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UN Environment Assembly Calls for Action to End the Use of the World’s Most Toxic Pesticides by 2035

In a historic move for safer food and farming, the U.N. Environment Assembly (UNEA) today called for action by 2035 to eliminate the use of the world’s most toxic pesticides globally. Called highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs), these chemicals are known to cause significant environmental damage and pose serious threats to health.

A February 6 court decision directed that the use of dicamba be halted for over-the-top (OTT) applications on soybeans and cotton. However, the EPA is allowing the use of existing stock of dicamba under the old use-label guidelines for the 2024 growing season.

Each person on our staff or sitting on our Board of Directors brings something unique to our work and values. In embracing how this individuality makes us stronger, we’re embarking on a series of blogs, People of PAN, which will highlight the unique characteristics that build upon one another to make PAN the organization it is today.

Agroecology embraces the Precautionary Principle by encouraging alternative practices to pesticide reliant farm and food systems. Agroecology seeks to protect human health and the environment, while still providing opportunities to harvest enough to feed our communities and have successful farms.

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Potatoes, pesticides and courage

Crop dusters flying overhead, irrigators pumping, and chemical odors in the air. For people who live near RD Offutt’s pesticide-intensive potato fields in Minnesota, these are characteristics of summertime, as much as canoe rides across the lake or picking fresh vegetables from the garden. The

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