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User: flenvcenter Topic: Environmental Health-National
Category: Pesticides
Last updated: Dec 25 2018 21:21 IST RSS 2.0
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The High Cost of Salmon Farming 24.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

A growing interest in health and heath food has helped drive consumer demand for fish to an all-time high. A diet rich in fish has grown so popular that global fish consumption jumped 122% from 1990 to 2018, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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Rape, worker abuses are common in palm oil fields linked to top beauty brands and everyday household products 21.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Business
Palm oil is found in everything from potato chips and pills to pet food, and also ends up in products from L’Oréal, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Avon, Johnson & Johnson.
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New Research Adds Evidence That Weed Killer Glyphosate Disrupts Hormones 19.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

New research is adding worrisome evidence to concerns that the widely used weedkilling chemical glyphosate may have the potential to interfere with human hormones.

In a paper published in the journal Chemosphere titled Glyphosate and the key characteristics of an endocrine disruptor: A review, a trio of scientists concluded that glyphosate appears to have eight out of ten key characteristics associated with endocrine disrupting chemicals . The authors cautioned, however, that prospective cohort studies are still needed to more clearly understand the impacts of glyphosate on the human endocrine system.

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EPA Sued for 'Once Again Putting Corporate Interests Over Public Health or the Environment' by Reapproving Herbicide Atrazine 5.11.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

While taking aim at the Trump administration's broader pesticide agenda, a coalition of advocacy groups sued Friday over the Environmental Protection Agency's recent reauthorization of atrazine, which is one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States but off limits in dozens of countries due to health and safety concerns.

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Chlorpyrifos: Common Pesticide Tied To Brain Damage in Children 27.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines
Chlorpyrifos insecticides were introduced by Dow Chemical in 1965 and have been used widely in agricultural settings. Commonly known as the active ingredient in the brand names Dursban and Lorsban, chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide, acaricide and miticide used primarily to control foliage and soil-borne insect pests on a variety of food and feed crops. Products come in liquid form as well as granules, powders, and water-soluble packets, and may be applied by either ground or aerial equipment. Chlorpyrifos is used on a wide variety of crops including apples, oranges, strawberries, corn, wheat, citrus and other foods families and their children eat daily. USDA’s Pesticide Data Program found chlorpyrifos residue on citrus and melons even after being washed and peeled. By volume, chlorpyrifos is most used on corn and soybeans, with over a million pounds applied annually to each crop. The chemical is not allowed on organic ...
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The U.S. Still Uses Many Pesticides Banned in Other Countries 21.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

A total of about 400 different agricultural pesticides were used in the United States in 2017, the latest year data is available. More and more pesticides have been used because they “contribute to higher yields and improved product quality by controlling weeds, insects, nematodes, and plant pathogens,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Research Links Industrial Pig Farming and Virus Outbreaks 20.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

In recent months, meatpacking companies in different parts of the world have been associated with large clusters of COVID-19 infections. The Tönnies meat-processing plant in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, was temporarily closed, and U.S.-based pork processor Smithfield became a major focus of the disease in South Dakota, one of the country’s least-populated states. In Brazil, complaints abound about COVID-19 at slaughterhouses: 20% of the industry’s workers have been infected, according to the National Confederation of Workers in Food and Related-Industries (CNTA).

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Essential Oils Could Help Protect Organic Fruits Crops 14.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

While plant disease is difficult to control in organic fruits, researchers at the University of Hawaii are studying essential oils to see if they might provide a solution. Finding ways to improve feasibility and long-term profitability of organic fruit production is the basis of a nearly $2 million Initiative awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to a team of 15.

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Bayer's Monsanto Headache Persists 9.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

The migraine that is Monsanto doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon for Bayer AG.

Efforts at settling the mass of lawsuits brought in the United States by tens of thousands of people who claim Monsanto’s Roundup herbicides gave them cancer continue to inch forward, but are not addressing all outstanding cases, nor are all plaintiffs offered settlements agreeing to them.

California Wildfires Pass 4 Million Acres Burned, Doubling Previous Record – That’s a Lot of Toxic Smoke 7.10.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

When you breathe in smoke from a wildfire, you’re probably inhaling more toxic chemicals than you realize. Pollution from power plants and vehicles, pesticides, fertilizers and chemicals in waste can all make their way into trees and plants. When those trees and plants burn, chemicals are released along with health-harming particulate matter in the smoke, gas and ash.

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Organic Food Is a ‘Human Right’, Says Leading Food Scientist 29.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

From seed to harvest, the food that arrives on our plates is far from its natural form. Whilst the majority of the population trust in farmers, supply chains and environmental regulations, we are often exposed to a toxic concoction of chemicals. 

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Bayer Inks Deals With Three Roundup Cancer Law Firms as Settlement Progresses 17.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Bayer AG has reached final settlement terms with three major law firms representing thousands of plaintiffs who claim exposure to Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicides caused them to develop non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The new deals have been  made with California-based Baum Hedlund Aristei & Goldman law firm; the Andrus Wagstaff firm from Colorado; and the Moore Law Group of Kentucky. The firms each filed notification of the deals with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday.

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New Research Aims To Uncover Long-Term Effects of Glyphosate Spraying on Forests 15.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

While critics call for an end to dousing cutblocks with the herbicide to encourage regrowth of commercial species, researcher takes a close look at the impacts on flowers, fungi and edible and medicinal plants to inform future decisions

Banned in Europe: How the EU Exports Pesticides Too Dangerous for Use in Europe 12.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Public Eye and Unearthed reveal for the first time the extent to which the European Union (EU) allows the export of certain pesticides even though it bans their use on its own fields. Our investigation shows the hypocrisy of allowing agrochemical companies to flood low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) with substances deemed too dangerous for European agriculture.

Marion Moses, Cesar Chavez confidant and expert on farmworkers' health, dies 4.9.2020 LA Times: Environment

Marion Moses, a leader on pesticides who advocated for the health and safety of farmworkers, was 84.

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Stop Eating Pesticides: Which Produce Should You Pick? 2.9.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Sinking your teeth into a crisp apple or chomping on a stalk of celery is something you should be able to do without thinking. After all, the best nutritional science shows that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables—and plenty of them—is a crucial component of good health. But produce sometimes comes with potentially harmful pesticide levels.

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Opinion: Time to stop poisoning mountain lions and other wildlife 30.8.2020 LA Times: Opinion

A state bill offers a reasonable restriction on use of powerful rat poisons that also kill wildlife.

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State releases $46 million from federal relief act to more than 2,600 small businesses hit by pandemic 13.8.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
From taco shops to CrossFit gyms, day spas to pest control providers, the state of Illinois on Wednesday released $46 million in grant funding to a range of small businesses across the state that have seen their operations interrupted during the coronavirus pandemic.
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New Weedkiller Studies Raise Concern for Reproductive Health 13.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

As Bayer AG seeks to discount concerns that Monsanto’s glyphosate-based herbicides cause cancer, several new studies are raising questions about the chemical’s potential impact on reproductive health.

An assortment of animal studies released this summer indicate that glyphosate exposures impact reproductive organs and could threaten fertility, adding fresh evidence that the weed killing agent might be an endocrine disruptor. Endocrine disrupting chemicals may mimic or interfere with the body’s hormones and are linked with developmental and reproductive problems as well as brain and immune system dysfunction.

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Organic Diets Quickly Reduce the Amount of Glyphosate in People’s Bodies 13.8.2020 Organic Consumers Association News Headlines

Eating an organic diet rapidly and significantly reduces exposure to glyphosate—the world's most widely-used weed killer, which has been linked to cancer, hormone disruption and other harmful impacts, according to a new study.

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