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Medha Chandra
Mar 23, 2017
Are pesticides needed to feed the world? Not so much, according to a recent report by Dr. Hilal Elver, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. Elver’s report provides yet more evidence debunking the “we feed the world” narrative that the pesticide/biotech industry giants have been aggressively promoting for decades. The reality, as Elver notes, is quite different: Reliance on hazardous pesticides is a short-term solution that undermines the rights to adequate food and health for present and future generations. PAN International supports this report fully. All five PAN regional... Read More
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Judy Hatcher
Mar 22, 2017
Right now, the very existence of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is being challenged by the people who are in charge of it, and by legislators who see it as a job-killing nuisance. Instead of tearing it down, let's focus on its mission — protecting our health and the natural environment — and make sure that it's helping those who need it most. The founding purpose In 1970, various federal anti-pollution efforts were merged to become the EPA in response to President Nixon's pledge "to repair the damage already done, and to establish new criteria to guide us in the future... Read More
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Jane Sellen
Mar 09, 2017
The Department of Pesticide Regulation director and his top advisor endured a grilling last week at a packed hearing convened by the California Senate Committee on Environmental Quality to consider the new schools regs. Testimony from the panel of experts made clear that the real harm endured by farmworker communities is not from acute poisoning incidents but from chronic exposure  – and these regulations as drafted don't address that problem. DPR's response? Who cares. DPR's special advisor Randy Segawa described the regulations this way: "They're not designed to reduce... Read More
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Anna Guth
Mar 09, 2017
In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re elevating voices of women farmers in the U.S. and beyond. This blog was originally published on October 12, 2016. Let's take a moment to honor the women who run about a third of our country's farms. They're also often leading the way in developing more resilient practices, farming on smaller pieces of land, incorporating more crop diversity and growing food for their communities. I had the privilege of speaking with four such farmers who exemplify the strength of women-led agriculture across the U.S. A "different way of living" Elizabeth... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Mar 09, 2017
Well then. If there was ever any doubt that the new administration's oft-stated commitment to "clean air and water" was insincere, there's no question now. Just as Trump was reading these hollow words in his address to Congress, his team was proposing draconian cuts to the agency whose job it is to protect our resources and health. This is both hugely irresponsible and foolish. For one thing, scientific evidence linking exposure to pesticides and other chemicals with human health and environmental harm is stronger than ever before, and communities across the country are in harm's way. Not... Read More
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Carmen Black
Mar 01, 2017
In early February, a mighty group of Iowa farmers congregated at the Iowa state capitol to participate in the Iowa Farmers Union (IFU) annual Food and Farm Lobby Day. A carload of my farmer friends and I were thrilled to have the chance to speak with our legislators about the obstacles that beginning farmers so often face in our current system of agriculture. Every year, the membership of IFU designates a few priority areas to focus on with the legislature. Our chosen topics this year were: restoring water quality, promoting family livestock farms, growing local food systems and protecting... Read More
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Lex Horan
Feb 23, 2017
As Scott Pruitt takes over as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, it's clearer than ever that our federal decisionmakers won't be stepping up to protect communities — or our food system — from pesticides anytime soon. It's that much more important therefore for state and local leaders to do their part. Here in Minnesota, decisionmakers are beginning some important steps to protect pollinators from pesticides, and we're fighting to make those changes powerful models for the rest of the country. Minnesota steps up Last August, Minnesota’s Governor and Department of Agriculture... Read More
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Emily Marquez
Feb 22, 2017
Lately scientific evidence seems to matter a lot less than it used to. It's not that evidence hasn't been ignored by policymakers in the past. But there are some unique things happening under the new administration that seem to directly and fundamentally challenge the value of science. Across the country, scientists are responding by standing up and speaking out. Years ago, my roommate shared something his advisor had told him: "Science can only be done in a truly wealthy society." At the time I thought his comment was solely about funding. But I've come to believe that "wealth" means more... Read More
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