Trump White House Pushes to Let Minors Spray Brain-Damaging Pesticides on Farms

WASHINGTON – The White House’s just-released list of planned environmental and public health rollbacks includes letting high-school-age kids spray brain-damaging pesticides on commercial farms. The plan would drop the age of workers permitted to spray restricted-use pesticides on crops from 18 to 16…. Read More

EPA Watchdog: ‘Emergency’ Pesticide Approval Process Is Flawed

Pesticides Commonly Approved Without Demonstrated Safety WASHINGTON— The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of the Inspector General released a report finding that the agency’s practice of routinely granting “emergency” approval for use of pesticides across millions of acres does not… Read More

WATCH: Agribusiness Devastating Family Farmers, Rural Communities, Environment

For many family farmers, farming is not just a job, it’s a way of life. Family farms take care of the environment, produce healthy foods, and support strong rural families and communities. But these family farms are disappearing… Read More

Pesticide Regulation Not Part of EPA’s New ‘Scientific Transparency’

Industry Pesticide Registration Data Hidden from Public and Outside Pruitt Plan   Washington, DC — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s controversial plan for disclosing the underlying data supporting its regulatory science has a big blind spot… Read More

Scientists: Our Food is Being Sprayed by Toxic Chemical Cocktail

Originally published by GMWatch.org   As the number of chemicals applied to vegetables sold in supermarkets goes up 17-fold, experts say pesticides must be phased out of food production. Report by Claire Robinson The number of chemicals applied… Read More

LISTEN: Carol Van Strum and the ‘Poison Papers’ on Sojourner Truth Show

Image courtesy of The Intercept   This week’s Earth Watch guest on KPFK-FM’s Sojourner Truth Radio Show was Carol Van Strum, activist, organizer and writer behind the “Poison Papers”. The “Poison Papers” are recently unveiled documents include “more than 100,000… Read More

Poison Papers Expose Decades of Collusion Between Industry and Regulators over Hazardous Pesticides

Watchdog Groups Digitize and Release 20,000 Documents for Public Review   The Bioscience Resource Project and the Center for Media and Democracy today are releasing a trove of rediscovered and newly digitized chemical industry and regulatory agency documents stretching back… Read More

Monsanto Sued for Misleading Labeling of Popular Roundup Pesticide

Two nonprofit organizations on Friday filed a lawsuit against Monsanto for misleading the public by labeling its popular weedkiller Roundup as “target[ing] an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets.” This lawsuit charges that this statement… Read More

Glyphosate: Health Concerns About the Most Widely Used Pesticide

By Stacy Malkan usrtk.org   Glyphosate is a synthetic herbicide patented in 1974 by the Monsanto Company, and now manufactured and sold by many companies in hundreds of products around the world. Glyphosate is best known as the… Read More

EPA Slams Big Ag’s Syngenta on Farmworker Safety Violations

HONOLULU— The the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) filed a complaint last week against agrichemical giant Syngenta for putting the health and safety of farmworkers on Kauai at risk by violating several federal pesticide regulations. The agency says Syngenta failed to tell… Read More