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Andrew Olsen
Feb 27, 2020
State updates Legislative priorities: The 2020 legislative session is in full swing! We’re still tracking several priorities with partners, including a bill that would mandate the development of an Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) online reporting system for pesticide spray drift for the 2020 growing season. Thanks to the advocacy of supporters like you, the online reporting bill (Senate File 2211 and its companion House File 2177) passed out of full Senate committee. We are expecting strong support in the Senate when it comes to the floor for a vote, where... Read More
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Mackenzie Feldman
Feb 25, 2020
For the last few years, Herbicide-Free Campus has been in the weeds, literally, working to eliminate herbicides on campuses across the country. As a result of student efforts, in May of 2019 University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano temporarily banned glyphosate at all 10 UC campuses, and established a UC Herbicide Task Force to provide recommendations moving forward. Then, in January of 2020, Napolitano approved recommendations made by this task force to “restrict the use of some toxic pesticides and increase transparency across the university’s 10 campuses.” Napolitano has... Read More
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Ahna Kruzic
Feb 20, 2020
This month, Corteva announced it would stop making chlorpyrifos, a brain-harming pesticide. Though this is generally welcome news — to me, this win feels complicated. Why?  Corteva’s announcement came after a lengthy saga of corporate influence and ignored science that resulted in EPA reversing a planned national ban of the brain-harming chemical in 2017. Lacking federal action, states were forced to step up per the demands of rural communities and farmworkers, resulting in big state level wins in Hawai’i, California, and New York (with additional state-level bans in the works).... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Feb 20, 2020
As is now crystal clear, a healthy democracy demands much more than simply showing up at the polls. But as we move into this fraught election year, let’s not forget just how important voting can be. It matters. When it comes to the food and farming issues we care about at PAN, who’s in charge really does make a difference. Over the past three years, rollbacks of common sense rules protecting public and environmental health from pesticide harms have been dramatic and relentless.   From blocking a national ban of the brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos, to putting the updated, more... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Feb 20, 2020
A jury ruled over the weekend that the agrichemical corporations Bayer and BASF should pay  $250 million in punitive damages and $15 million in compensatory damages to farmer Bill Bader.  Bader is a peach farmer in Campbell, Missouri, and took the corporations to court after over 30,000 of his trees were damaged due to drifting of the herbicide dicamba, a product developed by Bayer (which purchased Monsanto in 2018) and BASF. The tip of the iceberg This victory is one to celebrate, but this case doesn’t exist in isolation. There is a long queue of farmers impacted by dicamba... Read More
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Feb 17, 2020
As Minnesota is one of the states in which PAN does on-the-ground campaign work, we send out regular updates on PAN and partners' work in Minnesota and beyond — from pesticide-related science to opportunities to take action. If you'd like to recieve these updates via email, sign up here.   State updates 2020 legislative session: Tuesday was the first day of the 2020 legislative session here in Minnesota — and we hit the ground running. The House Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee moved forward two important bills forward. HF 721 ... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Feb 05, 2020
Last month I had the pleasure of attending the opening day of the state legislature in Hawai’i. I joined our Protect Our Keiki coalition partners and hundreds of people from across the islands — including busloads of students — who came to meet up with their legislators, take part in workshops, and participate in traditional cultural practices, including pounding poi.  Our coalition’s table was one of dozens distributing materials highlighting our priorities in the upcoming legislative session, and encouraging people to get involved.  This year, there was also a powerful display... Read More
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Feb 05, 2020
This week marks the end of chlorpyrifos sales in California. After the exhausting saga of pesticide industry influence and ignored science that resulted in EPA reversing the planned national ban of the brain-harming chemical in 2017, this concrete step forward for California is momentous.  It's also having ripple effects across the country. Several states have chlorpyrifos ban bills moving forward this session, and just today Corteva (formerly Dow) announced it will stop producing chlorpyrifos by the end of the year. Corteva is the largest producer of this pesticide worldwide. But when... Read More
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