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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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Apr 30, 2019
To kick off our series of staff and supporter profiles for PAN's 35th anniversary, Executive Director Kristin Schafer recently had a conversation with PAN North America’s founding director — and her longtime mentor — Monica Moore. You were involved with PAN before it was officially founded as an organization. What brought people together to form a global network? PAN was sparked by the book Circle of Poison: Pesticides and People in a Hungry World, which documented how pesticides that had been banned for health and environmental reasons in northern countries were still produced and exported... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Apr 18, 2019
I spent the first week of April in Montevideo, Uruguay with PAN colleagues from around the world, pressing for global action on hazardous pesticides. This was a meeting of the “Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management” (SAICM), an arena for international coordination on toxic chemicals which PAN has been engaged in since 2006, when the process was initiated. It’s historically been a challenge to make pesticides a global priority in this forum, but thanks to growing public awareness about the harms of pesticides and persistent advocacy by our PAN International network,... Read More
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Willa Childress
Apr 18, 2019
Last week, hundreds of Minnesotans gathered at the state capitol for the annual “Water Action Day,” where constituents meet with legislators on a range of issues that affect clean water. On the short list? Local control over pesticides. Preemption — when one level of government trumps the laws passed by another — has become a focal point for community organizing across social movements. From sanctuary cities to minimum wage laws, many of the policies we hear about in 2019 tie closely to preemption — whether it’s the federal government preempting state laws, or the state preempting... Read More
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Apr 17, 2019
In 1982, the luster of the “Green Revolution” was beginning to fade. The promised increases in yields from “miracle” hybrid grains that required high inputs of water, chemical fertilizers and pesticides had failed to appear. The global pesticide trade, however, was thriving — yielding dramatic profits for chemical corporations as farmers were lured onto a dangerous pesticide treadmill. The "Circle of Poison" was a growing global concern, as pesticides banned in some countries were exported to others, only to return as health-harming residues on food imports. That was the world when PAN... Read More
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