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Jan 06, 2011
Avoiding soil erosion is essential to maintain crop productivity, protect waterways and avoid or slow desertification. In the U.S. and around the world government-sponsored programs have made great progress in mitigating topsoil loss: U.S. soil conservation practices reduced topsoil loss from 3.1 billion tons to 1.9 billion tons between 1982 and 1997, for instance. But the majority of this mitigation has come at a cost. To avoid soil distrubance and the erosion that goes with it, conventional U.S. farmers have relied on herbicide-intensive no-till, polluting waterways and destroying soil... Read More
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Karl Tupper
Jan 03, 2011
The suffering caused by years of endosulfan use on cashew plantations in Kerala's Kasaragod district is well known: birth defects, high rates of mental retardation, and delayed puberty, in addition to the hundreds of deaths directly attributed to the antiquated insecticide. Now, the Indian press is reporting another cluster of endosulfan-induced disease a couple hundred miles away in Muthalamada district, also part of the state of Kerala. So far 46 "suspected endosulfan victims" have been officially identified, but NGOs working in the area say there are hundreds more.... Read More
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Kathryn Gilje
Dec 23, 2010
This is a year-end post of gratitude for all of you who offer deep and sustaining nourishment to our world. Gratitude for soil, for the earth’s caretakers, for courageous scientists and persistent agitators. And it is an invitation to join this community at PAN. Because together, we get things done. This time of year I find myself seeking out the places that remind me what is right with our world. Amidst global tragedy and hourly acts of injustice, our existence depends on connecting with those soul sisters and beings of all kinds who sustain and nourish us with their acts... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Dec 20, 2010
Doctors are rolling up their sleeves to search for the causes of autism. Dr. Philip Landrigan announced last week that he's rounding up a scientific posse to identify a "Most Wanted Chemicals" list based on the latest information linking environmental contaminants to Autism Spectrum Disorder. It's high time. For awhile, experts said autism rates were increasing because it was diagnosed more often. As parents were more aware of symptoms, the definition of the disorder expanded, and the stigma linked to the disease began to fade. But researchers now say that the... Read More
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Gilbert Sape
Dec 16, 2010
One of the differences between last year’s heavily policed climate meetings in Copenhagen and this year’s meetings in Cancun was that you could actually sneak in and out of the official UNFCCC venue. And so I did. Curious to see how it is that government ministers from all over the world manage to so consistently fail to represent the best interests of their peoples, I snuck in and out of several of the side events that were taking place in this expensive island resort. One side event I fancied was the Agriculture Day organized by CGIAR (Consultative Group on... Read More
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Dec 15, 2010
I’m back from Washington D.C., where I participated in the final workshop of the Department of Justice (DOJ) addressing corporate concentration in agriculture. First, many thanks to all of you who shared your concerns with me before I left. I was proud to be able to stand before the panel of DOJ officials and deliver your messages. As at all the other workshops this year, the heartfelt testimony of family farmers, ranchers and poultry growers took center stage. These courageous individuals put the corporate suits who dared to show up and repeat their glib talking points to shame... Read More
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Dec 15, 2010
Monsanto is making news again, and this time the chemical and seed giant has a partner in crime: our own USDA. And PAN partner, Center for Food Safety, chalked up a win when GM sugar beets were ordered torn out of the ground. On November 30, Federal District Judge Jeffrey S. White ruled against Monsanto and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), citing the illegal planting of genetically modified (GM) sugar beets. He ordered current seedlings to be torn out of the ground, pending the completion of a full environmental impact report, which USDA and Monsanto have ignored until now... Read More
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Karl Tupper
Dec 15, 2010
My colleague Susan Kegley alerted me to a new study in Environmental Science and Technology (ES&T) that illustrates the absurdity of chemically-dependent agriculture — particularly the lengths we'll apparently go to keep the needle in. Scientists are actually studying injecting up to 32,000 lbs/acre of concentrated ammonia into the soil to counteract a fumigant pesticide's ozone-depleting effects. At issue is methyl bromide — a neurotoxic pesticide used in strawberry production in California. Methyl bromide destroys the ozone layer, so it's being phased... Read More
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