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Pamela Miller
Feb 07, 2012
In Alaska, our railroad lines traverse hundreds of salmon streams and wetlands, drinking water sources, berry-picking areas, farms and neighborhoods. After more than 30 years of controlling vegetation without chemicals, the Alaska Railroad Corporation is now looking to apply a toxic herbicide mixture along 122 miles of railroad between Anchorage and Fairbanks. We at Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT) are doing all we can to stop this shift. As a biologist and long-time Alaska resident, I am deeply disturbed that our state regulators might allow the railroad corporation... Read More
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Kathryn Gilje
Feb 06, 2012
I don't use the phrase love affair much, but there's no other way to describe my devotion to Swanton Berry Farm and their just-plain-yummy jam. Swanton grows strawberries organically — no methyl iodide or other cancer-causing pesticides. They were the first organic farm to sign a union contract with the United Farm Workers (UFW) — proof in the pudding that they value fairness and transparency. PAN has a long history of working alongside Swanton Berry for food democracy, and fairness — and I'm honored by very few things more than Jim Cochran's... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Feb 05, 2012
Two recent studies report new evidence of the harms of a very old pesticide. It's that pesky, persistent and infamous chemical, DDT. Nearly 40 years after its use in agriculture was banned in many countries around the world, it's still present in our environment, food and bodies at levels that harm human health. And children, once again, are especially vulnerable. According to researchers in Spain, when mothers are exposed to higher levels of DDT breakdown products during pregnancy, their babies are more likely to develop lung infections in their first year. And... Read More
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Chela Vazquez
Feb 05, 2012
Testimonios de todo el mundo resaltaron la falta de un mecanismo legal para imputar a las corporaciones. Escuchamos a 19 testigos de cinco continentes presentar evidencia contundente tanto científica como sobre los abusos conectados a las agroquímicas gigantes.  Tyrone Hayes, profesor de la Universidad de California en Berkeley, presentó resultados de su investigación del herbicida atrazina en anfibios y dijo que este químico feminiza a las ranas que empiezan a producir óvulos en los testículos de los machos y algunos desarrollan... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Feb 01, 2012
Direct marketing arrangements such as the popular community supported agriculture (CSA) systems across the country eliminate intermediaries. A greater portion of every food dollar remains on the farm – and families in urban areas are able to know and support their local farmer. Now online innovators are stepping up to expand on the idea by helping farmers market their produce directly to consumers on the web. The San Francisco startup Farmigo allows consumers to find and buy produce and meat from local farms online. The food is then delivered directly from farms to pick-up... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Feb 01, 2012
The Iowa Senate is considering a state law that would criminalize the reporting of abusive conditions at animal or crop operations. Several citizen and food transparency groups in Iowa have opposed the law, which they have dubbed the "Whistle Blower Suppression Bill" and the "Ag Gag Bill." Strong support for the measure is coming from multinational corporations like Monsanto and Dupont, as well as statewide organizations like the Iowa Poultry Association.  The bill, HF 589, passed the Iowa House of Representatives in 2011. It now moves to the state Senate... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Jan 27, 2012
There are many, many reasons that Dow's new strain of corn that's genetically engineered to withstand high doses of the herbicide 2,4-D is a terrible idea. Since 2,4-D has been around for so long, there's plenty of evidence about how it can harm human health. Children, as usual, are most at risk, and USDA needs to know that ramping up use of 2,4-D in fields across the country is simply not acceptable. Just as Monsanto's RoundUp-ready corn increased the use of the herbicide RoundUp (aka glyphosate) by orders of magnitude, Dow's "2,4-D-ready" corn could mean... Read More
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Jan 26, 2012
On Tuesday, one of the world’s largest pesticide and biotech companies — Monsanto Corporation — held its annual general meeting in St. Louis. While protestors outside Monsanto headquarters highlighted growing public disenchantment with the industry giant and its genetically engineered products, investors in the meeting were voting on a shareholder resolution from PAN and Harrington Investments. If passed, the resolution would require Monsanto to report on all financial risks and impacts, including contamination of neighboring crops, associated with its GE/pesticide... Read More
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