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Johnnae Nardone

State legislators are advancing several bills that would protect children from hazardous pesticides. But they face tremendous opposition from a handful of powerful corporations, including BASF, Dow, DuPont Pioneer, Monsanto and Syngenta. 

Alex Williams

Home use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos was banned over a decade ago, precisely because science showed harms to children’s developing brains and nervous systems — including reduced IQ and increased risk of autism.

Andrew Olsen
Andrew Olsen's blog

We hear President Obama's pollinator task force will soon be finalizing its plan to "promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators." Help us make sure it makes a real difference.

Pesticide Action Network's blog
By Pesticide Action Network,

Last week, a new farmer-led coalition held a press conference in Des Moines calling on state regulators to better protect Iowa farmers and communities from pesticide drift. The move reflects growing concern about the impacts of drift on Iowa farms and communities. Drift can undermine farmers’ ability to farm as they choose, jeopardize the state’s growing local food economy, and put Iowa children’s health at risk.

PAN's Iowa Policy Coordinator Kate Mendenhall was joined by the leadership and members of the Iowa Farmers Union (IFU) at the press event. Together they outlined the drift protection steps the coalition is requesting of the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS). Other organizations in the growing coalition include Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) and the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (WFAN).

Andrew Olsen
Andrew Olsen's blog

It’s been 20 years since the only rule protecting farmworkers from agricultural pesticides was put into effect. EPA is finally revising it, but they are dragging their feet.