Tag: Pesticides

Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee Opposes Ban on Aerial Herbicide Spraying for Forestry, then Opposes Establishing a Maine Citizen Forest Advisory Board

otes cast today by members of the Maine Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (ACF) revealed the tentacles of corporate capture in Maine policymaking. Disregarding the mountain of science about the environmental and human health effects of glyphosate and other herbicides commonly used in plantation forestry operations, a majority of the committee

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Fall 2003 Maine BPC Report

BPC Rejects Dow Application At its June 13 meeting, the Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) rejected the application of Dow AgroSciences to market clopyralid (Stinger) in Maine with a special label that would require a waiver of liability for damage to cranberries. The herbicide was in the news last year because it persists in compost

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Maine Board of Pesticides Control: 2020 Recap

By Heather Spalding In 2020 the Maine Board of Pesticides (BPC) discussed pesticide residues in medical marijuana, treatment of browntail moth near marine waters, spray notification rules, and water quality monitoring during a pandemic, in addition to the board’s regular business pertaining to funding and finances, variances and special requests for pesticide uses, consent agreements

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Pesticides Action

MOFGA advocates for policies that reduce all farmers’ and homeowners’ reliance on pesticides, and all citizens’ exposures to pesticides in their diets and in the air and drinking water. We believe that the dramatic increases since the 1950s in childhood and adult cancer rates, as well as immune system and reproductive abnormalities, are directly related

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Pesticides: In the News and All Around Us

Who decides which pesticides can be approved for use – are these “forever” decisions? Teach-in participants, left to right: Sharon Tisher, Nancy Ross, Carol Hubbard and Jay Feldman. English photo Saturday, September 21, 2019 The 2019 teach-in at MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair, posted at https://www.youtube.com/user/MaineOrganicFarmers and with edited excerpts below, reviewed the process for regulating pesticides.

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2012 Teach In

A panel of beekeepers (Theresa Gaffney and David Hackenberg, left) and scientists (Kim Stoner and Frank Drummond, right) discussed Colony Collapse Disorder at the Common Ground Country Fair. English photo. Common Ground Country Fair Teach-In 2012 Ten years ago an average of 15 to 20 percent of commercially managed honeybee colonies died annually; now, it’s 30 to

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Managing Cabbage Aphids

Cabbage aphids on kale growing in a tunnel. Photo by Eric Sideman Habitat plants flowering among brussels sprouts. Photo by Becky Sideman By Eric Sideman, Ph.D. Although it may seem so, the cabbage aphid is not a new pest. My favorite discussion of this pest is in a 1928 text called “Destructive and Useful Insects, Their Habits and

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Miracles from Mals to New England

At the 2018 Maine Agricultural Trades Show, Philip Ackerman-Leist spoke about Mals, Italy, which banned synthetic pesticides. Photo courtesy of Chelsea Green Philip Ackerman-Leist Speaks in Maine By Stowell P. Watters There is a place in Northern Italy, right at the top of the boot, where farmers who raise fruits and vegetables, grain and hay,

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Onion Thrips

Onion thrips (left) and western flower thrips (right). Alton N. Sparks, Jr., University of Georgia. From https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Thrips_tabaci,_Frankliniella_occidentalis.jpg By Tom Vigue Before 2002, I had seen the insect called thrips only under a microscope in entomology lab. Then in early July 2002, my onion crop was withering when the bulbs had just begun to size up,

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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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