Wednesday, April 29, 2009

P.E.I. environment minister wants all three Maritime provinces to legislate ban; N.S. cool to idea

FREDERICTON - New Brunswick says it's 'very close' to introducing legislation which would ban the use of cosmetic pesticides, following months of studies and promise making.

It also follows the recent urging of Prince Edward Island Education Minister Richard Brown who wants all three Maritime provinces to stand united on such a ban

P.E.I. says a streamlined cosmetic pesticide ban between the three provinces would protect consumers from buying banned products in places nearby.

New Brunswick Minister Roland Haché said the provincial government has been working on its pesticide ban file for some time and that it would come before P.E.I. introduced its own ban this fall.

"We have committed to making an announcement concerning pesticides during this legislative sitting," he said. "We will do that."

Haché kept mum on specific details about what the ban would include.

"It will include pesticides, the banning of certain pesticides, etc.," he said. "We're very close to making that announcement. I consider it to be a very important file."

Nova Scotia Environment Minister David Morse wasn't available for comment yesterday. Department spokesman Brent Baxter said Nova Scotia was also investigating the merits of implementing a ban, but said it had no similar legislation coming down the line at this time.

"We're really exploratory at the moment," said Baxter, adding that it's not a forgone conclusion Nova Scotia would go ahead with a ban because others are.

Ontario and Quebec are currently the only provinces in Canada with such a ban.

Four New Brunswick towns have banned the use of cosmetic pesticides in their municipalities including Sackville, Shediac, Caraquet and St. Andrews. More than 100 communities nationally have similar bans.

An Ipsos-Reid poll conducted in December found that 79 per cent of New Brunswickers would support a provincial ban on non-essential pesticide use, while 75 per cent would support a ban on the sale of pesticides.

The poll, commissioned by the Canadian Cancer Society, the New Brunswick Lung Association, and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, also found that 80 per cent of New Brunswickers believe cosmetic pesticides have the potential to pose a health risk to humans and the environment, while 85 per cent believe the chemicals could pose a risk to family pets.

http://timestranscript.canadaeast.com/news/article/650836

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MP pushes for national pesticide ban

MP pushes for national pesticide ban
Apr 27, 2009 04:30 AM
THE CANADIAN PRESS

New Democrat MP Pat Martin has introduced a private member's bill in the House of Commons that would impose a national ban on the cosmetic use of pesticides on lawns, gardens and in parks.

Martin, a member from Winnipeg, says his bill would ban the use of pesticides until there is scientific evidence they are safe. The bill would take effect on Earth Day, April 22, next year if it's approved by the Commons. Private members' bills are rarely passed, however.

Martin says he wants to force manufacturers to prove that their products are safe.

http://www.thestar.com/article/624694

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Maritime-wide pesticide ban PEI Minister's goal

Maritime-wide pesticide ban PEI Minister's goal

The Canadian Press

CHARLOTTETOWN -- Prince Edward Island's Environment Minister hopes all three Maritime provinces can reach common ground in banning cosmetic pesticides.

Richard Brown says his government has scheduled meetings over the next couple of months with counterparts in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick with the goal of developing consistent legislation about the use of pesticides on lawns and gardens.

He said enforcement would be easier if all Maritime provinces were on board.

If, for instance, only PEI passed such legislation then the province would face the challenge of dealing with islanders purchasing pesticides in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and bringing them home.

"I do not want to make law breakers out of law-abiding citizens," he said.

Still, Mr. Brown said the PEI government is committed to introducing legislation this fall with or without the other Maritime provinces agreeing to follow suit. He said the overwhelming majority of presentations made to the government support such a ban.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20090428.PESTICIDES28ART2204/TPStory/National



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Cosmetics pesticides ban proposal gains momentum...And More

