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  • California, take the lead & protect bees

    Honey Bee

    Bees are still in serious trouble, and federal policymakers are still dragging their feet. It’s time for California to take the lead! Call on your state Senator to step up and support the new bee bill, AB 1789.

    California began its review of bee-harming neonicotinoid pesticides back in 2009, but the state Department of Pesticide Regulation has yet to finish its evaluation and develop an action plan. AB 1789 sets a firm deadline to ensure this process stays on track.

    Urge your Senator to support this bee bill and step up for bees!

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  • It’s time for California to lead the way on chlorpryrifos

    No one should have to worry about chemical residues...Help us urge California's leaders to get kid-harming pesticides off the table and out of our fields.

    The science is very clear: children's developing brains and nervous systems can be harmed by exposure to certain pesticides — even at the very low levels commonly found on food. The insecticide chlorpyrifos is one such chemical, and rural children are also at risk when the pesticide is sprayed near homes and schools. California officials are reviewing the use of chlorpyrifos right now.

    Urge the Department of Pesticide Regulation to take swift action on chlorpyrifos to protect children in California.

  • Interdisons les pesticides extrêmement dangereux (HHP)

    Après plusieurs décennies d'utilisation, il apparaît évident qu'il n'est pas possible, malgré les nombreux programmes mis en œuvre, d'utiliser les "pesticides extrêmement dangereux" (HHPs) de façon sure. Les Hommes, les animaux et l'environnement continuent de subir les impacts considérables de ces pesticides. Après des années d'échecs qui ont vu la mort de millions de personnes à travers le monde, il est urgent d'établir de nouvelles politiques pour empêcher les empoisonnements et les maladies dus aux pesticides. Un retrait du marché et une interdiction des pesticides extrêmement dangereux, accompagnés de politiques de soutien aux alternatives durables, peuvent permettre de changer les choses et de participer à la construction d'un monde sain et durable pour tous.

  • ALTO A LOS PLAGUICIDAS ALTAMENTE PELIGROSOS (PAPs)

    Décadas de experiencia ha demostrado que, a pesar de numerosos programas de "uso seguro", el uso seguro de plaguicidas altamente peligrosos (PAPs ó HHP en inglés) no es posible. Personas, animales de granja, vida silvestre y el medio ambiente continúan sufriendo un daño considerable de los PAPs. Después de años de fracaso que han visto millones de muertes por plaguicidas en todo el mundo, se necesitan nuevas políticas para detener las intoxicaciones por plaguicidas y enfermedades. Una reducción gradual y prohibición de los  PAPs junto con nuevas políticas que apoyen las alternativas más sostenibles, pueden hacer un cambio hacia un mundo sano y sostenible para todos.

  • President Obama, protect bees from pesticides

    Stop the other pesticide drift

    President Obama recently announced a new federal task force to "promote the health of honey bees and other pollinators."

    It’s encouraging that the White House is taking on this critical issue, recognizing the importance of bees for food, farming and our economy. But we need to ensure this new move results in real, long-lasting protections for pollinators — and we need your help to do it.

    Sign the petition urging President Obama to ensure this task force results in meaningful protections for bees!

    In the Presidential memo outlining this new strategy, the emphasis is on public education, additional research and habitat expansion. All important, to be sure. But there isn’t much clarity about how the task force will address one of the primary threats to bees and other pollinators: pesticide exposure.

    Make sure pesticides are directly and effectively addressed. Sign the petition below!

  • Tell EPA to protect kids from the “other” drift, too!

    Stop the other pesticide drift

    After years of pressure, EPA is poised to take action on the "other" kind of pesticide drift: volatilization. This kind of drift happens hours or even days after spraying. Pesticides that settle on soil or plants can become vapor and “re-drift,” spreading far and wide.

    EPA has finally developed a new tool that measures whether a pesticide is likely to vaporize and re-drift. The agency needs to hear that we like this idea, and want them to take meaningful action on the results — and soon.

    Please sign on to the petition below by this Friday, July 11, to urge EPA to protect children and families in rural areas from all kinds of pesticide drift.

  • Stop Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs)

    Decades’ of experience has shown that, despite numerous “safe use” programmes, the safe use of highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) is not possible. People, farm animals, wildlife and the environment continue to suffer considerable harm from HHPs. After years of failure which have seen millions of deaths from pesticides worldwide, new policies are needed to stop pesticide poisonings and illness. A phaseout and ban of HHPs, along with new policies to support more sustainable alternatives, can make a change towards a healthy and sustainable world for all.

  • Speak up for Minnesota bees & beekeepers

    Save the Bees

    Exciting news for bees and beekeepers in Minnesota! There are two bills quickly moving through the legislature, and both are aimed at protecting our favorite pollinators.

    The first bill, which was passed by the House earlier this week, defines neonics as “pollinator lethal insecticides” and would bar nurseries from labeling any plants pre-treated with these insecticides as bee-friendly. Right now, if you buy a plant at a nursery, you have no way of knowing whether or not it will harm bees. Not good!

    The other bill would provide financial compensation for beekeepers whose colonies die from exposure to pesticides. It would also establish a team of experts to investigate these incidents, and determine the source of exposure.

    Pesticides aren’t the only challenge bees face, but they’re a big one. Join the call for more education and more protection in Minnesota!

  • Stop the “DARK Act” & support GE labeling

    Label genetically engineered food

    Monsanto & Co. are at it again. Teaming up with other Big Food interests, they’re backing a new bill to ensure consumers are kept in the dark about genetically engineered (GE) food once and for all.

    Introduced by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) as the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,” critics quickly dubbed HR 4432 the “Deny Americans the Right-to-Know Act” or DARK Act. If passed, this bill would block states from passing GE food labeling laws and make “voluntary labeling” the law of the land.

    Speak up for our right to know! Contact your Representative today and urge them to oppose this bill. More than 90% of Americans support labeling GE food. We want to know what’s in our food and how it’s grown. It’s time for lawmakers to listen.

  • Stand with farmworkers!

    Carrots fields workers Our food system depends on the labor of more than two million farmworkers across the country, and they depend on our support!

    Join us in urging EPA to make their proposed new farmworker safety rules stronger and more effective. The proposed rules are open for public comment right now, and we need to stand with farmworkers for a safer, healthier workplace. Please sign on to the petition below!

  • Tell Gov. Dayton to support the Toxic Free Kid’s Act

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    Kids today are exposed to health-harming chemicals in lots of unexpected places — children’s clothing, bubble bath, school supplies and more. It’s time for parents to know what’s in these everyday products.

    Urge Governor Dayton to support the Toxic Free Kids Act, today. This law would require makers of children’s products to publicly disclose any ingredient in their product identified as a “priority” toxic chemical by the Minnesota Department of Health. Minnesota parents have a right to know!

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    A bill was just introduced in the California legislature to label genetically engineered (GE) food. Authored by Senator Noreen Evans, SB 1381 is a simpler, clearer version of Proposition 37.  

    And while it was narrowly defeated in 2012, polls both before and after the Prop 37 election showed 67% of Californians supported a state GMO labeling law. But the opposition, including Monsanto and other GE corporations, was able to pull ahead by spreading misinformation about the initiative.   

    With this new bill, we now have another opportunity to ensure GE food is clearly labeled, as a majority of Californians want. We have a right to know what’s in our food and how it’s grown.    

    Contact your State Senator today and make sure they support this important bill. And if you live in Senator Evans' district, please thank her!

  • California, label genetically engineered food!

    Label genetically engineered food

    A bill to label genetically engineered (GE) food is moving through the California legislature, and it's up for a vote by the State Senate this week.

    Authored by Senator Noreen Evans, SB 1381 is a simpler, clearer version of Proposition 37. And while it was narrowly defeated in 2012, polls both before and after the Prop 37 election showed 67% of Californians supported a state GMO labeling law. But the opposition, including Monsanto and other GE corporations, was able to pull ahead by spreading misinformation about the initiative.   

    With this new bill, we now have another opportunity to ensure GE food is clearly labeled, as a majority of Californians want. We have a right to know what’s in our food and how it’s grown.    

    Contact your State Senator today and make sure they support this important bill. And if you live in Senator Evans' district, please thank her!

  • Stop the "Hawai'i Monsanto Protection Act"

    In November, Kaua'i passed a historic law to better protect local residents from hazardous pesticides applied on the island's GMO test fields. And the Big Island passed legislation to limit the expansion of new genetically engineered (GE) seed operations. Now, there's an effort to undermine such laws. 

    Identical bills — dubbed the "Hawai'i Monsanto Protection Acts" — are moving through the State House and Senate. If passed, local governments in Hawai'i will no longer have the authority to restrict pesticide use or genetically engineered crops. 

    The good news? Thanks to public outcry, the Senate bill has been stalled. And with your help today, the House bill can also be stopped. Call your Representative today!

    Use the call script below, and when you’re done click through and send them the email too.

    Instructions: Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please do both!

    1) Zip: Enter your zip code below for your State Representative's contact information.

    2) Call: Call your State Representative's office and share a message like the one below.

    3) Click: Then click “submit” to send the followup email, and invite your friends to do the same.

    Share a personal message, such as this:

    “I am a constituent and a voter. I urge you to oppose House Bill 2506, legislation that would undermine local rights to protect communities from hazardous pesticides applied to GMO fields.”

  • Protect Maui from pesticides & GMOs

    Fugitive Dust in West Kaua'i GMO fields Urge the Maui County Council to protect our families from exposure to harmful pesticides applied by GMO companies.    

    The Hawaiian islands are ground zero for GMO testing and seed development and massive pesticide spraying. The world's largest pesticide and biotech corporations — Syngenta, Dow, Monsanto, BASF and Pioneer (DuPont) — spray many tons of dangerous "restricted use" pesticides. And yet, the public does not know what is being sprayed, when or where it is sprayed. Since GMO companies refuse to disclose, Maui families have no information to protect ourselves from harm. 

    GMO fields are sprayed every day with multiple pesticides. These pesticides drift into neighboring homes, schools and farms — putting thousands of Maui residents at risk. Research shows that children are particularly susceptible to the harmful effects of these chemicals, which can affect reproductive, endocrine, brain and organ functions.

    We have a right to know what pesticides are being used on GMO test fields, for the sake of our children and families. 

    Sign the petition below and join the campaign! Urge Maui County Councilmembers to support protecting families from exposure to hazardous pesticides.

  • Tell McDonald's: No more toxic taters!

    Toxic Taters

    McDonald's claims that their potatoes are produced sustainably, but rural residents in central Minnesota know differently: pesticide drift from potato fields is a major problem.

    Hazardous pesticides applied to McDonald's potatoes are known to cause chronic health problems, have damaged nearby crops and livestock, and can disrupt local ecosystems. Tell McDonald's to do the right thing and transition to truly sustainable potato production.

  • Congress, don't fast track the TPP

    TTP. Why so secret?

    The controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement must not be pushed through with a "fast track" approval process. Fast track means no public hearings, no floor debate, no amendments — no civic engagement whatsoever.

    Join us in calling on Congress to stop the fast track, and open up the TPP for public scrutiny and debate.

    Let’s remind our legislators that they are accountable to us, not to the large corporations that are serving as "advisors" at the TPP negotiating table.

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  • Speak up for food & farming!

    We need Farm Bill now!

    Our nation’s farmers — and eaters — need a full, fair Farm Bill that fixes outdated farm subsidies, protects natural resources, and invests in a healthier future for us all.

    Contact Congress today, and urge them to get the job done.

  • California, step up for bees!

    Bee Alert.Honey bees pollinate a third of our food, including fall favorites like apples, cranberries and pumpkins. But bees are in trouble and continue dying off at alarming rates. Last season, beekeepers reported record-breaking losses of 40% or more — and scientists tell us neonicotinoid pesticides are playing a key role in these declines.

    Federal agencies are moving at a snail's pace. Tell the CA Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) it's time to step up and follow the science!

  • Congratulations Kaua'i!

    Victory!

    The people of Kaua'i just won an incredible victory. A powerful coalition of local advocates led a creative campaign and overcame aggressive opposition from pesticide industry giants to pass a law that will protect communities on the island from hazardous pesticide exposure.

    We invite you to sign a note of congratulations to the groups in Kaua’i who led the charge. We’ll deliver your signature to Hawai’i SEED, Ohana O' Kaua'i and other members of the Pass the Bill coalition.

    These local leaders are on the front lines of making change, and deserve to be celebrated!

  • Whose World Food Prize?

    World Food Prize. An Executives' deal.In a mystifying twist, this year’s World Food Prize — often referred to as the "Nobel Prize" for agriculture — is being awarded to top Monsanto and Syngenta executives for their work in developing genetically engineered (GE) crops.

    This award is intended to honor people who significantly contribute to “a nutritious and sustainable food supply for all people.” The makers of GE crops don't fit the bill.

    As scientists around the globe tell us, GE crops do not feed the world's hungry. This technology has consistently failed to deliver on promises of increased yields and improved nutrition.

    Join us and thousands around the world in telling the World Food Prize Foundation to honor people who are truly contributing to nutritious and sustainable food for all, rather than those pushing — and profiting from — failed technologies.

