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Rob Faux
Jul 09, 2020
The sky was slightly overcast, so the sun did not bleach out the color with its light. There was only a light, sporadic breeze — just enough to keep a person comfortable. In fact, this was one of those rare times on the farm that I saw something I liked that made me stop what I was doing to go get the camera. The purple coneflowers and oregano reached peak bloom at the same time. If you looked closer, you would see other plants that had blossomed earlier, or would flower later in the combined herb and natural wild area we maintain to support pollinators on our farm. If you build it, will... Read More
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Jul 02, 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 receive these updates via email, sign up here. State updates DNR rules that potato expansion can proceed: Earlier this month, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) made a disappointing announcement. After completing an initial environmental assessment for the latest property in the Pineland Sands agriculture... Read More
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Jun 25, 2020
This is big news. Bayer, following its 2018 acquisition of Monsanto, will pay up to $10.9 billion to settle nearly 100,000 individual lawsuits alleging that exposure to the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup causes cancer.  The World Health Organization (WHO) classified glyphosate as a probable human carcinogen in 2015. Since WHO’s announcement, thousands who were exposed to Roundup and subsequently diagnosed with cancer have filed suit against Monsanto. This week’s settlement follows on the heels of three prior high-profile lawsuits against Monsanto (Bayer). These lawsuits set a... Read More
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Medha Chandra
Jun 23, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for everyone, but especially for essential workers. Farmworkers have been some of the hardest hit of these workers, having to cope with the pandemic on top of the systemic injustices already embedded in our food and farming system. Before the pandemic hit, farmworkers routinely dealt with hazardous working conditions — limited personal protective equipment when applying pesticides, hard labor in the hot sun with limited access to shade and drinking water, and crowded living quarters often far away from family.  COVID-19 has just added another... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Jun 19, 2020
For years now, pesticide industry giants have been peddling their genetically engineered (GE) technology kits: modified seeds and the herbicides that go with them. Clear evidence shows this system is dangerous, brittle and failing, yet these corporations are now doubling down. Right now, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is considering a request from Monsanto (recently acquired by Bayer) to approve a new GE corn seed engineered for use with five — yes, five — different herbicides. This is a truly terrible idea.  The GE/herbicide combo has been a great business model for the... Read More
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Jun 18, 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 2020 Legislative Session: The Iowa Legislature resumed business on June 3 and adjourned on June 15, closing the books on a session that showed positive progress for bills supported by the Pesticide Action Network. Two bills related to pesticide drift were passed through the sub-committee... Read More
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Jun 17, 2020
As California 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 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. Partner spotlight Support Black farmers in California: PAN stands firmly in solidarity with the Black community and protesters in communities across the country who are demanding justice and calling for an end to systemic racism and oppression. We understand that dismantling... Read More
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Jun 11, 2020
Last week, a federal appeals court ruled that the herbicide dicamba could no longer be used in “over the top” applications on soy and cotton.  In a win for farmers across the country, the court found that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had approved new uses of this old, drift-prone herbicide without appropriately evaluating the damage the chemical would cause to neighboring farms. Legal standoff  Unfortunately, EPA then directly defied the court order on Monday afternoon, issuing guidance that farmers who had dicamba stocks “in their possession” on the day of the... Read More
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