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WWI Chemical Weapon Used to Grow Calif. Strawberries

$2.6B industry is bolstered by that and other dangerous fumigants: investigation

(Newser) - A school surrounded by strawberry fields sounds charming—unless it's in the middle of a California farming community that still relies on potentially dangerous pesticides to keep its lucrative cash crop growing. An in-depth look by the Center for Investigative Reporting at this $2.6 billion industry and its... More »

To Rebuild Company, Sharp Turns to ... Strawberries

Will grow the fruit indoors in Dubai, sell it to rich Middle Easterners

(Newser) - Remember Sharp? Perhaps you owned one of the Japanese company's TVs many years ago. Perhaps you still do—though that's less likely, given, as Reuters reports, the company had to get bailed out by banks last year after posting a $5.5 billion loss. So to address its... More »

Battle Dementia With Berries

Strawberries, blueberries appear to delay mental decline by up to 2.5 years

(Newser) - There's a tasty new weapon in the struggle to stay sharp as we age: munching lots of strawberries and blueberries may slow the brain's aging by up to 2.5 years, a study of some 16,000 women over age 70 finds. Researchers tracked the women's cognitive... More »

Starbucks' Frap in a Flap Over Dye With Insects

Crushed cochineal bugs make it pink, angering vegans

(Newser) - Note to vegans—and those grossed out by bugs: Starbucks' Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino is colored with insects. It gets its pink color from cochineal extract, which comes from ground-up cochineal bugs native to Mexico and South America. The coloring is nothing new: It's been used since the 15th... More »

Clean Air Rules Squeezing Berry Farmers

Strawberry growers rip EPA pesticide limits as 'too much, too soon'

(Newser) - California strawberry farmers fear that EPA efforts to curb pesticide pollution could kill most of this year's crops, the AP reports. Ventura County growers, who produce 25% of the nation's berries, say the pesticides are needed to increase crop output. Requirements that fumigants be cut as much as half could... More »

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