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Sep 05, 2019
As PAN celebrates our 35th anniversary, Senior Scientist Marcia Ishii-Eiteman recently had a conversation with one of PAN’s founding members — and current board member — David Chatfield to talk about PAN’s work throughout the years. When and for how long have you been involved with PAN? In what capacity have you worked with the organization? I’ve been involved with PAN since the very beginning. I went to the first organizing meeting in 1982 along with Monica Moore and Gretta Goldenman. We were representing a movement that had started in the US around the book that David Weir wrote, Circle... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Aug 27, 2019
After 20 years of focused work with many partners across the US and around the world, chlorpyrifos is on its way out. As we celebrate and build on each victory, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the decades of multi-faceted, collaborative efforts to win policies that protect workers, children and rural communities from the well-known hazards of this commonly used insecticide.  It was back in 2000 that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned use of chlorpyrifos in homes, explicitly because of its hazards to children’s developing brains. PAN joined with our partners to... Read More
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Ahna Kruzic
Aug 08, 2019
I went home to Iowa back in July, and many fields were still bare from last fall’s post-harvest tilling. Normally, field corn would have been at least knee high. Though the saying goes “...knee high by the fourth of July!” Iowans know that field corn is often head high (or taller!) by the 4th. And I’m 6’ 2”! But this year, a wet spring, flooding, and torrential summer downpours have delayed farmers’ work in the fields. Planting has been late, and in some cases, hasn’t happened at all. This spring’s flooding corresponds with scientists’ models of climate change in the region. We know we’re in... Read More
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Medha Chandra
Aug 08, 2019
This week, PAN joined a coalition of groups to sue the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — again — for refusing to ban the potent brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos. This lawsuit, filed by attorneys from Earthjustice representing PAN and other allied organizations, demands that the pesticide be banned nationwide due to its harms to vulnerable populations like children and farmworkers. Another blow from EPA This lawsuit comes on the heels of the shocking decision by this EPA in July (in response to a court deadline) to continue to allow the use of chlorpyrifos... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Aug 06, 2019
Yet another scientific study, released today, shows just how deadly our chemical-intensive farming system has become to pollinators and other insects. The findings should concern us all. In short, U.S. farmland is 48 times more toxic to insects than it was 20 years ago. This is a staggering number. When added to the fast-growing evidence showing many insect populations teetering on the edge of complete collapse, this new research underscores just how quickly we need to be shifting our food system away from this antiquated reliance on pesticides. Neonics to blame Bayer Crop Science... Read More
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Jul 17, 2019
The chlorpyrifos saga continues. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made the disappointing decision that the agency would continue to allow use of the brain-harming pesticide on food crops. The announcement just meets the deadline ordered in April by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for EPA to make a final decision on a petition to ban chlorpyrifos use on food crops.  Ordered by the court Chlorpyrifos was banned from home use nearly two decades ago, but agricultural use is ongoing — despite the fact that studies show exposure to chlorpyrifos and other organophosphate... Read More
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Jul 16, 2019
Small farmers, farmworkers, Indigenous peoples and rural communities disproportionately bear the burdens of our chemical-dependent industrial agricultural system. This can include chronic illnesses, contaminated air, water and soil, inadequate on-the-job protections and unfair laws rooted in racism and oppression.  The PAN Fellowship Program supports a pathway to leadership for food and farming activists from frontline communities. Leaders with a deep and personal understanding of the issue — including their social, political and cultural context — can craft meaningful and appropriate... Read More
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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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