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Medha Chandra
Jun 23, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for everyone, but especially for essential workers. Farmworkers have been some of the hardest hit of these workers, having to cope with the pandemic on top of the systemic injustices already embedded in our food and farming system. Before the pandemic hit, farmworkers routinely dealt with hazardous working conditions — limited personal protective equipment when applying pesticides, hard labor in the hot sun with limited access to shade and drinking water, and crowded living quarters often far away from family.  COVID-19 has just added another... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Jun 19, 2020
For years now, pesticide industry giants have been peddling their genetically engineered (GE) technology kits: modified seeds and the herbicides that go with them. Clear evidence shows this system is dangerous, brittle and failing, yet these corporations are now doubling down. Right now, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is considering a request from Monsanto (recently acquired by Bayer) to approve a new GE corn seed engineered for use with five — yes, five — different herbicides. This is a truly terrible idea.  The GE/herbicide combo has been a great business model for the... Read More
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Rob Faux
Jun 18, 2020
As Iowa is one of the states in which PAN does on-the-ground campaign work, we send out regular updates on PAN's and partners' work in Iowa 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 2020 Legislative Session: The Iowa Legislature resumed business on June 3 and adjourned on June 15, closing the books on a session that showed positive progress for bills supported by the Pesticide Action Network. Two bills related to pesticide drift were passed through the sub-committee... Read More
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Jun 17, 2020
As California is one of the states in which PAN does on-the-ground campaign work, we send out regular updates on PAN's 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. Partner spotlight Support Black farmers in California: PAN stands firmly in solidarity with the Black community and protesters in communities across the country who are demanding justice and calling for an end to systemic racism and oppression. We understand that dismantling... Read More
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Jun 11, 2020
Last week, a federal appeals court ruled that the herbicide dicamba could no longer be used in “over the top” applications on soy and cotton.  In a win for farmers across the country, the court found that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had approved new uses of this old, drift-prone herbicide without appropriately evaluating the damage the chemical would cause to neighboring farms. Legal standoff  Unfortunately, EPA then directly defied the court order on Monday afternoon, issuing guidance that farmers who had dicamba stocks “in their possession” on the day of the... Read More
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Jun 04, 2020
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. State updates It has been a long week in Minnesota. Last week, we all were gutted and outraged by the news that George Floyd was killed when a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Since then, we’ve seen an outpouring of grief and widespread calls for... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Jun 02, 2020
One week ago, George Floyd was killed by a police officer on the streets of Minneapolis. Here at PAN, we are outraged by the senseless murder of this unarmed Black man, and also by the brutal killings of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery — and so many others. We stand firmly in solidarity with the Black community and protesters of all races who are out in the streets in communities across the country, demanding justice and calling for an end to systemic racism and oppression. We fully support the “Enough is enough” call to action from Black Lives Matter organizers:   Our pain, our cries... Read More
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May 28, 2020
Earlier this month, the Government of India proposed to phase out 27 pesticides that have already been banned in one or more other countries. PAN India announced strong support for the proposed bans, which reflect many years of persistent advocacy on the part of PAN and partner groups in India.  Sixteen of the pesticides slated for elimination are still registered in the U.S., and some, such as the herbicide atrazine, are widely used. Targeting HHPs Many of the chemicals slated for elimination in India are highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) with potential to cause severe health... Read More
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