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Paul Towers
Dec 30, 2016
First steps are meaningful, depending on context. When my now 15-month-old took her first steps earlier this year, we celebrated her progress. It was a major milestone in her early life. But Hawai’i regulators don’t deserve the same kudos for their recent announcement intended to quell concerns about pesticide use on the islands. For more than a decade, the Hawai’i Departments of Health and Agriculture have ignored the threat of pesticide exposure facing communities, workers and children — and have instead proposed superficial next steps. Sidestepping the "silent pandemic" Extractive... Read More
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Judy Hatcher
Dec 22, 2016
As 2016 comes to a close, I'm reflecting on what our PAN community has achieved in the past year — and where we're headed from here. I honestly don’t know what 2017 will bring, this is a challenging time. But I know one thing for sure: it will take many of us, acting on several fronts at once, to advance toward justice and food system transformation. With so much at stake, we're seeing more people than ever standing up to join us — and many among us have practice working against steep odds. In the coming year, we plan to lean into their wisdom and experience as we continue building the... Read More
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Dec 22, 2016
Last month, governments gathered in Marrakech for a critical round of global climate talks, tasked with the responsibility of pulling the planet back from the precipice of climate disaster. In what was described as the biggest breakthrough of the talks, a coalition of the world’s most vulnerable developing countries led by Ethiopia declared their commitment to moving towards 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, regardless of “developed country” inaction. At the other end of the spectrum, the approaching presidency of Donald Trump threatens to derail global efforts to rein in climate chaos.... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Dec 16, 2016
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As questions about the legitimacy of the Trump presidency continue to emerge, the president-elect and his team are plowing forward with some astonishing choices to lead our federal agencies. From Departments of Energy and State to Housing, Labor and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), almost every cabinet nominee is on the record in direct opposition to the core purpose of the agency they've been tapped to lead. These choices from Team Trump border on the absurd. They are also deeply irresponsible — and dangerous. Case in point: Scott Pruitt The nomination for EPA head is a clear... Read More
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Judy Hatcher
Dec 08, 2016
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On December 3, the anniversary of the 1984 Bhopal disaster, people around the world commemorated "No Pesticide Use Day" with somber remembrances and grassroots campaigns. Thirty-two years ago, more than 2,000 people were killed by a deadly gas leak from a pesticide plant in India. From production accidents to pesticide drift near schools to contaminated water and soil, these agricultural chemicals continue to impact millions of lives around the world. And still, industry keeps the pesticide treadmill spinning faster. Can we imagine a day, a year or a world without using hazardous chemicals... Read More
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Dec 08, 2016
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After halting the process in October, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently put its review of glyphosate back on the calendar for December 13-16. Scientists will gather on behalf of the agency to review the carcinogenic properties of the key ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship herbicide RoundUp. EPA originally postponed the meeting after Monsanto publicly attempted to discredit participating scientists chosen by the agency. While the Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) will convene next week, it’s notably missing Peter Infante — an expert epidemiologist Monsanto publicly accused of... Read More
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Lex Horan
Dec 08, 2016
For months, all eyes have been on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s treaty lands, where the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) was charted to go under the Missouri River — undermining the sovereignty of the tribe and threatening the drinking water of 18 million people. On Sunday, the water protectors at Standing Rock won a major victory: the Army Corps of Engineers denied the permit to drill under the Missouri River. The struggle against the Dakota Access Pipeline is far from over. But this week, we at PAN send our gratitude to the water protectors at Standing Rock — the Lakota youth and elders... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Nov 23, 2016
Like other public interest and social justice groups across the country, we're wrestling with exactly what the recent election means for our work going forward. This will take some time to sort, but one thing is already crystal clear: our efforts will be more challenging — and more critical — than ever before. We're ready. There are already deeply disturbing signals from the incoming administration. For example, Mr. Trump's pick to lead the transition team for EPA — and presumably the top candidate for Administrator — is openly and avidly anti-science. As leader of the Competitive Enterprise... Read More
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