pesticides

Essential Farmworkers Deserve Pesticide Protections

Essential Farmworkers Deserve Pesticide Protections

By Iris Figueroa and Amy K. Liebman COVID-19 is having disproportionate impacts on our nation’s two million farmworkers, who as essential workers continue to toil in the fields despite numerous deadly outbreaks and no federal COVID-related workplace protections. COVID-19 has pulled back the veil on the strikingly poor workplace conditions of these essential workers, built […]

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    Trump Admin Delays Protecting Threatened Monarch Butterflies Until 2023

    Trump Admin Delays Protecting Threatened Monarch Butterflies Until 2023

    The Trump administration said Tuesday that federal protection for monarch butterflies under the Endangered Species Act is still a few years away. The reason? The administration cited 161 vulnerable species that are already waiting in line ahead of monarchs. Monarchs will likely have to wait until 2023 to be added by the U.S. Fish and […]

    12 Trump Attacks on the Environment Since the Election

    12 Trump Attacks on the Environment Since the Election

    By Tara Lohan In the aftermath of the Nov. 3 election, President Donald Trump has tried every trick in the book to avoid facing the reality of his loss. A barrage of lawsuits accompanied by disinformation campaigns has attempted to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election. But a close look at regulatory actions […]

    Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Were Dropped Over Millions of Acres via Aerial Pesticide, Tests Reveal

    Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Were Dropped Over Millions of Acres via Aerial Pesticide, Tests Reveal

    By Jessica Corbett A national nonprofit revealed Tuesday that testing commissioned by the group as well as separate analysis conducted by Massachusetts officials show samples of an aerially sprayed pesticide used by the commonwealth and at least 25 other states to control mosquito-borne illnesses contain toxic substances that critics call “forever chemicals.” Officially known as […]

    How Can the Biden Administration Fix America’s Broken Food System?

    How Can the Biden Administration Fix America’s Broken Food System?

    By Scott Faber The staggering number of food and farm workers who have died from Covid-19 has laid bare the Trump administration’s disastrous policies on food and farm issues. President Trump’s failure to provide these workers with protections from the coronavirus was the latest bad decision that made our food and the people who produce […]

    Exposure to Common Herbicide Potentially Harms Endangered Species

    Exposure to Common Herbicide Potentially Harms Endangered Species

    An herbicide commonly used in corn and sorghum fields to kill grasses and weeds is being reviewed by the Environmental Protection Agency as being harmful to endangered species, according to a biological evaluation draft currently open for public comment. The exact number of species the herbicide atrazine affects is unknown. However, many environmental groups, such […]

    European Top Court Upholds French Ban on Bee-Harming Pesticides

    European Top Court Upholds French Ban on Bee-Harming Pesticides

    The European Court of Justice on Oct. 8 found that France did not violate EU rules when it banned certain chemicals considered harmful to bees. The legal row between the French Crop Protection Association and France goes back to 2018, when the government banned some pesticides belonging to the neonicotinoid group. The ban placed France […]

    Trump’s EPA Dismisses Agency’s Own Findings That Chlorpyrifos Harms Children’s Brains

    Trump’s EPA Dismisses Agency’s Own Findings That Chlorpyrifos Harms Children’s Brains

    The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a risk assessment for toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos Tuesday that downplayed its effects on children’s brains and may be the first indication of how the administration’s “secret science” policy could impact public health. Several studies have found that babies exposed to chlorpyrifos in the womb can suffer from […]