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Oct 15, 2020
The United Nations’ landmark 2009 International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) convened experts from around the world to investigate how agriculture can most effectively reduce hunger and poverty, improve rural livelihoods, and protect human health.  The IAASTD report, published a decade ago, concluded that addressing these challenges required a fundamental about-face, including stronger, enforceable regulations to reduce resource-extractive agriculture. The report notably named agroecology as providing some of the most robust... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Oct 15, 2020
Earlier this week the government of Switzerland announced that it will no longer allow exports of five pesticides that have long been banned in their own country due to known health and environmental harms. Given that pesticide industry giant Syngenta is based in Switzerland, this is incredibly significant — and very, very good news. The decision comes after increasing pressure from Pesticide Action Network (PAN) partner groups in Europe to stop allowing this egregious double standard in pesticide trade. Switzerland-based Public Eye has been particularly focused on the issue over the past... Read More
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Oct 14, 2020
Iowa is one of the states in which PAN does on-the-ground campaign work.  We send out regular updates on PAN and partners' work in Iowa and beyond — from pesticide-related science to opportunities to take action. If you'd like to receive these updates via email, sign up here.   State updates Why should you vote?: As PAN’s Communications Associate in Iowa, you might expect me to answer this question by saying I want you to vote for people you think will support our initiatives to stop drift, support a working and just food system, and promote sustainable... Read More
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Oct 01, 2020
On Tuesday November 17, PAN and our partners at Hawai’i Alliance for Progressive Action (HAPA) will launch the video Seed Keepers and Truth Tellers: From the Frontlines of GM Agriculture. This animated short, launching in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, shines a bright light on how fragile and unjust so many of our interconnected global systems are. The video focuses on genetically modified (GM, also known as GMO) seeds and the story of their global impacts. A truly global story Many who are acutely impacted by COVID-19 — food- and farmworkers laboring in close proximity with few... Read More
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Sep 29, 2020
We're all aware that fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. But, some of that produce carries pesticide residues that can be harmful to our health and the health of our children.  Recent analysis of US Department of Agriculture data by Consumer Reports shows that some of the produce we are eating carries a high risk of contamination. The August 27 article, “Stop Eating Pesticides,” shows conventionally-produced potatoes, green beans, cherries and peaches to be among those items most likely to carry harmful levels of pesticide residue. On the other hand, when... Read More
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Rob Faux
Sep 17, 2020
Skilled farmers are aware that every tool and every technique for raising a crop has its risks and rewards. Cultivation and tillage can damage soil structure, promote erosion and disturb important soil organisms. Cover crops could tie up nutrients and become weeds in future crops.  This is why growers learn how to manage the tools they use, so they can maximize the benefits and control the detrimental effects. Unfortunately, producers on an overwhelming majority of production acres in the United States overuse the pesticide hammer from the agricultural toolbox without considering the... Read More
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Sep 17, 2020
In August, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation released new data on acute pesticide-related illnesses and injuries in the state from the year 2017. The grim — though unsurprising — findings? Each year, pesticide use continues to harm hundreds of farmworkers and rural community members across California.  Not just numbers The Pesticide Illness Surveillance Program (PISP) is the body that identifies and tracks acute pesticide-related illnesses and injuries in the state. These poisonings often take the form of dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Information... Read More
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Sep 11, 2020
As Iowa is one of the states in which PAN does on-the-ground campaign work, we send out regular updates on PAN and partners' work in Iowa and beyond — from pesticide-related science to opportunities to take action. If you'd like to receive these updates via email, sign up here. Iowa updates Derecho recovery continues: Iowans are sharing their stories from the August 10 derecho and its aftermath. Many rode out the storm in vehicles, under heavy equipment, or in the closest ditch they could find. Once the adrenaline had subsided, survivors began the difficult process of... Read More
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