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Linda Wells
Sep 19, 2019
A version of this blog was first published by MOSES in their Organic Broadcaster newsletter. Each year since Monsanto’s dicamba-resistant Xtend seeds have hit the market, farmers and rural communities have braced for record levels of pesticide drift. Even with this year’s late start to planting season, 2019 may see the highest number of dicamba drift incidents yet.  Long before Xtendimax was approved, dicamba was well-known as a particularly volatile chemical - it simply does not stay where it is put, no matter how it is applied. Early advocates warned of the damage this herbicide can... Read More
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Sep 19, 2019
More than two million farmworkers perform some of the most demanding manual labor in this country, cultivating and harvesting the crops that feed us all. Yet these workers are some of the least protected from on-the-job harms. They’re even excluded from the federal standards for minimum wage and overtime pay that are guaranteed to other workers. And unfortunately, the Department of Labor (DOL) just submitted sweeping proposed regulatory changes for U.S. agricultural labor that would make matters worse, undoing bare minimum common-sense protections like annual safety inspections of employer-... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Aug 27, 2019
Update: In May 2021, San Francisco’s 9th District Court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to follow its own science and get chlorpyrifos off the market for good. EPA has a small window to request a rehearing by the court, but PAN’s lawyers are hopeful they won’t. The agency will then have 60 days to revoke all uses of chlorpyrifos that they cannot determine to be safe. With just a few more steps in the legal process, a national ban is close to the finish line — and farmworkers, children, and rural families will no longer be exposed to this dangerous, brain-harming... Read More
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Ahna Kruzic
Aug 08, 2019
I went home to Iowa back in July, and many fields were still bare from last fall’s post-harvest tilling. Normally, field corn would have been at least knee high. Though the saying goes “...knee high by the fourth of July!” Iowans know that field corn is often head high (or taller!) by the 4th. And I’m 6’ 2”! But this year, a wet spring, flooding, and torrential summer downpours have delayed farmers’ work in the fields. Planting has been late, and in some cases, hasn’t happened at all. This spring’s flooding corresponds with scientists’ models of climate change in the region. We know we’re in... Read More
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Medha Chandra
Aug 08, 2019
This week, PAN joined a coalition of groups to sue the Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — again — for refusing to ban the potent brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos. This lawsuit, filed by attorneys from Earthjustice representing PAN and other allied organizations, demands that the pesticide be banned nationwide due to its harms to vulnerable populations like children and farmworkers. Another blow from EPA This lawsuit comes on the heels of the shocking decision by this EPA in July (in response to a court deadline) to continue to allow the use of chlorpyrifos... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Aug 06, 2019
Yet another scientific study shows just how deadly our chemical-intensive farming system has become to pollinators and other insects. The findings should concern us all. In short, U.S. farmland is 48 times more toxic to insects than it was 20 years ago. This is a staggering number. When added to the fast-growing evidence showing many insect populations teetering on the edge of complete collapse, this new research underscores just how quickly we need to be shifting our food system away from this antiquated reliance on pesticides. Neonics to blame Bayer Crop Science introduced the first... Read More
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Jul 17, 2019
The chlorpyrifos saga continues. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made the disappointing decision that the agency would continue to allow use of the brain-harming pesticide on food crops. The announcement just meets the deadline ordered in April by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for EPA to make a final decision on a petition to ban chlorpyrifos use on food crops.  Ordered by the court Chlorpyrifos was banned from home use nearly two decades ago, but agricultural use is ongoing — despite the fact that studies show exposure to chlorpyrifos and other organophosphate... Read More
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Jul 16, 2019
Small farmers, farmworkers, Indigenous peoples and rural communities disproportionately bear the burdens of our chemical-dependent industrial agricultural system. This can include chronic illnesses, contaminated air, water and soil, inadequate on-the-job protections and unfair laws rooted in racism and oppression.  The PAN Fellowship Program supports a pathway to leadership for food and farming activists from frontline communities. Leaders with a deep and personal understanding of the issue — including their social, political and cultural context — can craft meaningful and appropriate... Read More
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