  • Gov. Brown, pesticides & pregnancy don’t mix

    Pesticides & pregnancy don’t mix

    Right now, Governor Jerry Brown has a bill on his desk to ensure that pregnant women in California receive information about how exposure to pesticides and other chemicals in the womb can impact a child later in life. Help make sure he signs this very smart bill into law!

    California Senate Bill 460 (Pavley) also encourages doctors and midwives to provide advice on steps pregnant women can take to avoid exposure to pesticides and other chemicals that scientists say may harm a developing fetus.

    This policy is a simple move that would have powerful impacts. Urge the governor to sign SB 460, today.

  • Don't let Monsanto sneak this through. Again.

    Take ActionCongress is debating a range of critical issues right now — and the so-called "Monsanto Protection Act" is in danger of sneaking through under the radar. 

    Originally set to expire at the end of September, this wrongheaded policy fast-tracks approval of genetically engineered (GE) crops. And unless we make some serious noise to stop it, this policy is headed for an extension in the Continuing Resolution.

    The "Monsanto Protection Act" forces the USDA to allow planting of untested GE crops without proper scientific or regulatory review. Tell Senate leaders to stop this policy in its tracks!

  • Dear Congress: We need a Farm Bill now!

    We need Farm Bill now!

    In the next few weeks, Congress has the opportunity to pass a full Farm Bill that invests in fair, sustainable food and farming. Help us make some noise and push both the House and the Senate to get in gear! 

    For two years, we’ve been calling on Congress to pass a fair Farm Bill. We’ve seen failed attempts, followed by a terrible last-minute extension with cuts that hit small farmers hardest. The debate is now up again, and the end-of-year clock is ticking.

    Tell Congress to pass a full, five-year bill that prioritizes sustainable farming.

  • This brain-harming pesticide has got to go

    Kids need our help.The science on chlorpyrifos — and other neurotoxic pesticides like it — is startlingly clear. Even at low levels of exposure (like those commonly found on our food), chlorpyrifos can harm the development and functioning of a child’s brain. Yet across the country, children are exposed to this pesticide in their food, water and air.

    EPA is taking too long to act on this sobering science, and it’s time for Congress to step up. Falling IQs, shifts in brain architecture, increased risk of learning disabilities — the list goes on. Tell your Senators it’s time to protect children from neurotoxic pesticides, today.

  • Home Depot and Lowe’s, stop selling bee-killing pesticides

    Nursery plants can be pre-treated with bee-harming pesticidesBees are essential for one out of three bites of food we eat. And last winter, beekeepers reported unprecedented bee losses of 40-70%. 

    A growing body of scientific evidence is pointing to neonicotinoids (neonics) as the key factor in this crisis — along with pathogens, nutrition and habitat loss — and the European Union recently imposed a two year ban on these bee-toxic pesticides.  

    Neonics are widely used — in commercial agriculture, on the shelf of your local garden stores and in the plants and seeds we buy from nurseries. Be part of the solution! Tell Home Depot, Lowe’s and others to stop selling neonics.

  • Support Minnesota mom's efforts to get pesticide-free parks

    Andrea Stish and her toddler spend a lot of time in public parks and playgrounds. When she learned the city was spraying pesticides in these spaces that could be harmful to the health of her child and other children, she stepped up to press for change.

    By signing the petition below to support Andrea’s call for pesticide-free parks and playgrounds, you’ll help build the growing “from-the-ground-up” momentum to protect children’s health in cities across the country.

    Urge the City of Rochester, MN to adopt pesticide-free management policies for all publicly managed spaces.

  • Take bee-harming pesticides off the market

    Good news! Representatives John Conyers (D-MI) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) have introduced the "Save America's Pollinators Act," a bill that will require EPA to pull bee-toxic neonicotinoid pesticides from the market until their safety is proven.

    Urge your Representative to support this critical bill.

    Scientists tell us that "neonics" are a key contributing factor to dramatic bee die-offs. Yet these insecticides continue to be widely used, and EPA won't take action until after its review is complete in 2018. Meanwhile bees continue dying off in droves, with beekeepers reporting losses between 40-70% last year.

    The Save America's Pollinators Act (H.R. 2692) would suspend use of neonicotinoid pesticides until a full review of scientific evidence — and field studies — demonstrate no harmful impacts to pollinators. This is the fighting chance our honey bees need.

    Contact your Representative now!

  • Safe strawberry fields in California

    Fumigant pesticides — like chloropicrin — are among the most toxic and difficult-to-control chemicals used in farming. Drifting from strawberry fields where it’s applied, cholorpicrin threatens the health of workers and communities. The chemical is linked to cancer and causes severe respiratory and eye irritation, as well as other health risks — especially for children.

    Join us in calling on the California Department of Pesticide Regulation to immediately put strong safety measures in place to protect communities from chloropicrin, while phasing out the use of all fumigants by 2020 and transitioning to safe alternatives.

  • Call your legislators! Support California's fumigant-free future

    Key leaders of the California legislature will be making decisions in the next few days to phase out hazardous fumigant pesticides by 2020. Make a quick call today in support of farmers and fumigant-free fields!

    Fumigants are widely used throughout the state, especially in strawberry fields, and are some of the most toxic pesticides on the market. Additionally, they are prone to drift from fields to nearby homes and schools, threatening the health of local communities. Children are particularly susceptible to the health harms posed by fumigant drift.

    The budget bill under consideration is one of the best opportunities to support fumigant alternatives, and is key to the future of our state's prosperous, fumigant-free farming. 

    Are your elected officials on the Budget Conference Committee?* Support transitioning to fumigant-free fields and make a call today.

    Making the call is easy, and is one of the best ways to hold policymakers accountable.

    Instructions: Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please do both!

    1) Zip: Enter your zip code below to find phone numbers for your Assemblymember or Senator.

    2) Call: Phone each official and make the points listed below.

    3) Click:
    Then click “submit” to send the followup email, and invite your friends to do the same.

    Call your elected officials and say the following:

    “Hi, my name is _____ and I'm from ________ (City, CA). To support cutting-edge, prosperous farming in California — including transitioning off of hazardous fumigant pesticides in strawberry fields — I urge you to support the budget trailer bill up for consideration, particularly these three components:

    #1. Fumigant transition funding. We need to provide support for farmers to transition away from fumigant pesticides — especially through competitive grants that spur innovation and new technologies. As fewer and fewer fumigants are used, the fee will cease to be.

    #2. Reinstate local control. We should reinstate the ability of local governments to control the use of pesticides, not just clean up the messes left in their wake. Local governments are often left to foot the bill for air pollution and pesticide run-off, but they need the ability to control pesticide use on the front end.

    #3 Disclosure of secret ingredients. The public is left in the dark all too often when it comes to pesticides, including the ingredients in fumigants that drift into our homes and schools.

    Thank you for your time."

    *Members on the Budget Conference Committee include: Assemblymembers Bob Blumenfield (LA), Holly Mitchell (LA), Nancy Skinner (East Bay) and Jeff Gorell (Ventura); and Senators Mark Leno (SF), Kevin de Leon (LA), Loni Hancock (East Bay) and Bill Emmerson (Inland Empire).

  • Keep water protection rules strong

    The rules protecting our waters from pesticide contamination are once again under attack. This time, the pesticide lobbyists and their supporters in Congress have proposed amendments to the Farm Bill to try to reopen recently closed loopholes for pesticide use near waterways. 

    Tell your Senators to block any efforts to strip pesticides from the Clean Water Act. Our rivers and streams — and the critters that live in them and communities that rely on them — deserve protection from harmful pesticides. 

  • Support a healthy future for food & farming

    The Senate is debating the Farm Bill right now, deciding which pieces of the bill will be left behind or stay intact — including a key amendment that would give organic and transitioning farmers better access to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (known as EQIP).

    Will you take five minutes to call your Senators TODAY? Urge their support for key farming programs that support healthy soil, water and air.

    Making the call is easy, and is one of the best ways to hold policymakers accountable.

    Instructions: Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please do both!

    1) Zip: Enter your zip code below to find phone numbers for your Senators.

    2) Call: Phone each Senator and make the points listed below.

    3) Click:
    Then click “submit” to send the followup email, and invite your friends to do the same.

    Call your Senators and say the following:

    “Hello, my name is ___. I’m a constituent and a voter (and tell ‘em if you’re a farmer!).  I would like to leave a message for Senator ___’s agriculture staffer about the Farm Bill. The message is: I urge the Senator to support the EQIP amendment introduced by Senators Leahy (D-VT) and Cowan (D-MA), giving organic and transitioning farmers better access to the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. I also urge the Senator to block any proposed amendments that would strip away important protections from harmful pesticides for waterways and wildlife. Thank you.”

  • The EU has stepped up to protect bees. EPA, let's do this!!

    Great news for bees! In a historic vote, the European Union (EU) passed a continent-wide restriction on the use of bee-harming pesticides. Despite immense pressure from the pesticide industry, a majority of EU countries sided with bees. 

    Here in the U.S., policymakers have yet to step up. And with beekeepers in this country reporting record-breaking bee losses this year — up to 40% or more — action to protect honey bees is more urgent than ever. 

    Bees have been dying off in droves in the U.S. since 2006. And a growing body of scientific evidence points to neonicotinoid pesticides as a key contributing factor — along with pathogens and habitat loss.

    Tell EPA it's time to follow the science and protect bees!

  • Let's get food & farming back on track

    The Senate will pick up the Farm Bill debate again next week, deciding which pieces of the bill will be left behind or stay intact. Let's make sure they prioritize policies that support the future of our food and the farmers who grow it!

    Tell your Senators to pass a Farm Bill that's good for farmers, communities and our future. This is our once-every-five-years opportunity to get food and farm policy back on track.

  • Support GE food labeling, nationwide

    Good news! The "Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act" has been introduced in both the Senate and the House. If passed, this bill will require that GE food is labeled in grocery stores across the U.S. 

    Opposition to this bill will likely be fierce. Corporations like Monsanto don't like the idea of GE labeling, and have spent millions to block state-level initiatives.

    Contact your legislators today and urge them to support this important bill. Because we have a right to know what we're eating and how it's grown.

  • Farm Bill should protect farmers — not Monsanto

    Monsanto & Co. are at it again. They’ve spent the past few months lobbying Congress, trying to change the rules in favor of corporate interests at the expense of family farmers. Did you hear about the "Monsanto Protection Act?" This sneaky policy change was tacked onto a spending bill just a few weeks ago — completely behind the scenes. 

    Now the Farm Bill appropriations process is moving, and corporate interests are in full force again on Capitol Hill.

    With a call to Senator Dianne Feinstein, you can help ensure that Farm Bill spending protects farmers against rules that short-circuit safety measures for genetically engineered (GE) crops. Senator Feinstein is a key agricultural appropriator and needs to hear from you today!

    Use the call script below, and when you’re done click through and send them the email too.

    Instructions: Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please do both!

    1) Zip: Enter your zip code below for Senator Feinstein's contact information.

    2) Call: Call Senator Feinstein's office and share a message like the one below.

    3) Click: Then click “submit” to send the followup email, and invite your friends to do the same.

    Ask to speak with the Senator's agricultural appropriations aide and share a personal message, such as this:

    “I am a constituent and a voter. [And if you're a farmer, let them know!] Please ask Senator Feinstein to stand up for family farmers and oppose any legislation that would, through the appropriations process, undermine judicial review of genetically engineered crops. This issue is critical for farmers and healthy communities.”

  • The people of Maryland have a right to know.

    Maryland lawmakers are poised to vote on a bill that would help protect both the state’s children and the Bay from harmful pesticides for years to come. They need to hear — right now — from Maryland residents who think this is a very, very good idea.

    The Pesticide Reporting and Information Act establishes a centralized database of commercial pesticide use in Maryland that will give public health and Bay restoration experts the information they need to assess the impact of pesticides on our health and waterways. And it will give decisionmakers the data they need to make smarter policies that protect community health.

    Please call your legislators using the script below, and when you’re done click through and send them the email too!

    Instructions: Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please do both!

    1) Zip: Enter your zip code below to find phone numbers for your legislators.

    2) Call: Phone each legislator and make the points listed below.

    3) Click:
    Then click “submit” to send the followup email, and invite your friends to do the same.

    Tell the person who answers that you’d like to share a personal message with your legislator, such as this:

    Hello, my name is _____. I am a resident of Maryland and I strongly support our right to know about pesticides. I urge you to support the Pesticide Reporting and Information Act (HB 775 & SB 675). This commonsense bill establishes a database of commercial pesticide use that will help our state decisionmakers make smarter, more protective pesticide policies. I look forward to hearing back from you.

  • Our best chance

    Unless the Senate acts to fix the situation this week, 2013 is on track to see the worst setbacks for sustainable agriculture in years. Opportunities for farmers to implement smart conservation practices will be severely limited. 

    But that can change. Will you take a few minutes today and call your Senators? Show your support for programs that invest in healthy farms, food and people.

