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  • EPA Administrator Pruitt Denies Petition to Ban Widely Used Pesticide

    04/02/2017 8:33:48 PM PDT · by bryan999 · 29 replies
    03/29/2017 Contact Information: U.S. EPA Media Relations (press@epa.gov) WASHINGTON -- Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt signed an order denying a petition that sought to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide crucial to U.S. agriculture. “We need to provide regulatory certainty to the thousands of American farms that rely on chlorpyrifos, while still protecting human health and the environment,” said EPA Administrator Pruitt. “By reversing the previous Administration’s steps to ban one of the most widely used pesticides in the world, we are returning to using sound science in decision-making – rather than predetermined results.” “This is a welcome...
  • ‘Like it’s been nuked': Millions of bees dead after South Carolina sprays for Zika mosquitoes

    09/01/2016 3:20:13 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 65 replies
    MSN Washington Post ^ | September 1, 2016
    On Sunday morning, the South Carolina honey bees began to die in massive numbers. Death came suddenly to Dorchester County, S.C. Stressed insects tried to flee their nests, only to surrender in little clumps at hive entrances. The dead worker bees littering the farms suggested that colony collapse disorder was not the culprit — in that odd phenomenon, workers vanish as though raptured, leaving a living queen and young bees behind. Instead, the dead heaps signaled the killer was less mysterious, but no less devastating. The pattern matched acute pesticide poisoning. By one estimate, at a single apiary — Flowertown...
  • Florida Now Spraying Neurotoxic Pesticide Banned in Other Countries to Combat Zika

    08/07/2016 2:30:39 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 48 replies
    Free Thought Project ^ | 08/07/16 | Claire Bernish
    Areas of Miami, Florida, are now being sprayed with the insecticide naled in an attempt to eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito — carrier of the zika virus. Naled, a potent neurotoxin that kills mosquitoes on contact, is perfectly safe, or so the Environmental Protection Agency insists, despite Puerto Rico’s rejection of its use to combat the spread of zika there — due to concerns about its safety.To keep naled airborne where it would be most effective, the agent is sprayed in very fine aerosol droplets — about two tablespoons can be dispersed to cover an area the equivalent of...
  • Sharyll Attkisson: Pyriproxyfen mosquito pesticide in drinking water caused Microcephaly, not Zika

    07/31/2016 8:43:19 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 14 replies
    Presentation Right to Life ^ | 7/31/2016 | Charles O'Connell
    Latest Zika Info Lacking Balance | Presentation-R2L.org (Right 2 Life) Summary: Nobody should be careless about getting Zika. But allowing a panic to deflect attention from the most important issues is no help either. These are Microcephaly Kids. Their Moms probably didn’t have Zika. As you can see, they’re terrific people. I want to be with them. If God were to send me one, I would probably learn to “wag more, bark less” from them. The most highly regarded American reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, reports that while Zika has been associated with increased incidences of microcephaly births, there is little...
  • USDA declines to pay for cows, crops poisoned by pesticide

    04/24/2016 4:58:30 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 24, 2016 5:53 PM EDT | Kathryn Haake
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has refused to pay claims filed by two Idaho families who contend its pesticide treatment contaminated their crops and poisoned a cattle herd. Instead, USDA told the families to file a lawsuit — a costly endeavor that could bankrupt the farms and risk the $70 million potato pest eradication program in Idaho. The Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN) was discovered in 2006, threatening Idaho’s $900 million potato industry. The next year, the USDA began treating infected fields with methyl bromide. The treatment reduced the pest, but it was stopped in 2014 because of concerns from a...
  • The EPA Threatens to Ban – ARGON ?

    10/29/2014 6:50:04 AM PDT · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 56 replies
    Watts Up With That ^ | 29 October 2014 | Anthony Watts, Eric Worrall
    This gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “noble” cause corruption. Documentation follows. From IceAgeNow - the American EPA has stunned observers, with a list of inert additives for pesticide formulations they intend to ban, which includes the noble gas Argon. Its hard to imagine a more inoffensive substance than Argon. As a noble gas, Argon is chemically inert – it participates in no chemical reactions whatsoever, except under exotic conditions – there are no known chemical compounds which can survive at room temperature which include Argon. Argon is not a greenhouse gas. But Argon is incredibly useful to...
  • Belgium Detains Iraqi Man in Toxic Letters Case

