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Chlorphyrifos and Children

by aseligmann — last modified Aug 10, 2010 12:00 AM

Most of you have probably eaten a Washington-grown apple. But you probably didn't know that most of these apple trees are literally blasted with insecticides that are harmful to the nervous system (including the brain!). One of these insecticides – a well-studied chemical called chlorpyrifos – was banned for use in homes because of its high risk to children. But there are still children who are being exposed to this chemical - the children in farming communities where your apples and other foods are grown read more...

Colony Collapse Disorder in the Pacific Northwest

by aseligmann — last modified Jul 23, 2010 04:13 PM

When it comes to growing food crops,the function of honeybees is necessary to plant pollination, providing a key function in the food chain. In the past few years their populations have been declining at astonishing rates. read more...

Pesticide Maker Doesn't Like What the EPA Has to Say About Their Product

by Shelly Connor — last modified Jul 19, 2010 01:13 PM
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Syngenta is not happy with the review done by EPA of their product atrazine. Big surprise. Syngenta went so far as to "call the review 'redundant' and say studies that conclude the pesticide is harmful are 'bogus.' The company says the new review is nothing more than 'an unprecedented war on agriculture by anti-pesticide activists.' " read more...

Is Your Strawberry Shortcake Toxic?

by aseligmann — last modified Jun 30, 2010 05:10 PM

Sign the Petition to Keep Methyl Iodide off Your Strawberries! Strawberries usually mean sweetness and summer, but unless we speak up, strawberry production in California could become better known for causing cancer, birth defects and miscarriages. California is considering allowing the use of a highly toxic chemical on strawberry fields. This affects all of us, since 90% of U.S. strawberries are grown in California . Can you take action to stop the use of methyl iodide for strawberries? read more...