000 were linked to unhealthy diets containing too much processed food.

via BBC News – Life choices ‘behind more than four in 10 cancers’.

Red meat triggers toxic immune reaction which causes cancer, scientists find – Telegraph

Red meat triggers toxic immune reaction which causes cancer, scientists find – Telegraph.

“Red meat has been linked to cancer for decades, with research suggesting that eating large amounts of pork, beef or lamb raises the risk of deadly tumours.

But for the first time scientists think they know what is causing the effect. The body, it seems, views red meat as a foreign invader and sparks a toxic immune response.

Researchers have always been puzzled about how other mammals could eat a diet high in red meat without any adverse health consequences.

Now they have discovered that pork, beef and lamb contains a sugar which is naturally produced by other carnivores but not humans.”