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We have work to do.

Last week, after an early morning call with international colleagues, I had a moment to chat with my friend Susan from PAN Germany. She asked what in the world is going on in the U.S. these days.

It was hard to know where to begin. The constant firehose of chaos and crisis that is now our national politics is so exhausting — and the root causes so complex and deep — that describing “what’s going on” is no simple thing.

But one thing is very clear: we have work to do.

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A year like no other

What an incredible — and challenging — year this has been.

On the national stage, we've seen several key issues we work on here at PAN move into the spotlight like never before. Thanks to ill-advised federal policy decisions, it is now common knowledge that pesticides harm children’s health, and that farmland can be devastated by pesticide drift. The corporate capture of our public agencies has been on display for all to see.

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Closing loopholes, building momentum

It's been an interesting few weeks for those of us tracking food, farming and pesticide issues. Hard-to-pronounce chemicals like chlorpyrifos and dicamba have been making headlines, and a wonky legal victory that's flown largely under the radar could help close a dangerous loophole in our federal pesticide rules. 

This increased public scrutiny and pressure can't be making the pesticide industry happy, but it's certainly good news for the rest of us.

Kristin Schafer

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