Previous Pesticides & Chemicals News 2020

Philly parks are going organic with ban on synthetic weed-killers 12-03-20

Synthetic weed-killers will soon be a substance non-grata in Philadelphia parks and public spaces. Read more at WHYY/PBS


Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Were Dropped Over Millions of Acres via Aerial Pesticide, Tests Reveal 12-02-20

A national nonprofit revealed Tuesday that testing commissioned by the group as well as separate analysis conducted by Massachusetts officials show samples of an aerially sprayed pesticide used by the commonwealth and at least 25 other states to control mosquito-borne illnesses contain toxic substances that critics call “forever chemicals.” Read more at EcoWatch 


Long-banned Toxics Are Still Accumulating in Great Lakes Birds—As New Chemical Threats Emerge 09-22-20

We’re “at the mercy of a shifting chemical landscape.” Read more at Environmental Health News


America’s Killer Lawns  05-18-20

Homeowners use up 10 times more pesticide per acre than farmers do. But we can change what we do in our own yards. Read more at The New York Times


Revealed: Monsanto predicted crop system would damage US farms 03-30-20

The US agriculture giant Monsanto and the German chemical giant BASF were aware for years that their plan to introduce a new agricultural seed and chemical system would probably lead to damage on many US farms, internal documents seen by the Guardian show. Read more at The Guardian


DDT’s toxic legacy could span three generations 03-18-20

Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane. Not a name that rolls easily off the tongue. But in the mid-20th century, the chemical was considered a “miracle” insecticide. Read more at Grist


Trump has kept this controversial pesticide on the market. Now its biggest manufacturer is stopping production. 02-06-20

Chlorpyrifos is widely used by farmers but has been linked to health problems, including neurological damage in children. Read more at The Washington Post 


The Playbook for Poisoning the Earth 01-18-20

Many seeds in the U.S. come precoated with neonicotinoids, one of the most common insecticides in the world. Read more at The Intercept