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Jul 30, 2018
Small farmers, farmworkers, Indigenous Peoples and rural communities disproportionately bear the burdens of our chemical-dependent industrial agricultural system. This can include chronic illnesses, contaminated air, water and soil, inadequate on-the-job protections and unfair laws rooted in racism and oppression. At PAN, we believe the best way to address these problems is by supporting and growing movements led by people on the frontlines, especially people of color & Indigenous Peoples. The PAN Fellowship Program supports a pathway to leadership for food and farming activists from... Read More
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman
Jul 26, 2018
It’s mid-July and temperatures are soaring. So are the numbers of dicamba drift-related crop injuries sweeping across rural America. Also rising: the outrage of farmers, gardeners and rural residents, as they watch this unnecessary chemical debacle unfold, once again. Watching unperturbed from the sidelines: Monsanto (recently acquired by Bayer) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Chemical trespass A week ago I sat down to pull together the latest numbers of dicamba drift. But every time I turned on my computer, the numbers had grown, along with more stories in the farm press... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Jul 19, 2018
Earlier this week, a new appointment for chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) was announced, and it’s a 30-year veteran of Dow Agrosciences. Really? Administration officials are touting the fact that Scott Hutchins is actually a scientist — unlike their last pick. The nomination of Sam Clovis, an openly racist radio talk-show host and Trump campaign team alum, was withdrawn last November, after it generated outrage across the political spectrum. Any old scientist? So yes, Hutchins is a scientist. Does that qualify him to guide USDA’s $2.9 billion research budget... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Jul 12, 2018
It was clear from the minute he was appointed that Scott Pruitt was a wildly inappropriate choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.) Last Thursday, after months of public pressure and outrage, he finally submitted his resignation. Though we know the work continues, we want to take a moment to celebrate this win. Over the past year, PAN supporters joined hundreds of thousands across the country who pushed back against Pruitt — and won. Corporate interests at play While Pruitt's ethical lapses got most of the attention in recent months, his policy decisions were the real... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Jul 06, 2018
We know that ending reliance on hazardous pesticides can only happen by creating healthy, just food and farming systems — and this means for all of us. One way we can do this? A safer, more transparent food chain. This week, people across California are convening to learn more about and take action for Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) standards. The EFI program is designed to signify that workers harvesting your produce are treated well and compensated fairly, while also including standards for food safety and pest management. As a member of the EFI Board, and having... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Jul 02, 2018
Last week, the U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2018 Farm Bill by a vote of 86-11. While still flawed, the Senate bill is much better than the widely criticized House version of the bill, which narrowly passed a week prior. Now the Farm Bill will go on to conference where the two versions will be reconciled into one final bill — and along with partners we’re pressing for the preservation of the Senate version of the bill, rather than retreating to the House version. What we won Together with partners, PAN celebrates progress in a number of areas for the nation’s farmers, ranchers... Read More
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Jun 28, 2018
It's been clear for years that the pesticide industry has too much influence on public officials and the policies they set. Veteran journalist Carey Gillam’s new book Whitewash: The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science digs into one egregious example of this: Monsanto’s (now Bayer) aggressive efforts to protect their RoundUp Ready seed and pesticide empire. Through investigative reporting, Gillam unveils Monsanto's dubious playbook, from bankrolling supportive scientists to blackballing critics and strong-arming regulators. Earlier this month, PAN hosted an event in... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Jun 28, 2018
Last week, after an early morning call with international colleagues, I had a moment to chat with my friend Susan from PAN Germany. She asked what in the world is going on in the U.S. these days. It was hard to know where to begin. The constant firehose of chaos and crisis that is now our national politics is so exhausting — and the root causes so complex and deep — that describing “what’s going on” is no simple thing. But one thing is very clear: we have work to do. Beyond the pale Separating young children from their parents at the border is beyond the pale of human decency. Yet... Read More
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