Chemical Warfare for Bugs Only

"Is Using Pesticides an Act of Chemical Warfare?" By Angela Logomasini, Ph.D. A substance that “belongs to a class of chemicals developed as a nerve gas made by Nazi Germany is now found in food, air and drinking water,” thanks to President Donald Trump according to an article found online. This “neurotoxin” is in “same chemical family as sarin nerve gas,” which has been used as a chemical weapon in Syria, notes another writer. You might think such outlandish claims come from some looney … [Read more...]

Anti-Pesticide Fearmongering Makes Food More Expensive

"Bugged By Junk Science," By Angela Logomasini, Ph.D. “Don’t let the bed bugs bite” was once nothing more than a lighthearted expression, yet nowadays it’s a real concern. Banning the most effective controls will do that. The same can be said for fruit and vegetable pests. It seems such pests are having a field day thanks in part to misguided pesticide regulation driven by junk science and anti-chemical fearmongering. And that is not just a problem for farmers trying to make ends meet. You … [Read more...]

NYT Foolish “Reporting” on Chlorpyrifos

"NYT Pesticide Exposé Only Exposes Foolish Reporting," By Angela Logomasini, Ph.D. Earlier this year, the Environmental Protection Agency rejected a petition from two environmental activist groups to ban the longtime, widely-used pesticide chlorpyrifos. Last week, the New York Times published an ostensible exposé on that decision by reporter Eric Lipton, but despite a lot of dark hints, the story exposes nothing new or noteworthy about the Trump Administration’s decision. Read … [Read more...]

Standing up for Chlorpyrifos Science

"EPA Should Stand Firm on Chlorpyrifos Decision," By Angela Logomasini, Ph.D. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt took the right stand in favor of sound science last March when he denied an activist petition to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos. At the time, he explained: "By reversing the previous Administration’s steps to ban one of the most widely used pesticides in the world, we are returning to using sound science in decision-making—rather than predetermined results." But this battle isn’t over; … [Read more...]

Chlorpyrifos Science

"Point: Trump’s War on Junk Science," By Angela Logomasini. According to many news outlets, President Donald Trump has “declared a war on science.” Yet judging from at least one recent decision, the opposite is true. The Trump administration is trying to prevent policies based on junk science. A key example is the Trump administration’s denial of an activist petition to ban agricultural uses of the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which farmers have safely used for decades. This decision makes sense … [Read more...]

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