California Update for Thursday, March 1, 2018

Mar 1, 2018
County of Marin

• A judge ordered the California Department of Agriculture to stop spraying dozens of pesticides. Some environmental groups count this as a win but a University of CA researcher warns the move will hurt efforts to fight a damaging citrus disease.

Today's reporting by Julia Mitric.

Legislation Would Aid Beleaguered Bees

Mar 10, 2016
Pesticide Action Network of North America

  Pollinating honeybees in California could gain some protection from pesticides believed to be contributing to their decline, under a measure now under consideration in Sacramento. Reporter Suzanne Potter has more.

Farm Workers Get New Protections from Pesticides

Oct 2, 2015
Flickr user Day Donaldson (Creative Commons)

Farm workers will soon be enjoying new protections from pesticides.

This week the federal government released new rules extending the pesticide protections enjoyed by most Americans to farm workers. But, as KRCB reports, the changes in California won’t be as drastic as elsewhere.

Court Ruling Benefits Bees

Sep 11, 2015

  A California court ruling will soon take off the market a potent pesticide that is suspected of harming or killing thousands of honeybees. Suzanne Potter has details.

EPA to Expand Pesticide Ban

Jul 2, 2015
Chris Jordan-Bloch/Earthjustice

  The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that it plans to ban the commonly-used agricultural pesticide, chlorpyrifos. But, as Suzanne Potter reports, the decision is not quite final yet. 

Environmental Groups Sue State Over Pesticide Plan

Jan 30, 2015

  A sweeping plan to give the California Department of Food Agriculture free rein in applying pesticides statewide is being contested by a broad coalition of food and environmental groups that contend it violates the state’s Environmental Quality Act.

   During the public comment period, before the environmental document was finalized, thousands of people offered thoughts, suggestions and feedback. Yet very little of that was acknowledged, says Nan Wishner of the California Environmental Health Imitative.

Lessons of the Medfly

Dec 12, 2013
UC Davis

The Mediterranean fruit fly is a serious threat to California agriculture. But widespread yearly pesticide spraying has not been effective in eradicating the pest, and state officials seem unwilling to acknowledge that.  Bruce Robinson reports.

UC Davis Entomology Professor Carey says he used the state’s own data on medfly appearances to conclude that eradication efforts have failed.

  But he also understands why CDFA is reluctant to publicly acknowledge that failure.

Prevent air pollution by limiting pesticide use

Jul 8, 2013

It’s that time of year when hot weather fuels the creation of ozone, or smog. Some pesticides emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that contribute to ozone formation. Using pesticides that release VOCs may be restricted in certain parts of California between May 1 and October 31.