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Mar 07, 2019
In late February, the White House announced plans to put together a panel to see if climate change is really a threat. The fact that this is even a question for the administration is bad — though not surprising — but even worse is the fact that the president picked a fervent climate science denier to lead the panel. A sham of a panel Said climate science denier William Happer is not a climate scientist, but has long been an outspoken skeptic, going as far as to advocate for the benefits of carbon dioxide. He is tied to numerous climate denial organizations, and has received funding from... Read More
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Emily Summerlin
Mar 07, 2019
As the new year begins, I’ve spent some time reflecting on the past 12 months and identifying intentions for the year ahead. What was I most proud of accomplishing in 2018? What had I learned that could enable me to do better in 2019?      As a member of PAN’s communications team, I oversee our blogging program. PAN bloggers write on specific issue areas that are important to them and their work. Many of my colleagues have such direct and personal ties to the work we do for a more just food & agriculture system: they grew up on farms in the Midwest, they are members of... Read More
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Emily Summerlin
Mar 07, 2019
In Part One of this blog, I shared how I evolved from an enthusiastic nine-year-old worried about DDT and baby birds to a graduate student questioning why my environmental policy program seemed to be glossing over environmental justice, and the impacts of injustice on people and our communities. But the learning continues; in some ways, I’ve grown more in the past two and half years working at PAN than I did from elementary school to graduation. Internship: I’m an intern at a very small sustainable agriculture nonprofit. The main programming I work on is a huge farmer conference; I’m... Read More
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Carmen Black
Mar 06, 2019
Farmers across Iowa are bracing for another year of intense drift, thanks to an increase in use of the herbicide dicamba and other volatile chemicals across the state. For many Iowa farmers — especially vegetable, non-GMO, and organic producers — a single incident of pesticides drifting onto their farm can result in the loss of income for an entire year. But there are a few common-sense steps the legislature can take to help farmers prevent and respond to pesticide drift in Iowa: increased fines for label violations and improvement to the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Feb 25, 2019
Once again, this Administration is proving they value pesticide industry profits more than children’s health. This is not heated rhetoric, it’s a clear-eyed observation. In February, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appealed a court decision ordering them to protect children and farmworkers from the brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos. They argue that the science is “unsettled,” and want to keep this product on the market until at least 2022 — per the request of Dow Chemical (now Corteva). New laws, instead Of course our lawyers are ready to fight back (again — see below), but... Read More
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Feb 21, 2019
The news over the past few weeks has been riddled with headlines like “Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’,” “Monarch butterflies are going extinct,” and “The insect apocalypse is here.” If it sounds bad, that’s because it is. You probably know that bees and other pollinators are in trouble for several reasons — including increased overall pathogen loads, poor nutrition, habitat loss and pesticide exposure. But these alarm bells over the broader state of emergency that insects are facing underscore the fact that yes, bees and other pollinators are in trouble. But they... Read More
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Paola Diaz
Feb 18, 2019
This post is part of an ongoing project by PAN Farmer Justice Fellows who are working to uplift the many different voices of farmers in California. The mission of this work is to broaden the narrative of what it means to be a farmer participating in the state's agricultural system by sharing the wide spectrum of relationships that growers have with land. Roosevelt Tarlesson has a vision for healing, training, community building and empowerment. Tarlesson and his family, originally from Liberia, are known figures in the African and refugee community of California — since arriving in... Read More
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Feb 06, 2019
Scientists from the U.S. Geological Service have published findings that two metabolites — or what is left when a chemical is broken down — of a widely used neonicotinoid insecticide have been found in tap water. The findings are sparking public health concerns, as one of the metabolites is 319 times more toxic to mammals than the parent neonicotinoid chemical, imidacloprid. In addition, the scientists determined through laboratory studies that a neonicotinoid-derived chlorine byproduct is likely produced during common water disinfection treatments such as chlorination. This is concerning as... Read More
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