pesticides

Join our newsletter

The best of EcoWatch, right in your inbox. Sign up for our email newsletter!

    This Popular Insecticide Is Lowering Sperm Count in Honey Bees by 40%

    This Popular Insecticide Is Lowering Sperm Count in Honey Bees by 40%

    Neonicotinoids, a common and highly controversial class of insecticides linked to catastrophic bee deaths, could be significantly lowering the sperm count of male drone honey bees and cutting their life span by a third, Swiss researchers found. Researchers from the Institute of Bee Health at the University of Bern, Switzerland discovered that male drone honeybees […]

    How the EPA Ignores the Dangers of Pesticide Cocktails

    How the EPA Ignores the Dangers of Pesticide Cocktails

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved nearly 100 pesticide products over the past six years that contain mixtures that make them more poisonous and increase the dangers to imperiled pollinators and rare plants, according to an investigation by the Center for Biological Diversity. These “synergistic” combinations have been widely overlooked by the EPA […]

    EU Bans Glyphosate Co-Formulant, Restricts Use in Public Areas

    EU Bans Glyphosate Co-Formulant, Restricts Use in Public Areas

    Member states of the European Union voted in favor of a European Commission proposal that limits the use of glyphosate during the herbicide’s 18-month extension granted by the commission last month. Member state experts agreed to the following conditions: A ban of a co-formulant POE-tallowamine from glyphosate-based products Obligations to reinforce scrutiny of pre-harvest use […]

    Scientists Release Landmark Worldwide Assessment Detailing Effects of Bee-Killing Pesticides

    Scientists Release Landmark Worldwide Assessment Detailing Effects of Bee-Killing Pesticides

    Today, on the heels of last week’s celebration of National Pollinator Week and the Presidential Memorandum that followed, the first wide-scale analysis of harmful pesticides known to contribute to declining bee populations has been released. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock The Worldwide Integrated Assessment (WIA), issued by the Task Force on Systemic Pesticides, documents significant damage to bees and the […]

    How Big Ag Infiltrated EPA and Made a Mockery of Science

    How Big Ag Infiltrated EPA and Made a Mockery of Science

    Earlier this year, in an exposé in The New Yorker, Rachel Aviv detailed the story of Syngenta, an agribusiness firm that was sued by the community water systems of six states in a class-action lawsuit over the firm’s herbicide atrazine. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock Atrazine is the second most commonly used herbicide in the U.S. and is used […]

    7 PR Tricks Pesticide Companies Use to Spin Bee Crisis

    7 PR Tricks Pesticide Companies Use to Spin Bee Crisis

    On the eve of Bayer’s Annual Stockholders’ Meeting in Germany, author Michele Simon and Friends of the Earth released a new report documenting the tactics used by Bayer and other pesticide companies to delay regulatory action on neonicotinoid (neonic) pesticides—a key contributor to bee declines. The European Union banned the three most widely used neonicotinoids, […]

    Organic Farmer Taken to Court for Refusing to Spray Pesticides

    Organic Farmer Taken to Court for Refusing to Spray Pesticides

    The French agriculture ministry is prosecuting Emmanuel Giboulot, an organic winemaker, for failing to apply insecticide to his vines. The ministry wants insecticide to be sprayed to control the leafhopper Scaphoideus titanus—believed to be responsible for the spread of the grapevine disease—but Giboulot believes the pesticide is ineffective and damaging to pollinating insects such as bees, […]