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Paul Towers
Aug 10, 2017
Pesticide drift regularly occurs in California agricultural communities, and too often it flies under the radar. But in the past several months there have been four major drift incidents that bring the problem into sharper focus. The findings are in Earlier this week, Kern County officials released a report detailing a drift incident on the outskirts of Bakersfield in May, and the findings are stark. The neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos, applied at least one-and-a-half hours before workers reported symptoms, drifted more than one-half mile from an orchard to the neighboring cabbage... Read More
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Aug 10, 2017
In late July, the California State Water Resources Control Board approved a stringent "maximum contamination level" (MCL) for a cancer-causing chemical in drinking water. This was a hard-fought and important victory for public health.  For 25 years, 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP) has been designated as a carcinogen in the state, and the new mandate to keep it out of drinking water — or at least below detectable amounts — is an important step forward. Enduring & unneccesary TCP is considered a “garbage” chemical, or a by-product of the plastics manufacturing process. As a way to... Read More
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Medha Chandra
Aug 09, 2017
August 9 is the U.N. International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. Today, PAN stands with the estimated 370 million Indigenous peoples around the world in their struggles to gain justice and obtain full cultural, economic, social and political rights. The U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples resonates strongly with the work PAN’s Indigenous partners and allies are doing in their communities. While you can read the entire Declaration here, these are some of the rights included: Indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Jul 27, 2017
Earlier this week I had a chance to be on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC when legislation was introduced to ban chlorpyrifos. If these bills become law, millions of children and workers in the U.S. and around the world will no longer be exposed to this brain-harming pesticide. This is very good news. But what I found most inspiring was the group that gathered to support the legislation. Farmworkers, people living near agricultural fields and children's health advocates flew in from across the country to support banning chlorpyrifos. They met with legislators and spoke at the media event... Read More
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Gail Myers
Jul 27, 2017
Most Californians would be surprised to learn there are over 700 African American farmers in the state. African American farmers are largely undetectable in California’s 580 farmers markets, except the Freedom Farmers’ Market in Oakland.  As one of the organizers of the Freedom Farmers’ Market, I celebrate a new state policy, AB 1348, which would create more opportunities for African American farmers and other farmers of color to receive equity in the distribution of California’s agricultural resources. Resources historically available to white farmers have not been there for farmers of... Read More
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Jul 13, 2017
A new, large-scale field study is underscoring what we know from previous research: neonicotinoid pesticides are harmful to bees. And the use of neonics as seed coatings on common crops like corn, soy and canola/rapeseed is of particular concern for both managed honey bees and native pollinators.  Published in Science in late June, this study is the first long-term field study to assess real-world impacts of neonic exposure. Researchers tracked effects on pollinators from exposure to neonic-treated rapeseed fields in Hungary, Germany and the United Kingdom. While there were some... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Jul 13, 2017
I wonder if EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt thought no one would notice when he decided to ignore his agency's own scientists and greenlight continued use of Dow Chemical's brain-harming pesticide, chlorpyrifos. If so, he was in for quite a surprise. It turns out a lot of folks are outraged by Pruitt's reversal of the planned withdrawal of the insecticide, which has been shown to increase risk of learning disabilities, ADHD and autism. The American Academy of Pediatrics called the decision "deeply alarming." Attorneys General from seven states filed an administrative appeal to EPA (mirroring... Read More
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Emily Marquez
Jun 29, 2017
With scrutiny of Monsanto's flagship herbicide RoundUp increasing, the corporation's defense of the product is in high gear. And right now, a recent Reuters article is doing the work on behalf of the biotech giant to discredit a scientist who contributed to the 2015 International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) finding that glyphosate — RoundUp's active ingredient — is a "probable carcinogen." The June 14 article claims that this scientist withheld data indicating glyphosate was not, in fact, linked to cancer — and suggests that a publication that would have included this data on... Read More
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