pesticides http://kplu.org en Controversial Insecticides to Carry Clearer Warnings to Protect Bees http://kplu.org/post/controversial-insecticides-carry-clearer-warnings-protect-bees <p>Northwest beekeepers are applauding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for requiring certain pesticides to carry a clearer warning label. The idea is to prevent home gardeners and farmers from inadvertently harming beneficial pollinators, like bees.</p><p>The EPA directive applies to widely used bug killers, rose and flower treatments, and grub controls. Future labels will have to carry specific warnings under a picture of a bee.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 23:26:27 +0000 Tom Banse 9657 at http://kplu.org Controversial Insecticides to Carry Clearer Warnings to Protect Bees Wash. state pressed to save honey bees by restricting pesticides http://kplu.org/post/wash-state-pressed-save-honey-bees-restricting-pesticides <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is the time of year when local farmers count on bees and other insects to pollinate orchards and vegetable and berry fields. The change in the seasons is not the only thing creating a buzz in the world of beekeeping.</span></p><p>This week, the European Commission put a moratorium on the use of three popular pesticides judged to pose high risk to bees.</p><p>Beekeepers have started to push Washington State's Department of Agriculture to go in that direction, too. And that could have an effect on what's available at your local garden center.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 23:29:47 +0000 Tom Banse 8629 at http://kplu.org Wash. state pressed to save honey bees by restricting pesticides Pesticide protections for Pacific salmon head to court http://kplu.org/post/pesticide-protections-pacific-salmon-head-court <p>An East Coast court case could have big impacts on West Coast fish, and farmers too. Chemical manufacturers are <a href="http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/consultations/dow_complaint.pdf">suing the federal government </a>to get a rule restricting pesticide use wiped off the books.</p><p>In 2008 the National Marine Fisheries Service ruled a certain class of pesticides is a mortal threat to salmon and steelhead populations. Organophosphates are common on farms, and used to be widely used in gardens before regulators phased them out.</p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 00:27:02 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 6797 at http://kplu.org Pesticide protections for Pacific salmon head to court Feds say 3 pesticides harmful to salmon http://kplu.org/post/feds-say-3-pesticides-harmful-salmon <p>A draft federal evaluation has found that three more common pesticides used on home lawns and agricultural crops jeopardize the survival of West Coast salmon.</p><p> Mon, 09 Apr 2012 23:59:48 +0000 The Associated Press 4694 at http://kplu.org Rural Oregon Residents Await Pesticide Exposure Investigation Results http://kplu.org/post/rural-oregon-residents-await-pesticide-exposure-investigation-results <p>Residents who live on Highway 36 west of Eugene are waiting for the results of a Pesticide Exposure Investigation by the state of Oregon. They believe herbicide spraying by the timber industry is causing health issues in their communities.</p><p>For years, residents near Blachly and Triangle Lake have complained of pesticide drift from clear-cut sprays. But it wasn&rsquo;t until last spring that they caught the attention of the state. In independent biological testing, more than 30 people from the area tested positive for the common timber industry herbicides Atrazine and 2,4,D.</p> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 19:25:29 +0000 Northwest News Network 3231 at http://kplu.org