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Jun 27, 2019
Earlier this month, to the outrage of current employees, members of Congress, and outside observers, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the decision to relocate two Department of Agriculture research agencies to Kansas City, Missouri.  Perdue’s argument for moving the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture out of Washington D.C. is that the move will lower living costs, save taxpayer dollars and move the agencies closer to “stakeholders.” But we see right through that. Anti-science motivations When Sonny Perdue was nominated by the... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Jun 27, 2019
We know that ending reliance on hazardous pesticides can only happen by creating healthy, just food and farming systems — and this means for all of us. One way we can do this? A safer, more transparent food chain. The EFI program is designed to signify that workers harvesting your produce are treated well and compensated fairly, while also including standards for food safety and pest management. That’s why we’re encouraging people to learn more about and take action for Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) certified produce as we celebrate EFI’s #GrowTheGood campaign through July 5. As a... Read More
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Willa Childress
Jun 27, 2019
Earlier this month, the Minnesota Court of Appeals announced that the environmental review of the contested Line 3 pipeline was inadequate. Their reasoning? The Canadian energy giant Enbridge had failed to consider the potential impact of an oil spill in Lake Superior’s watershed. While any delay on the project is a win for water protectors, the Court missed a key part of the story. Line 3 isn’t just a threat to the 192 bodies of water it passes through in Minnesota. It's also a major violation of treaties and Native sovereignty, and jeopardizes the health of communities. In Minnesota and... Read More
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Nathan Donley
Jun 11, 2019
50 years ago the USA led the way in regulating pesticides, but research published this week in Environmental Health finds that the country is still using many pesticides that are either banned or being phased out in the EU, China and Brazil. In this blog Nathan Donley, author of the research, tells us about his study and how an unofficial policy of relying on voluntary pesticide cancellations has led to this situation. This is a repost of a blog originally published on BioMed Central. Would you be surprised if I told you that the United States uses a lot of agricultural... Read More
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May 31, 2019
PAN recently spoke with author Mark Schapiro about the state of our food and farming system and the release of his new book Seeds of Resistance — “an exposé of the high-stakes battle underway for control of the world’s seeds as climate volatility threatens the security of our food supply.” PAN: You just released a new book, Seeds of Resistance. What’s that about? Mark: Seeds of Resistance is about the ground-zero ingredient of our food  — seeds. I investigate two converging forces: on the one hand, the accelerating shifts in growing conditions being wrought by climate change. And on... Read More
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Emily Marquez
May 30, 2019
A report released in May from a PAN International Swiss partner organization called Public Eye analyzed the sales of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) globally, with a focus on sales by the agrichemical corporation Syngenta. The findings? Syngenta (and other pesticide companies) are making a lot of money selling dangerous pesticides, and low to middle income countries (LMICs) are bearing the brunt of the hazards. Aren’t all pesticides highly hazardous? Using proprietary data on global pesticide sales from a private market research firm, Public Eye analyzed data from 2017, and used the... Read More
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May 30, 2019
The pesticide world has been abuzz with the outcome of the third glyphosate trial. Earlier this month, Bayer (Monsanto) was found liable for Alva and Alberta Pilliod’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and was ordered to pay over $2 billion total in damages. In light of the World Health Organization's determination in 2015 that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship herbicide Roundup, is a 'probable human carcinogen,' more than 10,000 individuals who have been exposed to the herbicide and suffered from cancer are in the process of suing the chemical giant, recently acquired by Bayer... Read More
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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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