Reclaiming the future of food and farming

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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
May 26, 2016
Last week, the National Academies of Science (NAS) attracted much media attention with the release of its new report, "Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects." The report assessed a range of health, environmental, social and economic impacts of GE crops. According to report authors, genetically engineered (GE) crops have failed to live up to the hype advertised by corporate manufacturers. And more rigorous monitoring and oversight by regulatory agencies is needed, they say, to protect against unexpected adverse outcomes. I heartily agree.  Unfortunately, these and... Read More
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Lex Horan
May 26, 2016
Long before legislators filed back to the Minnesota Capitol this spring, political analysts were predicting that not much progress would be made in this year’s legislative session. With split control of the legislature and a short eleven weeks to get their work done, folks across the political spectrum anticipated gridlock. So as the dust settles after the end of session this week, how did things shake out for food and pesticide policy here in Minnesota? No surprise, the session had its share of ups and downs overall. Advocates for robust and sustainable transportation systems, racial... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
May 26, 2016
A batch of encouraging news emerged in the world of healthy farming this week. First off, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) reported that U.S. sales of organics continue to grow by leaps and bounds. Then there's the new study showing that organics bring significant economic benefits to rural communities. And in France, the Minister of Agriculture launched a national celebration of agroecological farming. Well then! The news on organic sales was released during #OrganicWeekDC, the annual OTA conference (and lobby effort) in the nation's capitol. The report shows that organic food is still... Read More
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Sara Knight
May 12, 2016
On Mother's Day, while eating strawberries out of the garden with my daughter Elia, I was reflecting on all the mamas — fierce, passionate, powerful — who are working to create a healthy food system. As we know from a compelling body of science, pesticides are particularly bad for kids. Growing minds and bodies are more susceptible to chemical inputs and, relative to their size, kids eat, breathe and drink much more than adults. Pesticide residues can be found on our produce (even after washing it) and, particularly in agricultural communities, these chemicals can be found in the air, water... Read More
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Paul Towers
May 11, 2016
The phrase “justice delayed is justice denied” has real meaning for children living near California farm fields. Since the first lawsuit was filed seventeen years ago, Latino schoolkids are still being disproportionately impacted by agricultural pesticides — many linked to cancer and neurodevelopmental harms. And now parents are taking on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remedy violations of the Civil Rights Act. Standing up for kids Let's start at the beginning. In 1999, Marcia Garcia and other parents filed suit on behalf of their children, who attended Rio Mesa High... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
May 10, 2016
The science is in. Our food system's continued reliance on pesticides is putting children's health at risk. Kids across the country are exposed in various ways, but those who grow up in agricultural areas often face a "double dose" of pesticides from nearby fields. Rural children are — quite literally — on the frontlines of pesticide exposure. These are the key findings of our Kids on the Frontline report, released today in communities across the country. Our roundup of recent science powerfully underscores both the scope of the problem we collectively face, and the urgent need for change... Read More
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Sara Knight
Apr 21, 2016
We've been hearing rumours about possible mergers between pesticide/biotech corporations for a while now. Will Monsanto buy Syngenta? Or Bayer? Will the "Big 6" become the "Big 4" or "Big 3" — or perhaps one corporation to rule us all? As the growth in some markets becomes less dependable and skepticism of genetically engineered (GE) crops grows, the next option to maintain market control is to merge into even bigger corporations. Now, it seems, there are real deals on the move — and our food system is about to become even more consolidated than it already is. Late last year, Dow and DuPont... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Apr 21, 2016
Earlier this month, France's health and safety agency announced plans to withdraw authorization of herbicides containing both glyphosate and the additive tallowamine. As reported by Reuters, a spokesperson for the agency said: "It is not possible to guarantee that compositions containing glyphosate and tallowamine do not entail negative effects on human health." As a result of this move, a particular formulation of Monsanto’s widely-used RoundUp will no longer be allowed for use in the country. In Germany, manufacturers have already voluntarily withdrawn products containing glyphosate... Read More
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