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Keith Tyrell
Jul 07, 2021
This is a repost of a blog originally published by our partners at PAN UK, written by Director Keith Tyrell. See the full PAN UK policy briefing here, which explores the "hazard-based" and "risk-based" approaches to pesticide regulation and how other hazardous industries manage hazard and risk. Three decades ago, as a young graduate, I embarked on a career in environmental and safety management. One of my first jobs was working on the safety systems of highly hazardous industries like oil and gas and chemical plants, to ensure that the risk management systems in... Read More
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Asha Sharma
Jul 06, 2021
As California is one of the states in which PAN does on-the-ground campaign work, we send out regular updates on PAN and partners' work in California and beyond — from pesticide-related science to opportunities to take action. If you'd like to receive these updates via email, sign up here. Hello California PAN folks, Happy summer! I hope you’re enjoying the long days and sunshine. My name is Asha Sharma and I’m the new California organizer at PAN. I’ve been an organizer, campaigner and researcher in environmental and agricultural policy for a decade now, and have held... Read More
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Rob Faux
Jul 01, 2021
I farm, and I am acutely aware of the role soil plays in my life as a grower of food. Healthy soils provide my farm with pasture areas for our laying hens so they can forage, enjoying some clover and chasing various insects in a plant-diverse landscape. I rely on these same soils to provide the foundation necessary for the green beans, cucumbers, and other vegetables we grow each season. The health of the soil is critical for the continued success of my farm, yet many of the actions I take as a farmer are less than ideal for the ground I walk on. Farming alters the soil Most skilled... Read More
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Emily Marquez
May 20, 2021
When I was in graduate school, there was an ethics certification training at my university. My memory is a bit fuzzy, but I think it was specifically for science students. One scenario in the training covered a conflict of interest (COIs) — whether or not to disclose funding sources in an academic paper.   COIs are situations where an individual or group is working for multiple interests and serving one interest may mean working against another. The scenarios we went over in the training were pretty obvious, but it was still a good experience —  and the only official... Read More
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May 05, 2021
Last week, PAN delivered a letter on behalf of 80 organizations to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai, opposing the interference by U.S. government officials and agribusiness interests in Mexico’s planned phaseout of glyphosate and genetically modified corn. Organizations included American farmer, worker, consumer, public health, sustainable agriculture, and other food systems research and advocacy groups.  PAN also delivered over 6,900 petition signatures from concerned individuals, telling Vilsack and Tai... Read More
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May 05, 2021
A new study adds to the growing evidence linking pesticides to harmful effects on organisms that are critically important to soil health, carbon sequestration to fight climate change, and biodiversity.  Compiling data from nearly 400 studies, the researchers found that pesticides significantly harmed soil-dwelling organisms, including earthworms, ants, beetles, and ground-nesting bees in 71% of cases. Impacts ranged from reduced reproduction and increased mortality, to reduced overall species diversity. This study is co-authored by researchers at Friends of the Earth, Center for... Read More
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May 04, 2021
PAN is so excited to share that a newly updated, more intuitive, and easier-to-use pesticide information database is now available to the public, accessible at pesticideinfo.org. Pesticide Info brings together a diverse array of information on pesticides from many sources, providing human toxicity, ecotoxicity, regulatory information, and more for over 15,000 pesticides. We chatted with two key members of the Pesticide Info update team, PAN Senior Scientist Margaret Reeves (MR) and PAN Digital Production Manager Andrew Olsen (AO) to get some insight on what the update process was like, and... Read More
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Apr 30, 2021
As California is one of the states in which PAN does on-the-ground campaign work, we send out regular updates on PAN and partners' work in California and beyond — from pesticide-related science to opportunities to take action. If you'd like to receive these updates via email, sign up here. State updates Hello from PAN’s California team! Things have been moving quickly this legislative session, and we have a couple of key updates to share with you on items we’ve been busy supporting alongside partners across the state: Earlier this month, the groundbreaking ... Read More
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