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Emily Marquez
Sep 07, 2017
This post is part one in our “Science for Solutions” blog series that amplifies scientist voices and underscores the importance of independent science as the foundation for evidence-based policymaking and narrative shifts. With pesticide drift sweeping across the South and Midwest this summer, and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s recent decision to keep the brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos on the market, children’s and community health is at the front of our minds here at PAN. While policymakers don’t always (or often enough) follow the conclusions of scientists as we’d wish,... Read More
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Sep 07, 2017
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Like a wildfire burning out of control, the epidemic of dicamba drift blowing across 20 states this summer has already damaged over three million acres of soybean cropland. Adding to the list of some 2,200 reported herbicide injuries are likely many more damaged acres of fruit and vegetable farms, vineyards, trees, home gardens, hedgerows and plant habitats critical to pollinators and other wildlife. Monsanto — maker of the dicamba herbicide at fault, and the genetically engineered dicamba-resistant crops implicated in the crisis — has been quick to blame farmers. But farmers are clear that... Read More
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Medha Chandra
Aug 23, 2017
Ah, back to school. It's a transitional time for parents and kids alike. But for those living in California's agricultural communities, this season also brings renewed worry and frustration that the state still hasn't taken steps to curtail use of brain-harming and cancer-causing pesticides near schools. The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) recently announced a risk assessment for the insecticide chlorpyrifos — but state officials are ignoring the wealth of research showing its neurotoxic properties. And a new state report highlighting air monitoring data shows that schools in rural... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Aug 23, 2017
Sam Clovis is not a scientist. Trump's absurd nomination for the top scientist post at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is a former radio talk show host with a history of racist and homophobic commentary — and zero scientific or agricultural background or credentials. Zero. The Senate will consider whether to confirm Clovis when they reconvene after Labor Day — and efforts to block the absurd nomination are gaining ground. This week, Senators Schumer (D-NY) and Schatz (D-HI) called on Trump to withdraw this "wildly unqualified" nominee. The senators also linked the choice of someone... Read More
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Linda Wells
Aug 17, 2017
Pesticide drift is a severely underreported problem in rural, agricultural communities. And now we're in the middle of an epic summer of drift thanks to Monsanto’s new dicamba-resistant seed line, Xtend. Expanded planting of Xtend soy and cotton is leading to more spraying of the herbicide. As a result, farmers in Southern and Midwestern states are reporting extensive and debilitating crop damage from dicamba traveling from where it's applied to nearby fields. This is a crisis moment for many, but drift damage is not a new problem. For years, we at PAN have been been working with those... Read More
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Paul Towers
Aug 10, 2017
Pesticide drift regularly occurs in California agricultural communities, and too often it flies under the radar. But in the past several months there have been four major drift incidents that bring the problem into sharper focus. The findings are in Earlier this week, Kern County officials released a report detailing a drift incident on the outskirts of Bakersfield in May, and the findings are stark. The neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos, applied at least one-and-a-half hours before workers reported symptoms, drifted more than one-half mile from an orchard to the neighboring cabbage... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Aug 10, 2017
In late July, the California State Water Resources Control Board approved a stringent "maximum contamination level" (MCL) for a cancer-causing chemical in drinking water. This was a hard-fought and important victory for public health.  For 25 years, 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP) has been designated as a carcinogen in the state, and the new mandate to keep it out of drinking water — or at least below detectable amounts — is an important step forward. Enduring & unneccesary TCP is considered a “garbage” chemical, or a by-product of the plastics manufacturing process. As a way to... Read More
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Medha Chandra
Aug 09, 2017
August 9 is the U.N. International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. Today, PAN stands with the estimated 370 million Indigenous peoples around the world in their struggles to gain justice and obtain full cultural, economic, social and political rights. The U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples resonates strongly with the work PAN’s Indigenous partners and allies are doing in their communities. While you can read the entire Declaration here, these are some of the rights included: Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories... Read More
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