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Feb 23, 2012
Smock, an artisan letterpress based in Syracuse, NY, has created unique, honey bee-inspired cards...for PAN! These cards are part of Smock's “change the world” card series, where 100% of profits are donated to a critical environmental issue. The cheery "Sunflower" cards — sustainably letterpressed on bamboo paper — offer a beautiful way for members to spread the word about the ways in which pesticides are putting bees in peril.Why bamboo? In addition to not requiring pesticides or fertilizer to grow, bamboo reaches its mature harvestable height... Read More
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Feb 16, 2012
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On Valentine’s Day, Monterey County Supervisors voted overwhelmingly to urge California to take action on methyl iodide. Over one hundred farmworkers filled the hearing room in the heart of strawberry country, along with farmers, rural residents and physicians. Tuesday’s vote was historic not only because of the resolution passed, but because of the triumph in the face of powerful corporate pressure.  On the other side, lobbyists for methyl iodide were out in force. Jeff Gilles of the firm Lombardo & Gilles, known as local power-brokers, said that... Read More
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Feb 16, 2012
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On Monday, a French court ruled in favor of farmer Paul François, who suffered neurological symptoms including headaches, memory loss and stammering after inhaling Monsanto’s herbicide, Lasso. The decision marks the first time the pesticide and biotech giant — the largest of the Big 6 — has been held liable for poisoning caused by its products. Monsanto is appealing the verdict. Although scientific evidence on the health impacts of pesticides has been around for many years — and continues to accumulate — court decisions like this one are a... Read More
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Chela Vazquez
Feb 15, 2012
En un evento que no pasa todo el tiempo, un Tribunal del Pueblo, frente a cientos de campesinos y trabajadores agrícolas en Bangalore, India, el 3-6 de diciembre del 2011, escuchó como las seis corporaciones agroquímicas más poderosas del planeta han violado sistemáticamente los derechos humanos básicos, como el derecho a la vida, a la salud, al ambiente sano, a la alimentación, a condiciones sanas de trabajo, y a ganarse el sustento. También se les acusó de violar la soberanía alimentaria, los derechos de las... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Feb 14, 2012
Flowers on Valentine's Day? It's a lovely tradition, and I enjoy a gorgeous bouquet as much as anyone. I also do my best to remember — and support — the workers behind the enormous global flower trade. They are mostly women, many of whom work in Colombia and Ecuador. They toil long hours for low wages, and too often brave exposure to pesticides known to be harmful to their health and the health of their children. They deserve our support. Flower workers' children  More than 60% of the flowers imported to the U.S. are produced in Colombia. In... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Feb 09, 2012
Lawmakers are taking another run at weakening the national rules protecting our waterways. This time, they're using the specter of West Nile virus to make the case for reviving a pesticide loophole that was recently closed. But their arguments simply don't (ahem) hold water, and PAN and our allies are calling on the Senate leadership to hold the line. West Nile is — without a doubt — a serious threat to public health, and protecting communities should be top priority. But using this as an argument for gutting our water laws is both disingenuous and... Read More
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Heather Pilatic
Feb 09, 2012
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Influential philanthropists like Bill Gates hold a responsibility to be well informed about the impacts of their spending — and their words. Late last month in his annual letter on his foundation's priorities, Gates asserted that lack of support for genetically engineered (GE) crops allows world hunger to endure. He is wrong.  We engaged the editorial team at TakePart.com, which covered Gates' letter, in a dialogue to correct a few of the key points that Gates gets wrong about world hunger, the Green Revolution and the broken promises of GE.... Read More
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Feb 08, 2012
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Last week, Governor Jerry Brown signaled a new direction for California agriculture with the appointment of Brian Leahy as the state’s chief pesticide regulator. Leahy, a former conventional-turned-organic rice farmer, takes the helm of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) at a key moment: the agency is embroiled in controversy over its decision to approve the cancer-causing pesticide methyl iodide despite strong scientific opposition to the chemical. Leahy assumes leadership of the embattled agency after former director Mary-Ann Warmerdam resigned in... Read More
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