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11 Pesticides EPA Should Ban or Restrict to Protect Infants and Children

The EPA should take swift action to ban and restrict toxic pesticides allowed in agriculture and on food.

Neonic Pesticides Pose Serious Health Risks to Kids

Compared with adults, young children ages 3 to 5 had higher neonic exposures, likely from eating non-organic foods such as applesauce, strawberries, pears and nectarines.

EPA Known Worldwide as ‘Pesticide Pushover’ for Failure to Ban Dangerous Pesticides

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s deeply flawed regulatory process allows the use of pesticides like aldicarb, an “extremely hazardous” neurotoxin banned in more than 100 countries and known to cause developmental harm in children.

Investigation Finds Airborne Pesticides Near Schools, Parks and Homes Surrounded by Farm Fields

The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting found atrazine, dimethenamid, permethrin, 2,4-D and 2,4,5-TP — all are endocrine-disrupting chemicals that can lead to poor development in young children — in five Central Illinois locations near corn and soybean fields.

Pesticides Poison More Than 378 Million Farmers and Farmworkers Every Year, Report Says

An evaluation of available poisoning data from countries all over the world concludes annually there are about 385 million cases of acute poisonings, and that 44% of the world’s 860 million farmers and agricultural workers are poisoned every year.

‘Buy It or Else’: Inside Monsanto and BASF’s Strategy to Force Farmers to Buy GMO Seeds and Pesticides

Internal company records show the companies knew their weedkiller, sprayed on GMO soybeans, would drift onto neighboring fields and devastate non-GMO organic crops.

Beyond Pesticides

Mosquito-Control Pesticides Sprayed in at Least 25 States Contain Cancer-Causing PFAS Chemicals, Tests Show

PFAS chemicals, called “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down in the environment, are linked to suppressed immune systems, cancer and other health issues.

Stealth Move by EPA Weakens States’ Rights to Restrict Pesticides

EPA confirmed it “reinterpreted” long-standing rule that allowed states to enforce stronger pesticide restrictions than those imposed under federal law.

25 Pesticides Banned in Other Countries, Still Used in U.S.

About 3 million pounds of agricultural pesticides the World Health Organization considers “extremely” or “highly hazardous” were used in the U.S. in 2017.

EPA Reapproves Dozens of Pesticides, Despite Evidence of Harm to People, Wildlife

The hasty reapprovals include paraquat, the most acutely lethal herbicide still in use today in the U.S.

Monsanto Papers Part 1: The Day That Changed Everything for One Man and His Family

In this excerpt from “The Monsanto Papers,” journalist Carey Gillam recounts the day that forever changed the life of California groundskeeper Dewayne Lee Johnson — the day he ended up soaked in Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller.

Glyphosate Exposure During Pregnancy Causes Hormonal Changes in Baby Girls

A new peer-reviewed pilot study on women exposed to glyphosate during pregnancy increases scientists’ understanding of how the chemical acts as an endocrine disruptor in female infants.

Directors at Top Global Banks Linked to World’s Biggest Polluters, Investigation Shows

An analysis by DeSmog revealed 65% of directors from 39 big banks had connections to the world’s most polluting energy sources.

Bill Gates and His Fake Solutions to Climate Change

A new report from Navdanya International calls for rejecting Bill Gates’ fake solutions and instead supporting an ecological approach to food and agriculture which can provide a long-lasting solution to climate change.

From Physicist to Activist: New Film Documents Life and Work of Vandana Shiva

“The Seeds of Vandana Shiva,” a new feature-length documentary on the life of eco-activist and agroecologist Vandana Shiva, traces Shiva’s journey from nuclear physicist to defender of the environment.

5 Countries, Including U.S., Waive Safety Regulations for New Gene-Edited Corn

Corteva’s “waxy” corn was developed using CRISPR technology, a genome editing technique the giant seed and pesticide company is selling to regulators as “non-GMO” in order to bypass risk assessments and safety regulations.

109 Industrial Chemicals Found in Pregnant Women

Researchers found 109 industrial chemicals in blood samples taken from Bay Area pregnant women — 55 of the chemicals have never before been seen in humans.

Chemical Company Chooses Profits Over People, Makes Weedkiller Cheaper, Not Safer

Internal documents show Syngenta scientists knew they could save lives by making tweaks to paraquat weedkiller, but chose to save money instead. Documents also expose the company’s efforts to cover up evidence that paraquat causes Parkinson’s Disease.

Plummeting Sperm Counts, Shrinking Penises: Toxic Chemicals Threaten Humanity

In her new book, “Countdown,” environmental and reproductive epidemiologist Shanna Swan predicts sperm counts could reach zero by 2045 thanks to hormone-disrupting chemicals that are “everywhere.”

The Science Is Clear: Heavy Metals in Baby Food Are Bad for Baby’s Brain

A 2019 report by Healthy Babies Bright Futures noted that in addition to heavy metals, baby foods are riddled with other neurotoxic chemicals — including perchlorate, phthalates and glyphosate — all of which can add up to significant health impacts.

Strawberries, Spinach, Kale Top EWG’s 2021 ‘Dirty Dozen’ List

For the first time, bell peppers and hot peppers made the Environmental Working Group’s 2021 Dirty Dozen list, but strawberries and leafy greens, including kale and spinach, still topped the list of most-contaminated fresh produce.

100-Plus Groups Urge EPA to Ban Pesticide That Harms Children’s Brains

Chlorpyrifos, a pesticide widely used on food crops, including apples, cherries, peaches, citrus and wheat, is known to cause neurological harm in children.

What Is the Commons — and Why Should We Reclaim It?

In the commons, we are conscious of nature’s ecological limits, aware that all humans have a right to air, water, and food, and we accept responsibility for the rights of future generations.

Gates Foundation, Stop Funding Industrial Farming in Southern Africa

In an open letter to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Southern Africa Faith Communities’ Environment Institute said Gates is fueling hunger and poverty by funding farming methods that fail to protect small-scale farmers and the environment.

Who’s Behind Global Effort to Silence Critics of the ‘Great Reset?’

The Publicis Groupe, an international PR firm, is a partner with the World Economic Forum, which is leading the call for a “reset” of the global economy. Publicis represents tech, pharma and banking corporations, all of which have partnerships with the U.S. government and global NGOs.

Bill Gates’ New Book: Wrong on Climate, Wrong on Farming

In his new book on climate, Gates fails to acknowledge how the decades-long “green revolution” model pushed by his foundation has harmed farmers and the environment, while lining the wallets of multinational agribusiness corporations.

Male Infertility Threatening ‘Future of Human Race,’ Says Author of New Book

Shanna Swan, Ph.D., author of “Count Down,” says endocrine-disrupting chemicals are causing decreased sperm counts, plunging testosterone levels and rising levels of erectile dysfunction.

EPA Approves Chemical ‘Air Treatment’ Against COVID, Despite Known Health Hazards

Georgia and Tennessee are first states to gain approval to diffuse a chemical known to trigger asthma and other serious respiratory illnesses throughout government buildings, healthcare and food processing facilities and intrastate transportation.

Bayer, U.S. Officials Pressured Mexico to Drop Ban on Glyphosate

Emails show how the pesticide industry and U.S. officials tried unsuccessfully over the last 18 months to get the Mexican government to reverse its ban of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weedkiller linked to multiple health issues, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma.