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Kristin Schafer
Feb 05, 2020
Last month I had the pleasure of attending the opening day of the state legislature in Hawai’i. I joined our Protect Our Keiki coalition partners and hundreds of people from across the islands — including busloads of students — who came to meet up with their legislators, take part in workshops, and participate in traditional cultural practices, including pounding poi.  Our coalition’s table was one of dozens distributing materials highlighting our priorities in the upcoming legislative session, and encouraging people to get involved.  This year, there was also a powerful display... Read More
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Feb 05, 2020
This week marks the end of chlorpyrifos sales in California. After the exhausting saga of pesticide industry influence and ignored science that resulted in EPA reversing the planned national ban of the brain-harming chemical in 2017, this concrete step forward for California is momentous.  It's also having ripple effects across the country. Several states have chlorpyrifos ban bills moving forward this session, and just today Corteva (formerly Dow) announced it will stop producing chlorpyrifos by the end of the year. Corteva is the largest producer of this pesticide worldwide. But when... Read More
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Feb 05, 2020
Each year since Monsanto’s dicamba-resistant Xtend seeds hit the market, farmers and rural communities have braced for record levels of damaging pesticide drift. And each year, it’s happened.  Long before the these genetically engineered seeds were developed, dicamba was well known to farmers as a highly volatile chemical. Dicamba simply doesn’t stay put, no matter how it’s applied.   That’s why Bill Bader of Bader Farms, a peach farmer in Missouri, is taking a stand in a precedent-setting lawsuit against Bayer (which purchased Monsanto in 2018) and BASF, the developers of... Read More
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Feb 04, 2020
As Iowa is one of the states in which PAN does on-the-ground campaign work, we send out regular updates on PAN's and partners' work in Iowa and beyond — from pesticide-related science to opportunities to take action. If you'd like to receive these updates via email, sign up here. State updates Legislative Priorities: The 2020 legislative session is in full swing! Right now, we’re tracking several priorities with partners. Priorities include a bill that would mandate the development of an Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) online reporting system for... Read More
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Jan 28, 2020
As California is one of the states in which PAN does on-the-ground campaign work, we send out regular updates on PAN's and partners' work in California and beyond — from pesticide-related science to opportunities to take action. If you'd like to recieve these updates via email, sign up here. State updates Chlorpyrifos alternatives listening sessions: Following the decision to cancel the brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos in California, a Work Group was formed to identify sustainable alternatives. PAN Senior Scientist Margaret Reeves and Central California Environmental... Read More
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Jan 23, 2020
As Minnesota is one of the states in which PAN does on-the-ground campaign work, we send out regular updates on PAN and partners' work in Minnesota and beyond — from pesticide-related science to opportunities to take action. If you'd like to recieve these updates via email, sign up here. State updates It’s conference season: Last week, Minnesota organizer Willa saw some of you at the MN Organic Conference — our first conference of an exciting lineup! On the conference table this year we have updated versions of our In Case of Drift toolkits — come find us at one... Read More
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Jan 21, 2020
New research from University of Iowa has some sobering findings on the impacts of exposure to pyrethroids. The study found that people with the highest exposure to the widely used pesticides were three times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease — and 56% more likely to die from any cause within the study's follow-up period — than those with low or no exposure. Pyrethroids are the second most popular class of insecticides used in the world, with people mainly exposed through residues on food (such as fruits and vegetables) and through dust in homes when these pesticides are used... Read More
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Jan 16, 2020
Farmworkers are already some of the least protected workers in the country. And EPA is proposing to weaken an existing rule protecting farmworkers and their communities from pesticide spray drift — the application exclusion zone, or AEZ — a provision in the Worker Protection Standard. Currently, the AEZ establishes a “protection zone” around pesticide application equipment — no one can be within a certain radius during pesticide application. It’s a sensible rule that was supported by EPA’s own scientists to reduce the number of human exposures to pesticides that drift from application sites... Read More
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