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Paul Towers
Paul Towers is Media & Organizing Director at Pesticide Action Network

Entries by Paul Towers

Your (Not So) "Bee-Friendly" Plants

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 5:53 PM

2014-06-26-honey_bee_nectar.jpgBee-harming pesticides in our lavender and daisies? In the same week that an international body of scientists released a comprehensive global assessment of the harms of pesticides to bees, a new report shows that these very same pesticides are found...

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A Narrow Loss, But GE Labeling Is on Its Way

(3) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 10:28 AM

2014-06-12-GTGElabelingsign_0.jpgTwo. That's the number of votes a bill to label genetically engineered (GE) foods recently fell short of in the California Senate. And not for lack of trying, or lack of public support. A powerful coalition of moms, farmers, businesses...

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Don't Mess With Kaua'i

(1) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 1:41 PM

2014-02-26-imageshawaii300.jpgResidents of Kaua'i are holding their ground against pesticide corporations. And, as we've learned time and time again, they won't be bullied by the likes of BASF, Dow, DuPont Pioneer and Syngenta.

Late yesterday, a group of island residents, PAN and Surfrider...

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Monsanto Money Buys WA Election

(8) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 12:51 PM

2013-11-08-mosantobuysdemocracy300.pngThis is NOT what democracy looks like. In a replay of California's narrowly defeated labeling initiative last fall, a handful of corporations effectively bought Washington state's election to label genetically engineered (GE) foods.

In the face of impressive grassroots support...

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Kaua'i Triumphs Over Pesticide Corporations -- Again!

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2013 | 3:34 PM

2013-11-20-GT_Bill2491Supporterswin.jpgOn Saturday, the small island of Kaua'i prevailed over the world's largest pesticide and genetically engineered (GE) seed corporations.

In the face of fierce industry opposition and political drama -- including a mayoral veto, secret text messages, intimidation from the State and...

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Will California Save the Bees?

(9) Comments | Posted October 28, 2013 | 12:26 PM

2013-10-25-beealert300.jpgLast week I sat through a long hearing in the California legislature, all about bee declines. By the end, I was both excited and frustrated. As I noted in my closing comments at the hearing, California can and must

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"Bee-friendly" Plants? Think Again

(7) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 2:25 PM


Honey bees are up against a lot these days, no thanks to a lack of action from EPA. And new data adds to the growing list of concerns for pollinators: home garden plants that come pre-treated with bee-harming...

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