From Budapest: Global experts ask “Why DDT?”Pesticide issues vary widely around the world. For example, there may be issues of overuse of new pesticide formulations and genetically modified crops in North America and Europe, while African countries struggle with huge stockpiles of obsolete pesticides and the re-emergence of long banned pesticides like DDT.
Human Testing Lawsuit Update In February, PAN joined a coalition of health and environmental advocates, farm workers and doctors, in filing suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit against U.S. EPA over its new rule on intentional dosing of human beings with pesticides.
Attack on FDA and EPA IntegrityThe summer issue of this magazine reported on the assault on scientific quality at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, compelling EPA scientists to take the unusual step of publicly criticizing the agency’s work, especially the recent rush to complete the decade-long implementation of the Food Quality Protection Act.
Ban Lindane NOW! Campaign partners celebrate EPA decision EPA’s recent withdrawal of lindane in U.S. agriculture is cause for sweet celebration. Though we still have some work to do, EPA’s decision takes out roughly 99% of the uses of this old chemical in the U.S., and is an important step toward protecting public health.
Controversial POPs Legislation BlockedWorking with partner groups in Washington D.C. and around the country, PAN helped block yet another attempt by Republicans on Capitol Hill to undermine the Stockholm Convention (POPs treaty). The controversial “Gillmor POPs bill” came dangerously close to becoming law.
First Drift Catcher Data ReleasedThe town of Lindsay, in the fertile San Joaquin Valley in central California, has grown up around citrus farming; and orange groves intermingle with homes, schools, and businesses. Citrus production in the Valley relies heavily on organophosphate insecticides, especially chlorpyrifos,
"It's Not Easy Being Green" Do weedkillers turn frogs into hermaphrodites? The federally established “safe” limit for atrazine in human drinking water is 3 ppb, thirty times the dose that turned some of Hayes’ frogs into hermaphrodites.
Who is Being Served? Science in Policy Making Research is shaped by who asks the questions that are being explored, what questions they choose to ask, and towards what ends.
Speaking Truth Saves Lives in the Philippines and India Dr. Romeo Quijano counts himself fortunate. Like activists elsewhere, he’s been mired in one court battle after another, but he is grateful that he and his family, unlike so many friends and colleagues, have escaped physical attack and death for their defense of civil liberties.
Communities in Kerala Demand DDT Clean-up “People in Eloor-Edayar crave for justice,” declared their Local Area Environment Committee. “They want air to breathe. They want water to sustain life. They want land for agricultural operations to make a living.
“Practicing Complexity” from Michael Pollan’s bestseller The Ominvore’s Dilemma: A Natural History in Four Meals
Fumigation Soon a thing of the past for California carrot growers Carrots are big business in California. In 2004, 1.1 million tons of carrots valued at almost half a billion dollars were grown in the state. Carrot production is also a major source of air pollution in California’s San Joaquin Valley, which has the second worst air quality in the country.
Last Word: Restoring American Indian Food & Nutrition The Cultural Conservancy (TCC), an indigenous rights non-profit based in San Francisco, is one of many organizations working to protect and revitalize Native foods
AffiliatesThis issue we focus on Reach for Unbleach and Basel Action Network.