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Nathan Donley
Jun 11, 2019
50 years ago the USA led the way in regulating pesticides, but research published this week in Environmental Health finds that the country is still using many pesticides that are either banned or being phased out in the EU, China and Brazil. In this blog Nathan Donley, author of the research, tells us about his study and how an unofficial policy of relying on voluntary pesticide cancellations has led to this situation. This is a repost of a blog originally published on BioMed Central. Would you be surprised if I told you that the United States uses a lot of agricultural... Read More
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May 31, 2019
PAN recently spoke with author Mark Schapiro about the state of our food and farming system and the release of his new book Seeds of Resistance — “an exposé of the high-stakes battle underway for control of the world’s seeds as climate volatility threatens the security of our food supply.” PAN: You just released a new book, Seeds of Resistance. What’s that about? Mark: Seeds of Resistance is about the ground-zero ingredient of our food  — seeds. I investigate two converging forces: on the one hand, the accelerating shifts in growing conditions being wrought by climate change. And on... Read More
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Emily Marquez
May 30, 2019
A report released in May from a PAN International Swiss partner organization called Public Eye analyzed the sales of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) globally, with a focus on sales by the agrichemical corporation Syngenta. The findings? Syngenta (and other pesticide companies) are making a lot of money selling dangerous pesticides, and low to middle income countries (LMICs) are bearing the brunt of the hazards. Aren’t all pesticides highly hazardous? Using proprietary data on global pesticide sales from a private market research firm, Public Eye analyzed data from 2017, and used the... Read More
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May 30, 2019
The pesticide world has been abuzz with the outcome of the third glyphosate trial. Earlier this month, Bayer (Monsanto) was found liable for Alva and Alberta Pilliod’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and was ordered to pay over $2 billion total in damages. In light of the World Health Organization's determination in 2015 that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship herbicide Roundup, is a 'probable human carcinogen,' more than 10,000 individuals who have been exposed to the herbicide and suffered from cancer are in the process of suing the chemical giant, recently acquired by Bayer... Read More
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May 21, 2019
In a new study in the journal Environmental Sciences Europe, researchers documented the presence of pesticides on playgrounds near agricultural fields in South Tyrol, Italy. Pesticides were found on more than half of the 71 public playgrounds tested for contamination. Twelve pesticides in total were found, and more than 90% of the chemicals are considered “hormone active,” meaning they have endocrine disrupting properties. Peter Clausing, a toxicologist for Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Germany and co-author of the study, called the presence of these substances very worrisome: These... Read More
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May 08, 2019
A historic announcement was made Wednesday morning when California Governor Gavin Newsom’s administration revealed the decision to cancel registration of the brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos. Soon, there will be no more chlorpyrifos in California. This is a momentous win for children, farmworkers and rural communities across the state. Building power for years The case for a chlorpyrifos ban has been clear for years, with numerous scientific studies linking prenatal exposure to children developing autism, ADHD and other neurodevelopmental conditions. This action to halt use of the... Read More
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Emily Marquez
May 01, 2019
A recent report from UCLA researchers evaluated the role of California county agricultural commissioners (CACs) and their permitting practices for restricted use pesticides. CACs are supposed to evaluate safer alternatives and cumulative exposures of these pesticides, and their power lies in their ability to grant permits to applicators. Restricted pesticides have additional requirements for use. For example, the notorious surface and groundwater contaminant atrazine has restrictions around applications in close proximity to waterways. CACs are responsible for knowing the local conditions... Read More
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
May 01, 2019
Four years ago, on a sunny day in April much like today, I wrote a post entitled Roundup, cancer and the future of food, warning of the impending failure, health and environmental harms of leaving our food system in control of the world’s biggest pesticide company. Monsanto (now acquired by Bayer), the manufacturer of the infamous herbicide Roundup, has since been found guilty of negligence and liable for the cancer linked to its flagship pesticide. Bayer’s stock value has plummeted, as it faces a shareholder revolt and over 13,000 more lawsuits on similar charges. The pesticide industry’s “... Read More
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