    Calling your Senators is easy, and it is one of the best ways to hold them accountable. Here’s the information you need to make a call:

    Instructions: Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please do both!

    1) Zip: Enter your zip code below to find phone numbers for your Senators.

    2) Call: Phone each Senator and make the points listed below.

    3) Click:
    Then click “submit” to send the followup email, and invite your friends to do the same.

    Tell the person who answers that you’d like to share a personal message with your legislator, such as this:

    Hello, my name is _____. I’m a constituent and a voter (and tell ‘em if you’re a farmer!). I’m calling about the Continuing Resolution. Please tell the Senator to fix the Conservation Stewardship Program so USDA can hold a farmer sign-up this year. Also tell the Senator to support mandatory funding in the bill for the programs that were stranded in the Farm Bill extension. These programs are important to farmers, support the future of healthy farms and food, and they must be funded.”

  • Support labeling GE food in Iowa

    There's a bill in the Iowa legislature to label genetically engineered (GE) foods. And if passed, SF 194 could be the first labeling law in the U.S. But opposition is fierce and we need your help to keep building support for this important issue.

    Corporations like Monsanto have been working hard to block all labeling initiatives in the U.S., and we hear they're now lobbying to defeat this bill in Iowa.

    Take action today, and urge your legislators to support labeling GE food!

  • Label GE food? Absolutely.

    Ge labeling protest Did you hear? Connecticut recently became the first state to pass a GE labeling law. And Maine just became the second. With a ballot initiative coming up in Washington this fall, and a federal GE labeling bill under consideration in Congress, people across the country are working hard for the right to know what's in our food.

    But corporations like Monsanto are focused on blocking each and every GE labeling initiative. 

    Last fall, the Big 6 pesticide and GE seed corporations spent $21 million dollars to defeat the Prop 37 labeling initiative in California. And they've already invested more than $470,000 to block Washington state's ballot initiative.

    Why do the Big 6 oppose labeling GE food? Because they fear losing market share if consumers knew just how much of our food — up to 80% of non-organic products on grocery store shelves — includes GE ingredients.

    The Big 6 patent and sell GE seeds, and these crops drive up the use of pesticides — pesticides produced by the very same corporations. Monsanto & Co. want to keep us in the dark to protect the markets GE crops create for their products.

    Working together, we can win this one. Join the millions across the country fighting for the simple right to know what we're eating. Sign the pledge and take a stand!

  • Bee die-offs are an emergency. EPA, act now.

    This is a test of new template. In March, PAN joined partners and beekeepers from around the country in filing a legal petition with EPA, calling on the agency to make use of its emergency powers to protect bees from Bayer's pesticide clothianidin. Sources tell us that in the next two weeks, EPA will decide whether or not bees dying off at unprecedented rates constitutes an “imminent hazard.”

    Since the wholesale decline of bees and other pollinators is most certainly an imminent hazard requiring emergency intervention, we want to be sure that EPA knows what's at stake and knows we are watching. 

    Tell EPA to take immediate action to protect bees from a pesticide that clearly poses an imminent threat.

  • Protecting kids from pesticides begins with us

    Healthy Kid.

    The science is clear. Kids today are sicker than they were a generation ago, and pesticides are part of the reason why.

    From childhood cancers to birth defects and asthma, a wide range of childhood diseases and disorders are on the rise, and public health experts tell us we have a “silent pandemic” of learning disabilities and disorders. It’s time we name and tackle this problem by building a national conversation, from the ground up.

    Pledge to "be the change" in your community! Write letters to your local paper, activate people in your network — whatever your starting point, we have some tools to help.

    After signing the pledge, you’ll find our new Healthy Kids! toolkit to help you set change in motion and spread the word.

    Sign the pledge, get the facts and get started!

  • Host a Prop 37 house party!

    With the election right around the corner, help us continue building support for labeling genetically engineered (GE) food. Polls are looking hopeful, but we need to keep the momentum going!

    Up to 80% of the non-organic food on grocery store shelves contains GE ingredients, but without labels we're left in the dark.

    Will you host a house party in support of Prop 37 and our right to know? In the next few weeks, invite your neighbors, family or co-workers to have a discussion about why labeling GE food is important.

    Sign your name below, and then download our "House Party How-To" guide to help ensure you have a fun, successful event.

    Thank you for all that you do.

  • Protect Farm Bill conservation programs!

     

    Drought

    In the face of the most disastrous, widespread drought in 50 years, what’s the worst possible thing Congress could do?

    Cut the very conservation programs that help farmers protect themselves from the worst ravages of drought? It’s about to happen.

    Help us tell Congress that this is unacceptable — call your Representative and Senators today! This week, they are negotiating the terms under which the Farm Bill will be extended and funded for at least the next six months.

    The proposal on the table guts conservation programs that help farmers conserve water, protect and rebuild soil, and provide clean water and wildlife habitat. These programs are smart, long-term investments in the future of our agricultural lands — and our nation’s food supply.

    Congress needs to hear from us today!

  • Support labeling GE food. Vote YES on Prop 37!

     

    Sofia Gatica As the election draws closer, the world's largest pesticide and GE seed corporations — the "Big 6" — are focused on California and working hard to defeat Prop 37, a straight forward ballot initiative that would require genetically engineered food to be labeled. Defeating this initiative is the stated, #1 goal of Big Food this fall.  

    Since January, the Big 6 have pumped $19 million into the state, hoping to defeat the labeling effort here as they have in other states and in Congress. But come November, voters get to decide — not corporations or lobbyists. Will you stand up for labeling and transparency, and vote yes on Prop 37?

    With up to 80% of non-organic food on grocery store shelves containing GE ingredients, the Big 6 aim keep us in the dark as their profit margins soar. Take the pledge to vote yes on Prop 37.

  • Tell Big 6: We want off the pesticide treadmill

     

    Momentum is building. People in communities around the world are standing up to the “Big 6” pesticide/biotech corporations to expose their aggressive, bottom-line driven push of hazardous pesticides into our food and farming systems.

    Join the PAN community in Europe where three of the largest pesticide corporations are based and call on BASF, Bayer and Syngenta to halt the production and sale of highly hazardous pesticides. These chemicals are in our air, our water, on our food and are wrecking havoc in our bodies. No more. 

    Sign on today to PAN’s citizen letter to the CEOs of the European companies: Martin Taylor, Syngenta, Chairman of the Board of Directors; Sandra E. Peterson, Bayer CropScience, Chief Executive Office; and Wayne T. Smith, BASF, Member of the Board of Executive Directors.

  • Stop sneak amendment stripping pesticide protections

    Today, Senators begin debating amendments to the Food & Farm Bill. Included in that long list of amendments is an end-run around pesticide protections. Please call NOW to tell your Senator that you strongly oppose the amendment Senator Mike Johanns (R–Nebraska) tacked onto the Food & Farm Bill that would strip EPA’s ability to protect our streams and waterways.

    The pesticide lobby is pushing this sneak attack on the Clean Water Act because they do not want to be subject to the its strong legal protections. They have tried it as a stand-alone bill, as a tack-on to a China Currency bill, and now the Farm Bill. They need to know we are watching, and won't stand for it.

    Raise your voice for stronger protections, and to keep industry influence at bay. Your call will make a difference.

    Instructions: Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please do both!

    1) Zip: Enter your zip code below to find your Senators' phone number.

    2) Call: Phone each of your Senators and make the points listed below.

    3) Click:
    After each call, click “submit” to send the followup email, and invite your friends to do the same.


    The Message is Simple:
     “I am a constituent and I’m calling to tell Senator ____ that I strongly oppose the Farm Bill amendment being considered today that would strip EPA’s ability to protect our waters from pollution. Senator Mike Johanns' amendment (Nmbr 2210) would exempt pesticide applications over waterways from Clean Water Act standards. There is already widespread contamination of our waterways by toxic pesticides, and we cannot rely solely on our weaker pesticide law (FIFRA) to protect those waters. This amendment is bad for public health and bad for our rivers, lakes and streams.”

      

  • Your Senator needs to hear from you!

    The first draft of the 2012 Farm Bill is here — and it doesn’t do nearly as much as it should for organic farmers, on commodity payments reform, or to prioritize agricultural research that protects public health and benefit farmers rather than the pesticide industry.
     
    Today and tonight are critical windows for making your voice heard. It's simple and only takes 5 minutes to make a call.
     
    Even if you get to this after business hours tonight, it’s not too late to get a better food and farm bill through Congress. But we must act quickly! Tomorrow the Senate agriculture committee will vote on a series of amendments to the draft bill.

    Instructions: Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please locate your Senator's phone number in the list below and call right away!

    AR
    R
    John Boozman
    (202) 224-4843
    CO
    D
    Michael Bennet
    (202) 224-5852
    GA
    D
    Saxby Chambliss
    (202) 224-3521
    IA
    R
    Charles Grassley
    (202) 224-3744
    IA
    D
    Tom Harkin
    (202) 224-3254
    IN
    R
    Richard G. Lugar
    (202) 224-4814
    KY
    R
    Mitch McConnell
    (202) 224-2541
    MN
    D
    Amy Klobuchar
    (202) 224-3244
    MS
    R
    Thad Cochran
    (202) 224-5054
    MT
    D
    Max Baucus
    (202) 224-2651
    ND
    D
    Kent Conrad
    (202) 224-2043
    ND
    R
    John Hoeven
    (202) 224-2551
    OH
    D
    Sherrod Brown
    (202) 224-2315
    PA
    D
    Robert Casey, Jr.
    (202) 224-6324
    SD
    R
    John Thune
    (202) 224-2321


    When you call, simply ask for the staffer who works on agriculture, and deliver this message: 

    "I support sensible farm policy and urge Senator [insert name] to co-sponsor and support the following amendments:

    • Sen. Casey’s amendment to fix crop insurance for organic farmers by removing the unjustified 5% premium;

    • Sen. Gillibrand’s Seeds and Breeds Research Priority, which will help fund public breeding so that farmers can access un-patented and locally appropriate seeds and breeds;

    • Sen. Leahy’s IPM Research, Public Health, and Technology Review amendment; and

    • Both amendments that restore fiscal responsibility by capping subsidy payments. The Grassley amendment will tighten commodity payment limitations and close loopholes, and the Brown-Nelson amendment, 'Reforming AGI Caps' will re-direct payments to support better programs.

    These five amendments are critical pieces of any Food and Farm Bill that makes sense, and I urge Senator [insert name] to actively support them. Thank you."

    More detail on these amendments:

    PM Research, Public Health Report, and Technology Review: Sen. Leahy (D-VT) will be filing an amendment that will accomplish several key research priorities, including re-establishing a board to provide analysis and oversight of federally funded agricultural technologies, requiring USDA to prepare a report on the impacts of federal agricultural policies and programs on public health, and authorizing regional centers to coordinate integrated pest management research and activities across the country.

    Seeds and Breeds Research Priority:  Sen. Gillibrand (D-NY) will be filing an amendment that will require that 5 percent of total AFRI funding be used for conventional plant and animal breeding, and clarifies that conventional breeding should focus on the development of public plant cultivar and animal breeds that do not require the use of genetic technology.  This provision will require a fair percentage of program funding be invested in public breeding and ensures that farmers have access to locally adapted and publicly available seeds and breeds.

    Crop Insurance for Organic Farmers:  Sen. Casey (D-PA) will be filing an amendment to fix crop insurance for organic farmers by removing the unjustified premium surcharge for organic and directing the Risk Management Agency to develop organic price elections.

    Reforming AGI Caps:  Sens. Brown (D-OH) and Nelson (D-NE) will be filing an amendment to reform AGI caps and use the savings to fund a number of programs, including the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, the BFR Individual Development Account, the Rural Microentrepreneur Assistance Program, and the Value-Added Producer Grants program.

    Payment Limitations and Actively Engaged:  Sen. Grassley (R-IA) will be filing an amendment that will tighten payments limitations and close loopholes in commodity payment programs.

  • Bees are still dying. Urge Congress to step up.

    As the public debate over causes behind Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) a syndrome in which bees seemingly abandon their hives carries on in the media, more and more new science has shown that neonicotinoid pesticides are indeed a critical piece of the puzzle. Although they are not the cause, these and other pesticides are acting in concert to make very bees sick:

    • » Three separate studies in the last six months have confirmed that sublethal doses of pesticides act synergistically with a common gut fungus, Nosema, to dramatically increase mortality.
    • » Another three studies confirm that bees are exposed to acutely toxic levels of clothianidin in the field through the poisonous dust, or planter exhaust, as treated corn seeds go into the ground.

    EPA knows enough to act. They have the authority and responsibility to suspend Bayer’s bee-toxic pesticide, clothianidin  yet for over a year the Agency has failed to do soNeonicotinoids like clothianidin are not the sole cause of CCD, but they are a key part of the problem, and at least one of them is on the market illegally.

    Congress has the authority to exercise oversight over federal agencies like EPA. They can call a hearing, and they alone can fix a broken pesticide law that leaves EPA hamstrung and captive to industry players like Bayer. Help them understand what’s at stake.

