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See Which Veggies Are Most Dangerous

Kale is right up there when it comes to pesticide residue

(Newser) - Kale lovers, it's time to start washing. The Environmental Working Group has released its annual "Dirty Dozen List" of produce harboring the most pesticide residues, and lo and behold kale comes in third, Time reports. According to testing by the USDA and the FDA—on which the EWG... More »

'Huge Victory:' Court Orders EPA to Ban Popular Pesticide

Scott Pruitt overruled his agency's own scientists in allowing use of chlorpyrifos

(Newser) - A federal appeals court says the Trump administration endangered public health by keeping the top-selling pesticide chlorpyrifos on the market despite extensive scientific evidence that even tiny levels of exposure can harm babies' brains. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to... More »

Researchers Sound Alarm on Dropping Male Sperm Counts

There's been a 52% drop in sperm counts over the last 40 years

(Newser) - The Western man's sperm count just isn't what it used to be. In what the Washington Post calls the largest and most comprehensive look into the matter, an international team of researchers reports in the journal Human Reproductive Update that after analyzing 185 previous studies involving 42,000... More »

Pesticide Maker's Letter to Trump Administration: 'Set Aside' Studies

Companies say risk assessments are flawed

(Newser) - Dow Chemical is pushing the Trump administration to scrap the findings of federal scientists who point to a family of widely used pesticides as harmful to about 1,800 critically threatened or endangered species. Lawyers representing Dow and two other makers of organophosphates sent letters last week to the heads... More »

EPA Chief Rejects Obama Proposal to Ban Pesticide

Agency's researchers had concluded chlorpyrifos posed a health risk

(Newser) - EPA chief Scott Pruitt has decided not to ban a common pesticide, bucking the agency's own research that the compound posed a health risk to children and farm workers, the New York Times reports. Chlorpyrifos, or Lorsban, has been used for five decades on dozens of crops including broccoli... More »

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