Earlier this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to not implement pesticide buffer zones around schools, parks, daycare centers or anywhere children might congregate was justified. The ruling was part of the Court’s decision to deny the petition filed by the Pesticide Action Network North America, United Farm Workers, and Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste in 2009 requesting that the EPA impose interim buffer zones around schools to protect children from pesticide drift.

Stephanie Metzinger

On June 21, 2016, The Produce News published an "article" titled "Equitable Food Initiative partners with industry to advance labor issues." The piece touts the Equitable Food Initiative as a "'one-stop-shop' certification covering labor, pest management, and food safety standards."

The story, which also contains a three-minute video of EFI executive director Peter O'Driscoll lauding the benefits of EFI, appears indistinguishable from an editorial or a news article. In reality, it is a paid advertisement.

Jeff Janas

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Administrative Law Judge sided with EPA in a case which could force Bayer to cancel all uses of flubendiamide, or Belt, in the United States.

The judge’s initial decision will now be reviewed by the Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) and will not be considered final until the EAB issues its ruling in July. While under EAB review, distributors, retailers and farmers can continue to buy, sell and use the product in their operations. 

Stephanie Metzinger

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