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Apr 26, 2018
The Farm Bill debates are moving full steam ahead. Many pieces of the complex federal legislation introduced in the House will clearly be harmful to farmers, rural communities, workers and the environment. This blog is the first in a series from PAN focusing in on key issues of concern to those in our network. We’ll start with one of the most egregious proposals in the draft bill: a provision allowing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fast-track the approval of pesticides without investigating their impacts to endangered species — including pollinators. Pollinators need more... Read More
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Apr 18, 2018
In early April, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International participated in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) second International Symposium on Agroecology in Rome. From nine countries and five regions — including North America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and Latin America — PAN leaders highlighted the need to transition from chemical-intensive practices to just, thriving and resilient food systems around the world. The symposium focused primarily on the need to spread and scale agroecological practices to meet the FAO’s Sustainable... Read More
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Apr 13, 2018
While federal food and farming policy — and particularly the Farm Bill process — can seem complex and far-removed, these laws and rules impact our daily lives in ways large and small. From food access and nutrition programs, to crop insurance and agricultural research, the Farm Bill determines much about the food we eat, how its grown and its impacts on rural workers and communities. PAN’s platform is informed by our ongoing work with partners across the country who are calling for federal food and farm policy that works for farmers, workers and communities — including National Family... Read More
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Apr 10, 2018
Despite widespread opposition, The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) has green-lighted the Bayer-Monsanto merger. The Bayer-Monsanto merger was approved on the heels of the authorization of the Dow-DuPont and Syngenta-ChemChina mergers. As a result, just three corporations will control 59 percent of the seed market and 64 percent of the pesticide market — globally. DoJ’s approval… and farmer resistance The coupling of the agribusiness giants was approved despite recent poll results indicating farmers across the country believe the merger of Bayer and Monsanto will be bad for farming and... Read More
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Emily Marquez
Apr 05, 2018
A new study on glyphosate in pregnant women from Indiana confirms that this widely used herbicide ends up in people’s bodies. The findings also suggest that prenatal glyphosate exposure may be linked to shorter pregnancies. Glyphosate is the most-used herbicide in the world. It's the primary active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicide formulations used with genetically engineered (GE) crops. Women in rural areas have more Researchers collected both residential drinking water and urine samples from 71 pregnant women in Central Indiana. Data were also... Read More
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Leslee Matthews
Apr 03, 2018
As a former legal intern for one of the State Representatives here in Hawai‘i, I’ve walked the halls of the Capitol, sat in on hearings, listened to constituents share their thoughts and pored over mounds of testimony. Yet I knew this year would be different — Hawai‘i is poised to enact historic pesticide protective legislation this year. A bill with promise It was entirely fitting for me to start as Pesticide Action Network’s Hawai‘i Organizing and Policy Fellow on Opening Day of the 29th Legislature here in Hawai‘i. The event coincided with the 125th anniversary of the overthrow Queen... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Mar 28, 2018
This week, we join farmworkers and farmworker advocates around the country in celebrating progress towards eliminating a long legacy of injustice. It’s National Farmworker Awareness week, and though a huge amount work remains, these are a few programs, organizations and policy wins to lift up and recognize as making strides towards creating a fair, just food system for all. Changing the on-farm culture The Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) is a certification system created by an incredible multi stakeholder group that provides protections, training, benefits and better compensation for... Read More
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Mar 28, 2018
To commemorate National Farmworker Awareness Week (March 24-31, 2018), our partners at Farmworker Justice are writing blogs that touch on different aspects of farmworkers’ living and working conditions. This blog was written by Farmworker Justice Staff Attorney Iris Figueroa, and originally posted on Farmworker Justice. I’m one more person who comes to this country looking for a better life for myself and my family. During the months I’ve been with this company I’ve worked with different plants and vegetables… I miss Oaxaca [Mexico], my wife and my son. But what makes me happy is that... Read More
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