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Marcia Ishii
Apr 20, 2011
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Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shocked the American public with its hasty approval of three highly controversial GE crops in a row (alfalfa, sugar beets and ethanol corn). In doing so, the agency effectively thumbed its nose at U.S. federal courts and spit in the face of consumers and farmers alike. Now, USDA has apparently decided that getting sued for ignoring U.S. environmental laws is getting to be too much of a hassle. So they've come up with a new plan: why not let Monsanto evaluate the potential harms of its new transgenic products? It’ll be... Read More
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Apr 20, 2011
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Editor's note: This week, Environmental Health Perspectives selected this trio of studies for its 2012 "Paper of the year" award. EHP notes that the importance of the research to understanding the "alterations of cognitive function following developmental exposure to environmental chemicals." Congratulations to the study authors from all of us at PAN. We are reposting our original coverage of these studies below. School-age children have lower IQs when their mother's are exposed to pesticides during pregnancy. This is the conclusion of 3 independent studies... Read More
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Apr 20, 2011
Earlier this month in Rome, the deadly pesticide paraquat moved a step closer to global phaseout. Paraquat is widely known in the developing world as the poison of choice for farmer suicides, and was notorious in the 1970s as the herbicide sprayed by the U.S. government to try to eradicate marijuana plots in Mexico. The event didn’t make much news, but it is good news. It’s part of a slow-moving, wonky process of agreeing on a watch list that warns countries against trade in hazardous chemicals — the Rotterdam Convention on Prior Informed Consent (PIC). A final... Read More
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Kathryn Gilje
Apr 19, 2011
Strawberries make me happy. They are tasty, bite sized and cute. They fight cancer, give you a boost of Vitamin C, and even improve brain function. And last Sunday, they arrived en masse to the farmers market in my very own Oakland, California neighborhood. A sweet, true sign of spring. I wandered by several farmstands, tasting samples of Albion, Seascape and Chandler, finally settling on several organic pints from Tomatero Farm. When it comes to strawberries, it's clear that it's not just me. At PAN, we've witnessed tremendous momentum from mothers and eaters across... Read More
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Karl Tupper
Apr 15, 2011
Next Monday is World Malaria Day, and DDT will surely be in the news. The usual parade of opinion pieces calling for a revival of DDT spraying to control malaria (as though it ever stopped) will be on display. You'll likely also read that the World Health Organization (WHO) has raised fresh concerns about its safety, and you may even hear that the Stockholm Convention has endorsed its continued use. Let me try to explain what's going on. In 2004, the Stockholm Convention — the international treaty that regulates the worst of the persistent chemicals, like PCBs and... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Apr 14, 2011
Today we are one step closer to protecting kids in this country — and around the globe — from persistent chemicals. A group of senators proposed a new law this week to revamp our 35-year-old system of managing toxic chemicals. Our friends in Washington tell us this version of the bill is stronger than the attempt that stalled in Congress last year. How very refreshing to have good news coming out of DC! Everyone agrees our old system of managing chemicals is badly broken and in need of fundamental overhaul. Evidence continues to mount that our everyday... Read More
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Marcia Ishii
Apr 14, 2011
Tomorrow morning, as you pour milk into your kids’ cereal bowls or buy a latte to get you going, take a moment to think about the dairy and other family farmers who will be braving gusty winds off Lake Michigan to converge on the steps of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. These farmers are demanding an end to the price fixing and speculation by traders that has bankrupted thousands of family farmers across the U.S., while spurring food crises worldwide. Led by Wisconsin-based Family Farm Defenders, farmers and allies will be calling out the traders who take home millions of... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Apr 14, 2011
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It's official: A specially designed comb works just as well to control headlice as shampoos laced with lindane. As an added bonus, there's no exposure to neurotoxins involved. Later this month in Geneva, a simple, effective lice comb designed by the National Pediculosis Association (NPA) — a small U.S. nonprofit group — will finally get the thumbs up it deserves. Putting a persistent pesticide that's slated for global ban on children's heads never did seem to make much sense. But that's exactly what POPs treaty officials agreed to when they... Read More
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