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"A partnership ethic means that women and men can work together as equal partners; it means that nature is still active and a subject, but in equal interaction with humanity. It tries to bring the pendulum back to a dynamic that’s rooted in the relationship between people and the environment, between men and women, between minorities and whites.

I believe that a partnership ethic is one way of getting to where we need to be. A new narrative that is not the death of nature and not mechanistic science but one of a sustainable partnership with nature and between human groups is part of the social reconstruction that is required. Over the next half century, I think we’re going to see something new emerging.

We’re in a global ecological crisis now, which has been apparent for at least the last quarter-century. My hope is that by the middle of the 21st century, we will have a different set of assumptions about production, reproduction, ecology, and consciousness that will constitute a global ecological revolution.”

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Fighting pesticide drift, farmers in Delaware get tool to work together — NewsWorks 

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APRIL 18, 2014
Fighting pesticide drift, farmers in Delaware get tool to work together

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Fighting pesticide drift
A screenshot of the DriftWatch website shows sites across the United States, including Delaware. DriftWatch lets small farmers share their location and crop types with users who might be spraying pesticides nearby. (Image courtesy of DE Department of Agriculture)Hide captions
Laura Benshoff

The Delaware Department of Agriculture has a new tracking tool to stop pesticide drifts between the field of different farms. The tool, called DriftWatch, aims to keep Delaware’s 500,000 acres of crops safe — and even to prevent disputes between neighbors.

Drifting pesticides can cause costly problems, said Dan Shortridge, chief of community relations with the department.

"If there’s a small organic orchard next to a larger farm that applies synthetic pesticides, the drift may damage the orchard in some way. And those crops," he said.

The Delaware Department of Agriculture investigates five to 10 cases of pesticide drift every year. Farmers found guilty receive fines up to $2,500, must pay damages to other farms, and may even lose their pesticide-spraying licenses.

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Onondaga Nation Files Second Historic Land Rights Case | Onondaga Nation 

On October 15, 2013, the Supreme Court denied that petition,” added Joe Heath. “Therefore, no further remedy is available for the Onondagas in the United States court system. As a United States citizen working on behalf of the nation, this saddens me as the case’s merits were never heard in court.”

The response from the U.S. courts bars the Nation from any domestic remedy for these treaty violations, and refuses the Nation any chance to articulate the violations of New York State dating back to the late 18th Century.

“The federal courts’ inherently discriminatory ruling refused to consider the merits of our case,” said Chief Hill. “Our claims for relief arise from violations of treaty protected land rights. The court ruled that our actions are too old and “inherently disruptive” and, therefore, cannot be considered. We believe that the actions of New York State continue to be disruptive to the people of the Onondaga Nation.”

The ultimate purpose of the Onondaga Nation in the assertion of its land rights is to enable the Nation to maintain its culture and way of life, and to protect the earth and its environment for all inhabitants of central New York. The Nation’s Land Rights Action has not been disruptive.

“The Nation is asking to continue the healing process between themselves and others who live in the region,” added Joe Heath. “The Nation is searching for positive ruling that would allow them to continue its role as an environmental steward of the land and waters it once conserved for centuries.”

In its petition to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Onondaga Nation demonstrates that the denial of any remedy for the taking of their land and the treaty violations are a human rights violation under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man, and other international agreements.

Chief Hill stated, “A positive result for the Onondaga Nation at the OAS could establish a framework to resolve the ongoing dispute and offer a case study for indigenous peoples barred access to justice by the U.S. court system. And begin the healing process.”

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