This was particularly noticeable in the East Westphalia region, which in the final phase of 1

This was particularly noticeable in the East Westphalia region, which in the final phase of 1

This was particularly noticeable in the East Westphalia region, which in the final phase of 1

These pesticides are Imazalil and Bifenthrin.

Bananas were examined with their peel

The bananas were analyzed unpeeled in the laboratory. It was not examined whether the pesticides are in the peel and / or the fruit itself. "Eco test" assumes that a large proportion is on the skin of the fruit. Analyzes by supervisory authorities would have shown that the edible portion is not free from these.

Spray can be loud "Eco test" become a health problem, especially for the workers in the growing areas. You are exposed to them in a special way. Often the funds also end up in work areas adjacent to the fields.

Bananas: That advises "Eco test"

"Eco test" advises for these reasons to buy organic bananas – preferably in combination with Fairtrade. In this way, consumers could be sure that no synthetic chemical pesticides are used and that the producers receive reasonable prices for their goods. The Fairtrade seal identifies products that have been manufactured with particular attention to decent working conditions and fair trade relationships.

If you use conventional bananas, it is best to wash your hands after peeling. According to the testers, children should only receive conventionally grown bananas peeled.

You can read the detailed test result in the January issue of "Eco test".

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Source: – test results "Eco test"

Arminia Bielefeld missed the big point she had hoped for in the fight to stay in the Bundesliga. After the 0: 1 (0: 0) against FC Augsburg on Wednesday evening, the promoted team remained in relegation place 16. Despite a committed performance, East Westphalia continued their downward trend with only one success from ten games. In contrast, thanks to the late goal by Jeffrey Gouweleeuw (84th minute) in the empty Schüco Arena, a series of five games without a win came to an end for the guests. This increased the distance to the relegation zone to a reassuring nine points.

Like a game between two unsettled and recently unsuccessful teams, the first Bundesliga duel between the two opponents did not begin. Both the Bielefeld team, weakened by the loss of a total of eight professionals, and the Augsburg team started the game at high speed. So an open exchange of blows developed with slight advantages for the Arminia.

Because both teams defended with great dedication, there were no clear scoring chances for a long time. A shot by Marco Richter from Augsburg (2nd minute) was blocked from close range in the last second. On the other side, Bielefeld’s Sven Schipplock had a similar experience in the 25th minute, whose shot was defused by birthday boy Reece Oxford in dire need.

The presentation of both teams met the expectations. After all, the Augsburg and Bielefeld teams are known to be the best-running teams in the league, but not the best-in-class teams. This was particularly noticeable with the East Westphalia, who in the final phase of the first half failed to make their last pass or finish in several promising attacks. The closest to the goal, however, came the Augsburg judge (43rd), whose deflected shot from 20 meters narrowly missed the left post.

In the second half, too, both teams offered a lot of running – with only a few goal area scenes on both sides. Although the Arminia tried more than the Augsburgers, they were not rewarded. Only in an unsuccessful attempt by Marcel Hartel (67th) after a pass from the hapless center forward Fabian Klos was at least a goal threat.

The decision was made in the 85th minute in favor of the guests, who met for the eighth time in the final quarter of an hour. On pass from Daniel Caligiuri, central defender Gouweleeuw hit the winning goal from twelve meters.

Bundesliga soccer team Arminia Bielefeld has to play the game on Wednesday (8.30 p.m. / Sky) against FC Augsburg without Manuel Prietl. The midfielder is missing from the Ostwestfalen squad due to a muscle injury in his thigh. This loss increases the personnel problems of Arminia, who are also missing Amos Pieper, Andreas Voglsammer, Reinhold Yabo, Arne Maier, Jacob Laursen, Brian Behrendt and Noel Niemann.

Augsburg coach Heiko Herrlich made three changes compared to last Sunday’s duel with FC Schalke 04 (2-2). Michael Gregoritsch, Marco Richter and Reece Oxford moved into the starting line-up.

In 2016, several US diplomats complained about mysterious complaints in Cuba and rumors circulated "Acoustic attacks". Now researchers offer a different explanation.

Mysterious health complaints from Canadian and US diplomats in Cuba may be traced back to pesticides used to control insects. That emerges from a study by Dalhousie University for the Canadian Foreign Ministry, which the broadcaster Radio-Canada published.

Dozens of diplomats living in the Cuban capital Havana and their relatives had complained of puzzling headaches, hearing loss, dizziness and nausea from 2016. Experts initially had possible "Acoustic attacks" suspected behind the complaints. As a result, the governments of Canada and the USA reduced their embassy staff in Cuba. Havana reacted with incomprehension.

Similar cases of illness in the population?

The scientists now suspect that neurotoxins could be responsible for the symptoms. Such neurotoxins are contained in pesticides that are used in Cuba to kill insects. From 2016, the country took rigorous action against mosquitoes that carry the Zika virus. Among other things, offices of the diplomats were treated with the funds. 

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 The researchers now want to work with the authorities in Cuba to find out whether there have been similar cases of illness in the local population.

