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2008-10-03 03:00:15

The Bush administration has abruptly halted a government program that tests the levels of pesticides in fruits, vegetables and field crops, arguing that the $8 million-a-year program is too expensive. Critics say the decision could make it harder to protect consumers from chemicals in their food. Data from the 18-year-old Agricultural Chemical Usage Program administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture were collected until this year. The Environmental Protection Agency used the data to...

2008-07-31 00:00:00

In Brussels, a huge row is taking place over new regulations governing the use of pesticides. The European Parliament has submitted proposals which could lead to up to 80 per cent of pesticides being banned, and Michel Barnier, the French Agriculture Minister has called for a 50 per cent reduction in their use. With the French taking over the Presidency of the EU, they are likely to try to steer a very restrictive pesticide package through the Council of Ministers. Pesticide use is always...

2008-07-29 12:00:49

By The Monterey County Herald, Calif. Jul. 29--A number of farm labor, public health and environmental groups said Monday they filed a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency over the continued use of the pesticide diazinon. The groups said diazinon, which has been widely used on Monterey County crops, is one of the most toxic pesticides on the market. Diazinon is used on broccoli, cherries, pears, spinach, tomatoes, apples and blueberries, the groups said. The EPA...

2008-07-26 12:00:35

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has revoked regulations allowing residues of the pesticide carbofuran in food and drinking water. The agency said it is concerned about possible safety risks to young children. Carbofuran is a broad spectrum insecticide sprayed directly onto soil and plants to control beetles, nematodes and rootworm. The EPA said the greatest use of carbofuran is on alfalfa and rice, although it is also used on turf and grapes. Even though carbofuran is used on a...

2008-07-23 03:00:49

By Joe Lamp'l Editor's note: This is the second part of a five-part series on gardening mistakes. How many times have we resorted to pesticides or applied fertilizer without really knowing what the problem was? At what point did we decide that every problem in the landscape and garden could be solved with a chemical? In our busy lives it just seems like the expedient thing to do. Americans love a flawless lawn and garden. Unfortunately, our lack of understanding of how, when and...

2008-07-11 15:00:38

By KARIN KAPSIDELIS Be careful what you let in your home, says a researcher who studies indoor air and dust contamination. "It ends up being part of your environment," said Julia Brody, executive director of the Silent Spring Institute in Newton, Mass. "You end up breathing it, and it gets on your hands." It's a tough problem for consumers to deal with, she said, because products are not always labeled with the chemicals they contain. She recommends using natural fibers such as wool for...

2008-07-09 21:00:26

CONTRARY to the assertion of Struan Stevenson that there is "no substantive scientific evidence" that the pesticides banned by the EU Council of Agricultural Ministers cause cancer, each of the substances banned has been found to pose a significant risk to human and environmental health by numerous studies. Mancozeb, for example, has been shown to induce thyroid follicular cell tumours and interfere with the production of thyroid hormones. Exposure to triazoles has been linked to a...

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2008-05-20 10:14:15

Exposure to pesticides could be linked to the damage of DNA in people who live in farming communities, according to new research in India.Researchers from Patiala University, Punjab state who studied a group of farmers for several months, claim to have discovered a link between the use of pesticides and cancer, however a crop industry trade association spokesman said no such link could be determined.DNA of farmers in Punjab has been altered, making them more susceptible to cancer, according...

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2008-05-09 13:45:00

A new study has found that Antarctica's Adelie penguins have recently been exposed to trace levels of the chemical DDT as a result of frozen stores of the pesticide seeping out of the continent's melting glaciers.The chemical's presence could indicate that other frozen toxins will be released as a result of climate change in the environment, according to Heidi Geisz, a marine biologist at Virginia Institute of Marine Science.  Geisz, who has worked in Antarctica since 1999, led the team...

2008-04-24 06:00:47

By Langman, Jimmy Multinational pesticide corporations headquartered in the Global North are expanding their sales of some of the most dangerous chemicals in Latin America-chemicals known to cause a plethora of health problems, including cancers and birth defects. This is happening even as U.S. and E.U. laws have banned or severely restricted many of the pesticides and UN conventions have come into force. A NACLA investigation supported by the Samuel Chavkin Investigative Journalism Fund...


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