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Aug 06, 2020
On August 4, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Rep. Joe Neguse (D-CO) introduced proposed legislation — the “Protect America’s Children from Toxic Pesticides Act”, or (PACTPA).  This bill would overhaul U.S. pesticide rules, ultimately mandating new rules to protect people and the environment.   PAN Senior Scientist Margaret Reeves says it best: The science is crystal clear.  These chemicals are putting our health, environment and food supply at risk and we must help farmers move away from them. Senator Udall’s bill puts science, public health and on-farm resilience over... Read More
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Rob Faux
Jul 23, 2020
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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Emily Marquez
Jul 23, 2020
With Brexit comes the potential for the United Kingdom (UK) to negotiate free trade agreements with individual countries. The U.S. and UK have gone through two rounds of negotiations, with the second round completed at the end of June. A major sticking point is around agriculture, including pesticide residues.  PAN UK recently released “Toxic Trade,” a report co-authored with partner organization Sustain — along with a companion video — that compares pesticide standards of three countries (the U.S., Australia, and India) with which the UK is negotiating post-Brexit trade. PAN UK,... Read More
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Jul 16, 2020
State updates Protect our pollinators — report drift: As we move toward the end of July, Iowa enters high season for insecticide and fungicide application on corn and soybean fields. The drone of spray planes and the high-pitched whine of highboy spraying rigs will become commonplace, and the heavy late-July air will be tinged with the sickly-sweet smell of airborne particles released into our environment by imprecise application methods. Our reliance on chemical-intensive agriculture takes its toll each and every season on our pollinators and wildlife in general. More... Read More
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Jul 15, 2020
State updates Farmer equity report: California Farmer Justice Collaborative (CFJC) members worked together to pass the Farmer Equity Act in 2017, the first law in California to acknowledge the history of racism in agriculture in the state. Part of the implementation of this historic law was for the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) to publish a Farmer Equity Report, assessing racial equity in farming in the state and including a set of recommendations for increasing the Department’s commitment to racial equity moving forward. The report was published in June... Read More
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Jul 14, 2020
The following is California Farmer Justice Collaborative's (CFJC) public statement in response to the recent Farmer Equity Report published by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). CFJC members worked together to pass the Farmer Equity Act in 2017, the first law in California to acknowledge the history of race-based prejudice in agriculture in the state, and this report was published as part of the implementation of this historic law. CFJC shares that they look forward to public response and welcome a dialogue on how CDFA can strengthen its understanding of... Read More
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Rob Faux
Jul 13, 2020
The writing was on the wall. It had become clear to my partner Tammy and I that we would have to make some drastic changes if we wanted to continue to successfully raise quality fruits and vegetables on our farm. Changes in weather patterns combined with multiple pesticide drift incidents clearly required that we seek alternative growing strategies.  Stepping away from our farm, we see that agriculture in the United States is reaching a tipping point. The writing is on the wall for an agricultural system that relies too much on pesticides. The efforts of Bayer/Monsanto to continue... Read More
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Susan Haffmans
Jul 09, 2020
The last few months have shown us just how important our Pesticide Action Network (PAN) global network motto, "A healthy world for all," actually is. For months, people all over the world have been doing their best to cope with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. While in some countries a gradual relaxing of lockdown restrictions are being implemented and people are experiencing a return to some normality, in other regions high infection and death rates continue. At our PAN offices around the world, we have all had different experiences during the crisis. We are filled with sadness... Read More
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