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Jul 12, 2012
Last month, 14 children between the ages of two and six lost their lives to pesticide poisoning in Bangladesh after eating contaminated litchi (or lychee) fruit. As reported by the Bangladesh daily New Age, the specific pesticides responsible have not yet been identified. But samples of the poisonous fruit are currently being tested by the Center for Disease Control & Prevention in Atlanta. Meanwhile, regulatory agencies in Bangladesh blame farmers and consumers for the tragedy, according to the New Age article. Protecting kids? Most pesticide poisonings among children involve... Read More
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Jul 12, 2012
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Living in a lush, forested area sounds pristine and serene, right? Yes, but you may have to grapple with pesticide drift from periodic aerial spraying of herbicides like 2,4-D and atrazine. Residents of Lane County, Oregon are fed up. They recently organized a rally protesting this long-standing practice, and calling for buffer zones to protect their communities. The pesticides being sprayed tend to drift on air currents and have been found in the blood and urine of numerous residents who've been tested. Aerial application of herbicides is widespread throughout forested areas of... Read More
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Jul 12, 2012
A recent, powerful series of articles in Environmental Health News marked the 30th anniversary of what many consider the birth of the environmental justice movement. EHN reporters visited low-income communities of color across the country, and found "a legacy of lingering problems and newly emerging threats." “Pollution, Poverty, People of Color” tells the compelling stories of seven communities that are battling the “triple whammy” of race, poverty and environmental contamination. PAN sees this struggle all too often, as we work with community partners to... Read More
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Jul 12, 2012
Imagine an invisible cloud of a cancer-causing weedkiller drifting slowly across your state. Well, one just blew 100 miles across California, from Merced County, nestled at the northern tip of the Central Valley, as far south as Kern County (one county stop before Los Angeles) according to farm press. When drift happens (and it almost always does), farmers lose. Their crops are damaged, often severely. And in this case, a 1,000-acre application of 2,4-D on pastureland on a hot, windy day in June released the chemical onto its down-state journey, damaging 15,000 acres of cotton and a young... Read More
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David Runyon
Jul 03, 2012


As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day, my thoughts turn to what independence means to me: freedom from corporate interference and control. I am an Eastern Indiana farmer and have experienced, first hand, the ways corporate giants control food and farming in this country. I have been falsely accused, harassed and persecuted by Monsanto, as have many other farmers. It's time to protect farmers, their families and livelihoods, and reclaim food and farming from corporate domination. It's time to declare independence from Monsanto and company. Business as usual for Monsanto... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Jun 28, 2012
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Brazil, the world’s second largest user of genetically engineered (GE) seeds, just took Monsanto down a notch. The court focused on Monsanto’s harassment and exploitation of farmers — potentially causing huge financial losses to the company, and keeping their army of lawyers busy for a while. Meanwhile, we celebrate a rare commonsense legal decision. Monsanto's RoundUp Ready soy seeds comprise 85% of all soy grown in Brazil, and the corporation has been making a tidy profit charging farmers a levy of 2% on top of the cost of seed. In April, a Brazilian court ruled this... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Jun 28, 2012
In the next couple weeks the House Agriculture Committee will negotiate its version of the 2012 Food and Farm Bill, following last week’s passage of the Senate’s decent version of the bill. In preparation, we took one of the House Ag Committee decision-makers (Fresno's Rep. Jim Costa) on a tour to make real what's at stake in this bill.  On June 15, PAN and other California members of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition helped organize a farm tour for Representative Jim Costa. PAN’s Raffaella Cerruti was there, along with farmer Will Scott,... Read More
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Karl Tupper
Jun 26, 2012
Stories about pesticide residues on food are making the rounds again. After my umpteenth media call, a blog seemed in order. As I told the LA Times, here's my basic response: "It’s the farmers, farmworkers and residents of rural communities who are really most at risk" from pesticides, not consumers. While these folks are exposed to pesticides from food like the rest of us, they also must contend with pesticide fumes drifting out of fields, exposure from working directly with pesticides, and pesticide-coated dust and dirt tracked into their homes from the fields. Tom... Read More
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