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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
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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Kathryn Gilje
Nov 14, 2012
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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