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      . . . about Chemicals, Pesticides, and Natural Pest Control


Rating: 3 of 5 - Good, worth a listen Food Sleuth Radio

Pesticides—Beware the Drifter — Attorney Amanda Heyman's job is providing legal counsel for independent farmers and food businesses. Here she discusses the legal aspects of pesticide drift, GMOs, organics, and "natural" labeling.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   28:15

GP comment:  Pesticide drift may sound like a boring technical topic, of limited interest to anyone but farmers. But it affects a wide variety of issues, from air quality for residences around non-organic farms to the integrity of organic foods.

Original Show Pub Date: 20.Nov.2014


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good Living on Earth

Green Groups Sue EPA Over Agent Orange-Related Herbicide — A coalition of environmental groups and farmers is suing the EPA over approval of Dow Chemical’s new GMO crop herbicide, Enlist Duo, a combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D, one of two active ingredients in the notorious Vietnam-era defoliant Agent Orange. The lawsuit alleges inadequate environmental and health assessments by the agency. Bill Freese of the Center for Food Safety discusses the suit and the effects the herbicide is likely to have on weed resistance and pollinators.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   8:35

GP comment:  This case has gotten a lot of press, but the entire pesticide regime is out of control, as a walk down the pesticide aisle in the gardening section of a big-box store will tell you.

Original Show Pub Date: 31.Oct.2014 ~~ Original story title: Agent Orange-Related Herbicide Approved for GMO Crops; EPA Sued


Rating: 4 of 5 - Very good TUC Radio

Poisoning the Sky—A Community Investigates Chemtrails and Fights Back — Residents of Shasta County, California have documented that the lingering white trails in the sky above—chemtrails—are correlated with an increase in toxic contaminants in rain, snow, and surface water, including aluminum, barium and strontium. In this clip, we hear experts and citizens present their evidence before the Shasta County Supervisors as a matter of public health and an issue of citizens' right to know. They point out that the chemicals in the contaminated water are also found in patents for weather modification chemicals used by the military and private contractors.
Go to page  |  Download/listen   30:00

GP comment:  This is not concerned citizens making unsupported allegations. There is science here, presented by credentialed witnesses.

Original Show Pub Date: 10.Sep.2014


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      . . . about Chemicals, Pesticides, Natural Pest Control


funny video about vinyl link; thumb of cartoon graphic of private eye character
It was a dark and stormy night... and perfect for some animation noire. "Sam Suds ... and the Case of PVC, the Poison Plastic" is a spoof of the hard-boiled P.I. genre that takes aim at that toxic perp known as Vinyl.  Watch funny video about vinyl.

video on chemical body burden link; thumb of '287 chemicals detected' with test tubes in background
American babies are born pre-polluted with as many as 300 industrial chemicals in their bodies. Accumulation continues throughout life. Even low-dose chemicals can have devastating effects. Ken Cook of the EWG gives a witty, informative talk and slideshow on we, the polluted.  Watch video on chemical body burden(22:27)

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      . . . about Pesticides and Pesticide Toxicity

Chemical Reaction, A (2009) (Documentary)

DESCRIPTION: Dr. June Irwin, a dermatologist, noticed a connection between her patients' health conditions and their exposure to chemical pesticides. With relentless persistence she brought her concerns to town meetings to warn her fellow citizens that the chemicals they were putting on their lawns posed severe health and environmental risks. Dr. Irwin's persuasive arguments and data eventually led the town to enact a by-law that banned the use of all chemical pesticides. The pesticide manufacturers and their lawyers, of course, did not site idly by and just let it happen....

Learn more at the film's web site

Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)

Starring: William Shatner, Tiffany Bolling

REVIEW: The premise of Kingdom of the Spiders is that pesticides, in particular DDT, have killed off so much of the local tarantulas' normal food sources that the creepy crawlies have been forced to move up the food chain, taking on cattle, dogs, and even humans. There is a lot of truth to the idea that chemical pesticides disrupt the natural balance of things, but this is not a movie about scientific fact. It's about hairy-scary spiders and a small town's fight to survive—a typical 1970s bugs-attacking-things movie. We have to admit, though—the last scene yields a surprisingly good payoff.

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Sense of Wonder, A (2009) (Documentary)

DESCRIPTION: When pioneering environmentalist Rachel Carson published Silent Spring in 1962, the backlash from her critics thrust her into the center of a political maelstrom. Despite her private persona, her convictions about the risks posed by chemical pesticides forced her into the role of controversial public figure. A Sense of Wonder is an intimate and poignant portrait of Rachel Carson's life as she emerges as America's most successful advocate for the natural world.  (55 min)

Check out DVD at Bullfrog Films

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      . . . about Natural Pest Control and Pesticides

  ANTS / PEST CONTROL  (UPDATED)   (Pest Control Article #63) 30-MAR-2010
  natural ant control article link; thumb of ants “ANTS IN YOUR PANTS” AND

