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Category: Pesticides
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The BatBnB is the perfect tiny home for your bug-eating guests 27.7.2017 TreeHugger
Tiny houses aren't just for people; bats can be comfy and warm in them too.
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Ben & Jerry's ice cream contains traces of controversial herbicide 26.7.2017 TreeHugger
Ice cream lovers aren't happy to learn they're licking glyphosate on hot summer days.
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Trump’s EPA Greenlit This Pesticide Linked to Brain Damage. Eight Senators Are Fighting Back. 26.7.2017 Mother Jones
On Tuesday, two senators introduced a bill that would ban a pesticide linked to brain damage in kids. The legislation would do what the Environmental Protection Agency had long planned to—before EPA Chief Scott Pruitt denied the agency’s own proposal in March. Pruitt’s move was widely considered a signal from the Trump Administration on its intent to relax […]
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Senators Seek To Ban Brain-Damaging Pesticide That Trump's EPA Chief Refused To 25.7.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A leading organization of pediatricians warned in June that the continued use of chlorpyrifos "puts all children at risk."
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10 mega myths about farming to remember on your next grocery run 24.7.2017 Washington Post
10 mega myths about farming to remember on your next grocery run
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States Band Together to Sue EPA After Agency Backtracks on Pesticide Ban 19.7.2017 Truthout.com
In late March, US Environmental Protection Agency administrator  Scott Pruitt  decided that his agency would not place an outright ban on a pesticide manufactured by Dow Chemical called chlorpyrifos. The decision came  after a federal court ordered  the EPA to make a final decision on whether or not to ban the pesticide, which the Obama administration had proposed banning in 2015. The chemical has  been on the market in the United States since 1965  under the brand name Lorsban and indoor use of the chemical has been  banned for more than a decade . In its decision to allow the pesticide to continue being used in the United States, the EPA went against its own agency's findings that the pesticide presented unnecessary risks to American citizens. And while Pruitt's EPA officials  did not deny those findings , they did claim additional studies on the chemical were still needed before they could ban it, thus allowing the product's continued use. In the three and a half months since the EPA's chlorpyrifos ...
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How mushrooms might save the honey bee 14.7.2017 TreeHugger
In the fight against one of the honey bee’s nemesis, the varroa mite, scientists have found an ally in a widely-distributed mushroom.
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Controversy, Questions Surround California's Listing of Weed Killer as Cancer Cause 14.7.2017 Truthout - All Articles
California's official listing of the world's most widely used weed killer as a known carcinogen marks a milestone in what has been years of debate over the safety of the pesticide called glyphosate. But it by no means marks the end of controversy over the chemical, or arguments over what warnings -- if any -- should be placed on an herbicide that is a mainstay for US farming and for maintaining household lawns and gardens, city parks and school grounds. Officials with California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) have until early April to work out guidelines for glyphosate product warnings before requirements for such warnings take effect in July 2018. At the same time, OEHHA continues to face a court challenge from Monsanto Co., which introduced glyphosate more than 40 years ago, and makes billions of dollars off glyphosate-based Roundup herbicides. The chemical, now off patent, is also active in hundreds of other herbicide products. "This is not the final step in the process... ...
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Ask Brianna: How can I eat well and stay fit on a budget? 11.7.2017 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

“Ask Brianna” is a column from NerdWallet for 20-somethings or anyone else starting out. I’m here to help you manage your money, find a job and pay off student loans — all the real-world stuff no one taught us how to do in college. Send your questions about postgrad life to askbrianna@nerdwallet.com. Q: I’m trying […]
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Controversy, Questions Surround California’s Listing Of Weed Killer As Cancer Cause 7.7.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
(First published in Environmental Health News.) California’s official listing today of the world’s most widely used weed
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Monopoly Capitalism in Action: How Amazon's Acquisition of Whole Foods Could Affect Us All 7.7.2017 Truthout - All Articles
A customer shops for produce at a Whole Foods Market February 22, 2007, in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) Amazon has a track record of mowing down not only its foes but also its own suppliers. With the behemoth corporation's acquisition of Whole Foods and its entry into the organic foods market, Amazon now has the industry standing to degrade organic commitments and water down hard-won standards, if it should so choose. A customer shops for produce at a Whole Foods Market February 22, 2007, in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) In today's anti-regulatory climate, mega-corporations have enormous latitude in their quest to dominate market sectors and water down regulations. And the clash between capitalism and the public good is never more worrisome than when the conflict between profit motives and access to basic life supports involves food or health care. One new development that has food and environmental activists concerned is  ...
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States join fight over EPA chief's decision not to ban pesticide that can harm children's brains 7.7.2017 LA Times: Business

