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Moretta Browne
Aug 23, 2018
Members of the California Farmer Justice Collaborative (CFJC) have been hard at work putting issues of farmer justice in front of local policymakers in California. In fact, earlier this month, CFJC members had a powerhouse meeting with California Assemblymember Robert Bonta and members of State Senator Nancy Skinner’s staff to discuss next steps for farmer justice in California. Justice for farmers The California Farmer Justice Collaborative is a collective of organizations working toward equity with and for historically underserved farmers in California. Some local players include... Read More
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Aug 21, 2018
In a historic ruling in the San Francisco Superior Court earlier this month, a jury found the Monsanto corporation (recently merged with Bayer) fully liable for health damages caused by its herbicide, Roundup. The plaintiff, DeWayne Johnson, was awarded $289 million in damages. This victory is a landmark moment. It signals the beginning of real change — a loosening of the grip that corporations have held over food and farming for far too long. Playing dirty In 2015, the World Health Organization determined that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship herbicide Roundup,... Read More
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Aug 09, 2018
As of Thursday morning, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has 60 days to finalize its ban of the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos. This was the ruling of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on August 9. The judges determined that EPA broke the law by allowing continued use of the pesticide despite scientific evidence linking it to harmful impacts on children’s developing brains. "Children, farmworkers, rural families and science are all huge winners today,” said PAN’s executive director Kristin Schafer in a press statement responding to the court ruling. “Sadly, under this... Read More
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Emily Marquez
Aug 02, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) used to release “Pesticide Industry Sales and Usage” reports every two years — but that was almost 20 years ago. Several months ago, after fielding a question from a colleague, I found the most recent iteration of this report, released at the end of 2017 and covering market estimates from 2008 to 2012. Prior to this, the last report was from 2011, covering 2006 and 2007. As the title of the report indicates, the main data source EPA relies on is sales data from the pesticide industry. Pesticides are expensive — in the U.S., nearly $14 billion was... Read More
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Jul 30, 2018
Small farmers, farmworkers, Indigenous Peoples and rural communities disproportionately bear the burdens of our chemical-dependent industrial agricultural system. This can include chronic illnesses, contaminated air, water and soil, inadequate on-the-job protections and unfair laws rooted in racism and oppression. At PAN, we believe the best way to address these problems is by supporting and growing movements led by people on the frontlines, especially people of color & Indigenous Peoples. The PAN Fellowship Program supports a pathway to leadership for food and farming activists from... Read More
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Jul 26, 2018
It’s mid-July and temperatures are soaring. So are the numbers of dicamba drift-related crop injuries sweeping across rural America. Also rising: the outrage of farmers, gardeners and rural residents, as they watch this unnecessary chemical debacle unfold, once again. Watching unperturbed from the sidelines: Monsanto (recently acquired by Bayer) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Chemical trespass A week ago I sat down to pull together the latest numbers of dicamba drift. But every time I turned on my computer, the numbers had grown, along with more stories in the farm press... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Jul 19, 2018
Earlier this week, a new appointment for chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was announced, and it’s a 30-year veteran of Dow Agrosciences. Really? Administration officials are touting the fact that Scott Hutchins is actually a scientist — unlike their last pick. The nomination of Sam Clovis, an openly racist radio talk-show host and Trump campaign team alum, was withdrawn last November, after it generated outrage across the political spectrum. Any old scientist? So yes, Hutchins is a scientist. Does that qualify him to guide USDA’s $2.9 billion research budget... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Jul 12, 2018
It was clear from the minute he was appointed that Scott Pruitt was a wildly inappropriate choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.) Last Thursday, after months of public pressure and outrage, he finally submitted his resignation. Though we know the work continues, we want to take a moment to celebrate this win. Over the past year, PAN supporters joined hundreds of thousands across the country who pushed back against Pruitt — and won. Corporate interests at play While Pruitt's ethical lapses got most of the attention in recent months, his policy decisions were the real... Read More
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