Category: Pesticides

Survey

… and Lack of IPM and Applicator Training If you suspected that your kids were being exposed to pesticides in their schools, your hunch was probably right. A survey of Maine schools earlier this year showed widespread pesticide use, without notice to parents and kids, often without application by a licensed professional (a violation of

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Lansky Editorial

By Mitch Lansky In agriculture, some interests are promoting expanded use of herbicide-resistant crops, and thus, by definition, expanded dependence on herbicides. Some interests are promoting expansion of monocultures of specialized crops that are highly susceptible to insect infestations and thus more dependent on chemical insecticides. In forestry, some interests are promoting expanded even-aged management

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Maine Board of Pesticides Control 2015 Recap

By Katy Green and Jean English In order to provide more in-depth and integrated coverage of meetings of the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC), The MOF&G is making this annual report covering all 2015 meetings, rather than the quarterly reports we previously ran. Complete documents relating to BPC meetings are posted at https://www.maine.gov/dacf/php/pesticides/meetings.shtml. MOFGA

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BPC 2017 Recap

By Jean English and Heather Spalding The Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) addressed a new topic in 2017: the use of drones to apply pesticides. Beyond that, most of the meetings covered business as usual: granting variances and special registrations for pesticide uses, levying minimal fines for violators of pesticides rules, elucidating difficulties in

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Maine BPC 2016 Recap

Carol Eckert, M.D. In October 2016, Mainers mourned the loss of Carol Eckert, M.D., who died from injuries sustained in a bicycle riding accident in Windsor. Carol, a doctor, served on the Maine Board of Pesticides Control for 30 years and on various other boards of important nonprofits, including the Environmental Health Strategy Center and

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Maine Board of Pesticides Control 2019 Recap

Compiled by Jean English and Heather Spalding In 2019 the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) discussed water quality, tracking pesticide use, and mosquitoes and browntail moths. It also granted variances and special registrations for pesticide uses, levied a fine for a violation of pesticides rules, and more. The BPC, Maine’s lead agency for pesticide

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Why Pesticide Reduction Why Now

A Policy Paper of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association February 1997 MOFGA has proposed “An Act to Reduce Reliance on Pesticides” in this legislative session. The bill, which is co-sponsored by State Senator Marge Kilkelly, Senate District 16 (Co-chair of the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry and Conservation), and State Senator John Nutting, Senate

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Former BPC

Jo D. Saffeir By Sharon Tisher Two long-standing members of the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC), both “public” representatives, retired this year. The MOF&G interviewed them about their thoughts in retrospect about their service. Jo D. Saffeir, of Pownal, had served on the Board for six years. She is an environmental consultant who works

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Schools

Report Documents Pesticide Poisoning at Schools School Pesticide Policy Web Page Report Documents Pesticide Poisoning at Schools Children are exposed and harmed when pesticides are used at school, according to a new report, “Unthinkable Risk,” released today by the Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides (NCAP). The report documents nearly 100 actual incidents, and cites

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Pesticides in Schools

A panel of experts addressed the issue of pesticide use in schools at the Common Ground Fair. From left to right: Maine’s IPM Specialist Kathy Murray; Willow Wetherall, U. of M. student; Ann Fuller from Mass PIRG; Sharon Tisher, President of MOFGA and U. of M. faculty member; and Sandra Haggard, professor of women’s studies

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