Monday, November 18, 2019

Tag: pesticides

There are 2,000 untested chemicals in packaged foods—and it’s legal

A report by the Environmental Working Group reveals that an estimated 2,000 untested chemicals, several of them known or suspected carcinogens, are legally present in conventional packaged foods sold in U.S. supermarkets. But this major public health concern is largely unrecognized by the Food and Drug Administration, which operates under a policy on food additives dating back to 1958.

Common insecticide threatens survival of wild, migrating birds

Neonicotinoids are harming more than bees.

Neonicotinoid pesticides have caused a huge surge in the toxicity of...

Scientists are warning about a second Silent Spring after a new study found that U.S. agriculture is 48 times more toxic to insects than...

Bolsonaro greenlights new pesticides even as advocates mourn half billion dead...

Pointing to the deaths of more than half a billion bees in Brazil over a period of just four months, beekeepers, experts,...

USDA indefinitely suspends honey bee tracking survey as states get approval...

"Yet another example of the Trump administration systematically undermining federal research on food safety, farm productivity, and the public interest writ large."

The uphill battle for communities that ban pesticides

As cities and counties across the U.S. restrict or ban pesticides, many are realizing passing a law is but a battlefield victory in a prolonged war.

US annually uses 388 million pounds of potentially fatal pesticides banned...

Eighty-five pesticides currently in use across the country have been banned or are in the process of being phased out in the three nations, in large part due to their harmful impact on human health or the environment.

‘Industry front group’ claims to promote public health while fighting chemical...

"Policy makers, international bodies, and the medical and research communities, should approach ILSI's work with caution, viewing it as industry funded and influenced."

Los Angeles County sues Monsanto over chemical contamination

According to the lawsuit, Monsanto had been aware that polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were harmful but concealed the data for years while polluting the water.

Federal court rules EPA must make final decision on potential ban...

"We'll find out in three months if the Trump EPA remains under the tight control of the chemical agriculture industry, or if Administrator Wheeler will finally take his job seriously and ban this brain-damaging pesticide."

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In a major win for the environment, world’s largest bank says goodbye to fossil...

The bank's decision to end all financing of oil, gas, and coal projects after 2021 will make it the first multilateral lender to rule out financing for projects that contribute to the climate crisis.

Peruvian innovators launch banana leaf biodegradable dishes to combat plastic consumption

Chewa Plant aims to manufacture and commercialize the disposable dishes to help reduce plastic consumption and the pollution it causes.

In a step towards justice, US Senate passes bill with funds for missing and...

Lack of sufficient data and jurisdictional issues has been a huge obstacle for finding justice for Indigenous women that are victims of violence.

Demanding Kavanaugh impeachment, law students launch nationwide strike against illegitimate justice

"We cannot accept a system that empowers a man who repeatedly lied under oath and a judiciary review process that only performs a sham of an investigation into his misconduct."

America’s arms sales addiction

The 50-year history of U.S. dominance of the Middle Eastern arms trade.