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Kathryn Gilje
Nov 29, 2012
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A critical and devastating new study confirms a link between certain work — farming and vegetable canning included — and an elevated risk of breast cancer. The research was conducted in southern Ontario, and for me, this news hits close to home. I was raised in Minnesota, and lived on a small farm just fifteen miles from a vegetable canning factory. When reading this study, I immediately thought of Lily, a young woman diagnosed with breast cancer in her late twenties. She and her mother Lidia spent over a decade working in the vegetable canning factory after coming to... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Nov 27, 2012
In a new report and policy statement released yesterday, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) highlighted the harmful effects of pesticides on children, and urged government action. AAP points to the growing body of scientific evidence linking pesticide exposure to children's health harms, focusing in on harms to the developing nervous system and increased risk of some childhood cancers. The pediatrician group’s findings and recommendations are similar to those highlighted by PAN's A Generation in Jeopardy report released last month. In particular, both reports urge... Read More
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Nov 27, 2012
Over last week’s Thanksgiving holiday, many Americans will have paused to savor the blessings of health, family and community. Some of us will have binged on too much turkey and consumption-crazed Black Friday sales. But for the world’s biggest pesticide and seed biotech companies, the entire year has been one long feeding frenzy. This frenzy culminated in recent months in a multi-billion dollar spending spree in which, reports Bloomberg, three of the "Big 6" pesticide companies (Syngenta, Bayer and BASF) together shelled out over two billion dollars to acquire... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Nov 26, 2012
EPA recently reviewed the links between mothers’ exposure to pesticides during pregnancy and children's health outcomes, highlighting recent findings in its online newsletter Science Matters. The article, entitled "Mothers Matter: Looking for a Healthy Start," presents the latest science linking prenatal exposure with reduced birth weight and disrupted brain and nervous system development, among other health harms. It’s very good that EPA is explicitly communicating science, with the implicit intent to change policy. What’s still missing is pesticide use... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Nov 20, 2012
Like others across the country, this Thursday I'll be joining extended family and friends to celebrate each other and the earth's bounty. I look forward to meeting up with cousins coming to town from distant cities, and enjoying the yummy dishes we'll all contribute to the feast. I'm also hoping we keep the acephate, methamidophos and chlorothalonil off the menu. (Easy for me to say, right?) Sadly, according to government testing, these hard-to-pronounce pesticides are among those commonly found on green beans. And they're not good for you. Green beans are among the... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Nov 15, 2012
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Pop quiz: Q1: What is the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history? Q2: What U.S. law provides the single largest source of federal funding for environmental conservation?  Answers: The Dust Bowl and the Farm Bill. And these two facts have everything to do with one another.  As Ken Burns reminds us with his new PBS documentary, The Dust Bowl, the 2012 North America Drought that has devastated farmers and ranchers from Texas to Ontario could have been much, much worse. While this drought may yet turn out to be the most expensive in U.S. history, we have not seen... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Nov 14, 2012
Across California, people from a variety of backgrounds — and for a variety of reasons — showed incredible commitment to Prop 37, the ballot initiative for labeling GE food. While the measure was narrowly defeated, the movement grew stronger and the issue was put back on the national agenda. Here, we pause to reflect on the dedication and hard work of just a few of those involved in this momentous fight. Some faces may be recognizable, while others operated largely behind the scenes. Regardless, because of their commitment and effort — in concert with thousands of others... Read More
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Nov 14, 2012
The rate of obesity in very young children — even infants — continues to climb. Evidence is building that obesity-promoting chemicals called obesogens are contributing to this alarming trend. Some of these obesogens are pesticides that — as the ongoing study of endocrine disruption clarifies — can act at very low doses to interfere with all kinds of physiological processes. This includes, it turns out, triggering increased fat cell production. With children affected so early in life, it's become increasingly clear that genetic and behavioral factors alone... Read More
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