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May 05, 2021
Last week, PAN delivered a letter on behalf of 80 organizations to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Katherine Tai, opposing the interference by U.S. government officials and agribusiness interests in Mexico’s planned phaseout of glyphosate and genetically modified corn. Organizations included American farmer, worker, consumer, public health, sustainable agriculture, and other food systems research and advocacy groups.  PAN also delivered over 6,900 petition signatures from concerned individuals, telling Vilsack and Tai... Read More
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May 05, 2021
A new study adds to the growing evidence linking pesticides to harmful effects on organisms that are critically important to soil health, carbon sequestration to fight climate change, and biodiversity.  Compiling data from nearly 400 studies, the researchers found that pesticides significantly harmed soil-dwelling organisms, including earthworms, ants, beetles, and ground-nesting bees in 71% of cases. Impacts ranged from reduced reproduction and increased mortality, to reduced overall species diversity. This study is co-authored by researchers at Friends of the Earth, Center for... Read More
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May 04, 2021
PAN is so excited to share that a newly updated, more intuitive, and easier-to-use pesticide information database is now available to the public, accessible at pesticideinfo.org. Pesticide Info brings together a diverse array of information on pesticides from many sources, providing human toxicity, ecotoxicity, regulatory information, and more for over 15,000 pesticides. We chatted with two key members of the Pesticide Info update team, PAN Senior Scientist Margaret Reeves (MR) and PAN Digital Production Manager Andrew Olsen (AO) to get some insight on what the update process was like, and... Read More
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Apr 30, 2021
As California 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 California 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 Hello from PAN’s California team! Things have been moving quickly this legislative session, and we have a couple of key updates to share with you on items we’ve been busy supporting alongside partners across the state: Earlier this month, the groundbreaking ... Read More
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Apr 21, 2021
Aldicarb, a pesticide that has seen minimal use in the United States over the past decade, was re-approved for use on citrus crops in January, after a rushed process that barely accommodated the legally mandated public comment period for the re-registration of the chemical. The new registration will allow 100,000 acres of citrus to be treated with up to 2.5 million pounds of pesticide products that contain aldicarb.  This will put a pesticide that is classified as “extremely hazardous” by the World Health Organization into use, raising the risks of groundwater contamination, accidental... Read More
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Rob Faux
Apr 20, 2021
The challenges and the promise of Spring Spring in Iowa seems to like sneaking in and out of the room when we’re not looking.  Veterans of several Iowa Aprils weren’t fooled by the early warmth, even if they were like me — beginning to feel hopeful that we wouldn’t have to worry about the poultry water freezing.  However, things will warm up again and those apple trees will soon be in bloom. In addition to the temperature roller coaster, the month of April finds us balancing the promise that Spring always brings with the trepidation we might feel with all of the uncertainty in... Read More
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Emily Marquez
Apr 15, 2021
Traducción al español abajo Pressure on Mexico to reverse its intended ban on glyphosate and phaseout of genetically engineered (GE) corn has been coming from its neighbor to the north… us. The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, recently called for Mexican farmers to stop using the herbicide glyphosate by 2024. Mexico also made a surprising final decree at the end of 2020 to phase out GE corn. Glyphosate is often used on GE corn that is engineered to tolerate it and other herbicides. The government cited the purpose of these policies as “contributing to food sovereignty and... Read More
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Zoe Hollomon
Apr 15, 2021
As Minnesota 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 Minnesota and beyond — from pesticide-related science to opportunities to take action. If you'd like to receive these updates via email, sign up here. Editor’s note: This newsletter, sharing policy updates from the Minnesota legislative session, was drafted before Daunte Wright was shot and killed on April 12 by a Brooklyn Center police officer. PAN is outraged by yet another senseless killing of an unarmed Black man and we stand firmly in... Read More
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