Earthjustice released a new report focusing on the wide-spread use of chlorpyrifos in the United States and how the country is exposed to this pesticide through drinking water, food, and air. This report documents the location and amount of chlorpyrifos usage in the United States, as well as the dangerous health effects associated with exposure.
With the Racial Equity Executive Order (13,985), the USDA has an opportunity not only to address the remnants of decades of past discrimination, but also to revise programs and policies in a manner that will proactively advance racial equity.
We urge USDA to prioritize projects that leverage private, federal, and local funding, produce the greatest public benefit, or create the greatest prioritization for supply chain projects that offer multiple health, economic, social, and environmental benefits. Additionally, we urge USDA to dedicate significant resources to ensuring that grants are accessible, flexible, and minimize barriers to participation.
Improving the health of New York’s soils will increase farm productivity, protect natural resources, reduce the contributions of farming on climate change, and help build resilience to the impacts of climate change on the agricultural system