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Kristin Schafer
Nov 12, 2020
Nobody ever said democracy was easy.  I’ve been so inspired by the incredible organizing across the country, and the network of (mostly young and BIPOC) organizers behind it. People showed up for democracy last week, and initiatives like #ChefForThePolls and #JoyToThePolls made it a celebration — as it should be! Now, like so many, we’re taking a deep breath and looking toward the year ahead. Priorities for food & farm justice Our priorities for the new administration are the priorities we’ve been working toward all along: a healthy food and farm system that’s rooted in... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Nov 05, 2020
It’s messy and imperfect, but our democracy is worth it. For the past few months we’ve been encouraging everyone in the PAN community to show up for what you believe in during this year’s election — and so many of you have! Together, we’ve prioritized our values at the ballot box, from supporting farmers’ transitions away from chemical-intensive agriculture, to protecting farmworkers in the midst of COVID-19, to centering racial justice in our food and farm system.  We didn’t win all the changes we know are needed on November 3. And we know that with this election’s record-breaking... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Oct 29, 2020
More than 70 million people have already voted in this hugely consequential election, breaking early voting records across the country.  This is partly because many states have expanded early voting options due to the pandemic, and partly because more people are recognizing the importance of civic engagement to maintain a functioning democracy — which of course goes well beyond voting.  For those who are eligible, casting a ballot on or before November 3 is a great place to start! To find your polling place and for other specifics on voting in your state, visit vote.org. Food... Read More
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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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