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Pesticides Linked to Climate Change, Despite Declining Efficacy

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Pesticides Linked to Climate Change, Despite Declining Efficacy

Pesticides are a key contributor to climate change – posing risks to the environment, public health, and food security – while their effectiveness is declining, according to a recent study.

Developed by Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA), the study describes a vicious cycle: pesticides add emissions to the air that contribute to climate change, and as temperatures rise,...

Remembering Cesar Chavez and his Wrath of Grapes Speech

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Remembering Cesar Chavez and his Wrath of Grapes Speech

Cesar Chavez captured the public eye in the late 1960s. Born in Arizona at the beginning of the Great Depression, Chavez and his family moved to California after losing their farm when he was 10 years old. The Chavez family got by as seasonal migrant farm workers witnessing firsthand the injustices of life in the agricultural business, or “agribusiness” as Chavez called it. Combining a...

Why Isn’t This Life-Threatening Pesticide Banned on Farms?

Why Isn’t This Life-Threatening Pesticide Banned on Farms?

Parents who work as farmhands or pickers are often in nearby fields when pesticides like Roundup are sprayed. Farmworkers sometimes even eat fruits that have recently been sprayed. But there is a toxin in many pesticides, called glyphosate, that is linked by two international health organizations to cancer and childhood birth defects including missing or deformed limbs, and many other health...

Real Scares – The Shock of Getting Illness on the Job

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Real Scares – The Shock of Getting Illness on the Job

Put all the creatures of the night together, and they still couldn’t be as terrifying as learning that someone in your family is seriously – and sometimes terminally – ill. Even more frightening? Learning that the cause of that illness came from exposure to something at work. It’s nightmare material.

Beware. Toxins abound.

Several toxic chemicals and...

Stronger Pesticide Regulation Protects Workers and Children

Stronger Pesticide Regulation Protects Workers and Children

Pesticides have been shown in repeated studies to cause birth defects, cancer and neurological problems. Yet American farmworkers are routinely exposed to dangerous pesticides. As part of their jobs, they are often exposed when they mix up batches of pesticides to spray on crops and then again as they apply the pesticides in the fields.

EPA Strengthens Pesticide Regulations

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