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Medha Chandra
Oct 05, 2017
Concern about "vector-borne" diseases like Zika, West Nile virus and malaria are top of mind right now in the U.S., thanks to the deluge and devastation brought by recent hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Mosquitoes can carry these diseases, and those troublesome insects thrive in wet, warm conditions.  In an attempt to address the possibilities of increased mosquitoes and disease, agencies are enacting plans to address the problem in areas recovering from hurricanes. Too often, this includes large-scale aerial spraying of hazardous insecticides. But there are other, successful ways to... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Sep 22, 2017
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This post is part two in our “Science for Solutions” blog series that amplifies scientist voices and underscores the importance of independent science as the foundation for evidence-based policymaking and narrative shifts. In these troubled times I’m eager to find rays of hope. In the world of food and farming, one such glimmer is the growing recognition by gardeners and farmers, consumers and politicians that healthy soil is essential to our community and planetary well-being. Healthy soils produce healthy, abundant crops. They also make farms more resilient in the face of the increasingly... Read More
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Sep 21, 2017
A report released earlier this month from Pesticide Action Network (PAN) UK found that children across England are exposed to significant pesticide residues in the government’s “School Fruit & Veg Scheme.” Food for Thought documents more than 123 different pesticides on school produce, and calls on officials to source more local, organic produce to protect schoolchildren’s health. The report draws on analysis of 12 years of pesticide residue data, and among key findings reveals that produce provided in the school program has significantly higher residues than mainstream produce found on... Read More
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Sep 20, 2017
At age 87, political activist Dolores Huerta is getting some long-overdue recognition for the central role she's played for years in the farmworker movement. It's a role well worth celebrating. The documentary film Dolores, produced by director Peter Bratt, is now in theaters. The film puts Huerta's decades of organizing front and center where it should be, rather than portraying her as a "sidekick" of Cesar Chavez, as too many narratives have.  We learn, for example, that it was actually Huerta that coined the phrase Si se puede!, which has long been the rallying cry for the... Read More
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Emily Marquez
Sep 07, 2017
This post is part one in our “Science for Solutions” blog series that amplifies scientist voices and underscores the importance of independent science as the foundation for evidence-based policymaking and narrative shifts. With pesticide drift sweeping across the South and Midwest this summer, and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s recent decision to keep the brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos on the market, children’s and community health is at the front of our minds here at PAN. While policymakers don’t always (or often enough) follow the conclusions of scientists as we’d wish,... Read More
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Sep 07, 2017
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Like a wildfire burning out of control, the epidemic of dicamba drift blowing across 20 states this summer has already damaged over three million acres of soybean cropland. Adding to the list of some 2,200 reported herbicide injuries are likely many more damaged acres of fruit and vegetable farms, vineyards, trees, home gardens, hedgerows and plant habitats critical to pollinators and other wildlife. Monsanto — maker of the dicamba herbicide at fault, and the genetically engineered dicamba-resistant crops implicated in the crisis — has been quick to blame farmers. But farmers are clear that... Read More
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Medha Chandra
Aug 23, 2017
Ah, back to school. It's a transitional time for parents and kids alike. But for those living in California's agricultural communities, this season also brings renewed worry and frustration that the state still hasn't taken steps to curtail use of brain-harming and cancer-causing pesticides near schools. The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) recently announced a risk assessment for the insecticide chlorpyrifos — but state officials are ignoring the wealth of research showing its neurotoxic properties. And a new state report highlighting air monitoring data shows that schools in rural... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Aug 23, 2017
Sam Clovis is not a scientist. Trump's absurd nomination for the top scientist post at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is a former radio talk show host with a history of racist and homophobic commentary — and zero scientific or agricultural background or credentials. Zero. The Senate will consider whether to confirm Clovis when they reconvene after Labor Day — and efforts to block the absurd nomination are gaining ground. This week, Senators Schumer (D-NY) and Schatz (D-HI) called on Trump to withdraw this "wildly unqualified" nominee. The senators also linked the choice of someone... Read More
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