Food & Agriculture

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.

Kristin Schafer's blog
By Kristin Schafer,

There’s nothing quite like a fresh, juicy strawberry. Our family lives near the central coast of California where most of the strawberries in the U.S. are grown, so we enjoy fresh-picked strawberries nearly year round.

What many people don’t know is that some of the nastiest pesticides are used in strawberry fields. Most non-organic berries are grown in soil that’s been zapped clean with chemicals that kill everything they touch. Fields are covered with huge tarps while pesticides are pumped in and the soil is stripped of all living things before planting. Workers, neighbors and parents sending their kids to school near strawberry fields dread fumigation season.

Kristin Schafer's blog
By Kristin Schafer,

Personally, I like my cranberries and pumpkin pie chemical-free.

It’s not that you can taste or smell pesticides on food – the levels are much too low for that. It’s just that I sleep better knowing I’ve done all I can to minimize the number of chemicals I put into my body and feed to my kids.

I’ve been a mom for 15 years and a pesticide reform advocate for almost as long. I’ve organized around international treaties, lobbied government officials, and cheered at a lot of swim meets and baseball games. For me, these two worlds come together most clearly around food – in our backyard garden, in the produce aisle and at the dinner table.