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Apr 21, 2021
Aldicarb, a pesticide that has seen minimal use in the United States over the past decade, was re-approved for use on citrus crops in January, after a rushed process that barely accommodated the legally mandated public comment period for the re-registration of the chemical. The new registration will allow 100,000 acres of citrus to be treated with up to 2.5 million pounds of pesticide products that contain aldicarb.  This will put a pesticide that is classified as “extremely hazardous” by the World Health Organization into use, raising the risks of groundwater contamination, accidental... Read More
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Rob Faux
Apr 20, 2021
The challenges and the promise of Spring Spring in Iowa seems to like sneaking in and out of the room when we’re not looking.  Veterans of several Iowa Aprils weren’t fooled by the early warmth, even if they were like me — beginning to feel hopeful that we wouldn’t have to worry about the poultry water freezing.  However, things will warm up again and those apple trees will soon be in bloom. In addition to the temperature roller coaster, the month of April finds us balancing the promise that Spring always brings with the trepidation we might feel with all of the uncertainty in... Read More
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Emily Marquez
Apr 15, 2021
Traducción al español abajo Pressure on Mexico to reverse its intended ban on glyphosate and phaseout of genetically engineered (GE) corn has been coming from its neighbor to the north… us. The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, recently called for Mexican farmers to stop using the herbicide glyphosate by 2024. Mexico also made a surprising final decree at the end of 2020 to phase out GE corn. Glyphosate is often used on GE corn that is engineered to tolerate it and other herbicides. The government cited the purpose of these policies as “contributing to food sovereignty and... Read More
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Zoe Hollomon
Apr 15, 2021
As Minnesota 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 Minnesota and beyond — from pesticide-related science to opportunities to take action. If you'd like to receive these updates via email, sign up here. Editor’s note: This newsletter, sharing policy updates from the Minnesota legislative session, was drafted before Daunte Wright was shot and killed on April 12 by a Brooklyn Center police officer. PAN is outraged by yet another senseless killing of an unarmed Black man and we stand firmly in... Read More
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Mar 24, 2021
This blog was originally published in March 2021, during National Farmworker Awareness Week. This week, PAN once again joins farmworkers and farmworker advocates around the country in celebrating those who plant, cultivate, and harvest our food, and amplifying the continued work toward eliminating a long legacy of injustice. It’s National Farmworker Awareness Week. As the past year has shone a spotlight on essential workers — farmworkers included — amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, this week of recognition feels different in a lot of ways, yet remains the same in others.  On top of... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Mar 19, 2021
Two days after Michael Regan was confirmed as the new EPA Administrator, PAN delivered 22,863 of our supporters’ signatures to his desk, urging him to act quickly to get some of the most dangerous pesticides off the market.  With complete disregard of scientific evidence, the previous administration had approved the following hazardous chemicals for continued or expanded use: aldicarb, atrazine, chlorpyrifos, dicamba, glyphosate, isoxaflutole, paraquat and sulfoxaflor. We called for immediate review and reversal of these decisions. Out of the gate, our community sent a strong message... Read More
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Simone Adler
Mar 18, 2021
In mid-February, internal government emails revealed behind-the-scenes lobbying efforts on the part of CropLife America urging US officials to pressure Mexico to abandon its recently announced plans to ban glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s (now Bayer’s) flagship weedkiller Roundup. This revelation of the lengths CropLife is willing to go to undermine independent government decisions comes on the heels of a contentious announcement that CropLife International and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are proposing a formalized partnership. CropLife International (CLI)... Read More
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Bonnie Wirtz
Mar 12, 2021
It was a beautiful summer evening in 2012, and my ex-husband and I were just finishing up our chores on the small farm property we were renting. The sheep, chickens and pigs had just been fed when the crop-dusting plane flew in. My ex-husband urged me to go inside with our eight-month-old son, and I hesitated for a second, wondering whether we really needed to leave.  However, I followed his directions and went inside. We closed up all of the windows and tried to proceed with our evening, but we could hear the plane flying closer and closer to where we lived. It circled overhead,... Read More
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