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PAN UK report shows schoolkids at risk

A report released earlier this month from Pesticide Action Network (PAN) UK found that children across England are exposed to significant pesticide residues in the government’s “School Fruit & Veg Scheme.” Food for Thought documents more than 123 different pesticides on school produce, and calls on officials to source more local, organic produce to protect schoolchildren’s health.

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Celebrating Dolores

At age 87, political activist Dolores Huerta is getting some long-overdue recognition for the central role she's played for years in the farmworker movement. It's a role well worth celebrating.

The documentary film Dolores, produced by director Peter Bratt, is now in theaters. The film puts Huerta's decades of organizing front and center where it should be, rather than portraying her as a "sidekick" of Cesar Chavez, as too many narratives have. 

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Getting this carcinogen out of California water

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.

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Monsanto fails farmers (again)

For the second year in a row, farmers in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee are experiencing serious crop damage from exposure to the drift-prone herbicide dicamba. This is also the second growing cycle that Monsanto’s latest genetically engineered seed line — “Xtend” — has been allowed in fields. Coincidence? Not at all.

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