GroundTruth Blog | Pesticide Action Network
Reclaiming the future of food and farming

GroundTruth Blog

Paul Towers
Apr 16, 2015
Should parents, families and teachers be warned when hazardous and volatile pesticides are used next door? That was the question before a panel of experts in California last week. Their answer may provide the basis for critical new rules for use of pesticide fumigants, and any neighbor’s right to know. Fumigant pesticides are a problem for the Golden State. They are highly volatile, likely to drift and linked to a wide range of health impacts, including cancer. Yet every year, over 40 million pounds of these soil-sterilizing chemicals are used on California fields. Between 2003 and 2012,... Read More
Paul Towers's picture
Pesticide Actio...
Apr 02, 2015
In the first study of its kind, researchers have linked pesticide residues on food with poor semen quality. The new study adds to a growing body of evidence tying very low-level chemical exposures with reproductive and other health harms. Scientists from Harvard University's School of Public Health found that men who ate fruits and vegetables with higher levels of pesticide residues had fewer normal sperm and a lower sperm count than men who ate produce with lower residue levels. The findings, released this week in the journal Human Reproduction, in no way discourage overall consumption... Read More
Pesticide Action Network's picture
Pesticide Actio...
Apr 01, 2015
Today, Bayer AG apologized for the damage to pollinators caused by years of aggressive marketing and sales of bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides; now the most widely used class of insecticides in the world. To help restore and revitalize the bee populations harmed by their products — and in a good faith gesture to beekeepers whose livelihoods have been threatened by declining honey bee populations — the German-based corporation formally announced the unveiling of the world’s first bee spa. Bayer CEO Marijn Dekkers issued the following statement today: “As CEO... Read More
Pesticide Action Network's picture
Pesticide Actio...
Mar 31, 2015
Each year at the end of March we join partners across the country celebrating National Farmworker Awareness Week, a nationwide event honoring farmworkers and their families. The celebration culminates today, on Cesar Chavez Day. A week set aside to raise awareness about the more than two million workers who plant, tend and harvest our food is a wonderful opportunity. This year, we invite you to explore — and share — the great resources below as National Farmworker Awareness Week (#NFAW) wraps up. Farmworkers and their families are clearly on the frontlines of chemical-dependent agriculture... Read More
Pesticide Action Network's picture
Emily Marquez
Mar 24, 2015
Last fall PAN partnered with Justin Matlow, a concerned parent and teacher in the heart of California's strawberry-growing country, to monitor for pesticide drift. Today — to mark Cesar Chavez day — we joined Justin, farmworker advocates and other community partners to release our findings. What do the data tell us? In short, our Drift Catcher project found that when the cancer-causing pesticide chloropicrin was being applied in a nearby field, concentrations in the air near Justin's Watsonville home were at or above levels considered "of concern" by both state... Read More
Emily Marquez's picture
Lex Horan
Mar 19, 2015
A few months into the Minnesota legislative session, things are starting to get exciting. In the midst of the flurry of hearings, amendments and hallway conversations that make Minnesota politics happen, there’s cause for celebration for bees at the Capitol. This week, three members of the Minnesota House of Representatives introduced a bill that would suspend the use of neonicotinoids and fipronil — systemic insecticides that are among the driving factors behind bee declines. As I’ve written before, Minnesota has been stepping up to protect bees. Our state’s Department of Agriculture is... Read More
Lex Horan's picture
Pesticide Actio...
Mar 19, 2015
In Iowa, two proposed laws would have provided support to farmers facing crop damage from drifting herbicides, and improved reporting and regulations around drift. While the laws were introduced this session, they will not be moving forward but the Iowa Farmers Union (IFU), PAN and other coalition partners have put the drift issue front and center on the legislative agenda in Des Moines. A statewide, farmer-led coalition supporting these bills are asking for things like improved liability insurance and more readily available information about pesticide use and drift incidents. These are... Read More
Pesticide Action Network's picture
Judy Hatcher
Mar 18, 2015
A song's been running through my head for several days now: Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves. This International Women's History Month, I've been thinking about how women around the world are "standing on their own two feet, and ringin' on their own bells" on behalf of a fair, safe and sustainable global food system. Women have been leading work at the intersection of food, health and the environment for decades — often facing criticism men don't face. Critics dismissed scientist Rachel Carson's ground-breaking book Silent Spring as the hysterical ravings of a sad, unmarried fanatic.... Read More
Judy Hatcher's picture