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  1. 1
    JA Hurst Says:

    After many years of exposure to toxic chemicals sprayed on a surrounding almond orchard with no buffer zone as a Correctional Officer in a Central CA Madera County Prison, I developed every symptom and illness so common to pesticide poisoning. But it was the exposure to Chlorpyrifos, (as well as other neurotoxic endocrine disruptors like 2,4-D), that I sustained chemical sensitivity and non-convulsive type seizures, ending my career and ability to provide for my family. Trust me when I say, rarely does a week go by that pesticides are not being sprayed over residential areas of Fresno County. I have pictures for proof!

  2. 2
    JA Hurst Says:

    As an individual who suffered years of exposure to pesticides like Chlorpyrifos, 2,4-D, in the workplace, trust me when I say, rarely does a week go by that pesticides are not being sprayed over residential areas, including schools, of Fresno County.

  3. 3
    JA Hurst Says:

    As an individual who suffered years of exposure to pesticides like Chlorpyrifos & 2,4-D, trust me when I say, pesticides are being sprayed over Fresno County on a weekly basis.

  4. 4
    JA Hurst Says:

    How can Fresno County residence become involved in the pesticide testing, as pesticides are sprayed weekly?

  5. 5
    JA Hurst Says:

    I am glad to see testing is being done. How can Fresno County residence become in the testing?

  6. 6
    PA Smith Says:

    I also was poisoned by a pyrethroid pesticide used indoors at my office and now have many medical issues affecting my neuro and endocrine systems. The agencies that are meant to protect us are failing. My state pesticide bureau denied my injury despite documentation from well credentialed physicians. My state DPH has also ignored me despite a law that requires physicians to report any known or suspected pesticide poisoning. The state toxicologist denies that the pyrethroids are neurotoxic. My life has been destroyed and nobody seems to care. I am so angry that my tax dollars are supporting agencies that are unwilling to do their job of protecting the public.

  7. 7
    Marla Says:

    It appears that Fresno has been subjected to an ongoing, illegal discharge of disease-contaminated sewage and hazardous waste that accompanies unauthorized sewer line alterations. Followed by pesticides used to eradicate sewer rats and sewer roaches, leaving a trail of asthma, illness, worse. Mass cover up. See my page http://www.myspace.com/marlalk or http://blog.myspace.com/marlalk

  8. 8
    Merrill Clark Says:

    working on story/editorial on “going organic” for golf course planned for Lake Michigan shores in St. Joseph, Michigan. This will be a Jack Nicklaus “signature” golf course, and it is already clearing land. Any late-breaking news on any new golf course “going organic” or communities working on the issue, or any new contamination threat or occurrence?
    Thanks for the help. Merrill CLark

  9. 9
    dog looks for safe lawn Says:

    Merrill, I applaud your efforts to look into golf courses that are going “organic,” I would like to see this movement in the islands of Hawaii, but its not the case, and so many, of these courses, are ocean side – imagine the pollution they generate with pesticide run off. Good luck in your research!

  10. 10
    told ya so Says:

    No help or answers pertaining to the continued escalation of DBCP in Fresno, CA. A pesticide that was banned in 1977, has a short life-span, yet continues to increase. How is that possible. Perhaps this is what is being used behind the felony altering of sewer and water lines throughout Fresno. Despite a trail of illness, lung/respiratory, asthma, infections, amputation, death, I can get no answers as to what is being used for the eradication of sewer rats, sewer roaches or mosquito infestations that follow this barbaric operation. Instead, the effort continues being put into covering this up – felony altering of the city sewer and water lines.

    I have seen some online resources that indicate investigations and/or lawsuits regarding DBCP. If you follow the citywide “upgrade” you will find the Dept. of Public Works conspiring with a former appraiser for the City of Fresno in overriding the Planning Dept. in unauthorized alterations and major construction, without permits or inspections – followed discharging of disease-carrying sewage, mosquito infestations and chemicals that appear to be extremely dangerous.

