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Aug 09, 2018
As of Thursday morning, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has 60 days to finalize its ban of the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos. This was the ruling of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on August 9. The judges determined that EPA broke the law by allowing continued use of the pesticide despite scientific evidence linking it to harmful impacts on children’s developing brains. "Children, farmworkers, rural families and science are all huge winners today,” said PAN’s executive director Kristin Schafer in a press statement responding to the court ruling. “Sadly, under this... Read More
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Emily Marquez
Aug 02, 2018
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) used to release “Pesticide Industry Sales and Usage” reports every two years — but that was almost 20 years ago. Several months ago, after fielding a question from a colleague, I found the most recent iteration of this report, released at the end of 2017 and covering market estimates from 2008 to 2012. Prior to this, the last report was from 2011, covering 2006 and 2007. As the title of the report indicates, the main data source EPA relies on is sales data from the pesticide industry. Pesticides are expensive — in the U.S., nearly $14 billion was... Read More
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Jul 30, 2018
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. At PAN, we believe the best way to address these problems is by supporting and growing movements led by people on the frontlines, especially people of color & Indigenous Peoples. The PAN Fellowship Program supports a pathway to leadership for food and farming activists from... Read More
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Jul 26, 2018
It’s mid-July and temperatures are soaring. So are the numbers of dicamba drift-related crop injuries sweeping across rural America. Also rising: the outrage of farmers, gardeners and rural residents, as they watch this unnecessary chemical debacle unfold, once again. Watching unperturbed from the sidelines: Monsanto (recently acquired by Bayer) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Chemical trespass A week ago I sat down to pull together the latest numbers of dicamba drift. But every time I turned on my computer, the numbers had grown, along with more stories in the farm press... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Jul 19, 2018
Earlier this week, a new appointment for chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was announced, and it’s a 30-year veteran of Dow Agrosciences. Really? Administration officials are touting the fact that Scott Hutchins is actually a scientist — unlike their last pick. The nomination of Sam Clovis, an openly racist radio talk-show host and Trump campaign team alum, was withdrawn last November, after it generated outrage across the political spectrum. Any old scientist? So yes, Hutchins is a scientist. Does that qualify him to guide USDA’s $2.9 billion research budget... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Jul 12, 2018
It was clear from the minute he was appointed that Scott Pruitt was a wildly inappropriate choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.) Last Thursday, after months of public pressure and outrage, he finally submitted his resignation. Though we know the work continues, we want to take a moment to celebrate this win. Over the past year, PAN supporters joined hundreds of thousands across the country who pushed back against Pruitt — and won. Corporate interests at play While Pruitt's ethical lapses got most of the attention in recent months, his policy decisions were the real... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Jul 06, 2018
We know that ending reliance on hazardous pesticides can only happen by creating healthy, just food and farming systems — and this means for all of us. One way we can do this? A safer, more transparent food chain. This week, people across California are convening to learn more about and take action for Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) standards. The EFI program is designed to signify that workers harvesting your produce are treated well and compensated fairly, while also including standards for food safety and pest management. As a member of the EFI Board, and having... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Jul 02, 2018
Last week, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill by a vote of 86-11. While still flawed, the Senate bill is much better than the widely criticized House version of the bill, which narrowly passed a week prior. Now the Farm Bill will go on to conference where the two versions will be reconciled into one final bill — and along with partners we’re pressing for the preservation of the Senate version of the bill, rather than retreating to the House version. What we won Together with partners, PAN celebrates progress in a number of areas for the nation’s farmers, ranchers... Read More
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