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Pesticides news and analysis from The Nation
March 21, 2019
More Than 90 Percent of Americans Have Pesticides or Their Byproducts in Their Bodies
The real risks from chemicals in our food—for farmworkers and children, in particular—are being ignored.
August 2, 2018
Scott Pruitt’s Poison Legacy Goes on Trial
The former EPA chief failed to ban a harmful pesticide. Now farmworkers are fighting back.
June 18, 2018
Hawaii Just Made a Brilliant End Run Around Scott Pruitt’s EPA
By banning the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos, the state is doing what the EPA refuses to do—protect its residents’ health.
August 8, 2017
Don’t Let the White House’s Dysfunction Distract You From the Bad Things Trump Is Doing
Trump is losing many of his high-profile fights. But in dozens of less-noticed ways, his administration is advancing its extreme agenda.
February 23, 2016
A New Study Suggests Even the Toughest Pesticide Regulations Aren’t Nearly Tough Enough
As in most states, regulators in California measure the effect of only one pesticide at a time. But farmers often use several pesticides together—and that’s a big, toxic problem.
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April 6, 2015
Fields of Toxic Pesticides Surround the Schools of Ventura County—Are They Poisoning the Students?
In some of California’s most heavily Latino communities, going to school can be a health hazard.
October 14, 2014
Brain Cancer Cases Shot Up in This Florida Town—Is a Defense Contractor to Blame?
For years, radioactive waste has seeped into swampland, canals—even drinking water. Now a few families are fighting to hold the polluters accountable.
March 13, 2014
6 Ways to Avoid Eating Pesticide Residue
With regulation inadequate and children especially vulnerable, it makes sense for consumers to try to minimize exposure.
March 11, 2014
Warning Signs: How Pesticides Harm the Young Brain
The pathbreaking CHAMACOS study has detected developmental problems in children born to mothers who toiled in California’s treated fields—but will anything change?
March 11, 2014
The Pesticide Industry vs. Consumers: Not a Fair Fight
By pouring money into politics, pesticide companies have beat back attempts to protect the public.