Several states are seeking to join a legal challenge to a Trump administration decision to keep a widely used pesticide on the market despite studies showing it can harm children's brains.

Led by New York, the coalition filed a motion Wednesday to intervene in a legal fight over the continued spraying...

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BuzzBox sensor system listens to honey bees & alerts beekeeper of colony issues 6.7.2017 TreeHugger
Beekeepers will soon be able to track the health of their colonies right from their smartphone.
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States sue over EPA’s decision to keep pesticide on market 6.7.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • Several states are seeking to join a legal challenge to a Trump administration decision to keep a widely used pesticide on the market despite studies showing it can harm children’s brains. Led by New York, the coalition filed a motion Wednesday to intervene in a legal fight over the continued spraying of chlorpyrifos on food. Massachusetts, Maryland, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia also joined the suit. The states claim that Environmental Protection Agency chief Sc... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Major New Study Shows Pesticide Risk to Honey Bees 4.7.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Scientists have found for the first time that neonicotinoid pesticides can harm honey bees in the real world. The major new study from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) found that pesticides called neonicotinoids can cause harm to bees, a development that is likely to increase calls for a ban of the chemicals across Europe. The UK -- which has long lobbied against a ban -- could make its own rules on pesticide use after Brexit. Conservative MEP Julie Girling recently tried unsuccessfully to derail the Commission's efforts to introduce an outright ban in the EU Parliament. Industry Funding The finding is particularly significant because the study was funded in part by pesticides giants Bayer and Syngenta. The hotly anticipated research, published in the journal Science this evening, also discovered that exposure to the nicotine-based chemicals can reduce the reproductive success of three different bee species -- honey bees, bumblebees and the red mason bee. With £3 million in funding from the ...
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Pesticides are harming bees -- but not everywhere, major new study shows 30.6.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
A huge new study conducted in 33 sites across Europe finds that seeds coated with neonicotinoid pesticides harm bees living nearby. The damage, though, depends on local conditions.
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Large study links key pesticide to weakened honeybee hives 30.6.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Washington • A common and much-criticized pesticide dramatically weakens already vulnerable honeybee hives, according to a new massive field study in three European countries. For more than a decade, the populations of honeybees and other key pollinators have been on the decline, and scientists have been trying to figure out what’s behind the drop, mostly looking at a combination of factors that include disease, parasites, poor diet and pesticides. Other studies, mostly lab experiments, have poi...
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Pesticides Are Harming Bees — But Not Everywhere, Major New Study Shows 30.6.2017 NPR Health Science
A huge new study conducted in 33 sites across Europe finds that seeds coated with neonicotinoid pesticides harm bees living nearby. The damage, though, depends on local conditions.
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Field tests show how pesticides can wreak havoc on honeybees 30.6.2017 LA Times: Science
In two of the first large-scale, field-realistic studies to date, researchers have affirmed that prolonged exposure to neonicotinoids negatively affects bees.
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Adding Roundup to Prop. 65 list is a victory, but will Californians heed the warning? 29.6.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The weed killer glyphosate, known by the brand name Roundup and used by backyard gardeners and farmers the world round, will be added on July 7 to California’s list of more than 850 chemicals known to cause cancer, birth defects or reproductive harm.

The listing won’t restrict sales or use of the...

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