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Kristin Schafer
Jan 26, 2017
With dizzying speed, the new administration has set to work rolling back years of progress on public health protections, climate change, civil liberties and women's rights. They've moved to muzzle our public agencies and launch an all out war on science, a free press, indigenous lands, religious freedom, immigrants and the value of facts. All of this in week one. Meanwhile, Trump's long-awaited nomination of former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue to head up the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officially makes this cabinet the least diverse in decades. It's also arguably the least... Read More
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Jan 25, 2017
The Trump administration's nominees to lead key federal agencies have been characterized by strong ties to the industries they'll be tasked with regulating, a historic disregard for science and the public interest and an astounding lack of diversity. The nomination of Sonny Perdue to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is no exception. The extreme delay in announcing a pick for USDA was surprising, given the support for Trump from some rural, agricultural parts of the country. The eventual selection overlooked pressure from major agricultural leaders across the country to choose... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Jan 12, 2017
After 15 long years of research and public input, the Environmental Protection Agnecy (EPA) finalized urgently needed improvements to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) on September, 2015. With the political landscape now in flux, the agency is facing strong push-back from Big Ag representatives on these new farmworker protections. We're pleased to report that so far, EPA is standing firm. Implementation of the new rules began as scheduled on January 2. Healthy workers are productive workers In pressing the agency to delay WPS implementation, the American Farm Bureau and state... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Jan 12, 2017
Our children's health is not negotiable. This is the message we need to send federal officials — loud and clear — as President Obama's EPA takes final comments on their proposal to withdraw almost all remaining uses of the brain-harming insecticide chlorpyrifos. Ag ban long overdue It's already taken much too long for the agency to do the right thing. Way back in 2001, science indicating that chlorpyrifos harms children's developing nervous system was strong enough to warrant agency action to ban all household uses of the chemical. Since then, the science has only gotten more clear,... Read More
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Paul Towers
Dec 30, 2016
First steps are meaningful, depending on context. When my now 15-month-old took her first steps earlier this year, we celebrated her progress. It was a major milestone in her early life. But Hawai’i regulators don’t deserve the same kudos for their recent announcement intended to quell concerns about pesticide use on the islands. For more than a decade, the Hawai’i Departments of Health and Agriculture have ignored the threat of pesticide exposure facing communities, workers and children — and have instead proposed superficial next steps. Sidestepping the "silent pandemic" Extractive... Read More
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Judy Hatcher
Dec 22, 2016
As 2016 comes to a close, I'm reflecting on what our PAN community has achieved in the past year — and where we're headed from here. I honestly don’t know what 2017 will bring, this is a challenging time. But I know one thing for sure: it will take many of us, acting on several fronts at once, to advance toward justice and food system transformation. With so much at stake, we're seeing more people than ever standing up to join us — and many among us have practice working against steep odds. In the coming year, we plan to lean into their wisdom and experience as we continue building the... Read More
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Dec 22, 2016
Last month, governments gathered in Marrakech for a critical round of global climate talks, tasked with the responsibility of pulling the planet back from the precipice of climate disaster. In what was described as the biggest breakthrough of the talks, a coalition of the world’s most vulnerable developing countries led by Ethiopia declared their commitment to moving towards 100 percent renewable energy by 2050, regardless of “developed country” inaction. At the other end of the spectrum, the approaching presidency of Donald Trump threatens to derail global efforts to rein in climate chaos.... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Dec 16, 2016
As questions about the legitimacy of the Trump presidency continue to emerge, the president-elect and his team are plowing forward with some astonishing choices to lead our federal agencies. From Departments of Energy and State to Housing, Labor and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), almost every cabinet nominee is on the record in direct opposition to the core purpose of the agency they've been tapped to lead. These choices from Team Trump border on the absurd. They are also deeply irresponsible — and dangerous. Case in point: Scott Pruitt The nomination for EPA head is a clear... Read More
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