pesticide

EARTHTALK®: IS DEET SAFE?

From the Editors of E - The Environmental Magazine

Dear EarthTalk: Is DEET natural and is it safe to use topically as a mosquito repellent? And which formulations and concentrations are advised?-- M. Frey, Milwaukee, WI

August 1, 2020  -- DEET (short for “diethyltoluamide”) is a synthetic compound invented by the U.S. Army in 1946 that can be applied topically to repel mosquitos, ticks, fleas, chiggers, leeches and other biting insects. Unlike other repellents which actually deter bugs with smells they don’t like—or even kill them on contact—DEET just makes it harder for pests to smell us so they are more likely to leave us alone.


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EPA PLANS TO BAN CONTROVERSIAL PESTICIDE

 

Chlorpyrifos linked to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and lower IQ

By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service

PHOTO:. Photo credit: Chris Jordan-Bloch/Earthjustice.

July 9, 2015 (Fresno)--Environmental and farm workers' groups are cheering this week's announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it plans to ban agricultural use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos.


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ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

October 4, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

  • Loose seats on American Airline flights ground planes  (WAFB TV)
  • Ahead of presidential debates, polls show Obama ahead on key issues (Washington Post)
  • Mitt Romney would allow waivers to DREAMers (NBC)
  • Most swing states are better off today (LA Times)
  • Supreme Court rejects appeal on airport scanners (Reuters)
  • China farm sues Obama over blocked wind farm deal (BBC)
  • Obama blocks Chinese company from owning Oregon wind farm (Fox)
  • Montana governor sees big savings with new state health clinic (Reuters)
  • Intelligence effort named citizens, not terrorists(UT San Diego)

WORLD

  • U.S. intelligence now says Benghazi attacks deliberate (Reuters)
  • Pesticide use ramping up as GMO crop technology backfires: study (Reuters)
  • Nigeria probes student killings (BBC)
  • The Arab Spring becomes a Western Winter (Jewish World Review)
  • California man behind anti-Islam film arrested

Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.


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STANFORD RESEARCH CONFIRMS HEALTH BENEFITS DRIVING CONSUMERS TO ORGANIC

Organic foods have lower pesticide residues, lower chance for antibiotic-resistant bacteria

September 8, 2012 (Washington, D.C.)—A review article published September in the Annals of Internal Medicine confirms that consuming organic foods reduces consumers’ exposure to pesticide residues and to bacteria resistant to antibiotics, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) notes. These are among the top reasons consumers cite for choosing to buy organic products.


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