Reclaiming the future of food and farming

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Kathryn Gilje
Nov 14, 2012
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In March, we stopped the pesticide industry from pushing a cancer-causing chemical into California strawberry fields. Together, we won an incredible victory when Arysta LifeScience — maker of methyl iodide — pulled its hazardous product off the U.S. market. Now, we turn to "what's next," the important work of ensuring that strawberries truly get off the pesticide treadmill. California is poised to stimulate an innovative transition away from the use of all methyl iodide-like pesticides (fumigants) on strawberries — protecting health and the soil, both, for... Read More
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Heather Pilatic
Nov 07, 2012
Amidst the food movement’s flurry of post-election analysis and reflection, here are two salient facts about California’s ballot initiative fight over the proposed mandatory labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food: 1) Pesticide and processed food industries outspent a rag-tag citizen’s coalition of pro-labeling forces by 5-to-1, and still only narrowly (53% v. 47%) defeated the initiative (Proposition 37); and 2) California’s battle over GE labeling kick-started the national conversation in a way that’s going to make it much harder for the U.S.... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Nov 07, 2012
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What a ride! While many of us found good news in presidential, federal and local races — including things like funding for California schools — the loss of Prop 37 was especially disappointing. No doubt the next few days will be filled with reflection about what we have done and where we are headed. Here are a few thoughts to put in the mix: The good news Over 4.2 million Californians stood strong against the barrage of misleading paid advertisements from industry, and were bolstered by 2,000 farmers, dozens of Hollywood celebrities, 1,300 chefs and thousands of volunteers... Read More
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Nov 01, 2012
While it may seem that corporate influence has captured our democracy, the simple fact is that who is in office really does matter. Our collective actions over the next week will have profound effects on what kind of changemaking is possible in the coming years. Analysts point to races across the country — including the tight presidential contest — that hinge on voter turnout. Those who want to see a safer, more sustainable future need to show up at the polls and make our voices heard. From local to state to national races, choices at the ballot box will influence public... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Nov 01, 2012
In a recent blog, I showcased farmers and environmentalists joined in a common Farm Bill mission with faith communities, moms and organic “foodies.” I'm happy to report that the broad-based movement for smarter farm policies continues to expand, and pressure on Congress is building. We invite you to add your voice. October celebrations of Food Day included an urgent Farm Bill focus — bringing together food movement leaders, organizations, physicians, nutritionists, labor leaders, environmentalists, farmers, chefs, authors, cookbook writers, parents, children and... Read More
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Kathryn Gilje
Nov 01, 2012
Cancer has taken much too big a toll on my life this year to write this blog with anything but intense urgency, fueled by deep sorrow. The lives of our dear friends, our daughters, our brothers and others are all at stake. Breast cancer is caused by multiple factors. Scientists don't doubt that exposure to toxic chemicals is part of that causation mix, with carcinogens and endocrine-disrupting compounds — including many pesticides — key among the nasties. Though Breast Cancer Awareness month came to an official close yesterday, we continue the critical work of halting... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Oct 31, 2012
A recent peer-reviewed study takes an ambitious approach to modeling losses from pesticide exposures — in both economic and human health terms. Although the study examines pesticide use in the European Union, the authors run into the same issues that we at PAN encounter: 1) pesticide use reporting as it currently stands is not good enough; and 2) industry abuses "confidential business information" protections to keep scientists in the dark.  Modeling exposure One might ask how the authors could model such a complex issue. The predictions were made by a... Read More
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Oct 25, 2012
Speaking at farmers' markets Wednesday in honor of international Food Week, California farmers — conventional and organic alike — declared their support for labeling genetically engineered food. Challenging a series of misleading advertisements that claim otherwise, this new coalition, Farmers for Truth in Labeling, is making it explicity clear that they support Proposition 37 and the honest conversations with consumers it will create. John Coelho, a grape and pistachio grower with a few thousand acres outside of Fresno, responded directly to the misleading ads: For... Read More
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