Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)

PANNA (Pesticide Action Network North America) works to replace pesticide use with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. As one of five autonomous PAN Regional Centers worldwide, we link local and international consumer, labor, health, environment and agriculture groups into an international citizens' action network. This network challenges the global proliferation of pesticides, defends basic rights to health and environmental quality, and works to ensure the transition to a just and viable society.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Chemical Threat: Groups Call for Pesticide Ban

13,000 individuals and organizations from across the U.S. sent a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today calling for a ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos and a phase out of other organophosphate (OP) pesticides. 

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Monday, September 13, 2010
Evidence from Florida Indicates Strawberry Pesticide May Contaminate Groundwater
Confirming concerns that the controversial toxic strawberry pesticide methyl iodide could contaminate groundwater if used in agricultural fields, new evidence from Florida shows one of the pesticide’s breakdown products present in groundwater at levels that pose threats to children. Air monitoring demonstrated the presence of the parent methyl iodide at levels far exceeding those that many scientists deem even marginally safe.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Obama’s 'Agribusiness as Usual' Problem
More people than ever before do not have enough to eat. For the first time since such records have been kept, the ranks of the world's hungry passed 1 billion in 2009, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week released findings that 1 in 7 Americans are "food insecure" - a figure surprising even to anti-hunger activists. Meanwhile, Obama's increasingly clear "agribusiness as usual" agenda has civil society groups up in arms. Islam Siddiqui's Senate Finance Committee vote has been scheduled for 10:00 am, Thursday November 19.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009
iPhone App Decodes Pesticide Residue Risks in Time for Thanksgiving
Food safety and chemical exposure risks are making America's food holiday a new kind of complicated. With Thanksgiving around the corner, budgets tight and pesticide-linked diseases (including cancer, Parkinson's, diabetes and autism) at historic highs, families looking to gather and give thanks face a dilemma: how to celebrate in ways that are at once healthy, affordable, green and abundant?
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Monday, August 03, 2009
Strawberry Pesticide Up for Debate
In a letter authored by Senator Mark Leno and Assemblymember Bill Monning, and signed by twenty-five state legislators, the signatories called on Governor Schwarzenegger to keep the controversial pesticide methyl iodide out of California’s strawberry fields.
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Thursday, July 23, 2009
Bayer to Stop Selling Endosulfan
The multinational chemical company Bayer has committed to end distribution of the pesticide endosulfan in 2010, and to replace the toxic pesticide with safer alternatives. The decision follows an innovative action in 16 countries, led by Pants to Poverty, the organic and Fairtrade underwear company, and its coalition of partners including Pesticide Action Network, Fairtrade Alliance Kerala and Zameen Organic.
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Tuesday, July 07, 2009
Industry Pressuring Governor to Override Science and Allow Use of Controversial New Pesticide in California’s Strawberry Fields
With the stroke of a pen, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger could bow to industry interests and single-handedly increase the incidence of cancer, miscarriages, and thyroid disease in California. Or he could allow the California Department of Pesticide Regulation and a scientific peer review panel to do their jobs.
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Farmworker Groups Urge EPA to Reverse Backsliding on Fumigant Pesticide Rules
Farmworker unions, support groups, and worker advocacy organizations today asked Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson to stop the pesticide poisoning of farmworker communities and uphold the Obama administration's commitment to environmental justice. Citing a long EPA history of "inhumane neglect of toxic pesticide effects on farmworker community health," the groups asked the Administrator to amend a recent May 2009 decision that allows the continued use of hazardous soil fumigant pesticides.
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
New Database Links Pesticides on Food with Toxicology Science
Ever wonder about pesticides on your food? Or in your drinking water? In particular, which of those pesticides are most hazardous? A new tool from the nonprofit group Pesticide Action Network sheds new science-driven light on the invisible problem of pesticide residues.
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Monday, May 11, 2009
Global Chemical Treaty Adds Lindane to Ban List
In Geneva on Saturday, countries of the world agreed to a global ban on lindane, a highly toxic insecticide that persists in the environment. Hundreds of officials from more than 160 countries, as well as scores of representatives from NGOs, UN organizations, and Indigenous Peoples' groups came together last week for the 4th meeting of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).
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