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Insecticide Sales Rise with Failure of GE Corn

Friday, May 24th, 2013

(Beyond Pesticides, May 24, 2013) Insecticide sales have soared over the past year as target insects have developed resistance to crops genetically engineered (GE) to incorporate an insecticide. Contrary to industry claims that the technology would reduce pesticide use, crops like corn, engineered to protect against rootworm have been ineffective and farmers have begun applying […]


Seafood Company Commits To Limit Pesticide Use

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

(Beyond Pesticides, May 22, 2013) Norwegian seafood production company, Marine Harvest, has committed to certify its salmon farms by 2020¬†to the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Salmon Standard, with the condition that they¬†begin tightening restrictions of pesticide use and move from caged systems in coastal waters to closed containment systems. As the world’s largest producer of […]


Environmental Impact Statement Delays New Monsanto and Dow 2,4-D Resistant Crops

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

(Beyond Pesticides, May 14, 2013) The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has determined that environmental impact statements (EIS) are required for Dow and Monsanto’s¬† new genetically engineered (GE),¬†2,4-D resistant crops.¬†According to Reuters, Dow had anticipated that their new crop would be on market by year‚Äôs end. Monsanto released a statement calling the move ‚Äúunexpected.‚ÄĚ USDA‚Äôs […]


New Report Calls Into Question the Use of Nanomaterials in Our Food Chain

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

(Beyond Pesticides, April 25, 2013) A new report by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) finds that nanomaterials added to soil via fertilizers and treated sewage waste used to fertilize fields could threaten soil health necessary to keep land productive. The report, Nanomaterials in Soil: Our Future Food Chain?, draws attention to the […]


States Urge Farmers to Map Crops in Attempt to Protect Against Pesticide Drift

Friday, April 19th, 2013

(Beyond Pesticides, April 19, 2013) The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is encouraging farmers to use a new mapping system in order to protect organic crops from pesticide drift, though few legal protections exist to actually stop drift from contaminating organic farmers’ fields. The system, DriftWatch, is meant to facilitate communication between growers and pesticide […]


Thank You for Making Your Voice Heard on Organic!

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

(Beyond Pesticides, April 16, 2013) The spring meeting of the National Organic Standards Board just recently ended, and Beyond Pesticides is happy to report that the Board voted to stand by a 2014 expiration date for the use of tetracycline in organic apple and pear production. Six members on the Board voted to remove this […]


GE Industry Practice of ‚ÄúStacking‚ÄĚ Insecticides Called into Question by Researchers

Monday, April 8th, 2013

¬†(Beyond Pesticides, April 8, 2013) ¬†Given the rise of targeted plant and animal pests that are resistant to the tactics of the biotechnology industry, companies that produce genetically engineered (GE) crops have begun producing plants with ‚Äústacked‚ÄĚ traits. For herbicide resistant crops, this means adding traits that incorporate crop resistance to increasingly dangerous and toxic […]


Fruit Flies Live Longer when Fed Organic Diet

Monday, April 1st, 2013

(Beyond Pesticides, April 1, 2013) Fruit flies that are fed organic food lead healthier lives compared to those that are fed conventionally grown food, according to a study, “Organically Grown Food Provides Health Benefits to Drosophila melanogaster,” published March 26 in PLos One. The study, led by Ria Chhabra, a student at Clark High school […]


Act Before Midnight Tonight to Stop Antibiotic Use in Organic Apple and Pear Production

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

(Beyond Pesticides, March 19, 2013) The phase-out of antibiotic use in apple and pear production may continue beyond 2014 unless the public speaks out. Luckily, unlike the closed-door meetings that surround the rulemaking process in other government agencies, organic regulations are unique because they include a key ingredient: you, the public. Twice a year, the […]


Happy New Year From Beyond Pesticides to You!

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Beyond Pesticides wishes our members and friends a happy, healthy, and organic New Year! Our Daily News is taking a holiday break and will return on Thursday, January 3, 2013 with renewed energy and vision to continue charging ahead. We look forward to working with you to make 2013 a fruitful, pesticide-free year for you, […]


Report Cites Multiple Causes, including Pesticides, of Declines in Bee Population

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

(Beyond Pesticides, December 19, 2012) The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued its overview report, Bee Health: The Role of Pesticides, in response to a congressional request for more information on the connection between declines in bee populations, colony collapse disorder (CCD) and pesticides, particularly neonicotinoids. The 23-page report, dated December 11, 2012, summarizes the range […]


Tips for an Organic, Least-Toxic Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

