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Medha Chandra
Aug 08, 2019
This week, PAN joined a coalition of groups to sue the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — again — for refusing to ban the potent brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos. This lawsuit, filed by attorneys from Earthjustice representing PAN and other allied organizations, demands that the pesticide be banned nationwide due to its harms to vulnerable populations like children and farmworkers. Another blow from EPA This lawsuit comes on the heels of the shocking decision by this EPA in July (in response to a court deadline) to continue to allow the use of chlorpyrifos... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Aug 06, 2019
Yet another scientific study, released today, shows just how deadly our chemical-intensive farming system has become to pollinators and other insects. The findings should concern us all. In short, U.S. farmland is 48 times more toxic to insects than it was 20 years ago. This is a staggering number. When added to the fast-growing evidence showing many insect populations teetering on the edge of complete collapse, this new research underscores just how quickly we need to be shifting our food system away from this antiquated reliance on pesticides. Neonics to blame Bayer Crop Science... Read More
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Jul 17, 2019
The chlorpyrifos saga continues. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made the disappointing decision that the agency would continue to allow use of the brain-harming pesticide on food crops. The announcement just meets the deadline ordered in April by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for EPA to make a final decision on a petition to ban chlorpyrifos use on food crops.  Ordered by the court Chlorpyrifos was banned from home use nearly two decades ago, but agricultural use is ongoing — despite the fact that studies show exposure to chlorpyrifos and other organophosphate... Read More
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Jul 16, 2019
Small farmers, farmworkers, Indigenous peoples and rural communities disproportionately bear the burdens of our chemical-dependent industrial agricultural system. This can include chronic illnesses, contaminated air, water and soil, inadequate on-the-job protections and unfair laws rooted in racism and oppression.  The PAN Fellowship Program supports a pathway to leadership for food and farming activists from frontline communities. Leaders with a deep and personal understanding of the issue — including their social, political and cultural context — can craft meaningful and appropriate... Read More
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Jul 11, 2019
Last week, it was reported that this past winter saw the highest honey bee colony losses on record. A few days later, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it will be suspending its annual tracking of the honey bee population due to a budget shortfall. Not a good look, USDA. From bad to worse It’s no secret that bees and other pollinators have been in trouble for years, due to a combination of factors including habitat loss, poor nutrition, pathogens, and of course pesticide exposure — a key factor that exacerbates other stressors. The number of managed honey bee hives... Read More
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Jul 10, 2019
U.S. election season is already heating up, with the first presidential debate of the 2020 campaign season held two weeks ago. And as the past few years have shown, we know elections matter. From food access and nutrition programs, to corporate consolidation and immigration policy — elections determine much about the food we eat, how the people producing food are treated, and the impact of agriculture on workers, communities and the environment. PAN strives for farmworker justice, healthy farm communities and fair farm economies — locally, nationally and internationally. We advocate for... Read More
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Jibril Kyser
Jul 02, 2019
Data released from California’s pesticide drift air monitoring program — which measured air monitoring data every year from 2010 to 2018 — revealed that many pesticides were measured at significant concentrations in the air. Some pesticides were present at concentrations higher than state designated “health screening levels”, which denote a high enough concentration of pesticide drift known to regulatory agencies to cause health harms in humans. The air monitoring stations were all located at elementary, middle, and high schools.  This is alarming in and of itself. But even worse?... Read More
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Jun 27, 2019
Earlier this month, to the outrage of current employees, members of Congress, and outside observers, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the decision to relocate two Department of Agriculture research agencies to Kansas City, Missouri.  Perdue’s argument for moving the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture out of Washington D.C. is that the move will lower living costs, save taxpayer dollars and move the agencies closer to “stakeholders.” But we see right through that. Anti-science motivations When Sonny Perdue was nominated by the... Read More
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