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Farmworkers and their families, who are predominantly low-income and majority Latino, bear the brunt of poisonings from pesticides and pesticide drift.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
From the Experts February 29, 2024

Harvesting Equality: Addressing Historical Injustices to Foster a Resilient Agricultural Future

Black farmers resiliently confront legacies of bias amid contemporary climate challenges.

An industrial hog facility in North Carolina. Hog feces and urine are flushed into open, unlined pits and then sprayed onto nearby fields. The practice leads to waste contaminating nearby waters, and drifting as "mist" onto neighboring properties.
(Photo courtesy of Friends of Family Farmers)
Press Release February 15, 2024

Coalition of Groups Submits Comments Urging EPA to Require Industrial Animal Feeding Operations to Report their Dangerous Air Pollution

Requiring animal feeding operations to report their toxic emissions of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide will help community members better protect their health

A farmworker harvests strawberries in Salinas, California. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release February 2, 2024

130 Agriculture Researchers and Academics Urge Congressional Leadership to Support Robust Climate Research Funding in the 2024 Farm Bill

The joint letter calls for secured support of the vital USDA Climate Hubs

Document January 16, 2024

Academic Letter: Climate Hubs to Ag Congress Leadership

We, the 130 undersigned academics and researchers, implore Congress to prioritize the codification of this program under the Farm Bill and ensure its consistent annual appropriations.

Press Release December 19, 2023

Clorpirifos, Pesticida Neurotóxico Previamente Prohibido, Nuevamente Permitido en Nuestros Alimentos

Se permitirá a Gharda y a la agricultura industrial vender y utilizar clorpirifos para la temporada de cultivo de 2024

More than half of all apples in the U.S. were sprayed with chlorpyrifos, a pesticide considered too toxic for residential use. (Lance Cheung / USDA)
Press Release December 19, 2023

Chlorpyrifos, Previously Banned Neurotoxic Pesticide, Again Allowed on Our Food, Despite Known Harms

Gharda and industrial agriculture will be allowed to sell and use chlorpyrifos for the 2024 growing season

A honey bee alights on a cherry blossom in Stockton, California. Bees and other insects face a global extinction crisis.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release: Victory December 13, 2023

Federal Appeals Court Rules Use of Antibiotic as Citrus Pesticide Is Unlawful, Vacates EPA Approval

The decision protects the health of farmworkers who would otherwise face heightened risk of antibiotic-resistant infections, pollinators, and imperiled species

From the Experts November 29, 2023

Feds Can Fight Climate Change by Buying the Right Food

President Biden’s new directive is an exciting opportunity to leverage the federal government’s tremendous purchasing power to help curb dangerous climate change. It is imperative that food procurement be included.

The Rockaway Youth Task Force community garden in Queens, NYC. (Jeenah Moon for Earthjustice)
Press Release November 22, 2023

Earthjustice Statement: NY Governor Hochul Vetoes Community Gardens Protection Bill

New York’s community gardens continue to lack legal protections, despite the benefits they provide to communities

The FDA received an outpouring of comments from the public voicing concern about phthalates, harmful chemicals used in food packaging and processing equipment.
Update November 6, 2023

It’s Time to Ban These Toxic Chemicals from Our Food

Phthalates have no place in our homes or bodies.

feature November 2, 2023

What You Need To Know About Chlorpyrifos

The neurotoxic pesticide harms children and the environment.

More than half of all apples in the U.S. were sprayed with chlorpyrifos, a pesticide considered too toxic for residential use. (Lance Cheung / USDA)
Press Release November 2, 2023

In Shocking Decision, 8th Circuit Sends Chlorpyrifos Food Use Ban Back to EPA

Children will yet again be in harm’s way as EPA reconsiders the food ban

Document November 2, 2023

8th Circuit Chlorpyrifos Decision (Nov 2023)

The 8th Circuit’s decision vacates the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule that revoked all tolerances for chlorpyrifos, thereby banning the use and presence of the neurotoxic pesticide on the foods we eat.

Document October 27, 2023

NMSU Letter to USDA Climate Hubs

The USDA Climate Hubs advance industry research and development, bridging the gap between scientific discovery and practical application. We implore the codification of this program under the Farm Bill.

Document October 16, 2023

Fact Sheet: Protect Climate-Smart Agriculture Funds in IRA

Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) funding is specifically allocated for projects that help fight climate change. The USDA’s conservation programs are in high demand because farmers know these programs will help keep their farms running long-term. Congress must preserve IRA conservation funding for programs that reduce emissions and help farmers withstand extreme weather events.

Document September 29, 2023

Gardeners Letter to NY Gov. Hochul: Preserve Community Gardens (S.629-A/A.4139-A)

Community gardeners from across New York State urge Governor Kathy Hochul to sign S.629-A/A.4139-A into law, which would help to ensure that community gardens continue to promote sustainability, advance equity, and strengthen New York communities for generations to come, and make clear to New Yorkers that they can and should increase the resilience and vitality of their neighborhoods by investing in community gardens.

Document September 29, 2023

Joint Supporter Letter to NY Gov. Hochul: Preserve Community Gardens (S.629-A/A.4139-A)

Organizations from across New York State urge Governor Kathy Hochul to sign S.629-A/A.4139-A into law which would support community gardens by requiring the New York State Community Gardens Task Force to assess whether community gardens on publicly owned land are eligible for designation as Critical Environmental Areas (CEAs) and to recommend CEA designation for eligible gardens.

Pasture with clover and other native prairie grasses which provide a more robust environment. (Brad Zweerink / Earthjustice)
From the Experts September 28, 2023

Debunking Myths: The Real Impact of the Inflation Reduction Act on Farmers

Senator Stabenow isn’t budging on protecting IRA funding for climate & agriculture programs; and neither are we.