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Nov 13, 2019
Last month, the government of Thailand announced plans to ban the pesticides paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos by December 1. The news was not taken well by U.S. officials, who have been pressing hard to convince Thailand not to move forward with the planned bans. In a series of letters from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the Prime Minister of Thailand, USDA accused the Thai government of taking action on glyphosate without sufficient scientific data, and warned of loss of U.S. imports of soybeans, wheat and other crops should the bans take effect. Thai officials are... Read More
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Adriana Murguia
Oct 30, 2019
In mid-August, I joined PAN as the organization’s new communications associate. Starting a new position is always an adjustment, and this one came with a move to Iowa, and as a Southern California girl who recently finished graduate school in México, the move to the Midwest was a big one! Over the past couple of months I’ve been learning as much as I can about Iowa. In particular, I’ve been working to learn more about chemical intensive agriculture — and the alternatives Iowans are creating for a more sustainable and equitable food system. Planting seeds at the local farmers’ market For... Read More
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Héktor Calderón...
Oct 22, 2019
Héktor Calderón-Victoria is PAN’s farmer justice fellow. For the past nine months has been working with the California Farmer Justice Collaborative, connecting with and sharing stories of farmers of color in the Central Coast to shape policies and support structures that create a more just, equitable and connected agricultural playing field. Here, he reflects on the progress of farmer justice work in California. In early October, the California Farmer Justice Collaborative (CFJC) was thrilled to celebrate two years of the Farmer Equity Act addressing the historical inequalities in California... Read More
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Oct 17, 2019
Last week, California got great news from the state’s Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) — use of the brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos will be forbidden in California after December 31, 2020. Chlorpyrifos has been linked to severe and permanent brain damage in young children, including ADHD, IQ loss and autism. It has also been the source of several farmworker poisonings in the state.  Steps to eradication While the use of chlorpyrifos in California will end next December, there are a few key dates to look forward to before then that will aid in eliminating the harmful... Read More
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Adriana Murguia
Oct 16, 2019
Note: This blog was updated on October 30, 2019, to reflect (positive!) developments in the Paulo Freire Training Center Case. While images of the devastating fires in the Amazon circulate the globe, an influential agroecology training center is being targeted for closure by Brazil’s new federal government — led by President Jair Bolsonaro — with its sights set on silencing social movements.   Our partners at MST (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra, or the Landless Rural Workers Movement) are determined to save the Paulo Freire Training Center, a community hub and... Read More
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Kyle Powys Whyte
Oct 16, 2019
PAN board member Kyle Powys Whyte holds the Timnick Chair in the Humanities at Michigan State University. He is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability and a member of the Potawatomi Nation. Here, Kyle shares thoughts and reflections around wild rice harvesting, a practice that exemplifies Indigenous peoples’ leadership on food & farming in the U.S. I saw a fellow Anishinaabe friend recently and asked after their work. Knowing that I was referring to their office job, they looked amused by my question and responded: "I just got back from two weeks of wild rice... Read More
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Ahna Kruzic and...
Oct 15, 2019
This is a repost of a blog originally published on the Women Food and Agriculture Nework. Tuesday, Oct. 15, marks International Day of Rural Women. It’s fitting that this day falls in the middle of the Global Food Week of Action (Oct. 13-20); after all, women farmers and farmworkers produce and process more than half the world’s food.  In the United States, women own or co-own roughly half the agricultural land in the United States; 52% of restaurant workers are women, and 36% of farmers are women. We know that women are integral to food production,... Read More
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Oct 02, 2019
October 1 marked the beginning of 2019's 16 Days of Action on Agroecology, a global event spearheaded by our partners at PAN Asia and the Pacific (PANAP). This year’s global campaign will focus on the role of youth in agroecology, with the theme “Youth March On for Agroecology and Food Sovereignty!” The goal of the days of action is to raise awareness on the benefits of agroecology for food security, public health, the environment, land and resources, and community economies. Organized youth, women, farmers, and activists from at least 20 countries are expected to participate, reaching... Read More
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