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Asha Sharma
Aug 10, 2022
Organizing Co-Director Asha Sharma recently sat down and chatted with her dad — Dr. Jivesh Sharma — about pesticides and cancer risk. Understandably, not many people have fond memories of hospitals. But I’ve always felt comfortable in them – growing up, my dad was a busy oncologist (cancer doctor) running his own private practice. Visiting his office at the hospital was one of the few ways I got to spend extended time with him. I remember entertaining myself by chasing the robot that delivered medicine to offices around the hospital, and happily scarfing down jello at the... Read More
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Rob Faux
Aug 05, 2022
Our farm will soon observe an anniversary that we would rather not think about. On July 27, 2012, a spray plane applied a mix of three pesticides to a field adjacent to our vegetable and poultry farm. The flyer left the nozzles on as they flew over the western half of our farm, hitting our most productive vegetable field, our high tunnel, a natural pollinator area, our pastured laying hen flock, our turkeys, and me with this mix of chemicals.   None of the pesticides were rated as safe for human or animal exposure on application. I had to seek medical attention for breathing... Read More
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Zoe Hollomon
Jul 14, 2022
Hello and greetings from the PAN Minnesota team, Summer is always so busy with organizing, community events, the growing season, travel, and everything else! I wanted to check in quickly with some updates on our work, announcements, and action items in support of good food, agriculture, and environmental work. Enjoy! In Solidarity, Zoe Hollomon, Organizing Co-Director, Minnesota Farmer & environmental policy training series This spring, we hosted our first state policy training series for BIPOC-led farming and environmental justice organizations! Led by lobbyist and... Read More
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Jun 30, 2022
Last month, our friends at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL) released a groundbreaking new briefing on a largely unexamined issue – microplastics in pesticides. PAN regularly highlights the dangers of pesticides and the threats they pose to the health of our communities and ecosystems because of their active ingredients. But sometimes inert ingredients can be just as, or even more, dangerous.  CIEL’s report, “Sowing a Plastic Planet,” reveals that chemical formulations include the deliberate addition of microplastics to synthetic fertilizers and pesticides used in... Read More
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Simone Adler
Jun 10, 2022
Greetings from the PAN International Team, I’m excited to share with you that we just reached a big milestone in our campaign to Stop the #ToxicAlliance between United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and pesticide industry association CropLife International! Last week, PAN submitted a letter to Member States of the FAO’s Council signed by 430 civil society and Indigenous Peoples organizations from 69 countries across the globe! The letter called on the FAO Council to rescind the agency’s partnership with CropLife International, which represents the world’s largest... Read More
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Jun 06, 2022
Corporations are gaining increasing influence at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), at the expense of states, small scale food producers, Indigenous Peoples and civil society. But far from resisting this corporate capture, the FAO appears to be actively embracing it. The corporate takeover of UN institutions like the FAO threatens the democratic governance of our food systems.  A new report published June 7, Corporate Capture of FAO: Industry's Deepening Influence on Global Food Governance, exposes the extent of FAO’s engagement with the corporate sector and its... Read More
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Jun 02, 2022
Our California work saw a major victory this week – a Sacramento County superior court judge has ruled an aggressive state pesticide spraying program unlawful.  The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) authorized the Statewide Plant Pest Prevention and Management Program in 2014, which endorsed the application of pesticides on public lands and some private property to “prevent the introduction and spread of injurious insect or animal pests, plant diseases, and noxious weeds,” as threats to California agriculture. PAN joined 10 other public health, conservation and food-... Read More
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Emily Marquez
May 27, 2022
A new open access paper on environmental justice (EJ) and pesticides describes how current U.S. laws, regulations, policies, and practices perpetuate disparities in pesticide exposure and harm. The paper has an illustrious list of co-authors, including PAN partners Nathan Donley, Ph.D., at the Center for Biological Diversity and Jeannie Economos from the Farmworker Association of Florida, as well as the “Father of Environmental Justice” and famed author Dr. Robert Bullard. There’s a lot more to the paper than I can cover here, and it is worth a read – especially the recommendations at the end... Read More
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