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Pesticides on Playing Fields

Article by Deirdre Imus Green Your World June 6, 2011 For millions of kids, the warmer weather means only one thing…the start of spring and summer sport programs. Soon baseball diamonds, golf courses, and soccer fields across the country will be filled with energetic, competitive kids. Keeping those playing fields in good condition and free of pests , however, requires regular maintenance that includes spra ...

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CU- Boulder’s Bold Move

It began in 2002 with an integrated pest management policy. Now the University of Colorado- Boulder is making its boldest move yet. Frank Bruno, Vice Chancellor for Planning and Administration, announced that it will be phasing out its use of herbicides on campus fields, and instead treating grounds with a more natural "compost tea," a liquid that can be used as both a fertilizer and to prevent plant diseas ...

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Jessica Alba and Local Mom Urge Senator Scott Brown to Support “Safe Chemicals Act”

Last week Dedham, MA mother and cancer activist, Erin Boles, joined celebrity spokeswoman Jessica Alba to urge  Scott Brown to support the "Safe Chemicals Act of 2011", introduced as a bill in April by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D- NJ). The Safe Chemicals Act, a bill now in the Senate, would overhaul the 35-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which is widely perceived to have failed to protect publ ...

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Plaintiffs Across the Country Band Together Against Monsanto

"Society stands on the precipice of forever being bound to transgenic agriculture and transgenic food." So begins the amended complaint brought against Monsanto this month by the Public Patent Foundation, a public interest group representing 84 plaintiffs from New England across the country to the Pacific Northwest. The complaint describes Monsanto's "aggressive patent assertion behavior" and includes a num ...

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Vermont: Coalition of Conservation, Farming, and Anti-Pesticide Groups Urge Congress for Funding to Save Bats

Conservation, organic-agriculture, anti-pesticide and food-safety groups joined forces yesterday to ask Congress to appropriate $10.8 million for research and management of the bat-killing disease known as white-nose syndrome, which has reached epidemic proportions in the eastern United States. The groups also urged passage of the Wildlife Disease Emergency Act, a bill to address wildlife health crises like ...

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Planned Parenthood Offers Pesticide Warning

Nurse practitioners at Planned Parenthood (PP) are used to doling out the usual prenatal advice- stop smoking, limit drinking consumption, and load up on prenatal vitamins. Planned Parenthood (PP) of Salinas, CA, is taking this advice one step further. Because at least 40 of the female patients serviced in this PP location work in pesticide-laden farm fields, staff are now also advising clients to not eat t ...

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U.S. Supreme Court Denies Petition to Reconsider Ban of Deadly Pesticide

In another example of how corporate bottom line trumps public health concern, the FMC Corporation- the leading manufacturer of carbofuran- and a group of powerful agribusiness lobbyists including the National Corn Growers Association, challenged, yet again, the ban on the pesticide, despite its reputation for being a deadly poison. In 2006, the EPA announced that all uses of carbofuran should be cancelled b ...

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EPA Recommends Chemical-Free Insecticides On Bed Bugs

Bed bug populations seemed to disappear around the time of World War II, when DDT nearly wiped them out completely. Nearly. Scientists now theorize that the few who survived developed a resistance to DDT and similar pyrethroid substances that are used in traditional bed bug pesticides. Because of this, the EPA now recommends that homeowners avoid the chemical approach when treating for bed bugs, for fear th ...

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Glyphosate-Resistant Weeds Spreading

In 2007, glyphosate-resistant waterhemp was confirmed in southern Minnesota. It has now spread to west-central Minnesota and continues to increase in frequency due to the continued planting of Monsanto's Round-up Ready crops and exclusive use of glyphosate. http://www.sleepyeyenews.com/news/agriculture/x1739184427/Take-control-of-waterhemp In 2010, glyphosate-resistant giant ragweed was first confirmed on O ...

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Glyphosate Making It Hard for Male Wolf Spiders to Find Love

We're not making this up. In a study at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, researchers found that glyphosate is making it hard for male wolf spiders to sniff out willing mates. Males are also less likely to hook up with a female if she's in a glyphosate-treated field. So is this the one instance in the animal kingdom where the male is actually smarter than the female? We'll leave that open for debate. Read W ...

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