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Kristin Schafer
May 11, 2017
Note: The EPA comment period on the proposal to repeal environmental regulations has closed since the time this blog was published. Reportedly, the 55,000+ responses were full of Americans sharing their experiences of growing up with dirty air and water, and with pleas for the agency not to undo safeguards that could return the country to a more polluted era. Thank you for speaking up! As concerns about the Trump Administration's legitimacy continue to swirl, newly installed agency leaders are plowing ahead with their radical anti-regulatory agenda. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, for... Read More
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Linda Wells
May 04, 2017
Of the Big 6 seed and pesticide giants, there are three proposed mergers in the works: Dow with Dupont, Monsanto with Bayer, and Syngenta with ChemChina. Despite opposition from several farmer organizations, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and other anti-trust agencies around the world seem relatively unconcerned with this ever-increasing concentration in the agrichemical industry. But it’s not over yet — farmers in Iowa and around the country are ramping up their public opposition to the mergers. Each merger is being considered individually, with Dow-Dupont first in the queue. That... Read More
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May 03, 2017
This conversation is part two in the “Voices from the Frontline” blog series that tells the stories of how pesticides and industrial agriculture directly affect the lives of people across the country. Claudia Angulo is a mother from Orange Cove, CA, whose kids attend schools near heavy pesticide use on citrus groves. In collaboration with the local nonprofit El Quinto Sol De America, a journalist helped Claudia conduct a biomonitoring study of her son — and they found over 50 different pesticides in his body. Claudia has since become a leader and activist within her community for pesticide... Read More
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Abou Thiam
Apr 26, 2017
As we honor World Malaria Day, we in the PAN International network stand with communities around the world suffering from the scourge of this disease. At PAN Africa, we also continue our community work to share better information about environmental strategies for mosquito control — with great progress in communities near Dakar, Senegal, where we've been working since 2012. We are heartened to note the progress made in preventing malaria in Africa, as reported by the World Health Organization (WHO). However it is very concerning to note that of the 73 countries that provided monitoring... Read More
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Apr 20, 2017
This Saturday, Pesticide Action Network will be in the streets of San Francisco, marching for science. We march because we believe that the freedom and ability to conduct independent science, by and for the people, is critical to our collective ability to create a healthy, just and sustainable world. We march to reclaim science from corrupt corporations and to defend the practice of science from those in power who would use it to oppress vulnerable peoples or who wish to deny the existence or emergence of inconvenient scientific truths. We march also to honor and lift up local and Indigenous... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Apr 20, 2017
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Chlorpyrifos might not quite be a household word yet, but it's getting there. The story of the astonishing decision by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to reverse course on agency plans to pull this child-harming insecticide off the market has captured headlines across the country and around the world. It could be this is getting so much attention because it was EPA's first major decision under the Trump Administration. Or it could be because the reversal flies so blatantly in the face of strong scientific evidence — just as thousands of scientists prepare to take to the streets in response to... Read More
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Apr 20, 2017
This conversation is the first part of the “Voices from the Frontline” blog series that tells the stories of how pesticides and industrial agriculture directly affect the lives of people across the country. Patti Edwardson farms with her partner, George Naylor, near Churdan, Iowa. In 2017, they expect to obtain organic certification on 100 acres of their farm with another 60 acres in transition. Patti’s activism is focused on transforming the agribusiness model of farming to one that is more regenerative and agroecological — including the leadership and participation of women to bring food... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Mar 31, 2017
On Wednesday, Scott Pruitt signed his first official action as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The New York Times headline captures it well: "EPA Chief, Rejecting Agency's Science, Chooses Not to Ban Insecticide." Well, then. Let's break this down. First, the insecticide in question is chlorpyrifos, a widely used neurotoxic chemical that study after study has shown is harming the development of children's brains. One study even used MRI technology to link chlorpyrifos exposure to changes in brain architecture. And when mothers are exposed during pregnancy, their... Read More
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