EU top court upholds ban on Bayer pesticides linked to harming bees

From Rueters, May 6, 2021. The European Union’s top court on Thursday upheld the EU’s partial ban on three insecticides linked to harming bees, preventing their use on certain crops. The European Court of Justice dismissed an appeal by Bayer (BAYGn.DE) to overturn a lower EU court’s 2018 decision to uphold the ban. Read the […]

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Pesticide breakdown products found in hundreds of US streams

From the American Chemical Society, March 23, 2021. When toxic pesticides break down in the environment, the threat they may pose to aquatic life does not simply disappear—instead, they spawn a deluge of derivatives known as transformation products, which can be just as toxic as their parent molecules. An extensive environmental survey of pesticide transformation […]

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How Non-Native Plants Are Contributing to a Global Insect Decline

From Yale 360, December 8, 2020. The impact of introduced plants on native biodiversity has emerged as a hot-button issue in ecology. But recent research provides new evidence that the displacement of native plant communities is a key cause of a collapse in insect populations and is affecting birds as well. For years, Doug Tallamy […]

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Stop Eating Pesticides

From Consumer Reports, August 27, 2020. Sinking your teeth into a crisp apple or chomping on a stalk of celery is something you should be able to do without thinking. After all, the best nutritional science shows that eating a variety of fruits and vegetables—and plenty of them—is a crucial component of good health. But […]

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The Six Most Concerning Pesticides on Produce

From Consumer Reports, August 27, 2020. Six pesticides play an oversized role in undermining the safety of the fruits and vegetables Americans regularly consume. These pesticides contribute the most risk in the lowest-rated fruits and vegetables in CR’s study. In some cases, a pesticide appeared in almost all of the samples of a particular fruit […]

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Neguse, Udall introduce landmark pesticide reform to protect children, farmworkers and consumers from toxic pesticides

From the Trail Gazette, August 4, 2020. Today, U.S. Representative Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) and U.S. Senator Tom Udall (D-N.M.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, introduced landmark pesticide reform legislation to prevent the use of toxic pesticides that harm children, farmworkers and consumers in the United States. Read […]

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California banned a pesticide from your food. Now it won’t be manufactured

From the Los Angeles Times, February 6, 2020. The primary manufacturer of a pesticide banned by California and the European Union said it will no longer produce the chemical. Corteva, formerly Dow Agrosciences, said Thursday — the day the pesticide’s sales were officially halted in the state — that it will end production of chlorpyrifos […]

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Common Pesticides Linked to Heart Disease Risks in New Study

From Consumer Reports, December 31, 2019. Research raises concerns about long-term effects of some chemicals, including permethrin Pyrethroids, a type of pesticide commonly used in consumer products such as lice treatments and on conventionally grown crops, are associated with an increased risk of death, according to a new study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. […]

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SDSU study shows world’s most common pesticide a danger to deer

From the South Dakota News Watch, October 16,, 2019. Facebook Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Share by E-Mail A groundbreaking study conducted by scientists in South Dakota has found that the world’s most widely used family of pesticides — neonicotinoids — is likely causing serious birth defects in white-tailed deer, deepening concerns over the chemical’s potential to […]

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Common insecticide threatens survival of wild, migrating birds

From Environmental Health News, September 13, 2019. Neonicotinoids are harming more than bees. Migrating songbirds exposed to small amounts of a neonicotinoid pesticide suffered weight loss and migration delays, both of which could reduce their chances of survival, according to a new study. The study is the first to examine the impacts of neonicotinoids—in this […]

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