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France Elevates Effort to Reduce Pesticide Use by 50%, but Delays Deadline

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, February 11, 2015) In 2008, France announced it would voluntarily cut pesticide use by 50 percent by 2018, and emerged as the European leader in¬†reducing pesticide dependency. With its plan faltering, the European Union’s (EU) biggest agricultural producer and pesticide user has announced the expansion of¬†a network of pioneer farms experimenting with alternative […]


Neonics Harm Bees’ Brain Cells, According to Researchers

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, February 10, 2015) Scientists at the Universities of Dundee and St. Andrews in Scotland have found evidence confirming that the levels of neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides bees are likely to encounter in the wild impair the pollinator‚Äôs brain cells, resulting in colony declines. Bees and other wild pollinators provide services of over $125 billion […]


Monsanto’s Roundup Eradicates Milkweed, Major Food Source for Monarch Butterflies

Monday, February 9th, 2015

(February 9, 2015, Beyond Pesticides) A report, Monarchs in Peril: Herbicide-Resistant Crops and the Decline of Monarch Butterflies in North America, released by Center for Food Safety (CFS) last week, reveals the devastating¬†impact of Monsanto’s and the nation’s biggest selling herbicide, Roundup (glyphosate), on the survival¬†of monarch butterflies. The herbicide is¬†used to treat¬†millions of acres […]


People Who Eat Organic Have Lower Pesticide Levels in Their Bodies

Friday, February 6th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, February 06, 2015) People who eat an organic diet have lower levels of pesticides in their bodies than those who eat conventional fruits and vegetables grown with pesticides, according to a new study published yesterday.¬†The study, ‚ÄúEstimating Pesticide Exposure from Dietary Intake and Organic Food Choices: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA),‚ÄĚ published […]


Investigation Finds Industry Efforts to Quash Science and EU Ban of Endocrine Disruptors

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, February 5, 2015) A brewing¬†battle in the European Union (EU) over removing from the market¬†Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC)s has¬†heated up. An investigative report in¬†The Guardian ¬†reveals that a European Union (EU) scientific paper, prepared to assist in the development of new mandatory EDC risk assessment standards, was never made public. According to the […]


Maui Decision Not to Defend GE Moratorium Disappoints Activists

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, February 4, 2015)¬†¬†In the face of a challenge from the chemical industry, Hawaii’s Maui County will not defend a moratorium on genetically engineered (GE) farming that was passed by county voters last fall. Seeking to have the moratorium thrown out, industry giants Monsanto, Dow-owned Agrigenetics and others sued Maui days after the measure […]


Florida Officials, FDA, Consider Release of Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, February 3, 2015) Officials in the Florida Keys are seeking approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to release a wave of mosquitoes that have been genetically engineered to produce offspring whose larvae are unable to survive. The plan to introduce these mosquitoes has been met with intense skepticism by local […]


Commonly Used Pyrethroid Pesticide Increases Risk of ADHD

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, February 2, 2015) A study led by a Rutgers University research team finds that the commonly used pesticide deltamethrin increases the risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, adding to a mounting body of scientific research linking pesticide exposure to the disorder. Rutgers scientists, along with colleagues from Emory University, the […]


Persistent Organic Pollutants, Pesticides Linked to Early Menopause

Friday, January 30th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 30, 2015) Extensive exposure to common chemicals may be linked to an earlier start of menopause, according to a new study out of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Researchers of the study found that women whose bodies have high levels of these chemicals, including three pesticides, experience menopause two […]


Hawaiian Legislators Proposing Bill to Establish School and Hospital Buffer Zones

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 29, 2015) State legislators in Hawaii will soon be introducing a proposal to establish pesticide-free zones around schools and hospitals throughout the state. Not yet filed or finalized, the proposed bill would prohibit farmers from using large amounts of pesticides within a specified distance of schools and hospitals, known as buffer zones. […]


Will Pollinator Declines Increase Global Malnutrition and Disease? Yes, Says New Study

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 28, 2015) Global decline of pollinators and pollination services will have a devastating impact on the nutritional health of people in developing countries, especially women and children, if left unabated, according to a new study from scientists at the University of Vermont and Harvard University. This research is the first to examine […]


CDC Reports Deficiencies in Farmworker Protection from Pesticides

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 27, 2015) In¬†evaluating a farmworker poisoning incident in Washington State last year, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report identifies “at least three potential occupational hazards in agriculture: off-target pesticide drift, toxicity of some recently marketed pesticides, and a gap in worker notification requirements.” The report recounts the poisoning in¬†April […]


