Pesticides

Posted on October 17, 2012

Children are not simply small versions of adults-they can be affected more easily, and more seriously, by pesticides and other contaminants.

In recent years there has been increasing concern about the health effects of exposure to pesticides, especially in children. This is partly due to the mounting toxicological evidence that children's exposures can be more hazardous than adult exposures, and because of the number of health effects in children that can be attributed to pesticide exposure.

Posted on October 17, 2012

Bats don't need pesticides or electricity to kill mosquitoes - they only need a nice place to live.

by J. Cates

Bela Lugosi gave them a bad rep. But bats are good pals. They're a natural, all-purpose insecticide, and incredibly efficient at their job. One of the little critters can eat 500 mosquitos in an hour, and thousands in a single night, and they'll help you clear the air around your home with no chemicals and no electric zappers.

Posted on October 15, 2012

The image of Prince Edward Island as a pastoral paradise is a thing of the past, as agricultural pesticides pollute the rivers of the Maritime province.

by Sharon Labchuk

The carefully constructed image of Prince Edward Island as a pastoral paradise was shattered this summer. Over the course of one month, nine rivers were poisoned by agricultural pesticides. Thousands of fish were found belly-up, and frogs, snakes, worms, slugs and insects were exterminated.

Posted on October 14, 2012

by Paula Linquist

A 1994 BC Ministry of Forests (MoF) Risk Assessment of Gypsy Moth in British Columbia states"... the direct impact of an established gypsy moth population on BC's natural resources would likely be small." Despite this, MoF officials have applied for a Pesticide Use Permit to aerial and ground spray the Burnaby Lake area up to 4 times for gypsy moths. The biocide of choice is a combination of 2.1% live bacteria, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) and 97.9% unknown chemicals which are kept hidden by the Trades Secret Act.

Posted on October 13, 2012

Tests commissioned by the Canadian Reforestation and Environmental Workers' Society on polymer-coated loose fertilizer revealed the presence of toxic metals (such as molybdenum and cadmium) not listed on their Material Safety Data Sheets.

by J. Cates

There are two big problems associated with putting chemicals into soil: first, chemicals are no respecters of geographic boundaries, and second, chemicals that are good for trees may not be so good for the people who have to work with them.

Posted on October 10, 2012

People are far ahead of the government in demanding the banning of toxics.

by Ingmar Lee

I've been a professional BC silviculture worker since 1979, and since that time I've planted more than 1,000,000 trees. I'm 40 years old, and in spite of having no history of cancer on either side of my family, I've survived three cancer surgeries so far.

Posted on October 10, 2012

by Danielle Lemire and Tara Lindsay

The cost of doing laundry or unclogging the drain is far greater than the price we pay at the supermarket. Most of us have learned that the best cleaners must have strong scents and warning labels on them to conquer dirt. Common cleaning products injure lungs, skin and our reproductive and endocrine systems. Children are particularly vulnerable because they absorb more chemical residues through their immature lungs and intestines than fully developed adults.

Posted on October 10, 2012

The new century opens with a gift for future generations
an anti-pollution treaty based on elimination and the Precautionary Principle
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by Delores Broten

On Wednesday December 6th, in the year 2000, the email messages from toxics activists attending the UN negotiating session in Johannesburg South Africa portrayed a disaster. "A lot of us don't think we'll leave here with a Treaty at all," the tired messages said, "and maybe it would be better not to have a Treaty than to have a bad one."

Posted on October 03, 2012

Recently, studies have linked pesticide exposure to leukemia and immune disorders in children as well as liver and kidney damage, reproductive problems and some types of cancer.

Compiled by Delores Broten

When her neighbours sprayed their lawn for dandelions, my sister had to move out of her own home for two days because the spray made her sick. No medical evidence can be cited to back up the experience of thousands of people like her, but now cities and towns in Canada are getting down to the grassroots and dealing with the problem. They are motivated by citizens' concerns about the health of children, pets and the environment.

Posted on September 15, 2012

Monsanto's highly-touted GE wheat joins the growing list of obituaries of Frankenfoods and crops.

by Ronnie Cummins, Organic Consumers Association
Excerpted from BioDemocracy News #40, August 2002

Contrary to the claims of a literal army of public relations flacks, indentured politicians, and scientists, the first wave of genetically engineered (GE) foods and crops have apparently suffered a fatal haemorrhage. Future historians will likely record Tuesday, July 30, 2002 as the beginning of the end, the day of irreversible decline for Monsanto and the Gene Giants.

On that day, facing mounting global opposition from farmers, consumers, and even major US food transnationals such as General Mills, Monsanto was forced to announce that they were backing off

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