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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
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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
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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
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Karl Tupper
Nov 09, 2010
A few weeks ago, I blogged about the controversy surrounding the premier of Troubled Waters, a documentary about the dead zone in Gulf of Mexico. To recap: the University of Minnesota, one the film's main sponsors, cancelled its debut at the last minute, apparently out of concern that it might offend Big Ag interests in the state. You see, the deadzone forms each year when the Mississippi River delivers nutrient pollution from industrial farm fields in the Midwest to the Gulf. It's a problem that can't be solved without significant changes to our food system, and the film... Read More
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Karl Tupper
Nov 09, 2010
At PAN, we've been big fans of our friend and ally Sandra Steingraber, so it came as no surprise when we saw that Utne Reader had just named Sandra one of 25 "Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" in its November-December issue. As a two-time cancer survivor and PhD biologist with a Master's degree in poetry, Sandra's voice is a uniquely eloquent and powerful one in the public discourse on cancer. While many mainstream scientific and cancer advocacy communities remain focused on finding a cure for cancer and/or preoccupied with exploring genetic risk factors... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Nov 04, 2010
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For the past month, pink ribbons have been everywhere — along with bracelets, shoes, t-shirts, even pink KFC buckets. Yet for all this colorful breast cancer awareness, somehow we're still not talking about one of the key things we can do to prevent the disease: stop eating, drinking and breathing cancer-causing chemicals. Sounds like a good idea, right? Scientists tell us there's plenty of evidence linking chemical exposure with cancer. Astonishingly, a conversation about this kind of prevention simply wasn't part of the mix.  There were a few notable... Read More
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Nov 04, 2010
25,000 villages in Pakistan are about to lose their fertile farmland to wealthy investors from oil-rich Gulf states. That’s villages, not villagers.  In Tanzania, a Swedish agrofuels company is in the process of acquiring a lease on up to 500,000 hectares of land, in order to produce sugarcane ethanol on an industrial scale. That’s about 2,000 square miles of land. Lack of informed consent among villagers who reside on the land, and potentially enormous impacts on the communities’ food and water supply are at issue. A just-released report from New York... Read More
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Nov 03, 2010
Vanishing of the Bees is a new feature-length documentary exploring colony collapse disorder, and with any luck it’s playing soon at a theatre near you. Although the issue is less covered than in years past, honeybee populations continue to die off at alarming rates each winter, as they have done since around 2006 when colony collapse disorder was first observed and named. What makes this film special is the commitment of the filmmakers to using Vanishing of the Bees as a platform for organizing change. Stepping away from the standard distribution deals that would constrict the... Read More
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