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Skip the Toxic Turkey This Thanksgiving Season!

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, November 19, 2015) Thanksgiving offers an opportunity for family and friends to eat, drink and be thankful for the bounty of the organic harvest. Unfortunately, conventional Thanksgiving meals are more common, which include a host of pesticides, genetically engineered foods, and can affect¬†the health of consumers and agricultural workers alike. Read below to […]


Native Bees Found to Have Residues of Pesticides Linked to Their Steep Decline

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, November 12, 2015) The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently performed the first-ever study of pesticide residues on native bee populations and found that they are exposed to neonicotinoid insecticides, as well as other pesticides, at significant rates. This study digs deeper into a question¬†that was previously considered by a researcher who¬†studied chemical-intensive¬†apple orchards […]


Research Finds Hedgerows Reduce Pesticide Use and Promote Biodiversity

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, November 05, 2015) Research¬†at¬†the University of California, Davis finds¬†that hedgerows, a line of shrubs and trees that form a boundary at the edges of farm fields, improve a farm‚Äôs ecology and reduce the need for pesticides. Hedgerows serve many other beneficial functions; they can provide ornamental and aesthetic value, sequester carbon, and be […]


Lawsuit Challenges EPA on Toxic Herbicide Cocktail for GE Crops

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, October 27, 2015) Late Friday,¬†a coalition of public health, conservation and food safety groups filed their opening brief in the ongoing legal challenge to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency‚Äôs (EPA) approval of the herbicide Enlist Duo for use on genetically engineered corn and soybeans. Enlist Duo, a blend of glyphosate and 2,4-D, was […]


Fresh Produce Tainted With Illegal Pesticides

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, October 23, 2015) Tests on produce collected by California‚Äôs Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) for 2014 show high levels of¬†illegal toxic pesticide residues. The CDPR report found 1 percent of produce containing an excess amount of pesticide residues, and an additional 5.5 percent of produce tested contained illegal residues of pesticides that are […]


U.S. Senators to Advance Legislation to Stop States from Labeling GE Food

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, October 22, 2015) With increasing consumer concern about genetically engineered (GE) food, yesterday¬†the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry held a hearing,¬†entitled Agriculture Biotechnology: a Look at Federal Regulation and Stakeholder Perspectives, that critics called lopsided. Most witnesses characterized GE food as safe or side-stepped the issue of safety, as government […]


EPA Seeks Public Opinion on Continued Use of Neurotoxic Organophosphate Pesticides

Friday, October 9th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, October 9, 2015) Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released preliminary human health and ecological risk assessments for seven organophosphate pesticides (OPs) and announced the public open comment period for those chemicals. These risk assessments come as a result of the required periodic registration review, as required by¬†the Federal Insecticide, Fungicides, and […]


Maryland County Bans Cosmetic Lawn Pesticides on All Land in County, One Million People Protected

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, October 7, 2015) The largest county in the country to act to ban pesticides will forbid toxic pesticides on public and private land within its jurisdiction, based on legislation passed yesterday by a 6-3 vote. The ban, an historic public health measure, will protect one million people in a county outside Washington, DC, […]


Maryland County Bans Cosmetic Lawn Pesticides on All Land in County, One Million People Affected

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

(Breaking News, October 6, 2015, Washington, DC) The largest county in the country to act to ban pesticides will forbid toxic pesticides on public and private land within its jurisdiction, based on legislation passed today by a 6-3 vote. The ban, an historic public health measure, will protect one million people in a county outside […]


EPA Releases Long-Awaited Revisions To Worker Protection Standards

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, September 30, 2015) On September 28, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally released its new regulation regarding farmworker pesticide safety, revising the Agricultural Worker Protection Standards (WPS), which are designed to provide protections from pesticide exposure to farmworkers and their families. These standards have not been updated for over 20 years, and […]


County-wide Lawn Care Pesticide Ban Bill in Maryland Stripped of Major Provisions in Committee

Monday, September 21st, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides September 21, 2015) Last Thursday, the¬†Transportation and Environment (T&E) Committee in Montgomery County, Maryland voted 2-1 to strip major provisions of the Healthy Lawn Bill 52-14, including a¬†ban of (i) cosmetic use of lawn pesticides throughout the county on private and public property and (ii) the treatment of playing fields with hazardous pesticides. […]


