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2009-06-23 10:41:14

 Although it is known that infants are more susceptible than adults to the toxic effects of pesticides, this increased vulnerability may extend much longer into childhood than expected, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley.Among newborns, levels of paraoxonase 1 (PON1), an enzyme critical to the detoxification of organophosphate pesticides, average one-third or less than those of the babies' mothers. It was thought that PON1 enzyme activity in...

2009-06-18 11:18:00

WASHINGTON, June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Farmworker unions, support groups, and worker advocacy organizations today asked Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson to stop the pesticide poisoning of farmworker communities and uphold the Obama administration's commitment to environmental justice. Citing a long EPA history of "inhumane neglect of toxic pesticide effects on farmworker community health," the groups asked the Administrator to amend a recent May 2009...

2009-06-04 12:02:45

 The cause of Parkinson's disease (PD), the second most frequent neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's disease, is unknown, but in most cases it is believed to involve a combination of environmental risk factors and genetic susceptibility. Laboratory studies in rats have shown that injecting the insecticide rotenone leads to an animal model of PD and several epidemiological studies have shown an association between pesticides and PD, but most have not identified specific pesticides...

2009-05-20 13:34:38

U.S. scientists say they have discovered marine mammals are being exposed to a cocktail of pesticides, as well as new contaminants. In what's called the most extensive study of pollutants in marine mammals' brains, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute scientists found the animals are exposed pesticides such as DDT and PCBs, as well as contaminants such as brominated flame retardants. Eric Montie, lead author of the study, performed the research in collaboration with Mark Hahn and Chris Reddy of...

2009-05-12 08:35:00

PHILADELPHIA, May 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC) strongly disagrees with the announcement by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to revoke all U.S. food tolerances for the pesticide carbofuran. FMC plans to file objections to this action by the EPA and to seek an administrative hearing. "We are very disappointed by the EPA revocation and their unwillingness to recognize that our voluntary changes to the label allowed the product to meet the...

2009-05-05 12:05:00

 A panel of experts and citizens convened to review recent studies on the link between DDT and human health expressed concern that the current practice of spraying the pesticide indoors to fight malaria is leading to unprecedented - and insufficiently monitored - levels of exposure to it.Although DDT has been largely abandoned as an agricultural pesticide worldwide, its use to combat malaria was endorsed in 2006 by the World Health Organization (WHO) and by officials in the President's...

2009-03-16 08:17:00

WASHINGTON, March 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the Crop Protection Research Institute: WHAT: The Crop Protection Research Institute (CPRI) will release the results of a just completed, comprehensive study on the value of insecticides in U.S. crop production. The study documents how insecticides have protected the yields of numerous crops in the U.S. since their introduction to American agriculture more than a hundred years ago. Most notably, the findings...

2009-02-17 10:41:00

Conference on April 3-4, 2009 in Carrboro, NC will convene a range of scientists, activists, and authors from around the country to discuss the impact of pesticide use on communities, children, agricultural workers, the food supply and environment and the viability of green, fair and local-based practices that support healthy land, air, water and food. RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National, state and Triangle-based environmental, health, farm and labor groups are teaming...

2008-12-19 11:40:07

EU leaders and member states report reaching a deal on legislation that would ban 22 toxic chemicals and virtually halt aerial crop-spraying. EU officials, however, said the pesticides will remain on the market until at least 2016, when current authorizations of the chemicals reach their end dates. Aerial crop-spraying and pesticide use will be virtually eliminated in public parks, schools, playgrounds and near hospitals. Agribusiness and the chemical industry have opposed the legislation,...

2008-12-16 15:26:52

Researchers say sea lions and seals living off the coast of Southern California are contaminated by high levels of DDT and PCB. The research by California State University, Long Beach suggests waste laden with pesticides and chemicals continues to poison marine life off the Palos Verdes Peninsula's White Point, more than 30 years after the dumping was halted. The report said U.S. Environmental Protection Agency figures show more than 9 million cubic meters of sediment contaminated with about...


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