  11. 11
    R. Stevens Says:

    My bedroom was sprayed with SUSPEND AND BEDLUM. THree days later I was severely ill. It is not 7 weeks later and I am very very ill. Severe asthma (never had this before), congestion, buring in my head and body, dizziness, fatigue, chest pain, tightness in the chest…. My landlord in NYC denies anything happened to me…. PLEASE DO NOT USE THESE PRODUCTS

  12. 12
    Ahmad Mahdavi Says:

    Bridging the gap between South and North for pesticide/ chemical regulations and research
    The situation of pesticide and chemical market, advertising, transportation and distribution, labeling, worker protection and in general regulatory activities in developing countries is very bad and need immediate support from international scientific community and also from international regulatory agencies to prevent more misuse. Due to the lack of regulatory bodies and enforcement in these countries and specially lack of proper labeling and distribution and finally lack of knowledge in final consumer many cases of suicide using pesticides happens every year in each of these countries. Pesticides are sold in food stores and sometimes in open containers with no labels. Reading the labels before use rarely happens due to lack of ability for reading. In most of these developing countries there is absolutely no enforcement power (if there is a written regulations at all) and licensing procedure for agricultural worker protection and these workers do their spraying with any type of equipment that they can find with no protecting clothing.
    Role of local governments and politics: Due to the unstable situations of governments in many of developing countries some very important tasks like pesticide/ chemical regulations and enforcement are ignored and in most cases they only exist on paper. In some of these countries mafia like groups are clearly involved in pesticide marketing and distribution and they also cover some government agents. Unfortunately the recent Global political problems and also the very recent food and environmental crisis are adding to the problem by widening the gap between North as the provider of these compounds and also the place of research bodies and regulatory agencies and South as the receiver of these compounds (sometimes as gift!) and as the blind consumer. Perhaps the worst part of governments and political roles in this bad scenario in developing countries is that all of international conventions that deal with Global pesticide/ chemical problems are in the hand of governments in developing countries and in absolute control of them and this is a big problem. These governments simply and rudely send their political and in most cases non-scientific agents to these international conventions like Stockholm, Basel, IFCS etc. and in surprise these international conventions accept these governmental agents instead of genuine scientific people. Now in the 21 Century it is the time that those people involved in international conventions give more opportunities to representatives of NGOs from developing countries, to the real academic/ scientific people from developing countries instead of only dealing with governments.
    Role of scientific/ academic research: Unfortunately academics and those scientists employed by these governments cannot do so much to solve the problem. In most of these developing countries research funds are not available or if it is, is not distributed correctly to reach the real final scientist to conduct the research. Due to the lack of local research on pesticide/ chemicals in these countries scientists use those regulations provided by researchers from developed World and also from Global regulatory agencies and this in part makes more problems. For example regulations written for developed countries are not suited for developing countries due to the lack of proper infrastructures and also different consuming/ eating habits. In oil producing developing countries allocation of the research money is not correct and is never distributed according to the need and according to the country’s problem but unfortunately the money is simply allocated to unnecessary programs and in most of these countries to research on military etc.
    Consumer lack of knowledge in developing countries: One big difference between consumers in Northern and Southern countries is level of knowledge of final consumers. In developed countries not only most of people are more scientifically educated as compared to the people in developing countries but also many other factors help the final consumer in developed World about compounds like pesticides. In developed countries many NGOs and community workers are working to make the people aware about what they consume and eat but in developing countries not only the existence of NGOs is under threat but also there is no community work.
    With best regards,
    Ahmad Mahdavi,
    PhD, pesticide environmental toxicologist,
    Sustainable agriculture and environment, Guelph, Ontario.,
    [email protected].

  13. 13
    jim meglio Says:

    The use of pesticides in this country has reached deadly proportions, also ther use of chemical fertilizers which do nothing to prevent diease or pest resistance in plants. Ocean Solution is The answer to these problems is in the ocean. Its natural,safe free from all toxins, and works better than npk or the like. Makes plants disease resistant, pest resistant increases growth, vigor,vitality,taste etc.Try telling that to a farmer who has been poisoning the environment for decades….Even though he”ll probably die from the exposure.Please check us out and our mfg. http://www.Oceangrown.com tick tick tick

  14. 14
    PL Hartford Says:

    I know some of you have heard about Peter Forbes – he’s the guy from Mad River, Vermont who’s done really fantastic work on protecting Walden Pond and the White Mountains in New Hampshire. He also launched a program to protect and revitalize urban gardens and farms across New England and he’s got a national reputation for being a champion of a new way of thinking – a lot like mine – where the health of the people and the health of the land are viewed as equal. I wanted to let you know that Peter’s providing the keynote presentation at ELA’s Conference and Eco-Marketplace, February 27, in Springfield, MA. He’s really worth listening to!
    And many of us have been thinking about adding fruits and vegetables to our landscapes. Seems the thing to do with all of the concerns about local food. I’ve just found out that ELA’s Conference has an active exhibit about a cool idea called permaculture. It’s a really neat way of introducing food crops –annuals (tomatoes etc.), perennials (lots of herbs etc.) and woody plants (berries and apples etc.) into a normal landscape. In fact, you can get really complex and create a really cool local ecology that really supports your family as well as the local ecosystem. Permacultur folks are very cool people indeed!
    Check out Peter’s schedule, the permaculture offerings, and the other speakers and demonstrations at: (http://ecolandscaping.org/conference.html)

