Food & Agriculture

Pesticide Action Network's blog
By Pesticide Action Network,

On the 20th anniversary of the Organic Foods Production Act, organic farmers joined Micheal Sligh of Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI-USA) in testifying before the Senate Agriculture Committee. Sligh, representing the National Organic Coalition (NOC) and founding Chair of the National Organic Standards Board, explained, "We are seizing the moment of commemorating two decades of certified organic food and farming in America to publicly acknowledge the many environmental and health benefits and to call for more government funding and participation in increasing the amount of organic food produced and consumed in the U.S."

Marcia Ishii-Eiteman's blog
By Marcia Ishii-Eiteman,

I'm just back from a week in Rio de Janeiro strategizing on the future of food with an amazing group of activists from Brazil, South Africa, India, the Philippines and Germany. The event was organized by PAN partner AS-PTA, Brazil’s lead NGO campaigning against agricultural GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and promoting agroecology as the better way forward. As an agroecologist myself, I was thrilled to be invited.

While in Rio, I was inspired by stories of courage, persistence and deep commitment. I talked with mothers and fathers, farmers, ecologists, agronomists, community organizers, health experts and human rights lawyers. Like many of us in the U.S., they are seeking to build healthy, safe, fair and sustainable food systems at home, and want more than anything to leave a healthy legacy for their children and for future generations.

Lindsey Schneider
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Led by Zambia and India, more and more countries in the Global South are spurning genetically modified (GM) food aid, and questioning the wisdom of a corporate-controlled food system. Even when facing widespread famine, Zambia refused genetically contaminated food aid from the U.S., after a review by its scientists showed insufficient evidence to demonstrate the safety of GM foods.

Lindsey Schneider
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Each year, more than 200 million pounds of pesticides are used in California. They are applied in schools, in and around our homes, on roadsides, and on farmland. Picked up by winds and water, these chemicals spread to nearly every corner of the state and are commonly found in the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe.