Tag Archive for pesticides

The Future Is… Toxins

John Warner, Warner Babcock

As I’ve mentioned, my father was an analytical chemist who went into plastics/polymers partly because of one of the infamous lines in The Graduate. He worked for Archer-Daniels and was a manager at Cargill, Bemis and other companies before, later in life, running his own analytical testing lab. I helped him write a few news…

Homegrown Minneapolis: A Local Resource Guide

“The main way that most people will experience climate change is through the impact on food: the food they eat, the price they pay for it, and the availability and choice that they have.” — Tim Gore, head of food policy and climate change, Oxfam There is a reason we are hearing more about urban…

Forum: Who Regulates Our Toxins?

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At the first Sustainable We forum, “Parks, Pollinators and Pesticides,” 40 engaged Minneapolis residents talked about how our toxic chemicals are regulated, who makes risk assessments, where the scientific data comes from, and whether we trust governmental agencies with our safety. This is a lengthy overview of the process of how pesticides are regulated. U.S. Standards Compared…

Sustainable We: A Conversation

Kennedy-Nixon Debate 1960

As I noted in last month’s introductory “Sustainable We” column for the Southwest Journal, “We are better served by having the educated, aware, thoughtful and passionate individuals we have in Minneapolis who want to do the right thing in a better way than we are now.” But… what do we do when views clash about what our future should be?…

A Toxic Controversy in Loring Park

application of Loring Park pesticides, September 2015

It appears, from a photo submitted by a Loring Park resident, that the Minneapolis Park Board has not heeded concerns raised by many residents about herbicide spraying in the community parks. See the Reply section below for comments, including from Justin Long, Park Board Assistant Superintendent for Environmental Stewardship. There is also comment from a resident who found…

How to Plant for Bees

submitted by Dylan M., 5th grader, Whittier International There is a Dr. Smart (that is his real name!) who works as a researcher at the Bee Lab at the University of Minnesota. He is making a blood test for honeybees that helps people figure out if bees are getting the right nutrition. The lab is…