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Ahna Kruzic
Jan 17, 2019
This is the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. With no federal food safety inspections, limited access to USDA loan programs for farmers, and climate and environmental research at a standstill, our food system — and all of us — are at risk. Meanwhile, over 800,000 federal workers are expecting a second missed paycheck this week, and the president’s State of the Union address has been cancelled because, well . . . the state of the union is shut down. And for what? The House of Representatives passed a spending bill back in early January that would have ended the shutdown. But... Read More
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Chris Moran
Jan 08, 2019
Stopping the use of Bayer’s (Monsanto) flagship herbicide Roundup might be perceived as a David and Goliath fight against a multi-billion dollar company, but when your local water department defends its use, the issue becomes personal and contentious in a small community. Chris Moran shares the story of how she and a dedicated group of community members fought back against glyphosate use in their community — and won! Water usage and rights are topics that interest my husband, Rick Moran. He grew up on a pond, lived on Soquel Creek and served in the Navy aboard a submarine — he’s been in,... Read More
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Jan 08, 2019
Mai Nguyen (they/them) is a grain farmer, the California Organizer with the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC), and a founding member of the California Farmer Justice Collaborative (CFJC). PAN’s Farmer Justice Fellow Moretta Browne recently talked with Mai about co-organizing the California Farmer Justice Collaborative. How were you involved with co-founding the California Farmer Justice Collaborative? I received the email from Paul (Paul Towers, PAN Policy Advocate) who was starting to put together the group in late 2016. Our preliminary conversations around what this group... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Dec 18, 2018
I’m feeling unexpectedly hopeful as 2018 winds down. Though the national political landscape remains tumultuous, we’re seeing some powerful, energizing trends in the world of food and farming. First, momentum is building in support of farming models that are regenerative instead of extractive, that build healthy soil, crop diversity — and thriving communities. Second, the public and political appetite to challenge the corporate stranglehold on our food and farming system is getting stronger. Last, and perhaps most importantly, people are engaging more deeply in food and farming issues.... Read More
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Paola Diaz
Dec 18, 2018
This post is part of an ongoing project by PAN Farmer Justice Fellows who are working to uplift the many different voices of farmers in California. The mission of this work is to broaden the narrative of what it means to be a farmer participating in the state’s agricultural system by sharing the wide spectrum of relationships that growers have with land. Note: This farmer wishes to remain anonymous. In this blog we’ll refer to them as Jordan. When it comes to cannabis, California is often perceived by many as “chill” and “radical” with the state’s recent legalization policies. But Jordan, a... Read More
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Dec 12, 2018
After months of negotiations, the 2018 Farm Bill was just passed by the U.S. House and Senate. Next up? The bill is expected to be signed into law by the end of the week. While still flawed, the final bill is in stark contrast to the widely criticized original House version. The choice was clear: a Farm Bill that harms farmers and communities and strips away local control of pesticide protections, investments in conservation, local food systems, food assistance and more — or one that maintains status quo levels of support for family farmers, sustainable agriculture and a more equitable... Read More
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Paola Diaz
Dec 10, 2018
This post is part of an ongoing project by PAN Farmer Justice Fellows who are working to uplift the many different voices of farmers in California. The mission of this work is to broaden the narrative of what it means to be a farmer participating in the state's agricultural system by sharing the wide spectrum of relationships that growers have with land. Christina Perez is a Latinx woman urban farmer working with the Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI) in Inglewood, Los Angeles. In addition to digging, planting and harvesting across seven different community and school garden project... Read More
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Medha Chandra
Dec 06, 2018
In 2016, California used almost a million pounds of the highly toxic, brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos. In November 2018, under pressure from communities around the state who have suffered health consequences of exposure to this pesticide, the state’s Department of Pesticide Regulations (DPR) announced guidelines to protect communities from it. Disappointingly, DPR’s measures left much to be desired. The recommended restrictions include a minimal 150-foot no-application setback zone around homes, schools and other "sensitive sites" and limited restrictions on the crops and pests the... Read More
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