Archive for the ‘Safe Pest Control’ Category

Fungicides Linked to Resistance in Life-Threatening Fungus
by Margaret Munro
Amid growing concern that fungicides are fuelling the rise of resistant and life-threatening fungus in Europe, China and India, a microbial sleuth says it is time to start filling in the gaps in Canada. (more…)


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As physicians and other health professionals, we have a unique opportunity to combine awareness of science with our professional experience by advocating to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it uphold its mission.  You do not need to be an expert to do so; as this article will indicate, any informed health professional can support public health by testifying at an EPA hearing.       The mission of the EPA, formed in 1970, is to protect human health and the environment.  EPA reduces environmental risk by setting standards based on scientific research and enforcing federal laws regarding environmental health.  For example, the Clean Air Act, last amended in 1990, is the law that defines EPA’s responsibilities for protecting and improving the nation’s air quality.  National Ambient Air Quality Standards were established in 1970 and currently cover six principal air pollutants: carbon monoxide, lead, nitrogen dioxide, ozone, particle pollution, and sulfur dioxide. EPA periodically reviews these standards by going through a lengthy process of planning, integrated science assessment, risk/exposure assessment, and policy assessment, followed by the development and publishing of a proposed rule.  Public hearings then occur, after which EPA issues its final rule.  (more…)

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Visit APP Advocate Precautionary Principle and learn about why the Precautionary Principle is a crucial management practice when it comes to the health of our children.  In this era of widespread chemical exposure to children, the Precautionary Principle matters! 

The Precautionary Principle advocates the elimination of potential hazards to health at the onset of an activity, rather than accepting a level of harm.” Recent science such as the National Cancer Institute’s meticulously written research entitled  Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk, published in 2010, shows that toxins are responsible for making our children chronically ill with conditions from autism to cancer.

The logical solution is we must reduce toxic risks to children in their everyday lives.  (more…)

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Pyrethroids are highly neurotoxic and have been linked to cancer, endocrine disruption, suppression of the immune system, and various reproductive effects(Beyond Pesticides, November 16, 2011) On November 9, 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its cumulative risk assessment for the pyrethroid class of insecticides, concluding that these pesticides “do not pose risk concerns for children or adults,” ignoring a wealth of independent data that links this class of chemicals to certain cancers, respiratory and reproductive problems, and the onset of insect resistance. The agency went as far to state that its cumulative assessment supports consideration of registering additional new uses of these pesticides, potentially opening the flood gates for manufacturers to bombard the market with more pyrethroid pesticides, endangering the health of the public. (more…)

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Pesticides and Parkinson’s: UCLA researchers uncover further proof of a link. Study suggests potential new target in fight against debilitating disease By Mark Wheeler January 03, 2013


For several years, neurologists at UCLA have been building a case that a link exists between pesticides and Parkinson’s disease. To date, paraquat, maneb and ziram — common chemicals sprayed in California’s Central Valley and elsewhere — have been tied to increases in the disease, not only among farmworkers but in individuals who simply lived or worked near fields and likely inhaled drifting particles. Now, UCLA researchers have discovered a link between Parkinson’s and another pesticide, benomyl, whose toxicological effects still linger some 10 years after the chemical was banned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (more…)

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Parents are becoming more aware as some schools in the state are not moving to reduce pesticide use.

By North Cairn ncairn@pressherald.com Staff Writer Portland Press Herald

Until she read a newspaper article about pesticide use on school grounds, Marla Zando of Scarborough was unaware that chemicals used on playgrounds or ballfields could hurt children.

“I really, really never had thought about it,” she said. “And I sort of think of myself as being environmentally aware,” but “wow, it was really eye-opening. I really was clueless, very, very clueless. “Kids love to play in the dirt,” said Zando, the mother of a 4-year-old son. “You don’t know when (pesticides) are there; you can’t see them. I find it very scary.” Zando began asking questions of physicians, members of the town council, even bird watchers — people she knew would be knowledgeable about the subject — to find out about synthetic pesticides and their potential health effects.

Numerous studies have linked pesticide use at certain levels to a variety of learning disabilities, hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, cancers and developmental problems, especially in younger children. (more…)

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Published in GreenMedInfo
Written By:  Susan Fairbairn (nee Kirk) Susan Kirk is a freelance journalist, with a degree in journalism and TAFE qualifications in horticulture.  She has written for many different publications but lately writes extensively for Fairfax media.

Research into the effectiveness of plant essential oils as botanical pesticides continues and is being confirmed. Several products have been formulated and commercialized.  (more…)

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