News Categorized: Pesticides

Court Overturns Local GMO Law

Oversight of genetically modified crops in Hawaii remains the state’s kuleana, a federal judge ruled Wednesday when invalidating Hawaii County’s law restricting the use of transgenic plants. The ruling by U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren was in line with another decision he made in August overturning Kauai County’s law on pesticides and modified crops. In… Read more »

Fish & Game Grants Emergency Protection for Tri-Colored Blackbird

The state granted emergency protections to the tricolored blackbird, a once common sight in the Central Valley whose population has plummeted 60 percent in the past six years. The California Fish and Game Commission voted 3-2 to ban killing, harassing or otherwise harming the medium-sized birds for the next 180 days. The state’s Department of Fish and Wildlife will… Read more »

Pest Control Advisers Leader Rides Into Sunset

Terry Stark logged a 25-year military career between his active and reserve duty. Paralleling much of that has been a 40-year career in business and politics, with his final stop as president and chief executive officer of the California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA). Now, he is stepping down after 10 years, leaving CAPCA… Read more »

Gallup Finds 45% US Consumers Seek Organic

A little less than half of Americans, 45%, actively try to include organic foods in their diets, while 15% actively avoid them. More than a third, 38%, say they “don’t think either way” about organic foods. http://www.gallup.com/poll/174524/forty-five-percent-americans-seek-organic-foods.aspx

Superweeds “Power to Choke A State’s Economy”

Arkansas farmer Tommy Young says Southern growers have lived through nearly a decade of torment, fighting a destructive, fast-growing weed that can carry a million seeds, grow as tall as an NBA player and is unfazed by several herbicides. Now that weed — Palmer amaranth — is in five Iowa counties on the state’s border,… Read more »

Legislature Narrowly Rejects Food Labeling Law

A bill that would have required labeling on food that contains genetically modified organisms fell short of the votes needed to stay alive in the state Senate on Thursday. “It’s just about information and consumer choice,” said Sen. Noreen Evans (D-Santa Rosa), who introduced SB 1381. However, the vote on the bill was 19-16, two… Read more »