Guest Blogger

Kristin Schafer

Kristin Schafer

Kristin Schafer, M.A. (Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies) is is a Senior Policy Strategist at Pesticide Action Network (PAN) and the Lead Author on several PAN reports, including Chemical Trespass: Pesticides in our Bodies and Corporate Accountability (2004) and Nowhere to Hide: Persistent Toxic Chemicals in the U.S. Food Supply (2005), and A Generation in Jeopardy: How pesticides are undermining our children’s health & intelligence (2012). She has also authored several reports on the fumigant pesticide methyl bromide.

Before joining PAN, Kristin worked for the World Resources Institute’s Sustainable Agriculture program, as a communications specialist for the U.S. EPA, and as an agro-forestry extension officer with the Peace Corps in Kenya. She came to PAN in 1996 (soon after her daughter was born) and was inspired by the dedication of PAN staff and partners in the U.S. and around the world.

She now focuses on the intersection of pesticides, children’s health, and policy issues. She writes often on the topic for PAN’s GroundTruth blog and for She has two children who keep her busy, grounded, and highly motivated to build a healthier future.

For more from Kristin and PAN follow @KristinAtPAN and @pesticideaction and Like Pesticide Action Network on Facebook.


Blog Posts by Kristin Schafer

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    Let’s Start a National Conversation about Protecting Kids from Pesticides

    It’s a fact. Kids today are sicker than they were a generation ago, and pesticides are part of the reason why.

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  • Pesticide-free Schools – Inside & Out!

    Pesticide-free Schools – Inside & Out!

    All across the country, many states and school districts have decided that pesticide-free schools are better for children’s health – and that doesn’t mean schools are overrun with bugs or playing fields full of weeds! Below are just a handful of the many examples – highlighted in the new report A Generation in Jeopardy– of […]

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  • Top 10 Ways to Protect Kids from Pesticides

    Top 10 Ways to Protect Kids from Pesticides

    Last week, Pesticide Action Network released A Generation in Jeopardy, an easy-to-read — but deeply disturbing — report that highlights the latest science linking pesticides and children’s health harms.

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    Reduce Pesticide Use at Home – and Then Do More

    New evidence from researchers across the country shows that pesticides are harming our children. As a mother of two teenagers, I know we can take steps at home to reduce our family’s pesticide exposure. The food we eat, how we control bugs in our backyard garden, what we do about that line of ants that […]

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    New Report Shows Children Are Sicker and Pesticides Are One Reason Why

    Today’s children are less healthy than they were a generation ago, and science shows that pesticides are contributing to the trend. This is the core finding of a new report from Pesticide Action Network, A Generation in Jeopardy.

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