Corteva Inc., the manufacturer of the controversial insecticide chlorpyrifos will stop producing the chemical this year. Chlorpyrifos has been linked to neurological damage in children and has frequently been the target of recent regional and state-level legislation. Read more on The Californian.
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At the end of 2019, Kellogg made a commitment on it’s Open for Breakfast website to phase out glyphosate as a pre-harvest desiccant on wheat and oats by 2025. Caitlin Eannello, communications director for the National Association of Wheat Growers, told the Washington Post that the group wasn’t informed of the decision. “Glyphosate is very… Read more »
Pyrethroids, a type of pesticide frequently used by consumers in the form of lice treatments, pet flea medications and to protect against roaches, ants and mosquitoes, are associated with an increased risk of death, according to a new study in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Read more on Consumer Reports
The February 6th cut-off date for chlorpyrifos sales in California is fast approaching. Storage and use of existing supplies of chlorpyrifos will remain legal until December 31st. Read more on Agnet West
Last week, Gustavus Adolphus student Shauna Capron published a column in Minnpost presenting the risks of neonicotinoid pesticide use, as well as farmer perspectives, and potential IPM alternatives. “When using neonicotinoids, it is necessary to consider both the benefits of food security and crop yields along with the larger impacts they have on the environment… Read more »
Palm Beach, Florida recently approved a special pick-up program that would remove Ficus benjamina from private properties at no cost to residents. Fiscus is a flowering plant popular as a hedge, prone to developing white fly infestations that require a heavy pesticide regimen to treat. Read more at the Palm Beach Post.
A new study has found major benefits to the application of IPM techniques against cockroach and bed bug infestations in multi-family housing units. “In a recent paper published in the Journal of Integrated Pest Management, Changlu Wang, Ph.D., an entomologist at Rutgers University, confirmed the benefits of building-wide integrated pest management (IPM) after applying IPM techniques to a… Read more »
New York has become the latest US state to heavily regulate the neurotoxic insecticide chlorpyrifos after governor Andrew Cuomo announced a total ban on aerial spraying and plans to phase out the chemical completely by December 2020. Read more here.
The European Commission’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed voted last Friday to ban the use of the insecticide chlorpyrifos. The ban is expected to be finalized in January. According to a post-vote European Commission statement, “Experts concluded that concerns related to human health exist, in particular in relation to possible genotoxicity and… Read more »
A University College London-led study, carried out in Brazil and published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, found that wasps are an effective biological control that can manage pests of maize and sugarcane. Read more at Phys.org