Petition from Pesticide Action Network about Corona Virus

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

As a food website, I am concerned about how our food is grown and also about farmers who work hard to put food on our tables, so this petition is important for me…and I hope to you, also. ellensue

Federal aid must support farmers, not corporations.

Dear Readers,

Across the country, people are mobilizing to support those most in need during the COVID-19 public health crisis. Farmers, food workers, and farmworkers — many of whom are risking their health to keep our food system going without adequate health, safety, and financial protection — are pressing for direct aid.

The CARES Act relief package recently passed by Congress authorized billions in agricultural aid, to be distributed by the US Department of Food and Agriculture (USDA). The problem? Congress didn’t tell USDA how to distribute the funds, and right now, agency officials are making critical decisions about who will receive these funds. We’ve got to take action, now.

There’s no time to waste. Urge USDA to ensure aid reaches farmers who are providing food to local and regional markets, and goes to actual producers — not corporate agribusinesses.

USDA must distribute funds equitably by targeting those most impacted by the coronavirus, and support should be delivered simply and accessibly. Further, we must ensure aid goes to independent farmers feeding their communities, not corporate industry players.

We know that many of those who are on the front lines of harmful impacts from industrial agriculture (like pesticides!) are also on the front lines of coronavirus harm.

Many farmers lost their markets when schools and some farmers markets shut down. Local food markets are especially critical for beginning farmers, farmers of color, and low-income farmers — populations who often market locally to diversify their income while feeding their communities.

USDA must act to protect farmer livelihoods in the midst of this public health crisis. Take action to ensure federal aid supports farmers, today.

Thanks for all you do.


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Pesticide Action Network North America

Berkeley, CA | Minneapolis, MN
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Pesticide Action Network (PAN)

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

NOTE: Just received this petition in my email and it is a “prequel” to the information about United Farm Workers, which will post in a couple of days, since many of the fields in which the farmers harvest are sprayed, so they, and perhaps their children, are exposed to deadly pesticides. Consider signing this petition.

EPA, chlorpyrifos has got to go

Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt failed to uphold a planned ban of the brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos.

But with Pruitt’s resignation, and new administrator Andrew Wheeler at the helm of EPA, there’s another chance to apply pressure and achieve a national ban on chlorpyrifos, once and for all.

Urge EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler to put children and farm worker health over corporate profits or partisan policies, and ban chlorpyrifos immediately.

Scientists have known for many years that chlorpyrifos damages children’s developing brains — reducing IQs, changing brain architecture and increasing risk of learning disabilities and disorders.

Still, an estimated eight million pounds of this neurotoxic insecticide are used every year in the U.S. Residues are on our food, and drift from agricultural fields puts farm workers at risk and impacts the health of those living, working and playing nearby.

Tell EPA today to follow their own scientists’ recommendation and ban chlorpyrifos.

Thank you for all you do.

Take Action

Pesticide Action Network North America

Berkeley, CA | Minneapolis, MN
510.788.9020 | |
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