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USDA official says People's Garden will promote organic standards
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Environmentalists in battle to be heard in pesticide case
Toronto Star - Ontario, Canada
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Safe Natural Fertilizers for Organic Gardening now Available
TransWorldNews (press release) - Monroe,GA,USA
Organic gardening through all-natural products protects growers from exposure to degenerative diseases that have been associated with fertilizers that ...
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Converted Organics' Fertilizer Products Available at Six New ...
Earthtimes (press release) - London,UK
BOSTON - (Business Wire) Converted Organics Inc. (NASDAQ:COIN) announced today that its all-natural organic fertilizer products are now available in six new ...
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Launching Thatcher's(TM) - the First Full Range of Affordable ...
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Awarded the highly prized USDA Organic certification, the range at launch includes expressions to suit all palates and social occasions: Cucumber, ...
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Monday, April 27, 2009

Alternatives available for chemical pesticides...And More

Greenpeace Finds Pesticide Residues In Chinese Fruit And Veg ...
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New research at UCLA confirms that exposure to pesticides increases the risk of Parkinson's disease.
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White House garden inspires locavores and overdressed gardeners
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Instead of using handy and effective nitrogen fertilizers and pesticides, you're supposed to buy bags of cow poop and pick the bugs off by hand and, ...
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A common sense approach to gardening with nature
Torrington Register Citizen - Torrington,CT,USA
In a future column we'll be discussing the blatant disregard for the environment that is demonstrated by the use of pesticides, herbicide, fungicides, ...
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EDITORIAL: Cosmetic pesticide ban is a welcome move
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Green scene: Help take the sting out of bee decline
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Criminalize Organic Farming? EXCUSE ME?! BILLS: HR 875 and S 425
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Do you realize farmers only feed pigs organic corn meal because the genetically engineered corn caused many birth defects in pigs. ...
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First organic farming survey set
Madison Daily Leader - Madison,SD,USA
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the federal government wants "to find out how the growth of organic farming is changing the face of US agriculture. ...
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Minnesota ranks No. 5 in organic acres harvested
WKBT - La Crosse,WI,USA
AP - April 25, 2009 9:04 AM ET The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service says Minnesota ranks fifth nationwide in the number of organic acres ...
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Flea Season
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Pesticide legislation critic got it wrong
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City moves to ban pesticides
BCLocalNews - Victoria,BC,Canada
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Alternatives available for chemical pesticides
Welland Tribune - Ontario, Canada
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Bid to ban cosmetic pesticides in city back on track
Nanaimo News Bulletin - BC, Canada
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Hospitals adding fresh, organic food to the menu
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More hospitals in the US are offering organic produce and hormone- and antibiotic-free meats and dairy foods in response to a trend toward healthier eating ...
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Friday, April 24, 2009

Cosmetic pesticide ban worth it for our children...And More

Leno Bill Requiring Disclosure of Pesticide Ingredients Approved ...
California Chronicle - Los Angeles,CA,USA
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Activists, farmers debate bills targeting pesticide spraying
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Investigator for Dole details alleged claim fraud
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Lawmakers Considering Tougher Regulations For Spraying Pesticides
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Flour with pesticide caused death of three children
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Stemilt has all-organic peaches, nectarines
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Investigation continues in alleged pesticide misuse in Immokalee
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Cosmetic pesticide ban worth it for our children
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Pesticide ban now law..Congrats Ontario!

Pesticide ban now law

HEALTH: One set of rules in Ontario

Posted By SUN MEDIA

Posted 8 hours ago


Ontario's cosmetic pesticide ban takes effect today.

Homeowners can still buy pesticides to control wasps, mosquitoes, fleas on pets, house pests or plants that are poisonous to the touch like poison ivy.

But Ontario's ban outlaws the cosmetic use of about 250 products on lawns, parks, gardens and schoolyards.

Banned pesticides still stored in homes should be taken to local municipal hazardous or special waste collection sites for disposal, rather than poured down drains, officials say.

One pesticide manufacturer has challenged the right of provinces to ban its product.

Ontario Environment Minister John Gerretsen said yesterday that he's not worried about the looming NAFTA battle.

"We think we're doing absolutely the right thing banning pesticides from our lawns and gardens," Gerretsen said. "I'm not deterred by the fact that a large chemical company has taken us to task."

The provincial pesticide ban takes the place of any existing municipal pesticide ban, providing one set of rules across Ontario.

Homeowners can use biopesticides without running afoul of the law.

