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Good News: The EPA Bans Carbofuran Residue on Food

Environment  (tags: carbofuran, insecticides, wildlife, toxins, EPA, children's health, bird kills )

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Will wonders never cease? The Environmental Protection Agency has surprised both the insecticide's manufacturer, FMC, and conservationists by disallowing any carbofuran residue on food for human consumption. This is a major benefit for wildlife as well.

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RC deWinter (418)
Friday July 25, 2008, 4:56 am
Although carbofuran is apparently not widely used in the US, it is very popular in foreign markets, especially in countries that grow and export a lot of rice, bananas, sugar and coffee.

Carbofuran is especially dangerous to very young children, and the EPA contends that ANY residue of it on food is too much for them.

The disallowing of carbofuran residue on foods sold to the US should mean a severe reduction in its use - a big plus for wildlife as well as people. Birds especially - including raptors - have been killed off in great numbers by carbofuran application on crops, because the chemical residue attaches itself to insects and rodents that the birds consume.

RC deWinter (418)
Friday July 25, 2008, 5:00 am
Oh, and the manufacturer, FMC Corporation, with manufacturing locations around the globe, is fighting the EPA in federal court on this ruling. Let's all hope they lose, and quick!

Joycey B (750)
Friday July 25, 2008, 5:34 am
The idiots need to lose. I congratulate the EPA for their caring. Noted. Thanks for this great story Cate.

Phyllis P (237)
Friday July 25, 2008, 5:53 am
glad to hear it!!

Stephen Hannon (203)
Friday July 25, 2008, 6:55 am
Great news. Noted, thanks Cate.

Bella Fitzpatrick (280)
Friday July 25, 2008, 7:24 am
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa .It's about time . Thanks for the news Cate.

RC deWinter (418)
Friday July 25, 2008, 8:01 am
315 signatures needed for Julie!
Justice for Julie.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Friday July 25, 2008, 8:08 am
Now watch them reregister it:(
Carbofuran I.R.E.D. FACTS
Pesticide Reregistration

Past Member (0)
Friday July 25, 2008, 9:00 am

Karen Williams (163)
Friday July 25, 2008, 9:15 am
Gee. 2 great pieces of news in a relatively short period of time, (considering the length of the campaigns involved to change things)! First the moratorium on the wolf slaughter in the Northern Rockies & Yellowstone and now this! Am I dreaming?

Susan L (118)
Friday July 25, 2008, 9:43 am
Wonderful news! I agree Karen, it's great news about the moratorium on the wolf slaughter in the Northern Rockies and Yellowstone. Can life get any better? Oh, yes, and my daughter is coming for a visit from Seattle, Washington. Life is GGGGOOOOOOODDDDD today!!!!!!

Sandra M Z (114)
Friday July 25, 2008, 9:53 am
I've never heard of that pesticide, but glad they've banned it. The birds and the bees, we will sorely miss them if they become extinct.

If they use it on coffee, a lot of people have been exposed to it.

Noted, thank you Cate.

Jennifer Shaw (38)
Friday July 25, 2008, 11:00 am
Noted. Thanks, Cate.

Joan Mclaughlin (133)
Friday July 25, 2008, 11:46 am
Noted.I am passing this along to my daughters.This is info they need,since it affects our food supply and lives.

. (0)
Friday July 25, 2008, 12:49 pm
Good news Cate about time hua? Also last year here where I live the first time I saw honey bees they came to my Moon Flowers. I was so excited and they came back this year I'm taking the dead ones off as the new ones are there and they don't bother to sting they are busy, I'm just glad there here. Thanks Cate

Tony B (0)
Friday July 25, 2008, 12:54 pm
Hopefully this will lead to even more things being done with our foods for the better...why did they do this? Because they have to compete with the local farmer markets now good ole competition lol ....local farmers are selling their produce at a higher percentage now...
I believe this is a win-win situation for us!!

Thanks Cate!!

Louise L (48)
Friday July 25, 2008, 1:32 pm
This is certainly good news, and a surprise from the good old EPA. I had read years ago that some pesticides were banned from use in the US, but the companies were allowed to continue making them for export. It made no sense to me, since we share the same air and water; then I read that the countries that bought it were exporting produce to us!! Good article, Cate.

. (0)
Friday July 25, 2008, 6:20 pm
noted thank you

Past Member (0)
Friday July 25, 2008, 6:44 pm
Wow. Something from the EPA. Amazing. Thanks Cate

Brenda H (29)
Friday July 25, 2008, 7:04 pm

Past Member (0)
Friday July 25, 2008, 8:01 pm
thanks Cate...great news...noted

Estella Ameigh (22)
Friday July 25, 2008, 9:48 pm
Thanks Cate. That is good news. :)

Blacktiger P (247)
Friday July 25, 2008, 10:06 pm
Noted. Just like $$$$grabbers, they would kill everything and everyone if they could win their appeal. What a shame!

Nancy Gray (35)
Saturday July 26, 2008, 11:43 am
Thanks Cate & Estella

Denice G (45)
Saturday July 26, 2008, 6:37 pm
Good news Thanks Cate

Juliette Calderone (91)
Saturday July 26, 2008, 8:58 pm
Great News- Juliette

Merry L (74)
Sunday July 27, 2008, 10:18 am
Thanx for some good news!

Carolyn T (234)
Sunday July 27, 2008, 1:40 pm
Noted. The EPA has stirred itself from its lethargy and acted on this...a teeny ray of hope from that agency. Now, if it will show me its teeth behind this I then you can color me happy! Thaks, Cate!
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