    06/05/2003 1:02:10 PM PDT · by Shermy · 17 replies · 208+ views
    Reuters ^ | June 5, 2003
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgian prosecutors said on Thursday they had detained a man of Iraqi nationality after a series of letters containing a nerve gas ingredient were sent to the prime minister's office and the U.S. and British embassies. A spokeswoman for the federal prosecutor's office told a news conference the 45-year-old man was arrested late on Wednesday in the western Belgian town of Deinze. Two postal workers were taken to hospital after being exposed to the chemicals in the letters at mail depots. No one else was hurt by the 10 letters sent to a variety of targets, including...
  • Pests, Be Gone! 10 Natural Ways to Make Your Home Critter-Free

    05/29/2013 10:36:07 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 78 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/29/13 | Jennifer Noonan
    Cats love catnip. Mosquitoes? Not so much. According to Science Daily, catnip repels mosquitoes more effectively than DEET. Grow it in your garden or apply undiluted catnip oil to the skin for up to two hours of protection.
  • Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant [Aug. 2002]

    Rats or Humans? Inside Saddam's Extermination Plant(August 29, 2002)This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/ He was introduced as director of research and development at Falluja, one of the remote factories where the United States claims Saddam Hussein could be making chemical and biological weapons. Asked if he had worked on any of Saddam's chemical weapons programs, Dr Mohammed Frah played a straight bat: "In the early 1980s I worked for five years on the chemical and biological programs at Al-Muthanna." This is the name of a critical centre in Saddam's weapons program - a huge pesticide complex that produced...
  • Tobacco and Nicotine – Good as Pesticides

    09/06/2012 8:41:37 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 53 replies
    softpedia.com ^ | 10 october 2010 | Staff
    Nicotine is bad for you and apparently it has the same poisonous effect on pests, getting scientists' attention for a potential alternative to traditional commercial pesticides. Tobacco and nicotine make one of the-hardest-to-get-rid-of vices of modern society – smoking, which can lead to lung cancer and early death. For hundreds of years now, tobacco leaves have been used on a small scale, as a natural organic pesticide, and as the growing concerns about health risk related to tobacco sales are harming tobacco farmers in some parts of the world, scientists looked for a new way of using this plant. Dr...
  • Save the Bees!

    04/19/2012 1:19:30 PM PDT · by Libertynotfree · 13 replies
    Natural Remedies Matter ^ | 04/19/2012 | Libertynotfree
    Over 1 million urge EPA to suspend use of pesticide harmful to bees, fix broken regulatory system (Washington, DC) Today, commercial beekeepers and environmental organizations filed an emergency legal petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to suspend use of a pesticide that is linked to honey bee deaths, urging the agency to adopt safeguards. The legal petition, which specifies the pesticide clothianidin, is supported by over one million citizen petition signatures, targets the pesticide for its harmful impacts on honey bees. “EPA has an obligation to protect pollinators from the threat of pesticides,” said Jeff Anderson of California...
  • 2 Studies Point to Common Pesticide as a Culprit in Declining Bee Colonies

    03/29/2012 6:37:51 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 29, 2012 | CARL ZIMMER
    Scientists have been alarmed and puzzled by declines in bee populations in the United States and other parts of the world. They have suspected that pesticides are playing a part, but to date their experiments have yielded conflicting, ambiguous results. In Thursday’s issue of the journal Science, two teams of researchers published studies suggesting that low levels of a common pesticide can have significant effects on bee colonies. One experiment, conducted by French researchers, indicates that the chemicals fog honeybee brains, making it harder for them to find their way home. The other study, by scientists in Britain, suggests that...
  • Decades on, EPA on verge of curbing use of rat poisons

    12/29/2010 7:27:59 AM PST · by CedarDave · 56 replies · 2+ views
    MSNBC.com ^ | December 22, 2010 | Robert McClure
    The Brand names include Havoc, Talon, Contrac, Maki, Ratimus and d-CON Mouse Pruf II. The EPA now is moving to curb widespread use of these rodenticides, starting next June. That move, however, could be short-circuited by a lawsuit filed by the multinational corporation the sells d-CON products. Pesticide manufacturers, applicators and health officials say controlling rats is an important public health goal because they can spread a number of diseases, including hemorrhagic fever, leptospirosis, salmonellosis and rat bite fever.
  • Controversial Pesticide Worries Scientists (Strawberries)

