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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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Margaret Reeves
Jul 12, 2012
Earlier this week the House Agriculture Committee passed its version of the Farm Bill by a vote of 35-11 after one long day and more than 100 amendments. Here's the upshot. Conservation programs took a big hit. Genetically engineered (GE) crops were given a free ride. And unfortunate language reversing EPA’s authority to regulate pesticide pollution under the Clean Water Act is included. A vote on the House floor is up next, but it hasn't been scheduled yet. Then it's on to reconciliation with the version passed by the Senate. Here’s the lowdown on the House bill... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
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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