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Jan 20, 2011
Several deaths and decades after it should have, Bayer CropScience announced last week that it will stop making pesticides using methyl isocyante (MIC) in the U.S. MIC is the gas that exploded in 1984 in Bhopal, India, killing more than three thousand within weeks and leaving hundreds of thousands injured survivors struggling for justice even today. Today, January 20, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) released its final report on an August 28, 2008 explosion at the Institute plant that killed two workers and injured another eight. It found that Bayer had rushed to restart... Read More
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Jan 20, 2011
Please join me today in urging the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to block approval of GE alfalfa. Things are moving quickly in Washington, and frankly, they aren't looking good. Ignoring rulings from three District courts and the Supreme Court, the demands of over 50 members of Congress and concern expressed by his agency’s own scientists (not to mention farmers and the public), Agriculture Secretary Vilsack is apparently refusing to take action to prohibit the planting of Monsanto’s genetically engineered (GE) alfalfa. I can hear the applause by Monsanto, et al.... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Jan 19, 2011
A victory 7 years in the making! Yesterday EPA published its proposed rule on testing pesticides on humans, and it's a giant step forward. The new rule categorically bans testing on pregnant or nursing women and on children. It expands protections for all testing including tests conducted by other governments, private industry and organizations. And it sets stringent criteria to ensure that tests are scientifically credible. These safeguards are the result of the latest chapter in a battle against the chemical industry's unethical pesticide experiments on humans that date... Read More
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Jan 13, 2011
Conservation and food safety groups won an important victory this week as a Delaware federal court ruled against the planting of genetically engineered (GE) crops in all Northeastern wildlife refuges. Responding to a lawsuit spearheaded by the Audubon Society, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and the Center for Food Safety (CFS), the Delaware judge found that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service had illegally allowed GE crops to be planted on refuge land without the environmental review required under federal law. "These pesticide-resistant crops pose... Read More
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Jan 13, 2011
Last month farmers in India demonstrated their frustration and anger at the failed model of industrial agriculture that benefits corporations, not farmers. Over a period of 71 days, farmers across the country participated in a Farmer Freedom March, or Kisan Swaraj Yatra, that traversed 20 Indian states and involved thousands of people. The march began at the birthplace of Gandhi, who had envisioned a future India made up of vibrant village economies. Farmers saw this vision sidelined by the "Green Revolution" industrial model of agriculture, replete with patented hybrid... Read More
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Jan 12, 2011
Yesterday, January 12th, I participated in Worldwatch Institute’s launch of its new report, State of the World 2011: Innovations to Nourish the Planet. The report presents a dazzling array of creative down-to-earth solutions from African farmers that can help solve the scourge of global hunger and poverty. I had the great pleasure of co-authoring the concluding chapter of this report. State of the World 2011 not only introduces us to the latest agroecological innovations from Africa and their global relevance. Our final chapter also analyzes the underlying causes of global... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Jan 12, 2011
We often look to scientific research on the hazards of agricultural chemicals to support our call to protect farmworkers and their families from pesticides—a call that all too frequently goes unheeded. But we don't give up, and I'm delighted to say, neither do the dedicated researchers upon whom we depend. Scientists at UC Berkeley recently released another round of solid data documenting the dramatic impacts pesticides can have on children's health. For twelve years, Dr. Brenda Eskenazi and her colleagues have worked with community clinics and other organizations... Read More
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Karl Tupper
Jan 10, 2011
Today it seems obvious that a woman's health directly impacts the well-being of her future child. Women thinking about becoming pregnant — or those who already are — are often careful not to smoke, drink or take certain drugs. Meanwhile, conventional wisdom says that a father's health can't have any direct impact on that of his child. But as described in the cover story of the January/February issue of Miller-McCune, conventional wisdom is wrong: Fathers do matter. The article surveys the science on the developmental consequences of paternal exposure to... Read More
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