    06/29/2010 1:10:40 PM PDT · by Scythian · 17 replies
    Odds are most supermarket strawberries come from California — that's where 90 percent of the berries are produced. And if the strawberries are not organic, they were likely grown in fumigated soil, which is creating a stir between scientists and regulators in California. The two groups recently faced off over the expected approval of a potentially dangerous pesticide. Currently, farmers use a fumigant called methyl bromide. But it is being phased out internationally because it damages the ozone layer. And the leading alternative — methyl iodide — has its own set of problems When the Environmental Protection Agency approved methyl...
  • Agricultural scientist commits suicide

    03/21/2010 2:12:59 AM PDT · by Cindy · 3 replies · 436+ views
    THE TIMES OF INDIA ^ | PTI, Mar 21, 2010, 01.37pm IST | n/a
    LUCKNOW: SNIPPET: "The body of 36-year-old Suresh Gupta was found from the hotel near SGPGI in Mohanlalganj area on Saturday, they said, adding a bottle of pesticide was also recovered from the spot. Two suicide notes were also recovered."
  • Israeli Scientist: Safe Pesticide from Deadly Scorpion Venom

    01/12/2010 5:01:58 AM PST · by IsraelHawk · 6 replies · 420+ views
    Israel National News ^ | January 11, 2009 | Baruch Gordon
    Scorpions deliver a powerful, paralyzing venom ― a complex cocktail of poisonous peptides that immobilize animal prey on the spot. Some of the toxins in a scorpion's payload damage only insects, which is why a Tel Aviv University researcher is harnessing them to create a safe and ecologically sound pesticide. Prof. Michael Gurevitz of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Plant Sciences has isolated the genetic sequences for important neurotoxins in the scorpion venom. He’s also developed methods to produce and manipulate toxins to restrict their toxicity in certain insects or mammals.
  • Bayer Pesticide Chemicals Linked to Devastating Collapse of Honeybee Populations

    10/01/2008 1:47:28 PM PDT · by Scythian · 175 replies · 3,753+ views
    (NaturalNews) German government researchers have concluded that a bestselling Bayer pesticide is responsible for the recent massive die-off of honeybees across the country's Baden-Württemberg region. In response, the government has banned an entire family of pesticides, fueling accusations that pesticides may be responsible for the current worldwide epidemic of honeybee die-offs. Researchers found buildup of the pesticide clothianidin in the tissues of 99 percent of dead bees in Baden-Württemberg state. The German Research Center for Cultivated Plants concluded that nearly 97 percent of honeybee deaths had been caused directly by contact with the insecticide."It can unequivocally be concluded that a...
  • Melamine in pesticides, human food chain - experts

    09/23/2008 6:25:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 39 replies · 628+ views
    Reuters ^ | 09/23/08
    Melamine in pesticides, human food chain - experts HONG KONG, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Melamine, a chemical that has tainted milk formula and made thousands of Chinese children ill, is used as an agricultural pesticide in China and may have been part of our food chain for a long time, experts said on Tuesday. Chan King-ming, associate professor of biochemistry at the Chinese University, said cyromazine, a derivative of melamine, was very commonly used in China as a pesticide. "It is absorbed into plants as melamine ... of course it is already in our food chain and animal feed," Chan...
  • China finds pesticide in 'nikuman' exports

    02/24/2008 12:48:51 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 72+ views
    Japan Times ^ | 02/23/08
    China finds pesticide in 'nikuman' exports BEIJING (Kyodo) China said Friday it has found small traces of pesticide in two batches of "nikuman" meat buns bound for Japan. The poisonous chemical found in the food is the same kind discovered in the Chinese-made frozen "gyoza" meat dumplings that poisoned 10 people in Japan late last year and early this year. But a statement from China's quarantine and safety watchdog said the traces of the chemical, methamidophos, found in the buns was small and that the pesticide probably got into the products through ingredients such as vegetables. Japanese police believe the...
  • China Being Poisoned by Its Food Industry, Says Author

    12/19/2007 6:38:11 AM PST · by BGHater · 19 replies · 361+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | 18 Dec 2007 | Jochen Schönmann
    Antibiotics in the meat, pesticide used as preservatives, mercury in the drinking water -- Chinese author Zhou Qing says China's food industry is poisoning the country in its greed for profit. If ordinary people knew, there would be a revolution, he adds. Chinese journalist Zhou Qing, a critic of the regime, unearthed political dynamite in his two-year investigation of China's food industry. He interviewed grocers, restaurant owners, farmers and food factory managers for an exposé for which he won a prize as part of the German "Lettre Ulysses Award for the Art of Reportage" in 2006. His book is a...