Tag Archives: agriculture

It’s Just Another Toxic Tuesday

As the days grow increasingly darker, having just turned back the clock, so too the U.S. EPA is working to turn back the clock. Here are a couple of choice selections from this month’s science-realm news; as usual, two downers followed by at least one positive so if you just “can’t stand it” anymore, skip […]

Protect Sustainable Agriculture from Budget Cuts

[First published in Worcester Telegram] Many of us in Western Massachusetts are fortunate to live in an agricultural bubble, surrounded by farms offering organic strawberries, broccoli and, well … too much kale. But as Representative McGovern knows, this isn’t reality for the rest of the country. Most food grown in the U.S. doesn’t come from Community […]

Chlorpyrifos: Mr. Pruitt, the science has been reviewed

Dear Mr. Pruitt, I hope you can help me out here. I’ve been having trouble explaining your recent decision in favor of the pesticide chlorpyrifos while dismissing years of work by EPA scientists to my environmental toxicology students. This is a chemical that interferes with the normal processes of the brain causing both acute toxicity – […]

Dear Scott Pruitt: Is this Atrazine’s DDT moment?

Dear Mr. Pruitt, I imagine there must be some angst these days about Atrazine.  With the 2016 EPA reevaluation concluding that the herbicide isn’t as safe as we all once thought, I am sure growers and consumers are anxious about which way the agency will swing: to ban or not to ban.  Admittedly, back in […]

You say tomato, I say blight!

The first inkling that things were really bad was the news that late blight had not only wilted and rotted my own tomatoes but Red Fire Farm’s (Montague, Massachusetts) as well. Farmer Ryan Voiland has been growing and selling tomatoes since middle school, setting up a road-side stand outside his parent’s home. A decade or […]