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Paola Diaz
Oct 22, 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. Rubie Simonsen is the 28 year old Filipino-American farmer behind First Mother Farms. Her property, located in Yuba County, was inherited by Rubie and her sister after their grandmother’s passing. This beloved and fertile legacy, never... Read More
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Oct 18, 2018
In mid October, the Food Sovereignty Prize was awarded to two organizations recognized for their commitment to food sovereignty or, “the right of peoples to healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecologically sound and sustainable methods, and their right to define their own food and agriculture systems.” The domestic awardee was Black Mesa Water Coalition, and the international award went to Organización Boricuá de Agricultura Ecológica de Puerto Rico. Both groups were celebrated at the tenth annual Food Sovereignty Prize ceremony, taking place on Lummi and Nooksack land... Read More
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Oct 18, 2018
The Farmworker Association of Florida (FWAF) has been building power with Florida’s farmworkers for more than 25 years, and is led and governed by farmworkers in the communities in which it works. PAN Senior Scientist Margaret Reeves recently chatted with Jeannie Economos, FWAF’s Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health Project Coordinator. What is the origin story of FWAF? The Farmworker Association of Florida started in 1983 in response to a huge freeze. Central Florida was dominated by citrus—it was very rural with very few resources for farmworkers, who were suddenly out of work.... Read More
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Beth Spitler
Oct 09, 2018
Food doesn’t often play a central role in electoral politics, but in California’s Assembly District 15, a recent candidate forum entitled “Food in the 15th” put food and farming issues at the forefront of a hotly contested race for state Assembly. 200 people attended the forum to hear from Buffy Wicks and Jovanka Beckles, both Democrats, on issues ranging from food access to agriculture’s impact on the environment. Candidates engage on food policy The forum was moderated by Nina Ichikawa of the Berkeley Food Institute, who began the conversation by asking the candidates how they would... Read More
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Oct 05, 2018
Calls have intensified for California regulators to take state-level action on the brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos. In response to a legal challenge by PAN and our allies, the judges gave agency officials 60 days to ban the brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos. But last week, the federal administration appealed a recent court decision ordering EPA to ban chlorpyrifos nationwide. Now, with the federal ban back in limbo, people are ramping up the call for government action in California, which uses more chlorpyrifos than any other state. Last Thursday, support of a state-wide ban of... Read More
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Oct 04, 2018
In mid September, two large-scale climate events converged in the San Francisco Bay Area. Both were oriented around climate change and potential solutions, but the stakeholders involved and their visions for change were often quite different. The Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS), co-chaired by California’s Governor Jerry Brown, brought together many national & international actors on climate change, including industry representatives, civil society organizations, and United Nations agencies. Meanwhile, Solidarity to Solutions Week of Action (Sol2Sol) led with grassroots, place-based... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Oct 03, 2018
Well if it wasn’t clear before, it’s crystal clear now. This administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) isn’t protecting children. Yes, that’s a harsh charge. And yes, EPA officials are denying it, loudly protesting that children’s health remains a top priority. But the agency’s recent actions very clearly indicate otherwise. What brain-harming pesticide? Last week, the administration appealed a recent court decision ordering EPA to (finally!) ban chlorpyrifos. In response to a legal challenge by PAN and our allies, the judges gave agency officials 60 days to ban this brain-... Read More
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Paul Towers
Sep 24, 2018
Rebuilding a fair and resilient farming system means giving voice to those who have often been left out. Historically underserved farmers are just that – historically and systematically shut out of financial resources, markets, and technical assistance, among other opportunities. A group of farmers and farm allies across California seeking to change that lent their voices to some events at the State Capitol last week. On September 17 and 18, farmers of color and farm allies gathered in Sacramento for a PAN-supported roster of activities as part of the California Farmer Justice Collaborative’... Read More
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