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Kristin Schafer
Dec 03, 2019
Each year on December 3, we join our PAN International colleagues across the globe to mark the anniversary of the deadly pesticide plant leak in Bhopal, India. Today is the 35th anniversary of that tragic event. We lift up the day to honor the memories of those who were killed, celebrate the perseverance of activists who continue to fight for justice, and to call — loud and clear — for the deep changes needed to avoid future Bhopals. Slippery corporations The anniversary is also a reminder of just how hard pesticide corporations will work to duck responsibility for the damage they cause... Read More
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Nov 21, 2019
As a mom and a children’s health advocate, I have a deep personal connection to PAN’s work. We all know how important it is to create a world that’s healthy and safe for our kids, and when it comes to food and farming, PAN is getting it done. That’s why I’ve been a proud member of the Board of Directors for the past seven years, and now serve as PAN’s Board Chair. PAN celebrated some momentous wins this past year, including California’s ban of the pesticide chlorpyrifos — a hard-to-pronounce chemical that wreaks havoc on children’s developing brains. This victory came from years of... Read More
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Nov 21, 2019
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In mid-November, the Trump administration announced plans to weaken environmental safeguards for atrazine, a pesticide linked to a number of serious health effects in humans — including birth defects and cancer. The change will increase the amount of atrazine allowed in waterways across the United States by 50%. A potent danger While banned in the EU, atrazine is the second most used pesticide in the U.S. and is widely found in the country’s waterways and drinking water supplies — as of 2012, atrazine was found in 89.2% of U.S. drinking water. This is incredibly alarming due to the... Read More
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Emily Marquez
Nov 13, 2019
For well over a decade, PAN has worked with partner groups in our key states to test the air for pesticide drift using a device called the Drift Catcher. We launched the latest round of drift-catching in California a little over a year ago, and we’re now reflecting on lessons learned and awaiting results. Our partners already know pesticide drift is a problem. The data collected by drift-catching often supports advocacy work we do together, and helps bring about policy changes that protect farmers, communities and workers.  Examples include Iowa farmers pushing to protect their farms... Read More
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Nov 13, 2019
Last month, the government of Thailand announced plans to ban the pesticides paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos by December 1. The news was not taken well by U.S. officials, who have been pressing hard to convince Thailand not to move forward with the planned bans. In a series of letters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the Prime Minister of Thailand, USDA accused the Thai government of taking action on glyphosate without sufficient scientific data, and warned of loss of U.S. imports of soybeans, wheat and other crops should the bans take effect. Thai officials are... Read More
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Nov 13, 2019
As PAN North America celebrates our 35th anniversary, Executive Director Kristin Schafer recently had a conversation with PAN Asia Pacific Executive Director Sarojeni V. Rengam to talk about PAN’s work throughout the years. When and for how long have you been involved with PAN?  I was hired to be the coordinator for PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP) in 1985, under the International Organization of Consumers Unions (IOCU). I had just missed the original PAN International meeting in 1982 but then in 1985 PAN North America founders Monica Moore and Gretta Goldenman came and met with us to... Read More
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Adriana Murguia
Oct 30, 2019
In mid-August, I joined PAN as the organization’s new communications associate. Starting a new position is always an adjustment, and this one came with a move to Iowa, and as a Southern California girl who recently finished graduate school in México, the move to the Midwest was a big one! Over the past couple of months I’ve been learning as much as I can about Iowa. In particular, I’ve been working to learn more about chemical intensive agriculture — and the alternatives Iowans are creating for a more sustainable and equitable food system. Planting seeds at the local farmers’ market For... Read More
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Héktor Calderón...
Oct 22, 2019
Héktor Calderón-Victoria is PAN’s farmer justice fellow. For the past nine months has been working with the California Farmer Justice Collaborative, connecting with and sharing stories of farmers of color in the Central Coast to shape policies and support structures that create a more just, equitable and connected agricultural playing field. Here, he reflects on the progress of farmer justice work in California. In early October, the California Farmer Justice Collaborative (CFJC) was thrilled to celebrate two years of the Farmer Equity Act addressing the historical inequalities in California... Read More
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