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Dec 10, 2020
As California 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 California 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 Healthy soils & climate-friendly ag: Our partners at the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) recently released a report on the first three years of California’s precedent-setting healthy soils program. One highlight is a profile of the ... Read More
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Rob Faux
Dec 03, 2020
Most farmers have a particular crop that they would identify as their favorite, and I enjoy growing sweet and bell peppers.  A healthy pepper plant shows glossy green leaves on a compact plant, making it relatively easy to cultivate and harvest.  I love the way they look, and it’s rewarding to fill harvest containers with mature fruit that will find homes with our customers.  In the winter months I dream of the neat rows of plants loaded with fruit. Unfortunately I have lived a nightmare in recent years.  Pepper plants do not react favorably to dicamba herbicides, and our... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Nov 30, 2020
What an extraordinary year it's been. Throughout 2020, communities have shown up for each other in amazing ways — from mutual aid for frontline communities hardest hit by the many crises, to fierce and creative organizing for long-term change and record-breaking civic engagement around the election.  This challenging year also made it very clear that we really do need deep changes to our food system, now. We're looking forward to the year ahead, as we focus in on the hard work of building a healthy, resilient food and farming system. As 2020 clearly illustrated, this work is more... Read More
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Zoe Hollomon
Nov 23, 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. State updates Hello from the PAN MN team! Hoping this finds you all well and safe this fall. The COVID-19 virus is spiking across our state, claiming many more of our family and community members, colleagues, and essential workers in our food and health systems. I have lost two family... Read More
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Rob Faux
Nov 23, 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 Opportunities to connect in coming months As farmers finish bringing in their annual crops and prepare for the winter months, there are numerous opportunities to connect, share knowledge, and replenish energy for a new growing season. This Iowa News provides links to some of the... Read More
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Keith Tyrell
Nov 18, 2020
This is a repost of a blog by Keith Tyrell, originally published by our partners at PAN UK. A few weeks ago, Qu Dongyu, the Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced his intention to develop a new partnership with CropLife (the pesticide industry trade body) to transform agri-food systems. This marks a major departure for FAO, which has carefully guarded its impartiality and resisted the industry’s overtures in the past.  It seems that FAO is hoping that the deal will provide capital and new technologies for its work, but there is little objective... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Nov 16, 2020
Like you, we’re taking a big, deep breath as 2020 wraps up. Our local organizing is a critically important step toward a more just food and agriculture system. And we know ultimately, the solutions will take hard work from all of us — on farms and in communities around the world.  That’s why we’re thrilled to have launched the animated short video Seed Keepers and Truth Tellers: From the Frontlines of GM Agriculture with our partners at Hawai’i Alliance for Progressive Action and PAN Asia and the Pacific.  In this animated short, farmers from Senegal to Hawai’i, from the... Read More
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Nov 12, 2020
As California 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 California 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 Pesticide illness in California: In August, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation released new data on acute pesticide-related illnesses and injuries in the state. The grim — though unsurprising — findings? Each year, pesticide use continues to... Read More
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