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Federal judges finally just order the EPA to ban a dangerous pesticide

From Popular Science, August 13, 2013. After 11 years of lawsuits, reviews and delays by the Environmental Protection Agency, federal judges last week ordered the agency to ban chlorpyrifos, a widespread agricultural pesticide derived from a class of chemicals first used to develop World War II nerve agents. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals […]

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Monsanto Ordered to Pay $289 Million in Roundup Cancer Trial

From the New York Times, August 10, 2018. A California jury on Friday found Monsanto liable in a lawsuit filed by a school groundskeeper who said the company’s weedkillers, including Roundup, caused his cancer. The company was ordered pay $289 million in damages. The case of the groundskeeper, Dewayne Johnson, 46, was the first lawsuit […]

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The Terms on a Food Label to Ignore, and the Ones to Watch For

From the New York Times, July 3, 2018. Food labels are meant to be easy to read, but some terms on those labels are marketing lingo or mean something different than you may think. Here’s what to pay attention to and what to ignore entirely. If your head starts spinning when trying to make healthy […]

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In Baby Teeth, Links Between Chemical Exposure in Pregnancy and Autism

From the New York Times, July 2, 2018. If you are a parent worrying through pregnancy, or maybe trying to make sense of your child’s neurodevelopmental problems, you aren’t always glad to see another story about a new study looking at possible environmental risk factors. From pesticides in the food to phthalates in the plastics […]

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Report calls out worst produce for pesticides—strawberries, spinach top list

From Environmental Health News, April 10, 2018. Pesticides residues are found on about 70% of tested produce; new research suggests this exposure could impact fertility Just when you thought it couldn’t get any harder to eat healthy. Turns out those nutrient packed foods we’re all told to eat—such as strawberries and spinach— are also consistently […]

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Scientists hail European ban on bee-harming pesticides

From Nature, April 2, 2018. The European Union has voted to ban three neonicotinoids after scientific evidence showed their risk to bees. In a long-awaited decision, the European Union today voted to ban the use of three controversial neonicotinoid insecticides on all crops grown outdoors. The vote ends years of bitter wrangling between those in […]

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Protecting crops with predators instead of poisons

From Environmental Health News, March 15, 2018. Luring falcons to farms can keep pesky insects, rodents and other critters in check—putting a dent in poison and pesticide use Summer carloads of sweet-toothed tourists, flush with cash and seeking local pies and jams, are an economic godsend in northwest Michigan’s cherry-growing region. Other hungry visitors are […]

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Cancer Claim for Monsanto’s Roundup Gets Judge’s Scrutiny

From US News, March 5, 2018. Claims that the active ingredient in the widely used weed killer Roundup can cause cancer have been evaluated by international agencies, U.S. and foreign regulators and the product’s manufacturer — agribusiness giant Monsanto. Now, a federal judge in San Francisco is conducting his own review during an unusual set […]

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Cleaning products tied to faster lung function decline in women

From Reuters, March 5, 2018. Women with regular exposure to cleaning products may face a steeper decline in lung function over time, according to an international study. Women who used sprays or other cleaning products at least once per week had a more accelerated decline than women who didn’t, the study authors wrote. “We’re cleaning […]

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Consumer Reports helps you eat organic on a budget

From NBC Turn to 10, February 27, 2018. We all know that opting for organic food can be a healthful choice for us individually, as well as for the planet. Organic food can also be more expensive than conventionally produced food. But you don’t have to break the bank to eat organic. Consumer Reports has […]

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Print Email Facebook Twitter More Blood test for farmers using pesticides, chemical the key to preventing long-term health problems

From ABC News, February 25, 2018. It was only 10 years ago that Russell Mitchell, a sheep farmer from Glenthompson in western Victoria, started wearing gloves when dealing with farm chemicals. But as a growing body of evidence points towards detrimental health impacts, more farmers like Mr Mitchell are taking safety precautions. “I realised, ‘Gee, […]

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Stripes of wildflowers across farm fields could cut pesticide spraying

From The Guardian, January 31, 2018. The stripy fields have been planted across England as part of a trial to boost the natural predators of pests that attack cereal crops Long strips of bright wildflowers are being planted through crop fields to boost the natural predators of pests and potentially cut pesticide spraying. The strips […]

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