This week, California regulators ruled that farmers must restrict their use of chloropicrin, a toxic pesticide widely used to prepare soil for planting. The state’s use of it increased 650 percent from 1991 to 2012.
Since our investigation of dangerous pesticides used to grow California strawberries, we’ve heard from people who say we’ve ruined the fruit for them. Here are a few reasons not to give up on strawberries quite yet.
Strawberries grown on both conventional and organic farms get their start in nurseries with the help of fumigants, a class of pesticides that have been linked to health problems and the hole in the ozone layer.
The worst of America’s toxic abandoned mines get federal Superfund money for cleanup. The rest – and liability for their pollution – are left to states, private organizations and nonprofit conservation groups to clean up.
As consumers and regulators do soul-searching over how much pesticides mean to the economy and their grocery bills, chemical companies are racing to develop the next big organic pesticide. That’s not an oxymoron. There are a lot of misconceptions about what you’re getting when you’re buying organic foods.
More than 57,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border since October. This FAQ explains what happens to those children between the time they’re apprehended and the time they’re put into the system.
Despite pledges from the Obama administration for greater transparency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has kept secret a potentially embarrassing independent report on how the agency deals with shootings and other violent incidents.
Reports by the California Department of Public Health documenting life inside two state board-and-care facilities offer a dispiriting glimpse into alleged violence and other misconduct harming severely developmentally disabled residents.
Officials from the California Department of Public Health and long-term care advocates clashed at an Assembly oversight hearing over regulators’ ability to process complaints of abuse against nursing assistants.
Citing a CIR report, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer has announced a new bill to implement standards at Customs and Border Protection facilities, including Border Patrol stations, to ensure humane detention conditions.