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  • 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: 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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...
  • Farmers Use Human Urine as Fertilizers, Pesticide

    08/19/2007 6:15:30 PM PDT · by JACKRUSSELL · 69 replies · 1,892+ views
    The Sunday Monitor - Uganda ^ | August 19, 2007 | By Joseph Mazige
    (MAYUGE) - If you are a farmer, you may want to think twice about flushing your urine down the toilet. Urine may be a waste product but it also has many uses, and the best part of it is that it comes with no price tag. Farmers in various parts of the country use human urine as fertilizers and to fight crop diseases. The method started in Baitambogwe Village in Mayuge District but has now spread to over 21 districts. Through knowledge sharing via telephone Short Message System commonly known as SMS, farmers in Baitambogwe are propagating the method to...
  • Pesticides Next Frontier in China Food Safety

    05/13/2007 9:46:09 PM PDT · by anymouse · 13 replies · 588+ views
    Reuters ^ | May 12, 2007 | Lindsay Beck
    China's farmers overuse pesticides, skip protective clothing and have at their fingertips an array of banned and counterfeit products, raising another area of concern in the country's fragile food chain. Spraying chemicals on crops improperly or using products that may be fake or banned risks the health of China's hundreds of millions of farmers and could lead to unsafe levels of residues in fruits and vegetables, experts say. "The government has to stop banned or illegal pesticides being available in the market," said Angus Lam, a Greenpeace Campaign Manager for Food and Agriculture based in the southern city of Guangzhou....
  • As 'organic' goes mainstream, will standards suffer?

    05/18/2006 6:00:09 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 33 replies · 913+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo! ^ | Wednesday, May 17, 2006 | Amanda Paulson
    CHICAGO - Buying organic milk these days - or organic apples, eggs, or beef - no longer has to mean an extra trip to a Whole Foods supermarket or the local co-op. Organic products now line the shelves at Safeway and Costco. And Wal-Mart - already the nation's largest organic-milk seller - says it wants to sell more organic food. Large companies including Kraft, General Mills, and Kellogg own sizable organic- and natural-food brands. Now, they are developing organic versions of their own products, too. Still, while some organic-food fans welcome its broadening appeal and availability, others worry that the...
  • U.S. drags its feet in phasing out banned pesticide

    11/29/2005 12:13:05 AM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 618+ views
    The Seattle Times & AP ^ | November 28, 2005 | Rita Beamish
    Associated Press WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Shoppers browse store displays brimming with succulent tomatoes and plump strawberries, hoping to enjoy one last round of fresh fruit before the Western growing season ends. There is no hint of a dark side to the blaze of red. But strawberries are a painful subject for Guillermo Ruiz. The farmworker believes his headaches, confusion and vision trouble stem from a decade of working in the fields with methyl bromide, a pesticide that protects the berries with stunning efficiency. Cheri Alderman, a teacher whose classroom borders a farm, fears her students could inhale a dangerous whiff...
  • CA: Judge gives OK to sue over smog

    04/27/2005 9:11:35 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 564+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 4/27/05 | Sarah Ruby
    Environmental groups have the right to sue state agencies for not controlling pesticide pollution, a federal judge in Sacramento ruled Monday. State air quality agencies violated the federal Clean Air Act,which calls for a 20 percent reduction in smog caused by pesticides between 1990 and 2005, the lawsuit says. The required smog reduction hasn't happened in the San Joaquin Valley, where pesticide-induced smog has increased since 1990. "I'm ecstatic that (the judge) saw it our way," said Teresa DeAnda, an activist from Earlimart whose organization joined four others in the suit. They say the state's approach to pesticide smog pollution...
  • CA: Report: Pesticide tax, farmer education could lessen pollution

