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Emergency Exemption Granted to Allow Fluridone on GE Cotton

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

(Beyond Pesticides, November 8, 2012) In response to an emergency exemption granted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to allow the unregistered use of the herbicide fluridone on cotton in order to control glyphosate-resistant weeds, the agency announced in the Federal Register Monday that it is establishing time-limited tolerances for residues of the chemical […]

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“Super-Weeds” on the Rise Due to Spread of Genetically Engineered Crops

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

(Beyond Pesticides, August 4, 2011) At least 21 different species of weeds are found to be resistant to the herbicide glyphosate, commonly sold as Roundup and used across thousands of acres of ‚ÄúRoundUp Ready‚ÄĚ genetically engineered (GE) crops, according to a series of studies in the current issue of Weed Science. Palmer amaranth, one of […]

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Despite Industry Claims, Herbicide Use Fails to Decline with GE Crops

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

(Beyond Pesticides, June 3, 2011) According to the 2010 Agricultural Chemical Use Report released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture‚Äôs (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), use of the herbicide glyphosate, associated with genetically engineered (GE) crops, has dramatically increased over the last several years, while the use of other even more toxic […]

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EPA Report Shows Modest Decrease in U.S. Pesticide Use

Friday, February 25th, 2011

(Beyond Pesticides, February 25, 2011) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a new report detailing sales and usage of pesticides in the U.S. for the years 2006 and 2007 and showing a modest decrease in pesticide use. The report compiles data from EPA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other sources in […]

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New Study Links Pesticide Use to Thyroid Disease in Women

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

(Beyond Pesticides, February 22, 2010) Wives of agricultural pesticide applicators have a significantly increased risk of developing thyroid disease, according to the new study, ‚ÄúPesticide Use and Thyroid Disease Among Women in the Agricultural Health Study,‚ÄĚ published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. Using data collected from more than 16,500 female spouses from Iowa and […]

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Study Finds Low Pesticide Concentrations Can Become Toxic Mixture

Monday, November 17th, 2008

(Beyond Pesticides, November 17, 2008) A toxic soup of the most commonly used pesticides frequently detected in nature can adversely affect the environment and decimate amphibian populations even if the concentration of the individual chemicals are within limits considered safe, according to University of Pittsburgh research published in the online edition of Oecologia. The results […]

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Gender-Bending Herbicide Contaminates Lakes Far from Use Sites

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

(Beyond Pesticides, September 23, 2008) According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture‚Äôs 2007 Water Quality Monitoring Report, released in August 2008, the endocrine disrupting herbicide atrazine is detected in pristine lakes in northern Minnesota far from the agricultural fields where it is applied. Metolachlor, acetochlor and dimethenamid are also frequent contaminants, according to the statewide […]

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Pesticides and Degradates Widely Detected in USGS Chesapeake Bay Study

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

(Beyond Pesticides, March 3, 2008) In a five-year study of the Chesapeake Bay, the nation‚Äôs largest estuary, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found that, “Synthetic organic pesticides and their degradation products have been widely detected at low levels in the watershed, including emerging contaminants such as pharmaceuticals and hormones.“ The report finds that concentrations of […]

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Industry Scientists Persuade State To Implement More Lenient Pesticide Regulation

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

(Beyond Pesticides, January 23, 2008) Agribusiness giants Dow AgroSciences and Monsanto have successfully persuaded the state of Minnesota to reconsider their water-quality limit for the chemical, acetochlor. Scientists representing the industry presented their own studies to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and explained that the state‚Äôs original draft limit for acetochlor was too strict. […]

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Pesticides Linked to Rising Autism Rates

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

November 13, 2007) Autism is on the rise, both in prevalence and incidence, and there is growing evidence that environmental insults, such as pesticides, are linked to this developmental disability. According to the latest study, published in the October issue of Environmental Health Perspectives, children born to mothers living near fields where pesticides are applied […]

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Honeybees Vanish, Threatening Crops and Livelihoods

Thursday, March 1st, 2007

(Beyond Pesticides, March 1, 2007) In 24 states throughout the country, beekeepers have been shocked to find that bees have been inexplicably disappearing at an alarming rate, according to an article in the New York Times last week. This loss of honeybees threatens not only beekeeper livelihoods but also the production of numerous crops, including […]

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