  • “Green payments” for good farming just makes sense

    Congress wants to cut the only Farm Bill programs that pay farmers to protect the soil, water and biodiversity on which our country’s agricultural productivity depends. It’s unfair to farmers and future generations, and it’s profoundly unwise. Please call Senator Feinstein today and tell her that paying farmers to steward the land is money well spent.

    Farmers who steward the land should be rewarded. In the budget-cutting frenzy of the last two fiscal years, Congress slashed conservation programs in the Farm Bill by over $1.5 billion! This is already more that this program’s fair share, and big ag lobbyists are pushing for more. Right now, Senator Feinstein is making decisions about next year’s agriculture budget — she needs to hear from you!

    The conservation programs under threat are the ones that have kept soil erosion in check for years, until now. With the push to plant on more land, changing weather patterns and weak enforcement of environmental protections, soil erosion is becoming a serious problem again. Cutting green payments to farmers when we’re losing topsoil at rates 10-50 times faster than it can be replaced is bad policy and short-sighted economics.

    Instructions: Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please do both!

    1) Zip: Enter your zip code below to locate Senator Feinstein's phone number.

    2) Call: Phone her and make the points listed below.

    3) Click:
    Then click “submit” to send the followup email, and invite your friends to do the same.


    Please call
    Senator Feinstein, who is a key agricultural appropriator, at (202) 224-3841. Ask for her agricultural appropriations aide, and share the following message:

    “I am a constituent. Please protect Farm Bill conservation programs from further cuts in Fiscal Year 2013. We must protect our natural resources and reward farmers for the environmental goods they produce — please oppose any further cuts to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program, and other Farm Bill conservation programs.”

    One call today will make a difference. These decisions are up right now, and agribusiness lobbyists are wielding influence to ensure that their pet programs remain intact by sacrificing conservation funds. Because green payments for farmers serve the interests of regular people, small farmers and future generations, there’s nobody in DC to fight for them. But one call from a constituent means more to a Senator than you’d think!

    Thank you for taking a stand with farmers and for sound farm policy.

      

  • Tell Senate Leader to block attack on clean water rules

     

    Blue waterway

    The rules protecting our water from pesticide contamination are once again under attack. This time, the pesticide lobbyists and their supporters in Congress are using the specter of West Nile virus to try to reopen recently closed loopholes for pesticide use near waterways.

    Sign the petition below urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to continue blocking efforts to strip pesticides from the Clean Water Act. So far, Senator Reid has held the line. He needs to know we appreciate — and continue to need — his leadership.

  • Help protect Alaska waterways & communities!

     

    Alaska train

    After 30 years of controlling weeds without chemicals, the Alaska Railroad Corporation has applied for a permit to spray an herbicide cocktail containing glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto's RoundUp. The proposed area stretches along 122 miles of track and covers 243 acres in areas of Palmer/Wasilla, Talkeetna, and Fairbanks.

    Not only is use of this toxic mixture unnecessary, it is also harmful to human health (linked to birth defects and hormone disruption) and the environment. 

    Sign the petition below and urge the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) to deny this permit. Join PAN and Alaska Community Action on Toxics in calling on ADEC to protect communities neighboring rail lines from being exposed to this herbicide cocktail.

  • EPA, don’t open the floodgates.

     

    Protect our children

    Once again, the latest "safer" generation of pesticides poses more harm to humans than we originally thought. And it seems EPA is turning a blind eye to emerging evidence of the health harms posed by pyrethroids, a widely used class of pesticides linked to developmental delays, endocrine disruption and immune system suppression.

    More than 70% of us have already been exposed, with children facing the highest levels. Now EPA is poised to approve even more pyrethroid products and uses. Sign the petition below and send a message to EPA that this class of pesticide poses too much risk to all of us, and especially to kids.

  • Honey Bee Haven Pledge

    I pledge to protect honey bees and other pollinators by following these pollinator protection principles.

    Guiding Principles:

    1. Protect bees from pesticides. Pesticides kill beneficial insects including pollinators and natural enemies that control common pests like aphids. Certain pesticides, including neonicotinoids, are highly toxic to honey bees in particular. Instead of using pesticides, explore organic ways to grow healthy plants, such as using compost for healthy soil and controlling pests with homemade remedies and biocontrols like ladybugs.

    2. Provide a variety of food for bees. Consider clustered plantings with staggered blooming times so there is food throughout the year and particularly in the late summer and fall.  Native plants are always best, and inter-planting and hedgerows provide additional forage on farms.

    3. Provide a year-round, clean source of water for bees. This can be a river, pond, irrigation system, rainwater collection system or small-scale garden water features. Shallow water sources can provide more than enough water for bees, without creating opportunities for mosquitoes to breed.

    4. Provide shelter for bees. Leave some ground undisturbed and untilled and some dead trees and plants on the property for wild bees to nest in.

     

  • Senator Feinstein, California farmers need you to fight for Fair Farm Rules

    The White House is currently considering a watered-down version of the Fair Farm Rules that does not provide enough protection for small farmers. While poultry producers are still offered protection in this new version of the rules, support for small livestock ranchers has largely been abandoned.

    California family farmers need Senator Feinstein to take a stand for fair food and farming if they're going to stay in business. Call Sen. Feinstein today and urge her to fight for strong Fair Farm Rules.

    Instructions: Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please do both!

    1) Zip: Enter your zip code below to locate Senator Feinstein's phone number.

    2) Call: Phone her and make the points listed below.

    3) Click:
    Then click “submit” to send the followup email, and invite your friends to do the same.


    The Message is Simple:
     “I'm calling to urge Senator Feinstein to support family farmers and ranchers and fight for funding for strong GIPSA rules in the final Agriculture Appropriations Bill, and to reject the rider in the House bill that would kill the rules. Thanks for your time!”

      

  • Transform our food and farm system

     

    Please act today for a chance you have only once every 5 years to truly transform our food and farm system and protect our natural resources through the federal farm bill.

    Once you enter your zip code, the correct names and phones numbers will pop up so you can address your call or email to the appropriate recipient! 

    Instructions: Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please do both! Enter your zip code to find your legislator.

    1)
    By Phone: Phone calls are much more potent! If the line is busy, please leave a brief message on the voicemail.

    2) By email:
    Type your message in the box below, then click on the submit button. Try to put the message in your own words.


    The simple message to address to each representative that appears after you enter your zip code:

    I am a constituent.  I have heard the Agriculture Committees are trying to write the farm bill this week, behind closed doors.   I urge Senator _____/Representative _____ to speak out and oppose any farm bill deal that makes big cuts to conservation and nutrition programs, fails to restore funding for local food and beginning farmer programs, or keeps subsidizing commodity production without strict per farm limits.
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  • Stand up for healthy food & farms

    California needs a Farm Bill that bolsters our health, agricultural industry, economy, and environment, while keeping equity and sustainability at the forefront. 

    We should be leading the nation in supporting small and mid-sized farms, protecting the environment, promoting food safety, ensuring healthy rural economies and improving the nation’s and our state’s health by investing in programs that support more diversified farming and livestock systems, healthy food access, conservation and research.

    PAN has joined forces with partners from across the country to help thousands of Californians make their voices heard to our elected officials on critical food and agriculture issues.

    Congress is about to make key decisions about food and farm policy. Tell Governor Brown and California’s Congressional delegation to stand up for healthy food and healthy farms today!

  • Stop sneak amendment stripping pesticide protections

    Later today, Senators will cast their vote on a bill that includes an end-run around pesticide protections. Please call NOW to tell your Senator to oppose the amendment Senator Pat Roberts (R–Kansas) tacked onto the China currency legislation that would strip EPA’s ability to protect our streams and waterways.

    Raise your voice to protect our streams and our health. Your call will make a difference.

    A Quick Call:  Call your Senator.

    Instructions: Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please do both!

    1) Zip: Enter your zip code below to find your Senator's phone number.

    2) Call: Phone your Senator and make the points listed below.

    3) Click:
    Then click “submit” to send the followup email, and invite your friends to do the same.


    The Message is Simple:
     “I am a constituent and I’m calling to urge Senator ____ to oppose the amendment being considered today that would strip EPA’s ability to protect our waters from pollution. Senator Pat Roberts has introduced this amendment to the China currency legislation. Robert’s amendment would exempt applications of pesticides to waterways from Clean Water Act standards. There is already widespread contamination of our waterways by toxic pesticides, and we cannot rely solely on our weaker pesticide law (FIFRA) to protect those waters. This amendment is bad for public health and bad for our rivers, lakes and streams.”

      

  • Urge your Senator to protect sustainable farming

    The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a green payments program that pays farmers to produce environmental benefits. It is the only program that pays farmers for how they farm instead of what or how much they produce. These green payments are what agricultural policy should look like and we need them now more than ever.

    A Quick Call:  Call your Senator and ask for their appropriations staffer.

    Instructions: Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please do both!

    1) Zip: Enter your zip code below to find your Senator's phone number.

    2) Call: Phone your Senator and make the points listed below.

    3) Click:
    Then click “submit” to send the followup email, and invite your friends to do the same.

    The Message is Simple: “I am a constituent and I’m calling to urge Senator _________ to defend funding for conservation in the Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations bill. The budget should not be balanced in a lop-sided attack on conservation programs and the natural resources that are the foundation of our nation’s prosperity. Please vote against cuts to farm bill conservation programs.”

      

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  • Call on your Senator to protect 'green payments' for farmers

     

    Organic farmerThe agriculture appropriations bill the House of Representatives just passed slashes $1 billion from mandatory farm bill conservation funding and tells USDA to drop the 'Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food' initiative (KYF, KYF).  The House measure would slash programs that support farmers protecting the soil and water on which our nation's future productivity depends.  A provision denying any funding for the KYF, KYF initiative is a direct attack on new farm and market opportunities, rural job growth and public health.

    Join PAN and our National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition partners in a National Day of Action to protest the huge cuts to farm bill conservation programs and prohibitions on support for local food in the House spending bill.  Your Senator needs to hear from you that the federal budget shouldn't be balanced on the back of conservation programs.

     

    Instructions: Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please do both!
    1)
    It’s easy to call:  Enter your zip code in the box below to get phone numbers for your Senators.  Call both of your Senators and ask to speak to the staff member responsible for agriculture.  If the staff member is unavailable leave a message with the receptionist or a voice mail message.   Be sure to identify yourself as a constituent and a farmer or a consumer and to leave a call back number.
    2) Click
    through to send the email as well.


    Message: Tell them the Senate needs to protect farm bill conservation program spending and programs essential to promoting local and regional farm and food systems. Tell them the House agriculture spending bill is short-sighted and unfair.

    Talking points for your call:

    1. The Senate needs to protect farm bill conservation programs from further spending cuts. Conservation programs were cut by $500 million in fiscal year 2011 and the House is proposing an additional cut of $1 billion for fiscal year 2012 to the Conservation Stewardship Program, the Environmental Quality Incentive Program and the Wetlands Reserve Program. These cuts will require USDA to break contracts with farmers who have committed to conservation practices and they are disproportionate to other spending cuts.

    2. Conservation programs are consistently oversubscribed with long waiting lists of farmers wanting to implement conservation systems. Conservation programs are effective - creating jobs while protecting our agricultural capacity for future generations.

    3. Conservation program spending has been slashed while funding for commodity programs remains untouched. If cuts to mandatory funding are to be made, then everything has to be on the table.

    4. The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food initiative (KYF, KYF) provides crucial coordination and public outreach to build new income opportunities for farmers producing for the local and regional markets. These markets are essential to rural economic recovery and cutting KYF, KYF is shortsighted and extreme.

    5. Development of local and regional food systems and markets is a job creator and good policy.

     

  • Call on Governor Brown to pull methyl iodide before any more goes in the ground

     

    Safe Strawberries nowSummer’s here, and it’s been 6 months since cancer-causing methyl iodide was approved for use in California agriculture. It’s only been in the past few weeks, however, that two farms in Fresno County actually used methyl iodide in their fields.

    It’s time to reverse the methyl iodide decision, before any more of this extraordinarily dangerous chemical is used. We’re asking Californians to call the governor’s office this week. Thanks, and let us know how it went!

     

    Instructions: Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please do both!
    1) Call 
    California Governor Brown, using the suggested talking points to get you started. When you submit your zip code below, you will Governor Brown's phone number. Make your call, then;
    2) Click
    through to send the email as well.


    Talking points for your call:

    I am calling about the pesticide methyl iodide, called “one of the most toxic chemicals on earth” by a California scientist that reviewed the chemical.

    Last March, you agreed to reopen the 11th-hour Schwarzenegger approval of the pesticide methyl iodide, but you haven’t yet stopped its use while you reconsider. Meanwhile, 2 farms have used methyl iodide, and soil fumigation season is fast approaching.

    California scientists have determined that there is no safe way to use this chemical in agriculture while protecting public health.

    I urge you to act now to stop the use of methyl iodide in California, and appoint a strong Director as the new head of the Department of Pesticide Regulation who will allow science to guide the policy decision on this dangerous chemical and other pesticide issues in California.

