Beach Volleyball Duo Wins Environmental Honor
Gustafson, Feldman Recognized For Eliminating Herbicides Across Campus
For their work in reducing herbicides on UC Campuses, Cal beach volleyball junior Bridget Gustafson and alumna Mackenzie Feldman were named as two of the 17 Bay Area Environmentalists Making A Difference by Make it Better Media. The honor is awarded annually to "the local Bay Area heroes working to preserve our environment, to protect our health, and to face the reality of climate change head-on."
Celebrating Earth Day, Stonyfield Organic Furthers Mission To Remove Harmful Chemicals Where Children Play;
BY STONYFIELD ORGANIC| April 22, 2019
Reveals 6 Non-Profit Organizations to Receive Grants to Help Educate around Pesticide Use on Parks and Fields
StonyFIELDS #PlayFree Grassroots Donations recipients selected: Geared toward 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations looking to take their community education and advocacy efforts to the next level, Stonyfield Organic also earmarked $50,000 to be given out based on selected project proposals. The first six non-profit groups to receive these funds are: Friends of Casco Bay, Midwest Grows Green at the IPM Institute, Grassroots Environmental Education, Inc., Herbicide Free UC, Bee Safe Minneapolis and Beyond Pesticides Ohio.
Initiative to make UC Davis herbicide-free gains momentum
Grounds department already taking steps to minimize herbicide usage.
The ASUCD Environmental Policy and Planning Commission (EPPC) is making progress towards making UC Davis a herbicide-free campus. This initiative follows in the footsteps of the Herbicide-Free Cal campaign, which started after two UC Berkeley volleyball players discovered the use of Monsanto’s RangerPro on the field surrounding their volleyball courts in 2017.
OP-ED: ORNAMENTAL CAMPUS, AT A COST
USD STUDENT MEDIA
BY MICHELLE GILMORE-GRIER| April 4, 2019
How many hazardous chemicals are required to maintain one of the most beautiful campuses in USA?
Noting with concern the amount of chemicals used on university campuses, some students are stepping up to the plate. Finding that the chemicals used at the University of California, Berkeley were hazardous, especially to young women of reproductive age, for example, two female student athletes pursued the issue. The result is that UC Berkeley is now a “pesticide-free” campus. A number of fore-thinking colleges and universities are following suit, if they hadn’t already done this themselves. There thus now appears to be a network of campuses together working on minimizing the use of industrial chemicals.
Inspiration for your New Year: Bay Area Women Reflect on Environmental Highlights
Read on… the 2018 environmental highlights shared below by three Bay Area women are sure to give you the motivation you need to own your 2019 environmental goals and aspirations.
Taking on Toxics
Communities are waking up to the hidden threats of pesticide use and building momentum to do something about it. A movement is brewing on college campuses, too, tapping into concerns among students. My former intern, Mackenzie Feldman, is one of them.
Campus Group Hosts Panel to Discuss Harmful Effects of Herbicides
Herbicide-Free Cal hosted a panel discussion about the effects of herbicides, with speakers including Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, the plaintiff in the recent Johnson v. Monsanto lawsuit.
My Fight For Justice
REAL FOOD MEDIA
BY TIFFANI PATTON AND MACKENZIE FELDMAN | November 19, 2018
Wednesday’s event, “My Fight For Justice,” featured Lee Johnson alongside UC Berkeley Integrative Biology professor Tyrone Hayes and Planting Justice Educator Diane Williams. The three had an “organic conversation” around what this landmark trial means for the fight to put health over corporate profit, and discussed how to get toxic chemicals not only out of public spaces but out of our food system as well.
Cancer Case Plaintiff Continues Crusade Against Monsanto
BERKELEY (KPIX) — A Bay Area man who won a groundbreaking lawsuit against Monsanto spoke out in Berkeley Wednesday night after accepting a reduced award in court.
Dewayne “Lee” Johnson, the Bay Area man who took on Monsanto and won, spoke publicly in the U.S. for the first time since his trial ended and said the fight isn’t over yet.
“Mr. Johnson is courageous. He is kind,” said Mackenzie Feldman, the co-founder of the activist group Herbicide-Free Cal. “I feel very grateful to call him an adviser to this campaign.” Still in litigation, Johnson is now working with Herbicide-Free Cal, the group that brought him to speak on the UC Berkeley campus.
Finding Her Place
BY JONATHAN OKANES | June 11, 2018
Feldman, one of the first beach-only recruits to come to Cal, was part of the Bears' regular playing rotation for each of her first two seasons in Berkeley. All the while, Feldman took a deep interest in a handful of causes on campus – most notably the herbicides that were being sprayed in many of the grasses. Working with environmental leaders on and off campus, Feldman has been an enormous enabler of change, leaving a legacy that most student-athletes – or students, period – can't match.
Mackenzie Feldman & Bridget Gustafson Are a Part of “The Next Generation of Activists”
FOOD AND WATER WATCH
Developing dedicated, well-informed and civically engaged youth is integral for the success of Food & Water Watch’s long-term vision for a just, equitable and sustainable future. Through volunteering, internships and community actions, these future leaders build skills while working for a better world.
Mackenzie Feldman Authors Foreword for A Toxic Education
BY MARK DOO | May 17, 2017
A happy, healthy, five-year-old girl develops a frightening disorder. Her parent’s anxious search for the cause leads them to her school, one of the most prestigious in the country, and the alma mater of the forty-fourth president of the United States. They unveil a health risk to thousands of children and desperately work to protect them and their daughter while facing a clueless, slow moving institution, and an apathetic community.
A Toxic Education reveals the struggle of a family to discover, reveal and educate their daughter's school, the most prominent private college prep school in Hawaii, about the multiple pesticides they used on campus. Pesticides kill by affecting the neurological system of insects and there is scientifically documented risk of toxicity to humans. Doo and his wife did succeed in pushing the school to stop using pesticides and adapt a program of Integrated Pest Management, IPM, using herbicides and fungicides only. Later, in 2006 the school was awarded recognition as the "#1 Green School in America" by the National Geographic Society in part due to the same IPM program.
Banning UC Berkeley’s use of herbicides from courts to campus is a must
As the No. 1 public university in the world, UC Berkeley has set the standard in so many aspects for what academic institutions should aspire to. Becoming an herbicide-free campus is yet another opportunity for UC Berkeley to make a statement about the social responsibility that they have for human health and the environment. This issue hits close to home, literally, and I encourage you to join me, as I am not going to stop fighting for a safe learning environment until UC Berkeley becomes herbicide-free.