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Nov 21, 2017
With the holiday season upon us, food is top of mind for many. In addition to an opportunity to celebrate with our nearest and dearest, this is also a perfect time to reflect on how our food is grown — and how we support the people doing that work. Got food? Thank workers. This year, as Thanksgiving coincides with International Food Workers’ Week, it’s also a good time to explore how those who are growing, tending, harvesting, preparing and serving our food are treated on the job. Farmworkers, for one, are on the frontlines of chemical-dependent agriculture, facing more risk of... Read More
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Sara Knight
Nov 16, 2017
We saw this coming with Scott Pruitt. Long before he became Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), his allegiances to industry were clear. And with new policies at the agency, he's paving the way for even more corporate sway over how our air, soil, water and communities are protected (or not). In his latest move, Pruitt recently announced that scientists receiving EPA funding for their research will no longer be allowed to advise the agency's rulemaking. While conflict of interest rules have long been on the books, this change in policy is, he says, to "ensure... Read More
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Medha Chandra
Nov 16, 2017
After years of pressure from communities across California, the state's Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) finally took action last week to protect schoolchildren from agricultural pesticide exposure.  While not all that we'd hoped for, state officials announced new rules that establish a buffer zone for agricultural pesticides around public schools and daycare centers. Among other safeguards, the policy prohibits the most drift-prone application methods on fields within a quarter-mile of schools between the weekday hours of 6am and 6pm. Growers will also now be required to... Read More
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Nov 02, 2017
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Sam Clovis — controversial nominee for the top scientist post at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) — withdrew his name from consideration. Clovis has come under increasing scrutiny for his inflammatory statements and lack of science credentials, going so far as to decry climate change research as "junk science" that is "not proven." On top of being clearly unqualified for the position, news came to light this week that Clovis may also have contributed to Russia’s interference in last year’s presidential election. Adding fuel to the fire, 3,100 scientists and researchers sent a letter... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Nov 02, 2017
Approximately every five years the U.S. Congress passes a multi-billion dollar set of policies collectively known as the Farm Bill — although it really should be called the “Food and Farm Bill” since about 80% of funds support food access and nutrition programs. Other policies include crop insurance and subsidies to large commodity crop growers (like corn and soybean), as well as a variety of small but vital supports to help new farmers get started. There are also programs to support family farmers implementing practices to better protect soil, water and pollinator resources. Most of the... Read More
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Medha Chandra
Oct 25, 2017
In the midst of uncertain times, I’m finding comfort in an array of good news regarding pesticide bans and restrictions from around the world. Difocol Last week, PAN Staff Scientist Emily Marquez returned from the scientific committee meeting of the Stockholm Convention in Rome where several key pesticides were being discussed for potential global bans. Up for discussion was one of the pesticides that PAN has long been concerned about, dicofol. This insecticide requires DDT as an intermediate chemical in its production, and exposure can cause symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, abdominal... Read More
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Oct 19, 2017
In the past weeks and months, many have been rocked by natural disasters — hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria devastating southern states and the Caribbean, a strong earthquake shaking Mexico City and destructive fires ripping through western states, Portugal and Spain. However, in the midst of widespread destruction and struggle, people have been stepping up for each other in inspiring ways. Numerous online donation platforms have been set up, businesses and organizations are collecting food, clothing and other material donations, and helping hands are coming from many directions. Still,... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Oct 16, 2017
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Monsanto executives will not be happy about Carey Gillam's new book. Released last week, Whitewash documents the corporation's aggressive efforts to establish, promote and protect their RoundUp Ready seed and pesticide empire. Through investigative reporting, Gillam unveils Monsanto's dubious playbook, from bankrolling supportive scientists to blackballing critics and strong-arming regulators. It's not a pretty picture. An up-close look at corruption In our line of advocacy work, it's been clear for years that the pesticide industry has too much influence on public officials and the... Read More
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