4 results for month: 07/2019

Widespread Adoption of Biological Control Over Insecticides in Spain’s Almeria Region

7/30/19: Known as the "sea of plastic," Spain's Almeria province is covered by 30,000 hectares of greenhouses, and exported 2.5 million tons of produce last year alone. It has also largely replaced insecticides with biological control, a method of pest control that uses beneficial, predatory insects to manage insect pests. Read more on the Bangkok Post.

Environmental Protection Agency Allows Use of Controversial Insecticide Sulfoxaflor

7/24/19: Environmental groups and beekeepers say sulfoxaflor is one of the chemical compounds responsible for decimating North American bee populations. On July 12th, the EPA lifted several past restrictions on its use, allowing sulfoxaflor to be applied to a variety of crops, including citrus, corn, soybeans, strawberries, pineapples and pumpkins. Read more on the Washington Post

Equitable Food Initiative receives $1.2 million grant from Walmart Foundation

7/24/19: The Equitable Food Initiative has obtained a $1.2 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to promote responsible labor practices on fresh produce farms in Mexico. The grant runs through 2020. Read more on Produce Retailer. 

Thailand to Ban Paraquat, Glyphosate and Chlorpyrifos

7/10/19: Thailand’s Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Grisada Boonrach is currently exploring the legal avenues for imposing an immediate ban on three toxic agrochemicals: paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos. Paraquat has been banned in the European Union since 2007, and is infamous for it’s toxicity to vital organs, including the liver, kidneys, heart and respiratory system. Glyphosate is widely known as the active ingredient in Roundup, the controversial pesticide at the center of several multi-million dollar cancer related lawsuits against agrochemical giant Bayer. Chlorpyrifos has been linked to developmental harm in children and ...