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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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Linda Wells
Aug 17, 2017
Pesticide drift is a severely underreported problem in rural, agricultural communities. And now we're in the middle of an epic summer of drift thanks to Monsanto’s new dicamba-resistant seed line, Xtend. Expanded planting of Xtend soy and cotton is leading to more spraying of the herbicide. As a result, farmers in Southern and Midwestern states are reporting extensive and debilitating crop damage from dicamba traveling from where it's applied to nearby fields. This is a crisis moment for many, but drift damage is not a new problem. For years, we at PAN have been been working with those... Read More
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Paul Towers
Aug 10, 2017
Pesticide drift regularly occurs in California agricultural communities, and too often it flies under the radar. But in the past several months there have been four major drift incidents that bring the problem into sharper focus. The findings are in Earlier this week, Kern County officials released a report detailing a drift incident on the outskirts of Bakersfield in May, and the findings are stark. The neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos, applied at least one-and-a-half hours before workers reported symptoms, drifted more than one-half mile from an orchard to the neighboring cabbage... Read More
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Aug 10, 2017
In late July, the California State Water Resources Control Board approved a stringent "maximum contamination level" (MCL) for a cancer-causing chemical in drinking water. This was a hard-fought and important victory for public health.  For 25 years, 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP) has been designated as a carcinogen in the state, and the new mandate to keep it out of drinking water — or at least below detectable amounts — is an important step forward. Enduring & unneccesary TCP is considered a “garbage” chemical, or a by-product of the plastics manufacturing process. As a way to... Read More
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Medha Chandra
Aug 09, 2017
August 9 is the U.N. International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. Today, PAN stands with the estimated 370 million Indigenous peoples around the world in their struggles to gain justice and obtain full cultural, economic, social and political rights. The U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples resonates strongly with the work PAN’s Indigenous partners and allies are doing in their communities. While you can read the entire Declaration here, these are some of the rights included: Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Jul 27, 2017
Earlier this week I had a chance to be on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC when legislation was introduced to ban chlorpyrifos. If these bills become law, millions of children and workers in the U.S. and around the world will no longer be exposed to this brain-harming pesticide. This is very good news. But what I found most inspiring was the group that gathered to support the legislation. Farmworkers, people living near agricultural fields and children's health advocates flew in from across the country to support banning chlorpyrifos. They met with legislators and spoke at the media event... Read More
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Gail Myers
Jul 27, 2017
Most Californians would be surprised to learn there are over 700 African American farmers in the state. African American farmers are largely undetectable in California’s 580 farmers markets, except the Freedom Farmers’ Market in Oakland.  As one of the organizers of the Freedom Farmers’ Market, I celebrate a new state policy, AB 1348, which would create more opportunities for African American farmers and other farmers of color to receive equity in the distribution of California’s agricultural resources. Resources historically available to white farmers have not been there for farmers of... Read More
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Jul 13, 2017
A new, large-scale field study is underscoring what we know from previous research: neonicotinoid pesticides are harmful to bees. And the use of neonics as seed coatings on common crops like corn, soy and canola/rapeseed is of particular concern for both managed honey bees and native pollinators.  Published in Science in late June, this study is the first long-term field study to assess real-world impacts of neonic exposure. Researchers tracked effects on pollinators from exposure to neonic-treated rapeseed fields in Hungary, Germany and the United Kingdom. While there were some... Read More
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