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Medha Chandra
Dec 03, 2015
Last year marked 30 years since the Bhopal disaster in India, a huge explosion at a pesticide plant that killed thousands of nearby residents and injured hundreds of thousands more. Each year on December 3, PAN International marks the day with International Day of No Pesticide Use to remember all the people harmed in Bhopal — and to highlight our vision of a global food and farming system that doesn't rely on dangerous chemicals. This year, PAN centers and allies around the globe marked the day with a range of actions — from agroecology education campaigns in Senegal to community outreach to... Read More
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Sally Neas
Nov 26, 2015
I live in Santa Cruz, one of the capitals of the sustainable farming movement. It houses an organic-certifying agency, scores of non-profits that support sustainable agriculture, acres of organic production and one of the nation’s foremost organic research centers at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Yet, just 20 miles south and within the same county, the place where I teach nutrition is very different. In fact, the Watsonville school system in the Pajaro Valley has become the battleground of a high-stakes faceoff between pesticide users, concerned teachers and parents, and public... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Nov 24, 2015
Thanksgiving. More than any other, this holiday is about food — how it brings us together, the magic of the harvest and appreciation for the many hands that bring bounty to our table. And this year, I'm feeling especially hopeful about the future of food. Yes, I'm optimistic by nature. But having worked to promote sustainability and food justice for a couple of decades now (gulp!), I can honestly say that there's new and exciting momentum building — and it may just get us where we need to go. Strong voices, powerful stories Just a few days ago, I had the pleasure of attending the launch... Read More
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Paul Towers
Nov 24, 2015
The California State Beekeepers Association was buzzing about pesticides at their annual convention in Sacramento last week. And with good reason. Just days before, EPA took the rare step of banning a bee-toxic insecticide. For an agency that has been really slow to take meaningful bee-protective action, dragging out both scientific analysis and much needed policy shifts, this was a very welcome move. The agency's decision to pull sulfoxaflor — manufactured by Dow — was largely a response to litigation brought on by beekeepers. And the courts ruled EPA had relied on "flawed and... Read More
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Nov 12, 2015
This week, federal agencies are accepting input on how the rules governing genetically engineered (GE) crops should be updated. The expansion of GE crops in the last 20 years has brought hundreds of millions of additional pounds of pesticides into U.S. fields, along with the development of herbicide-resistant "superweeds" and other problems for farmers. The current policies for GE oversight are clearly failing. But we can safely assume Monsanto and friends are putting serious pressure on policymakers to make the existing rules even weaker, keeping their GE products and pesticides on the... Read More
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Mariama Sonko
Nov 11, 2015
From an Interview with Mariama Sonko By Simone Adler and Beverly Bell Traditional, small-holder peasant agriculture is done by women. Women are the ones who save the seeds – the soul of the peasant population. This is to honor what women have inherited from their ancestors: the conservation of seeds as part of their knowledge to care for the whole family and nourish their communities. The green revolution introduced GMOs in Africa. Technicians and researchers come to tell our producers about agriculture from the outside. They tell us that these modern varieties of [GMO] seeds are going to... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Nov 03, 2015
It took a court order and a virtual avalanche of scientific evidence, but federal pesticide regulators finally did the right thing. Late last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced plans to put a stop to agricultural uses of chlorpyrifos. Yes!! This is such a very important win. Once the rule is final, farmworkers and families in rural communities will no longer be exposed to an incredibly neurotoxic pesticide. And across the country, kids' intelligence will no longer be undermined by low-level exposures to this brain-harming chemical in their food, water and air. Plus —... Read More
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Lex Horan
Oct 29, 2015
Earlier this week, a top researcher for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) filed a complaint alleging that the agency retaliated against him for his research on bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides — and for blowing the whistle on USDA interference with his research. Dr. Jonathan Lundgren has worked at USDA's Agricultural Research Service lab in Brookings, South Dakota for 11 years. His peer-reviewed research on neonicotinoids (neonics), and their impact on pollinators, has been widely published and has received accolades from his contemporaries. USDA, however, appears to be less... Read More
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