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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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Margaret Reeves
Jun 27, 2019
We know that ending reliance on hazardous pesticides can only happen by creating healthy, just food and farming systems — and this means for all of us. One way we can do this? A safer, more transparent food chain. The EFI program is designed to signify that workers harvesting your produce are treated well and compensated fairly, while also including standards for food safety and pest management. That’s why we’re encouraging people to learn more about and take action for Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) certified produce as we celebrate EFI’s #GrowTheGood campaign through July 5. As a... Read More
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Willa Childress
Jun 27, 2019
Earlier this month, the Minnesota Court of Appeals announced that the environmental review of the contested Line 3 pipeline was inadequate. Their reasoning? The Canadian energy giant Enbridge had failed to consider the potential impact of an oil spill in Lake Superior’s watershed. While any delay on the project is a win for water protectors, the Court missed a key part of the story. Line 3 isn’t just a threat to the 192 bodies of water it passes through in Minnesota. It's also a major violation of treaties and Native sovereignty, and jeopardizes the health of communities. In Minnesota and... Read More
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Nathan Donley
Jun 11, 2019
50 years ago the USA led the way in regulating pesticides, but research published this week in Environmental Health finds that the country is still using many pesticides that are either banned or being phased out in the EU, China and Brazil. In this blog Nathan Donley, author of the research, tells us about his study and how an unofficial policy of relying on voluntary pesticide cancellations has led to this situation. This is a repost of a blog originally published on BioMed Central. Would you be surprised if I told you that the United States uses a lot of agricultural... Read More
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May 31, 2019
PAN recently spoke with author Mark Schapiro about the state of our food and farming system and the release of his new book Seeds of Resistance — “an exposé of the high-stakes battle underway for control of the world’s seeds as climate volatility threatens the security of our food supply.” PAN: You just released a new book, Seeds of Resistance. What’s that about? Mark: Seeds of Resistance is about the ground-zero ingredient of our food  — seeds. I investigate two converging forces: on the one hand, the accelerating shifts in growing conditions being wrought by climate change. And on... Read More
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