EPA Bans Pesticide Linked to Neurological Damage in Children

EPA Bans Pesticide Linked to Neurological Damage in Children

By Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer   The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will at last ban the use of this common pesticide that has been linked to neurological damage in children — four years after the Trump administration chose to allow it despite the danger. Wednesday’s ruling will end the spraying of chlorpyrifos on crops. […]

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Monsanto Loses Another Appeal Over Liability for Roundup Pesticide

Monsanto Loses Another Appeal Over Liability for Roundup Pesticide

Monsanto has lost another appeal — this one a $25 million damages award to a San Francisco resident who suffered from cancer after spraying Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide on his property for more than 26 years, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Why This Matters:  There are thousands of cases pending against Monsanto for Roundup — a common weedkiller used in residential yards all across the U.S.

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Court Ruling Could Result in EPA Finally Banning Chlorpyrifos click button

Court Ruling Could Result in EPA Finally Banning Chlorpyrifos

A long battle over the use of a bug-killing pesticide linked to brain damage in children may be coming to an end. In a ruling last week, a federal appeals court gave the Environmental Protection Agency 60 days to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos, commonly used on oranges, almonds, and other crops — or prove there’s a safe use of the chemical. 

Why This Matters: The pesticide industry used the same playbook as with PFAS, tobacco, and oil: raise doubt about the clear science and prevent immediate action from being taken, to the harm of everyone else.

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A Common Pesticide Is Making Bees Insomniacs

A Common Pesticide Is Making Bees Insomniacs

Two studies have found that bees and flies are losing sleep because of a common pesticide disrupting their internal clocks. In one study, researchers found that bumblebees that drank nectar laced the pesticide neonicotinoids had a much harder time foraging. Meanwhile, the second study found that flies exposed to pesticides called neonicotinoids had drastically different movement patterns.

Why this Matters: According to the WWF, 90% of wild plants and 75% of global crops depend on pollination. Bees are incredibly important in helping plants grow.

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Roundup Plaintiffs Negotiate Record Settlement of Thousands of Claims

Roundup Plaintiffs Negotiate Record Settlement of Thousands of Claims

In a massive and highly complex legal settlement covering the majority of the claims against Monsanto, a U.S. company that makes the weedkiller Roundup, its parent, Bayer Corporation, will pay nearly $11B to settle approximately 95,000 claims and set aside $1.25 billion for potential claims from Roundup customers who may develop cancer in the future. 

Why This Matters: This must end the debate about whether Roundup can still be sold to consumers.

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California Bans Pesticide That Harms Brain Development

California Bans Pesticide That Harms Brain Development

California’s tough environmental regulations — and its divide with the Trump Administration on all things environment — just got bigger.  The San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post reported yesterday that California is placing a ban on agricultural use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which is used on a wide variety of crops “from apples to walnuts” because it is harmful to the farmworkers who spray it and children who ingest it.

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