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Jan 25, 2018
A new, national report shows that organophosphate pesticides (OPs) threaten the health of aquatic wildlife, notably orca and salmon. Researchers at the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) evaluated malathion, diazinon and the controversial pesticide chlorpyrifos. Chlorpyrifos was slated for a national ban at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last spring, due to known health harms to children and farmworkers. Administrator Scott Pruitt reversed course on the decision after a meeting with Dow Chemical, leaving the dangerous insecticide on the market. Not just bad for children'... Read More
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Jan 11, 2018
On Tuesday, California lawmakers took steps to add stricter penalties for pesticide drift violations in the state. With a 5-0 vote, members of the Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee moved AB 1419 forward, signaling support for the health and safety of California farmworkers and farming communities. Protections for farmworkers The bill, which was authored by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), gives the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) authority to issue larger fines to companies that violate rules around pesticide spray and drift, endangering... Read More
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Jan 11, 2018
In early January, the City Council of Portland, Maine unanimously passed a tough ban on synthetic pesticide use in the city, leading many Portland residents to applaud their city’s new “organic” status. The ordinance comes in as one of the strongest pesticide use reduction policies in the country. A strong city ordinance Beginning July 1, 2019, residents and city workers of Portland won’t be using synthetic pesticides, and violators will face fines ranging from $100 to $500. The ordinance also creates an advisory committee to develop a robust campaign to educate the public and retailers... Read More
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Dec 21, 2017
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released several scientific assessments that found commonly used neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) can kill and harm birds of all sizes. This comes on the heels of new research from the University of Saskatchewan, with experimental evidence finding dramatic effects of neonics on birds inhabiting farmland or open countryside — causing migrating songbirds to lose their sense of direction and suffer drastic weight loss. While honey bees are the most commonly discussed pollinator endangered by pesticide exposure, this research is a... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Dec 21, 2017
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What an incredible — and challenging — year this has been. On the national stage, we've seen several key issues we work on here at PAN move into the spotlight like never before. Thanks to ill-advised federal policy decisions, it is now common knowledge that pesticides harm children’s health, and that farmland can be devastated by pesticide drift. The corporate capture of our public agencies has been on display for all to see. Even so, we’re celebrating some significant wins with our coalition partners. In California, we saw first-in-the-country pesticide buffer zones around schools, along... Read More
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Nov 30, 2017
Following a clear body of science, California just listed chlorpyrifos as a "developmental toxicant." The insecticide is still widely used in agriculture across the state (and country), but now it will be officially listed with other health-harming chemicals under Proposition 65, the "Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986." Acknowledging the harmful properties of this pesticide is an important step, yes, but it will be most meaningful if it paves the way for real action to protect California's agricultural communities. It's time to ban chlorpyrifos. Remember Prop 65?... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Nov 30, 2017
Along with PAN International colleagues, we'll be honoring International Day of No Pesticide Use on December 3. This anniversary — which marks the tragic disaster in Bhopal, India 33 years ago — serves as an annual reminder of how pesticides are harming communities around the world, every day. That harm is what motivated the founding of PAN International 35 years ago. In 1982, activists gathered in Penang, Malaysia to strategize on how best to battle the "circle of poison" — the toxic trade in pesticides that was spiraling out of control. Out of that initial meeting, five regional centers... Read More
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Emily Marquez
Nov 28, 2017
After much public debate, the European Union (EU) recently determined that it will renew glyphosate for another five years —a shorter renewal than it could have been, but not ideal when what we really wanted was a rejection of the license renewal altogether. For over two years, this vote was delayed as member states debated whether or not glyphosate is a carcinogen. The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) designated glyphosate a probable carcinogen in March 2015, a decision that IARC has continued to defend despite attacks from industry... Read More
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