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Karl Tupper
Feb 17, 2011
If you've been following the budget battle that's currently being waged in Congress, then you probably already know that House Republicans are attempting to use the process to score big wins for corporate polluters. For example, they're proposing to gut the EPA and prevent it from doing anything about climate change and to cut federal conservation programs. It should come as no surprise then that the EPA's atrazine review is also targeted. NRDC's Andrew Welzler has the story: There are a lot of problems with the House Republican’s “continuing... Read More
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Feb 17, 2011
On Tuesday, February 22, the California Assembly's Health and Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials committees will hold a joint oversight hearing examining the rushed circumstances under which methyl iodide was registered for use as a fumigant in California's strawberry fields. Tuesday's hearing will be the first official meeting focusing on the controversial new pesticide since the  California's Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) registered methyl iodide in December 2010, despite a body of science establishing methyl iodide's carcinogenicity,... Read More
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Feb 16, 2011
The public interest community came together this week to demand that lawmakers in Washington, DC, stop playing politics with public health and welfare. PAN joined a coalition of labor, environmental, consumer advocacy, health care, and other public interest organizations - 72 groups in all - in calling on the new Congress to oppose a fast-moving bill that aims to halt new protections designed to safeguard the American people. The letter clearly outlines the groups' concerns: This misguided bill would jeopardize crucial public protections by further complicating the... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Feb 14, 2011
You may remember the tragic death of 17-year-old farmworker Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez back in 2008. Maria died of heat stroke when her body temperature rose to 108 degrees in the scorching heat of the San Joaquin County vineyard where she was working. She was pregnant at the time. Maria’s family is finally getting its day in court, and our colleagues at United Farm Workers of America (UFW) tell us that her employer may walk away without being held accountable for her death. This is simply wrong. It’s a miscarriage of justice for Maria and her family, and sends the... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Feb 10, 2011
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Turns out a new generation of supposedly safer pesticides isn't so safe after all. In the latest entry of a growing body of evidence, scientists announced last week that pyrethroid pesticides — now in hundreds of pest control products sold for home use — can interfere with the healthy development of an infant's nervous system when moms are exposed during pregnancy. Here we go again. History tells us that substituting one type of pesticide for another "safer" variety just doesn't work out very well. Out of the frying pan In the beginning,... Read More
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Karl Tupper
Feb 10, 2011
"Spray drift" is the name given to droplets of pesticides that land anywhere they are not supposed to — like on people's heads, in lakes and streams, or on crops in neighboring fields. It can cause illness, damage crops, and harm ecosystems. And so in 2007 the EPA began trying to figure out how to do better job of keeping it from happening. EPA regulates spray drift by making pesticide companies put statements on product labels that say things like, "Do not apply this product in a way that will contact workers or other persons, either directly or through... Read More
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Feb 10, 2011
This week in Dakar, Senegal, 75,00 people from 132 countries have converged for the 11th World Social Forum—an inspiring and energizing week of workshops, seminars, panels and celebratory cultural events. The forum is being held at Cheikh Anta Diop University, where PAN Africa's Dr. Abou Thiam teaches. This year, the theme of the World Social Forum, “Another World is Possible,” has been given new meaning to Africans, with the electrifying developments in Egypt and Tunisia uppermost in many participants' minds. Speaking from PAN Africa's booth at the... Read More
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Feb 09, 2011
In a new report, the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) stressed the need to transform agriculture and adopt “climate-smart” practices. No news there. The real surprise is what "climate-smart" ag does not mean for FAO. With all the relentless hype from Monsanto & Co. around ag biotech's supposed role in feeding the world and providing the answer to climate change, I expected to find plugs for increasing investments in “biotechnology” or “GMOs” sprinkled throughout the entire report. I was wrong. The report simply... Read More
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