    02/15/2005 7:01:55 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 226+ views
    Bakersfield Californian ^ | 2/15/05 | Brian Skoloff - AP
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Pollutants carried in runoff from farms affect the water supply of more than 20 million Californians and taint prime fishing grounds across the state, according to a recent report. The pollution is the byproduct of pesticide use, but it doesn't have to be, said Gary Wolff, chief economist at the Oakland-based Pacific Institute, an environmental research group. Wolff, who wrote the institute's "Investing in Clean Agriculture" report, said educating farmers is key to cleaning the state's water. But he acknowledges that education doesn't come cheap, so Wolff's study suggests raising taxes on pesticides to pay for...
  • Iraq: Pesticides, Nerve Agents and the ISG

    09/26/2004 4:29:48 PM PDT · by The_Reader_David · 27 replies · 787+ views
    D. N. Yetter
    I'd like to get some discussion going in advance of the Iraq Survey Group's final report. The topic: the finds of large numbers of drums of substances that field tested as nerve agents, but were later pronounced to be pesticides, at several Iraqi munitions dumps. There is a Frontpage article which was posted here back in April when it was new. I added a post to it's thread, but knowing that many FReepers probably do what I usually do and read the threads index to the Forum rather than the messages index, I though a new thread would be in...
  • Former Farm Lobbyist to Run Pesticide Dept.

    09/18/2004 7:52:12 PM PDT · by bd476 · 10 replies · 464+ views
    LA Times ^ | September 18, 2004 | Robert Salladay, Times Staff Writer
    "Environmentalists are wary of the appointee's ties to an industry she would regulate." By Robert Salladay, Times Staff Writer " SACRAMENTO — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday appointed a former agriculture lobbyist to become California's top pesticide regulator, despite complaints from environmentalists about her ties to an industry she would police. Mary-Ann Warmerdam is expected next month to take over the Department of Pesticide Regulation, a 358-employee office that clashes frequently with the state's farming industry. Currently, she is a lobbyist for Pacific Gas & Electric, but worked for nearly two decades for the California Farm Bureau Federation. Schwarzenegger said...
  • EPA: U.S. Waterways Contain Polluted Fish (Blinky Alert)

    08/24/2004 11:05:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 404+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/24/04 | John Heilprin - AP
    WASHINGTON - More than one-third of the nation's lakes and nearly one-fourth of its rivers contain fish that may be contaminated with mercury, dioxin, PCB and pesticide pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency (news - web sites) says. The EPA released a list of advisories issued by states that monitor lakes and rivers for pollution levels affecting fish caught during recreational and sport fishing but not deep-sea commercial fishing. "It's about trout, not tuna. It's about what you catch on the shore, not what you buy the shelf," Mike Leavitt, the administrator of EPA, said Tuesday. "This is about the health...
  • Leftist Salon.Com Writer Joe Conason Is Joe Dirt

    09/24/2003 1:33:49 PM PDT · by ultimate_robber_baron · 7 replies · 1,597+ views
    The Hawaii Reporter ^ | Wednesday, September 24, 2003 | Stuart K. Hayashi
    Meet Joe Dirt Stuart K. Hayashi In 2001, comedian David Spade came out with a movie titled "The Adventures of Joe Dirt." It now appears that the film was about Joe Conason, the author of "Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth" and an editorialist for the liberal-biased In the person of Brad Pitt, you've already Met Joe Black. Now Meet the Real Joe Dirt. His book purports to expose how right-wingers harness the corporate media to brainwash society. Instead of demonstrating such, however, Joe is too busy flinging his Dirt around. In two...
  • Indian govt probes contaminated soft drinks claim

    08/08/2003 8:05:20 AM PDT · by murdoog · 1 replies · 258+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 6 | Some guy at Reuters
    The Indian government said on Wednesday it was investigating a report by an environment group about pesticides in beverages sold by Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, as parliament stopped the sale of Coke and Pepsi drinks on its premises. "It is a very serious matter. I have asked for a comprehensive report," Health Minister Sushma Swaraj told members of the lower house of parliament. The Indian units of Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO - News) and PepsiCo Inc (NYSE:PEP - News) have rejected the report by the New Delhi-based Centre for Science and Environment, which said soft drinks sold in India had high levels...
  • India orders lab tests for 'poisonous' cola drinks

