|El Salvador Government Bans Roundup over Deadly Kidney Disease|
Sustainable Pulse - 9/19/2013. In a shocking move the government of El Salvador in Central America has banned the use of Glyphosate (Roundup) and 52 other dangerous chemicals a recent press release by the El Salvador Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources made clear.
|Results point to safer pest control|
The Californian - 9/19/2013. By D.L. Taylor - A scientific process under development along the Central Coast is showing success in treating key soil pathogens without the use of controversial fumigants applied to the region’s billion-dollar strawberry crop. [Carbon compounds, such as rice bran or molasses, are mixed with the soil; the soil is then irrigated and covered with a plastic tarp. The resulting anaerobic conditions deprive soil-borne pests of oxygen.]
|Misgivings About How a Weed Killer Affects the Soil|
The New York Times - 9/19/2013. By Stephanie Strom - Alton, Iowa: The puny, yellow corn stalks stand like weary sentries on one boundary of Dennis Von Arb’s field here. On a windy day this spring, his neighbor sprayed glyphosate on his fields, and some of the herbicide blew onto Mr. Von Arb’s conventionally grown corn, killing the first few rows. He’s more concerned, though, about the soil. During heavy rains in the summer, the runoff from his neighbor’s farm soaked his fields with glyphosate-laden water.
|Women living near pesticide-treated fields have smaller babies|
Environmental News Network - 9/19/2013. By Lindsey Konkel - Women in Northern California farm towns gave birth to smaller babies if they lived within three miles of strawberry fields and other crops treated with the pesticide methyl bromide, according to researchers.