GroundTruth Blog | Pesticide Action Network
Reclaiming the future of food and farming

GroundTruth Blog

Karl Tupper
Nov 22, 2010
In my family Thanksgiving means cranberries, sweet potatoes, and green bean casserole. So I decided to check these foods out on WhatsOnMyFood.org. The results weren’t exactly appetizing. Here’s what the USDA found, after washing: Green beans: 44 different pesticides with the most commonly detected being acephate, a highly neurotoxic organophosphate insecticide. One sample had 200 micrograms of it per 100 gram serving (slightly more than one cup). That may not sound like a lot, but it's twice the EPA's level of concern for children.  And while only one of the... Read More
Karl Tupper's picture
Karl Tupper
Nov 19, 2010
2 comments
The New York Times is reporting that Stephen Johnson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency under Bush, has joined the board of directors of Scotts Miracle-Gro. The company is the world's largest producer of chemicals for the lawn care and garden sectors. Not that this should come as a shock — we've long noted the cozy relationships between agencies like EPA and the companies they're supposed to regulate. And the EPA under Johnson was particularly friendly to the pesticide industry. Some examples: Johnson allowed the continued use of neurotoxic... Read More
Karl Tupper's picture
Kristin Schafer
Nov 18, 2010
On Capitol Hill today, the chemical industry squashed a bi-partisan effort to ban the controversial chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) from baby bottles and children's drinking cups. Really guys? Protecting kids from toxic chemicals should be a no-brainer, right? Especially when the science is so strong, the scientists themselves are calling for action. The American Chemistry Council should be ashamed of itself. They're the ones that strong-armed policymakers into opposing action on BPA. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who co-authored the BPA measure with Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY),... Read More
Kristin Schafer's picture
Pesticide Actio...
Nov 18, 2010
1 comments
Farmworkers, farmers and eaters have joined together to change the face of U.S. agriculture. The Fair Food Project focuses on both the serious need for change as well innovations leading that change—bringing wholesome food and farming back home, to our tables, one family farm at a time.     There’s no better time to celebrate and recognize these innovators than Thanksgiving, and this one in particular. Fifty years ago on Thanksgiving families around the country watched Edward R Murrow’s documentary, Harvest of Shame, depicting the blatant... Read More
Pesticide Action Network's picture
Pesticide Actio...
Nov 18, 2010
"Stop raising doubt where there is consensus." "Take an online course in epidemiology!" These were but two of the admonitions scientists and malariologists directed at Africa Fighting Malaria's representative at a Geneva symposium on malaria last week. Richard Tren, who spoke at the meeting for Africa Fighting Malaria (AFM), is an economist by training whose public career has included manufacturing doubt about climate change as well as spreading misinformation about the effectiveness of DDT in controlling malaria.Not ones to bow to or even admit global... Read More
Pesticide Action Network's picture
Kristin Schafer
Nov 10, 2010
Washington DC is a funny place. On the one hand, the energy and excitement of power is palpable: decisions are made here that affect people across the country and around the world. Smart people of all stripes dedicate themselves to creating, influencing, critiquing or reporting on policies that shape our society. On the other hand, it's a bit of a bubble. To an outsider, the distance between the heady world of policymaking and the on-the-ground realities of people affected by those policies is painfully clear. Part of our job as outside-the-beltway advocates is to find... Read More
Kristin Schafer's picture
Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Nov 10, 2010
Several of my friends have just returned from The Hague, Netherlands, where they joined nearly 1,000 people from 80 countries in a Global Conference on Climate, Agriculture and Food Security. With the planet on the precipice of climate chaos and nearly a billion people hungry, the stakes in finding genuine solutions could not be higher. And with only three weeks left til the UN Conference on Climate in Cancun, the Hague meeting had the potential to do something really useful. Like champion a global transition to climate-resilient ecological agriculture, with enough financial and policy... Read More
Marcia Ishii-Eiteman's picture
Pesticide Actio...
Nov 10, 2010
It’s that time of year again. Twice a year the global community — and the media — focus in on the perpetually devastating disease of malaria. World Malaria Day, marked in April, is one such time, and the other is this month, on Malaria Day in the Americas. Unfortunately, these events also provide an opportunity for the pro-DDT lobby to re-circulate disingenuous talking points about DDT, environmentalists and malaria. This handful of advocates work tirelessly to create a debate where there is none. Using the editorial pages of the Wall Street Journal and various... Read More
Pesticide Action Network's picture

Pages