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Governor Lends a Hand With Colorado’s Marijuana Pesticide Problem

There’s a new pesticide cop on the beat in Colorado for marijuana cultivation facilities, and his arrival on the scene surprised many. Since this past March, when Denver’s environmental health unit warned the state’s booming marijuana businesses that it would be enforcing federal, state, and local laws governing the use of pesticides and agricultural chemicals, it’s… Continue Reading

EFSA Finds Glyphosate ‘Unlikely to Cause Cancer in Humans’

Europe’s gardeners and farmers probably won’t have their Monsanto Roundup weed killer or other similar herbicides taken away from them now that the influential European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found that the ingredient glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer in humans. Glyphosate, which has been around since the 1970s, is used in herbicides around the… Continue Reading

Colorado Marijuana Users Legally Challenge Grower Over Pesticide

A Denver marijuana grower is the target of the first product liability lawsuit brought by consumers since Colorado became the first state to allow recreational pot use. The lawsuit against LivWell Co., which sells the marijuana it grows for both medical and recreational use through nine retail stores, was brought by two customers who claim the company… Continue Reading

FDA Rejects Several Snack Products From India for Contaminants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rejected a number of snack imports made by Indian company Haldiram Snacks for concerns over high levels of pesticides, mold and bacteria. The move comes as global food corporation Nestlé has been subjected to a nationwide ban in India of its Maggi noodles that have allegedly tested for high levels… Continue Reading

Consumer Reports Guides Shoppers Through Produce Pesticide Residues

Each year, the Environmental Working Group releases guides to help shoppers pick fruits and vegetables with the fewest pesticide residues. Consumer Reports’ Food Safety and Sustainability Center has now released similar guidelines. According to the organization’s survey conducted in November 2014, pesticide exposure in food is a concern for 85 percent of Americans. For its… Continue Reading

Study Suggests Eating Organic Produce Lowers Pesticide Exposure

Many agricultural pesticide exposure studies focus on farmworkers and people who live or work near farms. Now research is taking a look at exposure through the actual food we eat. In a large study recently published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, researchers found that we consume fewer pesticides when we eat organic foods compared… Continue Reading

USDA’s Annual Report on Pesticide Residues Says Levels Still Safe

While more than half of foods tested for pesticides this year were found to have at least trace amounts of the chemicals, most amounts fell below “tolerance levels” set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to the annual report on pesticides released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency’s annual report, made in… Continue Reading

Analysis: 30 Percent of NZ Baby Food Contained Pesticide Residues

According to a recent analysis of a government study, New Zealand baby food contained nearly 800 times more pesticides than baby food in Europe. The analysis results and the perceived risks to New Zealand babies were presented Thursday to the parliament in Wellington by Dr. Meriel Watts of the Pesticide Action Network Aotearoa and Alison… Continue Reading