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Kristin Schafer
Jun 22, 2017
It's been an interesting few weeks for those of us tracking food, farming and pesticide issues. Hard-to-pronounce chemicals like chlorpyrifos and dicamba have been making headlines, and a wonky legal victory that's flown largely under the radar could help close a dangerous loophole in our federal pesticide rules.  This increased public scrutiny and pressure can't be making the pesticide industry happy, but it's certainly good news for the rest of us. Closing a monster loophole Earlier this month we joined the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in celebrating their successful... Read More
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Jun 08, 2017
On June 1, in a snub to science and the world, Trump announced he is withdrawing the United States out of the Paris Agreement — the global accord aiming to curb greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change. Almost immediately following the announcement, states, cities and businesses began stepping up to make their own climate commitments.   At present, over 1,400 actors have pledged to individually uphold the U.S. mitigation targets and adhere to the guidelines outlined in the accord — even if the country as a whole won’t participate in the agreement.   “Trump... Read More
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Paul Towers
Jun 08, 2017
Last week, legislation to address historic racial inequities in agriculture cleared a major hurdle in California. The Farmer Equity Act passed with just a few dissenting votes, 72-4. PAN has been supporting the farmers leading the charge on this bill, following their lead on how to begin addressing the long history of systemic racism in agriculture. Given deep, historic inequities, it’s no surprise that farmers of color in California currently receive fewer state and federal resources — and continue to face barriers in accessing, land, water and markets. And if the Farmer Equity Act becomes... Read More
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Lex Horan
Jun 08, 2017
As the dust settles on Minnesota’s 2017 legislative session, the push for new pollinator protective policies has mostly wrapped up for the year. The outcome? In a year when many, many issues we care about saw major rollbacks, we managed to win a few small victories for pollinators — and hold back the worst proposals that would’ve gutted our state’s pesticide laws. But legislative leaders were remarkably unwilling to look for solutions to the pesticide and pollinator problem, and there is much work still to do. Modest steps for bees The latest statistics on annual losses of honey bee... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
May 30, 2017
Scott Pruitt's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — in yet another subversion of justice — is bowing to industry interests to delay implementation of two 2015 rules designed to better protect farmworkers and their families from harmful pesticide exposure. How is that "protection?"  Long overdue In 2015, EPA finally improved the 20-year-old federal Worker Protection Standard (WPS). The improvements — most of which were initially implemented this January — include more frequent safety trainings for field workers and increased reporting of on-farm pesticide use. These shifts are... Read More
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May 18, 2017
This conversation is part three in our “Voices from the Frontline” blog series that tells stories of how pesticides and industrial agriculture directly affect the lives of people across the country. Tiare Lawrence is a native Hawaiian community leader who focuses on environmental and Hawaiian rights on Maui. She recently joined PAN as an on-the-ground organizer to drive our work to protect children and communities from pesticide drift and support clean air and water on the islands. She brings with her a deep and personal understanding of the impacts of industrial agriculture on local... Read More
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May 17, 2017
We’ve been outraged by Pruitt, apprehensive about Perdue and now with Trump’s latest nomination — this time for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s lead scientist position — we’re frankly baffled. Trump is expected to tap Sam Clovis, co-chair of his presidential campaign, as head of USDA’s Research, Education and Economics division. He appears to be stunningly unqualified for the job. This high-level position has traditionally been reserved for scientists with expertise in agriculture research — recent appointments include a plant physiologist, a comparative biochemist and an M.D./M.S.... Read More
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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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