The ministry has indicated that enforcement of the ban will begin with "education and outreach" but for a first offence an individual convicted under the act could be fined up to $20,000 and a corporation up to $100,000.

http://www.stcatharinesstandard.ca/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=1534471

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Ont. to enact toughest pesticide restrictions in Canada despite trade dispute

TORONTO — Ontario will enact the toughest rules in Canada when its pesticide ban takes effect Wednesday, a move that could land the province in the legal crosshairs of an international trade dispute.

Ontario is joining Quebec in restricting the use of pesticides, but its rules go further by prohibiting the sale and cosmetic use of more than 80 ingredients and 250 products, with few exceptions, experts say.

Other provinces are considering similar restrictions to protect the environment and public health, including British Columbia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, said Lisa Gue of the David Suzuki Foundation.

Science hasn't yet proven what effect, if any, pesticides have on our health, but given the risks, governments must err on the side of caution, Gue said from Ottawa.

"The lack of scientific certainty cannot be an excuse to delay action to protect health and the environment," she said.

"And that's exactly what Quebec, and now Ontario, have done."

Both provinces have even banned weed killer 2,4-D even though it has been deemed safe by Health Canada - a move that sparked a NAFTA challenge of Quebec's ban.

Dow AgroSciences LLC, which manufactures 2,4-D, has decided to sue the federal government and seek $2 million in damages, arguing that Quebec's rules violate Canada's trade obligations because it prohibits a product without any scientific basis.

The company wouldn't say whether it will go after Ontario's ban as well.

"Our legal action is focused solely on Quebec at this time, and I won't speculate on any other action that we might take in Canada," said spokeswoman Brenda Harris.

"What I do think is important is that when provinces or jurisdictions are considering these types of things, that they really look closely at science, and making sure that science is part of the process."

Ontario's environment minister said he isn't worried by the potential threat of a lawsuit.

"We think we're doing absolutely the right thing by banning pesticides from our laws and gardens, and we'll have to wait and see what the courts say about that," said John Gerretsen.

"But I'm quite confident that they will uphold the right of Ontario to take this kind of an action."

Experts, such as the Ontario College of Family Physicians, have warned that the long-term effects of exposure to pesticides can be devastating, especially to pregnant women and children.

But unlike Quebec, Ontario municipalities are forbidden from enacting tougher anti-pesticide rules.

When Premier Dalton McGuinty announced the ban a year ago, he mistakenly said towns and cities could have stronger bylaws if they wanted to - a move many applauded.

Two weeks later, he admitted that he "screwed up," but shifted the blame to Gerretsen, who had failed to correct his boss in front of reporters.

The government's refusal to change the legislation angered some municipalities and health groups, as well as the Ontario New Democrats.

"I still think municipalities should be able to go beyond what the province put in place," said Peter Tabuns, the party's environment critic.

"The City of Toronto had rules in place that had gone beyond what's going to be enforced in Ontario."

Ontario will still allow pesticides to be used in farming, forestry or for health and safety reasons, such as controlling mosquitoes that can carry diseases like the West Nile virus.

Golf courses will also be able to use pesticides, but must meet certain conditions to minimize the effects on the environment.

CropLife Canada, a pesticide industry association, says lawns and gardens represent only about four per cent of the pesticide business across Canada.

Quebec, which announced its ban in 2003, prohibits the use and sale of 20 ingredients in lawn pesticides and has additional restrictions for their use outside public daycares and schools.

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Coalition seeks strict pesticide ban in Calgary
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NAFTA threat won't stop Quebec ban on lawn pesticides
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Leave me the birds and the bees
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California issues annual pesticide ‘blunders' list
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Monday, April 20, 2009