     

  • Stop the Pesticide Industry in its Tracks

     

    LobbyistRight now, behind closed doors in DC, pesticide industry lobbyists are maneuvering to strip critical pesticide protections from federal law. And they think nobody’s watching.

    Let Congress know that quietly exempting pesticides from our nation’s strongest environmental laws is unacceptable.

    Pesticides are mostly regulated under a notoriously weak, industry-friendly law – the Federal Insecticide Fungicide Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). But stronger environmental statutes like the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act also address pesticides in ways that allow for better science, more locally appropriate solutions and less industry influence.
     
    The pesticide lobby therefore wants to keep all regulation under FIFRA, because they know how to sidestep and subvert this statute.

    Let Congress know we're watching. Without public outcry the pesticide lobby may get away with their maneuverings to exempt pesticides from the Clean Water Act this week or next. The Endangered Species Act may be next.

    Your action will be a part of something bigger – a national groundswell of support for stronger protections based on better, independent science.
    Today, PAN, the Center for Biological Diversity and 130+ allied groups sent a letter to EPA to let them know that we want more — not less — protection from pesticides. The citizen groups on this letter represent millions of members from across the country.  

    Thank you for joining us in this national movement to hold the line against pesticide lobbyists, while calling for better science and more – not less – protection. 

    Please use the form below to write to your Congressional representatives.

  • Report your call

    Thank you for taking action and calling your Senator. We want to know how your call went, and what the reaction was. Help us keep the pressure on, report your call below.

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  • Earth to EPA: Bees need help now

     

    Bees in hive Over 1.5 million people around the world have raised their voices on behalf of honey bees – urging officials to take decisive, precautionary action by suspending a suspect class of pesticides (neonicotinoids) known to undermine honey bee immunity.   

    Following the “leaked memo” in December, 20,000+ PAN supporters petitioned EPA to pull clothianidin (a neonicotinoid) until the science supporting its registration is re-done right and in partnership with practicing beekeepers.

    EPA responded, agreeing to move up their review of this family of pesticides and improve the science behind bee decisions (which is good!), while declining to take action on a timeline that will be meaningful for bees or beekeepers. We don’t have the 5+ years it will take for either of these decisions to play out – EPA needs to hear this. Join the global movement to protect bees by signing this petition, and learning more about the issue.

  • Tell your state senator to support the Healthy Schools Act

    School-aged children have higher levels of pesticides in their bodies than any other age group. Here in California, we have an opportunity to do something about it.

    State lawmakers are now considering a simple, cost-effective new law to help public schools and day care centers move away from the use of pesticides. Tell your State Senator to support the Healthy Schools Act of 2011.

  • ¡Exijamos que se prohíba el uso del pesticida carcinógeno en el cultivo de la fresa!

    StrawberriesEl yoduro de metilo, un pesticida utilizado en el cultivo de la fresa, es carcinógeno, induce abortos espontáneos tardíos y contamina las aguas subterráneas. Los científicos lo han llamado “uno de los compuestos químicos más tóxicos en el planeta”.  Sin embargo, la directora de la Agencia para la Protección Ambiental de los Estados Unidos (U.S. EPA), Lisa Jackson, declaró esta semana creer que este pesticida puede usarse de forma segura en los campos de cultivo y que la decisión de su agencia de registrar el uso del yoduro de metilo se basó en una sólida evidencia científica.

    El 17 de marzo, la U.S. EPA inició las audiencias públicas en relación con nuestra demanda legal para suprimir todos los usos de este pesticida.

    La evidencia científica es clara: Este pesticida es demasiado tóxico como para usarse de forma segura. Los fabricantes de agroquímicos continuarán su injerencia. Necesitamos que usted se haga oír en este debate, ¡ya!

    Firme la siguiente petición y pídale a la Administradora Lisa Jackson que se ciña a la evidencia científica y haga lo correcto al prohibir el uso del yoduro de metilo en todo el país.

  • Report you call

    Thank you for taking action and calling your Senator. We want to know how your call went, and what the reaction was. Help us keep the pressure on, report your call below.

  • Call your Senator today to protect green farming


    Organic farmerFunding for organic ag research and green payments for farmers who steward the land is policy that makes sense. Yet commodity and crop insurance subsidies -- the two largest federal agriculture expenditures -- remain untouched. In a year of high farm income, the House has focused its cuts instead on programs that protect the environment, increase economic opportunity, serve beginning and minority farmers, and ensure nutrition for low-income families. For years we have struggled to achieve a fair share of federal farm spending and have made significant strides forward. H.R. 1 sets back our progress by decades. The Senate can turn back some of these cuts, but there is so much at play that our Senators need us to help them focus on what matters most in this battle.

    Instructions: This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, and Congress needs to get it right. Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please do both!

    1) Zip: Enter your zip code below to find your Senator's phone number.

    2) Call: Phone your Senator and make the points listed below.

    3) Click:
    Then click “submit” to send the followup email, and report your call.


    It’s easy to call:

    The message is simple. “I am a constituent of Senator___________ and I am calling to ask him/her to reject H.R. 1, the Continuing Resolution to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011.  H.R. 1 singles out conservation, research, extenstion, and other programs important to sustainable and organic agriculture.  It terminates programs that serve beginning and minority farmers without making any cuts to commodity or crop insurance programs.  If cuts are to be made then everything must be on the table.  Cuts must be fair, equitable and based on the merits of each program.

    Report your call: Tell us how your call went.

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  • Demand justice for tragic farmworker death

    Demand Justice
    Farmworkers do some of the most dangerous, demanding work in the country – and they are explicitly exempt from U.S. labor laws. Pesticide poisonings, child labor, modern-day slavery and death from heat exhaustion remain common occurrences in our fields as a result.

    In California’s Central Valley heat stroke is a particular threat for farmworkers. Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez, a 17-year-old girl, died in 2008 of heat stroke while working in a California vineyard. Her body temperature rose to 108 degrees, and she was pregnant. Her tragic case is far from unusual. In the four years leading up to her death, 10 farmworkers had died of heat stroke in the fields; less than a year later, yet another farmworker died.

    When we allow such human rights abuses to go unnoticed, and unpunished, we invite more of the same. That’s why we’re asking you to ensure that the Maria Isabel’s case be fully prosecuted: to demand justice for her, and to send a clear message to farm labor contractors. Right now, the prosecuting attorney is poised to make a plea deal that would allow those responsible for her death to get off with community service and minimal fines. 

    Please join us and the United Farm Workers in urging District Attorney James Willet to prosecute those responsible for Maria Isabel’s death to the fullest extent of the law. Only when it becomes clear to farm labor contractors and the officials tasked with keeping them in line that the American public will demand justice for the men, women and children on the frontlines of our food system – only then will these abuses become unthinkable.

  • Urge Brown to reverse the methyl iodide decision

    Urge Jerry Brown - no methyl iodide

    In an 11th-hour move, Governor Schwarzenegger's Department of Pesticide Regulation approved methyl iodide for use in strawberry fields. This chemical is a potent carcinogen and neurotoxin. 

    The decision flies in the face of overwhelming public and scientific opposition. Prior to the decision, the DPR saw its largest public comment period ever, with 53,000 comments, most of them urging the state to ban the pesticide. But in the end, lobbying and media campaign by Arysta LifeScience -- the company that manufactures methyl iodide -- persuaded the DPR to put corporate interests ahead of public health. 

    Now is the time to double down. In January, Governor-Elect Jerry Brown will take office, and he will have the power to issue an immediate moratorium on methyl iodide. He can also reconvene the review committee and direct the DPR to actually listen to their scientific recommendations this time. 

    The science on this chemical speaks for itself. Methyl iodide is a known carcinogen, neurotoxin and thyroid toxicant. It induces late-term miscarriages and damages developing fetuses in laboratory animals. Fumigating fields with the gas -- even with the strictest regulations -- would no doubt still result in unacceptable exposures to farmworkers and surrounding populations. 

    DPR approved the chemical despite a report from its own independent panel of scientists declaring that "methyl iodide is a highly toxic chemical and we expect that any anticipated scenario for the agricultural or structural fumigation use of this agent would result in exposures to a large number of the public and thus would have a significant adverse impact to public health."  

    This is a clear instance of corporate influence over-riding science and the public interest. Governor-Elect Brown needs to take a public stance against methyl iodide and make a moratorium one of his first priorities in office.

    *If you have already sigend this petition, please, urge the EPA to rethink its decision on methyl iodide. Sign the petition»

  • Tell chemical industry their profits can’t trump kids’ health

    Baby with bottleThe American Chemistry Council should be ashamed of itself.

    Last week, the heavyweight industry group killed a common sense, bi-partisan effort to ban the controversial chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) from baby bottles and children's drinking cups. This, despite strong science linking kids’ exposure to the chemical with a range of health effects later in life, from breast cancer to infertility and diabetes.

  • Please prioritize Safe Strawberries

    Safe Strawberries nowOn December 1, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) let industry pressure trump science and registered methyl iodide, a strawberry pesticide that causes cancer and late-term miscarriages. With 90% of the nation's strawberries coming from California, this is a national issue.

    Now is the time to send a clear message to incoming California Governor Jerry Brown. Tell him that Californians and people across the nation expect him to protect scientific integrity and public health by banning methyl iodide.

  • Take the Pledge! Commit to vote.


    Pledge to voteAcross the country, there’s a lot on the line. In New Hampshire, a law protecting kids from pesticides in schools hangs in the balance. In California, the oil industry is trying to take down our climate change law at the ballot box. And on Capitol Hill, the potential for real progress on chemicals, health and immigration is in jeopardy. The stakes are high.

    Commit to vote. Plain and simple. And urge your friends & family to do the same. No matter where you live or what’s on your local ballot, your vote will make a difference.

     
     
     

  • Protect Farmworker Health in CA

    Farmworkers

    Governor Schwarzenegger has before him a bill that will immediately and significantly improve a farmworker safety program by requiring laboratories that test for overexposure to certain pesticides to report results to relevant state authorities. This bill provides a simple, cost-effective solution to strengthen the current medical supervision program and prevent pesticide poisonings among California’s farmworkers – upon whom the state’s $39 billion agriculture industry depends.        

    In 1974 California established Medical Supervision Program for monitoring farmworkers who handle organophosphate (OP) and carbamate pesticides so that workers and their employers can act to eliminate the exposures before poisoning occurs. Thirty-five years later, it is impossible to judge this program's effectiveness – are workers really being protected? – because it requires no reporting of test results to agencies who would make that determination. AB 1963 would fix this.

    The Farmworker Health Bill is an easy request and would bring this program up to par with reporting for such things as childhood lead exposure and communicable diseases.     

    Californians, please let the Governor know that our state's farmworkers deserve this simple, yet important protection. Click below to send the letter or, better yet, call. It’s more effective and easy. Phone: (916) 445-2841

  • Urge EPA to ban endosulfan now, not in six years


    Six years too manyIn June, we celebrated when EPA agreed that endosulfan is too dangerous to use, and the U.S. would join the 60+ other countries that have already banned the persistent, toxic chemical. Now we the agency has announced its plan to let some users keep spraying the antiquated chemical for up to six more years

    Sign PAN’s petition today telling EPA that six years is too long to wait. The agency is now taking comments on its plan, and they need to know concerned citizens want a fast track phaseout of endosulfan.

     
     
     
  • Call TODAY to Protect Children from Pesticides at School!

    Key Sacramento representatives have the opportunity to block the registration of methyl iodide in California during the next two days. They need to hear from you in order to take action. Tell them that our health and water are too important to compromise with a chemical that causes cancer, late–term miscarriages and “chronic, irreversible brain damage.”

    Call the following California Senators and Assemblymembers and tell them to stop methyl iodide.

    Instructions: Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please do both!
    1) Call 
    California Senators and Assemblymembers, using the suggested talking points to get you started. When you submit your zip code below, you will see Senators and Assembly members phone number. Make your call, then;
    2) Click
    through to send the email as well -- when the email form asks you to select an issue area, choose "??????????????".


    Talking points for your call:

    I am calling to ask AssemblymemberX, SenatorX to ensure that the Governor is not able to register methyl iodide for use as a soil fumigant in California agriculture. As you consider the budget of the Department of Pesticide Regulation, we urge you to ensure the Governor is unable to register toxic methyl iodide.

    As a resident of California, I am extremely concerned about the health and environmental effects of this toxic chemical and believe it is the responsibility of the senate and of the DPR to protect me and my family from such poisonous substances. Although I support the decision to phase out methyl bromide, I don’t think replacing one dangerous chemical with another upholds this responsibility in any way, especially when alternatives exist. From farms like Swanton Berry to strawberry giants like Driscoll, farmers know how to grow strawberries and other fruits and vegetables without toxic fumigants.

  • Thanks Senator Feinstein for taking action


    California Senator Dianne Feinstein is taking a stand on methyl iodide. Now’s the time to say “thank you,” and to re-double our efforts in pushing for EPA intervention.

    Citing cancer and thyroid toxicity concerns, as well as “the opposition of hundreds of leading scientists,” Feinstein has called on the EPA to reconsider the agency’s 2007 decision to approve methyl iodide. Federal intervention and action on this extraordinarily toxic new pesticide is necessary and appropriate – there is just too much at stake.

