When they are starting out, organic strawberry plants are grown with the help of fumigants.
When the state’s top pesticide regulators step down, their influence over important public health and environmental issues continues. From overseeing water issues to representing a chemical giant, here’s what several ex-chiefs are doing now.
California keeps detailed data on every commercial pesticide applied across the state. Here are a few of the interesting nuggets we pulled out of our analysis of that information.
California strawberries are grown using some of the riskiest pesticides in agriculture. While the chemicals don’t end up on the fruit you eat, they are potentially dangerous for farmworkers, nearby residents and the environment.
California’s strawberry growers rely on heavy amounts of dangerous pesticides to deliver fruit year-round at an affordable price. But the health and environmental problems that come with those chemicals have threatened the foundation of a $2.6 billion industry.
As consumers and regulators do soul-searching over how much pesticides mean to the economy and their grocery bills, chemical companies are racing to develop the next big organic pesticide. That’s not an oxymoron. There are a lot of misconceptions about what you’re getting when you’re buying organic foods.
U.S. growers rely on several pesticides that have been prohibited by other countries after being linked to health risks and the disappearance of bee colonies.
The EPA, headquartered in the William Jefferson Clinton Federal Building, says it has enough data on pesticide Nanosilva to know that it’s safe while the manufacturer finishes testing.c_nilsen/Flickr Tiny particles of silver could appear soon in children’s toys and clothing, embedded inside plastics and fabrics to fight stains and odors. No one knows how the