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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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Rob Faux
Aug 26, 2020
One of the more exciting days on the farm is the one where we get a call just after 6 AM from the local post office telling us our hen chicks have arrived. After a short drive to pick up these small balls of fluff, we can go about giving them the care they need so they can form our next pasture-raised laying flock. There is joy in giving these small lives a good start, but what happens when delivery is delayed and you open the box to find none of them left alive? Postal service under attack The recent history of the United States Postal Service (USPS) has featured more government... Read More
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Tucker Matta
Aug 24, 2020
The severe health risks facing migrant farmworkers in no way began with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. For decades, the nation's 2.5 million farmworkers have suffered disproportionate health risks, including routine exposure to hazardous pesticides, heat stress, on-the-job injuries, and inadequate access to safe and healthy food, housing and healthcare. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a novel study of farmworker health has exposed the various ways in which this new health risk exacerbates the existing vulnerabilities in farmworker communities. Across California farms, we see... Read More
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Rob Faux
Aug 20, 2020
A massive derecho rampaged through Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana on August 10 with devastating results. Winds were estimated to have reached 130 mph in places, leaving 1.9 million without power. The derecho ripped a path of destruction 50 to 60 miles wide and 770 miles long. Ten to fourteen million acres of agricultural production were flattened in Iowa, and over one-third of the state sustained significant damage from this powerful storm. A week later, people were still struggling to clean up, and power was not yet restored to over 68,000 households and businesses. No time to... Read More
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Rob Faux
Aug 18, 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. State updates Derecho results in significant damage : On August 10, a massive derecho (duh rey choh) blew through Iowa with devastating results. Over a half-million sites were without power and approximately 10 million acres of agricultural production were flattened in just a few hours. More... Read More
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Aug 06, 2020
On August 4, Senator Tom Udall and Representative Joe Neguse introduced proposed legislation — the “Protect America’s Children from Toxic Pesticides Act”, or (PACTPA).  This bill would overhaul U.S. pesticide rules, ultimately mandating new rules to protect people and the environment.   PAN Senior Scientist Margaret Reeves says it best: The science is crystal clear.  These chemicals are putting our health, environment and food supply at risk and we must help farmers move away from them. Senator Udall’s bill puts science, public health and on-farm resilience over... Read More
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