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Oct 29, 2020
This interview is with Iowa Farmers Union Membership and Fundraising Director Deborah Bunka. In this blog, we chat with Deborah about the significance of the 2020 elections to Iowa Farmers Union members.  Why is voting important for Iowa Farmers Union members? Why is the Iowa Farmers Union involved in get-out-the-vote efforts? For Iowa Farmers Union members, it’s been a very difficult 2020. Crop prices are very low. COVID-19 has caused a lot of hardship, both in terms of loss of markets for our products, and illness and loss of family members. Further, the derecho storm devastation... Read More
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Rob Faux
Oct 29, 2020
Our farm is a small, diversified operation that focuses on local sales of certified organic produce and poultry. I now have sixteen years of experience and have a pretty good feel for what it takes to navigate the twists and turns that an operation like ours encounters each and every growing season. I am aware of the challenges farms like mine face, and I have knowledge and expertise that is shared with other farmers who have similar or related operations. I am part of a larger community of growers who deserve to be fairly and accurately represented by our elected officials. This is one of... Read More
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Oct 27, 2020
From Senegal to Iowa, from the Philippines to Hawai'i, farmers explore the origin story of GE seeds, the implications, and how we’re fighting for food sovereignty in Seed Keepers and Truth Tellers. This animated short video, a collaboration between PAN North America and Hawai'i Alliance for Progressive Action (HAPA), in partnership with PAN Asia Pacific, will premiere on Tuesday, November 17th. Just as farmers, workers, and weed scientists predicted when the floodgates first opened for GM seeds, weed resistance to the herbicides that GM seeds are modified to withstand is accelerating fast.... Read More
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Zoe Hollomon
Oct 27, 2020
Hi everyone — Willa here. I’m both excited and sad to share with y’all that after three years leading our Minnesota team, I’m stepping into a new role at PAN — launching and organizing a new state-to-state policy project that will take learnings from our work in Minnesota, Iowa, and California to build partnerships with communities in other states!  Organizing alongside Minnesotans for health and justice in our food system has been one of the biggest joys of my life, truly! To those I’ve seen at conferences, met at your farms, and worked with building power at the Capitol — thank you. I... Read More
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Kyle Powys Whyte
Oct 26, 2020
PAN board member Kyle Powys Whyte is Professor of Environment and Sustainability and George Willis Pack Professor at the University of Michigan. Here, Kyle shares thoughts and reflections around the value of biodiversity, the importance of food for vibrant communities, and the impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous peoples. The United Nations reminds us that Indigenous peoples’ territories are home to 80% of the world’s biodiversity. I would encourage everyone to learn more about the actions that Indigenous peoples are taking globally to make change and transformation. When we say that Indigenous... Read More
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Oct 15, 2020
The United Nations’ landmark 2009 International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD) convened experts from around the world to investigate how agriculture can most effectively reduce hunger and poverty, improve rural livelihoods, and protect human health.  The IAASTD report, published a decade ago, concluded that addressing these challenges required a fundamental about-face, including stronger, enforceable regulations to reduce resource-extractive agriculture. The report notably named agroecology as providing some of the most robust... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Oct 15, 2020
Earlier this week the government of Switzerland announced that it will no longer allow exports of five pesticides that have long been banned in their own country due to known health and environmental harms. Given that pesticide industry giant Syngenta is based in Switzerland, this is incredibly significant — and very, very good news. The decision comes after increasing pressure from Pesticide Action Network (PAN) partner groups in Europe to stop allowing this egregious double standard in pesticide trade. Switzerland-based Public Eye has been particularly focused on the issue over the past... Read More
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Oct 14, 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.   State updates Why should you vote?: As PAN’s Communications Associate in Iowa, you might expect me to answer this question by saying I want you to vote for people you think will support our initiatives to stop drift, support a working and just food system, and promote sustainable... Read More
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