BETH YOUHN: Ocean & River Species Threatened by Toxic Pesticide Run-Off; AND Which ‘Cide’ Are You On?

Ocean & River Species Threatened by Toxic Pesticide Run-Off

In December 2017, the National Marine Fisheries Service issued a 3,700-page report warning that three widely-used pesticides pose a threat, through run-off into rivers and oceans, to salmon, sturgeon, orca and dozens of other endangered and vulnerable aquatic species. The report’s release on the three organophosphate pesticides—chlorpyrifos, diazinon and malathion—was the result of a long legal battle. . . .

Which ‘Cide’ Are You On?

Farmworkers, who toil for long, hot hours in the nation’s fields to pick the fruits and vegetables that Americans eat, are being poisoned by aerial spraying of pesticides and its drift at alarming rates. The CDC estimates that ten thousand to twenty thousand cases of farmworker poisonings have been occurring annually for many years. . . .

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