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Jan 21, 2021
As Minnesota is one of the states in which PAN does on-the-ground campaign work, we send out regular updates on PAN and partners' work in Minnesota and beyond — from pesticide-related science to opportunities to take action. If you'd like to receive these updates via email, sign up here. Hello and Happy New Year from the PAN Minnesota Team! I hope you found time and ways over the holidays to connect with your community, family and friends. During the pandemic, it’s harder to do but it’s so important to feel the love that motivates our activism and reminds us that we are... Read More
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Rob Faux
Jan 14, 2021
This is the time of year on our farm that we reflect on our past growing season and consider the take-aways we can use going forward. We work hard to accept the lessons that came with failures and resolve our feelings connected to loss. We also highlight the things that went well, and give them equal footing to provide ourselves a healthy balance for the future. We combine the knowledge of our experience with the picture we have painted for ourselves of what the perfect growing season on the very best version of our farm would look like. This future vision is our guiding star that helps us... Read More
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Jan 14, 2021
In a huge win for small farmers and Native communities, Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador closed out 2020 by issuing a decree that will phase out the use of the herbicide glyphosate and genetically modified (GM) corn in the country by 2024. Glyphosate on the chopping block This official decree comes after the President’s August 2020 announcement that the country planned to phase out glyphosate gradually, citing that an immediate ban would impact food output. The order was activated on January 1, 2021, and gives private companies until January 2024 to replace glyphosate with... Read More
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Rob Faux
Dec 21, 2020
Iowa is one of the states in which PAN does on-the-ground campaign work.  We send out regular updates on PAN and partners' work in Iowa and beyond — from pesticide-related science to opportunities to take action. If you'd like to receive these updates via email, sign up here. As we approach the end of the current year and the beginning of a new one, I hope we are all able to engage in the process of renewal. This is the time of year on our farm that we reflect on our past growing season and consider the take-aways we can use going forward. We work hard to accept the... Read More
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Zoe Hollomon
Dec 21, 2020
As Minnesota is one of the states in which PAN does on-the-ground campaign work, we send out regular updates on PAN and partners' work in Minnesota and beyond — from pesticide-related science to opportunities to take action. If you'd like to receive these updates via email, sign up here. Greetings from the PAN Minnesota team! As a woman of color doing food and environmental justice organizing work, I’m at a lot of policy tables and coalition conversations with white-led organizations. These days they are often asking “How do we begin to address racial inequities in our food... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Dec 18, 2020
Content warning: This blog post contains discussion of suicide. A recent systematic review of unintentional acute pesticide poisonings found that an estimated 385 million farmers and farmworkers are poisoned every year around the world. That’s about 44% of the global population of 860 million people working in agriculture. Fatalities were also estimated, and found to be around 11,000 annually. This is the first global estimate of unintentional pesticide poisonings done since 1990.  Historically undercounted The World Health Organization estimate from 1990 relied mostly on hospital... Read More
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Dec 17, 2020
Over the last four years, this administration’s EPA has dealt numerous low blows to public and environmental health when it comes to pesticides — from reversing the planned ban of the brain-harming pesticide, chlorpyrifos, to keeping crop-damaging dicamba on the market.  And, in the last days of Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s tenure, the agency is up to the same old tricks, gifting the pesticide industry with one last (we hope) favor, by approving continued use of paraquat, the most deadly herbicide used in the country today. Quite literally deadly Paraquat, manufactured by the... Read More
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Rob Faux
Dec 16, 2020
The season of paperwork, repairs and planning starts at our farm during the weeks immediately following Thanksgiving. It is also the point when we have a little more time to interact with other farmers. This is our opportunity to talk about successes, failures and future plans with people who have the experience to appreciate what we do. This year, the selection of the new Secretary of Agriculture has taken a significant amount of space in our farmer discussions. At present, it seems that former Secretary Tom Vilsack will serve once again. While many who are tracking this appointment are... Read More
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