I wonder if EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt thought no one would notice when he decided to ignore his agency's own scientists and greenlight continued use of Dow Chemical's brain-harming pesticide, chlorpyrifos. If so, he was in for quite a surprise.
With scrutiny of Monsanto's flagship herbicide RoundUp increasing, the corporation's defense of the product is in high gear. And right now, a recent Reuters article is doing the work on behalf of the biotech giant to discredit a scientist who contributed to the 2015 International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) finding that glyphosate — RoundUp's active ingredient — is a "probable carcinogen."
For the second year in a row, farmers in Arkansas, Missouri and Tennessee are experiencing serious crop damage from exposure to the drift-prone herbicide dicamba. This is also the second growing cycle that Monsanto’s latest genetically engineered seed line — “Xtend” — has been allowed in fields. Coincidence? Not at all.
It's been an interesting few weeks for those of us tracking food, farming and pesticide issues. Hard-to-pronounce chemicals like chlorpyrifos and dicamba have been making headlines, and a wonky legal victory that's flown largely under the radar could help close a dangerous loophole in our federal pesticide rules.
This increased public scrutiny and pressure can't be making the pesticide industry happy, but it's certainly good news for the rest of us.
On June 1, in a snub to science and the world, Trump announced he is withdrawing the United States out of the Paris Agreement
Last week, legislation to address historic racial inequities in agriculture cleared a major hurdle in California. The Farmer Equity Act passed with just a few dissenting votes, 72-4. PAN has been supporting the farmers leading the charge on this bill, following their lead on how to begin addressing the long history of systemic racism in agriculture.
As the dust settles on Minnesota’s 2017 legislative session, the push for new pollinator protective policies has mostly wrapped up for the year. The outcome? In a year when many, many issues we care about saw major rollbacks, we managed to win a few small victories for pollinators — and hold back the worst proposals that would’ve gutted our state’s pesticide laws.
But legislative leaders were remarkably unwilling to look for solutions to the pesticide and pollinator problem, and there is much work still to do.
Scott Pruitt's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — in yet another subversion of justice — is bowing to industry interests to delay implementation of two 2015 rules designed to better protect farmworkers and their families from harmful pesticide exposure. How is that "protection?"
Tiare Lawrence is a native Hawaiian community leader who focuses on environmental and Hawaiian rights on Maui.