EPA Rule Change Would Expose Teenagers to Highly Toxic Chemicals

By Farron Cousins The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) is taking aim at two rules designed to prevent exposure to toxic chemicals by workers under the age of 18. The agency has filed notices with the federal register of its intent to either tweak or outright eliminate these protections for underage workers. The first rule the agency is looking to change is one the Obama administration adopted in 2015 which prohibited farmworkers under the age of 18 from handling and dispersing certain pesticides deemed too toxic for public sale. Typically, the pesticides used on large agricultural sites contain far more potent and toxic chemicals, and these pesticides

10 Ways To Be a Better Environmental Steward in 2018

Protecting the natural environment may seem overwhelming with increased natural disasters, melting sea ice , and threatened wildlife . But your choices can truly go a long way for your community and your health. Here are ten ways to be a better steward in 2018 and help others do the same! 1. Reduce the Carbon Footprint of Your Food Pexels Reducing your carbon footprint can

Mike Papantonio: Monsanto Is Wrecking Havoc Again

Transcript of the video: Mike Papantonio: Monsanto is wrecking havoc once again with one of their herbicides, Dicamba . Hundreds of farmers in Arkansas have filed complaints about Dicamba, while states like Missouri were forced to temporarily ban its use, with Tennessee also banning it shortly thereafter. Joining me now is attorney Bev Randles. Bev, what is Dicamba and why exactly was it being used in the first place? It almost sounds like the Ben Lake story to me when I think back on that disaster

Glyphosate in Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream + ‘Monsanto Papers’ = Very Interesting Times

By Katherine Paul Sometimes the stars align. This is one of those times. Not long after the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) announced that Ben & Jerry’s ice cream tested positive for glyphosate , the key ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller, another story broke—one that validates the importance of finding glyphosate , even at low doses, in any food. According to internal Monsanto documents, Monsanto forced the retraction of a critical long-term study , first published in 2012, showing that very low doses of Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide—lower than those detected in Ben

12 Ways Trump Has Declared War on Food Safety

By Scott Faber President Trump is waging a full-scale campaign to roll back decades of progress toward making America’s food safer, healthier and more clearly labeled. If successful, the Trump administration would do more to increase hunger, obesity and food-borne illness than any other administration in American history. Since taking office Trump has: 1. Proposed to cut food safety funding for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by $117 million. 2. Proposed to cut funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP ,

12 Farmworkers Poisoned by Toxic Pesticide Only One Month After EPA Denies Ban

More than 50 agricultural workers southwest of Bakersfield, California in Kern County were inadvertently exposed to pesticide drift from a nearby field earlier this month. According to local reports , 12 farmworkers reported symptoms of vomiting, nausea and one person fainted due to exposure to Vulcan, an organophosphate -based chemical. Notably, the active ingredient in the insecticide is chlorpyrifos , which the U.S.

Groups Demand Pruitt’s Records on EPA Decision to Reject Chlorpyrifos Ban

American Oversight and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) today launched a joint investigation into the March 29 decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos . EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt rejected the findings of the agency’s own experts as well as the broader scientific community, which had concluded that chlorpyrifos poses a risk of nervous system damage and birth defects in children. “As Oklahoma Attorney General, Scott Pruitt routinely coordinated with industry to roll back environmental safeguards, now he’s doing the same thing at the EPA,” said Austin Evers, executive director of American Oversight. “This time, it’s at the expense of our children.

A Pen Isn’t the Only Gift Trump Gave Dow Chemical

Perhaps the Senate, in its hearing on Scott Pruitt’s nomination to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), should have questioned Pruitt as the chief pediatrician for America’s children. As head of the EPA Pruitt gets to decide what is safe for our kids—in the air they breathe, the water they drink, the food they eat and the communities they play.

USDA Drops Plan to Test for Monsanto Weed Killer in Food

By Carey Gillam The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has quietly dropped a plan to start testing food for residues of glyphosate , the world’s most widely used weed killer and key ingredient in Monsanto’s branded Roundup herbicides . The agency spent the last year coordinating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in preparation to start testing samples of corn syrup for glyphosate residues on April 1, according to internal agency documents obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests. Documents show that at least since January 2016 into January of this year, the glyphosate testing plan was moving forward. But when asked about the plan

EPA Sued for Approving Dow’s Deadly Pesticide Combo

Farmers, conservation groups and food and farm justice organizations stood up today to protest against the contamination of rural communities, our food supply and the environment by filing a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration . The groups are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under new administrator Scott Pruitt for approving Dow AgroScience’s Enlist Duo , a

