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Oct 01, 2020
On Tuesday November 17, PAN and our partners at Hawai’i Alliance for Progressive Action (HAPA) will launch the video Seed Keepers and Truth Tellers: From the Frontlines of GM Agriculture. This animated short, launching in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, shines a bright light on how fragile and unjust so many of our interconnected global systems are. The video focuses on genetically modified (GM, also known as GMO) seeds and the story of their global impacts. A truly global story Many who are acutely impacted by COVID-19 — food- and farmworkers laboring in close proximity with few... Read More
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Sep 29, 2020
We're all aware that fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. But, some of that produce carries pesticide residues that can be harmful to our health and the health of our children.  Recent analysis of US Department of Agriculture data by Consumer Reports shows that some of the produce we are eating carries a high risk of contamination. The August 27 article, “Stop Eating Pesticides,” shows conventionally-produced potatoes, green beans, cherries and peaches to be among those items most likely to carry harmful levels of pesticide residue. On the other hand, when... Read More
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Rob Faux
Sep 17, 2020
Skilled farmers are aware that every tool and every technique for raising a crop has its risks and rewards. Cultivation and tillage can damage soil structure, promote erosion and disturb important soil organisms. Cover crops could tie up nutrients and become weeds in future crops.  This is why growers learn how to manage the tools they use, so they can maximize the benefits and control the detrimental effects. Unfortunately, producers on an overwhelming majority of production acres in the United States overuse the pesticide hammer from the agricultural toolbox without considering the... Read More
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Sep 17, 2020
In August, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation released new data on acute pesticide-related illnesses and injuries in the state from the year 2017. The grim — though unsurprising — findings? Each year, pesticide use continues to harm hundreds of farmworkers and rural community members across California.  Not just numbers The Pesticide Illness Surveillance Program (PISP) is the body that identifies and tracks acute pesticide-related illnesses and injuries in the state. These poisonings often take the form of dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Information... Read More
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Sep 11, 2020
As 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. Iowa updates Derecho recovery continues: Iowans are sharing their stories from the August 10 derecho and its aftermath. Many rode out the storm in vehicles, under heavy equipment, or in the closest ditch they could find. Once the adrenaline had subsided, survivors began the difficult process of... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Sep 03, 2020
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The phrase “food is political” pops up all the time in the food and farm movement world, and has particular weight right now as we head toward the finish line of this incredibly fraught and consequential election season. So what, exactly, does it mean?  Are we talking about “voting with dollars” to move markets in the directions we need? Showing up in the streets to demand the racial justice that’s so crucial in our food system work — and beyond? Supporting legislation that moves resources to community-scale farmers and the essential workers who continue to harvest, process and serve... Read More
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Sep 03, 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 What’s up at the capitol? Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CA legislative session resulted in a shorter and more rushed session, which ended this week. Nevertheless, PAN remains actively engaged in the CA Food and Farming Network (CFFN) state-wide collaborative... Read More
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Aug 27, 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 Sending solidarity and care to Kenosha: On Sunday, police officers in Kenosha, WI, shot multiple rounds into the back of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, a Black man attempting to break up a fight. Blake’s three children were onsite waiting for him in the car. My heart is with... Read More
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