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Paul Towers
Oct 20, 2016
Ignoring the science, California regulators just approved even more use of Dow's fumigant pesticide, Telone. Already the second most widely used pesticide near schools in the state, cancer-causing Telone is applied primarily on strawberry fields and root vegetable crops. Under new rules, growers can now apply 46,000 more pounds of Telone per “township” (a six-by-six-mile area) near schoolkids, farmworkers and rural families. As a gaseous fumigant, this pesticide can persist in the air for days at a time and — as noted by UCLA’s acclaimed toxicologist Dr. John Froines —  is found to... Read More
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Oct 20, 2016
On October 15, the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance awarded the Food Sovereignty Prize to two grassroots activist groups — the Farmworker Association of Florida and the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa — for furthering food democracy. The prize recognizes these two organizations for prioritizing the rights of women, Indigenous people, people of color, migrant workers and other too-often marginalized producers in our global food system. First awarded in 2009, this prize is an alternative to the World Food Prize, which has historically celebrated a model of industrialized agriculture that... Read More
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Emily Marquez
Oct 12, 2016
Monsanto's herbicide glyphosate is once again in the spotlight. Cancer experts will be reviewing the science on glyphosate for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) later in 2016, at a meeting that was recently postponed from its original October date. This week, PAN International released a review of the current science on the herbicide's health and environmental effects. And glyphosate will be a key item on the agenda of this weekend's Monsanto tribunal, an event in The Hague convened by non-governmental organizations to put the mega-corporation on trial for human rights abuses.... Read More
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Judy Hatcher
Oct 11, 2016
All eyes are on Monsanto this month, and not just because of its pending mega-merger with Bayer. A formal tribunal this weekend will assess how the giant corporation has affected human rights around the globe. And the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking a closer look at RoundUp's potential to cause cancer, while a growing number of groups around the world are advocating to severely restrict the use of Monsanto's flagship herbicide. Let's hope that shining several spotlights at once on Monsanto will ensure it is held accountable for the harms it imposes on people and planet... Read More
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Oct 11, 2016
In the midst of September’s busy harvest, California farmers and gardeners received good news from the state capitol. Governor Jerry Brown signed two important amendments to the California Seed Law that critically support the practices of farmers who do not use genetically-engineered (GE) seed or the pesticides that go with them. These new provisions faced strong corporate opposition. Governor Brown fought the muscle of GE seed and chemical corporations Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta and others (teamed together in the California Seed Association) to get this legislation to the finish line.... Read More
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Medha Chandra
Oct 07, 2016
After years of pressure from communities across the state, California's Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) finally released their proposed new rules to protect schoolchildren from the harms of agricultural pesticides. While we’re glad the draft regulations are finally out, the proposed rules leave a lot to be desired. DPR's proposal fails to address the fundamental asks of communities across the state: full-time, one-mile no-spray buffer zones around schools and institutional daycares for the most hazardous agricultural pesticides. Communities are also calling for better advance notice... Read More
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Lex Horan
Sep 29, 2016
Families across the country are worried about McDonald’s, for more reasons than one. Because McDonald’s is such a huge player in our food system, the decisions the company makes — from marketing, to sourcing, to wages — have a ripple effect. This year, families who are affected by McDonald’s practices are speaking up together as part of a Toxic Taters week of action. The core message? Families deserve better. At the center of next week’s actions are calls for McDonald’s to reduce pesticide use in fields where potatoes are grown for the company’s “world famous fries”  — part of a broader... Read More
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Sep 28, 2016
A farmer-led coalition in Iowa is celebrating a recent announcement from state officials signaling significant improvements in how agencies respond to crop damage from pesticide drift.  Late last month, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) revealed their commitment to speed up drift damage testing from over nine months to just under 12 days. This dramatic shift is in response to calls for policy change from a statewide coalition led by farmer organizations, including the Iowa Farmers Union, the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network, Iowa Organic Association,... Read More
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