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Paul Towers
May 11, 2016
The phrase “justice delayed is justice denied” has real meaning for children living near California farm fields. Since the first lawsuit was filed seventeen years ago, Latino schoolkids are still being disproportionately impacted by agricultural pesticides — many linked to cancer and neurodevelopmental harms. And now parents are taking on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to remedy violations of the Civil Rights Act. Standing up for kids Let's start at the beginning. In 1999, Marcia Garcia and other parents filed suit on behalf of their children, who attended Rio Mesa High... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
May 10, 2016
The science is in. Our food system's continued reliance on pesticides is putting children's health at risk. Kids across the country are exposed in various ways, but those who grow up in agricultural areas often face a "double dose" of pesticides from nearby fields. Rural children are — quite literally — on the frontlines of pesticide exposure. These are the key findings of our Kids on the Frontline report, released today in communities across the country. Our roundup of recent science powerfully underscores both the scope of the problem we collectively face, and the urgent need for change... Read More
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Sara Knight
Apr 21, 2016
We've been hearing rumours about possible mergers between pesticide/biotech corporations for a while now. Will Monsanto buy Syngenta? Or Bayer? Will the "Big 6" become the "Big 4" or "Big 3" — or perhaps one corporation to rule us all? As the growth in some markets becomes less dependable and skepticism of genetically engineered (GE) crops grows, the next option to maintain market control is to merge into even bigger corporations. Now, it seems, there are real deals on the move — and our food system is about to become even more consolidated than it already is. Late last year, Dow and DuPont... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Apr 21, 2016
Earlier this month, France's health and safety agency announced plans to withdraw authorization of herbicides containing both glyphosate and the additive tallowamine. As reported by Reuters, a spokesperson for the agency said: "It is not possible to guarantee that compositions containing glyphosate and tallowamine do not entail negative effects on human health." As a result of this move, a particular formulation of Monsanto’s widely-used RoundUp will no longer be allowed for use in the country. In Germany, manufacturers have already voluntarily withdrawn products containing glyphosate... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Apr 21, 2016
Yesterday, the "Pollinator Protection Act" took a big step forward in the California legislature, moving closer to becoming state law. This is just one of many positive developments for bees in recent weeks. As public momentum to protect vital pollinators continues to build, cities, states and businesses are getting in gear — even as federal policymakers continue to come up short.  States stepping up In the face of strong opposition from the citrus industry lobby, the Pollinator Protection Act (SB 1282, Leno-Allen) passed out of the California Senate Environmental Quality Committee... Read More
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Paul Towers
Apr 07, 2016
What’s being applied on the strawberry field next door? For many Californians, the answer is a big question mark. And the issue has taken on added significance as state officials consider how best to answer that question — and then inform parents about the health-harming pesticides being applied near homes and schools. According to a 2014 report from the California Department of Public Health, fumigants are the top five pesticides most commonly used near schools. And with more than 25 million pounds applied annually on strawberry fields, they're the most widely used pesticide across the... Read More
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Chloe Schwabe
Apr 03, 2016
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On February 4, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was signed by 12 countries in North America, South America and Asia. Now each country’s congress is considering whether or not to ratify this global trade agreement. All eyes are on the United States, where free trade has become a key election issue. The deal was negotiated in secret with 600 corporate advisors; anyone who did read it faced a gag rule. When the text was finally released it became clear that across the board, the deal put profit before people — with disturbing implications for farmers, rural communities and the poor, in the U... Read More
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Medha Chandra
Mar 31, 2016
World Autism Awareness Day is on April 2 this year. It's a day to shine a light on this condition and reaffirm our support for adults and children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), and for their families. It's also a day to learn more about what increases risks of autism — and to think about prevention. ASD and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)... Read More
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