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Proposed Manitoba ban on synthetic chemical pesticides would have exemptions

WINNIPEG - Manitoba is set to join Ontario, Quebec and other provinces in slapping restrictions on the use of synthetic chemical pesticides. A bill put before the legislature Tuesday would forbid the use of such pesticides on lawns, school grounds, playgrounds, hospital properties and other areas, starting Jan. 1. Homeowners would have a further one-year grace period. "Health Canada warns that pesticides should only be applied where no children, elderly persons or pets are present," said Manitoba Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh, who first promised the bill last year.

Beekeepers reject bee health report doesn't do enough to stem pesticide residues

MILTON, Ont. - The Ontario Beekeepers Association says it can't endorse the final report from the Bee Health Working Group. The report released Wednesday by Premier Kathleen Wynne, acting as Minister of Agriculture, promotes the use of non-insecticide treated seed. It also encourages the use of products and tools to reduce the risk of pollinators being exposed to dust containing neonicotinoids during planting. But the association contends the government is incorrectly assuming that neonicotinoids could be safe for bees if applied properly at planting time.

U.S. proposes new safety rules for farm pesticide use

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Farm workers, children and other people working or living near farm fields would have more protection from hazardous pesticides under changes proposed on Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. "Today marks an important milestone for the farm workers who plant, tend, and harvest the food that we put on our tables each day," Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator, said in a statement.

U.S. proposes new safety rules for farm pesticide use

By Carey Gillam (Reuters) - Farm workers, children and other people working or living near farm fields would have more protection from hazardous pesticides under changes proposed on Thursday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. "Today marks an important milestone for the farm workers who plant, tend, and harvest the food that we put on our tables each day," Gina McCarthy, EPA administrator, said in a statement.

First update to workplace standards in 20 years aims to better protect farmers from pesticides

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency is seeking to strengthen 20-year-old standards aimed at protecting farmworkers from toxic pesticides. The changes proposed Thursday would bar anyone 16 and younger from handling the most toxic pesticides and require no-entry zones around and in treated fields to protect workers from drift and fumes. Farms would also have to provide annual training sessions on pesticide risk to workers. Now, farmworkers receive training once every five years.

Controversial scientist claims pesticide toxicity 'proof'

A controversial French biologist, whose 2012 paper on the alleged dangers of pesticides was withdrawn, has published new claims that the chemicals were many times more toxic than advertised. Gilles-Eric Seralini's earlier work found that rats exposed to genetically modified maize and the pesticide Roundup developed tumours and other health problems, but his findings were questioned and his paper in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology finally retracted after his study methods were found lacking.

6 Hurt in clash with police in Paraguay

General Resquin, Paraguay, Jan 22 (EFE).- One man took a rubber bullet in the eye and five other people suffered minor injuries here Wednesday when peasants clashed with Paraguayan police deployed to protect a tractor spraying toxic pesticides. The peasants sought to stop the fumigation of a soy plantation just 20 meters (66 feet) from their homes in Cresencio Gonzalez, a settlement in the General Resquin municipality of northern Paraguay. Cresencio residents say the pesticides are poisoning their crops.

6 Hurt in clash with police in Paraguay

General Resquin, Paraguay, Jan 22 (EFE).- One man took a rubber bullet in the eye and five other people suffered minor injuries here Wednesday when peasants clashed with Paraguayan police deployed to protect a tractor spraying toxic pesticides. The peasants sought to stop the fumigation of a soy plantation just 20 meters (66 feet) from their homes in Cresencio Gonzalez, a settlement in the General Resquin municipality of northern Paraguay. Cresencio residents say the pesticides are poisoning their crops.

Veto override will limit pesticide use, GMO crops on Hawaiian island

By Christopher D'Angelo LIHUE, Hawaii (Reuters) - The governing body on the Hawaiian island of Kauai voted on Saturday to override their mayor's veto of a bill that seeks to reign in widespread pesticide use and the testing of new genetically modified crops. The Kauai County Council's 5-2 vote means agricultural companies will be unable to plant crops inside buffer zones created around schools, homes and hospitals. New limits will be placed on pesticide use and companies must disclose where they will plant test crops.

Mayor in Hawaii vetoes measure curbing pesticides, GMO crops

By Christopher D'Angelo LIHUE, Hawaii (Reuters) - The mayor of the tropical island of Kauai, Hawaii, vetoed a measure on Thursday that reins in pesticide use by agricultural companies and limits where they can plant genetically modified crops, saying the bill was "legally flawed."
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