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Mar 23, 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 recieve these updates via email, sign up here.   State updates The state of things: After a month of jam-packed organizing, PAN staff are hunkering down for the time being to help delay the spread of COVID-19. This is a time of uncertainty and fear for so many people in our communities, but we can’t let fear paralyze... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Mar 17, 2020
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Last night at midnight, a “shelter in place” order went into effect here in Northern California, directing people to stay home except to get groceries or medical care. This dramatic social distancing measure is an effort to catch up with the fast-spreading coronavirus that’s now upending so many lives. Anxiety is high as schools, restaurants, bars and “nonessential businesses” close their doors, and those who can are working from home. We’re able to do this at PAN, and we realize just how lucky we are. While many of our usual gatherings and events have been postponed or cancelled, we can... Read More
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Mar 17, 2020
Erin Rupp is the founder and executive director of Pollinate Minnesota, an education and advocacy organization working toward a better Minnesota for pollinators and people. PAN Organizer Willa Childress recently chatted with Erin about the challenges beekeepers face in our current farming system and the exciting pollinator work progressing in the state. What is Pollinate MN? How did you get into beekeeping, education and advocacy? I started beekeeping in 2007 with a background in informal science education. Working with bees is a tangible — and magical — learning experience, so I set out... Read More
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Mar 05, 2020
As East African farmers and communities scramble to cope with swarms of desert locusts this spring, they are also raising concerns about the impacts of the widespread use of pesticides to control them.  Locust swarms are moving through several countries in the region, including Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. The threat to food security in the region is very real — in one day, a single swarm can destroy crops that would feed 35,000 people. Government officials are moving quickly to control the locusts with large scale spray operations, using both backpack sprayer and helicopter... Read More
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Feb 27, 2020
As Iowa is one of the states in which PAN does on-the-ground campaign work, we send out regular updates on PAN's 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 Legislative priorities: The 2020 legislative session is in full swing! We’re still tracking several priorities with partners, including a bill that would mandate the development of an Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) online reporting system for pesticide spray... Read More
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Mackenzie Feldman
Feb 25, 2020
For the last few years, Herbicide-Free Campus has been in the weeds, literally, working to eliminate herbicides on campuses across the country. As a result of student efforts, in May of 2019 University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano temporarily banned glyphosate at all 10 UC campuses, and established a UC Herbicide Task Force to provide recommendations moving forward. Then, in January of 2020, Napolitano approved recommendations made by this task force to “restrict the use of some toxic pesticides and increase transparency across the university’s 10 campuses.” Napolitano has... Read More
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Ahna Kruzic
Feb 20, 2020
This month, Corteva announced it would stop making chlorpyrifos, a brain-harming pesticide. Though this is generally welcome news — to me, this win feels complicated. Why?  Corteva’s announcement came after a lengthy saga of corporate influence and ignored science that resulted in EPA reversing a planned national ban of the brain-harming chemical in 2017. Lacking federal action, states were forced to step up per the demands of rural communities and farmworkers, resulting in big state level wins in Hawai’i, California, and New York (with additional state-level bans in the works).... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Feb 20, 2020
As is now crystal clear, a healthy democracy demands much more than simply showing up at the polls. But as we move into this fraught election year, let’s not forget just how important voting can be. It matters. When it comes to the food and farming issues we care about at PAN, who’s in charge really does make a difference. Over the past three years, rollbacks of common sense rules protecting public and environmental health from pesticide harms have been dramatic and relentless.   From blocking a national ban of the brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos, to putting the updated, more... Read More
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