July 31, 2002
"Opossum Killings Test Limits of Cruelty Cases" (July 29) did not educate enough about how harmless to humans opossums are and why they are desirable to have around our yards and homes. They are nocturnal, so coming across one in the dark is scary. They hiss and show their teeth when they are frightened, but they don't bite humans. Indeed, if humans get too close, they freeze and appear to be dead, i.e., "play possum." This actually is an involuntary, shock-like state. I decided not to bother with traps or any efforts to remove them from hanging around my yard in the middle of Los Angeles when I learned that they dine on insects, cockroaches, snails, mice, rats and occasionally snakes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2001 |
This is a story about a bug, a bird and a tree. The bug is a tiny caterpillar, the western spruce budworm, eating its way through eastern Washington forests. The tree is the Douglas fir, the budworm's favorite meal. The bird is the northern spotted owl, a federally protected species that frequents the same forests the budworms are devouring. Put them together and you get another story--a story about how hard it is to correct the damage when humans tamper with Mother Nature.
October 3, 2001 |
Bayer said Tuesday that it has agreed to buy Aventis CropScience for about $4.9 billion in cash to become the biggest maker of insecticides and help replace lost income from the withdrawn cholesterol treatment Baycol. The purchase from Aventis and Schering will yield annual savings of about 500 million euros with an elimination of 4,000 jobs, Bayer Chief Executive Manfred Schneider said at a news conference. The company also will assume $1.
August 30, 2001 |
American Vanguard Corp.'s Amvac Chemical Corp. unit said Wednesday that it has agreed to acquire the Phosdrin insecticide business of BASF Agro BV. Financial terms weren't disclosed. American Vanguard said the acquisition is necessary to maintain Amvac's international sales of Phosdrin. The purchase includes all active registrations for the insecticide, access to the underlying data for the registrations and trademarks in 55 countries.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2001 |
A northbound portion of the Costa Mesa Freeway was closed for more than three hours late Monday morning when a white Chevrolet pickup loaded with insecticide crashed, rolled over a dozen times and burst into flames. Five cars were involved in the crash too, and three people suffered "very minor injuries," said Kirk Summers, a spokesman with the Orange County Fire Authority.
August 25, 2000 |
American Vanguard Corp. said its Amvac Chemical Corp. unit acquired the exclusive U.S. marketing rights to the Aztec 4.67% granular corn soil insecticide business from Bayer Corp. Financial terms weren't disclosed. American Vanguard, a Newport Beach-based agricultural products company, said it will market the insecticide formulation through its Smartbox Delivery System.
October 29, 1999 |
In its long-running battle against smog, the state Air Resources Board on Thursday voted to require manufacturers of a lengthy list of consumer products--from hair mousse to air freshener--to reduce the amount of fumes that waft into California's air. The regulation, adopted unanimously, is the sixth sweeping set of pollution standards over the past 10 years that target items found in most Californians' kitchens, garages and bathrooms.
October 24, 1999 |
At least 28 children collapsed and died in a remote Andean village in Peru, apparently after being served insecticide-tainted milk at school. The children, ranging in age from 5 to 15, received the powdered milk Friday at the school in their rural village, said Dr. Holguer Lovon, director of the regional hospital in Cuzco, 350 miles southeast of Lima. The milk apparently had been prepared in a pot that had earlier been used to mix insecticide for fumigating crops, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 1999 |
The Los Angeles Unified School District on Tuesday adopted a new pest control policy that will phase out the use of dangerous pesticides and herbicides over the next three years. The plan, described as one of the most stringent in the nation, calls for patching cracked walls in kitchens and classrooms and steam cleaning behind ovens and refrigerators where pests breed, banning food in most areas, improving sanitation procedures and hiring more gardeners to pull weeds rather than spray them.