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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Sep 20, 2012
Very big news exploding across the papers yesterday. Eating genetically engineered (GE) corn has been strongly linked to serious health effects — including mammary tumors, kidney and liver damage. A team of European scientists yesterday released the first independent long-term animal feeding study of its kind on the health effects of eating GE foods in the peer-reviewed journal Food and Chemical Toxicology.  How and why we can find ourselves 15 years into the commercialization of GE crops without a comprehensive set of independent long-term animal health impact studies... Read More
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Sep 20, 2012
This fall's mix of elections and anniversaries has stirred up a hornet's nest of talking heads. September marks the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring as California is gearing up for a landmark vote on labeling genetically engineered food in November. The combination appears to be a perfect storm for pesticide-promoting pundits. Their arguments are in line with the same industry myths we've been hearing (and debunking) for years, claiming that DDT is both safe and effective, and that genetically engineered crops are good for the environment, harmless to... Read More
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Sep 17, 2012
A recent study from Sweden shows that background exposure  — or long-term, low dose exposure — to persistent organic pollutants (POPs) may play an important role in the development or progression of stroke in the elderly. Research has shown that exposure to POPs can lead to such chronic health problems as diabetes, obesity and hardening of the arteries leading to cardiovascular trouble. The recent Swedish study adds to this litany of human health harms. Due to the harm they cause to human health and the environment, POPs have been on PAN's radar for a long time now.... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Sep 13, 2012
When Congress returned from recess this week they started negotiating the terms under which the Farm Bill will be extended (beyond its September 30 ending date) and funded for at least the next six months. The proposal on the table guts conservation programs.  In the face of the most disastrous, widespread drought in a generation, Congress is proposing to cut the very conservation programs that help farmers protect themselves from the worst ravages of drought, flooding, extreme temperatures, increased pest pressures, loss of pollinator resources and more. PAN joins organizations... Read More
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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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