Pesticides

The chemicals used to grow our food and maintain our parks and playgrounds are putting our health at risk.

The food we buy should be safe to eat, and our parks and playgrounds shouldn’t be filled with chemicals that put our health at risk, especially when those risks include cancer and developmental disorders. Choosing to buy organic, gardening without pesticides, and avoiding chemical fertilizers are all important, but only collective action will stop the use of these dangerous chemicals. 

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In the U.S., 26 million pounds of glyphosate, the main chemical ingredient in Roundup, are sprayed on public parks, playgrounds, schools and gardens in a year.

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We’re working to ban RoundUp in parks, playgrounds and other public spaces until it is proven safe. Learn more

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IDOA rules would ignore damage caused by volatile, drifting pesticide

Pesticides

IDOA rules would ignore damage caused by volatile, drifting pesticide

The Illinois Department of Agriculture announced on Wednesday the release of permanent rules regulating the use of dicamba, a volatile, toxic pesticide, on soybeans grown in the state. The new rules, first implemented last year and now made permanent, prohibit the application of dicamba on soybeans above certain temperatures and wind speeds, factors that can contribute to greater drift incidents. After implementing similar rules last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found no reduction in dicamba drift complaints.

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U.S. PIRG Joins Rep. Blumenauer In Calling For Farm Bill Reform

Food & farming

U.S. PIRG Joins Rep. Blumenauer In Calling For Farm Bill Reform

Rep. Blumenauer (OR) unveiled a new blueprint for the federal Farm Bill today. His bill, the Food & Farm Act, cuts wasteful agriculture subsidies that steer farmers toward harmful and unhealthy farming practices. Additionally, it deepens U.S. investments in proven conservation programs that help farmers switch to sustainable farming practices.

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Crop Diversity: Good For Public Health, Good For The Bottom Line

Food & farming

Crop Diversity: Good For Public Health, Good For The Bottom Line

For more than a decade, Iowa State University has been testing the merits of a 4-crop rotation, such as planting corn, soy, oats, and alfalfa over the course of four years. The results? The ISU researchers have reduced their use of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers by about 90% while maintaining profits. That’s a staggering number, and even if farmers don’t push the limits as aggressively as ISU agronomists, we’re still talking about major reductions in chemicals. Moreover, we would expect correlating reductions in cancers, respiratory problems, reproductive system disorders, and more.  

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Emily
Rusch

Emily
Rusch

Vice President and Senior Director of State Offices, The Public Interest Network