Court Bans Harmful Pesticide that Trump EPA Tried to Keep on the Market

The court’s decision was a rare and hard-fought victory over the deals often made between the EPA and major chemical corporations behind closed doors at the expense of public health.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appears before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee on budget on Capitol Hill in Washington. A federal appeals court has ruled that the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping a top-selling pesticide chlorpyrifos on the market, despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure could harm babies’ brains. Andrew Harnik | AP

WASHINGTON -- A federal appeals court has ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban the harmful pesticide chlorpyrifos within 60 days. The court’s ruling is being seen as a major victory for environmentalists and public health activists, who have been fighting to ban the agro-chemical for well over a decade, and comes a few months

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As Europe Readies Ban on Bee-Killing Pesticides, Attention Turns To Bayer-Funded Studies

After an announcement that the UK would back move to ban controversial neonicotinoids pesticides, attention has turned to Bayer and Syngenta.

A crop dusting plane from Blair Air Service dusts cotton crops in Lemoore, Calif. (AP/Gary Kazanjian)

A series of studies funded by Bayer and submitted to European regulators by the company to support claims that its neonicotinoid pesticides do not harm bees have been criticised by a leading scientist and an industry expert. The news comes as environment secretary Michael Gove announced the UK would back a European move to ban neonicotinoids, also

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Researchers Warn Massive Insect Die-off Is Harbinger Of “Ecological Armageddon”

Despite the clear link between pesticide use and its deleterious environmental impacts, governments around the world continue to bow to pressure from the agrochemical industry in refusing to ban substances shown to cause grave harm to both environmental and human health.

Butterflies fly around in the Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History, Oct. 4, 2017, in New York. (AP/Bebeto Matthews)

NIJMEGEN, NETHERLANDS – Though the rapidly vanishing bee population has captured headlines in recent years, a new study suggests that the bees’ disappearance is merely a symptom of a much larger problem. According to a new, decades-long study conducted by researchers at Radboud University in the Netherlands, the insect population at large is in

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Henry Kissinger’s Food Occupation Of Iraq Continues To Destroy The Fertile Crescent

Iraqi agriculture expert Dr. Nakd Altameemi joins Mnar Muhawesh on ‘Behind the Headline’ to discuss the devastating toll that war, sanctions and Western corporations have had on Iraq’s centuries-old agricultural traditions.

From left, farmers Mehdi Jassim, Jassim Omran and Hassan Hassin work in a farm field at dawn in Baghdad, Iraq. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

The Iraq of today is associated with horrific violence, a refugee crisis and widespread poverty. The images we see flashed across the news show nothing but terror and misery. But it hasn't always been this way. Modern-day Iraq lies in the Fertile Crescent of Mesopotamia, the cradle of civilization where mankind flourished as it developed seed

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Court Rules Feds Cannot Prevent Local Governments From Banning GMO’s

The US Court of Appeals ruled last Friday that federal law does not prohibit states and counties from passing local laws regulating and banning genetically modified crops.

A woman attends a protest against genetically-modified foods as she holds a banner which reads: "No GMO!

This past Friday, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a highly anticipated decision on whether federal and Hawaii state laws supersede the authority of individual counties to regulate the use of genetically modified crops and pesticide use. Hawaii, though many Americans don’t know, has been at the center of the GM debate for years

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Concerned Over Growing Power Of Big Ag, States Joining DOJ Probes Of Mega-Mergers

Dow-DuPont and Bayer-Monsanto mergers will now face additional scrutiny as they seek to consolidate global GMO/pesticide industry

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Two pending mega-mergers between agribusiness giants—Dow-DuPont and Bayer-Monsanto—are reportedly facing scrutiny from a number of U.S. states concerned over the intense consolidation of the global genetically modified organism (GMO) and pesticide industries. Citing anonymous sources with knowledge of the investigations, Reuters reported Monday

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