Research Links Mixture of Old and Current Pesticides in the Environment to Developmental Effects

  (Beyond Pesticides, July 11, 2011) The findings of a research team suggest that the concentrations of the banned but still persistent insecticide chlordane and the widely used insecticide permethrin in cord blood may be associated with inflammatory cytokines (signaling molecules of the nervous and immune system important to intercellular communication) in the fetus. The […]

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IOSH Study Confirms Pesticide Drift Hazards Posed by Conventional Agriculture

  (Beyond Pesticides, June 7, 2011) A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and state agency partners finds that pesticide drift from conventional, chemical-intensive farming has poisoned thousands of farmworkers and rural residents in recent years. According to the authors, agricultural workers and […]

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Acute Pesticide Illnesses Associated with Off-Target Pesticide Drift from Agricultural Applications, 11 States, 1998‚ 2006

  Soo-Jeong Lee, Louise Mehler, John Beckman, Brienne Diebolt-Brown, Joanne Prado, Michelle Lackovic, Justin Waltz, Prakash Mulay, Abby Schwartz, Yvette Mitchell, Stephanie Moraga-McHaley, Rita Gergely, Geoffrey M. Calvert Abstract Background: Pesticides are widely used in agriculture and off-target pesticide drift results in exposures to workers and the public. Objective: Estimate the incidence of acute illnesses […]

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Plain soap and water will do

  http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51043.html Opinion Contributor The best way to protect against bacteria is to use plain soap and water, the authors write. By REP. ED MARKEY & REP. LOUISE M. SLAUGHTER | 3/11/11 4:47 AM EST While most Americans may never have heard of the chemical triclosan, they’ve probably come into contact with it in the […]

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Pesticides taint one-fifth of kids’ food.

  Lu, C, FJ Schenck, MA Pearson and JW Wong. 2010. Assessing children’s dietary exposure- direct measurement of pesticide residues in 24-hour duplicate food samples. Environmental Health Perspectives http://dx.doi.org/10.1289/ehp.1002044. Synopsis by Emily Barrett Measures of pesticides eaten by American kids on a typical day find chemical contamination to be common, particularly among the most popular […]

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At Risk From the Womb

  New York Times By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF Some people think we’re shaped primarily by genes. Others believe that the environment we grow up in is most important. But now evidence is mounting that a third factor is also critical: our uterine environment before we’re even born. Researchers are finding indications that obesity, diabetes and […]

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Study Highlights High Levels of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Indoor Air

  (Beyond Pesticides, September 14, 2010) A new study confirms that indoor uses of consumer products, including pesticides, are the primary sources of indoor exposure to endocrine disruptors —chemicals that disrupt hormones and cause adverse developmental, disease, and reproductive problems— and shows that indoor levels are higher than those outdoors. Researchers from Silent Spring Institute, […]

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Third Biological Opinion Finds Pesticides Jeopardize Endangered Species

  (Beyond Pesticides, September 8, 2010) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has received a new Biological Opinion from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) with a finding that the application of products containing any of 12 organophosphate (OP) pesticides are likely to jeopardize federally listed threatened or endangered Pacific salmon and steelhead and their […]

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Study Shows Effectiveness of Organic Pest Management Methods

  (Beyond Pesticides, July 2, 2010) A study by researchers from Washington State University (WSU) and the University of Georgia suggests that a balanced mix of insects and fungi in organic fields provides for both better pest control and larger plants than in conventional agriculture. The study, which was funded by the U.S. Department of […]

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Debating How Much Weed Killer Is Safe in Your Water Glass

  Published: August 22, 2009 Mark Lyons for The New York Times In Piqua, Ohio, the city manager, Frederick Enderle, left, said he was unaware of spikes in atrazine. Residents like Jeff Lange are angry about the risks. But atrazine often washes into water supplies and has become among the most common contaminants in American […]

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