  15. 15
    Stop Poisoning Wildlife Says:

    Carbofuran, a deadly pesticide has just been banned in USA and is also banned in the EU. It is manufactured as Furadan in USA and is used extensively in the developing world. We are trying to get it out of Africa where it is openly available at very low prices. It is used without following precautions or labelled instructions, and is often misused a an effective killer of animals that cause conflict. Lions, hyenas and vultures are all facing extinction as a result. In addition, Furadan is used to catch birds and fish for human consumption. An effort to ban carbofuran in Kenya is underway and the issue is currently being discussed in parliament. We’d appreciate hearing about incidents of pesticide misuse in other countries and it’s impacts on wildlife.

  16. 16
    Mary Says:
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    IMMOKALEE — The Collier County Health Department concluded its investigation into possible pesticide exposure at an Immokalee farm and determined it could not verify that workers’ were put in harm’s way.
    “Based on that investigation, we were not able to substantiate any of the information that he (Adan Labra, an organizer for the Farmworker Association of Florida) had provided,” said Deb Millsap, spokeswoman for the Collier County Health Department.
    According to Labra, two pregnant female workers, one of whom lost her baby, were hospitalized earlier this month after claiming they were exposed to pesticides at Johnson Plants, 2303 Johnson Road.
    The investigation was based on interviews of the individuals claiming exposure conducted by a medical epidemiologists as well as a review of their medical records, Millsap said.
    “We are satisfied that our piece of the investigation was completed,” she said.
    No further information was released due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA.

  17. 17
    Mary Says:

    PREVENTION WORSE THAN THE DISEASE? Or is another mountain being made out of a molehill?
    The Observation Post

    * By Vicki Crawford

    What do sharks and vaccines have in common? In medical circles it’s a substance known as squalene, a natural compound that comes from the liver of a shark, and is sometimes used as an adjuvant[1] in vaccines. In it’s saturated form, squalane, it’s used in cosemtics, moisturizers, and other personal care products.

    Sharks aren’t the only producer of squalene. The substance, classified as a hydrocarbon and a triterpene[2], is also found in several botanical sources (wheat germ for example), and in more complex organisms, including human beings.

    Squalene can be synthesized. The manmade version differs from its natural counterpart which is a precursor to cholesterol whereas the synthetic does not.

    Squalene’s use as an adjuvant in vaccines provides a boost to the immune system, and also is cost effective in that less viral antigen is required and more vaccine can be produced. One area that squalene has been utilized is in experimental HIV inoculations.

    Squalene’s use as an adjuvant has become a recent concern in relation to the current spread of the new swine flu mutation, and a trial vaccine program that focuses on children. IPS Research, of Oklahoma City, will conduct one such trial beginning on 17 August 2009 on as many as 200 children, ranging in ages from 3 to 8 years. Nationally, 12,000 children will be involved in the program, and it is possible that adults may be included in the trials.

    Besides using children as guinea pigs for an experimental vaccine, a second reason for concern stems from another group that may have been used for the same purpose — Persian Gulf War veterans. One cannot consider the swine flu vaccine trial without looking at what happened to the Gulf War veterans. The aftermath of the war had thousands of servicemembers becoming ill with a number of seemingly unrelated symptoms which were collectively referred to as Gulf War Illness (GWI) or Gulf War Syndrome (GWS).

    Many of the medical complaints and chronic illnesses of these veterans has been linked to NBC exposures, depleted uranium munitions, oil well fires, pesticides, and nerve agent pills; however, there was the problem of some servicemembers who had become ill that had not deployed to the combat theater. What they did have in common with those who did were the anthrax vaccinations.

    In 1997, Paul M. Rodriguez, of Insight news magazine, wrote an astonishing story, titled “Sickness and Secrecy”, on the discovery of squalene antibodies in some of the blood samples of several soldiers. The DOD had denied the use of squalene in the anthrax vaccine as well as down-playing and denying the many other hazards that the troops had been exposed to.

