Pesticides

November 11, 2014--Landmark 20-year study finds pesticides linked to depression in farmers (Modern Farmer)

A landmark study indicates that seven pesticides, some widely used, may be causing clinical depression in farmers. Will the government step in and start regulating these chemical tools?


July 29, 2014--Midwestern waters are full of bee-killing pesticides (Mother Jones)

The US Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting a slow-motion reassessment of a widely used class of insecticides, even as evidence mounts that it's harming key ecosystem players from pollinating bees to birds.


June 23, 2014--Insecticides put world food supplies at risk, say scientists (Guardian)

The world’s most widely used insecticides have contaminated the environment across the planet so pervasively that global food production is at risk, according to a comprehensive scientific assessment of the chemicals’ impacts.


USGS Report: Health of U.S. Streams Reduced by Streamflow Modifications and Contaminants

A new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report describes how the health of the nation's streams is being degraded by streamflow modifications and elevated levels of nutrients and pesticides.

July 12, 2013--Health of U.S. streams reduced by streamflow modifications and contaminants (Science Daily)

A new U.S. Geological Survey report describes how the health of the nation's streams is being degraded by streamflow modifications and elevated levels of nutrients and pesticides.


June 22, 2011--Clean Water Act change slides through Senate (Los Angeles Times)

 A bill allowing pesticide manufacturers and users to avoid the Clean Water Act permitting process passed in the Senate Agriculture Committee today. If passed in the Senate, bill H.R.


April 9, 2011--California farmers, ecologists square off over drinking water pollution (Los Angeles Times)

Should farmers in the Central Valley, California's richest agricultural region, be required to monitor and clean up groundwater pollution from their operations? Under the proposed regulations, farmland would be classified based on the contamination risk. Farms considered most likely to pollute groundwater would have to take certain steps to reduce fertilizer and other agricultural runoff.


February 17, 2011--UNEP year book: Phosphorus and plastic pollute world's oceans (Environmental News Service)

Enormous amounts of the fertilizer phosphorus are discharged into oceans due to inefficiencies in farming and a failure to recycle wastewater, the United Nations Environment Programme warns in its 2011 Year Book released today.


June 2, 2010--EPA requires permit for pesticide application to U.S. waters (Environmental News Network)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a new permit requirement that would decrease the amount of pesticides discharged to U.S. federal waters. The action is in response to an April 9, 2009 appeals court decision that found that pesticide discharges to U.S. waters are pollutants, and so they require a permit under the Clean Water Act.


November 20, 2009--The pesticide wars (High Country News)

If the American Farm Bureau Federation has its way, the issue of whether herbicide spraying over water requires a Clean Water Act permit will be heard by the Supreme Court. A coalition of agricultural groups led by the Federation has petitioned the nation’s highest court to reverse an appellate court decision which found that such spraying requires an NPDES clean water permit.


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