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Medha Chandra
Dec 06, 2018
In 2016, California used almost a million pounds of the highly toxic, brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos. In November 2018, under pressure from communities around the state who have suffered health consequences of exposure to this pesticide, the state’s Department of Pesticide Regulations (DPR) announced guidelines to protect communities from it. Disappointingly, DPR’s measures left much to be desired. The recommended restrictions include a minimal 150-foot no-application setback zone around homes, schools and other "sensitive sites" and limited restrictions on the crops and pests the... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Dec 03, 2018
It’s hard to imagine how terrifying it must have been. Thirty-four years ago, families in Bhopal, India woke to toxic gas pouring over their city from a catastrophic leak at a Union Carbide pesticide plant. Somewhere between 15,000 and 20,000 people died, and community activists have been fighting for justice ever since. Each year on December 3, PAN International marks the anniversary of the Bhopal tragedy, both to lift up the ongoing struggle of the affected families, and to remind the world that there is another way. A failing system Scientists know more about the dangers of... Read More
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Nov 27, 2018
Without doubt, these are challenging times. Stepping back from the political turmoil that we see here and in the world around us, we are simultaneously confronted with evidence that climate change is fast unravelling the systems of the natural world that have evolved over millennia to create a habitable planet. Last week’s Climate Science report of the United States’ 4th National Climate Assessment confirms the global scientific consensus that record-breaking, climate-related weather extremes will almost certainly continue into the future, with increasingly catastrophic impacts for human... Read More
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Nov 27, 2018
For the second year in a row, California is experiencing unprecedented devastation and loss brought about by fires, ripping through communities in both the northern and southern regions of the state. However, in the midst of destruction and hardship, 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. Rebuilding and healing will be a long and challenging process — especially under the... Read More
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Nov 15, 2018
This is an edited version of a blog post by our partners at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. See the full post here. With 435 House and 35 Senate races on the ballot last week, the 2018 midterms were closely watched across the nation – not least of all by advocates of sustainable agriculture. Before heading off to the campaign trail, Congress left two major ag agenda items dangling – the 2018 Farm Bill and the fiscal year (FY) 2019 appropriations bill – both of which will either need to be wrapped up in the lame duck session, or taken on by the 116th Congress when they take... Read More
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Nov 01, 2018
On Halloween, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made a truly scary announcement — the agency decided to continue its registration of Monsanto’s (now merged with Bayer) highly controversial dicamba-based herbicide, Xtendimax. The chemical has damaged millions of acres of farmland over the past two seasons of use, and with this decision, the devastation will continue. Farmers were outraged at the news, feeling that EPA has seriously failed to protect their businesses from harm. Well-documented danger In 2017, over three million acres of soybeans were damaged by dicamba... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Nov 01, 2018
In the food movement, people often talk about the importance of “voting” with your dollars. While it's true that smart consumer choices can help build a healthier food system, policies and politics matter too. And often much more. As these past two years have clearly shown, who’s in charge makes a difference. Next Tuesday’s election is hugely important in so many ways, including having very real impacts on the future of food — and the people who grow and eat it. Your vote matters. Vote, please. And then... Of course a functioning democracy requires much more than voting. It requires all... Read More
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Paola Diaz
Oct 22, 2018
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. Rubie Simonsen is the 28 year old Filipino-American farmer behind First Mother Farms. Her property, located in Yuba County, was inherited by Rubie and her sister after their grandmother’s passing. This beloved and fertile legacy, never... Read More
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