    Squalene’s use as a vaccine adjuvant hadn’t been licensed by the FDA, and it’s use was limited to highly controlled experimental vaccines, some of which were for HIV. Regarding the vaccines routinely used by the military, they are licensed and have a documented history of safety. Aluminum hydroxide is the adjuvant licensed for use in vaccines in the United States.

    While the DOD denied using squalene in anthrax vaccines, they were known to have used it as an adjuvant in other experimental vaccines. Later the FDA had confirmed finding squalene in the military’s anthrax vaccine.

    The private sector has done several studies on the use of squalene adjuvant in anthrax vaccine, and has shown that it is connected with adverse reactions and autoimmune diseases. We should keep that in mind when contemplating using an influenza vaccine with the same adjuvant.

    While the WHO and our CDC worry over the spread of the swine flu, outbreaks have shown so far that it is less lethal than several other types of flu. One would have to question the wisdom of any massive vaccination program, or the need of the same, for so little a risk. Doubly so for an experimental vaccine trial on children.

    [1] adjuvant: something that reinforces, enhances, or assists the action of an ingredient or treatment

    [2] triterpene: a group of hydrocarbons related to terpene (an isomeric hydrocarbon obtained by distillation from certain plants — turpentine for example) that occurs in plants and volatile oils

    Sources (and recommended reading):

    “HIV test clue to Gulf veterans’ illness” by Ian Burrell, The Independent, dated 26 Aug 1997

    “12,000 U.S. Children To Be Swine Flu Vaccine Guinea Pigs” by Paul Joseph Watson, dated 24 Jul 2009

    “Oklahoma kids to get shot at swine flu vaccine” by Vallery Brown, NewsOK.com, dated 24 Jul 2009

    “Gulf War Illnesses: Questions About the Presence of Squalene Antibodies in Veterans Can Be Resolved”, March 1999, GAO Report to the Honorable Jack Metcalf, House of Representatives

    “Sickness and Secrecy” by Paul M. Rodriguez, Insight, 1997

    “The Gulf War Mystery” by Paul M. Rodriguez, Insight, 1997

    “Squalene Found in Anthrax Vaccine”, Autoimmune Technologies

    “Antibodies Link Gulf War Syndrome to Anthrax Vaccine”, Autoimmune Technologies, 15 Jul 2002

    “Comment: Mass flu vaccination would be madness” by Richard Halvosen, TimesOnline, dated 22 Jul 2009

    “Anti-Squalene Antibodies Link Gulf War Syndrome To Anthrax Vaccine”, Autoimmune Technologies

    “Statement For Hearing Record: The House Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs, and International Relations”, Autoimmune Technologies

    “The arthritogenic adjuvant squalene does not accumulate in joints, but gives rise to pathogenic cells in both draining and non-draining lymph nodes”, by B.C. Holm, L. Svelander, A. Bucht, and J.C. Lorentzen, dated 29 Nov 2001

  18. 18
    Mary Says:

    last updated at 7/31/2009 6:21:29 PM
    Ticked off by flea meds

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    By Brooky Brown
    Projects Editor

    Lyndee “the cat” Cameron isn’t a fan of Sergeant’s Gold flea-and-tick squeeze-on treatment for cats. Neither is Simon “the dog” Whitehead fond of Sergeant’s Silver squeeze-on treatment for dogs.

    Both had severe reactions to the treatments. Lyndee nearly lost her life and Simon and three of his siblings suffered extreme muscle spasms and convulsions.

    Nancy Cameron, owner of Lyndee, decided to apply the treatment because Lyndee occasionally goes outside.

    “I applied the first tube six months ago,” she said. “When I went to apply the second tube, there was nothing in it, so I opened the third tube and put it on Lyndee.”

    That was on June 10. The same evening Lyndee suffered tremors and had foamy mucus coming out of her mouth and nose.

    “When we got to the emergency clinic and opened the box I had taken her there in, her whole head was covered in the foamy mucus,” she said.

    Lyndee was given an intravenous antibiotic and fluids at the Sarasota Veterinary Emergency Hospital.

    “They told me that many animals die while going through this,” Cameron said.

    Lyndee also spent a couple of days at Ark Animal Hospital. Dr. Robert J. Greenwald is her regular veterinarian.

    The bills for Lyndee’s emergency and follow-up care totaled $507.20.

