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Emily Marquez
Apr 05, 2018
A new study on glyphosate in pregnant women from Indiana confirms that this widely used herbicide ends up in people’s bodies. The findings also suggest that prenatal glyphosate exposure may be linked to shorter pregnancies. Glyphosate is the most-used herbicide in the world. It's the primary active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicide formulations used with genetically engineered (GE) crops. Women in rural areas have more Researchers collected both residential drinking water and urine samples from 71 pregnant women in Central Indiana. Data were also... Read More
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Leslee Matthews
Apr 03, 2018
As a former legal intern for one of the State Representatives here in Hawai‘i, I’ve walked the halls of the Capitol, sat in on hearings, listened to constituents share their thoughts and pored over mounds of testimony. Yet I knew this year would be different — Hawai‘i is poised to enact historic pesticide protective legislation this year. A bill with promise It was entirely fitting for me to start as Pesticide Action Network’s Hawai‘i Organizing and Policy Fellow on Opening Day of the 29th Legislature here in Hawai‘i. The event coincided with the 125th anniversary of the overthrow Queen... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Mar 28, 2018
This week, we join farmworkers and farmworker advocates around the country in celebrating progress towards eliminating a long legacy of injustice. It’s National Farmworker Awareness week, and though a huge amount work remains, these are a few programs, organizations and policy wins to lift up and recognize as making strides towards creating a fair, just food system for all. Changing the on-farm culture The Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) is a certification system created by an incredible multi stakeholder group that provides protections, training, benefits and better compensation for... Read More
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Mar 28, 2018
To commemorate National Farmworker Awareness Week (March 24-31, 2018), our partners at Farmworker Justice are writing blogs that touch on different aspects of farmworkers’ living and working conditions. This blog was written by Farmworker Justice Staff Attorney Iris Figueroa, and originally posted on Farmworker Justice. I’m one more person who comes to this country looking for a better life for myself and my family. During the months I’ve been with this company I’ve worked with different plants and vegetables… I miss Oaxaca [Mexico], my wife and my son. But what makes me happy is that... Read More
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Mar 22, 2018
The Bayer-Monsanto merger has hit a roadblock in the U.S. The agribusiness giants have been waiting for the Department of Justice (DoJ) to approve the business coupling, but last week the department’s antitrust division revealed worries that the merger could hurt competition, and they don’t think Bayer’s proposed plan to sell off some businesses before the deal is finalized goes far enough. Concern across the board The DoJ’s worries are on point, considering Bayer and Monsanto are two of the largest agribusiness corporations in the world. On the heels of the already-approved Dow-DuPont... Read More
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Medha Chandra
Mar 21, 2018
In January, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced rules to protect children from exposure to some of the worst agricultural pesticides used in the state. The resulting quarter-mile buffer zones put into place around schools are a solid step forward; however, a huge loophole exists in the execution of the buffers. As part of the new rules, growers are asked to provide information to schools and county agricultural commissioners on their annual planned pesticide applications for fields near schools. One would think that this information would also be easily... Read More
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Jeff Schahczenski
Mar 21, 2018
Jeff Schahczenski is an Agricultural and Natural Resource Economist with the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT).   After lurking in the world of biochar for many years, I feel confident in my conclusion that biochar is an emerging movement — a set of diverse scientific, social, economic, technological and political topics and activities surrounding a common theme or issue. But what is this movement-inspiring miraculous substance called biochar? Why might it be important to sustainable agriculture? Biochar is… Biochar can technically be made from any biomass... Read More
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Mar 08, 2018
The last few weeks have seen encouraging momentum around the world in protecting bees and other pollinators from harmful pesticides. As bees are responsible for pollinating one out of every three bites of food we eat — making them key actors in our food system — this news is extremely welcome. Neonics no more For years, independent scientific research has shown that neonicotinoid pesticides (or neonics) pose a serious danger to bees and other pollinators, both through acute poisonings and effects from chronic exposure. Documented impacts of these pesticides on bees include impaired... Read More
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