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Jan 23, 2020
State updates It’s conference season: Last week, Minnesota organizer Willa saw some of you at the MN Organic Conference — our first conference of an exciting lineup! On the conference table this year we have updated versions of our In Case of Drift toolkits — come find us at one of the following conferences in the next few months to chat and get your copy: Northern Plains Food and Farming Conference, Fargo, ND (1/23-1/26) Emerging Farming Conference, St. Paul, MN (1/24-1/25) MOSES Organic Farming Conference, La Crosse, WI (2/27-2/29) Indigenous... Read More
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Jan 21, 2020
New research from University of Iowa has some sobering findings on the impacts of exposure to pyrethroids. The study found that people with the highest exposure to the widely used pesticides were three times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease — and 56% more likely to die from any cause within the study's follow-up period — than those with low or no exposure. Pyrethroids are the second most popular class of insecticides used in the world, with people mainly exposed through residues on food (such as fruits and vegetables) and through dust in homes when these pesticides are used... Read More
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Jan 16, 2020
Farmworkers are already some of the least protected workers in the country. And EPA is proposing to weaken an existing rule protecting farmworkers and their communities from pesticide spray drift — the application exclusion zone, or AEZ — a provision in the Worker Protection Standard. Currently, the AEZ establishes a “protection zone” around pesticide application equipment — no one can be within a certain radius during pesticide application. It’s a sensible rule that was supported by EPA’s own scientists to reduce the number of human exposures to pesticides that drift from application sites... Read More
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Jan 10, 2020
A report released last week by our friends at the Center for Biological Diversity has some sobering findings.  In short, in 2017 and 2018 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved more than 100 pesticide products containing ingredients widely considered to be the most dangerous still in use, including some that have been banned in multiple countries or targeted for phaseout in the U.S. Approvals for all The analysis, entitled Toxic Hangover: How the EPA Is Approving New Products With Dangerous Pesticides It Committed to Phasing Out, was conducted by the Center’s... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Dec 18, 2019
Reflecting back on 2019, I’m feeling inspired, appreciative — and energized. I’m inspired by the momentum that’s building to make the changes our food system needs. California and New York took the brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos off the market, building on last year’s successful legislative ban in Hawai’i.  These long-overdue bans are victories for children, farmworkers and rural families, and reflect years of organizing with those who face exposure to pesticides every day. Though chlorpyrifos is just one pesticide of many, high-profile wins like this move us toward the... Read More
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Dec 12, 2019
On a cool October evening, as PAN friends gathered in Northern California to celebrate our 35th Anniversary, I left for Rome, where I joined hundreds of civil society movement leaders from around the world in making the case for agroecology as the most promising way to nourish people and planet. The next morning, walking down ancient Roman streets towards the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), I recalled making the same journey 23 years earlier to participate in the first World Food Summit. That was in my very first year as a newly hired scientist at PAN. A lot has... Read More
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Dec 12, 2019
This year has been marked by encouraging and long overdue progress toward eradicating the brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos. Following on the heels of Hawaii's ban of the chemical last year, California will phase out chlorpyrifos starting early 2020. And as 2019 comes to a close, we can add two more huge victories to the list. Last week, representatives from the European Member States Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed voted to ban the neurotoxic pesticides chlorpyrifos and chlorpyrifos-methyl from the European Union (EU) market. And this week, New York Governor Cuomo directed... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Dec 03, 2019
Each year on December 3, we join our PAN International colleagues across the globe to mark the anniversary of the deadly pesticide plant leak in Bhopal, India. Today is the 35th anniversary of that tragic event. We lift up the day to honor the memories of those who were killed, celebrate the perseverance of activists who continue to fight for justice, and to call — loud and clear — for the deep changes needed to avoid future Bhopals. Slippery corporations The anniversary is also a reminder of just how hard pesticide corporations will work to duck responsibility for the damage they cause... Read More
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