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  • The impact of pesticides on freshwater creatures

    A recent study has concluded that, although spray drift of pesticides can have short-term effects on individual stream-dwelling invertebrates, there is no evidence to suggest that there is an impact on populations as a whole. However, to reduce the impact of the pesticides on these organisms, a no-spray buffer zone is shown to be a simple and effective measure. Pesticides play an important role ...

  • 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

  • Florida Pesticide Producer to Pay $1.7 Million Penalty for Selling Misbranded Pesticides

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today that Harrell’s LLC, a pesticide producer based in Lakeland, Fla., has agreed to pay $1,736,560 in civil penalties for allegedly distributing and selling misbranded pesticides and other violations of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). The penalty is one of the largest ever for an enforcement case ...

  • Dangerous Pesticides Released into Rural Residencies

    Residents of Melrose, Minnesota were exposed to heavy doses of harmful pesticides after a crop duster released chemicals onto nearby farms, according to the Huffington Post. The citizens of Melrose claim that the pesticides drifted into their homes through air conditioning vents and sickened them. Within minutes of exposure, Bonnie Wirts claims her heart began to race, and she struggled to ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • New software to standardise risk assessment of pesticide pollution

    Researchers have developed a computer tool to help standardise risk assessment procedures for pesticides across Europe. The software combines climate, soil and crops data specific to each location to help understand the potential impact of each pesticide used. Pesticides used in farming can contaminate surface and ground waters through a number of means: runoff, infiltration and leaching, for ...

  • Bees actively prefer nectar contaminated with neonicotinoid pesticides

    Honeybees and bumblebees prefer feeding on nectar laced with certain neonicotinoid pesticides to uncontaminated food, new research has shown. Far from the predictions of some, that bees would avoid food contaminated with neonicotinoid pesticides if given the choice, a new study has shown that bees did not avoid any of the three most common neonicotinoids: imidacloprid, thiamethoxam or ...

  • 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 ...

  • Common Pesticide Reduces Food Value of Algae

    SILVER SPRING, Maryland (ENS) - Researchers with the NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science have identified negative effects of the commonly used herbicide atrazine on phytoplankton, the free-floating algae that form the base of the food chain for aquatic animals. Published in the current issue of the journal 'Pesticide-Biochemistry and Physiology,' the study indicates protein levels ...

  • Potentially Dangerous Pesticide Approved for Use in California

    LA Testing provides environmental and air testing services to ensure indoor and outdoor surroundings are safe for people. Earlier this month California regulators approved the controversial pesticide, methyl iodide, for use on fruits and vegetables across the state.  Methyl iodide is replacing methyl bromide, which is a potent neurotoxin and one of a number of chemicals that have been found ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Pesticides, Fertilizers Linked to U.S. Premature Births

    INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (ENS) - The rising premature birth rate in the United States is associated with increased use of pesticides and fertilizers containing nitrates, according to research by a professor of clinical pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Paul Winchester, MD, reports his findings today at the Pediatric Academic Societies' annual meeting in ...

  • Farmers Urged to Consider Impact Of Pesticides on Insect Numbers

    Farmers are continually urged to store pesticides safely and securely in order to minimise their impact on the environment and to reduce leakage into water supplies and systems. A study by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT), with support from Natural England, examined 40 year’s worth of data collected on farmland on the Susses Downs.  Examining the effect of climate and ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • 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

  • Do Pesticides in the Home Increase the Likelihood of Childhood Cancers?

    LA Testing provides pesticide testing services to ensure indoor and outdoor environments are safe for children and building occupants. Garden Grove, CA, September 15th, 2010 A new study published in the journal Therapeutic Drug Monitoring reports a potential connection between organophosphate pesticides and lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).  Organophosphate ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Pesticides may affect all stages of aquatic life

    Ecotoxicity tests that are used to understand the impacts of chemical pollutants on aquatic organisms and ecosystems could be improved by including all life stages of the test animals. These are the conclusions of a study by Belgian researchers, who found that the apparent absorption of some pesticides by the dormant eggs of water fleas may have negative effects on the invertebrates’ later ...

  • Pesticide levels decline in US corn belt rivers

    Declines in concentrations of the agricultural herbicides cyanazine, alachlor and metolachlor show the effectiveness of US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulatory actions as well as the influence of new pesticide products. In addition, declines from 2000 to 2006 in concentrations of the insecticide diazinon correspond to the EPA's national phase-out of non-agricultural uses. The USGS ...

  • Pesticide levels decline in corn belt rivers

    Concentrations of several major pesticides mostly declined or stayed the same in “Corn Belt” rivers and streams from 1996 to 2006, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study. The declines in pesticide concentrations closely followed declines in their annual applications, indicating that reducing pesticide use is an effective and reliable strategy for reducing pesticide contamination in ...

  • Pesticide can turn male frogs into females

    Atrazine, a herbicide used globally but banned in the EU, can cause chemical castration and complete feminisation in adult male frogs, according to a recent study. The researchers suggest atrazine could contribute to the global decline of amphibians. Atrazine is one of the world's most commonly used herbicides. It is typically used to control weeds in agriculture, such as in the production of ...

  • 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 ...

  • WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series: Certification Programs Fulfill an Essential Need for Competent Pesticide Applicators

    Recently, an employee of an aerial application company was penalized for applying an agricultural pesticide without following all label directions and without the required applicator certification. In a separate case, a forest service company making an urban application was also fined for pesticide label violations and lack of certification. Certain pesticide products must be applied by or under ...


    By PRWeb

  • WSSA Pesticide Stewardship Series: Restricted Use Pesticides Require an Extra Level of Care

    The owner of a horticultural company was fined recently for using a restricted use pesticide (RUP) in ways that were inconsistent with the product label. The product’s use was restricted due to human health concerns, but workers had applied the product without proper training or the required personal protective equipment (PPE). In another recent case, a company was fined because it failed to ...


    By PRWeb

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