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Mar 30, 2011
Today, March 30, in Baltimore, and continuing through April 7 to Berkeley, the documentary Bhopali is touring to raise awareness and support. Max Carlson's award-winning film explores the ongoing legacy of the Bhopal disaster and features Indian and international activists, including Noam Chomsky. You may view the dramatic trailer and get tour details from Students for Bhopal. Sanjay Verma, sole survivor of one of the thousands of families wiped out in the 1984 Bhopal pesticide plant explosion, appears in the film. He is traveling across the U.S. to speak and answer questions at... Read More
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Karl Tupper
Mar 30, 2011
A few weeks ago, California's Department of Pesticide Regulation announced the launch of a new, "first of its kind" air monitoring network designed to look for pesticides drifting into populated areas in the state's fertile agricultural valleys. Weekly samples will be collected over the course of a year in three communities: Shafter, Salinas, and Ripon. Each will be analyzed for 34 pesticides including many neurotoxic insecticides and highly toxic fumigants like methyl iodide. It's an ambitious project, and it's sure to yield a ton of interesting data, yet I just... Read More
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Marcia Ishii
Mar 28, 2011
Cherry blossoms are in full bloom here in Washington D.C. where I’ve spent the last few days participating in the Ecumenical Advocacy Days’ national conference for Global Peace with Justice. Along with some 700 participants, I heard inspiring stories of social justice work being carried out by communities of faith in the U.S. and around the world. Also on display were two under-appreciated facts that the U.S. food movement is slowly coming to appreciate: 1) the deep ties of communities of faith are critical to social change-making; and 2) women farmers are and will remain the real... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Mar 24, 2011
As evidence linking pollutants and cancer becomes increasingly clear, scientists around the world are calling for something to be done — and they're getting downright pushy about it. Well maybe not pushy, exactly. But definitely pointed and impatient as they urge policymakers to take steps now to protect us from chemicals that cause cancer. First there was the President's Cancer Panel report, released in early May of last year. As I've pointed out in earlier posts, the scientists that pulled this report together called on the White House to craft much... Read More
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Kathryn Gilje
Mar 23, 2011
Last week offered hope for science and strawberries, both. Three newsworthy events marked progress toward the slow crumbling of chemical industry influence on government. Each crack, however small, offers an opportunity toward food democracy, and the use of science in powerful service of the public good. First, the national news: U.S. EPA opened its doors for public comment on our legal petition to stop all uses of methyl iodide nationwide! This means that the U.S. EPA is considering pulling the use of one of the most toxic chemicals on earth. Administrator Lisa Jackson needs to... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Mar 23, 2011
Once a year we all have an opportunity to recognize the contributions of the country's nearly 2 million farmworkers, and support their efforts to gain the dignity and rights they so deserve. Next Monday, March 27 marks the beginning of National Farmworker Awareness Week, a series of events and activities organized by Student Action with Farmworkers to spotlight these issues and honor the work of legendary labor rights activist Cesar Chavez. These activities are close to my heart, as it was as a graduate student in the early 1980s that I was politicized by the farmworker movement... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Mar 20, 2011
Scientists have found that hot molasses could be key to controlling soil pests, allowing farmers to grow peppers and tomatoes in Florida without using the dangerous fumigant pesticide, methyl bromide. Ending reliance on methyl bromide has been particularly tricky in the sunshine state, where mild winters offer safe harbor for pests and sandy soils can make organic options a challenge. Nonetheless, innovative scientists and farmers are creating ways to grow food without pesticides. The March 2011 edition of Agricultural Research, published by USDA, has the story. At a Fort Pierce lab... Read More
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Mar 18, 2011
Institute, WV - This morning, March 18, in a “hastily called” court hearing, “Bayer CropScience lawyer Al Emch informed Chief U.S. District Judge Joseph R. Goodwin that the company has decided not to resume production of the deadly chemical methyl isocyanate [MIC] at its Institute plant,” reports the Charleston Gazette. It was an MIC explosion that caused the 1984 Bhopal pesticide plant disaster. A 2008 explosion at Bayer's West Virginia plant, killing two workers and coming perilously close to causing a much more disastrous explosion of the MIC storage... Read More
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