Pesticides, Human Health
and the Environment
Pesticide Impacts on Wildlife
PCBs Are A Health Risk for Humans and Wildlife, Peter S. Ross, et al, Science,
Volume 289, September 15, 2000
"'Illegal poison' used on salmon"...
chemical treatment at fish farms is hazard to health and marine life,
claims ex-employee, by Antony Barnett, The Observer, April 30, 2000
The Summer the Rivers Died: Toxic runoff from potato farms is
poisoning P.E.I., By Kelly Toughill,
Toronto Star Atlantic Canada Bureau -- October 11, 1999
The Second Silent Spring (PDF 121K), John R. Kerbs, Jeremy D. Wilson, Richard B. Bradbury and Gavin M. Siriwardena,
Commentary in Nature, Volume 400, August 12, 1999
"Pesticides Threaten Birds and Fish in
California", PANUPS, June 4, 1999.
PAN's new report, Disrupting the Balance: Ecological
Impacts of Pesticides in California
, is now available.
Pesticide Impacts on the Swainson's Hawk
Decline in UK Bird Populations", PANUPS, September
15, 1997 (Source:
Living Earth: The Magazine of the Soil Association,
July 1997. The Pesticide News, June 1997.)
- Dr. Pierre Mineau, a leading expert on pesticide ecotoxicology, praises
Novartis for its decision to withdraw monocrotophos, an OP insecticide
responsible for bird kills throughout the developing world, including the
death of Swainson's Hawks in Argentina. Mineau questions whether other companies
selling this high-risk pesticide "will follow suite, starting with American
- Novartis announces decision to "slim down" its
line of insecticides from
26 to 11. The active ingredients subject to a voluntary phase out include
monocrotophos, an OP insecticide responsible for many bird kills, especially
in the developing world.
Deformed Frogs Raise Concerns:
A recent biological mystery is
in a variety of articles and links
Villager Investigation -- Larvicide linked to frog deformities,
Methoprene, used in Wilton, focus of scientists' study, October 2001
A Wind-Borne Threat to Sierra Frogs Science: A study finds that pesticides
used on farms in the San Joaquin Valley damage the nervous systems of
amphibians in Yosemite and elsewhere, by Marla Cone, L.A. Times Environmental
Writer, December 6, 2000
Studies link frog deformities to pesticides, Star Tribune,
October 25, 1999
- Dr. James LeClair, Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biology,
at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. offers a review of
'Amphibian Decline Research' efforts.
Summary of Workshop on Central North American Amphibian
, September 25-26, 1996 in Duluth, MN. This site
includes most of the papers presented at this meeting, including
"Developmental abnormalities in free-living anurans from
agricultural habitats" presented by Martin Ouellet from McGill
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's Hot Topic page on
Deformed Frogs in Minnesota includes background information,
fact sheets about deformed frogs, pictures as well as links
to other sites on the WWW.
The Great Lakes Declining Amphibian Task Force of the World
Conservation Union's Species Survival Commission WWW site
including a newsletter, FROGLOG
, and the proceedings of the
Lakes Declining Amphibian Conference held 3/30/97.
Presentations at the conference include: "Investigation
deformed frogs in Minnesota
" and "Decreased adult size and reduced
reproductive competence in the
Northern Leopard Frog, Rana pipiens
"Frog deformities Pose a Mystery", an article by
Dr. Stanley K. Sessions, Department of Biological Sciences,
Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY. In this article, Dr. Sessions discusses
pesticides vs parasites as an explanation of the recent
discovery of amphibian deformities.
"Methoprene May Be Getting Bad Rap as Cause of Frog Freaks". A study comparing the toxicity
and developmental effects of a methoprene-containing pesticide, Altosid, to another organophosphate
insecticide, Abate, widely used in wildlife refuges to control
mosquitoes, on the grey treefrog tadpole.
Environmental Contaminants and Amphibians in Canada
"Fish Kill on Prince Edward Island"
Last Updated on 1/10/01