Pesticide ban is win-win-win...And More

Pesticide ban is win-win-win
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Triazine health tests 'flawed'
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At Time of Conception, It's Man and Woman ... and 300 Manmade ...
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Living down to Earth
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Pesticide use hurts more than worms and bugs One apple, grown with pesticides, contains more than 30 chemicals which we then ingest. ...
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Avoid Tainted Foods by Buying Organic Produce
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225 chemical poisoning cases in Jeddah last year
Arab News - Jeddah,Saudi Arabia
This has been one of several reported fatalities in the Kingdom attributed to the use of this and other pesticides in residential buildings. ...
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Parkinson's partially linked to pesticides
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UCLA researchers have provided strong new evidence linking at least some cases of Parkinson's disease to exposure to pesticides. Researchers have suspected ...
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Mid-Columbia farmers go organic to meet growing demand
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Crunching on an organic apple may be a choice associated with the state's west side and its reputation for tree-hugging environmentalists. ...
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Organic solutions can create stronger, healthier lawns
Tampa Tribune - Tampa,FL,USA
But organic products often provide the best long-term answers. QUESTION: "I have a newly sodded yard (Fall 2008). What do I need to put on my yard to get it ...
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Organic farming is essential for our health
The Free Lance-Star - Fredericksburg,VA,USA
... crisis we are facing, but will only add to an already dire and deadly situation. Please keep the small organic farmer in business for all of our health.
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Organic food business is booming
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Organic farming has often been portrayed by the non-organic agribusiness corporations as unnecessary and too costly. But the US Department of Agriculture ...
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Friday, April 17, 2009

How many pets are poisoned by lawn pesticides?...And More

Pesticides Found In Soil Near Schools
KPHO Phoenix - Phoenix,AZ,USA
PHOENIX -- Students at two Valley schools are staying inside after construction crews found pesticides in the soil. Parents of students at Westwind ...
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Earth Day brings pesticide ban
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On Earth Day, April 22, Ontario's cosmetic pesticides ban will go into effect. The ban prohibits the sale and use of pesticides for cosmetic purposes on ...
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Parents worried after pesticides found at 2 Phoenix schools
ABC15.com (KNXV-TV) - Phoenix,AZ,USA
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Potential endocrine-disrupting pesticides to be tested
Green Right Now - Los Angeles,CA,USA
I'll be picking up trash/cleaning a park/clearing debris By Harriet Blake The EPA has issued a list of pesticides that will be screened for possibly ...
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EPA Moves Toward Testing of Potentially Dangerous Pesticides
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The Environmental Protection Agency will soon order the manufacturers of 67 pesticides to conduct tests to determine if chemical ingredients in their ...
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State investigating claims of pesticide exposure at an Immokalee farm
Naples Daily News - Naples,FL,USA
By TRACY X. MIGUEL (Contact) IMMOKALEE — The state is investigating an Immokalee farm for its use of pesticide, which may have hospitalized two pregnant ...
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Pesticide found in muscle of one deer out of five, scientists ...
Shelter Island Reporter - Shelter Island,NY,USA
By Cara Loriz 0 comments below One Island deer out of five culled in December and sampled by Cornell University scientists tested positive for permethrin in ...
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Nation: BRIEFLY: NSA eavesdropping halted
Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
The EPA announced Wednesday it will order pesticide manufacturers for the first time to test 67 chemicals contained in their products to determine if they ...
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Pesticide exposure alleged at Immokalee farm
The News-Press - Fort Myers,FL,USA
Health officials said signs of acute pesticide exposure can include headache, fatigue, and nausea. Labra said one of the women was rushed to the hospital ...
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Organic lifestyles come to campus In honor of earth day
The Advocate - Mt. Hood,OR,USA
While hugging trees, riding bikes, and buying organic products might seem eco-friendly to some people, the students of MHCC's Sustainability, ...
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Gary Bogue: "Wild Gardening" means using no pesticides
Contra Costa Times - Walnut Creek,CA,USA
Instead of using pesticides, we designed our yard and garden to attract local wildlife so we can let them take care of any "pests. ...
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How many pets are poisoned by lawn pesticides?
Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA
By DAN SHAPLEY Dogs and cats may be more vulnerable to pesticide poisoning than their human companions. After all, they nose around close to the ground, ...
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Organic garden offers a hands-on experience
San Diego Union Tribune - San Diego,CA,USA
Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning, students from City College and surrounding high schools work alongside professional organic farmers and ...
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Pennsylvania Helping Producers Transition to Organic Farming
Gant Daily - Clearfield,PA,USA
HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania producers working to transition their conventional operations to certified organic farms may be eligible for help offsetting the ...
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U-pick, I pick: When plucking berries, try organic
Tampabay.com - St. Petersburg,FL,USA
This year my husband and I decided to do something different: organic U-pick. Make no mistake, we're not health purists. I'll eat my organic produce right ...
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Sierra Club and the Organic Consumers Association Call on ...
Common Dreams (press release) - Portland,ME,USA
The Organic Consumers Association agrees that the risks posed by the current trajectory of genetic engineering in the fields of agriculture are profound. ...
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Future looking bright for organic farming
Aurora News Register - Aurora,NE,USA
by James Hanson organic foods continue to gain popularity and organic farming is becoming an attractive option for many farmers. Hansen’s farm near Marquette ...
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

