A new threat to global food security looms as the armyworm crop pest that ate its way across Africa has been discovered in southern India.   Indian agricultural researchers found the worm in 70% of maize fields they investigated in Chikkaballapur, Karnataka state.   The…

The Trump administration has overturned a planned EPA ban on a pesticide from a class of chemicals the Nazis used to make nerve gas, Nicholas Kristof reports.   Studies link the chemical, chlorpyrifos—found throughout the environment—to brain damage, cancer and Parkinson’s…

WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is facing questions for advising experts on a 2015 review to not release documents related to its investigation of the weedkiller glyphosate, Reuters reports.   After a panel found in March 2015 that glyphosate (a key…

Editor’s Note: This week we will highlight 5 takes on whether or not DDT should be used to combat the Zika virus, from the new issue of Hopkins Bloomberg Public Health Magazine. Read the complete set here.

About 3.5 billion kilograms of pesticides are used each year across the globe. By keeping crops healthy and boosting production, the chemicals benefit farmers and the economies of developing nations. But pesticides have been found to disrupt ecosystems and harm animal life…

While Zika virus is thought to be behind the microcephaly outbreak in Brazil, it’s an unproven link— and now, a new report from Argentine doctors’ organization has suggested an alternative possibility.