EPA Could Allow Teenage Workers To Handle Dangerous Pesticides

From Huffington Post, January 10, 2018. Officials have signaled they may eliminate the age requirements for working with toxic chemicals on farms and other worksites. If the Environmental Protection Agency follows through with a reform now under consideration, teenage farmworkers and other working minors would once again be allowed to handle dangerous pesticides while on […]

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Pesticide report shows no residue on half of U.S. food tested

From Food Safety News, November 7, 2017. The annual analysis of pesticide residues in domestic and imported foods, with the results for fiscal year 2015, showed 98 percent of tested foods produced in the United States do not violate federal limits. Of the 835 domestic food samples tested from 39 states, almost half, 49.8 percent, […]

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Ottawa plans to declare deadly gas is non-toxic

From the National Obersrver, December 21, 2017. Staff at Health Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada came to this conclusion in a draft assessment of hydrogen sulfide, published in September. The proposal found that the gas, also known as H2S or sour gas, does not enter the environment in quantities, concentrations or conditions “that […]

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Minnesota announces restrictions on using herbicide dicamba

From ABC News, December 12, 2017. Minnesota announced restrictions Tuesday on how farmers can use the herbicide dicamba in 2018, responding to complaints by soybean growers across the country that it harmed their crops this year. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture set a June 20 cutoff date for applying the herbicide and prohibited applications when […]

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Pesticide’s reprieve met with relief from farmers, but fear on health front

From the Minnesota Star Tribune, December 9, 2017. Minnesota farmers depend on chlorpyrifos, but dozens of studies say it harms kids. Farmers across the country were relieved last March when the Trump administration reversed a decision to take a widely used agricultural insecticide off the market. Without it, said Sleepy Eye farmer Cole Trebesch, he […]

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Common pesticide can make migrating birds lose their way, research shows

From The Guardian, November 29, 2017. The experimental study is the first to directly show harm to songbirds, extending the known impacts of neonicotinoids beyond insects The world’s most widely used insecticide may cause migrating songbirds to lose their sense of direction and suffer drastic weight loss, according to new research. The work is significant […]

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Do Pesticides Get Into the Flesh of Fruits and Vegetables?

From the New York Time, November 10, 2017. Q. Do pesticides get into the flesh of conventional fruits and vegetables like cantaloupe, apples and cucumbers? A. Pesticides sprayed on fruits and vegetables accumulate on the outer peel or skin, but the skin does not form an impermeable barrier, and some pesticides are actually designed to […]

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EU fails to agree on glyphosate license renewal

From DW, November 9, 2017. The European Commission has again hit a wall in renewing the approval for the weedkiller glyphosate. The vote comes after 18 months of agonizing over the controversial herbicide. The European Union on Thursday voted on whether to prolong the use of the common but controversial herbicide glyphosate within its borders, […]

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The bitter battle over the world’s most popular insecticides

From the The Nature, November 9, 2017. As regulators consider a ban on neonicotinoids, debate rages over the harm they cause to bees. Maj Rundlöf remembers the moment she changed her mind about neonicotinoids. In December 2013, in her office at Lund University in Sweden, she and postdoc Georg Andersson were peering at data from […]

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Excretion of the Herbicide Glyphosate in Older Adults Between 1993 and 2016

From the Jama Network, October 24/31, 2017. The herbicide Roundup is sprayed onto genetically modified crops and applied as a desiccant to most small non–genetically modified grains. Use of this herbicide has increased since 1994 when genetically modified crops were introduced in the United States. Glyphosate, the primary ingredient in the herbicide, is found in […]

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Pesticide residue on fruits and veggies tied to infertility

From Reuters, October 31, 2017. (Reuters Health) – Women who eat more fruits and vegetables with high levels of pesticide residue may be less likely to get pregnant than women whose diets don’t include a lot of this type of produce, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined data on eating habits and pregnancy outcomes for […]

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US study finds rise in human glyphosate levels

From Business Recorder, October 30, 2017. Levels of glyphosate, a controversial chemical found in herbicides, markedly increased in the bodies of a sample population over two decades, a study published Tuesday in a US medical journal said. The increase dated from the introduction of genetically-modified glyphosate-tolerant crops in the United States in 1994. The findings […]

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