David Suzuki: If the bees disappear, we’ll all be stung...And More

EPA rejects bid to sideline endocrine program
New York Times - United States
In July of last year, with the deadline looming, CropLife America asked EPA for further explanation about why existing data on pesticide toxicity are not ...
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Pesticide ban about to take effect
Delhi News Record - Delhi,ON,Canada
Finding a bottle of weed killer for those pesky plants will be a tough feat in Delhi come Earth Day, when more than 250 pesticides will be banned from store ...
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Pesticide fears over produce from the north
Cyprus Mail - Nicosia,Cyprus
In light of recent claims that carrots containing traces of pesticide came through from the north, farmers and consumer associations have warned that not ...
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Grand Lake considers spraying, fertilizer restrictions near water
Sky Hi Daily News - Granby,CO,USA
Grand Lake may pass a law that regulates the use of pesticides and fertilizers close to water. Under consideration is a draft law that forbids the use of ...
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David Suzuki: If the bees disappear, we’ll all be stung
Georgia Straight - Vancouver,British Columbia,Canada
First, we can stop using harmful pesticides to keep our lawns and gardens looking pretty. A growing number of provinces and municipalities, ...
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Pesticides' days numbered
Owen Sound Sun Times - Owen Sound,Ontario,Canada
Ontario's cosmetics pesticide ban takes effect later this month. On April 22 -- Earth Day -- more than 250 products containing 80 pesticide ingredients ...
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"Natural" nitrogen-fixing bacteria protect soybeans from aphids
Penn State Live - PA,USA
An invasion of soybean aphids poses a problem for soybean farmers requiring application of pesticides, but a team of Penn State entomologists thinks a ...
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Maharashtra gives a big push to organic farming 42 pts and above
Economic Times - Gurgaon,Haryana,India
PUNE: Organic farming is now a movement in Maharashtra, thanks to the few motivated individuals who acted as its advocates. Shriniwas Kulkarni was attracted ...
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Organic Valley Farmer-Owners Receive Outstanding Quality Awards
CSRwire.com (press release) - USA
April 14, 2009 - Organic Valley Family of Farms, the nation's largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation's leading organic brands, ...
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EPA official defends decision on pesticide ruling
Brownfield - Jefferson City,MO,USA
An EPA official is downplaying fears over an appeals court pesticide ruling that has many farm groups up in arms. That according to a report on ...
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Beware of canisters on Washington beaches
Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA
They carried a pesticide used on cargo ships and were apparently thrown overboard. Removing the plastic lid could release a toxic gas. ...
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Don't stock pesticides inside
Post-Bulletin - Rochester,MN,USA
The big discount stores place the pesticides near the pharmacy. So, sick people are sitting there waiting for their prescriptions breathing in toxic fumes ...
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Pesticides banned
Timmins Daily Press - Timmins,Ontario,Canada
She's feeding her plants what they need to remain healthy without the use of pesticides. The Timmins Horticultural Society president has been eagerly ...
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In just over a week pesticides will be illegal in this province
Owen Sound Sun Times - Owen Sound,Ontario,Canada
April 22, the province of Ontario's new cosmetic pesticide ban goes into effect. As of that day, the use of chemical pesticides for cosmetic purposes on ...
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Letters: Organic farming threatened...And More

