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Carmen Black
Mar 01, 2017
In early February, a mighty group of Iowa farmers congregated at the Iowa state capitol to participate in the Iowa Farmers Union (IFU) annual Food and Farm Lobby Day. A carload of my farmer friends and I were thrilled to have the chance to speak with our legislators about the obstacles that beginning farmers so often face in our current system of agriculture. Every year, the membership of IFU designates a few priority areas to focus on with the legislature. Our chosen topics this year were: restoring water quality, promoting family livestock farms, growing local food systems and protecting... Read More
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Lex Horan
Feb 23, 2017
As Scott Pruitt takes over as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, it's clearer than ever that our federal decisionmakers won't be stepping up to protect communities — or our food system — from pesticides anytime soon. It's that much more important therefore for state and local leaders to do their part. Here in Minnesota, decisionmakers are beginning some important steps to protect pollinators from pesticides, and we're fighting to make those changes powerful models for the rest of the country. Minnesota steps up Last August, Minnesota’s Governor and Department of Agriculture... Read More
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Emily Marquez
Feb 22, 2017
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Lately scientific evidence seems to matter a lot less than it used to. It's not that evidence hasn't been ignored by policymakers in the past. But there are some unique things happening under the new administration that seem to directly and fundamentally challenge the value of science. Across the country, scientists are responding by standing up and speaking out. Years ago, my roommate shared something his advisor had told him: "Science can only be done in a truly wealthy society." At the time I thought his comment was solely about funding. But I've come to believe that "wealth" means more... Read More
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Feb 09, 2017
Last fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rubberstamped Monsanto’s newest formulation of the herbicide dicamba for use on the corporation’s genetically engineered (GE), dicamba-resistant soybean and cotton seeds. Expecting that this approval will lead to a dramatic increase in use of the herbicide dicamba, PAN and partners just filed a federal lawsuit challenging the agency's decision to risk farmer livelihoods, community health and the environment. The original version of dicamba, which is still on the market, has been around for over 45 years and is responsible for the... Read More
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Feb 06, 2017
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Rational and just immigration policies are central to a healthy and functioning U.S. food system. Unfortunately, the new administration seems determined to push us in the opposite direction. In the midst of a barrage of hurried and unorthodox executive orders in the first weeks of the new administration, two orders passed beneath the President’s pen concerning immigration. Both are bad for farmworkers, the food system and our country. Farmworkers deserve better Executive Order 13767, signed on January 25, calls for construction of a wall along the southern border between the U.S. and... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Jan 26, 2017
With dizzying speed, the new administration has set to work rolling back years of progress on public health protections, climate change, civil liberties and women's rights. They've moved to muzzle our public agencies and launch an all out war on science, a free press, indigenous lands, religious freedom, immigrants and the value of facts. All of this in week one. Meanwhile, Trump's long-awaited nomination of former Georgia governor Sonny Perdue to head up the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) officially makes this cabinet the least diverse in decades. It's also arguably the least... Read More
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Jan 25, 2017
The Trump administration's nominees to lead key federal agencies have been characterized by strong ties to the industries they'll be tasked with regulating, a historic disregard for science and the public interest and an astounding lack of diversity. The nomination of Sonny Perdue to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is no exception. The extreme delay in announcing a pick for USDA was surprising, given the support for Trump from some rural, agricultural parts of the country. The eventual selection overlooked pressure from major agricultural leaders across the country to choose... Read More
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Margaret Reeves
Jan 12, 2017
After 15 long years of research and public input, the Environmental Protection Agnecy (EPA) finalized urgently needed improvements to the Worker Protection Standard (WPS) on September, 2015. With the political landscape now in flux, the agency is facing strong push-back from Big Ag representatives on these new farmworker protections. We're pleased to report that so far, EPA is standing firm. Implementation of the new rules began as scheduled on January 2. Healthy workers are productive workers In pressing the agency to delay WPS implementation, the American Farm Bureau and state... Read More
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