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Rob Faux
Feb 25, 2021
'Tis the season that small farms in the Midwest, such as ours, begin to feel the pressure that is building for the coming year.  Seeds really do need to be started and supplies need to be acquired if we are actually going to grow good food once again.   Meanwhile, various local food and farming organizations fight for some of our attention before our season really gets going, and we have none to spare.  There are usually 'local foods' events and promotions that feature our farms.  Nice things will be said and implied promises will be made.  But, I am... Read More
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Emily Marquez
Feb 25, 2021
A recent study done in a region of Italy where pesticides are widely used indicates (yet again) that some communities contend with an unfair burden of pesticide exposure where their children live, learn, and play. This study is a follow-up to one done in the same region of Italy in 2019, and co-authors include some of my colleagues from Pesticide Action Network International. The study area, South Tyrol, is a leading region for European apple and wine production. The area is mountainous so the land available for cultivation and habitation is limited; apple orchards and vineyards are often... Read More
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Feb 24, 2021
Rob Faux, Iowa farmer and PAN Communications Associate, was invited by Food Sleuth Radio host and registered dietitian Melinda Hemmelgarn to join in a conversation about diversified farms and the role chemical-intensive agriculture plays in limiting alternative crop production. In addition to his work at PAN, Faux owns and operates the Genuine Faux Farm near Tripoli, Iowa, where he produces a wide variety of certified organic produce for his community. The problem: drift from the application of pesticides, including the herbicide dicamba, threatens his ability to farm, and limit his community... Read More
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Zoe Hollomon
Feb 24, 2021
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 receive these updates via email, sign up here. Hello from the PAN Minnesota team! February and this winter-to-spring transition is such a devoted time. Maybe it’s the celebrating of love, or the celebrating of Black history and Black futures that makes me feel hopeful. This is a time of planning and organizing as farmers, and setting our... Read More
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Feb 03, 2021
As California 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 California 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 Increased, tiered mill fee: For years, California has charged a flat “mill assessment” fee for all pesticide sales at the point of first sale into the state, with revenues from this mill fee supporting the state’s pesticide regulatory programs. But Governor Newsom’s... Read More
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PAN Asia Pacific
Jan 28, 2021
This is a repost of a blog originally published by our partners at PAN Asia Pacific, co-written by Ilang-Ilang Quijano, Communications Officer and Diana Bando, Food Sovereignty Programme Assistant. The Government of India’s move to undermine the rights of the farmers by passing three new farm laws has sparked a massive farmers’ movement. Legislation that would give corporations more control over the food system—in line with the neoliberal restructuring of agriculture—has pushed Indian farmers, their families and supporters to flock to state borders, staging protests and sit-ins,... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Jan 27, 2021
The first few weeks of 2021 have been an incredible ride. As the Bernie meme makes its final rounds after last week’s inauguration, I’m inspired to throw a few reflections into the rhetorical ring.  As we noted often during last year’s fraught election season, democracy is critical to our work here at PAN, so the fact that our democratic institutions ultimately held — despite a violent attempted coup — is a very good thing for us all.  Yes, democracy needs tending One of the few positive outcomes of all the suffering, incompetence, and corruption we’ve seen over the past four... Read More
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Rob Faux
Jan 26, 2021
Iowa 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 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. The Iowa Legislative Session is underway, and PAN’s Iowa team is working to assess how we can best participate in the process.  With the ongoing pandemic, there are adjustments to be made to navigate contact with lawmakers.   On the positive side, contact with legislators for most... Read More
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