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In a historic ruling in the San Francisco Superior Court in 2018, a jury found the Monsanto corporation (now part of Bayer) fully liable for health damages caused by its herbicide, Roundup. The plaintiff, Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, was awarded $289 million in damages. Now, a movie telling that story and the story of the danger pesticides present will be in theaters October 3.

Pesticide preemption laws — many using language developed by the pesticide industry — specifically limit the ability of city or county governments to ban or restrict pesticides in any way, including the “use, sale, notification, marketing, distribution.” Pesticide preemption takes away local control.

Our summers are so busy and it’s always a great time to lift up projects with our partners in MN. This time we are featuring a recent Seed Symposium and an interview with Tanya Redroad with Toxic Taters.

Today, 11 global civil society and Indigenous Peoples organizations representing small-scale farmers, agricultural workers, trade unions, and rights holders urged Mr. Qu Dongyu to begin his new term as Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on a positive note by ending a controversial partnership with the pesticide industry signed during his previous term, and taking leadership on global action to phase-out Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs).

It’s no secret that the chemical industry holds undue influence over regulatory processes in the US – corporations wield incredible power in agency processes to create the guidelines that are supposed to protect the health of our communities and the environment.


Teachers, communities stand up for kids’ health

Air blaster. Aerial spraying. Fumigation. Unless things change, another school year will go by with pesticides being applied by these methods right outside classroom windows. That’s why we hand-delivered boxes carrying over 26,000 comments demanding protections for schoolkids last Tuesday, as a crowd gathered outside

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After 20 Years, Champions of Pesticide Reform Honored in Sacramento

For Immediate Release: July 13, 2016 Sacramento CA– Health, food and farming organizations across California came together at St. John’s Lutheran Church yesterday to celebrate their accomplishments over the past 20 years; working jointly with Californians for Pesticide Reform, this coalition has strengthened local and

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Farming Community Residents from Around the State Rally in Sacramento to Demand Protections from Agricultural Pesticides for California Schoolkids

Residents from California’s farming regions converged on Sacramento today to deliver over 25,000 petition signatures and a letter representing hundreds of thousands of Californians, all demanding protections for their children from exposure to agricultural pesticides at school. For Immediate Release: July 12, 2016 Sacramento, CA

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This GMO labeling “compromise” is bad news

[Update: On July 7, the Senate voted to pass this latest version of the DARK Act. The House approved the bill on July 14. It is now headed to the President’s desk.] You heard right, a new version of legislation to undermine GMO labeling is

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Wins for bees in the Golden State

Earlier this month, dozens of pesticide and industrial agriculture lobbyists filled the halls of California’s Capitol as they worked to defeat the Pollinator Protection Act (SB 1282) on the Senate floor. If passed, this bill that would have created new protections for bees from harmful

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