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Emily Summerlin
Mar 07, 2019
In Part One of this blog, I shared how I evolved from an enthusiastic nine-year-old worried about DDT and baby birds to a graduate student questioning why my environmental policy program seemed to be glossing over environmental justice, and the impacts of injustice on people and our communities. But the learning continues; in some ways, I’ve grown more in the past two and half years working at PAN than I did from elementary school to graduation. Internship: I’m an intern at a very small sustainable agriculture nonprofit. The main programming I work on is a huge farmer conference; I’m... Read More
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Carmen Black
Mar 06, 2019
Farmers across Iowa are bracing for another year of intense drift, thanks to an increase in use of the herbicide dicamba and other volatile chemicals across the state. For many Iowa farmers — especially vegetable, non-GMO, and organic producers — a single incident of pesticides drifting onto their farm can result in the loss of income for an entire year. But there are a few common-sense steps the legislature can take to help farmers prevent and respond to pesticide drift in Iowa: increased fines for label violations and improvement to the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Feb 25, 2019
Once again, this Administration is proving they value pesticide industry profits more than children’s health. This is not heated rhetoric, it’s a clear-eyed observation. In February, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appealed a court decision ordering them to protect children and farmworkers from the brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos. They argue that the science is “unsettled,” and want to keep this product on the market until at least 2022 — per the request of Dow Chemical (now Corteva). New laws, instead Of course our lawyers are ready to fight back (again — see below), but... Read More
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Feb 21, 2019
The news over the past few weeks has been riddled with headlines like “Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’,” “Monarch butterflies are going extinct,” and “The insect apocalypse is here.” If it sounds bad, that’s because it is. You probably know that bees and other pollinators are in trouble for several reasons — including increased overall pathogen loads, poor nutrition, habitat loss and pesticide exposure. But these alarm bells over the broader state of emergency that insects are facing underscore the fact that yes, bees and other pollinators are in trouble. But they... Read More
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Paola Diaz
Feb 18, 2019
This post is part of an ongoing project by PAN Farmer Justice Fellows who are working to uplift the many different voices of farmers in California. The mission of this work is to broaden the narrative of what it means to be a farmer participating in the state's agricultural system by sharing the wide spectrum of relationships that growers have with land. Roosevelt Tarlesson has a vision for healing, training, community building and empowerment. Tarlesson and his family, originally from Liberia, are known figures in the African and refugee community of California — since arriving in... Read More
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Feb 06, 2019
Scientists from the U.S. Geological Service have published findings that two metabolites — or what is left when a chemical is broken down — of a widely used neonicotinoid insecticide have been found in tap water. The findings are sparking public health concerns, as one of the metabolites is 319 times more toxic to mammals than the parent neonicotinoid chemical, imidacloprid. In addition, the scientists determined through laboratory studies that a neonicotinoid-derived chlorine byproduct is likely produced during common water disinfection treatments such as chlorination. This is concerning as... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Feb 04, 2019
Over the winter holidays, I spent a few days with my father and stepmother on the small farm where I grew up in Butte Creek Canyon. The canyon — and their farm — were nearly destroyed in the Camp Fire, the most destructive wildfire in California history. Eighty-six people were killed in the blaze, and thousands of lives were completely upended and forever changed. Stories of individual courage as the fire raged — and community strength and generosity in its aftermath — are deeply inspiring. Yet as the tragedy fades from the headlines, I’m left wondering about the bigger story that isn’t... Read More
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Emily Marquez
Jan 29, 2019
A new paper comparing the assessments of glyphosate’s carcinogenicity by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) analyzed the kinds of studies used by both agencies — and found some glaring differences. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Bayer’s (merged with Monsanto) widely used flagship herbicide Roundup. If you’re not familiar with this story, IARC released its opinion on the active ingredient glyphosate in 2015, classifying glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” In 2016, EPA... Read More
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