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Medha Chandra
Oct 25, 2017
In the midst of uncertain times, I’m finding comfort in an array of good news regarding pesticide bans and restrictions from around the world. Difocol Last week, PAN Staff Scientist Emily Marquez returned from the scientific committee meeting of the Stockholm Convention in Rome where several key pesticides were being discussed for potential global bans. Up for discussion was one of the pesticides that PAN has long been concerned about, dicofol. This insecticide requires DDT as an intermediate chemical in its production, and exposure can cause symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, abdominal... Read More
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Oct 19, 2017
In the past weeks and months, many have been rocked by natural disasters — hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria devastating southern states and the Caribbean, a strong earthquake shaking Mexico City and destructive fires ripping through western states, Portugal and Spain. However, in the midst of widespread destruction and struggle, people have been stepping up for each other in inspiring ways. Numerous online donation platforms have been set up, businesses and organizations are collecting food, clothing and other material donations, and helping hands are coming from many directions. Still,... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Oct 16, 2017
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Monsanto executives will not be happy about Carey Gillam's new book. Released last week, Whitewash documents the corporation's aggressive efforts to establish, promote and protect their RoundUp Ready seed and pesticide empire. Through investigative reporting, Gillam unveils Monsanto's dubious playbook, from bankrolling supportive scientists to blackballing critics and strong-arming regulators. It's not a pretty picture. An up-close look at corruption In our line of advocacy work, it's been clear for years that the pesticide industry has too much influence on public officials and the... Read More
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Paul Towers
Oct 12, 2017
Farmers and farmer allies recently celebrated the signing of two new bills by Governor Jerry Brown. Both will provide much-needed support for farmers, and one specifically seeks to address the historic barriers that farmers of color have faced — a particularly noteworthy policy amidst the national dialogue on race and racism. Toward farmer equity The Farmer Equity Act by Assemblymember Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters), as I’ve previously described, will give farmers of color a greater voice at the California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA), as the department looks for better ways to... Read More
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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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