May 9th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
The norovirus—the biggest cause of foodborne illnesses in the world—appears to be transmitted through the spraying of agricultural pesticides on common crops, reports a recent stuffy.
Read More:Pesticides Transmit Norovirus Through Contaminated Crops
April 23rd, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
The Environmental Working Group’s EWG’s 2013 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce—the annual list of most pesticide-contaminated produce was released yesterday, and sees apples at the top of the list once again.
Read More:EWG’s 2013 Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen Lists Highlight Pesticides in Produce
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.
Read More:EPA’s ‘Conditional Registration’ of Pesticides Poses Health Risks
December 6th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
The recent rise in food allergies may have a cause, according to new research from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: pesticides common in tap water.
Read More:Food Allergies Connected to Pesticides Leaching into Water Supplies
September 18th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
In light of the recent Stanford study that called into question the value of higher-priced organic foods, Whole Foods Market, the leading retail chain with a focus on organic foods, defended the industry in a recent interview with Yahoo’s The Daily Ticker.
Read More:Whole Foods Market Criticizes Stanford Study, Defends Organic Food
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.
Read More:Scotts Miracle-Gro to Pay Biggest Fine Ever for Misuse of Pesticides
September 9th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Swiss biotech corporation, Syngenta, has launched a campaign promoting the safety of atrazine, the controversial chemical herbicide targeted in the recent documentary “Last Call at the Oasis.”
Read More:Syngenta Launches Pro-Pesticide Propaganda Website
September 7th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
The Environmental Protection Agency now says there is “mounting evidence” that Monsanto’s genetically modified corn is losing its ability to resist insect infestations such as the Western rootworm, despite increased applications of pesticides.
Read More:EPA Acknowledges Roundup Resistant Pests; Monsanto Denies
July 28th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Last week, the EPA announced new regulations on use of the fungicide, chlorpyrifos, a known toxin commonly used on potato crops. The new ruling will lower the allowable applications and the restrictions will be on product labels later this year, the agency reports in a statement released on the EPA website.
Read More:EPA Restricts Use of Potato Fungicide, Dismisses Petition for All-Out Ban
June 20th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Expanding their annual list, the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit research organization, has released its eighth annual ”Dirty Dozen Plus” and the companion list, the “Clean 15,” ranking fruits and vegetables based on levels of pesticide contamination.
Read More:EWG Expands Its 2012 ‘Dirty Dozen’ List of Fruits & Veggies With The Most Pesticides