The Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA) and the Agribusiness Development Corporation’s (ADC’s) failure to limit pesticide exposure disproportionately harms Native Hawaiians in West Kauai and on Molokai, who live in great numbers and proportions near spraying operations. These pesticides pollute the air, soil and water resources that these communities rely upon.
HDOA requires no buffer zones between large-scale pesticide spraying operations and schools.
If you’ve ever had kids in preschool or daycare, you know they’re going to get sick. In those early years, kids are still learning about personal hygiene and germs spread fast. So we do our best to keep schools clean while we teach our kids how to cover their sneezes, wash their hands, wipe their noses and learn the good sanitation habits that will keep them healthy. If they get sick, we treat them.
What we don’t do is put antibiotics in their morning cereal to ward off disease.
Happy Sea Otter Awareness Week! As zoos and aquariums across the country educate the public about otter conservation, it’s important to remember that otters are an essential part of California’s coastal ecosystems, on top of being charismatic little mammals. Once numbering almost 16,000, the California sea otter’s three-year population average was just 2,792 in 2012.
In April, 20-year-old Destiny Watford became the youngest recipient of the prestigious 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize for grassroots activists. Watford organized a student and community movement to oppose the nation’s largest trash-burning incinerator, planned for her neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland. Energy Answers, the project backer, applied for government subsidies, claiming that the incinerator would be a source of clean energy.
It’s that time of year again, when the leaves turn brilliant shades of gold and red, the weather turns crisp and Starbucks customers eagerly await their turn in line for the first pumpkin spice latte of the season.
UPDATE: After a successful inaugural Run4Salmon event in 2016, the Winnemem Wintu are initiating the next steps to bring their salmon back, including collecting DNA samples of the genetic descendants of their salmon in New Zealand. Learn more and contribute to their fundraiser to hire the biologists to complete this work in July 2017. The next Run4Salmon will take place September 9th-23rd, 2017.
This is a guest blog by Jeannie Economos. She is the Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health Project Coordinator for the Farmworker Association of Florida, which includes coordinator of the Lake Apopka Legacy Project and the Lake Apopka Farmworker Memorial Quilt Project.
Editor's Note: On September 14, Bayer purchased Monsanto for $56.5 billion, the largest corporate takeover of 2016. Bayer is a multinational chemical and pharmaceutical company hoping to expand its reach into agribusiness.
Just as rising temperatures support the view of the vast majority of scientists that manmade climate change is happening now, with grave consequences, the rising number of judicial vacancies supports the view of many experts that political obstruction has risen to record levels. The consequences of that obstructionism are also quite serious.
The waste management system in many U.S. cities stinks! We’ve created a waste disposal and management system that sanitizes the truth about what really happens after our trash is picked up—we simply toss it and forget it.