User: flenvcenter Topic: Environmental Health-National
Category: Pesticides
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Heavily used pesticide linked to breathing problems in farmworkers' children 17.8.2017 Environmental News Network
Elemental sulfur, the most heavily used pesticide in California, may harm the respiratory health of children living near farms that use the pesticide, according to new research led by UC Berkeley.In a study of children in the Salinas Valley’s agricultural community, researchers found significant associations between elemental sulfur use and poorer respiratory health. The study linked reduced lung function, more asthma-related symptoms and higher asthma medication use in children living about a half-mile or less from recent elemental sulfur applications compared to unexposed children.
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The Latest: Romania incinerates eggs yolks amid scandal 11.8.2017 Washington Post: World
The Latest on the contaminated egg scare in Europe (all times local):
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When genetic engineering is the environmentally friendly choice 9.8.2017 GreenBiz.com
CRISPR gene editing can fight crop disease far more benignly than conventional practices.
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EPA won’t regulate pesticides on cannabis crops, leaving consumers at risk 7.8.2017 Denver Post: Local
Regulating pesticides for cannabis grows remains a state and consumer issue because of marijuana's illegal status at the federal level.
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Court strikes down Montgomery County’s ban on lawn pesticides 4.8.2017 Washington Post
Court strikes down Montgomery County’s ban on lawn pesticides
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Monsanto Employee Emails Show Efforts to Marshal Scientists 4.8.2017 Wall St. Journal: US Business
An escalating legal battle between Monsanto and a plaintiffs’ law firm offers an unusual look inside how the world’s largest seed company defended a controversial herbicide.
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New 'Monsanto Papers' Add To Questions Of Regulatory Collusion, Scientific Mischief 1.8.2017 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The other shoe just dropped. Four months after the publication of a batch of internal Monsanto Co. documents stirred international
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Farmer suicides rise in India as climate warms, study shows 1.8.2017 Washington Post: World
When Rani’s husband died by drinking pesticide, he left the family in debt. But even if they could pay off the loans, Rani said their farming days are over.
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Farmer suicides rise in India as climate warms, study shows 1.8.2017 AP Top News
NEW DELHI (AP) -- When Rani's husband died by drinking pesticide, he left the family in debt. But even if they could pay off the loans, Rani said their farming days are over....
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Farmer suicides rise in India as climate warms, study shows 1.8.2017 Seattle Times: Top stories

NEW DELHI (AP) — When Rani’s husband died by drinking pesticide, he left the family in debt. But even if they could pay off the loans, Rani said their farming days are over. “There are no rains,” said the 44-year-old woman from drought-stricken Tamil Nadu, one of hundreds of farmers protesting in the capital for […]
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"Poison Papers" Snapshot: HoJo Transcript Illustrates EPA Collusion With the Chemical Industry 28.7.2017 Truthout - All Articles
The Poison Papers represent a vast trove of rediscovered chemical industry and regulatory agency documents and correspondence stretching back to the 1920s. Collectively they shed light on what was known about chemical toxicity, when, and by whom, in the often-incriminating words of the participants themselves. (Photo: fotografixx / iStock / Getty Images Plus) The world of independent chemical testing has a shiny veneer. The public is reassured that chemicals they're exposed to on a daily basis are certified by technicians in spotless white lab coats who carefully conduct scientific studies, including on animals in neat rows of cages. But a federal grand jury investigation that ended with convictions in the early 1980s discovered that Industrial Bio-Test Laboratories (IBT), the largest such lab in the United States, conducted trials with mice that regularly drowned in their feeding troughs. The dead animals would decompose so quickly that "their bodies  oozed  through wire cage bottoms and lay in purple ...
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The BatBnB is the perfect tiny home for your bug-eating guests 27.7.2017 TreeHugger
Tiny houses aren't just for people; bats can be comfy and warm in them too.
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Ben & Jerry's ice cream contains traces of controversial herbicide 26.7.2017 TreeHugger
Ice cream lovers aren't happy to learn they're licking glyphosate on hot summer days.
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Trump’s EPA Greenlit This Pesticide Linked to Brain Damage. Eight Senators Are Fighting Back. 26.7.2017 Mother Jones
On Tuesday, two senators introduced a bill that would ban a pesticide linked to brain damage in kids. The legislation would do what the Environmental Protection Agency had long planned to—before EPA Chief Scott Pruitt denied the agency’s own proposal in March. Pruitt’s move was widely considered a signal from the Trump Administration on its intent to relax […]
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Senators Seek To Ban Brain-Damaging Pesticide That Trump's EPA Chief Refused To 25.7.2017 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A leading organization of pediatricians warned in June that the continued use of chlorpyrifos "puts all children at risk."
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10 mega myths about farming to remember on your next grocery run 24.7.2017 Washington Post
10 mega myths about farming to remember on your next grocery run
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A new (agri)culture 21.7.2017 Opinion – The Indian Express
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States Band Together to Sue EPA After Agency Backtracks on Pesticide Ban 19.7.2017 Truthout.com
In late March, US Environmental Protection Agency administrator  Scott Pruitt  decided that his agency would not place an outright ban on a pesticide manufactured by Dow Chemical called chlorpyrifos. The decision came  after a federal court ordered  the EPA to make a final decision on whether or not to ban the pesticide, which the Obama administration had proposed banning in 2015. The chemical has  been on the market in the United States since 1965  under the brand name Lorsban and indoor use of the chemical has been  banned for more than a decade . In its decision to allow the pesticide to continue being used in the United States, the EPA went against its own agency's findings that the pesticide presented unnecessary risks to American citizens. And while Pruitt's EPA officials  did not deny those findings , they did claim additional studies on the chemical were still needed before they could ban it, thus allowing the product's continued use. In the three and a half months since the EPA's chlorpyrifos ...
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How mushrooms might save the honey bee 14.7.2017 TreeHugger
In the fight against one of the honey bee’s nemesis, the varroa mite, scientists have found an ally in a widely-distributed mushroom.
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Controversy, Questions Surround California's Listing of Weed Killer as Cancer Cause 14.7.2017 Truthout - All Articles
California's official listing of the world's most widely used weed killer as a known carcinogen marks a milestone in what has been years of debate over the safety of the pesticide called glyphosate. But it by no means marks the end of controversy over the chemical, or arguments over what warnings -- if any -- should be placed on an herbicide that is a mainstay for US farming and for maintaining household lawns and gardens, city parks and school grounds. Officials with California's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) have until early April to work out guidelines for glyphosate product warnings before requirements for such warnings take effect in July 2018. At the same time, OEHHA continues to face a court challenge from Monsanto Co., which introduced glyphosate more than 40 years ago, and makes billions of dollars off glyphosate-based Roundup herbicides. The chemical, now off patent, is also active in hundreds of other herbicide products. "This is not the final step in the process... ...
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