Letters: Organic farming threatened
Sioux Falls Argus Leader - Sioux Falls,SD,USA
The bill effectively criminalizes organic farming without actually using the word organic. The legislation is so broad based that every aspect of growing or ...
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Organic Dairy Farming Avoided 40M Pounds of Fertilizer in 2008: Report
GreenBiz - Oakland,CA,USA
Organic food is often touted for the lack of toxic pesticides and fertilizers used in its production. Now a Colorado-based nonprofit has created a ...
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Going green with the Gordons
Marshall Independent - Marshall,MN,USA
The Gordons started Gordon's Cutting Edge, a premium lawn care business that specializes in organic. "We wanted to offer something that was safe and ...
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Petition to halt the use of Aminopyralid as a weed killer
Smallholder - Somerset,UK
The government responsed saying it is determined to ensure that all pesticides, including aminopyralid, used in this country are safe to people and the ...
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More pressure to ban two pesticides in Tassie
ABC Online - Australia
Momentum is gathering in Tasmania to ban the use of the herbicides atrazine and simazine. Prominent Tasmanian GP and member of the state's River Catchment ...
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Pennsylvania Helping Producers Transition to Organic Farming
PR Newswire (press release) - New York,NY,USA
HARRISBURG, Pa. , April 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania producers working to transition their conventional operations to certified organic farms ...
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Outcry Over Pesticide Decision Prompts EPA to Defend Decision
Farm Futures - Carol Stream,IL,USA
Both are excluded from permit requirements even if they do contain pesticide residues." Shapiro acknowledged that some aspects of the court's opinion may ...
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Dow challenges Quebec pesticide ban
HazMat Management Magazine (subscription) - Toronto,ON,Canada
US chemical manufacturer Dow AgroSciences LLC has filed a formal notice of arbitration, under NAFTA Chapter 11, challenging the legality of Quebec’s ban on ...
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More enforcement needed for pesticide spray regulations
The Western Star (Corner Brook) - Final - 10-01-2002 - 413 words
Karen Griffin - Judie Squires says someone needs to patrol the companies that spray residential areas for pesticides because she's observed nine violations of the Environmental Protection Act in her Paradise neighborhood alone


Spray woes: Province falling down on monitoring pesticides
The Telegram (St. John's) - Final - 10-01-2002 - 253 words
Judie Squires - environment to become poisoned? A temporary ban on all residential pesticides has to be put into place, to protect us, our wildlife and our environment as a whole. Judie Squires Paradise


Government lax on cosmetic pesticide regulation: advocate
The Telegram (St. John's) - 08-28-2004 - 613 words
Stokes Sullivan, Deana - Despite increased awareness about adverse health effects from pesticides, Judie Squires, a member of the Pesticide Working Group of Newfoundland and Labrador, isn't optimistic the province will ban cosmetic use


Woman doesn't expect cosmetic pesticide ban any time soon
The Western Star (Corner Brook) - 08-30-2004 - 712 words
Stokes Sullivan, Deana - Despite increased awareness about adverse health effects from pesticides, Judie Squires, a member of the Pesticide Working Group of Newfoundland and Labrador, isn't optimistic that the province will ban the


Province lagging behind in pesticide control
The Telegram (St. John's) - 09-04-2005 - 496 words
Squires, Judie - it to do is to prohibit the cosmetic use of synthetic pesticides altogether in order to protect our citizens and the environment. Judie Squires writes from Portugal Cove-St. Philip's


The two sides to pesticide use
The Telegram (St. John's) - 07-16-2006 - 781 words
Judie Squires - health of your families. When Canada's most respected health authorities tell us pesticides threaten our health, we should all be listening. Judie Squires writes from Portugal Cove-St. Philip's


Inquiry implicates BTk
The Telegram (St. John's) - 06-24-2006 - 353 words
DEANA STOKES SULLIVAN - of trees. The live spores can be inhaled by humans and animals exposed to BT. Judie Squires, secretary of the Northeast Avalon Group of the Sierra Club, says despite claims that


Delayed pesticide laws 'disappointing'
The Telegram (St. John's) - 06-24-2006 - 833 words
DEANA STOKES SULLIVAN - at the end of this year. These products will only be sold to certified dealers. Judie Squires, secretary of the newly formed Northeast Avalon Group of the Sierra Club, isn't


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Time for provincial lawn pesticide regulation
The Telegram (St. John's) - 03-14-2009 - 419 words
pesticides. Please join me in lobbying our province for a pesticide ban Judie Squires Portugal Cove...

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