• Learn To Manage Weeds Without Chemical Pesticides
  • Link to SK Organic Resources
  • Learn to Manage Pests Naturally
  • LIving Near Fields Increases Pesticide Exposure
  • Grow a Lush Garden Organically
  • Learn About Colony Collapse Disorder and How to Protect Bees
  • SNAP Tour of Organic Vegetable Garden
  • Learn About Pesticides in Foods
  • Weeds Can Be Managed Without Chemical Pesticides
  • Learn to Keep Insects Out of your Crops

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Take Action: What’s In the Bottle, Bag, or Box Is Not Tested Fully for Adverse Effects

Most formulations not tested.

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Take Action: What’s In the Bottle, Bag, or Box Is Not Tested Fully for Adverse Effects  (Beyond Pesticides, March 17, 2019)

Forget about single-pesticide issues: this affects every single one of them. EPA is allowing massive data gaps to persist for each and every pesticide product it registers by conducting the bulk of its health and environmental risk assessments using active ingredients alone. With its current practices, EPA is failing its federal mandate to protect public health and the environment and misleading the public about what is “safe.”

'Based on EPA’s current policies, the agency does not require any testing on the health effects of pesticide products, as commonly applied, in the areas of chronic toxicity, carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, developmental and reproductive toxicity, or subchronic oral toxicity, inhalation toxicity, and neurotoxicity. Nor does it require any testing on the effect of whole pesticide products on avian oral toxicity, avian dietary toxicity, avian reproduction, freshwater aquatic invertebrate life cycle, freshwater fish early-life stage, or honey bee acute contact toxicity.'

'To put it another way: EPA has no idea whether the pesticide products it registers and claims pose an “acceptable risk” could cause cancer, chronic disease, developmental delays, or infertility. EPA has no idea whether the pesticide products it registers could harm or kill birds, fish, aquatic invertebrates, or honey bees. These data gaps are alarming and unacceptable, and a misinterpretation of the law.'

SNAP Comment: Same is done in Canada. more info under Inert ingredients (called formulants in Canada)/Canada including updated links to the PMRA web site links on formulants.

filed under Inerts/Formulants

Friday, January 18, 2019

Petition. Please sign.

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Health Canada: glyphosate isn't safe just because Monsanto says so (SumofUs petition to Health Canada, January 2019)

Update January 13 2019: Health Canada just announced that it thinks that Monsanto's toxic glyphosate is perfectly safe. Now, more than ever, we need to pile on the pressure to have the registration reviewed.

Please sign.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Petition: Stop spraying BC forests with herbicide to kill trees like poplar that wildlife need

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Petition: Stop spraying BC forests with herbicide to kill trees like poplar that wildlife need
I signed it because spraying essentially turns forests into plantations with their loss of habitat and diversity. I also signed because it is now getting clearer that aspen groves act as fire breaks and I have breathed enough smoke form BC fires this year to last me a lifetime!
Please consider signing.
 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Stop the University of Saskatchewan Monsanto Cover-up!

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To: University of Saskatchewan Chancellor, The Honourable Roy Romanow
Stop the University of Saskatchewan Monsanto Cover-up!

"When we made a request for review to Saskatchewan’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, it was his determination that most of the redactions were unlawful, and he recommended that the University should lift most of the redactions to make the transcript more publicly accessible. The University’s refusal to comply has impelled us to begin costly legal proceedings paid with personal funds, which the University has strenuously resisted, using its much greater (public!) resources. A judicial review in Court of Queen’s Bench is pending."

Sunday, November 11, 2018

TAKE ACTION: Tell Florida’s Natural: Orange Juice with Roundup Weedkiller Isn’t ‘Natural’

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

'Ban all bee-killing pesticides!'

Petition to ask France not to approve a new neonicotinoid

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There is currently (November 2017) a campaign to ask for France to 'Ban all bee-killing pesticides!' Please consider signing and sharing. 

We’ve just learned that regulators in France have authorised the use of a new bee-killing pesticide called Sulfoxaflor. It’s a neonicotinoid -- the class of pesticides that is known to pose a deadly risk for bees and other pollinators.

We still can’t believe it!

France has been at the forefront of the battle to protect the bees: it is the first country to ever decide on an outright ban of all neonics starting in 2018.

great references on the page and entered  under fact-sheets

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Ban Glyphosate in British Columbia

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Ban Glyphosate in British Columbia
Petitioning Minister of Agriculture, BC Lana Popham and 1 other

Petition on change.org

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Canada must ban neonics now

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Canada must ban neonics now

A David Suzuki letter campaign to the Minister of Health

Please consider sending your letter now. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Help Protect a Fragile Ecosystem from Being Contaminated by Neonics that Poison Aquatic Organisms!

US campaign but relevant because of the widespread use and distribution of imidacloprid

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  Help Protect a Fragile Ecosystem from Being Contaminated by Neonics that Poison Aquatic Organisms! 

'Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) needs to hear from you as it completes a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) on yet another application from oyster growers to poison Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor with the neonicotinoid imidicloprid. This is an unacceptable way to treat a critically important estuary, given what we know about the threat that neonicotinoid insecticides pose to aquatic organisms, in addition to their widely known adverse effects on pollinators."

 With imidacloprid being under review and its now known widespread water contamination, accumulation potential in sediments and effects on wildlife including invertebrates, it is folly to use it in a water environment. The last time I checked, oysters were also invertebates.... 

Please take a minute and consider sending a pre-written letter.
 

Friday, May 5, 2017

Contact SaskPower about the 2017 wood pole Maintenance Program

Ask they install steel or concrete power poles instead.

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re 2017 Wood Pole Maintenance Program blog post @ re 2017 Wood Pole Maintenance Program blog post

5 May 2017

To SaskPower

SaskPower is going on with business as usual by replacing toxic posts with more toxic posts because that is what they have always done. The difference between then and now is that NOW, we KNOW about the health and environmental risks of pentachlorophenol. In 2015, penta was added to Annex A (elimination) of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants and, in three years, the chemical will be phased out. Poles are being planted now that are going to be giving off toxic penta for 50, 60 or 70 years to come. Is ths acceptable? Adding the cost of over $8000 of incinerating each post and the health and environmental costs to the purchase cost should make it obvious that new posts that SaskPower installs are either steel or concrete.

Thanks to Yvonne for putting this issue on the map.

More backgound information and SNAP's response to Sask Power's 2017 Wood Pole Maintenance Program blog post can be found at http://www.snapinfo.ca/issues/treated-wood

Please tell SaskPower to install posts made of steel or concrete rather than pentachlorophenol treated ones.

Sask Power's 2017 Wood Pole Maintenance Program blog post at http://www.saskpower.com/about-us/blog/5-questions-with-ming-qian-on-our-2017-wood-pole-maintenance-program/