5 Ways House Farm Bill Would Roll Back Protections from Pesticides

Source:  Environmental Working Group (EWG)

 

The negative health and environmental impacts of pesticide use and exposure are well established: They range from increased cancer risk, to damage to children’s brains and nervous systems, to lower sperm counts, to acute effects like nausea, dizziness and vomiting. And these toxic pesticides, like the herbicide atrazine, routinely find their way into the drinking water of millions of Americans every year.

But a series of provisions in the House Agriculture Committee’s proposed farm bill would roll back vital safeguards intended to protect farmworkers, public health and the environment from toxic pesticides.

Here are five provisions in the House farm bill that would weaken pesticide protections:

  1. Preempting Local Pesticide Restrictions – Section 9101 would prevent cities, counties and communities from restricting certain uses of pesticides even if they deem restrictions necessary for protecting children’s health or the environment. For example, this provision would prevent a city or county from restricting chlorpyrifos – an insecticide so dangerous it was slated to be banned by the Environmental Protection Agency – from being sprayed near schools or hospitals. ​
  2. Reversing Course on Endangered Species Protections – Section 9111 would allow the EPA to approve pesticides without going through the current consultation process with expert wildlife agencies to assess to how they would impact hundreds of threatened or endangered species, as currently required under the Endangered Species Act.
  3. Rolling Back Clean Water Act Protections – Sections 9117 and 9118 would allow farmers to spray pesticides into water – including drinking water sources – without obtaining a permit under the Clean Water Act, as currently required by law.
  4. Allowing New Pesticide Approvals Without Finalizing Safety Rules – Section 9119 reauthorizes the Pesticide Registration Improvement Act, which provides funding for EPA pesticide reviews, without finalizing rules designed to protect farmers and farmworkers, as Sen. Tom Udall and others have rightly demanded.                                                                                                                                                                                                             READ THE REST OF THIS ARTICLE HERE.

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    • Per BLM wild horse and burro statistics, the Wheeler Pass HMA (Cold Creek) had a population increase from March 2016 to March 2017 from 25 horses to 108 horses in ONE year – an increase of 332%. That is a biological impossibility and would require each and every wild horse (the very old and the very young and even all stallions!) to successfully produce more than three foals in ONE year. This is out and out fraud.

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  1. Check your legislators and see how they voted on this. You might find that those same legislators are part of our WH&B/Public Lands-special interests problem.

    POMPEO and THE DARK ACT
    Trump Picks ‘Puppet’ for Special Interests Mike Pompeo to Head CIA
    By Carey Gillam

    Pompeo, a Republican from the farm state of Kansas, was the designated hitter for Monsanto and the other Big Ag chemical and seed players in 2014 when the industry rolled out a federal effort to block states from mandating the labeling of genetically modified foods. Pompeo introduced the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” in April of that year with the intention of overriding bills in roughly two dozen states.

    In bringing the bill forward, Pompeo was acting on behalf the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), which represents the interests of the nation’s largest food and beverage companies. The bill, which critics called the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” Act, or the “DARK Act,” went through two years of controversy and compromise before a version passed and was signed into law by President Obama this summer. The law nullified a mandatory labeling bill set to take effect in Vermont in July of this year, and it offered companies options to avoid stating on their packaging whether or not a product contained GMO ingredients.
    https://www.ecowatch.com/trump-mike-pompeo-cia-2098420368.html

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  2. Pesticides in our water and soil and on the food we eat and in the air we breathe are bad enough already even with the current so-called safeguards and now with so many other environmental and governmental corrupt issues going on, it appears this reduction in pesticide regulations will just be slid right in when we are not looking?

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  3. If you don’t have time to read the book “Mad Cowboy”, you may wish at least wish to watch the documentary.

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