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Feb 21, 2019
The news over the past few weeks has been riddled with headlines like “Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’,” “Monarch butterflies are going extinct,” and “The insect apocalypse is here.” If it sounds bad, that’s because it is. You probably know that bees and other pollinators are in trouble for several reasons — including increased overall pathogen loads, poor nutrition, habitat loss and pesticide exposure. But these alarm bells over the broader state of emergency that insects are facing underscore the fact that yes, bees and other pollinators are in trouble. But they... Read More
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Paola Diaz
Feb 18, 2019
This post is part of an ongoing project by PAN Farmer Justice Fellows who are working to uplift the many different voices of farmers in California. The mission of this work is to broaden the narrative of what it means to be a farmer participating in the state's agricultural system by sharing the wide spectrum of relationships that growers have with land. Roosevelt Tarlesson has a vision for healing, training, community building and empowerment. Tarlesson and his family, originally from Liberia, are known figures in the African and refugee community of California — since arriving in... Read More
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Feb 06, 2019
Scientists from the U.S. Geological Service have published findings that two metabolites — or what is left when a chemical is broken down — of a widely used neonicotinoid insecticide have been found in tap water. The findings are sparking public health concerns, as one of the metabolites is 319 times more toxic to mammals than the parent neonicotinoid chemical, imidacloprid. In addition, the scientists determined through laboratory studies that a neonicotinoid-derived chlorine byproduct is likely produced during common water disinfection treatments such as chlorination. This is concerning as... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Feb 04, 2019
Over the winter holidays, I spent a few days with my father and stepmother on the small farm where I grew up in Butte Creek Canyon. The canyon — and their farm — were nearly destroyed in the Camp Fire, the most destructive wildfire in California history. Eighty-six people were killed in the blaze, and thousands of lives were completely upended and forever changed. Stories of individual courage as the fire raged — and community strength and generosity in its aftermath — are deeply inspiring. Yet as the tragedy fades from the headlines, I’m left wondering about the bigger story that isn’t... Read More
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Emily Marquez
Jan 29, 2019
A new paper comparing the assessments of glyphosate’s carcinogenicity by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) analyzed the kinds of studies used by both agencies — and found some glaring differences. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Bayer’s (merged with Monsanto) widely used flagship herbicide Roundup. If you’re not familiar with this story, IARC released its opinion on the active ingredient glyphosate in 2015, classifying glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” In 2016, EPA... Read More
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Jan 24, 2019
A week after the inauguration of Governor Gavin Newsom and a few days into the legislative session, the California Food and Farming Network (CFFN) and the California Food Policy Council (CAFPC) have released the 2018 Food & Farm Scorecard — a report revealing the policy votes of California’s 120 elected state legislators on food and farming issues. Pesticide Action Network is a member of CFFN. While a super-majority of the bills that aligned with the groups’ priorities were advanced, only two legislators earned a 100% ranking for support of a number of transformative food- and farm-... Read More
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Ahna Kruzic
Jan 17, 2019
This is the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. With no federal food safety inspections, limited access to USDA loan programs for farmers, and climate and environmental research at a standstill, our food system — and all of us — are at risk. Meanwhile, over 800,000 federal workers are expecting a second missed paycheck this week, and the president’s State of the Union address has been cancelled because, well . . . the state of the union is shut down. And for what? The House of Representatives passed a spending bill back in early January that would have ended the shutdown. But... Read More
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Chris Moran
Jan 08, 2019
Stopping the use of Bayer’s (Monsanto) flagship herbicide Roundup might be perceived as a David and Goliath fight against a multi-billion dollar company, but when your local water department defends its use, the issue becomes personal and contentious in a small community. Chris Moran shares the story of how she and a dedicated group of community members fought back against glyphosate use in their community — and won! Water usage and rights are topics that interest my husband, Rick Moran. He grew up on a pond, lived on Soquel Creek and served in the Navy aboard a submarine — he’s been in,... Read More
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