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Rob Faux
Sep 17, 2020
Skilled farmers are aware that every tool and every technique for raising a crop has its risks and rewards. Cultivation and tillage can damage soil structure, promote erosion and disturb important soil organisms. Cover crops could tie up nutrients and become weeds in future crops.  This is why growers learn how to manage the tools they use, so they can maximize the benefits and control the detrimental effects. Unfortunately, producers on an overwhelming majority of production acres in the United States overuse the pesticide hammer from the agricultural toolbox without considering the... Read More
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Sep 17, 2020
In August, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation released new data on acute pesticide-related illnesses and injuries in the state from the year 2017. The grim — though unsurprising — findings? Each year, pesticide use continues to harm hundreds of farmworkers and rural community members across California.  Not just numbers The Pesticide Illness Surveillance Program (PISP) is the body that identifies and tracks acute pesticide-related illnesses and injuries in the state. These poisonings often take the form of dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Information... Read More
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Sep 11, 2020
As 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. Iowa updates Derecho recovery continues: Iowans are sharing their stories from the August 10 derecho and its aftermath. Many rode out the storm in vehicles, under heavy equipment, or in the closest ditch they could find. Once the adrenaline had subsided, survivors began the difficult process of... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Sep 03, 2020
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The phrase “food is political” pops up all the time in the food and farm movement world, and has particular weight right now as we head toward the finish line of this incredibly fraught and consequential election season. So what, exactly, does it mean?  Are we talking about “voting with dollars” to move markets in the directions we need? Showing up in the streets to demand the racial justice that’s so crucial in our food system work — and beyond? Supporting legislation that moves resources to community-scale farmers and the essential workers who continue to harvest, process and serve... Read More
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Sep 03, 2020
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 What’s up at the capitol? Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CA legislative session resulted in a shorter and more rushed session, which ended this week. Nevertheless, PAN remains actively engaged in the CA Food and Farming Network (CFFN) state-wide collaborative... Read More
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Aug 27, 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 Sending solidarity and care to Kenosha: On Sunday, police officers in Kenosha, WI, shot multiple rounds into the back of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, a Black man attempting to break up a fight. Blake’s three children were onsite waiting for him in the car. My heart is with... Read More
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Rob Faux
Aug 26, 2020
One of the more exciting days on the farm is the one where we get a call just after 6 AM from the local post office telling us our hen chicks have arrived. After a short drive to pick up these small balls of fluff, we can go about giving them the care they need so they can form our next pasture-raised laying flock. There is joy in giving these small lives a good start, but what happens when delivery is delayed and you open the box to find none of them left alive? Postal service under attack The recent history of the United States Postal Service (USPS) has featured more government... Read More
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Tucker Matta
Aug 24, 2020
The severe health risks facing migrant farmworkers in no way began with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. For decades, the nation's 2.5 million farmworkers have suffered disproportionate health risks, including routine exposure to hazardous pesticides, heat stress, on-the-job injuries, and inadequate access to safe and healthy food, housing and healthcare. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a novel study of farmworker health has exposed the various ways in which this new health risk exacerbates the existing vulnerabilities in farmworker communities. Across California farms, we see... Read More
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