How to Naturally Solve Your Sugar Ant Problem
  MALARIA AND DDT   (Pesticides Article #167) 16-JAN-2007
  DDT and Malaria article link; thumb of mosquito OLD PESTICIDES NEVER DIE; THEY JUST WON’T EVEN FADE AWAY
DDT and Malaria — Will Propaganda Allow a Killer to Rise from the Dead?
  HOW TO AVOID PESTICIDE RESIDUES   (Pesticides Article #164) 21-NOV-2006
  Pesticides in Food article link; thumb of section from wallet guide BAD RESIDUALS FROM DAILY RERUNS OF “EATING YOUR FOOD”
Reduce Your Exposure to Pesticides in Food Through Smart Food Choices
  PESTICIDES IN SCHOOLS (UPDATED)   (Pesticides Article #88) 6-SEP-2007
  back to school safety article link; thumb of boy in floppy hat HAZARDS AT SCHOOL —

A Good Learning Environment Requires
Health and Safety in Schools
  thumb of Bjorn Lomborg; link for environmental article, Skeptical Environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg is Still Bungling the Truth About Our Environment BJORN LOMBORG — BJORN TO BE WILD...LY INACCURATE?
"Skeptical Environmentalist" Bjorn Lomborg —
Still Bungling Truth About Environment
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  AGENT ORANGE AND WEED KILLERS   (Pesticides Article #134) 28-JUN-2005
  thumb of kids and dog on graph; link for environmental article, Agent Orange and Lawn Weed Killers - What's the Connection? DO YOU LOVE THE SMELL OF AGENT ORANGE IN THE MORNING?
Agent Orange and Lawn Weed Killers —
What's the Connection?
  BENEFICIAL INSECTS   (Pest Control Article #125) 26-APR-2005
  thumb image of beneficial insect wasp; link for environmental article, Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden NATURAL PEST CONTROL (OTHER THAN CALLER ID)
Attracting Beneficial Insects to Your Garden
  PESTICIDES IN SCHOOLS   (Pesticides Article #122) 05-APR-2005
  thumb image of school building; link for environmental article, Reducing Toxic Pesticide Use in Schools with Integrated Pest Management (IPM) SCHOOLS — CULTIVATING MINDS AND POISONING BODIES?
Reducing Toxic Pesticide Use in Schools with Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  HEALTH - PESTICIDES/ANTIBIOTICS   (Pesticides Article #111) 18-JAN-2005
  photo of e coli in microscope; link for health article, Parallels Between Health in Nature and Health in the Human Digestive System NOW PLAYING: JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTHLING
Parallels Between Health in Nature and Health in the Human Digestive System
  PESTICIDES ON NUTS   (Pesticides Article #110) 11-JAN-2005
  photo of nuts; link for health article, The Benefits of Eating Nuts (plus a Few Tips) THE HEALTH-CONSCIOUS SCHIZO WENT NUTS
The Benefits of Eating Nuts (plus a Few Tips)
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  photo of chemical tanks; link for environmental article, Could the Bhopal Chemical Disaster Happen in the United States? “20 YEARS” IS THE METHYL-ISOCYANATE ANNIVERSARY
Could the Bhopal Chemical Disaster Happen in the
United States?
  BIOLOGICAL PEST CONTROL   (Article #85) 03-AUG-2004
  picture of ladybug; link for environmental article, We Can Fight Insecticide-Resistant Pests Better with Biological Controls MOM, CAN I PUT SOME SUPER-MORPHING BUG JUICE IN MY SQUIRT GUN?
We Can Fight Insecticide-Resistant Pests Better with Biological Controls
  CHILDREN AND PESTICIDES   (Article #80) 01-JUL-2004
  picture of girl playing in grass; link for environmental article, Chemical Pesticide Exposure and Effects on Children THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT — OR MAYBE NOT
Chemical Pesticide Exposure and Effects on Children
  HOME AND LAWN PESTICIDES   (Article #52) 18-MAR-2004
  picture of dandelions; link for environmental article, Is it Safe to Use Weedkillers and Bug Killers Where Kids and Pets Live? “HEALTH-B-GONE” AND OTHER HOMEOWNER

Is it Safe to Use Weedkillers and Bug Killers Where Kids and Pets Live?
  ORGANIC MYTHS & REALITIES   (Pesticides Article #47) 02-MAR-2004
  picture of crops; link for environmental article, Organic Food and Agriculture, Myths and Realities “I’LL HAVE THE ORGANIC DRAGONBURGER WITH A SIDE OF LIES”
Organic Food and Agriculture—Myths and Realities
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  PESTICIDES & FLOWERS   (Pesticides Article #40) 05-FEB-2004
  thumbnail of organic flowers roses; link for environmental article, Buying Organic Flowers Lets You Avoid Pesticide Residue on That Lovely Bouquet FLOWERS?  FOR ME?  YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE!  NO, REALLY—YOU SHOULDN'T HAVE!
Buying Organic Flowers Lets You Avoid Pesticide Residue on That Lovely Bouquet
  CHOCOLATE & PESTICIDES   (Organic Article #39) 13-FEB-2006
  Chocolate and Pesticides article link; thumb of chocolates “ANT” ISN’T NECESSARILY THE WORST PART OF

Chocolate and Pesticides — Are Pesticide Residues Enough to Make You Buy Organic Cocoa?
  PESTICIDES & THE GREEN REVOLUTION   (Pesticides Article #31) 06-JAN-2004
  picture of farm rows; link for environmental article, The Green Revolution, A Major Burnout Case MAJOR TOM TO CROP CONTROL...

