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Schools and Playgrounds – PANNA report

Pesticide Action Network North America Playgrounds, daycare centers and schools: every parent hopes these are safe places, where children can flourish and grow. Unfortunately, pesticides used in and near schools and playgrounds can make children an unintended ‘frontline community,’ exposing them to dangerous chemicals just when  their developing brains and bodies are especially vulnerable .Parents, communities and organizations around the country are finding (continued)
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Pesticide Action Network North America

Posted on May 23, 2013 By Mina

Study: Two-thirds of pesticides got flawed EPA approval

USA Today How Dangerous are the pesticides used in consumer products? An investigation by an environmental group says the answer is unclear because the EPA used a loophole to approve many of them. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Environmental group says thousands of pesticides got faulty U.S. approval Investigation says it’s unclear how many received adequate, if any, (continued)
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USA Today

Posted on March 28, 2013 By Mina

Fields of Change – A New Crop of American Farmers Finds Alternatives to Pesticides

Natural Resource Defense Council EXECUTIVE SUMMARY During the past decade, the public has grown increasingly concerned about agricultural pesticide use. Exposure to pesticides, even at low doses, is associated with a wide variety of health effects, and these compounds are now commonly found throughout our environment. Despite some important advances, federal pesticide regulatory programs have (continued)
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Natural Resource Defense Council

Posted on January 29, 2013 By Mina

Local Winemaker Under Fire in Sonoma County

SanJose.com By Alastair Bland, Dec 7, 2011 Sonoma County provides some of the best wine in California, but some people are questioning the environmental costs. Oenophiles who consume $230 magnums at Silicon Valley’s top restaurants may be unaware that one “rock star” winemaker currently finds himself in hot water. This past October, in a rare (continued)
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SanJose.com

Posted on December 7, 2011 By Mina

Children and prunes on the balance scale

The Davis Enterprise By  tt Ramirez, Michael Strom, Don Mooney and Joey Miller   Against the advice of its own Scientific Review Committee, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation recently approved the use of the toxic pesticide methyl iodide. The newly approved pesticide causes cancer, birth defects, reproductive toxicity and nervous system effects, among other (continued)
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The Davis Enterprise

Posted on March 4, 2011 By Mina

Farming’s Toxic Legacy

Banned ag chemicals linger in neighborhoods that swallowed up former farms and orchards   By Rebecca Clarren YAKIMA, WASHINGTON Nothing about the quiet summer morning suggests a reason to worry. Two-year-old Kian plays happily in the dirt of the empty lot where his family’s new house will eventually stand. Nearby, his mother, Tara Compton, points out interesting “buggies,” (continued)
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Posted on December 6, 2010 By Mina

Tulare County Residents Win Greater Protection from Dangerous Pesticides

Pesticide ReformNew rules announced for pesticide applications around schools, homes and labor camps PLAINVIEW, CA—After over two years of calling on local authorities for greater protection from airborne pesticides, communities celebrate the Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner’s announcement of new buffer zone rules. As spray season gets underway, communities across Tulare County welcome these changes and (continued)
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Pesticide Reform

Posted on February 1, 2008 By Mina

Pesticides may be making kids sick at school- NBC NEWS

Associated PressPesticides may be making kids sick at school Regulations are ‘inadequate’ and don’t protect children, advocates say Gary Kazanjian  /  AP Domitila Lemus, left, and her granddaughter Ashley are shown in front of Sunnyside Union Elementary School in Strathmore, Calif. When foul clouds wafted onto the playground from the adjacent orange groves in November, two children (continued)
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Associated Press

Posted on May 16, 2007 By Mina

Glyphosate Factsheet

Journal of Pesticide ReformGLYPHOSATE Glyphosate herbicides (one common brand name is Roundup) are the mostly commonly used herbicides in the U.S. and the world. In agriculture they are widely used with genetically-modified glyphosate-tolerant crops, but they are also widely used in yards, gardens, and other nonagricultural areas.Symptoms of exposure to glyphosate include eye irritation, burning (continued)
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Journal of Pesticide Reform

Posted on January 30, 2004 By Mina