carbofuran

noun
car·​bo·​fur·​an | \ ˌkär-bō-ˈfyu̇r-ˌan How to pronounce carbofuran (audio) \

Definition of carbofuran

: a highly toxic broad-spectrum carbamate pesticide C12H15NO3 used on crops

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But despite the ban, carbofuran continues to plague California. Zoë Schlanger, Quartz, "Illegal marijuana growers are poisoning national forests with banned pesticides," 23 Aug. 2019 The pesticide, carbofuran, is toxic to wildlife and humans and can cause permanent reproductive damage. Piper Mcdaniel, chicagotribune.com, "Mexican marijuana traffickers are poisoning California forests with a banned pesticide, officials say," 23 Aug. 2019 Research conducted by the Integral Ecology Research Center has found traces of carbofuran in streams and rivers, and also in animals — living and dead — including at-risk species such as the Pacific fisher. Los Angeles Times, "Illegal cannabis farms still scarring public lands, two years after Prop. 64," 29 Aug. 2019 Gabriel says carbofuran is so toxic that a quarter of a teaspoon can kill a 600-pound male African lion. National Geographic, "Illegal marijuana growers poison forests—these people fight back," 8 Apr. 2019 But carbofuran still occasionally kills birds and other wildlife in the United States. Karin Brulliard And Dana Hedgpeth, baltimoresun.com, "Thirteen bald eagles were found dead in a field in Maryland. This is what killed them.," 20 June 2018 Federal and state officials launched a summer-long crackdown driven in part by new concern over the increase in the use of the highly toxic pesticide carbofuran. Don Thompson, The Seattle Times, "Toxic pesticides found at most illegal California pot farms," 28 Aug. 2018 Some of the 13 bald eagles that were found dead on a Maryland farm more than two years ago were killed after ingesting a highly toxic pesticide, carbofuran, according to a federal report. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: EPA loses a tenth of its criminal investigators since Trump's election," 21 June 2018 According to the station, carbofuran was banned by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2009 and that decision was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2011. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Report: 13 bald eagles found dead in Maryland died by poisoning," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of carbofuran

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for carbofuran

carbo- + furan

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