March 30th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
A classification loophole in pesticide approval under the EPA’s ‘conditional registration’ clause is allowing thousands of pesticides into the market without enough testing, reports Salon.
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September 13th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Scotts Miracle Gro, the world’s largest producer of residential pesticides, must pay the largest fine of its kind in U.S. history totaling $12.5million for violation of Federal pesticide laws including the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. The company was also charged with adding illegal toxins to wild bird food.
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June 15th, 2010 - Barbara Feiner
Pesticide exposure, coupled with a genetic variant in the body, appears to be associated with an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease in men, according to a study published in this month’s Archives of Neurology.
Parkinson’s disease, which remains incurable, attacks patients’ motor abilities and is characterized by four primary signs:
- Tremor (trembling hands, legs, jaw and/or face)
- Rigid or stiff limbs and/or trunk
- Slowed movements
- Impaired balance and coordination
In prior studies, patients exposed to certain pesticides—including organochlorines like DDT—have been shown to develop the disease. Pesticide exposure damages the neurons in the brain that produce dopamine, a critical neurotransmitter.
The cause of Parkinson’s disease is usually multifactorial, note Fabien Dutheil, PhD, and colleagues from L’Université Paris Descartes. In the new study, men with specific gene variants who had been exposed to organochlorine insecticides had a 350% greater chance of developing the disease.
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