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Rob Faux
Nov 11, 2022
After nearly two decades of vegetable and fruit production, I have come to the conclusion that one of the most under-used tools in a farmer's toolbox is intercropping, or multiple crops in one growing system.  It doesn't seem to matter how big the farm is, whether it is certified organic, or if the main focus is on perennial or annual plants.  If intercropping techniques are used at all, they are rarely prioritized and are often discarded if they fail to meet unrealistic expectations the first time a grower tries them. My own experience tells me that intercropping is just like any... Read More
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Nov 10, 2022
Climate change will have sweeping impacts on agriculture, some of which we’re seeing in real-time with unpredictable precipitation patterns and increases in the severity of extreme weather events. But how do pesticides specifically intersect with climate change? A new report by PAN Organizing Co-Director Asha Sharma, Senior Scientist Margaret Reeves, and Policy Fellow Calista Washburn explores this question, and we’re excited to give you a preview of the analysis. The bottom line? Pesticides contribute significantly to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while, at the same time, climate change is... Read More
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Nov 09, 2022
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. Dear California supporters, Happy fall! I hope this season is bringing you warmth and connection with family and friends. We’re excited to announce that we’ve been hard at work on, and will soon release a report titled “Pesticides and Climate Change: A Vicious Cycle.” We just published... Read More
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Bonnie Wirtz
Oct 15, 2022
It was a beautiful summer evening in 2012, and my ex-husband and I were just finishing up our chores on the small farm property we were renting. The sheep, chickens and pigs had just been fed when the crop-dusting plane flew in. My ex-husband urged me to go inside with our eight-month-old son, and I hesitated for a second, wondering whether we really needed to leave.  However, I followed his directions and went inside. We closed up all of the windows and tried to proceed with our evening, but we could hear the plane flying closer and closer to where we lived. It circled overhead,... Read More
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Oct 13, 2022
Thursday, October 13th marked Children’s Environmental Health Day – an annual event organized by our partners at the Children’s Environmental Health Network. This day of recognition and celebration aims to increase the visibility of environmental health issues that impact kids while inspiring action nationwide.  While we’ve been reflecting on PAN’s own children’s health campaigns, projects, and initiatives this week, the work to protect children is, of course, happening year-round. We thought it would be a good time for a recap on why protecting children from pesticides is so important... Read More
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Asha Sharma
Oct 06, 2022
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. Dear California supporters, This year’s legislative session has come to a close, and we’ve achieved some important wins in the state budget! We’re happy to report that with your support, we’ve helped secure funding for these priorities: $12 million to support farmers’ transition to... Read More
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Sep 15, 2022
Last month, President Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law. The landmark bill features provisions around health care, tax breaks, and most notably, climate change. The climate related portion of the legislation is significant enough that the whole is often referred to more broadly as the “climate bill.” The Inflation Reduction Act is the largest climate investment in American history – including roughly $369 billion in investments toward energy security and climate change mitigation. This legislation sets a goal to slash carbon emissions 40% by 2030. It features five main... Read More
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Rob Faux
Sep 09, 2022
Many people like to glorify the efforts of small-scale, diversified producers of quality food.  They like to point to the willingness of these growers to work with, rather than against, nature.  Some, myself included, believe that this sort of farming, using many of the principles of agroecology, is a key component for building a healthier, more just world.   But, let me tell you a secret — this kind of farming isn’t simple and it isn’t easy.  There are times when even the most dedicated individual will question themselves and their vocation. There are stewards... Read More
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