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Dec 21, 2017
Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released several scientific assessments that found commonly used neonicotinoid pesticides (neonics) can kill and harm birds of all sizes. This comes on the heels of new research from the University of Saskatchewan, with experimental evidence finding dramatic effects of neonics on birds inhabiting farmland or open countryside — causing migrating songbirds to lose their sense of direction and suffer drastic weight loss. While honey bees are the most commonly discussed pollinator endangered by pesticide exposure, this research is a... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Dec 21, 2017
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What an incredible — and challenging — year this has been. On the national stage, we've seen several key issues we work on here at PAN move into the spotlight like never before. Thanks to ill-advised federal policy decisions, it is now common knowledge that pesticides harm children’s health, and that farmland can be devastated by pesticide drift. The corporate capture of our public agencies has been on display for all to see. Even so, we’re celebrating some significant wins with our coalition partners. In California, we saw first-in-the-country pesticide buffer zones around schools, along... Read More
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Nov 30, 2017
Following a clear body of science, California just listed chlorpyrifos as a "developmental toxicant." The insecticide is still widely used in agriculture across the state (and country), but now it will be officially listed with other health-harming chemicals under Proposition 65, the "Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986." Acknowledging the harmful properties of this pesticide is an important step, yes, but it will be most meaningful if it paves the way for real action to protect California's agricultural communities. It's time to ban chlorpyrifos. Remember Prop 65?... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Nov 30, 2017
Along with PAN International colleagues, we'll be honoring International Day of No Pesticide Use on December 3. This anniversary — which marks the tragic disaster in Bhopal, India 33 years ago — serves as an annual reminder of how pesticides are harming communities around the world, every day. That harm is what motivated the founding of PAN International 35 years ago. In 1982, activists gathered in Penang, Malaysia to strategize on how best to battle the "circle of poison" — the toxic trade in pesticides that was spiraling out of control. Out of that initial meeting, five regional centers... Read More
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Emily Marquez
Nov 28, 2017
After much public debate, the European Union (EU) recently determined that it will renew glyphosate for another five years —a shorter renewal than it could have been, but not ideal when what we really wanted was a rejection of the license renewal altogether. For over two years, this vote was delayed as member states debated whether or not glyphosate is a carcinogen. The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) designated glyphosate a probable carcinogen in March 2015, a decision that IARC has continued to defend despite attacks from industry... Read More
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Nov 21, 2017
With the holiday season upon us, food is top of mind for many. In addition to an opportunity to celebrate with our nearest and dearest, this is also a perfect time to reflect on how our food is grown — and how we support the people doing that work. Got food? Thank workers. This year, as Thanksgiving coincides with International Food Workers’ Week, it’s also a good time to explore how those who are growing, tending, harvesting, preparing and serving our food are treated on the job. Farmworkers, for one, are on the frontlines of chemical-dependent agriculture, facing more risk of... Read More
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Sara Knight
Nov 16, 2017
We saw this coming with Scott Pruitt. Long before he became Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), his allegiances to industry were clear. And with new policies at the agency, he's paving the way for even more corporate sway over how our air, soil, water and communities are protected (or not). In his latest move, Pruitt recently announced that scientists receiving EPA funding for their research will no longer be allowed to advise the agency's rulemaking. While conflict of interest rules have long been on the books, this change in policy is, he says, to "ensure... Read More
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Medha Chandra
Nov 16, 2017
After years of pressure from communities across California, the state's Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) finally took action last week to protect schoolchildren from agricultural pesticide exposure.  While not all that we'd hoped for, state officials announced new rules that establish a buffer zone for agricultural pesticides around public schools and daycare centers. Among other safeguards, the policy prohibits the most drift-prone application methods on fields within a quarter-mile of schools between the weekday hours of 6am and 6pm. Growers will also now be required to... Read More
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