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May 05, 2022
In March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the release of two billion experimental genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes across several counties in California – Fresno, Tulare, San Bernardino, and Stanislaus – as well as Monroe County, Florida. To date, this would be the biggest release of GE insects in the world.  EPA issued an Experimental Use Permit to biotechnology company Oxitec for the release of the mosquitoes, despite concerns raised by scientists, public health experts, and environmental groups about potential impacts to public health and the environment... Read More
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Asha Sharma
May 02, 2022
As California is one of the states in which PAN does on-the-ground campaign work, we send out regular updates on PAN's and partners' work in California and beyond — from pesticide-related science to opportunities to take action. If you'd like to receive these updates via email, sign up here. Hi California Supporters! I hope this email finds you energized and enjoying the warmer weather! I usually feel most productive this time of year – very convenient given this has been a busy time for us as new bills make their way through the legislative approval process. Check out some of the... Read More
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Zoe Hollomon
Apr 21, 2022
As Minnesota is one of the states in which PAN does on-the-ground campaign work, we send out regular updates on PAN and partners' work in Minnesota and beyond — from pesticide-related science to opportunities to take action. If you'd like to receive these updates via email, sign up here. Greetings from the PAN Minnesota team! Despite incredible community organizing, this past year we’ve seen important initiatives (securing equitable resources for farmers of color, protections for public health and natural ecosystems) struggle to get through the state legislature. In addition... Read More
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Apr 21, 2022
Over the last two decades, neonicotinoid pesticides, or neonics, have swiftly become the most widely used class of insecticides globally. And you’ve heard from PAN and our partners countless times about the dangers these chemicals pose to the wild pollinators and honeybees our food system relies on. We’ve also shared the complications with regulating neonics. They can be sprayed onto foliage or be applied as a soil drench, but the most common use is to plant seeds that are pre-treated with the pesticide. Seed treatments are exempt from federal regulations that govern other pesticide products... Read More
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Willa Childress
Apr 20, 2022
If you’re following federal and local toxics news, you’ve probably heard about PFAS (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances) which are found in many manufactured products, from nonstick pans to raincoat material and food containers. The PFAS class of chemicals are associated with higher risk of multiple cancers, reproductive damage, endocrine disruption, and decreased vaccine response.  Like PFOAs, the now-banned chemicals that PFAS have replaced, PFAS and other fluorinated chemicals are associated with extraordinarily long breakdown times — sometimes thousands of years — which... Read More
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Apr 20, 2022
Rob Faux, Iowa farmer and PAN Communications Manager, was recently invited by Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) to provide an update of his 2014 webinar titled Pesticide Drift: Response and Compensation. The new virtual event, titled Pesticide Drift: What to Know, was held on April 5, 2022, and is now available for viewing by the public. While this "farminar" has an Iowa focus, there is plenty of information that can be applied wherever pesticide misapplication is possible. This is the newest in an excellent series of resources pertaining to herbicide drift that can be found on PFI’s website.... Read More
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Rob Faux
Apr 01, 2022
We are standing at the gateway to another growing season, and with it comes a whole host of changes in the life of a farmer.  When the gate of Spring opens, I find that the time for planning comes to an end and the moment for doing begins in earnest. In the spirit of doing, I want to get right to the content I wanted to share with you this April. I hope you find information here useful and my wish is that you will also allow yourself time to revisit the wonder and promise that is Spring.  Let it renew your purpose to do what you can to help make this world a better place for us all... Read More
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Zoe Hollomon
Mar 24, 2022
As Minnesota is one of the states in which PAN does on-the-ground campaign work, we send out regular updates on PAN and partners' work in Minnesota and beyond — from pesticide-related science to opportunities to take action. If you'd like to receive these updates via email, sign up here. Hello from the PAN Minnesota team! It was so great to see some of you earlier this month at the 19th Annual Great Lakes Indigenous Farming Conference. We enjoyed hearing from guest speakers like Winona LaDuke and Elizabeth Hoover, and being in community with each other. We were also there... Read More
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