Reclaiming the future of food and farming

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Report: Pesticides & Honey Bees

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Honey Bees and Pesticides: State of the Science, a 22-page report on the factors behind colony collapse disorder (CCD) with a sustained focus on the particular role of pesticides. The report documents evidence that pesticides are a key factor in explaining honey bee declines, both directly and in tandem with two leading co-factors, pathogens and poor nutrition. These studies, in U.S.

Highly Hazardous Pesticides

For decades, the distribution and use of hazardous pesticides has been an issue of concern. Since its founding in 1982, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) has been the civil society organisation (CSO) most steadily and continuously calling for effective international action towards the elimination of hazardous pesticides. PAN has been one of the key driving forces among non governmental organisations (NGOs) for improving plant protection policies towards safer, socially just and economically viable pest management systems.

Syngenta & Atrazine

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The Syngenta corporation invented the herbicide atrazine and is its primary manufacturer. The corporation is certainly one of atrazine’s most ardent defenders and promoters. One of the most commonly detected pesticides in U.S. ground and surface water, many scientists are increasingly concerned about the human health and ecosystem impacts of atrazine. Atrazine is a known “endocrine disruptor” that is linked to reproductive harm and cancers. This report offers a review of the issue, and highlights what farmers in particular can do to end reliance on Syngenta’s atrazine.

Scientists Support Agroecology

Scientists Support Farmer-Controlled Ag

PAN summarizes the key findings from Agriculture at a Crossroads, the landmark UN report from the International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD). More than 400 scientists examined the successes and shortcomings of the world’s food and agricultural systems, and evaluated the impact that public agencies, agricultural research institutions and the private sector have on the well-being of farmers, farmworkers and rural communities.

Fields of Poison 2002 (Spanish)

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Fields of Poison, a joint report by United Farm Workers, PAN and the California Legal Rural Assistance Foundation, reveals that weak enforcement of pesticide-related worker health and safety laws remains a serious problem in California. The report analyzes the state's pesticide poisoning data and finds that pesticide safety laws fail to protect many of the state’s 700,000 farmworkers from poisonings even when the laws are apparently followed.

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Fields of Poison 2002

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Fields of Poison, a joint report by United Farm Workers, PAN and the California Legal Rural Assistance Foundation, reveals that weak enforcement of pesticide-related worker health and safety laws remains a serious problem in California. The report analyzes the state's pesticide poisoning data and finds that pesticide safety laws fail to protect many of the state’s 700,000 farmworkers from poisonings even when the laws are apparently followed.

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Chemical Trespass

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Many U.S. residents carry toxic pesticides in their bodies at levels above what the government says are “acceptable.” Chemical Trespass: Pesticides in Our Bodies and Corporate Accountability is an analysis of pesticide-related data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a study of chemicals measured in the bodies of thousands of people nationwide. PAN explores tools for determining the accountability of pesticide corporations for residues of specific chemicals found above levels considered by EPA to be "safe".

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