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Welcome to NCAP's blog: The Buzz! Here you'll find everything you ever wanted to know about the latest efforts to reduce pesticides, tips for finding effective alternatives, and what you can do to help create a safe world and protect the health of people and the environment.

Getting Community Mosquito Control Programs to Adopt the Best Policies

by aseligmann — last modified Aug 09, 2010 12:00 AM

West Nile virus is a fact of life in most parts of the United States. The risks of infection can be serious, although these risks are much lower than influenza and food-borne diseases. Community mosquito control programs aim to reduce the risks of West Nile virus. read more...

Invasive Garden and Landscape Plants

by aseligmann — last modified Aug 08, 2010 12:00 AM

Invasive plants have become a problem nationwide. In natural areas, these non-native plants can sometimes take over and out-compete native plants. When native plants suffer, so do the animals that depend on them for food and habitat. read more...

Health Effects of Chronic Pesticide Exposure

by aseligmann — last modified Aug 07, 2010 12:00 AM

Scientific evidence showing that pesticides are harmful to our health is increasing rapidly. Recently, a review by government researchers looked at links between pesticide exposure and both cancer and nervous system problems and found yet more of this evidence. The review "clearly suggests that at current exposures pesticides adversely affect human health." The review also suggests that the way pesticides are currently regulated, based mostly on studies of laboratory animals, is problematic: the health effects found in the review show that "either animal testing alone or its interpretation in public policy is not sufficient to protect human health. read more...

Toxic Strawberries: The Latest on Methyl Iodide

by Josh Vincent — last modified Aug 06, 2010 02:09 PM

Senator Dianne Feinstein of California is asking the EPA to reconsider its decision to approve methyl iodide for use. read more...

Lawn Herbicides End Up in House Dust

by aseligmann — last modified Aug 06, 2010 12:00 AM

Do herbicides used on your lawn end up inside your house? There are only a few scientific studies that have tried to answer this question. A new study from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) adds to the evidence that herbicides used on lawns are tracked inside houses where they can persist for months or years. read more...

Hazards of Common Flea Insecticides

by aseligmann — last modified Aug 04, 2010 12:00 AM
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Imidacloprid (often sold as Advantage) Imidacloprid is toxic to animal nervous systems. In a test conducted by an imidacloprid manufacturer, it caused tremors in laboratory animals. read more...

Help Pass the Toughest Bill Ever Aimed at Toxic Chemicals

by Josh Vincent — last modified Aug 03, 2010 04:47 PM
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HR 5820, also known as the Toxic Chemicals Safety Act, has been proposed by congressmen Bobby Rush (D-IL) and Henry Waxman (D-CA) as a much needed overhaul to the 1976 Toxic Substances Control Act. If passed, it could yield great improvements on the fronts of corporate accountability and consumer safety. Please contact your legislators today and urge them to support this bill. read more...

Support the Endocrine Disruption Prevention Act

by Josh Vincent — last modified Aug 03, 2010 12:55 PM

Take action to help pass a new bill that would fund sustained research on the health impacts of endocrine disrupting chemicals! read more...

Mosquito Spraying for West Nile Virus

by aseligmann — last modified Aug 03, 2010 12:00 AM

There are no comprehensive statistics about how many illnesses or environmental problems are caused by mosquito spraying, even though such incidents occur frequently. The following incidents are examples of the kinds of problems that have been reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) following insecticide spray programs around the country. read more...

Study Links Herbicide use and Cancer

by aseligmann — last modified Aug 02, 2010 12:00 AM

A series of studies has found that farmers develop non-Hodgkin's lymphoma more often than other people do, but until now it has been difficult for scientists to explain why this increase occurs. New research, however, shows that exposure to the herbicide glyphosate, commonly sold as Roundup, is one explanation. The study was published in 2003 by researchers at the National Cancer Institute, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Kansas University Medical Center, and the University of Iowa College of Medicine. read more...