(Beyond Pesticides, November 20, 2012) Thanksgiving offers an opportunity for family and friends to eat, drink and be thankful for the bounty of the organic harvest. Unfortunately, there are a host of pesticides, genetically engineered materials, and others in conventional Thanksgiving foods that not only impact human health, but threaten the environment. Read below for […]


Periodic Residue Testing to Begin in Organic Agriculture

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

(Beyond Pesticides, November 15, 2012) The National Organic Program (NOP) will now require organic certifiers to conduct periodic residue tests each year on at least 5% of the farms they certify, beginning in 2013. Periodic residue testing is required by the 1990 Organic Food Production Act (OFPA). This recent policy change comes after a 2010 […]


Controversial North Dakota Amendment Protects CAFOs

Monday, November 12th, 2012

(Beyond Pesticides, November 12, 2012) During the recent elections, North Dakotans voted to accept a controversial amendment to the North Dakota Constitution that protects practices used in Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) that are harmful to human health and the environment. The North Dakota Farming and Ranching Amendment states, ‚ÄúNo law shall be enacted which […]


Pediatricians Say Organic Foods Reduce Kids’ Pesticide Exposure

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

(Beyond Pesticides, October 24, 2012) The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) has weighed in on the organic food debate recognizing that lower pesticide residues in organic foods may be significant for children. The Academy also notes that choosing organic is based on larger environmental issues, as well as human health impacts like pollution and global […]


Local Incidents Raise National Concerns Over Safety of Sewage Sludge as Fertilizer

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

(Beyond Pesticides, October 9, 2012) Sewage sludge is big business in Channahon, IL, but many residents who live near fields treated with the fertilizer believe they‚Äôre the ones paying the price. Farms in the area began applying the ‚Äúbiosolids‚ÄĚ in 2010, and residents say that‚Äôs when their health issues began, according to Morris Daily Herald. […]


EPA Funds Water Treatment Research

Monday, September 24th, 2012

(Beyond Pesticides, September 24, 2012) In the face of widespread pesticide contamination of U.S. waterways and the lack of drinking water standards for hundreds of pesticides, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has devoted a $499,778 grant towards developing low-cost water decontamination facilities serving less than 10,000 people. Though conventional water treatment facilities remove many […]


Organic Integrity Can Only Be Maintained Through Public Participation

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

(Beyond Pesticides, July 17th, 2012) On July 8, The New York Times ran an article indicting the organic food industry and the U.S. Department of Agriculgture (USDA) for their involvement in advancing a number of standards, practices, and decisions allowed under the organic label. The Times piece, ‚ÄúHas ‚ÄėOrganic‚Äô Been Oversized?,‚ÄĚ written by Stephanie Strom […]


Updated Organic Standards, Including Hops and Antibiotics, Become Regulation

Friday, June 8th, 2012

(Beyond Pesticides, June 8, 2012) The U.S. Department of Agriculture‚Äôs (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP) has published a final rule in the Federal Register officially codifying into federal regulations changes to organic standards that were recommended by the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) over the past year and a half. The changes to the National […]


Corn Ethanol Production Contributing to Dangerous Over-use of Antibiotics

Friday, May 18th, 2012

(Beyond Pesticides, May 18, 2012) A groundbreaking report documents the potential for antibiotics used in the production of corn-based ethanol to contribute to the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The potential for the misuse of antibiotics in industrial agriculture to spawn antibiotic-resistant bacteria has long been recognized, but the new report sheds light on a dimension […]


Private Canadian Organic Aquaculture Standard Released

Friday, May 11th, 2012

(Beyond Pesticides, May 11, 2012) The Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) has released the final version of the Canadian Organic Aquaculture Standard, a non-binding system for certifying farmed fish outside of official Canadian organic standards. The final standard is a revised form of a draft standard first proposed in 2010, which was subject to severe […]


Farm Groups Petition USDA to Assess Environmental Impacts of New GE Crops

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

(Beyond Pesticides, April 23, 2012) A diverse coalition of farm groups has petitioned the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to conduct a comprehensive environmental impact statement on the cumulative effects of a new generation of genetically engineered (GE) crops modified to tolerate the herbicides 2,4-D and dicamba. The Save Our Crops Coalition filed the petition […]


Landmark Court Decision Compels FDA to Act on Antibiotics in Livestock Feed

Monday, March 26th, 2012

(Beyond Pesticides, March 26, 2012) Organic and sustainable agriculture advocates achieved a milestone victory on March 23 when a federal judge ruled that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must act promptly to determine whether to ban subtherapeutic uses of antibiotics in livestock. The ruling is the latest step in a regulatory process that […]