    Please join us in supporting Sen. Feinstein’s decision to do the right thing.

    (NOTE: Only California Residents Can Thanks Senator Feinstein)

  • Urge Support for Strong New Toxics Law

    Pass TSCALast week, leaders in Congress proposed a new law that will protect children from persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemicals (PBTs), now and for generations to come. To keep this strong bill moving forward, lawmakers from across the country need to hear from you today

    PBTs are toxic, build up in our bodies and are nearly impossible to control. A strong new law on toxics will move us one step closer to protecting future generations. Urge your Representative to co-sponsor the Toxic Chemical Safety Act.

    NOTE: If Mr. Waxman or Mr. Rush is your Representative, please change the letter below, inserting language thanking them for their important leadership!

  • Strengthen the Safe Chemicals Act

    Pass the Safe Chemicals ActThe Safe Chemicals Act of 2010 is moving through Congress right now, and it could turn our 30-year-old “innocent until proven guilty” approach to toxic chemicals on its head. The proposed bill is a huge step forward – but it’s not yet strong enough.

    To protect future generations, the new law must direct EPA to take swift action on persistent, bioaccumulative toxic chemicals (PBTs). These chemicals can last for years in the environment and build up in our bodies over time.  PBTs have been linked to cancer, infertility, diabetes and many other chronic diseases. Most can be passed from mother to child during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

    The sooner we act, the sooner children will be born free of these long-lasting pollutants.
     

    Instructions: This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity, and Congress needs to get it right. Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please do both!

    1) Zip: Enter your zip code below to retrieve Representative Waxman's phone number.

    2) Call: Phone Representative Waxman and make the points listed below.

    3) Click:
    Then click “submit” to send the followup email, and invite your friends to do the same.


    Talking points for your call:

    • >> I want to express my support for the Safe Chemicals Act of 2010, and urge you to make it strong enough to protect future generations.

    • >> Specifically, I urge you to support strong language prioritizing action on persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic (PBT) chemicals in the new law.

    • >> PBTs are inherently unsafe. They persist in the environment for many years - often decades. They build up in the food chain, and can pass from mother to child during pregnancy. And they are highly toxic, often at very low levels of exposure. Many health effects from low-level exposure are long term, sometimes even appearing in the next generation.

    • >> I urge you to take action on PBTs, as your international colleagues have done through the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants. It’s time to protect the today’s communities and tomorrow’s children from dangerous chemicals. Let’s get our house in order on PBTs.

  • Stop methyl iodide

    No to methyl iodideMethyl iodide is a chemical so toxic that is handled under extreme care in scientific labs, and used to induce cancer cells in lab experiments. Yet the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) proposes to use methyl iodide as a pesticide on strawberries and other crops. Don't let corporate pressure trump science. Email DPR today and insist they listen to their own scientists, and reject this toxic chemical for California agriculture.

  • 24 hours to stop methyl iodide. Please call now.

    Key Sacramento representatives have the opportunity to block the registration of methyl iodide in California during the next two days. They need to hear from you in order to take action. Tell them that our health and water are too important to compromise with a chemical that causes cancer, late–term miscarriages and “chronic, irreversible brain damage.”

    Call the following California Senators and Assemblymembers and tell them to stop methyl iodide.

    Instructions: Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please do both!
    1) Call 
    California Senators and Assemblymembers, using the suggested talking points to get you started. When you submit your zip code below, you will see Senators and Assembly members phone number. Make your call, then;
    2) Click
    through to send the email as well -- when the email form asks you to select an issue area, choose "??????????????".


    Talking points for your call:

    I am calling to ask AssemblymemberX, SenatorX to ensure that the Governor is not able to register methyl iodide for use as a soil fumigant in California agriculture. As you consider the budget of the Department of Pesticide Regulation, we urge you to ensure the Governor is unable to register toxic methyl iodide.

    As a resident of California, I am extremely concerned about the health and environmental effects of this toxic chemical and believe it is the responsibility of the senate and of the DPR to protect me and my family from such poisonous substances. Although I support the decision to phase out methyl bromide, I don’t think replacing one dangerous chemical with another upholds this responsibility in any way, especially when alternatives exist. From farms like Swanton Berry to strawberry giants like Driscoll, farmers know how to grow strawberries and other fruits and vegetables without toxic fumigants.

  • 24 hrs to stop methyl iodide. Please call now.

    Key Sacramento representatives have the opportunity to block the registration of methyl iodide in California during the next two days. They need to hear from you in order to take action. Tell them that our health and water are too important to compromise with a chemical that causes cancer, late–term miscarriages and “chronic, irreversible brain damage.”

    Instructions: Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please do both!

    1) Call 
    California Senators & Assemblymembers, using the suggested talking points to get you started. When you submit your zip code below, you will see Senator & Assembly members' phone numbers. Make your call, then;

    2) Click
    through to send the email as well.


    Talking points for your call:

    I am calling to ask [Assemblymember/ Senator X] to ensure that methyl iodide is not registered for agricultural use in California. As you consider the budget of the Department of Pesticide Regulation, we urge you to ensure the Governor is unable to register toxic methyl iodide.

    As a resident of California, I am extremely concerned about the health and environmental effects of this toxic chemical and believe it is the responsibility of the senate and of the DPR to protect me and my family from such poisonous substances. Although I support the decision to phase out methyl bromide, I don’t think replacing one dangerous chemical with another upholds this responsibility in any way, especially when alternatives exist. From farms like Swanton Berry to strawberry giants like Driscoll, farmers know how to grow strawberries and other fruits and vegetables without toxic fumigants.

  • Time to tackle persistent chemicals

    Time to tackle persistent chemicalsPersistent chemicals are toxic, build up in our bodies and are nearly impossible to control. Many states have already taken action on these chemicals, and countries around the world created an international treaty to get them off the planet.

    The prestigious President’s Cancer Panel recently confirmed what PAN and our partners have long known: We are exposed to too many chemicals that cause cancer, and something must be done. Tell your Senators to support language in the Safe Chemicals Act that gives EPA strong power to protect us from persistent chemicals.

  • Tell Obama DDT is no “Silver Bullet” for malaria

    Bednet in AfricaEvery day, children still die of malaria - a devastating disease that is both preventable and curable. Sadly, efforts to invest in real solutions are often derailed by a small, fringe group of interests promoting DDT as a "silver bullet" for malaria control. These are the same people denying climate change and defending Big Tobacco; they must be stopped.

    Tell President Obama that the President's Malaria Initiative must invest in safe solutions to malaria, not increase reliance on DDT. Sign by April 22nd and we'll deliver the petition to mark World Malaria Day. Sign the petition below.

     

     

  • Say ‘No’ to GE crops in foreign aid

    Protesting GM foodsContact your senators and urge them to oppose the Global Food Security Act until the GE crop clause is removed. As written, the Senate bill is a stealth giveaway to corporations like Monsanto in the name of feeding the world's poor.

  • Urge EPA to "think again" on methyl iodide

    Strawberry workersScientists from across the country have completed a rigorous review of the evidence on methyl iodide. Their report: "adequate control of human exposure would be difficult, if not impossible."

    Methyl iodide is a water contaminant, nervous system poison, thyroid toxicant and is known to cause cancer. "A chemical used to create cancer cells in laboratories has no place being broadcast into the environment near where people live, work and play," said Ed Zuroweste, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Migrant Clinicians Network. "Our communities are not lab rats."

    Tell U.S. EPA to follow the science and re-evaluate the carcinogen methyl iodide. Sign the petition below.

     

     

  • Roll back corporate control of the food system

    Corporate influence in food systemRight now a handful of companies control most the food we eat. Decades of bad farm policy, unchecked market consolidation and undue corporate influence over science have left agribusiness giants with unprecedented power over our food system. Monsanto is the worst of the worst -- bad news for both farmers and consumers. Now, after years of lax government oversight, the Obama Administration has indicated a willingness to look into the problem.

    The Department of Justice is specifically seeking comments and stories about how corporate control affects average people. Your voice really matters!

    Directions: The more personalized you make your letter, the bigger your impact will be. The DOJ wants to hear about how you experience Monsanto’s bad corporate behavior. Below are some themes you might elaborate on. We have also provided a customizable letter template below. Your comment can be short and informal; don’t worry about spelling out the connections too precisely. The important thing is to express from your own experience what most concerns you or how you've been affected by corporate consolidation in the food industry. Be honest and speak from your heart.

    Themes you might include:

        • Just one company, Monsanto, controls the majority of seeds in the US, and regularly threatens farmers who don't buy its seeds.

        • What's in our food, anyway? And why aren't there decent labels telling you where it grew, what chemicals are on it, and if it's genetically modified?

        • There is a "revolving door" of personnel between corporate lobbyists and government regulators. No wonder corporations aren't held to strict standards.

        • Prices are rising at the supermarket, but you've heard that farmers are struggling -- and big food companies have made record profits this year.

        • Food is grown and raised in ways that are terrible for the environment, with methods that pollute the water, poison the soil, and threaten our long-term food security.

  • Tell Governor to nix new carcinogen

    Gov. SchwarzeneggerPAN has been working hard these last six months to stop methyl iodide in its tracks. If California decides to reject this carcinogenic and extraordinarily hazardous new pesticide, EPA will reconsider the Bush-era decision to register it nationally.

    You can make a big impact by calling Governor Schwarzenegger today. California’s pending decision on methyl iodide will determine whether or not a new, highly hazardous pesticide is widely used in American agriculture for years to come.

    Instructions: Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please do both!
    1) Call
    Governor Schwarzenegger, at (916) 445-2841 and use the suggested talking points below to get you started.
    2) Click
    through to sign the petition as well.


    Talking points for your call:

    "Hello, my name is ____, and I'm calling from ____. I am very concerned about the possible introduction of the cancer-causing chemical methyl iodide into use on California farms"

    “I understand that more than 50 scientists from around the country urged EPA not to approve methyl iodide in agricultural fields because it is so highly toxic."

    “I also know that a panel of scientists from around the country is now finalizing their review of the potential health hazards of using of methyl iodide as a pesticide, and have already expressed serious concerns about the chemical."

    “Please protect California’s workers and communities by making the right choice: Say NO to methyl iodide."

    "Thank you.”

  • Tell Governor to nix new carcinogen

    Gov. SchwarzeneggerPAN has been working hard these last six months to stop methyl iodide in its tracks. If California decides to reject this carcinogenic and extraordinarily hazardous new pesticide, EPA will reconsider the Bush-era decision to register it nationally.

    You can make a big impact by calling Governor Schwarzenegger today. California’s pending decision on methyl iodide will determine whether or not a new, highly hazardous pesticide is widely used in American agriculture for years to come.

    Instructions: Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please do both!
    1) Call
    Governor Schwarzenegger, using the suggested talking points to get you started. When you submit your zip code below, you will see the Governor's phone number. Make your call, then;
    2) Click
    through to send the email as well -- when the email form asks you to select an issue area, choose "Food and Ag Issues/Concerns".


    Talking points for your call:

    "Hello, my name is ____, and I'm calling from ____. I am very concerned about the possible introduction of the cancer-causing chemical methyl iodide into use on California farms"

    “I understand that more than 50 scientists from around the country urged EPA not to approve methyl iodide in agricultural fields because it is so highly toxic."

    “I also know that a panel of scientists from around the country is now finalizing their review of the potential health hazards of using of methyl iodide as a pesticide, and have already expressed serious concerns about the chemical."

    “Please protect California’s workers and communities by making the right choice: Say NO to methyl iodide."

    "Thank you.”

  • Tell Governor to nix new carcinogen

    Gov. SchwarzeneggerPAN has been working hard these last six months to stop methyl iodide in its tracks. If California decides to reject this carcinogenic and extraordinarily hazardous new pesticide, EPA will reconsider the Bush-era decision to register it nationally.

    You can make a big impact by calling Governor Schwarzenegger today. California’s pending decision on methyl iodide will determine whether or not a new, highly hazardous pesticide is widely introduced in American agriculture for years to come.

    Instructions: Please submit your zip code below to retrieve Governor Schwarzenegger's phone number. Then us the talking points below.

    Political insiders tell us that one phone call is worth dozens of emails. Please call Governor Schwarzenegger’s office today using the phone number to the right and the talking points below. Then click through to send the email as well.

    Talking points for your call:

    “I am very concerned about the possible introduction of the cancer-causing chemical methyl iodide into use on California farms.

    “I understand that more than 50 scientists from around the country urged EPA not to approve methyl iodide in agricultural fields because it is so highly toxic.

    “I also know that a panel of scientists from around the country is now finalizing their review of the potential health hazards of using of methyl iodide as a pesticide, and have already expressed serious concerns about the chemical.

    “Please protect California’s workers and communities by making the right choice: Say NO to methyl iodide.

    Thank you.”

  • Stop Siddiqui in the Senate

    Islam Siddiqui – a former pesticide lobbyist and vice president for CropLife America – is still on track to be confirmed as the U.S. Trade Office’s Chief Ag Negotiator. He will likely pass through committee this week to a full Senate vote. After that, his confirmation could happen within hours.