Mosquito Fogging Kills Hundreds of Bees

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, August 19, 2015) Local fogging for¬†mosquito control turned tragic for a Palo Alto, California beekeeper who lost hundreds of honey bees from his backyard hives. The beekeeper, who also produces organic honey, now fears his honey is contaminated. The fogging, which occurred last month, was in response to positive tests for West Nile […]


Roundup Damages Earthworms and Soil Biota, Contributes to Nutrient Pollution

Monday, August 17th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, August 17, 2015) A study published in Scientific Reports has found that glyphosate, the controversial and toxic active ingredient in Roundup, reduces activity and reproduction in two species of earthworms and increases soil nutrient concentrations to dangerous levels. Earthworms are excellent indicators of soil health, and provide vitally important¬†ecosystem services¬†by aerating the soil, […]


Passage of the DARK Act Sheds Light on Next Steps for Opposition

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, July 29 2015) The¬†Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015,¬†H.R. 1599, often referred to as the ‚ÄúDARK‚ÄĚ Act or Denying Americans the Right to Know what is in their food, passed the U.S. ¬†House of Representatives last week by a vote of 275-150. Backed largely by House Republicans, the DARK Act makes […]


EPA Falters Again in Banning Remaining Uses of a Highly Toxic and Unnecessary Insecticide

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, July 7, 2015) In a sleight of hand,¬†the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans last week to cancel all remaining agricultural uses of the hazardous insecticide chlorpyrifos by April 2016, and then left the door open for negotiations with the chemical‚Äôs manufacturer, Dow AgroSciences, to adopt¬†risk mitigation measures that would avoid a […]


EPA Solicits Public Input on Protecting Monarchs from Herbicide Impacts

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, June 30, 2015) As the Monarch butterfly suffers serious decline, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering¬†the role of¬†herbicides in killing the iconic species’ food source, milkweed, and developing an action plan that may fall short. The agency identified possible action that it may take to slow the Monarchs’ decline in a […]


Popular Weed Killer 2,4-D and Lice Treatment Lindane Classified as Carcinogens

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, June 24, 2015) The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has found that there is some evidence in experimental animals that the popular herbicide, 2,4-D, is linked to cancer and now classifies it as a Group 2B, ‚Äúpossibly carcinogenic to humans.‚ÄĚ IARC also classified lindane, used commonly in the U.S. as a […]


DDT Still Pervasive in Small Michigan Town

Monday, June 15th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, June 15, 2015) A community in central Michigan is still dealing with the fallout of a pesticide company that produced DDT nearly half a century ago. St. Louis, MI, a city about one hour north of the state capital Lansing, has long dealt with contamination left behind by the Velsicol Chemical Corporation, which […]


California Regulators to Strengthen Pesticide Restrictions Near Schools

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, June 3, 2015) After years of campaigning by local activists and a lawsuit filed by parents citing discriminatory practices from policies that led to disproportionate exposure of Latino children to pesticides, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) will now seek to gather input from stakeholders to determine what measures are appropriate to […]


Federal Judge Upholds Ban on GE Crops in Oregon County

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, June 2, 2015) A federal judge released a ruling Friday rejecting a request by two alfalfa farms to overturn the ban on GE crops in Jackson County, Oregon. In his decision, U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Clarke found the ban on GE crops is not preempted by the state‚Äôs Right to Farm Act, thereby […]


EPA’s “New” Restrictions Fail to Protect Honey Bees as Promised

Monday, June 1st, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, June 1, 2015) Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a proposal intended to create ‚Äúphysical and temporal space‚ÄĚ between bees and toxic pesticides. While touted as monumental progress on bee health by the agency, the reality is that the proposal will only result in modest changes to pesticide labels. EPA‚Äôs new […]


Montgomery MD Councilmembers Ask County Hospitals to Ban Landscape Pesticides

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, May 13, 2015) In a letter sent this week, two Montgomery County Councilmembers are requesting that hospitals in the county assume a leading role in increasing awareness of the health concerns regarding pesticides by voluntarily agreeing to eliminate their use on hospital grounds. The letter states that this step¬†would help to reduce pesticide […]


Toxic Imidacloprid To Be Sprayed on Oyster Beds in Washington Bays

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

(Beyond Pesticides, April 29, 2015) Much to the dismay of activists and concerned local residents, the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) approved a permit for the use of imidacloprid (a neonicotinoid) to combat a growing native population of burrowing shrimp that threatens valuable shellfish (oyster) beds in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor in Washington state. […]