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Miami-Dade County’s Aerial Spraying of Naled for Zika Virus Shown To Be Ineffective

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

(Beyond Pesticides, September 29, 2016) A study released last week shows that Miami-Dade County‚Äôs aerial spraying of naled for Zika virus produced little reduction on the female Aedes aegypti populations throughout the area. According to the study, Efficacy of Aedes aegypti population control methods in the first two mosquito-borne Zika transmission zones in Miami-Dade County, […]

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EPA Fines Syngenta $1.2 Million for Multiple Safety Violations under Settlement

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

(Beyond Pesticides, September 27, 2016) ¬†Multinational pesticide manufacturer Syngenta Crop Protection was handed a¬†$1.2 million fine last week for multiple violations of federal pesticide law, according a settlement reached with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). EPA charged Syngenta with three major violations of the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), including: (1) Failure […]

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United Nations Addresses the Alarming Rise of Antibiotic Resistance

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

(Beyond Pesticides, September 22, 2016) Yesterday, the United Nations (UN) gathered to address the alarming rise of antibiotic resistance at a day-long meeting in New York. The UN General Assembly, made up of delegates from 193 countries, has only convened health-related meetings on three other issues: Ebola, HIV, and noncommunicable diseases. According to the World […]

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EPA Proposes that Glyphosate (Roundup) Does Not Cause Cancer

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

(Beyond Pesticides, September 21, 2016) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‚Äôs (EPA) Office of Pesticide Programs released last week¬†its Glyphosate Issue Paper in which the agency is proposing to classify glyphosate as ‚Äúnot likely to be carcinogenic to humans at doses relevant for human health risk assessment.‚ÄĚ Glyphosate, the controversial active ingredient in Roundup, was classified […]

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Two Chemical Companies Tied to Human and Environmental Atrocities, Bayer and Monsanto, Set to Merge

Monday, September 19th, 2016

(Beyond Pesticides,¬†September 19, 2016) Last week, a¬†proposed Bayer-Monsanto merger was announced, as St. Louis-based agrichemical giant¬†Monsanto Co. agreed to sell the company¬†to German pharmaceutical and chemical conglomerate, Bayer, in¬†an unprecedented $66 billion dollar deal. It is the merger of two companies that have been tied to past atrocities against humanity, one whose chemical product was¬†used¬†to […]

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Take Action to Ban Atrazine: EPA Must Protect Wildlife!

Friday, September 16th, 2016

(Beyond Pesticides, September 16, 2016) Tell EPA to ban all uses of atrazine in the United States! Atrazine, widely used on food and feed crops, golf courses, and residential lawns, is a potent endocrine disruptor that is¬†strongly associated with birth defects, cancer, sex reversal and hermaphroditism in many different animals. The European Union and other […]

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EPA and CDC Mislead Local and State Officials and the Public on Safety of Mosquito Pesticides Used for Zika Virus

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

(Washington D.C. September 15, 2016)¬†Beyond Pesticides today urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to immediately alert local and state mosquito control officials, elected officials, and the public throughout the U.S. to the fact that EPA‚Äôs key data reviews on the safety of widely used mosquito control pesticides, including naled and synthetic pyrethroids, are¬†outdated and […]

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South Portland, Maine Passes Lawn Pesticide Ban, Focuses on Education

Friday, September 9th, 2016

(Beyond Pesticides, September 9, 2016) On Wednesday, City Council members of South Portland, Maine cast their final votes to pass an ordinance that bans the use of toxic lawn pesticides on private and public land. The ban, which passed 6-1, is an important public health measure in the protecting 25,000 residents,¬†the largest jurisdiction in the […]

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Bayer Increases Historic Takeover Bid For Monsanto

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

(Beyond Pesticides, September 7, 2016) Industry giant Bayer has increased its offer to acquire Monsanto to $65 billion, making it the largest all-cash takeover bid in history. Bayer is now offering $127.50 per share- up two percent from its earlier bid of $125. The pharmaceutical giant has been pursuing Monsanto in an attempt to become […]

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FDA Bans Antibacterial Pesticide Triclosan in Soaps, While EPA Allows Its Use in Common Household Products and Toys

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

(Beyond Pesticides,¬†September 6, 2016) ‚ÄúThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decision today to remove the antibacterial triclosan, found in liquid soaps (toothpaste use will remain), is a long time coming,‚ÄĚ Jay Feldman, Executive Director of Beyond Pesticides, said today. He continued: ‚ÄúThe agency‚Äôs failure to regulate triclosan for near two decades, as the law requires, […]

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Over Two Million Bees Killed after Aerial Mosquito Spraying in South Carolina

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

(Beyond Pesticides, September 2, 2016) Last Sunday, beekeepers in Dorchester County, South Carolina emerged from their homes to find their yards and¬†farms, once full of busy buzzing, littered with the honey bees. The cause was no mystery ‚Äď a massive bee-kill had occurred due to aerial spraying of Naled, a highly toxic¬†insecticide used primarily to […]

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Maryland Begins Spraying for Zika before Finding Infected Mosquitoes