    We have to act this week to derail Siddiqui’s nomination. If one person calls their senator for every ten that signed the petition, we will have succeeded in making the “revolving door” between industry and government much squeakier than it’s been in a long time. Can you be the one person who picks up the phone? 

    Call your Senator today and urge him/her to take a stand against Siddiqui and “agribusiness as usual.”

    DIRECTIONS:  After you enter you zip code, your Senator’s information -- with telephone number -- will appear to the right. When you hit "submit" at the bottom it will also send emails to your respective Senators.

    Below is a sample call script:


    Hello! My name is [your name] and I am from [city]. I am a constituent of Senator [your Senator].

    I am calling to ask Senator [your Senator] to oppose the appointment of Islam Siddiqui to the position of Chief Agriculture Negotiator at the US Trade Representative’s Office.

    Siddiqui is a perfect example of the “revolving door” between Big Ag and government. He is too beholden to corporate interests to serve the best interests of people, farmers, workers and the environment.

    Does Senator [your Senator] support Siddiqui’s nominations?  [If yes:] Will s/he consider withdrawing her/his support?  [If no] Would s/he be willing to make a statement reflecting our concerns on the Senate floor?

    When would be a good time for me to follow up with you regarding the Senator’s position on Siddiqui?  [Set a specific date and make sure you actually follow up.]
     
    Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today.


  • Get pesticide pollution out of CA’s air

    In a last-minute reversal, California regulators have abandoned their commitment to clean the San Joaquin Valley’s air and protect public health from pesticide air pollution. But we can seek enforcement of that commitment through the budget if we act now.

    Call on Governor Schwarzenegger >> Urge him to protect farmworker and community health by enforcing pesticide air pollution laws via the state budget.

    In 1994 and 1996, the CA Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) promised to meet requirements to reduce emissions from smog-forming pesticides by 20% below 1990 levels in the Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley, Ventura, Southeast Desert and South Coast air basins. In their final regulations though, DPR backtracked and only reduced smog-causing volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from pesticides by 12% in the San Joaquin Valley instead of the 20% that they promised.

    Currently, a part of the state budget called a “trailer” requires enforcement of 20% reductions in the San Joaquin Valley. The Governor needs to hear from you today that he should support this budget trailer and protect the health of Californians.

    Take Action Now! Call or email Governor Schwarzenegger today and urge him to support the budget trailer that provides the San Joaquin Valley equal protection of a 20% reduction in pesticide VOC emissions.

    Call Governor Schwarzenegger at (916) 445-2841

    Sample phone script:   “Hello, My name is [your name] and I live in [your city]. I am calling to ask the Governor to sign and support the budget trailer that requires a 20% reduction in pesticide VOC emissions in the San Joaquin Valley. This is a critical measure to ensure that existing laws to protect public health are properly enforced. All Californians deserve to breathe clean air. Thank you.”

    Email the Governor

  • Tell U.S. Senate it's time to ratify the Stockholm Convention

    Now is the time. The United States must join the community of nations working to protect the health of children, the environment, and future generations.

    Take Action Now! Tell Senate Foreign Relations Committee leaders John Kerry and Richard Lugar to spearhead the effort to ratify the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), the global treaty that eliminates toxic chemicals that scientists around the world agree are too dangerous to have on the planet.

    By ratifying the Stockholm Convention, the United States will finally join the 164 nations that are already implementing the treaty. At a recent treaty meeting in Geneva, our country was yet again on the sidelines as key decisions were made.

    POPs chemicals break down slowly in soil, air, water and living organisms, and persist for years in the environment. They concentrate in the food chain, building up in the tissues of all living creatures, including humans. And they can cause serious health effects, including reproductive and developmental illnesses, nervous system disorders, cancers and hormone disruption.

    Sign the petition today. Tell Senators Kerry and Lugar to lead the way to a healthier future, by protecting our children from persistent and toxic chemicals.

    Thank you for taking action!

  • CA’s environmental health office is on the budget block

    Californians have less than a week to save our state’s most vigilant and vital environmental health agency.

    CA’s small and science-driven Office of Environmental Health Hazards Assessment (OEHHA) is a unique breed: this state office has an international reputation for following the science in evaluating the health effects of chemicals in our air, water, food and soil – whatever the political fallout.

    Act Now! Tell state legislators that OEHHA is too small, and too vital to cut.

    “At $8.3 million, OEHHA’s budget is so small that the costs of re-allocating its workload would very nearly offset any savings. The proposed cut is therefore mysterious if considered on its own merits,” explains PAN Senior Scientist, Margaret Reeves. “It's a political move based on OEHHA’s history of actually doing its job.”

    OEHHA was the first agency in the world to declare secondhand smoke a breast carcinogen, and on May 29 OEHHA will begin considering the listing of 38 chemicals under California's Proposition 65, including five pesticides (dicofol, methoxychlor, permethrin, tetrachlorvinphos, and triclosan). Such actions put the office at odds with industry ranging from big tobacco to Dow Chemical. OEHHA has also kept its parent regulatory agency, California EPA, honest by insisting upon science-based risk assessments.

    Join us in rallying to save OEHHA. Send an email to California’s Budget Conference Committee, asking them to save OEHHA in their June 2nd meeting.

    Thank you for taking action to protect California’s environmental health for generations to come.

  • Keep methyl iodide out of California

    California should be leading the way in safe and sustainable agriculture -- not losing ground.

    For the first time in many years, California's Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is considering adding a new fumigant to its list of pesticides approved for agricultural use.  Methyl iodide has been approved nationally, rejected by New York, and is now up for review in California.

    Methyl iodide is a known carcinogen so dangerous that over 50 scientists -- 5 of them Nobel Laureates -- sent a letter to the EPA expressing astonishment that the US is "working to legalize broadcast releases of one of the more toxic chemicals used in manufacturing into the environment."

    As the largest market for this new chemical, California's choice will send a clear signal to methyl iodide's manufacturer, and the EPA has indicated that California's decision will have an impact on national use. Now is the time to stop methyl iodide in its tracks.

    Sign the petition today! Join thousands of people asking state officials to hold the line in California by refusing to register methyl iodide.

    Your name will be added to the following petition letter. Thank you!

  • 24 hours to influence POPs treaty meeting!

    Tell Sec. Clinton to lead the charge against persistent pesticides

    Protect Future Generations

    Urge Secretary Clinton to strengthen U.S. leadership on persistent chemicals at Stockholm Convention meeting this week in Geneva.

    We’re on the ground in Geneva, Switzerland right now pushing to get lindane and other persistent organic pollutants (POPs) banned under the Stockholm Convention. The news from Geneva: U.S. delegates aren’t stepping up, and they need to.

    “The U.S. delegates just aren’t showing the kind of leadership we expected under the new administration,” reports PAN’s Karl Tupper. “We had hoped they would use their influence to block proposed loopholes and exemptions that undermine the treaty’s effectiveness.”

    Take Action Now! We’ve got 24 hours to make a difference that will last. Tell Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that the U.S. must be a leader in the global effort to protect children and future generations from dangerous persistent chemicals.

    The Stockholm Convention targets an entire class of chemicals for global elimination because they persist in the environment, build up in the bodies of humans and other animals, and travel the globe on wind and water currents. These chemicals can be passed from mother to infant during pregnancy and breastfeeding, putting future generations at risk. They accumulate at alarming levels in the Arctic region, contaminating traditional foods of Indigenous communities – an immediate threat to both the health and culture of families throughout the Arctic.

    Despite not being party to the treaty, the U.S. has a leadership role to play in pressing for rapid action on the nine new chemicals being considered for addition under Stockholm. 

    Sign the letter today! We’ll deliver it Friday.
    Decisions made now in Geneva will determine whether - and how quickly - the global community will act to protect children from these chemicals. Strong U.S. leadership will make a difference.

  • Tell U.S. to support safe malaria solutions

    Nearly a million people die every year from malaria, most of them African children. April 25th is World Malaria Day, an annual event that brings global attention to the plight of families suffering from this devastating – and preventable - disease. To mark the day in the U.S., PANNA brought together public health and environmental experts to urge the President’s Malaria Initiative to support safe solutions to malaria control, and move away from spraying pesticides like DDT inside people’s homes.

    Take Action Now! – Tell Rear Admiral Tim Ziemer, leader of the President’s Malaria Initiative, that the U.S. must support malaria control programs that don’t put children’s health at risk.

    The U.S. will spend an estimated $5 million over the next three years to support the indoor spraying of DDT in African malaria control programs. African experts from eleven countries met earlier this month in Tanzania, and expressed “serious concern” about the increased use of DDT for malaria control – an increase that defies the Stockholm Convention’s mandate to shift to safer alternatives and eventually stop all DDT use worldwide.

    Studies show that DDT is especially dangerous to infants and children, even at very low doses. This antiquated pesticide is a neurodevelopmental and reproductive toxin, and has been linked to low sperm count in men, certain forms of cancer, and diabetes. Safer and more effective alternatives exist, and are being used around the world. These engage communities in controlling mosquito larva, distributing bed nets, and finding and treating malaria cases early and well.

    Send your email today! Your voice can help convince the President’s Malaria Initiative to shift spending away from spraying pesticides inside people’s homes.

    Thank you for taking action to protect children in Africa to mark World Malaria Day.

  • PAN ALERT: Honey Bees Need Your Help

    Protect bees from pesticide exposure!

    Bees pollinate a third of our food, but bee colonies are collapsing because of parasites and pesticide exposures.  Tell EPA to protect honey bees!

    Every third bite of food we take is produced with honey bee help. They pollinate a third of our food, but bee colonies are collapsing, and their populations are plummeting because of parasites and pesticide exposures.

    Take Action Now! Tell EPA to protect honey bees from a toxic pesticide.

    The pesticide imidacloprid is highly toxic to honey bees. Despite EPA’s recognition of this fact, the agency approved imidacloprid’s use in 1994. France banned several uses of imidacloprid in 1999 over concerns about its effects on bees, but here in the United States imidacloprid is still used heavily on many crops pollinated by honey bees, including broccoli, blueberries, carrots, grapefruit, cucumbers and avocados.

    EPA is currently undergoing a mandatory review of its approval of imidacloprid, but the agency's work plan lacks crucial details on how it will assess risks to bees, and this review isn’t scheduled to be complete until 2014. In the meantime, high-risk uses of imidacloprid will continue to threaten honey bees.

    EPA is accepting public comments on this phase of the project through March 17th.

    Please email now!
    Tell EPA to protect honey bees that feed us all.

    Join PAN and NRDC in urging EPA to act decisively and quickly to protect honey bees and other pollinators from high-risk uses of imidacloprid. By signing below, you’ll encourage the agency to strengthen its plans for risk, toxicity and exposure assessments.

  • PAN ALERT: Tell Florida Governor Crist to Take a Stand Against Slavery!
    Protect California Farmers!

    7 slavery cases in 10 years and the governor's office shows no sign of taking action. Urge Governor Crist to use the full power of his office to end modern-day slavery in Florida fields.

    In December, the Department of Justice wrapped up yet another farm labor slavery case in Florida -- the seventh such case in ten years.

    Take Action Now! Tell Governor Crist to take a stand against modern-day slavery.

    This most recent case involved well over 1,000 workers. Yet, when a reporter called Governor Crist's office about it, the governor declined to comment and instead passed the call off to the spokesperson for Florida's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Terrence McElroy, who -- not once, but twice -- implied that one slavery case per year is somehow no cause for alarm.

    By signing below, you'll join farmworkers and consumers from across Florida and the U.S. in telling Governor Crist that now is the time to end slavery in Florida's fields.

    The letter calls on Governor Crist to publicly condemn modern-day slavery and to demand that the Florida Tomato Growers' Exchange stop trying to nullify agreements between the Coalition of Imokalee Workers and leading fast-food and supermarket purchasers of Florida tomatoes. These hard-fought agreements improve farmworker wages and address the working conditions that provide the fertile soil in which slavery takes root.

    Add your voice to this call and send a message to the governor today!  Thank you for taking action!

  • PAN ALERT: Stop Vilsack's Confirmation as Secretary of Agriculture

    Despite articulate and energetic pleading from over 75,000 food and sustainable agriculture activists, Tom Vilsack, former Governor of Iowa, has been tapped as the next U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. The move surprised many, as Vilsack was apparently dropped after the Obama transition team received a flood of comments and petition signatures from groups including the Organic Consumer Association (OCA), the Food Democracy Now! coalition and PAN activists calling for a progressive pick who would lead change at this critical juncture in U.S. food, farming and forestry policy.

    While Vilsack has promoted respectable policies with respect to restraining livestock monopolies, his overall record is one of aiding and abetting Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), or factory farms, and promoting genetically engineered crops and animal cloning. Equally troubling is Vilsack's support for unsustainable industrial ethanol production, which has already caused global corn and grain prices to skyrocket, literally taking food off the table for a billion people in the developing world.

