April 23rd, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
The environmental organization Greenpeace has released a report showing high levels of illegal pesticides in several of the most popular teas. According to the report, “some well-known tea companies are ignoring national laws and either turning a blind eye or being complicit with their suppliers’ illegal conduct.”
Read More:Are Illegal Pesticides Brewing in Your Favorite Teas?
April 13th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
The NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) did not have a good week. After news that the FDA dismissed a federal court ruling that the agency needed to enforce viable options for dealing with antibiotic resistant pathogens resulting from the overuse of antibiotics in livestock feed, word came that the EPA denied the organization’s petition to ban the chemical 2,4-D.
After news that the FDA dismissed a federal court ruling that the agency needed to enforce viable options for dealing with antibiotic resistant pathogens resulting from the overuse of antibiotics in livestock feed, word came that the EPA denied the organization’s petition to ban the chemical 2,4-D.
Read More:Agent Orange 2.0? Why Won’t The EPA Ban Toxic 2,4-D?
April 11th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
West Coast salmon, an already threatened species, are the victim of a new, potentially detrimental threat according to a recent evaluation conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service.
Read More:From Lawn to Line: Home Pesticides Poisoning West Coast Salmon
April 10th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Pregnancy terms are shorter and babies are born smaller when the mother is exposed to organophosphates, a common pesticide, during pregnancy says new research published in the current edition of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
Read More:New Research Finds Pesticides May Be Making You… Smaller?
March 23rd, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Arysta Lifescience, manufacturer of Midas, the controversial methyl iodide fumigant used in California’s strawberry production, recently announced that it is suspending further sales of the product in the U.S.
Read More:Methyl Iodine Manufacturer Kills Its Toxic Strawberry Fumigant
February 25th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
On February 23rd, the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council) filed a lawsuit against the EPA seeking to force the government agency to consider a petition aimed at banning a common toxic pesticide ingredient that is best known for its use in Agent Orange.
Read More:NRDC Seeing Red Over Agent Orange, Sues EPA
February 7th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
New research links exposure to common pesticides with compromised vitamin D levels that can cause deficiencies and disease, according to a study published in a recent issue of the journal PLoS One.
Read More:Banned DDT Still a Health Risk, Linked to Vitamin D Deficiencies
January 4th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation released data showing an extra 15 million pounds—nearly a ten percent increase—of pesticides were used in 2010 after four years of steady declines.
Read More:Pesticide Use Rises in California
December 22nd, 2011 - Erin Shaw
The Permanent People’s Tribunal indicted the Big 6 transnational pesticide companies – BASF, Monsanto, Syngenta, Dow and Bayer – for violating internationally recognized human rights. While the PPT can’t enforce legal penalties, the trial could set precedent for future legal actions.
Read More:People’s Tribunal Indicts 6 Pesticide Giants for Human Rights Violations
December 16th, 2011 - Erin Shaw
Families on the “Garden Isle” of Kauai are suing the Dupont-owned Pioneer seed company for failure to investigate the danger posed by open air testing of genetically modified crops.
Read More:Hawaiian Families Sue Dupont’s Pioneer Over GMO Crop Dust