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Kristin Schafer
Feb 04, 2019
Over the winter holidays, I spent a few days with my father and stepmother on the small farm where I grew up in Butte Creek Canyon. The canyon — and their farm — were nearly destroyed in the Camp Fire, the most destructive wildfire in California history. Eighty-six people were killed in the blaze, and thousands of lives were completely upended and forever changed. Stories of individual courage as the fire raged — and community strength and generosity in its aftermath — are deeply inspiring. Yet as the tragedy fades from the headlines, I’m left wondering about the bigger story that isn’t... Read More
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Emily Marquez
Jan 29, 2019
A new paper comparing the assessments of glyphosate’s carcinogenicity by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) analyzed the kinds of studies used by both agencies — and found some glaring differences. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Bayer’s (merged with Monsanto) widely used flagship herbicide Roundup. If you’re not familiar with this story, IARC released its opinion on the active ingredient glyphosate in 2015, classifying glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” In 2016, EPA... Read More
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Jan 24, 2019
A week after the inauguration of Governor Gavin Newsom and a few days into the legislative session, the California Food and Farming Network (CFFN) and the California Food Policy Council (CAFPC) have released the 2018 Food & Farm Scorecard — a report revealing the policy votes of California’s 120 elected state legislators on food and farming issues. Pesticide Action Network is a member of CFFN. While a super-majority of the bills that aligned with the groups’ priorities were advanced, only two legislators earned a 100% ranking for support of a number of transformative food- and farm-... Read More
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Ahna Kruzic
Jan 17, 2019
This is the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. With no federal food safety inspections, limited access to USDA loan programs for farmers, and climate and environmental research at a standstill, our food system — and all of us — are at risk. Meanwhile, over 800,000 federal workers are expecting a second missed paycheck this week, and the president’s State of the Union address has been cancelled because, well . . . the state of the union is shut down. And for what? The House of Representatives passed a spending bill back in early January that would have ended the shutdown. But... Read More
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Chris Moran
Jan 08, 2019
Stopping the use of Bayer’s (Monsanto) flagship herbicide Roundup might be perceived as a David and Goliath fight against a multi-billion dollar company, but when your local water department defends its use, the issue becomes personal and contentious in a small community. Chris Moran shares the story of how she and a dedicated group of community members fought back against glyphosate use in their community — and won! Water usage and rights are topics that interest my husband, Rick Moran. He grew up on a pond, lived on Soquel Creek and served in the Navy aboard a submarine — he’s been in,... Read More
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Jan 08, 2019
Mai Nguyen (they/them) is a grain farmer, the California Organizer with the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), and a founding member of the California Farmer Justice Collaborative (CFJC). PAN’s Farmer Justice Fellow Moretta Browne recently talked with Mai about co-organizing the California Farmer Justice Collaborative. How were you involved with co-founding the California Farmer Justice Collaborative? I received the email from Paul (Paul Towers, PAN Policy Advocate) who was starting to put together the group in late 2016. Our preliminary conversations around what this group... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Dec 18, 2018
I’m feeling unexpectedly hopeful as 2018 winds down. Though the national political landscape remains tumultuous, we’re seeing some powerful, energizing trends in the world of food and farming. First, momentum is building in support of farming models that are regenerative instead of extractive, that build healthy soil, crop diversity — and thriving communities. Second, the public and political appetite to challenge the corporate stranglehold on our food and farming system is getting stronger. Last, and perhaps most importantly, people are engaging more deeply in food and farming issues.... Read More
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Paola Diaz
Dec 18, 2018
This post is part of an ongoing project by PAN Farmer Justice Fellows who are working to uplift the many different voices of farmers in California. The mission of this work is to broaden the narrative of what it means to be a farmer participating in the state’s agricultural system by sharing the wide spectrum of relationships that growers have with land. Note: This farmer wishes to remain anonymous. In this blog we’ll refer to them as Jordan. When it comes to cannabis, California is often perceived by many as “chill” and “radical” with the state’s recent legalization policies. But Jordan, a... Read More
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