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A Small Dose of Toxicology

by Josh Vincent — last modified Jul 12, 2012 04:18 PM
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Steven Gilbert's excellent book, A Small Dose of Toxicology, is now available in its 2nd edition as a free download. read more...

The School Environmental Protection Act (SEPA)

by Josh Vincent — last modified Jan 27, 2012 07:02 PM
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A new bill that would provide a minimum national standard to protect kids by reducing pesticide use in their places of learning. read more...

Idaho Activists Seek Pesticide-free Places

by Josh Vincent — last modified Feb 15, 2011 12:59 PM

Citizens in Blaine County, Idaho meet with local government to discuss pesticide use in parks, schools and other public places. read more...

Groundbreaking study shows Roundup link to birth defects

by Josh Vincent — last modified Sep 21, 2010 02:22 PM

International scientists confirm dangers of Roundup at GMO-Free Regions Conference in Brussels read more...

Toolbox Tip: Head Lice

by Josh Vincent — last modified Sep 20, 2010 06:35 PM
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Non-chemical and least toxic strategies for treating head lice. read more...

Organophosphate Exposure Linked to Attention Difficulties

by Josh Vincent — last modified Aug 30, 2010 07:18 PM
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A new study links prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides to attention deficit disorders in children. read more...

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...

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...

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...

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...