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Apr 13, 2011
More than 35 California legislators, including Speaker of the Assembly John Pérez, submitted a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency urging policymakers to “suspend and cancel all uses of iodomethane (methyl iodide) in the United States…” on April 4, 2011. The fumigant pesticide, ushered in against scientific opinion during the final weeks of the Schwarzenegger administration, is destined for California strawberry fields as early as this spring. Methyl iodide causes cancer, is a thyroid toxicant and has been called “one of the most toxic... Read More
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Apr 12, 2011
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In an apparent, and failed, attempt at self-defense, honey bees are sealing off pesticide-laced pollen. U.S. entomologists published a study two years ago that described a newly observed phenomenon in honey bees, now known as entombed pollen: food stores sealed off by bees after being deposited in the hive. That pollen was much higher in pesticide residues than any other pollen stored in the hive, and correspondingly had no detectable bacteria or fungi. Hives with entombed pollen were more than twice as likely to collapse later in the season than hives without it. New research... Read More
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Apr 07, 2011
Ready to geek out? We’ve updated our pesticide residue database, What’s On My Food?, with the latest chemical and toxicology data – including a new dimension that tracks bee-toxic pesticides. And we made a widget! What's a widget? Fair question. It’s a snippet of computer code that allows you (or your favorite blogger) to host the What’s On My Food? search function on your website or blog. You can download it here. From the main site you can still share to your Facebook page, find a banner to post and – as ever – dig deeper into... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Apr 06, 2011
This week, the Administration and Congress are poised to make huge cuts to vital conservation programs that may spell the end of the Farm Bill as we know it. We must oppose this short-sighted lunacy, and the time is now. Please join the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and PAN as we urge the leader of the Senate Agriculture committee, Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), to do everything possible to protect Farm Bill conservation funding. You can email Senator Stabenow even if you're not in Michigan — I did, it's easy. She needs to know that people across the... Read More
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Apr 04, 2011
For the past 3 months, communities across Asia have been campaigning for Safe Rice for Life and Livelihood! — the rallying cry of this year's Collective Rice Action, organized by PAN Asia-Pacific's ongoing Save Our Rice Campaign. This year's grassroots effort focused on raising awareness about the costs of chemically intensive rice farming across the region. Thousands of people concerned about protecting the health of farmers and their land flocked to a range of campaign events in 15 countries. PAN AP emphasizes that protecting rice in Asia is much more than an... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Apr 02, 2011
I couldn't bring 9-month-old Connor with me when I attended my first POPs treaty meeting in Bonn, so I brought my breastmilk pump instead. I vividly remember struggling with my rusty German to convince the women in the conference center kitchen to store my milk in the deep freeze. As a nursing mother, participating in the POPs treaty meetings took on a very personal dimension. Here's why: persistent chemicals build up in food chains across the globe, and this is a key reason the treaty exists. Human milk — nature's perfect food for infants — is at the very top... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Mar 31, 2011
This week, in a fitting tribute to Cesar Chávez, the union that the farmworker leader co-founded in 1962 joined with a Palo Alto-based food service company to release a groundbreaking report describing the current status of the nation’s 1.4 million farmworkers, and calling for fundamental changes to improve farmworker welfare. The report is sobering, and its authors — United Farm Workers of America and the Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation — say their findings point to an urgent need for new, enforceable standards for farm work that can be... Read More
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Mar 30, 2011
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Back in January, we let you know about an opportunity to add your voice to the growing public and scientific momentum to ban triclosan – a toxic, persistent chemical found in 75% of Americans – from everyday products. The EPA has extended the deadline to receive public comment on its upcoming decision until April 8. Triclosan is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial ingredient in soap, body products, clothing, and plastic toys. The potential problem with using an antibiotic everywhere is that it becomes less effective when we really need it: to combat serious infections such as... Read More
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