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Kristin Schafer
Jul 27, 2017
Earlier this week I had a chance to be on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC when legislation was introduced to ban chlorpyrifos. If these bills become law, millions of children and workers in the U.S. and around the world will no longer be exposed to this brain-harming pesticide. This is very good news. But what I found most inspiring was the group that gathered to support the legislation. Farmworkers, people living near agricultural fields and children's health advocates flew in from across the country to support banning chlorpyrifos. They met with legislators and spoke at the media event... Read More
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Gail Myers
Jul 27, 2017
Most Californians would be surprised to learn there are over 700 African American farmers in the state. African American farmers are largely undetectable in California’s 580 farmers markets, except the Freedom Farmers’ Market in Oakland.  As one of the organizers of the Freedom Farmers’ Market, I celebrate a new state policy, AB 1348, which would create more opportunities for African American farmers and other farmers of color to receive equity in the distribution of California’s agricultural resources. Resources historically available to white farmers have not been there for farmers of... Read More
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Jul 13, 2017
A new, large-scale field study is underscoring what we know from previous research: neonicotinoid pesticides are harmful to bees. And the use of neonics as seed coatings on common crops like corn, soy and canola/rapeseed is of particular concern for both managed honey bees and native pollinators.  Published in Science in late June, this study is the first long-term field study to assess real-world impacts of neonic exposure. Researchers tracked effects on pollinators from exposure to neonic-treated rapeseed fields in Hungary, Germany and the United Kingdom. While there were some... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Jul 13, 2017
I wonder if EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt thought no one would notice when he decided to ignore his agency's own scientists and greenlight continued use of Dow Chemical's brain-harming pesticide, chlorpyrifos. If so, he was in for quite a surprise. It turns out a lot of folks are outraged by Pruitt's reversal of the planned withdrawal of the insecticide, which has been shown to increase risk of learning disabilities, ADHD and autism. The American Academy of Pediatrics called the decision "deeply alarming." Attorneys General from seven states filed an administrative appeal to EPA (mirroring... Read More
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Emily Marquez
Jun 29, 2017
With scrutiny of Monsanto's flagship herbicide RoundUp increasing, the corporation's defense of the product is in high gear. And right now, a recent Reuters article is doing the work on behalf of the biotech giant to discredit a scientist who contributed to the 2015 International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) finding that glyphosate — RoundUp's active ingredient — is a "probable carcinogen." The June 14 article claims that this scientist withheld data indicating glyphosate was not, in fact, linked to cancer — and suggests that a publication that would have included this data on... Read More
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Jun 29, 2017
For the second year in a row, farmers in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee are experiencing serious crop damage from exposure to the drift-prone herbicide dicamba. This is also the second growing cycle that Monsanto’s latest genetically engineered seed line — “Xtend” — has been allowed in fields. Coincidence? Not at all. Xtend soy and cotton are designed to withstand repeated, heavy applications of both glyphosate (the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s RoundUp) and dicamba. With more planting of Xtend seeds comes increased use of dicamba — which is toxic to broadleaf plants, including... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Jun 22, 2017
It's been an interesting few weeks for those of us tracking food, farming and pesticide issues. Hard-to-pronounce chemicals like chlorpyrifos and dicamba have been making headlines, and a wonky legal victory that's flown largely under the radar could help close a dangerous loophole in our federal pesticide rules.  This increased public scrutiny and pressure can't be making the pesticide industry happy, but it's certainly good news for the rest of us. Closing a monster loophole Earlier this month we joined the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) in celebrating their successful... Read More
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Jun 08, 2017
On June 1, in a snub to science and the world, Trump announced he is withdrawing the United States out of the Paris Agreement — the global accord aiming to curb greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change. Almost immediately following the announcement, states, cities and businesses began stepping up to make their own climate commitments.   At present, over 1,400 actors have pledged to individually uphold the U.S. mitigation targets and adhere to the guidelines outlined in the accord — even if the country as a whole won’t participate in the agreement.   “Trump... Read More
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