    PAN is joining with Organic Consumers Association to call on all concerned citizens to join our call to action and block Vilsack's confirmation as the next Secretary of Agriculture. Please help us reach our goal of 100,000 petition signatures against Vilsack's nomination.

  • Support Reducing Pesticide Usage in the Lafayette, Orinda, Walnut Creek, Mt Diablo and Acalanes School Districts

    Please sign the following petition to be delivered to the School board.

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  • PAN ALERT: Tell EPA to stand firm on fumigants

    Update: The subsmission period expired October 30, 2008.

    US EPA is under pressure to weaken proposed regulations to protect farm workers and rural communities from fumigant exposure.

    Take Action now! Tell EPA we want the highest safety precautions for fumigant pesticide use and a timeline to phase out fumigants. Don’t let the agrochemical industry undermine the new regulations!

    In July 2008, after three years of deliberation, EPA proposed new rules for five highly toxic fumigant pesticides. While the proposed rules fall short of fully protecting people and the environment, they are a giant leap forward in reducing risks of exposure to these dangerous chemicals.

    Fumigants are among the most toxic pesticides in use today, drifting into schools and homes in rural communities and threatening the health of farm workers. Exposure has been linked to birth defects, cancer, Parkinson’s disease and acute poisonings. Fumigants are used in large quantities to sterilize soils before planting -- an archaic tool of chemically-reliant industrial agriculture, the antithesis of soil-nurturing sustainable farming.

    Sign PAN’s petition today – Please sign the petition by Tuesday, October 28 to demand that EPA stand firm on fumigant rules as an important step toward safer farming. 

  • Keep Methyl Iodide out of California

    Strawberry workersScientists from across the country have completed a rigorous review of the evidence on methyl iodide. Their report: "adequate control of human exposure would be difficult, if not impossible."

    Methyl iodide is a water contaminant, nervous system poison, thyroid toxicant and is known to cause cancer. "A chemical used to create cancer cells in laboratories has no place being broadcast into the environment near where people live, work and play," said Ed Zuroweste, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Migrant Clinicians Network. "Our communities are not lab rats."

    Tell U.S. EPA to follow the science and re-evaluate the carcinogen methyl iodide. Sign the petition below.

     

     

  • PAN ALERT: Ask California's Governor to reduce pesticide smog!

    In May we asked you to sign a letter to US EPA, urging the agency to stand firm on reductions of smog-forming pesticides that cause air pollution and poison communities. We need your help again to take the campaign to Governor Schwarzenegger.

    The federal Clean Air Act requires that these pollutants be reduced. Yet the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is trying to put off complying with the law by underestimating emissions, delaying timelines and proposing dubious technical fixes.

    Take Action Now! Sign on to a letter to Governor Schwarzenegger by June 25, urging him to stand firm on reductions of smog-forming pesticides!

    To comply fully with the Clean Air Act, DPR must reduce smog-forming (or volatile organic compound, VOC) emissions from agricultural pesticides. However, DPR is vastly underestimating the steps necessary to achieve these emissions and clean our air.

    Air pollution from smog damages lung tissue, exacerbates asthma, reduces lung capacity, increases respiratory and cardiovascular hospital admissions, and increases school and work absenteeism. Pesticides are the third largest contributor to smog in Ventura and the fifth largest contributor to smog in the San Joaquin Valley. California communities deserve to breathe clean air.

    Act Today: Demand that California takes strong steps immediately to clean California’s air from pesticide air pollution!

    Add your name to the letter below by Wednesday, June 25. We will deliver the letter to the governor. Thank you!

  • PAN ALERT: New Bhopal fax action!

    The 2008 march and demonstration for justice by survivors of the 1984 Bhopal pesticide factory disaster has reached a critical stage. Arriving March 28 in New Delhi after walking 500 miles from Bhopal, they have camped out asking to meet with India's Prime Minister. Political pressure and media coverage is building. Your support is needed again to get the Prime Minister to act.

    Send a new fax to the Prime Minister today: Send a fax by responding to this e-mail, demanding that Prime Minister Singh take real action now.

    In February and March, PAN activists like you joined concerned people around the world in sending thousands of postcards and faxes to India's Prime Minister. If you already sent a fax or postcard, thank you! This is a new fax: we're asking you to act again. A council of Indian ministers has agreed to pressure Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take action; your fax will add to the momentum.

    Each day brings more pressure. Families from Bhopal arrive by train with their children, suffering from birth defects linked to the contamination from the explosion. On May 5, as they approached the Prime Minister's home, 80 were arrested and released, including 52 mothers and children. Their request is simple and fair: that promises given by PM Manmohan Singh after the 2006 march -- for medical care, rehabilitation, clean water and a clean up -- finally be met.

    Sign to send this free fax today: You can add pressure on the Prime Minister to make good on his promises.

    After you press send, your message will be queued to Bhopal.net's web-to-fax system for delivery! Thank you for supporting the people of Bhopal!

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  • PAN ALERT: Tell Michigan lawmakers to protect children from lindane!

    A new Michigan law being considered next week would protect children from exposure to shampoos and lotions containing the pesticide lindane. We need your help to be sure lawmakers pass this legislation.

    Act today: Tell your state legislator to protect children from lindane!

    Lindane is a known neurotoxin that can cause seizures, damage the nervous system, and weaken the immune system. Exposure to this organochlorine insecticide may also cause cancer and disrupt hormone systems.

    Lindane products to control lice and scabies have been banned in California since 2002, with no adverse effects. Legislation promoting similar protections from lindane is moving forward in several other states, and the Michigan bill, which would require that lindane only be used under the supervision of a physician in his or her office, is scheduled to come before state legislators later this month.

    Email today! Tell Michigan lawmakers to pass HB4569. Send your email before April 29 when the Committee on Great Lakes and the Environment will begin hearings on the bill.

    A recent report on the California ban of lindane shampoos and lotions found that health professionals don’t miss lindane products, and lindane no longer contaminates California waters.

    Lindane is no longer used on pets or in agriculture, and the chemical has already been banned in more than 50 countries, including most recently Mexico. The long-lasting pesticide is now being targeted for global phaseout under an international treaty called the Stockholm Convention. Effective alternatives to lindane are clearly available.

    Thank you for taking action!

  • PAN ALERT: Ask Congressmembers to support justice in Bhopal!

    Pressure is building on India's government to meet the demands of Bhopal survivors who have marched to New Delhi. Your postcards and faxes have helped bring the issue forward. Now Congressmember Frank Pallone (D-NJ) has asked his colleagues in the House of Representatives to sign a letter to India's Prime Minister, strongly supporting justice for Bhopalis and corporate accountability.

    Email your Representative today
    : Please write your member of Congress and ask her or him to add their signature to Representative Pallone’s letter -- it will be sent to Prime Minister Singh on May 30.

    The survivors marched 500 miles from Bhopal to New Delhi, arriving March 28. They have been demonstrating peacefully for almost two months, camping in heat and rain. Their appeals and several arrests have generated worldwide attention and support. A Council of Ministers has pledged action, and there is movement in the Parliament to establish a commission on Bhopal and hold Dow Accountable for cleanup of the 1984 Union Carbide plant explosion. Still, the Prime Minister refuses to meet with the survivors.

    A strong showing at this juncture from the US Congress will add substantial pressure on the Prime Minister to meet with the Bhopal survivors.

    Ask your Representative to sign the Bhopal letter now: We only have until early Friday, May 30, to get Representatives to sign on! Your email will go immediately to your Member of Congress.

    Thank you for supporting the people of Bhopal!

  • PAN Activists Name their Priorities for an Obama Agenda

    On November 5th, hundreds of PAN Activists weighed in to share priorities for the new administration. We are inspired by your suggestions and gather strength from your urgency to press for real change.

    Here’s what you’ve told us you want from a new administration:

    • A transition to low input, sustainable and organic food production -- a food and farming system that feeds people, slows climate change and creates jobs.
    • Commitment to protecting the health of farmworkers, farm neighbors and children -- and animals and ecosystems -- by warning about the hazards of pesticides, requiring notification of their use, while pushing for reduction and bans of harmful pesticides and toxins.
    • Prioritization of human and environmental health over corporate profits by reigning in transnational corporate power, and restoring scientific integrity to decisions on toxins.

    In other words, as one PAN Activist said, we need to be “pressuring the powers that be so that the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe are free of poisons.”

    President-elect Obama has yet to select one critical appointee who will have the authority to shepherd these priorities into the realities of our lives: the Secretary of Agriculture.

    Please email today to share your priorities with the presidential Transition Team. Tell President-Elect Obama’s team your expectations for key values and experience that the Secretary of Agriculture should hold. You may simply submit the sample language PAN has developed, or, for more impact, customize your message before sending.

    Please tell a friend to do the same.

    Thousands of emails have already shifted Obama’s thinking on who the Secretary of Agriculture should be. Make sure your voice is heard.

    Thank you for taking action at this critical time,


    Kathryn Gilje, Exective Director

  • Urge DPR to stop the backpedaling on regulations to reduce pesticide smog!


    On November 28th the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) released new draft regulations to address smog-forming pesticides. The draft regulations seriously backpedal on DPR’s promise to reduce smog-forming pesticides in the five air basins across the state- especially in the San Joaquin Valley. DPR is cheating Californians out of their right to breathe clean air and avoiding real use reductions of smog-forming pesticides.  Voice your opposition in writing by Jan 15th and in person at the public hearings January 12th in Bakersfield and January 14th in Sacramento.

    Take Action Now! Demand DPR to comply fully with the Clean Air Act by reducing the use of smog-forming pesticides.

  • WA Residents: Protect Your State's Environmental Health Services


    Governor Gregoire has proposed massive cuts to the Department of Health and Poison Center pesticide programs, while imposing almost no cuts to entities supported by the agrochemical industry. Up for elimination is Washington's Pesticide Incident Reporting and Tracking (PIRT) Panel, despite the fact that the program costs almost nothing to run and is nationally recognized as a model program.

    PIRT was created by the Washington State Legislature to address issues of health and environmental impacts from pesticide use and misuse. Gregorie's proposed cut of the program is clearly a political move that undermines worker and community health protection under a false pretense of fiscal necessity.
     
    ACT NOW! Tell the Governor that health and human services are too important to be sacrificed!
     
    Proposed cuts will also halve the staff at Department of Health's Pesticide Program. Staff do critical work in the lab and in the field: they conduct pesticide incident interviews, toxicology research, sampling, gathering medical and spray records, and writing reports including the PIRT report. Staff also work with growers and applicators to prevent accidental poisonings. With this huge cut they will be unable to deliver essential services including investigations of pesticide exposure incidents.
     
    The Governor also proposes to reduce funding for the Washington Poison Center by 50%, hindering vital services in pesticide poisoning treatment and referrals to DOH.
     
    Act Today!  Your message will be sent directly to Governor Gregoire and your local legislators.

  • PAN ALERT: Protect CA Farmers from Monsanto-style harassment

    California's first act to protect farmers from lawsuits and intimidation by corporations promoting genetically engineered crops is close to becoming law. In January, with your help, AB541 passed the State Assembly with an overwhelming majority. Next week it is going to a vote by the full Senate. 

    Act Today!  Tell your Senator to protect California farmers: vote YES on AB541.

    AB541 will shield farmers against frivolous lawsuits by biotech seed companies that intimidate and harass those who have not been able to prevent the inevitable drift of pollen or seed from genetically engineered plants. The law will level the playing field for farmers accused by Monsanto and other agriculture biotechnology corporations of contract violations, discourage the practice of biotech companies sampling crops without explicit permission from farmers, and litigation based on unverifiable testing results. 

    Please e-mail your Senator no later than August 25. The letter below will automatically be sent to your Senator. 

    Thank you!

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  • Tell the Governor: No budget trick on pesticide smog!


    In the mid 1990’s, California regulators promised to adopt regulations that would reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from pesticides by 20% below 1990 levels in five air basins by 2005. With the current budget impasse, Republicans are demanding a roll-back in these standards by trying to amend the California state budget legislation. Instead of 20% reductions the budget trailer would lower reductions to only 10% in Ventura and 12% for all other air basins.

    Act Now! Urge Governor Schwarzenegger to reject this trailer on the state budget. The health of millions of Californians should not be a budget compromisie.

    Pesticides are one of the largest contributors to smog in the San Joaquin Valley and Ventura County, and a major contributor in the Southeast Desert.
     
    Pesticides are highly toxic, causing many farm worker and community poisonings, and VOCs from pesticides contribute to smog and formation of fine particulate matter. The only guaranteed way to reduce pesticide-related smog, particulate matter and toxic emissions is to reduce pesticide use.
     
    Ozone pollution -- commonly called smog -- is a summer time pollutant that damages lung tissue, exacerbates asthma, reduces lung capacity, increases respiratory and cardiovascular hospital admissions, and increases school and work absenteeism. Fine particulate matter is a winter time pollutant that exacerbates asthma and causes death in people with heart or lung disease.
     
    Act Today!  Voice your opposition to this budget trailer and demand that the state legislature protect our health. Californians deserve to breathe clean air.

    Thanks for taking action!