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Ahna Kruzic
Mar 27, 2019
To address climate change, we’ve got to end chemical-intensive agriculture. Why? Because globally, today’s food and agriculture systems are responsible for more climate-change contributing emissions than the world’s cars, trucks, planes, and trains combined. At the same time, we’re confronted with evidence that climate change is unravelling the systems of the natural world that have evolved over millennia to create a habitable planet. The Green New Deal, a non-binding resolution that calls for a shift in energy production and public resources to carbon-neutralize the U.S. by 2030,... Read More
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Mar 19, 2019
Here in the U.S., PAN’s work often focuses on mobilizing action around specific pesticides to  strengthen regulations, win phaseouts, and spur investment in safer alternatives. Recent examples include our work on chlorpyrifos, which is harmful to the health of children and farmworkers; dicamba, which is wreaking havoc on the crops and livelihoods of farmers across the country; and glyphosate, a probable carcinogen and key ingredient in the most widely used herbicide in the world. What’s not often visible is that these U.S.-based efforts are part of a broader campaign through our global... Read More
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Moretta Browne
Mar 15, 2019
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. Feral Heart Farm is a diverse 3.2 acre farm in the Sunol Ag Park in Sunol, CA. Tending to this farm are Aaron Dinwoodie (he/him) & Mica (they/them), two farmers “committed to nurturing [their] relationships with land, food, & people... Read More
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Mar 07, 2019
In late February, the White House announced plans to put together a panel to see if climate change is really a threat. The fact that this is even a question for the administration is bad — though not surprising — but even worse is the fact that the president picked a fervent climate science denier to lead the panel. A sham of a panel Said climate science denier William Happer is not a climate scientist, but has long been an outspoken skeptic, going as far as to advocate for the benefits of carbon dioxide. He is tied to numerous climate denial organizations, and has received funding from... Read More
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Emily Summerlin
Mar 07, 2019
As the new year begins, I’ve spent some time reflecting on the past 12 months and identifying intentions for the year ahead. What was I most proud of accomplishing in 2018? What had I learned that could enable me to do better in 2019?      As a member of PAN’s communications team, I oversee our blogging program. PAN bloggers write on specific issue areas that are important to them and their work. Many of my colleagues have such direct and personal ties to the work we do for a more just food & agriculture system: they grew up on farms in the Midwest, they are members of... Read More
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Emily Summerlin
Mar 07, 2019
In Part One of this blog, I shared how I evolved from an enthusiastic nine-year-old worried about DDT and baby birds to a graduate student questioning why my environmental policy program seemed to be glossing over environmental justice, and the impacts of injustice on people and our communities. But the learning continues; in some ways, I’ve grown more in the past two and half years working at PAN than I did from elementary school to graduation. Internship: I’m an intern at a very small sustainable agriculture nonprofit. The main programming I work on is a huge farmer conference; I’m... Read More
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Carmen Black
Mar 06, 2019
Farmers across Iowa are bracing for another year of intense drift, thanks to an increase in use of the herbicide dicamba and other volatile chemicals across the state. For many Iowa farmers — especially vegetable, non-GMO, and organic producers — a single incident of pesticides drifting onto their farm can result in the loss of income for an entire year. But there are a few common-sense steps the legislature can take to help farmers prevent and respond to pesticide drift in Iowa: increased fines for label violations and improvement to the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Feb 25, 2019
Once again, this Administration is proving they value pesticide industry profits more than children’s health. This is not heated rhetoric, it’s a clear-eyed observation. In February, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) appealed a court decision ordering them to protect children and farmworkers from the brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos. They argue that the science is “unsettled,” and want to keep this product on the market until at least 2022 — per the request of Dow Chemical (now Corteva). New laws, instead Of course our lawyers are ready to fight back (again — see below), but... Read More
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