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May 15, 2018
McDonald’s has a long history of employing business practices that are devastating to the lives of workers and their communities. Key among these: the fast food chain continues to source potatoes grown with drift-prone pesticides that put the health of nearby rural and Indigenous communities at risk, despite claiming “sustainability priorities” and “responsible sourcing.” In the weeks leading up to their annual shareholder meeting, PAN and partners are calling on McDonald’s to put an end to these abusive business practices — including growing potatoes with harmful, drift-prone pesticides... Read More
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May 10, 2018
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This interview with Churdan, Iowa farmer Patti Naylor is the second blog in our series focusing on key issues of concern in the Farm Bill to those in our network. In this blog, Patti focuses on her vision for a Farm Bill process that better serves her farm and community. Many provisions in the Farm Bill legislation introduced in the House of Representatives will be harmful to farmers, rural communities, workers and the environment. Meanwhile, debates on the federal legislation are moving full steam ahead. Why does the Farm Bill matter to you? The Farm Bill showcases how federal... Read More
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May 03, 2018
After years of strong scientific evidence and even stronger advocacy, this week European officials decided to make a temporary ban on three bee-harming pesticides permanent. This is very, very good news for bees in Europe. The decision reflects years of hard work by our PAN partners and many others. It also spotlights just how far behind we are in the U.S. — not only with our pollinator protection efforts, but in how we regulate pesticides overall. U.S. pollinators not so lucky A few years ago, national momentum to protect honeybees and other pollinators from pesticides seemed to be... Read More
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May 02, 2018
This week, the Hawaiʻi legislature made a momentous decision to pass a bill that would ban the neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos. The bill, SB 3095, includes several other protections from and disclosures around pesticides that can harm children, including buffer zones around schools. The bill now heads to Hawaiʻi Governor David Ige — who can sign or veto the legislation. A collaborative effort The success of this bill was thanks to the tireless, collaborative work of the Protect Our Keiki coalition and community members from across the islands who organized educational events, called... Read More
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Apr 26, 2018
The Farm Bill debates are moving full steam ahead. Many pieces of the complex federal legislation introduced in the House will clearly be harmful to farmers, rural communities, workers and the environment. This blog is the first in a series from PAN focusing in on key issues of concern to those in our network. We’ll start with one of the most egregious proposals in the draft bill: a provision allowing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fast-track the approval of pesticides without investigating their impacts to endangered species — including pollinators. Pollinators need more... Read More
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Apr 18, 2018
In early April, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International participated in the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) second International Symposium on Agroecology in Rome. From nine countries and five regions — including North America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and Latin America — PAN leaders highlighted the need to transition from chemical-intensive practices to just, thriving and resilient food systems around the world. The symposium focused primarily on the need to spread and scale agroecological practices to meet the FAO’s Sustainable... Read More
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Apr 13, 2018
While federal food and farming policy — and particularly the Farm Bill process — can seem complex and far-removed, these laws and rules impact our daily lives in ways large and small. From food access and nutrition programs, to crop insurance and agricultural research, the Farm Bill determines much about the food we eat, how its grown and its impacts on rural workers and communities. PAN’s platform is informed by our ongoing work with partners across the country who are calling for federal food and farm policy that works for farmers, workers and communities — including National... Read More
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Apr 10, 2018
Despite widespread opposition, The U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) has green-lighted the Bayer-Monsanto merger. The Bayer-Monsanto merger was approved on the heels of the authorization of the Dow-DuPont and Syngenta-ChemChina mergers. As a result, just three corporations will control 59 percent of the seed market and 64 percent of the pesticide market — globally. DoJ’s approval… and farmer resistance The coupling of the agribusiness giants was approved despite recent poll results indicating farmers across the country believe the merger of Bayer and Monsanto will be bad for farming and... Read More
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