U.S. election season is already heating up, with the first presidential debate of the 2020 campaign season held two weeks ago. And as the past few years have shown, we know elections matter.
Data released from California’s pesticide drift air monitoring program — which measured air monitoring data every year from 2010 to 2018 — revealed that many pesticides were measured at significant concentrations in the air. Some pesticides were present at concentrations higher than state designated “health screening levels”, which denote a high enough concentration of pesticide drift known to regulatory agencies to cause health harms in humans. The air monitoring stations were all located at elementary, middle, and high schools.
Earlier this month, to the outrage of current employees, members of Congress, and outside observers, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the decision to relocate two Department of Agriculture research agencies to Kansas City, Missouri.
We know that ending reliance on hazardous pesticides can only happen by creating healthy, just food and farming systems — and this means for all of us. One way we can do this? A safer, more transparent food chain. The EFI program is designed to signify that workers harvesting your produce are treated well and compensated fairly, while also including standards for food safety and pest management. That’s why we’re encouraging people to learn more about and take action for Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) certified produce as we celebrate EFI’s #GrowTheGood campaign through July 5.
Earlier this month, the Minnesota Court of Appeals announced that the previous environmental review of the contested Line 3 pipeline was inadequate. Their reasoning? The Canadian energy giant Enbridge had failed to consider the potential impact of an oil spill in Lake Superior’s watershed.
50 years ago the USA led the way in regulating pesticides, but research published this week in Environmental Health finds that the country is still using many pesticides that are either banned or being phased out in the EU, China and Brazil. In this blog Nathan Donley, author of the research, tells us about his study and how an unofficial policy of relying on voluntary pesticide cancellations has led to this situation. This is a repost of a blog originally published on BioMed Central.
PAN recently spoke with author Mark Schapiro about the state of our food and farming system and the release of his new book Seeds of Resistance — “an expose of the high-stakes battle underway for control of the world’s seeds as climate volatility threatens the security of our food supply.”
A report released in May from a PAN International Swiss partner organization called Public Eye analyzed the sales of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) globally, with a focus on sales by the agrichemical corporation Syngenta. The findings? Syngenta (and other pesticide companies) are making a lot of money selling dangerous pesticides, and low to middle income countries (LMICs) are bearing the brunt of the hazards.
The pesticide world has been abuzz with the outcome of the third glyphosate trial. Earlier this month, Bayer (Monsanto) was found liable for Alva and Alberta Pilliod’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and was ordered to pay over $2 billion total in damages.