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

(Beyond Pesticides, September 1, 2016) With the apparent mosquito transmission of the¬†Zika virus in Florida, local officials around the United States have been feeling pressure to step-up preemptive mosquito spraying, prior to the virus actually emerging¬†locally in infected mosquitoes. The Zika virus has been contributing to public anxiety in the U.S. for several months and, […]

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Cannabis Certification Program Restricts Pesticides and Residues

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

(Beyond Pesticides, August 31, 2016) Last week, a Denver marijuana company went through its first inspection for the Colorado-based Organic Cannabis Association‚Äôs (OCA) new ‚Äúpesticide-free‚ÄĚ certification. This voluntary certification program was developed by OCA following an indefinite postponement of the Pesticide-Free Marijuana Bill, HB 16-1079 by the Colorado Senate and the failure of¬†the Colorado Department […]

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US Allows ChemChina-Syngenta Merge to Move Forward, EU Considers Impact Next

Monday, August 29th, 2016

(Beyond Pesticides August 29, 2016)¬†Last week, the state-owned China National Chemical Corporation cleared a major hurdle in its¬†quest to acquire Swiss seed and chemical company Syngenta, getting the nod of approval from a United States regulatory agency to move forward with the deal. The decision came from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. […]

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Judge Orders Release of Terminix Documents in Methyl Bromide Poisoning of Family

Friday, August 26th, 2016

(Beyond Pesticides, August 26, 2016) Virgin Islands Superior Court Judge, Harold Willocks denied a request made by Terminix to stop a subpoena for Terminix documents in the methyl bromide poisoning case¬†issued¬†by Attorney General Claude Earl Walker, according to The Virgin Islands Consortium. The paper reported that the subpoena ordered the pest control company to provide […]

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Banned Chemicals Linked to Increased Autism Risk

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

(Beyond Pesticides, August 24, 2016) Researchers at Drexel University report that higher levels of some organochlorine compounds during pregnancy are associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability (ID). The organochlorine compounds under study have long been banned in the U.S., and include pesticides like DDT, underscoring how pervasive and persistent these chemicals are, […]

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Pesticide Resistant Whitefly in U.S. Points to Need for Organic Management Strategies

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

(Beyond Pesticides, August 22, 2016) An invasive whitefly that is resistant to pesticides has been found outdoors in the U.S. for the first time, prompting a public discussion hosted by the University of Florida Extension Miami-Dade in Homestead, Florida on July 29. And while the fears amongst fruit and vegetable growers over crop devastation are […]

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Half of the Total Decline in Wild Bees throughout the UK Linked to Use of Neonics

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

(Beyond Pesticides, August 18, 2016)¬† Decline of wild bee populations is linked to the use of toxic, systemic neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides used on oilseed rape (canola), according to new research done by a team of scientists at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in the United Kingdom. In addition to corn and soybeans, canola is […]

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78 Commonly Used Agricultural Pesticides Linked to Wheezing

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

(Beyond Pesticides, August 10, 2016) New research connects 78 pesticides commonly used by farmers with many adverse respiratory effects, including both allergic and non-allergic wheeze. The study, Pesticides Are Associated with Allergic and Non-Allergic Wheeze among Male Farmers, was led by NC State environmental epidemiologist, Jane Hoppin, ScD and colleagues from the National Institute of […]

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Major UK Bread Companies, Supermarkets Urged To Stop Using Glyphosate

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

(Beyond Pesticides, August 10, 2016) In a letter, submitted by the Soil Association, leading bread producers and supermarkets in the United Kingdom (UK) are being urged to cease stocking and selling bread products that¬†contain traces of the herbicide glyphosate. Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto‚Äôs Roundup, has been classified as a probable human carcinogen by […]

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Farmers Dealing with Fall-Out from Monsanto’s New GE Crops

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

(Beyond Pesticides, August 9, 2016) Farmers in Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee are confronting widespread crop damage and bracing for lower yields as a result of agrichemical giant Monsanto‚Äôs botched roll-out of new genetically engineered soybean and cotton crops. The company, whose current line of glyphosate-tolerant crops are failing to control weeds throughout the U.S. and […]

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Investigative Report Uncovers Dangerous Pesticide Misuse on Golf Courses in New York

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

(Beyond Pesticides, August 4, 2016) Complaints about a green residue that appeared on golfers’ shoes at Rye Golf Club in New York last spring prompted an investigative report by The Journal News/lohud.com, that¬†revealed what reporters are describing a region-wide ‚Äúenvironmental toxic time bomb‚ÄĚ caused by the over and misuse of pesticides throughout the state. The […]

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Terminix To Pay Delaware Family $87 Million Settlement for Poisoning with Methyl Bromide in U.S. Virgin Islands

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

(Beyond Pesticides, August 3, 2016) Home pest control giant Terminix reached a tentative settlement agreement this week of $87 million with¬†the¬†Esmond family for the severe poisoning of the mother, father and two teenage children with the highly neurotoxic pesticide fumigant¬†methyl bromide.¬†The company treated¬†a neighboring unit¬†to¬†their vacation residence¬†last spring¬†at a¬†condo resort complex in St. John, U.S. […]

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