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An end in sight for chlorpyrifos

Last week, California got great news from the state’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) — use of the brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos will be forbidden in California after December 31, 2020. Chlorpyrifos has been linked to severe and permanent brain damage in young children, including ADHD, IQ loss and autism. It has also been the source of several farmworker poisonings in the state. 

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A Brazilian agroecology training center is a target for eviction

Note: This blog was updated on October 30, 2019, to reflect (positive!) developments in the Paulo Freire Training Center Case.

While images of the devastating fires in the Amazon circulate the globe, an influential agroecology training center is being targeted for closure by Brazil’s new federal government — led by President Jair Bolsonaro — with its sights set on silencing social movements.  

Adriana Murguia
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Our Power, Today and Every Day: International Day of Rural Women

In the United States, women own or co-own roughly half the agricultural land in the United States; 52% of restaurant workers are women, and 36% of farmers are women. We know that women are integral to food production, processing, and preparation in the U.S. and globally, and we see that women are leading efforts to transform food and farming toward a system characterized by sustainability, health, and justice. 

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Safeguard protections for temporary agricultural workers

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.

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Persistence & partnerships: Winning the chlorpyrifos battle

After 20 years of focused work with many partners across the US and around the world, chlorpyrifos is on its way out. As we celebrate and build on each victory, we’re taking a moment to reflect on the decades of multi-faceted, collaborative efforts to win policies that protect workers, children and rural communities from the well-known hazards of this commonly used insecticide. 

Margaret Reeves