On March 6, 2019 Representative Quigley (D-IL) and co-sponsor Representative Rooney (R-FL) reintroduced the “Botany Bill”* in the House of Representatives. The bill (HR1572) is similar to the version from the 115th Congress (HR1054). It supports plant research, the placement of botanists in the land management agencies, the plant conservation programs, the plant conservation alliance and NFWF grants for plant-related projects. [Read more…]
The Wisconsin Legislature created the Wisconsin Invasive Species Council to assist the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in establishing a statewide program to control invasive species. Wisconsin’s invasive species rule, NR Chapter 40, was enacted in 2009 and last revised in 2015. [Read more…]
The US House has added a provision to “the federal farm bill that would block cities, counties and school districts from restricting the use of toxic pesticides on playgrounds and parks.” “That would include ordinances that prohibit the use of glyphosate — the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer — in parks and playgrounds.” (AgMag)
So far the US Senate does not contain a similar provision.
Needless to say, there are many cities, not-for-profit organizations and others raising their voices in opposition to Section 9101 of the House bill. [Read more…]
On August 9, 2018, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco ordered the EPA to remove a widely used pesticide on food crops from sale in the United States within 60 days. The Court ruled EPA endangered public health by keeping chlorpyrifos on the market despite scientific evidence which indicated that even tiny levels of exposure are linked to learning disabilities in children.
In 2017, a coalition of farmworkers and environmental groups sued the EPA after it reversed a 2015 ban on the use of chlorpyrifos. This pesticide is typically sprayed on citrus fruit, apples, nuts, broccoli and other food crops including cereal crops and alfalfa (totaling 50+). It came from another one of the chemicals developed by Nazi Germany to be used as a nerve gas. [Read more…]