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Considerations Regarding Garden Pesticides 
The choosing of a pesticide, the if and which, warrants careful consideration. The Oregonian’s Kym Pokorny reveals a host of good advice, in that regard, from Oregon State University Extension Service’s Statewide Pesticide Safety Education Program coordinator, Kaci Buhl: https://www.oregonlive.com/hg/2019/02/what-gardeners-should-consider-before-using-pesticides-even-organic-ones.html

Glyphosate Implicated in Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 
A new study, based on the meta-analysis of prior studies, concludes that exposure to glyphosate, as used in Roundup weed killer, “raises risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma by 41%”. Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, is involved in a variety of legal actions surrounding the product’s hazards, but continues to market it as safe. Following the story is the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/feb/14/weed-killing-products-increase-cancer-risk-of-cancer

The Money Polluting Oregon and Its Politics 
Oregon was once considered to be at the vanguard of responsible environmental management. Now days, little is done to restrain polluters, if they push enough cash into political pockets. And who’s on the take? As the Oregonian explains, most prominent politicians on both sides of the aisle are. In a multi-part expose, the publication investigates the flow of cash and environmental degradation to our state: https://projects.oregonlive.com/polluted-by-money/

Drug Pollution in Rivers Reaching Damaging Levels 
Researchers have found that commonly used drugs are reaching damaging levels in rivers, worldwide. It has long been known drugs were entering our waterways, but the levels have only risen since the discovery. This accumulation now threatens animal, environmental, and human health. The Independent explains: https://www.independent.co.uk/environment/drug-pollution-in-rivers-reaching-damaging-levels-for-animals-and-ecosystems-scientists-warn-a8792566.html