The Green Revolution—A Major Burnout Case
  (pt 1 of 2)
  picture of vietnam; link for environmental article, Persistent Organic Pollutants Are the Baddest of the Bad Actor Chemicals POPs GO THE WEASELS WHO KEEP MAKING THIS STUFF
Persistent Organic Pollutants Are the Baddest of the "Bad Actor" Chemicals
  PARADIGM SHIFT & PESTICIDES   (Article #7) 25-SEP-2003
  picture of field of wheat, link to environmental article, Paradigm Shift - How Some Try to Win By Changing the Rules of the Game TIGHTLY CLUTCHING YOUR NEW HURST PARADIGM SHIFTER
How Some Try to Win By Changing the Rules of the Game
  PESTICIDES IN FOOD   (Pesticides Article #1) 01-SEP-2002
  picture of fruit, link to environmental article, Pesticides in Food Can Accumulate in the Human Body BARTENDER, GIMME A BEER WITH A DDT CHASER
Pesticides in Food Can Accumulate in the Human Body
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      . . . on Toxic Pesticides and Natural Pest Control


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  book cover for Agent Orange: Collateral Damage in Vietnam, by Philip Jones Griffiths, 11/1/2003

The United States' use in Vietnam of the herbicide-defoliant "Agent Orange" resulted in a long-term, horrific effect on the reproductive and developmental health of those who were exposed. This book presents gripping pictorials of the children and grandchildren of those who were exposed to the literal rain of the poison. "Agent Orange: Collateral Damage in Vietnam" serves both as conscience and educator. (by Philip Jones Griffiths)

  book cover for The Organic Gardener's Handbook of Natural Insect and Disease Control, by Ellis, et al, Jun-1996

Features encyclopedic coverage of the pests that bug all the planty things growing in your yard, including lawns, flowers, fruits, vegetables, and ornamentals. Excellent pictures help you identify specific diseases and pests so you can design the best pest-control program.  "The pictures of bugs and disease damage are very helpful for answering questions like 'What the heck kind of bug is that eating my cabbage?!?' ... The book has great info for figuring out a safe way to control pest problems or prevent them from happening in the first place." – GP

  book cover for Silent Spring, Rachel Carson, 1/1/1962

In 1962, Rachel Carson documented the increasing use of dangerous chemical pesticides, the collusion between pesticide manufacturers and government to give the public false confidence in the safety of the products, and the resulting environmental devastation. Little has truly changed since then, and "Silent Spring" remains a scary reminder about the insidious effects chemicals still have on all of us.


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"Until we have a more complete understanding of pesticide toxicity, the benefit of the doubt should be awarded to protecting the environment, the worker, and the consumer—this precautionary approach is necessary because the data on risk to human health from exposure to pesticides are incomplete."

British Medical Association

"If ... we have concluded that we are being asked to take senseless and frightening risks, then we should no longer accept the counsel of those who tell us that we must fill our world with poisonous chemicals; we should look about and see what other course is open to us."

Rachel Carson, author, Silent Spring

"Exposure to some pesticides during infancy, even at very low levels, can lead to serious life-long consequences if the pesticides disrupt hormone-driven developmental processes."

Charles M. Benbrook

"Each Valentine's day, when US and other consumers purchase millions of flowers for their loved ones and deeply inhale the fresh aroma of roses and carnations, they rarely think about where the flowers come from or how they are produced. Yet, if these same people knew more about the high levels of agrochemicals used in flower production and the often less-than-rosy labor conditions under which flowers are produced, they might think twice about sinking their noses into the petals to smell the perfume."

Environmental Health Perspectives
[Volume 110, Number 5, May 2002]


Chemicals & Toxics

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      . . . on Pesticides and Pest Control

Earth Day Joke/Cartoon link; thumb of gardener wearing hat with flower WHAT PEOPLE WILL LIKELY DO ON EARTH DAY
pest control cartoon/joke; thumb of household pest HOW PEOPLE TAKE CARE OF PESTS



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      . . . for Pesticides and Natural Pest Control

Works for pesticide safety and adoption of alternative pest management strategies

The US EPA office responsible for pesticide regulation and enforcement

A database listing info on dozens of common chemical pesticides; includes uses and alternatives, health and environmental effects, and more. From the group Beyond Pesticides.

Provides science-based information about a wide variety of pesticide-related subjects; from Oregon State University and US EPA

Advances healthy solutions to pest problems

A network of 600+ NGOs, institutions and individuals in 60 countries working to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound alternatives

USDA data on pesticide residues in food

Solutions for pest control that use the methods least toxic to you, your family, and the environment

US EPA list of active and cancelled pesticide products classified as "Restricted Use"

Not sure what to make of it, but there is a lot of data here!

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