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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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Lorilani Keohokalole
Sep 08, 2022
Wēlina mai kākou, The relationship to the land, or ‘Āina (Land) and Wai/Kai (Wai), is at the core of our being. The food we grow does more for us than sustaining our bodies, it also “feeds” us mentally and spiritually.  In this newsletter, we are focusing on a few important movements, and we would appreciate your support. It’s the government’s kuleana to minimize community exposure to harm, just as we have a kuleana to our land: to care for it and to respect it, and in return, our land has the kuleana to feed, shelter, and clothe us.  We must maintain balance within society and... Read More
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Rob Faux
Sep 08, 2022
Some Northern Paper Wasps built a nest in the open metal pipe that is part of the door entry to one of our high tunnels.  For the most part, I was able to enter and depart the high tunnel without an issue, and I was hoping that we could make it through their normal reproductive cycle without taking any actions against them.  That might seem strange to many of you... in fact, it seems a little strange to me.  Why in the world would I want to tolerate an insect that could sting me (and others) multiple times if it felt threatened?  I can tell you, from experience, that... Read More
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Rob Faux
Aug 24, 2022
I’ve spent more time than most reading the use labels on pesticides. I can tell you that it has nothing to do with a riveting plotline or excellent character development.  Instead, it is because of where we live (Iowa) and what we do here (small-scale, diversified farm).    No, we have not decided to use pesticides on our farm – but that would have been a better reason for us to spend time reading these labels.  That would have meant that we were researching a tool that we thought we might use.  It would mean that we were intent on following those instructions... Read More
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Aug 23, 2022
In early June, the PAN global network released the latest update of its list of pesticide bans—and the news is encouraging. The 6th edition of the PAN International Consolidated List of Banned Pesticides documents 73 dangerous pesticides newly banned by national governments around the world.   The European Union and UK once again scored highest with 464* pesticides banned, followed by Turkey (212) and Saudi Arabia (201). Brazil is the stand out country in Latin America with 133 pesticides banned, and Indonesia and Cambodia scored highest in Asia, with 62 and 60 chemicals banned... Read More
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Asha Sharma
Aug 10, 2022
Organizing Co-Director Asha Sharma recently sat down and chatted with her dad — Dr. Jivesh Sharma — about pesticides and cancer risk. Understandably, not many people have fond memories of hospitals. But I’ve always felt comfortable in them – growing up, my dad was a busy oncologist (cancer doctor) running his own private practice. Visiting his office at the hospital was one of the few ways I got to spend extended time with him. I remember entertaining myself by chasing the robot that delivered medicine to offices around the hospital, and happily scarfing down jello at the... Read More
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Rob Faux
Aug 05, 2022
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Our farm will soon observe an anniversary that we would rather not think about. On July 27, 2012, a spray plane applied a mix of three pesticides to a field adjacent to our vegetable and poultry farm. The flyer left the nozzles on as they flew over the western half of our farm, hitting our most productive vegetable field, our high tunnel, a natural pollinator area, our pastured laying hen flock, our turkeys, and me with this mix of chemicals.   None of the pesticides were rated as safe for human or animal exposure on application. I had to seek medical attention for breathing... Read More
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