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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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Pesticide Actio...
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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Linda Wells
Oct 25, 2012
The Supreme Court announced last week that an Indiana farmer who was sued by Monsanto will get another day in court. Vernon Hugh Bowman was forced to pay Monsanto $84,000 for planting seeds containing patented RoundUp Ready genes without paying technology fees to the chemical and seed giant. If the Supreme Court overturns this decision when it hears Bowman's appeal, its ruling could drastically change the biotech seed industry.  Bowman has been a loyal Monsanto customer when it came to the primary growing season. Each year, he purchased RoundUp Ready soybeans and paid the... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Oct 25, 2012
Standing outside EPA headquarters in Washington DC yesterday, beekeepers — flanked by Center for Food Safety, PAN and Beyond Pesticides — called for immediate action to protect bees from hazardous pesticides. It’s not the first time EPA has been asked to take action. Far from it. For the past two years beekeepers, PAN and allies — including more than a million people across the country — have submitted numerous public and legal petitions urging the Agency to move more quickly in its evaluation of bee-harming pesticides, and fix the flawed process for allowing... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Oct 25, 2012
We're excited. The report we released earlier this month — A Generation in Jeopardy — is getting people talking about how pesticides are harming our children, and what we can do about it. A national conversation is a first, important step. Next up? Decisive action that gets harmful pesticides out of kids' daily lives. Here are just a few examples of how the report is spurring conversations across the country: In the media: Newspapers and television stations from the New York Times' Greenwire to outlets in Minnesota and California picked up on the story,... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Oct 23, 2012
Yesterday the American Academy of Pediatrics weighed in on organic food. They found that "an organic diet reduces children's exposure to pesticides," and highlighted studies linking pesticides with many of the childhood health harms included in PAN's recent report, A Generation in Jeopardy. Unfortunately, media coverage of APA's report has been all over the map. And given the power of headlines to shape public debate in ways that directly impact policymakers' appetite for taking on tough issues, this failure on the part of news desks and editors to report the... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Oct 19, 2012
PAN and our partners have been on the ground in Geneva this week, participating in the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC8) Here at this annual gathering of scientists and policymakers from around the world, chemicals are considered for addition to the Stockholm Convention. This international treaty bans or restricts use of chemicals deemed to be "persistent organic pollutants" (POPs) due to their harmful impacts on health and their long-lasting presence in the environment. The week-long meeting is a review of the technical evidence gathered for chemicals that... Read More
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