Judge Threatens to Sanction Monsanto for Secrecy in Roundup Cancer Lawsuits

By Carey Gillam Nearly a year after a mysterious leak of industry-friendly information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), many pressing questions remain about the agency’s interactions with agribusiness giant Monsanto and its handling of cancer concerns with Monsanto’s top-selling herbicide . But thanks to a federal court judge in California, we may soon start getting some answers. The transcript of a recent court hearing reveals that Judge Vince Chhabria , who is overseeing a combination of more than 55 lawsuits filed against Monsanto in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, warned Monsanto that many documents it is turning over in discovery will not be kept

12 Fruits and Vegetables You’d Better Buy Organic

Strawberries remain at the top of the Dirty Dozen list of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce , with spinach jumping to second place in the annual ranking of conventionally grown produce with the most pesticide residues. EWG’s analysis of tests by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) found that nearly 70 percent of samples of 48 types of conventional produce were contaminated with residues of one or more pesticides . USDA researchers found a total

Jane Goodall: How Can We Believe It Is a Good Idea to Grow Our Food With Poisons?

By Katherine Paul “Someday we shall look back on this dark era of agriculture and shake our heads. How could we have ever believed that it was a good idea to grow our food with poisons?” —Dr. Jane Goodall Two new reports published in recent weeks add to the already large and convincing body

347 Native Bee Species ‘Spiraling Toward Extinction’

In the first comprehensive review of the more than 4,000 native bee species in North America and Hawaii, the Center for Biological Diversity has found that more than half the species with sufficient data to assess are declining. Nearly one in four is imperiled and at increasing risk of extinction . The new analysis, Pollinators in Peril: A systematic status review of North American and

97% of Endangered Species Threatened by Two Common Pesticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ( EPA ) released its first rigorous nationwide analysis Wednesday of the effects of pesticides on endangered species , finding that 97 percent of the more than 1,800 animals and plants protected under the Endangered Species Act are likely to be harmed by malathion and chlorpyrifos , two commonly used pesticides. Another 78 percent are likely to be hurt by the pesticide diazinon . The results released Wednesday are the final biological evaluations the EPA completed as part of its examination of the impacts of these pesticides on endangered species. “We’re

Restricted-Use Pesticide Rule Sets Stricter Standards for Workers

Certified workers who apply “restricted-use� pesticides must have their certification renewed every five years and be at least 18 years old, according to an EPA rule published yesterday in the Federal Register. Restricted-use pesticides are not available for purchase by the general public and require special handling. The new rule, which updates the EPA’s existing Certification of Pesticide Applicators regulation, also requires specialized licensing for certain methods such as fumigation and aerial application that can pose greater risks if not conducted properly

Should I Buy an Organic Christmas Tree?

By Sarah McColl I was on a bright, brisk winter walk recently in my Brooklyn neighborhood when I saw a folksy hand-painted sign lashed to a chain-link fence: “Organic Christmas trees.” It was like learning I’d been singing the wrong Bon Jovi lyrics for 20 years, another recent revelation. My Christmas tree needs to be organic too? Or does it? The answer is a little nuanced, but the short version is yes. “As with food, local and organic is best

New York Times Takes Critical Look at False Promise of GMOs

An article in Sunday’s New York Times has struck a blow to the argument that genetically modified (GMO) crops will help ” feed the world .” A New York Times report concluded that, compared to Western Europe, the United States and Canada have “no discernible advantage” in yields after embracing GMOs. Flickr Investigative reporter Danny Hakim’s piece argues that in the last two decades GMO crops have been a mainstay in conventional agriculture and the technology has not led to larger yields nor reduced pesticide use, despite the biotech industry’s promises of both. He also notes that the fear that GMOs are unsafe to eat are “largely unsubstantiated.” Using

UC Davis Sued for Failing to Release Public Records on GMOs and Pesticides

By U.S. Right to Know Consumer group U.S. Right to Know filed a lawsuit Wednesday to compel the University of California, Davis to comply with requests for public records related to the university’s work on genetically engineered food , pesticides and its relationship with the agrichemical industry. Since Jan. 28, 2015, U.S. Right to Know has filed 17 public records requests with UC Davis as allowed under the California Public Records Act, but the university has provided a total of merely 751 pages in response to all of these requests, while similar requests at other universities have yielded

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