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Willa Childress
Sep 20, 2018
As the headlines of their corporate misdeeds pile up, the Monsanto name is becoming even more synonymous with shady dealings and the obfuscation of science, all at the expense of public health. Will the company’s recent mega-merger with fellow seed and pesticide giant Bayer erase Monsanto’s track record? Bayer seems to think so, as they made the decision to drop the Monsanto name completely post-merger. But we’re not too worried. Monsanto in the spotlight After decades spent dodging regulators and burying scientific findings that could hurt their profits, Monsanto is finally facing their... Read More
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Paola Diaz
Sep 20, 2018
This week, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) officially announced their hiring of the new Farm Equity Advisor (FEA), a position now filled by Thea Rittenhouse. The creation of this position was one of the main pieces included in the Farmer Equity Act of 2017 (AB 1348) — legislation proposed by the farmer and farmer-advocate group, the California Farmer Justice Collaborative (CFJC). As the threat of climate change sits at the forefront of our collective attention, sustainability has become a necessity for responsible action. The movement for farmer equity in California... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Sep 04, 2018
Congress is taking up the Farm Bill again this week, and many issues key to our food and agriculture system are on the table — including how we deal with pesticides. Earlier this summer, the Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill. While flawed, the Senate bill was much better than the widely-criticized House version of the bill, which narrowly passed a week prior. A small group of Senators and Representatives are now faced with the task of aligning the wildly different versions of this national legislation. No false tradeoffs, please PAN joins hundreds of groups across the... Read More
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Adam Vega
Aug 28, 2018
Adam Vega is a community organizer with Californians for Pesticide Reform. In this blog, he shares his experience living in the agricultural community of Ventura County, California, where pesticide use is high, children and farmworkers are at risk, and community members are stepping up to take action together. I am very fortunate to call California — Ventura County specifically — home. The Golden State hosts more than 25 million acres of farmland, and many Californians live in communities nestled alongside these vast expanses of agriculture. Ventura County’s unique Mediterranean microclimate... Read More
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Moretta Browne
Aug 23, 2018
Members of the California Farmer Justice Collaborative (CFJC) have been hard at work putting issues of farmer justice in front of local policymakers in California. In fact, earlier this month, CFJC members had a powerhouse meeting with California Assemblymember Robert Bonta and members of State Senator Nancy Skinner’s staff to discuss next steps for farmer justice in California. Justice for farmers The California Farmer Justice Collaborative is a collective of organizations working toward equity with and for historically underserved farmers in California. Some local players include... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Aug 21, 2018
In a historic ruling in the San Francisco Superior Court earlier this month, a jury found the Monsanto corporation (recently merged with Bayer) fully liable for health damages caused by its herbicide, Roundup. The plaintiff, DeWayne Johnson, was awarded $289 million in damages. This victory is a landmark moment. It signals the beginning of real change — a loosening of the grip that corporations have held over food and farming for far too long. Playing dirty In 2015, the World Health Organization determined that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s flagship herbicide Roundup,... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Aug 09, 2018
As of Thursday morning, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has 60 days to finalize its ban of the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos. This was the ruling of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on August 9. The judges determined that EPA broke the law by allowing continued use of the pesticide despite scientific evidence linking it to harmful impacts on children’s developing brains. "Children, farmworkers, rural families and science are all huge winners today,” said PAN’s executive director Kristin Schafer in a press statement responding to the court ruling. “Sadly, under this... Read More
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Emily Marquez
Aug 02, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) used to release “Pesticide Industry Sales and Usage” reports every two years — but that was almost 20 years ago. Several months ago, after fielding a question from a colleague, I found the most recent iteration of this report, released at the end of 2017 and covering market estimates from 2008 to 2012. Prior to this, the last report was from 2011, covering 2006 and 2007. As the title of the report indicates, the main data source EPA relies on is sales data from the pesticide industry. Pesticides are expensive — in the U.S., nearly $14 billion was... Read More
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