Reclaiming the future of food and farming

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Judy Hatcher
Dec 23, 2015
This is the time of year when our thoughts turn toward reflection, gratitude and celebration…and food. As I share meals with loved ones, I'm also celebrating the real progress we made for a safe and equitable food system in 2015. Sometimes in this work, concrete wins are few and far between. But this year is different. This year, our work contributed to meaningful victories for farmers, farmworkers, children and honey bees — thanks to powerful collaborations, smart campaigns and the tenacity of the PAN community. Sweet news for bees So many of us were talking about the link between... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Dec 18, 2015
Hats off to climate justice activists around the world. The credit for whatever progress we can point to coming out of the recent climate talks in Paris lies squarely at the feet of this smart, creative and persistent global movement. Overall, it's clear that the Paris climate agreement is a watershed, shifting international policy in a direction that gives some cause for hope. It's also clear that policymakers didn't go nearly far enough, and that it will take tremendous, sustained public pressure to hold leaders around the world to what they promised. And still more pressure will be needed... Read More
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Linda Wells
Dec 16, 2015
By now you may have heard that in a surprising move last month, EPA effectively pulled Enlist Duo from the market. It had only been a year since EPA approved Dow AgroSciences' controversial new pesticide product, a combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D designed to accompany the agrichemical giant’s latest genetically modified seeds. Here at PAN we took a moment to celebrate EPA’s sudden reversal. It’s not often that the agency takes such bold action on pesticides. But we also see that this short-term victory is a crystal clear example of our longstanding critiques of EPA’s process for... Read More
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Judy Hatcher
Dec 09, 2015
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By now you’ve probably heard about the international Monsanto Tribunal being planned for next fall. The organizers declared that Monsanto’s activities "contribute to climate and biosphere crises and threaten the safety of the planet.” As we honor International Human Rights Day, I hope the tribunal also focuses on the many ways Monsanto continues to violate the rights of communities around the globe — building on previous work to hold corporations accountable for their actions across borders. In 2011, PAN International organized a human rights tribunal to draw attention to harms imposed by... Read More
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Mamadou Goïta
Dec 08, 2015
From an Interview with Mamadou Goïta. Edited by Simone Adler and Beverly Bell. Food sovereignty can transform local, national and regional markets to support countries’ domestic economies and allow us to create wealth, both in production and knowledge. Building global food sovereignty Current international debates on feeding the world center on financial viability and making global agriculture profitable. Production is oriented towards international markets, which compromise the food sovereignty of many countries. No country can survive orienting itself towards international markets... Read More
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Medha Chandra
Dec 03, 2015
Last year marked 30 years since the Bhopal disaster in India, a huge explosion at a pesticide plant that killed thousands of nearby residents and injured hundreds of thousands more. Each year on December 3, PAN International marks the day with International Day of No Pesticide Use to remember all the people harmed in Bhopal — and to highlight our vision of a global food and farming system that doesn't rely on dangerous chemicals. This year, PAN centers and allies around the globe marked the day with a range of actions — from agroecology education campaigns in Senegal to community outreach to... Read More
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Sally Neas
Nov 26, 2015
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I live in Santa Cruz, one of the capitals of the sustainable farming movement. It houses an organic-certifying agency, scores of non-profits that support sustainable agriculture, acres of organic production and one of the nation’s foremost organic research centers at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Yet, just 20 miles south and within the same county, the place where I teach nutrition is very different. In fact, the Watsonville school system in the Pajaro Valley has become the battleground of a high-stakes faceoff between pesticide users, concerned teachers and parents, and public... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Nov 24, 2015
Thanksgiving. More than any other, this holiday is about food — how it brings us together, the magic of the harvest and appreciation for the many hands that bring bounty to our table. And this year, I'm feeling especially hopeful about the future of food. Yes, I'm optimistic by nature. But having worked to promote sustainability and food justice for a couple of decades now (gulp!), I can honestly say that there's new and exciting momentum building — and it may just get us where we need to go. Strong voices, powerful stories Just a few days ago, I had the pleasure of attending the launch... Read More
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