New Pesticide To Be Marketed Amid Misleading Claims That It Is ‚ÄėSafer for Bees‚Äô

Monday, January 26th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 26, 2015) Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it completed the registration of a new pesticide, flupyradifurone, that would be marketed as an alternative to neonicotinoid pesticides, and ‚Äúsafer for bees.‚ÄĚ A closer look at this chemical reveals that the agency is grossly misleading the public on the ecological […]


California Plan Violates Protections from Pesticide Spraying, According to Lawsuit

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 23, 2015) Pesticide-centered Program Approved Despite 30,000 Opposition Letters. Eleven groups, including Beyond Pesticides and the City of Berkeley, sued the California Department of Food and Agriculture yesterday over the agency‚Äôs approval of a statewide ‚Äúpest management‚ÄĚ plan that allows pesticide spraying on schools, organic farms and residential yards, including aerial spraying […]


Iowa Farmers Group Asks for Improved Pesticide Drift Protections

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 22, 2015) The Iowa Farmers Union filed¬†a petition yesterday with¬†the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) for rulemaking to improve pesticide drift incident responses, penalties, and support to farmers harmed by pesticide drift. ‚ÄúPesticide¬†drift from nearby fields is a very real problem for farmers in Iowa,‚ÄĚ says Jordan Scheibel, a […]


North Hempstead Sued by Utilities over Pole Warning Signs

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 21, 2015) Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) Long Island and Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) filed suit against the Town of North Hempstead, New York on Thursday, seeking to impede a 2014 ordinance requiring utility companies to post warning signs on utility poles treated with the hazardous chemical pentachlorophenol (PCP).¬†The chemical […]


Save the Date, April 17-18: Agricultural Justice, Age of Organics, and Alligators: Protecting health, biodiversity, and ecosystems

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 20, 2015) The 33rd National Pesticide Forum,¬†Agricultural Justice, Age of Organics, and Alligators: Protecting health, biodiversity, and ecosystems,¬†will be held April 17-18, 2015 (Friday afternoon and all day Saturday) at the Florida A&M University College of Law (FAMU) in Orlando, FL. The 2015 conference is convened by Beyond Pesticides, Farmworker Association of […]


California Tightens Pesticide Limits on Strawberries and Other Crops

Friday, January 16th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 16, 2015) The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) announced Wednesday that it is implementing the country‚Äôs strictest limits on chloropicrin, a chemical injected into the soil where strawberries, raspberries, almonds, and other crops are grown. The soil fumigant has been linked to a litany of health effects, such as respiratory ailments, […]


Member EU States Authorized to Plant GE Crops

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 15, 2015) Yesterday, the European Union (EU) passed legislation meant to bridge a long-standing divide amongst EU nations (and the United States) on the planting of genetically-engineered (GE) crops by granting individual countries the authority to opt-out of EU crop approval and institute country-based legislative and regulatory restrictions. Makers of GE crops […]


100+ Businesses Urge Obama Administration to Suspend Bee-Toxic Pesticides

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 14, 2015)‚ÄĒMore than 100 businesses, including Clif Bar, Nature‚Äôs Path, Organic Valley and Stonyfield, sent a letter to the White House yesterday urging it to immediately suspend pesticides linked to global bee declines in order to protect the nation‚Äôs food supply, environment and economy. The businesses, members of the American Sustainable Business […]


Monsanto Once Again Developing Herbicide Resistant Wheat

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 13, 2015) Over a decade after consumer opposition halted multinational agrichemical business Monsanto‚Äôs plans to develop genetically engineered (GE) herbicide-resistant wheat, the company is trying again. This time, Monsanto‚Äôs goal is to create wheat that is resistant to three different herbicides; glyphosate, glufosinate, and dicamba. Although over 90% of corn, soybean, and […]


California Schools Implement Stronger Pesticide Requirements with Start of New Year

Monday, January 12th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 12, 2015) California schools have started implementing new pesticide reporting and use requirements with the start of 2015. All schools and child day care centers statewide are now required to report their annual use of pesticides to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR). The requirement comes via amendments made to the […]


U.S. and EU Trade Proposal Threatens Human Health and Environment

Friday, January 9th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, January 09, 2015) New closed-door international trade agreement proposals between the U.S. and EU could weaken pesticide standards and threaten the U.S. organic food industry. Set forth by European and U.S. trade associations, the proposals were met¬†with strong disapproval by numerous non-governmental organizations (NGO) and non-profits. Beyond Pesticides and over a hundred other […]