Amidst the election turmoil of the last few weeks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) quietly approved more harmful pesticide products for use with genetically engineered (GE) seeds.
In late September, California’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) released a draft plan for protecting schoolchildren in agricultural communities from drift-prone, health-harming pesticides. The agency's proposed pesticide use rules don't do nearly enough — luckily, some farmers are already doing much more.
In brief, these are the proposed new rules:
This is a very different post-election blog than the one I planned to write. I was going to call the new president's attention to the political importance of food and farming, highlighting the fact that how we grow our food directly impacts the health of our families, the well-being of our communities and the future of our planet. All of that is still true, but the political winds have dramatically shifted.
Does glyphosate cause cancer? That's the question Monsanto is desperately trying to prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from answering. With governments around the globe recently divided on how to regulate glyphosate, Monsanto’s spin machine is in overdrive trying to discredit anyone who suggests their biggest moneymaker is toxic to human health.
Its latest target is EPA, which is currently convening a Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP) to determine whether to list glyphosate as a carcinogen.
In early October, thousands of concerned community members across the country joined PAN, Toxic Taters, Corporate Accountability International (CAI) and other allies to participate in the “Farm to Family: Pesticide Free” National Week of Action.
The goal of the seven days of concentrated activity was to make an invisible problem visible, and stand with rural communities in potato-growing country to demand that McDonald’s deal with its pesticide problem.
Ignoring the science, California regulators just approved even more use of Dow's fumigant pesticide, Telone.
On October 15, the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance awarded the Food Sovereignty Prize to two grassroots activist groups.
Farmers are trapped on a “pesticide treadmill,” with new hazardous chemicals replacing the old as they become problematic.
The importance of science for the public good is difficult to overstate — especially when it comes to feeding our world.
Herbicide-resistant GE seeds have driven dramatic increases in pesticide applications. And that’s no accident.