Sources used: dpa news agency

A rioting man triggered a major police operation in Bremen. According to the police on Wednesday, the 38-year-old had thrown furniture out of the window of an apartment the night before. He also threw objects at the approaching police and waved a knife at the window. Special forces temporarily arrested the man. Nobody was injured. The 38-year-old was examined by a doctor and then released. A spokesman said that he was being investigated for disturbing public order and attempted bodily harm.

After the ban on the sale of pyrotechnics, the state of Bremen sees it as the federal government’s responsibility to compensate the industry concerned. Bremen’s Mayor Andreas Bovenschulte (SPD) said in the citizenry on Wednesday that the ban was agreed nationwide by the heads of state government and Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). It is therefore clear that the federal government is obliged to provide this economic compensation and not, for example, the countries in which the manufacturers of fireworks are based.

He also contradicted demands of the CDU opposition to compensate the Bremerhaven-based large fireworks company Comet from funds from the Bremen Fund. In this way, the CDU is undermining its negotiating position with the federal government, criticized Bovenschulte. Comet itself had warned that in view of the corona-related ban on the sale of rockets and firecrackers on New Year’s Eve, the entire pyro industry was in danger. The industry needs immediate aid in the hundreds of millions to prevent this.

Munich (dpa) – Sausages are a Christmas Eve classic, with potato salad of course – not so with star tenor Jonas Kaufmann. "The whole family would probably go on strike over sausages with potato salad"said the 51-year-old "Munich Mercury".

"I’m usually the one in charge of the food. And not just at Christmas. Simply because I love cooking and baking." But on Christmas Eve the family is standing together in the kitchen, "which is in the middle of our living room. Everyone snips and prepares so that we can then comfortably eat something nice." When it comes to cookies and pastries, the native of Munich has a clear favorite: "Vanilla croissants – those that almost crumble before they even reach your mouth."

Berlin (dpa) – Nikolaus was also on the move in Corona times. On the second weekend of Advent there were some pre-Christmas campaigns in Germany.

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– In Rettenberg im Oberallgäu, Santa Claus distributed gifts with a bag slide in a family drive-in at the fire station: 38 families had registered for the Bavarian community’s campaign and sent the organizers bags and small texts for the children. Organizer Stephanie Voss said: "It was important to us that the children had something." Otherwise the visit to St. Nicholas would have been canceled.

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– In many parts of North Rhine-Westphalia, farmers provided hundreds of Christmas-lit tractors for small bright spots in the pandemic. The motto of the campaign on St. Nicholas Eve was "A spark of hope". According to the alliance "Land creates connection" the farmers made stopovers in hospitals and homes on the journeys to hand out small presents.

– During a Santa Claus campaign for truck drivers, pastors from several dioceses distributed small gifts to truckers at a rest stop near Worms. "Truck drivers work under the toughest conditions, are hardly valued and have little opportunity to participate in social life", said Hans-Georg Orthlauf-Blooß from the Diocese of Mainz on Saturday while distributing chocolate and apples. "We understand this as thanks for your important service." In addition to men and women from Germany, drivers from Eastern Europe in particular are on the highways, said Orthlauf-Blooß. A thank you card was written for them in several languages.

– The Nikolaus post office in St. Nikolaus in Saarland has been opened in a new hut that only two visitors are allowed to visit at a time. The team of volunteers has already answered around 15,000 letters – more than usual at that time, as the chairman of the St. Nicholas Festival Committee of the St. Nicholas Post Office, Peter Gerecke, said. "This year there has been a real flood of letters." Corona is often the top topic in letters from children from all over the world. Many wanted the pandemic to go away. There are seven Christmas post offices in Germany where children can send their letters to Santa Claus, the Christ Child or Santa Claus.

In Thailand, animal support is used to control pests: thousands of ducks are left on the fields to eat after the rice harvest. That has many advantages – also for German farmers?

Instead of using pesticides, as in Germany and other countries, traditionally thousands of ducks are left on the fields in Thailand for pest control – with positive consequences for the animals and rice farmers as well as the duck breeders in the region. Could this method also catch on in this country?

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The impressive pictures of the animal pest controllers, what the farmers say on site and how exactly the method works can be seen in the video above. You can also find the article here. 

Sources used: Reuters news agency

Vegetables contain many important nutrients and vitamins, but they can also contain dangerous pesticides. The state investigation office checks every year whether vegetable varieties from Germany are also affected. The pleasing result.

In laboratory tests this year and last year, little or no pesticide residues were found, as reported by the State Investigation Office (LUA) in Koblenz.

Accordingly, around 190 samples of cauliflower, leek, parsnips and carrots, among other things, were put to the test. Two thirds of the samples (136) came from Germany. Of these, in 54 cases, the vegetables came from fields in Rhineland-Palatinate. Otherwise it came from other EU countries such as Belgium, France, Italy or the Netherlands.

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The overall result of the investigations: 108 samples were free of pesticides according to the LUA. These included 28 samples from Rhineland-Palatinate. In the remaining cases, residues of at least one pesticide were found. "However, these were all well below the legally permissible maximum amount." 26 of the less contaminated vegetables came from Rhineland-Palatinate.

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