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Kristin Schafer
Jul 13, 2017
I wonder if EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt thought no one would notice when he decided to ignore his agency's own scientists and greenlight continued use of Dow Chemical's brain-harming pesticide, chlorpyrifos. If so, he was in for quite a surprise. It turns out a lot of folks are outraged by Pruitt's reversal of the planned withdrawal of the insecticide, which has been shown to increase risk of learning disabilities, ADHD and autism. The American Academy of Pediatrics called the decision "deeply alarming." Attorneys General from seven states filed an administrative appeal to EPA (mirroring... Read More
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Emily Marquez
Jun 29, 2017
With scrutiny of Monsanto's flagship herbicide RoundUp increasing, the corporation's defense of the product is in high gear. And right now, a recent Reuters article is doing the work on behalf of the biotech giant to discredit a scientist who contributed to the 2015 International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) finding that glyphosate — RoundUp's active ingredient — is a "probable carcinogen." The June 14 article claims that this scientist withheld data indicating glyphosate was not, in fact, linked to cancer — and suggests that a publication that would have included this data on... Read More
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Jun 29, 2017
For the second year in a row, farmers in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee are experiencing serious crop damage from exposure to the drift-prone herbicide dicamba. This is also the second growing cycle that Monsanto’s latest genetically engineered seed line — “Xtend” — has been allowed in fields. Coincidence? Not at all. Xtend soy and cotton are designed to withstand repeated, heavy applications of both glyphosate (the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp) and dicamba. With more planting of Xtend seeds comes increased use of dicamba — which is toxic to broadleaf plants, including... Read More
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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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