Study Documents Neurologic Effects of Chronic Pesticide
Chronic moderate pesticide exposure is linked to neurologic symptoms
affecting both the central and peripheral nervous systems, according
to an analysis of data collected in the Agricultural Health Study.
The results of the analysis were published in the July 2005 issue
of Environmental Health Perspectives. As part of the AHS, almost
20,000 farmers and private pesticide applicators completed surveys
on demographic characteristics, medical history and neurologic
symptoms, lifestyle, and pesticide use. Researchers found that
applicators with the most cumulative lifetime days of pesticide
use reported more neurologic symptoms than those with the fewest
lifetime days of use, for pesticides overall. The relationship
between cumulative exposure and symptoms was strongest with insecticides.
Organophosphates and organochlorines had the strongest relationship
with symptoms within the insecticides.
Revised Guide Helps Producers Evaluate Poultry Contracting
The Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA) has
released a newly revised edition of Questions To Ask
Before Signing a Poultry Contract to help farmers assess
the true risks and benefits associated with contract poultry
production. The publication is a checklist farmers can use to
see if their contract guarantees a minimum income per flock per
year, provides any pay adjustments related to inflation and increasing
production costs, or offers a fair and affordable dispute resolution
process. RAFI-USA's Contract Agriculture Reform Program compiled
the questions outlined in the booklet based on the problems most
frequently reported by poultry growers over the last twenty years.
Wisconsin Public Service: Energy on
Alternative Fuels Data Center
Climate Friendly Farming Project
Farm Bill Clean Energy
Harvesting Clean Energy
Windustry: Wind Farmers Network