Reclaiming the future of food and farming

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Heather Pilatic
Sep 12, 2012
This month marks the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring, the book that galvanized an extraordinary cross-section of the American public into what we now call the environmental movement. Fifty years later, her courage, skill and sacrifice still inspire, and her legacy remains the contested terrain of some of our country’s most disabling rituals of political partisanship. Pesticides still function as a kind of litmus test: either you’re for farmers and progress and “sound science,” or you’re in the camp of those reflexively “chemophobic... Read More
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Sep 06, 2012
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What’s in our food and how is it grown? That’s what many Californians are asking as they consider voting for Proposition 37, the ballot initiative to label genetically engineered food. In conjunction with our statewide coalition — Californians for Pesticide Reform — and Communities for a New California, PAN is working hard to promote our fundamental right to know. As we head towards Election Day, PAN staff and partners are talking to Californians across the state about what a healthy food system looks like. And we have our work cut out for us, as Monsanto and the... Read More
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Heather Pilatic
Sep 06, 2012
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This week’s controversy surrounding a Stanford study claiming to have established that organic food is no more nutritious than non-organic illustrates the pitfalls of talking about food issues in a consumer frame. And people all around the country are saying so. Food issues are never solely or even mainly about individual consumer choice — our food and farming system connects us with each other and is by most measures our most impactful daily interaction with the environment. Food is, for instance, the largest single-sector contributor to climate change, and industrial... Read More
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Sep 06, 2012
For those who relegate the issue of corporate control to the sidelines of public debate, a new article published in the international, peer-reviewed British Medical Journal last month issued a surprising invitation to think again. Professor Gerard Hastings at the University of Stirling points out the devastating impact on public health of the deceptive and virtually unregulated marketing campaigns of multinational corporations, connecting the dots between corporate takeover of the public mic and public health crises such as cancer, obesity and heart disease. The Bigger Picture: Undue... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Aug 30, 2012
EPA made an important and long-awaited announcement Thursday when it banned future sales of the highly neurotoxic apple pesticide azinphos-methyl (AZM), also known as Guthion. This is particularly good news for rural families, farmworkers and children headed back to school. Guthion residues are found on over 30% of U.S. apples. The decision affirms earlier scientific findings that rural children face a triple-threat from organophosphate pesticides like Guthion as the pesticide drifts from fields into their homes or schools, appears as residue in the food they eat and is brought into their... Read More
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Aug 23, 2012
This week an article has been making the rounds in the press under the auspices of an objective policy assessment. "California's Proposition 37: Effects of Mandatory Labeling of GM food" comes out strongly against Prop 37 — the California Right to Know Genetically Engineered Food Act — by deploying a series of specious arguments and unfounded facts. Published in Agricultural and Resource Economics Update (ARE) from the Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics — which disseminates “research results and expert opinion... Read More
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Medha Chandra
Aug 23, 2012
I keep reading about how boys have a harder time at all levels of school than girls. It turns out there may be more going on than the commonly held argument that teaching styles are more conducive to girls' success. Boys may also be at a biological disadvantage — new research shows that their brains may be more vulnerable to harm from pesticides. As a mom of an infant boy, this has me seriously worried. Study after study has shown that children’s IQs, memory and brain health are at risk from exposure to pesticides.This latest study — from researchers at Columbia... Read More
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Linda Wells
Aug 17, 2012
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The Supreme Court of Minnesota recently issued a disappointing ruling on the legal rights of organic farmers faced with pesticide drift from neighboring farms. As we reported some months ago, Oluf and Debra Johnson went to the courts when they lost their organic certification (and their crops) due to pesticide drift. They were looking for compensation for these losses, as well as future protection from pesticides drifting onto their farm. An appeals court had ruled favorably on their case — so the Johnsons were hoping for good news from the Supreme Court. Instead, the ruling severely... Read More
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