    Cameron wants Sergeant’s to pay those bills. She contacted the company. Along with the papers she was required to fill out, Sergeant’s sent Lyndee a get-well card.

    “I was not impressed,” Cameron said. See the complete story in the Aug. 1 Gondolier Sun.

  19. 19
    Mary Says:

    The Observation Post

    * By Vicki Crawford
    * Posted May 23, 2008 at 3:25 a.m.

    Fleas. Anyone who has a cat or a dog knows how troublesome they are.

    Severe infestations, among other things, can cause anemia, and fleas are known carriers of four types of tapeworms. Fleas are also carriers of bubonic plague.

    Getting rid of them and keeping them away can prove to be expensive, and not in just the cost of sprays, collars, powders, and shampoos, but also vet bills when things go wrong, and deaths. For pet owners who also have children, there’s a whole other can of worms to consider on toxicity of pesticides.

    I started writing this as a warning about a particular brand of pet product, and the adverse reactions I had experienced, but in fairness to the manufacturer, I thought I’d take an extra step to see if other pet owners had similar problems, and if there had been published reports on problems. What I have found on the Internet so far has been overwhelming, and it’ll be several weeks of sifting through various sites before I get enough information to satisfy my curiosity, but right now the nine levels of hell doesn’t even begin to come close to the fury I’m feeling right now.

    A few weeks ago I had purchased four Hartz brand flea collars (Ultra Guard Plus) for the three cats and one dog to whom I’m enslaved to. I had noted that the flea collars for the cats that actually came out of the boxes were different from what was depicted on the packaging.

    The packages showed white collars with a white safety buckles. What I got was black rubber collars with silver metal buckles. No safety breakaway on the buckles either

    I’ve worked with military parts and supplies in the past, and with parts in the automotive industry, and sometimes a company will change vendors. The new product may look different in varying degrees from the former one, but normally function and effectiveness are the same.

    Not in this case.

    A few days after I had put the collars on the animals, I was playing with Pyewackett, the shorthair grey striped cat we have, and noticed an odd dampness near the collar. I removed the collar and discovered that on both sides of her neck that had contact with the product, the hair had fallen out and there were weeping ulcerations.

    I checked the other animals. While the dog seem fine, Pudge and Foo-fers showed the same hair loss and sores in the same areas although not as severe. Probably due to having thicker fur coats than Pye.

    Needless to say I threw out all the collars, and I am treating the sores with Neosporin, and they’re healing nicely.

    This isn’t the first time I had a problem with a Hartz product. I use to have two Guinea pigs, Fatima and Moephis, whom I adopted from a sister-in-law, and a few months ago I had done my daily change of bedding and giving the little doinkmeisters fresh food and water only to find them dead a couple of hours later.

    There was no change in their diet, and the fresh fruits and vegetables that I supplemented their pellet rations with are the same that I give to Horrible Hannah (the homicidal parrot), and unfortunately she’s still bright eyed and ornery as always. The only change was a brand new package of Hartz brand pine bedding for small animals.

    Prior to that I was using wood shavings from a neighbor whose brother dabbles in woodworking, and had no problems. I had also been using wood shavings for the bird’s cage, but resorted to old newspapers after getting tired of the bird throwing out pieces of bedding.

    My husband’s sister, who has worked for years as a vet assistant, about the Guinea pigs’ deaths, and she suggested that the likely agent was the bedding.

    One site I ran across during my research was http://www.hartzvictims.org which has a lot of complaints about adverse reactions of Hartz products on pets. One pet owner supplied some photographs of her cats, and the reaction her furshark had with its Hartz flea collar is the same as my three cats, though her cat is pretty bad off in comparison.

    The Natural Resources Defense Council has a report on the health hazards of flea and tick products (titled “Poisons on Pets”) which includes descriptions of some of the chemicals used, brand names, and risk factors. Another site, http://www.cathelp-online.com, has an informative article titled “Just Say No:: Hartz Mountain Corp Pet Products” detailing problems with Hartz brand products along with numerous sources that I’ll be looking into in the weeks ahead.

    So far I’ve skimmed through various cases of cats and dogs having adverse reactions to flea collars, flea and tick drops, shampoos, etc. which range from mild dermatitis to seizures, abnormal growths, and deaths. And in fairness again, I would like to point out that Hartz isn’t the only company producing some of these toxic products. Many reports and complaints also include other top brand names as well.

