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Aug 02, 2012
The Olympics are in high gear, and while runners, swimmers and gymnasts wow the crowd,  the festivities are overshadowed by the games' dubious sponsors. Dow Chemical is a major sponsor of the London Olympics, despite protests around the world and opposition efforts by Indian civil society and government. As the owner of the company that perpetrated one of the worst industrial disasters in history, Dow Chemical has done absolutely nothing to accept responsibility for, or compensate the victims of, the ongoing Bhopal Gas Tragedy of 1984. To add insult to injury, Dow's toxic... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Jul 27, 2012
Three cheers for sanity on Capitol Hill! For the first time in 36 years, lawmakers voted Wednesday to strengthen the national law governing toxic chemicals. If it keeps moving and becomes law, the bill will tighten the rules governing those 84,000+ substances that make their way into our homes in everything from baby bottles to seat cushions. True, it was the first of many steps: a committee vote in the Senate. But it's a huge, important move in the right direction — made in the face of strong pushback from the chemical industry. And it's long overdue. As both a mom and a... Read More
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Jul 26, 2012
Two weeks ago, while many Americans were focused on early July barbeques and fireworks, the pipeline of genetically engineered crops awaiting USDA approval suddenly swelled to bursting. With public opposition to GE foods and crops growing by leaps and bounds (and Prop 37 — CA’s ballot initiative to label GE foods — garnering unprecedented popular support), the Big 6 pesticide corporations are rushing to quickly ram a dozen new GE crops through the pipeline. Nine of them are engineered for use with toxic herbicides. Back in December, when Dow quietly inserted its... Read More
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Linda Wells
Jul 26, 2012
Bonnie Wirtz is a new mom living in Melrose, Minnesota. She and her husband moved there to start a farm and raise a family. What they weren't planning on were the consequences of living in close proximity to frequent pesticide application. After one alarming incident of pesticide drift that put Bonnie in the hospital, this Minnesota mom took up the battle cry against pesticides and how they can harm children's health.   Bonnie was already health-conscious. As a member of a local holistic mom's group, she tried to stay up to date on the best practices for keeping her... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Jul 19, 2012
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All too often, the rules of pesticide regulation are cumbersome and make for slow change. But EPA had an opportunity to take swift, decisive action to protect bees — and they let it pass.  Today, the agency announced it is denying the request by beekeepers to declare Bayer's pesticide, clothianidin, an "imminent hazard" to bees and will not be suspending the chemical's use.   The decision comes in response to a legal petition filed earlier this year by twenty-five beekeepers and environmental organizations, citing acute and chronic bee kills across the... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Jul 19, 2012
Eighteen months ago, PAN’s Dr. Marcia Ishii-Eiteman testified at the historic USDA and Dept. of Justice (DOJ) joint hearings on corporate control and competition in agriculture. The hearings were attended by thousands of farmers, ranchers and civil society organizations from across the country, with particularly strong participation in the heartland states. Then last year many of you joined PAN in urging the DOJ to release a final report about those workshops, and make firm commitments to next steps. The agency has finally delivered — sort of. Key report findings DOJ... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Jul 18, 2012
Earlier today, EPA announced new restrictions on the insecticide chlorpyrifos, a known brain toxicant linked to learning disabilities in children and commonly sprayed on corn, oranges, grapes and almonds, among other crops. These new protections are a step in the right direction, and will significantly reduce the amount of chlorpyrifos applied to fields and orchards. But more protection is needed to safeguard the health of farm communities and children who live, learn and play near pesticide application sites. Today's announcement comes in response to legal action filed by Pesticide... Read More
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Jul 18, 2012
Afraid or unsure of who to call about illegal pesticide spraying? Polluters beware: one California county may have found a solution. The Kern Environmental Enforcement Network (KEEN) is an innovative tool that employs texting and web technology to expands the enforcement capacity of government agencies with the help of alert community members. KEEN enables residents to provide anonymous eyewitness accounts of local problems quickly and accurately, 24 hours a day in both English and Spanish. And it works. Kern County is in the heart of California’s central valley, where industrial... Read More
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