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Brittani Gallagher
Jun 14, 2018
Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp, has been labeled by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer as a “probable human carcinogen.” Given the probable impacts of glyphosate on humans it isn’t a stretch to think that it would also be toxic to soil biology, right? I recently conducted a review of the scientific literature on the effects of pesticides on soil biological communities, and found that despite Monsanto’s attempts to frame glyphosate as environmentally friendly, the herbicide’s use at recommended rates can be detrimental and even... Read More
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Jun 14, 2018
Last year, the dicamba drift crisis defined the growing season across the U.S. — damaging an estimated 3.6 million acres of crops. In the months following, PAN, farmers and partner organizations have been taking action and tracking options for how best to avoid another catastrophic dicamba experience in 2018. The growing season has commenced, and here are a few updates on EPA’s stance on the herbicide, state restrictions in place and precautions farmers are taking against drift. Farmers address EPA In March, representatives from several farmer organizations traveled to Washington DC to... Read More
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Jun 13, 2018
Hawai'i made history today when Governor David Ige, watched by representatives of the community from across the islands, signed into law Senate Bill 3095, banning all uses of chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxic pesticide that has been shown to harm children and has been found in food, air and drinking water. The high-profile pesticide was slated for a ban, but under Scott Pruitt’s Environmental Protection Agency, the planned ban was reversed. The landmark law also takes steps to protect children that could be exposed to other airborne pesticides; it mandates 100 foot no-spray buffer zones around... Read More
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Willa Childress
May 31, 2018
As the Minnesota legislature adjourned last week, I was left with mixed feelings of disappointment and hope for Minnesota pesticide legislation. Going into this legislative session PAN and our allies knew that we would be playing a tough game of defense. What we didn’t expect? While legislators had a field day attacking clean water, air, and pipeline protections, we witnessed some key tone shifts for pollinators. We also recognized some old tactics from the industry playbook — and boldly called them out. Old tactics, new packaging After a session of legislative back-and-forth, several... Read More
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May 22, 2018
This blog is the third in our Farm Bill series focusing in on key issues of concern to those in our network. HR 2, the House version of the 2018 Farm Bill, went to the House floor for a vote on May 18, and failed. PAN was one of more than 500 organizations who voiced opposition to the House bill, including farmer organizations, advocates for rural communities and hunger and social justice groups. It’s likely the bill will be brought back to the floor for a vote again the week of June 18 if House leadership can secure enough votes. They are currently considering a deal that trades votes for... Read More
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May 15, 2018
McDonald’s has a long history of employing business practices that are devastating to the lives of workers and their communities. Key among these: the fast food chain continues to source potatoes grown with drift-prone pesticides that put the health of nearby rural and Indigenous communities at risk, despite claiming “sustainability priorities” and “responsible sourcing.” In the weeks leading up to their annual shareholder meeting, PAN and partners are calling on McDonald’s to put an end to these abusive business practices — including growing potatoes with harmful, drift-prone pesticides... Read More
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May 10, 2018
This interview with Churdan, Iowa farmer Patti Naylor is the second blog in our series focusing on key issues of concern in the Farm Bill to those in our network. In this blog, Patti focuses on her vision for a Farm Bill process that better serves her farm and community. Many provisions in the Farm Bill legislation introduced in the House of Representatives will be harmful to farmers, rural communities, workers and the environment. Meanwhile, debates on the federal legislation are moving full steam ahead. Why does the Farm Bill matter to you? The Farm Bill showcases how federal... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
May 03, 2018
After years of strong scientific evidence and even stronger advocacy, this week European officials decided to make a temporary ban on three bee-harming pesticides permanent. This is very, very good news for bees in Europe. The decision reflects years of hard work by our PAN partners and many others. It also spotlights just how far behind we are in the U.S. — not only with our pollinator protection efforts, but in how we regulate pesticides overall. U.S. pollinators not so lucky A few years ago, national momentum to protect honeybees and other pollinators from pesticides seemed to be... Read More
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