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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Chesapeake Bay Pesticides: Some Diminish, Some Persist

   ARS chemists Cathleen Hapeman (left) and Laura McConnell have found that traces of some “legacy” pesticides that are no longer used linger in the Chesapeake Bay airshed. (Credit: Peggy Greb) ScienceDaily (July 9, 2011), Scientists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are identifying factors that influence pesticide levels in the Chesapeake Bay airshed, […]

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Persistent Organic Pollutants Linked to Type 2 Diabetes

(Beyond Pesticides, July 5, 2011) Recent findings add to a growing body of evidence that persistent organic pollutants (POPs) might drive changes in the body that lead to diabetes, researchers say. A new study finds that environmental exposure to some POPs substantially increased risk of future type 2 diabetes in an elderly population. Persistent organic […]

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Study Finds Pregnant Women and Fetuses Contaminated with Pesticides Linked to GE Food

(Beyond Pesticides, June 27, 2011) A study published in the May 2011 edition of the journal Reproductive Toxicology finds pregnant women and their fetuses contaminated with pesticides and metabolites of the herbicide gluphosinate and the Cry1Ab protein of the insecticide based on the bacterium bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), both affiliated with genetically engineered (GE) food. The […]

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House panel fast-tracks bill to divest EPA of regulatory power

  (06/22/2011) Paul Quinlan, E&E reporter, Greenwire After a brief but rancorous debate, a House committee approved a fast-tracked bill that would shift regulatory powers over water, wetlands and mountaintop-mining regulation from U.S. EPA to the states. In a 35-19, largely party-line vote, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this morning approved the bill (H.R. […]

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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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Pesticide Exposure Near Workplace Linked to Parkinson’s Disease Risk

(Beyond Pesticides, May 31, 2011) A study has found that people whose workplaces were close to fields sprayed with chemicals, not just those who live nearby, are at higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease (PD). The pesticide chemicals in question include two fungicides -maneb (in the ethylene bisdithiocarbamate (EDBC) family and ziram (in the dimethylthiocarbamate […]

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Maryland Announces Pesticide Drift Database

  (Beyond Pesticides, April 29, 2011) The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has announced a new online tool under development designed to protect sensitive crops from unintended herbicide exposure as a result of pesticide spray drift. Called the Sensitive Crop Locator Database, the tool would enable growers of grapes, tomatoes, tobacco, fruit trees, ornamentals and […]

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Prenatal pesticide exposure tied to lower IQ in children

By Sarah Yang, Media Relations April 20, 2011 BERKELEY In a new study suggesting pesticides may be associated with the health and development of children, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley‚ School of Public Health have found that prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides, widely used on food crops, is related to lower intelligence scores […]

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First Report on Bioaccumulation and Processing of Antibacterial Ingredient TCC in Fish

ScienceDaily (Apr. 1, 2011) In the first report on the uptake and internal processing of triclocarban (TCC) in fish, scientists have reported strong evidence that TCC — an antibacterial ingredient in some soaps and the source of environmental health concerns because of its potential endocrine-disrupting effects — has a “strong” tendency to bioaccumulate in fish. […]

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