In late February, the White House announced plans to put together a panel to see if climate change is really a threat. The fact that this is even a question for the administration is bad — though not surprising — but even worse is the fact that the president picked a fervent climate science denier to lead the panel.
As the new year begins, I’ve spent some time reflecting on the past 12 months and identifying intentions for the year ahead. What was I most proud of accomplishing in 2018? What had I learned that could enable me to do better in 2019?
In Part One of this blog, I shared how I evolved from an enthusiastic nine-year-old worried about DDT and baby birds to a graduate student questioning why my environmental policy program seemed to be glossing over environmental justice, and the impacts of injustice on people and our communities. But the learning continues; in some ways, I’ve grown more in the past two and half years working at PAN than I did from elementary school to graduation.
Farmers across Iowa are bracing for another year of intense drift, thanks to an increase in use of the herbicide dicamba and other volatile chemicals across the state. For many Iowa farmers — especially vegetable, non-GMO, and organic producers — a single incident of pesticides drifting onto their farm can result in the loss of income for an entire year.
Once again, this Administration is proving they value pesticide industry profits more than children’s health. This is not heated rhetoric, it’s a clear-eyed observation.
The news over the past few weeks has been riddled with headlines like “Plummeting insect numbers ‘threaten collapse of nature’,” “Monarch butterflies are going extinct,” and “The insect apocalypse is here.” If it sounds bad, that’s because it is.
Roosevelt Tarlesson has a vision for healing, training, community building and empowerment. Tarlesson and his family, originally from Liberia, are known figures in the African and refugee community of California — since arriving in California in the 1970s, Roosevelt has been uplifting farming as a tool to reconnect California-based African refugees with their cultural roots and provide a means of economic development.
Scientists from the U.S. Geological Service have published findings that two metabolites — or what is left when a chemical is broken down — of a widely used neonicotinoid insecticide have been found in tap water. The findings are sparking public health concerns, as one of the metabolites is 319 times more toxic to mammals than the parent neonicotinoid chemical, imidacloprid.
Over the winter holidays, I spent a few days with my father and stepmother on the small farm where I grew up in Butte Creek Canyon. The canyon — and their farm — were nearly destroyed in the Camp Fire, the most destructive wildfire in California history.
A new paper comparing the assessments of glyphosate’s carcinogenicity by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) analyzed the kinds of studies used by both agencies — and found some glaring differences. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Bayer’s (merged with Monsanto) widely used flagship herbicide Roundup.