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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 ...

Agricultural Tech Startup Develops Incentives for Growers That Carbon Bank

6/24/19: Indigo Agriculture, an agricultural technology start up is rolling out  the Terraton Initiative: a carbon-banking project to move one trillion tons of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and into agricultural soils. This is a four-pronged strategy, involving a carbon market with incentives for growers that implement regenerative strategies, an open sourced carbon study, the "Terraton Challenge" to encourage the development of new technologies and the "Terraton Cup" to inspire competition and innovation. Read more on Triple Pundit

EPA to Change Pesticide Evaluation Criteria After Pressure from Organophosphate Manufacturers

6/19/19: After receiving pushback from the manufacturers of three organophosphate insecticides, the EPA is reevaluating its process for determining the risk level of pesticides, an approach established in 2015. " Traditionally, the agency has used the maximum allowed usages stated on the pesticide label. Pesticide manufacturers claim that approach is overly conservative. The EPA now proposes evaluating risks using actual pesticide use data from various sources. Environmental groups argue that doing so would exclude from the analysis large geographical areas where no pesticide use data are available. " Read more on Chemical & Engineering News

UK Accused of Eroding Human Health Protections in Brexit Pesticide Policy Conversion Process

6/13/19: An analysis by the University of Sussex’s UK Trade Policy Observatory (UKTPO) has found serious departures from human health safety standards in the pages of pesticide policy being converted from EU to British law in the wake of Brexit, a process largely sold to the public as a technical exercise. Read more on The Guardian.

Rainy Planting Season Forces Midwestern Farmers to Choose Between Planting Now or Next Season

6/6/19: The New Food Economy published an article last Friday detailing the heavy rain and shrinking planting window facing Midwestern farmers this season. This year, weather has pushed the planting season perilously close to its limit, says Scott Irwin, an agricultural economist at the University of Illinois. “We’re about 20 percentage points behind the worst years of the last 40,” he says, when it comes to late planting of corn. “We are into uncharted territory.” Usually, by this time of year, farmers have planted 90 percent of their corn. As of Sunday, only 58 percent of the acreage has been planted, making it the slowest year on ...

New Food Economy Reports on Crops Modified for Climate Change

5/30/19: As climate change worsens, and weather becomes more extreme and varied, many fear that farmland will no longer support the crops it currently grows. The New Food Economy released an article last week investigating some of the ways geneticists, plant breeders, and agribusinesses are trying to make agriculture more resilient. Read the article here.

Understanding Agroforestry Infographics Available From Savanna Institute

The Savanna Institute has released a series of Understanding Agroforestry infographics. These free, downloadable infographics describe five common agroforestry practices: riparian buffers, forest farming, alley cropping, silvopasture and windbreaks. Each includes an illustration of the practice, a summary of its challenges and benefits and a section of FAQs about implementing the technique. You can find them here.

KCUR Reports on Uneven Pesticide Exposure Tracking in the Midwest

5/20/19: KCUR published an article today discussing the lack of farm worker pesticide exposure incident data in the midwest. "Harvest Public Media asked the departments of agriculture in Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska how many worker-exposure incidents were reported between 2013 and 2017. Officials in Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado were able to answer." Read more on KCUR.

Bayer to pay $2 billion after losing suit alleging weedkiller Roundup responsible for defendant’s cancer

5/16/19: Bayer on Monday was ordered by a Northern California jury to pay over $2 billion to an elderly couple who say they were diagnosed with cancer after using the company’s glyphosate-based pesticide Roundup. Bayer is planning on appealing the lawsuit and claims the court's ruling contradicts the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that there are “no risks to public health from the current registered uses of glyphosate.” Read more on CNBC

California Bans Chlorpyrifos

5/9/19: Defying the Trump EPA's longstanding inaction, California is now in the process of banning chlorpyrifos, a widely used pesticide that has been linked to brain damage in children. California governor Gavin Newsom has also proposed $5.7m in new funding to support the transition from chlorpyrifos to “safer, more sustainable alternatives”. DowDuPont spokesman Gregg Schmidt said the agrochemical giant is now “evaluating all options to challenge” California’s ban. Read more on The Guardian.