    I don’t think that I get to the point of absurd about my animals, but I do regard them as part of the family, and care about their health and welfare. I try to be very conscious about what I feed them and use on them, but it appears that I’ve been hurting them without knowing it. And there’s many pet owners in the same situation.

    I’ve been around animals just about all my life in one way or another, and the worst thing I had ever come across with was a friend’s horse that got tangled up in some barbed wire. Never had an animal get sick from a medication or have an adverse reaction to anything until I moved to Florida.

    With the pet foods recalls and some other weird problems, I’ve got to wonder what the heck’s going on in the pet industry. What’s their priorities? A pet’s health or making money?

    Since then we had to put one cat down. Fats, Foo-fers’s brother developed a growth on his right shoulder near the neck. Even after some expensive surgery, the growth returned with a vegence, and he had to be put down.

    Fidget’s death may have been linked to the flea drops that I had used on her a few days prior. Normally I used flea collars on her, but she had a problem about keeping them on, so I switched. Shortly after application of the drops she started drooling and her motor skills became uncoordinated.

    The morning she died she appeared to be back to normal, frolicking around the house until her morning nap. A couple of hours later, she was dead.

    Some weeks ago Foo-fers developed a growth just like her brother and in the same area. This time we’re not going to bother with surgery. She’s old, and for now it isn’t bothering her. When it does, she’ll be put to sleep before it gets too bad.

    The dog; the past few months we’ve been fighting a hair loss and itching problem. We’ve tried a number of things, but it seemed to get worse.

    We’ve discontinued using flea products, and the shampoo she now gets is also the same brands that we use on ourselves. Her hair is starting to come back.

    Another thing I’ve learned through this is that many of the chemicals used in several different brands of pet products are organophosphates, a class of pesticides that are commonly used on crops and other pest applications, and what some pet owners are dealing with is essentially organophosphate poisoning. The origins of nerve agents are pesticides, and due to some of the exposures during the war, I’ve had to learn a few things about them and OP poisoning. Some of those adverse reactions some pet owners are experiencing with their pets in connection with the use of some flea products is much like a mild to moderate exposure to a nerve agent.

    But don’t take my word for it. Do some research yourself, and pester your vet with questions. Get a second opinion, and a third, and so forth.

    If the fact/safety sheet or data that comes with any flea product that you do use says not to be alarmed if the animal exhibits excessive drooling, disturbances in motor coordination, etc., and that it’s a possible normal reaction to the product which your pet will get over, I wouldn’t use it. Those symptoms listed are similiar to nerve agent/pesticide poisoning. Possible seizures could follow and/or death.

    I read where one vet had suggested to a pet owner that a flea collar belongs more in the vacuum cleaner than on the animal’s neck. In the bag or canister it kills the fleas, and frequent vacuuming helps break up the life cycle of the fleas.

    I’ll be giving that a try. Anything other than poisoning my adopted four-legged daughters.

  20. 20
    Mary Nelson Says:

    I was just poisoned by pesticide drift of Nufos 4E or generic Lorsban where a farmer was spraying just 75 ft from me when he came up in the field I wasn’t aware he was spraying in front of my business with myself and 2 employees at risk. I was bent over working and he came driving I thought he was just on the road going by but when I stood up to look he was spraying with a south wind blowing right onto me. He said it was the only day he could spray because he was leaving in 4 days and would be gone for a week. If he had come to us and warned us I would have told him not to spray or shut down my business. I ended up in the hospital overnight plus a trip in an ambulance the next day for a heart procedure. One employee was protected and just got nauseated and a headache. Our health at risk because he couldn’t spray after hours or on a still day 4 days before. I am still having chest pain
    and headaches. The sheriff deputy said he had the right to farm. There are no regulations!!!!! I am in contact with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, but it doesn’t sound like anyone will do anything.

  21. 21
    Bill Says:

    This is unbelievable. “Syngenta asks EPA to raise tolerance level for ‘bee-killing’ chemical”.

  22. 22
    tena san martino Says:

    MY employer sprayed whole bottle of Bifen I/T and then another bottle of Termidor SC inside our dental office to kill crazy ants. It killed em alright. They were everywhere dead as well as anything else that tried to crawl across the floor. I now have tumor and another employee had a blood clot. both symptoms of pesticide. I have been off for surgery and the tremors and other neurological problems I had while working there is better and the doc said the tumor was asymptomatic so it had to be the 44 gallons of bug spray I was inhaling for the last couple of years. Not getting much help with the issue

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