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  • Review reveals problems protecting workers from pesticides

    Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings. Farmworkers are supposed to be protected by government rules regulating exposure to toxic farm chemicals. But in this case, the breeze pushed the pesticide over the crew in a neighboring field, where it fell mostly on women, including at least one who was ...


    By Associated Press

  • Cement develops an appetite for C02

    Three new studies illuminate the sheer complexity of the aspect of climate science known as the carbon cycle − how carbon dioxide gets into the atmosphere and out again. Sometimes, human agency is at work, but nature takes care of it anyway – as one of the studies reveals in the case of cement, the world’s most widely-used building material. Zhu Liu, postdoctoral scholar at ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Bees & Pesticides: Commission to proceed with plan to better protect bees

    Today, EU Member States did not reach a qualified majority – either in favour or against - in the Appeal Committee1 which discussed a Commissionproposal ...


    By European Commission

  • EPA Funds LSU Study to Protect Bees from Pesticides

    Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will present a grant for more than $167,000 to Dr. Kristen Healy of the Louisiana State University AgCenter at a ceremony on Wednesday, January 8. The grant will fund a study to assess the impact of mosquito-control methods on honey bees. The study will look at development and application of insecticides used to control adult mosquito ...

  • WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series: Employers Play a Central Role in Protecting Agricultural Workers and Pesticide Handlers

    An employer was fined recently after an inspection showed pesticide application information wasn’t posted at the job site, and an employee applied a pesticide without safety training or personal protective equipment (PPE). The posting, safety training and PPE are all required under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS). “The WPS ...

  • New rules for pesticides in the EU

    On 23 June, the Agriculture Council agreed a common position on new rules for placing plant protection products on the market in the EU. The objective is to increase protection for human health and the environment and improve the functioning of the internal market. The new regulation will retain the two-tier nature of the present system. Active substances will continue to be approved at EU level ...


    By EU Council of Ministers

  • MEPs approve pesticides legislation

    The European Parliament has approved new EU pesticides legislation which will increase the number of pesticides available in Member States, while in due course banning the use of certain dangerous chemicals in these products. Measures to ensure the safer use of pesticides in daily life will also be introduced. Voting at second reading on the basis of agreements reached with the Council in ...


    By European Parliament

  • Global Crop Protection Industry Outlook to 2016 - Bio-pesticides: The Next Generation Crop Protection Products

    Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Global Crop Protection Industry Outlook to 2016 - Bio-pesticides: The Next Generation Crop Protection Products ...


    By ReportLinker

  • Cultivation affects pesticide–soil interactions

    Pesticides are often used to enhance crop production by killing unwanted animals or plants. Unfortunately, they can also negatively impact humans and environmental health. The degree of impact, in part, depends on the fate and behavior of pesticides in the environment. The latter is governed by complex interactions of pesticides with soil components. One such important interaction is sorption of ...

  • Pesticide drift is persistent problem for farmers

    The cloud of insecticide that drifted from a neighbor's corn field onto the asparagus on Andrew and Melissa Dunham's central Iowa farm cast a shadow over their organic vegetable business. They say the costs from the incident and resulting loss of organic certification on their asparagus patch for three years will reach about $74,000, and they're now working with the sprayer's insurance company. ...


    By Associated Press

  • Syngenta crop protection to pay $102,000 penalty for sale or distribution of misbranded pesticides in Nebraska and Missouri

    Syngenta Crop Protection LLC, of Greensboro, N.C., has agreed to pay a $102,000 civil penalty to the United States to settle a series of environmental violations related to the sale or distribution of misbranded pesticides through its facility in Omaha, Neb., and through a farm supply retailer in Savannah, Mo. According to an administrative consent agreement filed by EPA Region 7 in Kansas City, ...

  • EPA Announces Settlement of Three Pesticides Enforcement Actions

    The Environmental Protection Agency announced three enforcement actions against Missouri pesticides distributors for violations related to sales or distribution of unregistered and misbranded pesticides. All three cases involved the sale and distribution of plant growth regulators, which are regulated as pesticides by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). FIFRA defines ...

  • Eucalyptus essential oil as an alternative to chemical pesticides

    Controlling pests with natural products can have greater environmental benefits than using chemical pesticides. A recent study reviews the use of eucalyptus essential oil as a natural pesticide and offers recommendations for its future application. Chemical pesticides have played a major role in securing food supplies the world over. However, excessive use has led to increased environmental ...

  • New marijuana industry wrestles with pesticides and safety

    Microscopic bugs and mildew can destroy a marijuana operation faster than any police raid. And because the crop has been illegal for so long, neither growers nor scientists have any reliable research to help fight the infestations. As legal marijuana moves from basements and backwoods to warehouses and commercial fields, the mold and spider mites that once ruined only a few plants at a time can ...


    By Associated Press

  • EFSA’s work on active substances used in pesticides

    In 2008, EFSA has completed an important milestone in its work on the safety review of existing active substances used in pesticides, as foreseen in the context of Council Directive 91/414/EEC. EFSA’s work has enabled the Commission to conclude the review process on all substances which were on the market before 1993 and to decide on a list of active substances that may be included in plant ...

  • EPA Settles with Hydrofarm, Inc. for Selling Unregistered Pesticides

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced a settlement with Hydrofarm, Inc. for selling two unregistered pesticides in violation of federal pesticide law. As part of the settlement, the Petaluma, Calif.-based Hydrofarm, Inc., one of the nation’s largest distributors of agricultural and hydroponic supplies, has agreed to pay $316,000 in fines and has stopped selling both ...

  • North East Farmer to Lead Pesticide Scheme

    A well known North-east farmer has been chosen to spearhead a scheme to ensure that pesticides are used correctly across farms. Andrew Moir, who farms Thornton Mains near Laurencekirk, has been selected to chair the Voluntary Initiative in Scotland which will encourage the responsible use of plant protection products, as well as working in conjunction with politicians and the agri-chemical ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Organic pesticides not always greener choice, study finds

    A new University of Guelph study reveals some organic pesticides can have a higher environmental impact than conventional pesticides because the organic product may require larger doses. Environmental sciences professor Rebecca Hallett and PhD candidate Christine Bahlai compared the effectiveness and environmental impact of organic pesticides to those of conventional and novel reduced-risk ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • EPA ensures Oregon distributor properly labels pesticides

    Wilbur-Ellis Company, an international distributor of agricultural products located in Hood River, Oregon violated federal pesticide laws by repeatedly omitting important manufacturing information on product labels, according to a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The settlement follows an Oregon Department of Agriculture inspection of Wilbur-Ellis’s facility in ...

  • 250+ pesticides banned for cosmetic uses in Canada

    Ontario’s cosmetic pesticides ban takes effect April 22, 2009. The ban protects Ontario families and children from the unnecessary risks of cosmetic pesticides by only allowing the use of certain lower-risk pesticides for controlling weeds and pests in lawns and gardens. The ban prohibits the sale and use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes on lawns, gardens, parks and school yards, and includes ...

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