    08/08/2003 7:06:07 AM PDT · by Tai_Chung · 3 replies · 384+ views
    The Straits Times ^ | Updated Aug 8, 5.46 pm (Singapore time)
    NEW DELHI - As tempers rose and bottles continued to be smashed on Friday, the Indian government ordered two state-run laboratories to verify whether US cola giants Pepsi and Coca-Cola are selling pesticide-laced soft drinks in India. The Indian health ministry sent bottles of soft drinks manufactured by the two multinationals to the Central Food Technological Research Institute in Mysore and the Central Food Laboratory in Calcutta. Indian Health Minister Sushma Swaraj told reporters: 'Our tests will be done in independent labs and we will take action only after examining the results. The results are expected next week.' How the...
  • Insects Endangering Hemlock Stands

    07/28/2003 2:02:01 PM PDT · by anymouse · 16 replies · 1,093+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Mon Jul 28,10:43 AM ET | DAN LEWERENZ
    BALD EAGLE STATE FOREST, Pa. - At first glance, the forest around Sand Spring Run looks just as it should, with a lush understory of grasses and ferns shaded by tall maple, oak and hemlock. But a closer look shows that the hemlock trees — a keystone species along streams like this — are under attack from at least two insects with the potential to devastate hemlock stands throughout the Northeast. Usually dark green, the hemlock's needles have faded to a pale, almost yellow color indicative of an infestation of elongate hemlock scale insects. The cottony, white spots indicate the...
  • Grasshoppers invade U.S. West

    06/13/2003 6:58:00 PM PDT · by Gophack · 16 replies · 276+ views
    Drudge ^ | June 13, 2003 | Drudge Report
    Grasshoppers invade U.S. West FRI Jun 13 2003 20:50:27 ET San Francisco (dpa) - Huge swarms of hungry grasshoppers have invaded the western United States, prompting agricultural experts to warn of damage unparalleled in decades. The plague has hit the states of Nevada, Utah and Idaho particularly hard and shows no sign of abating. ``This is bigger then anything we've seen in a long time,'' said expert Mike Cooper, quoted in ``The Idaho Statesman''. Cooper cited records showing the current swarms to be the largest since World War II. Officials in Idaho have posted warning signs near highways warning of...
  • (French) Pesticide Drums found at PLO Training Site discovered in Iraq.

    04/08/2003 11:04:38 PM PDT · by Steven W. · 9 replies · 463+ views
    MSNBC | 4/9/03 | Dana Lewis
    NBC reporter Dana Lewis reporting live video from newly discovered PLO terrorist training camp that was discovered in Iraq. It has obstacle course, shooting range, pretty much looks like one of the familiar AlQaeda terrorist training camps. Dana Lewis also reports that this camp is close to the infamous pesticide site and that there are some of the same French pesticide drums (not the others suspected of containing the CW "Cocktail" mixture) at the PLO camp along with gas masks and chemical suits. They're not sure what to make of it and the officer in charge was hesitant to say...
  • Anti-pesticide environmentalists take a battering in new conservative novel

    02/12/2003 12:29:19 PM PST · by MacKlem · 3 replies · 262+ views
    self ^ | 2/12/03 | MacKlem
    Please take a look at my new conservative, pro-pesticide novel at Why do we abandon literature (and farm policy for that matter) to a bunch of liberal Luddites?
  • Pesticide blamed for sexual mutation in frogs

    04/16/2002 12:42:12 PM PDT · by the_devils_advocate_666 · 23 replies · 470+ views
    CNN ^ | April 16, 2002 | AP
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- Male frogs exposed to even very low doses of a common weed killer can develop multiple sex organs -- sometimes both male and female -- researchers in California have discovered.</p> <p>"I was very much surprised," at the impact of atrazine on developing frogs, said Tyrone B. Hayes of the University of California at Berkeley.</p>