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2011-04-21 10:30:00

Results from three separate studies suggest that prenatal exposure to pesticides is linked to lower intelligence scores in children than those who were not exposed, according to reports published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The three separate studies "“ two done in New York and one done in Salinas, a farming area in northern California "“ tracked levels of pesticides in pregnant women over a span of almost ten years, and tested about 1,000 children up to the...

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2011-04-18 14:16:15

Flame retardants are chemical compounds added to fabrics and plastics to keep them from burning easily, but these can be toxic. Now a team of researchers from Spain and Canada has detected some of these emerging pollutants for the first time in peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus) eggs in both countries. "The presence of 'dechlorane plus' and other related, chlorinated compounds used as flame retardants have been detected for the first time in the European biota (flora and fauna of the...

2011-04-14 15:16:23

Genetically modified bacteria filters out toxic vapors Genetically modified bacteria could be used in air filters to extract pesticide vapors from polluted air thanks to work by researchers in China published this month in the International Journal of Environment and Pollution. The bacteria Escherichia coli is perhaps best known as a bacterium that can cause food poisoning and in one form, the O157:H7, can damage the kidneys and even be lethal. However, E coli, is commonly used in biological...

2011-01-15 00:00:44

Industry Group Provides Tips to Prevent Pesticide Runoff from Winter Rains Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) January 13, 2011 The winter weather may drive gardeners indoors, but it's the perfect season for Green Thumbs to properly inventory, store and dispose of any pesticides leftover in the garage, according to the Apply Responsibly public awareness campaign. "While we have been emphasizing the responsible application of home pesticides during the warmer months, it is equally important for...

2010-12-09 10:35:00

Public Comments Must Be Received by February 7, 2011 WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Announcing a 60-day public comment period, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday published in the Federal Register a petition filed by 82 public health and environmental groups, led by Beyond Pesticides and Food and Water Watch, to ban the controversial antimicrobial/antibacterial pesticide triclosan, found in products from clothing to soaps, for non-medical use. The...

2010-12-08 09:10:00

Pesticide Already Illegal in Germany, Italy & France Based on Scientific Findings SAN FRANCISCO and WASHINGTON, Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Beekeepers and environmentalists today called on EPA to remove a pesticide linked to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), citing a leaked EPA memo that discloses a critically flawed scientific support study. The November 2nd memo identifies a core study underpinning the registration of the insecticide clothianidin as unsound after EPA...

2010-12-02 09:46:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Dec. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Agricultural businesses and pesticide applicators in 21 Pennsylvania counties will be able to dispose of unwanted pesticides safely and easily in 2011 through the CHEMSWEEP program, Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding said today. CHEMSWEEP is offered in different counties each year. In 2011 it will be offered in Adams, Cameron, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Greene, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lehigh, Mercer,...

2010-10-27 13:58:39

Press release from PLoS Medicine Current WHO pesticide classifications are based on toxicity in rats but basing regulation on human toxicity will make pesticide poisoning less hazardous and prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths globally without compromising agricultural needs. These are the key findings from a study by Andrew Dawson (South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka) and colleagues published in this week's PLoS Medicine. The single...

2010-08-18 10:16:00

WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Links to pesticide exposure are being found in a growing number of studies that evaluate the causes of preventable diseases -- including asthma, autism and learning disabilities, birth defects and reproductive dysfunction, diabetes, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, and several types of cancer. A new database, released today, tracks published epidemiologic and real world exposure studies. The studies challenge the effectiveness of...

2010-06-10 10:00:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., June 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pesticide applicators and users should make responsible decisions and use pesticides and pest management alternatives in a safe, proper and legal manner, Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding said today. "We enjoy an abundant food supply, in part because of the responsible use of pesticides in Pennsylvania," said Redding. "Through the state's licensing and continuing education process, we can ensure those who apply pesticides are using...


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