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Emily Marquez
Oct 08, 2021
A new study analyzing publicly available data tells us that organic farming lowers dietary risks of exposure to pesticides. Though these data aren’t surprising, the study creates a new concept called a dietary risk index, or DRI. This is an important contribution for both researchers and consumers. DRI provides new data analyses for researchers interested in pesticides and dietary exposures, and includes information that could help consumers understand how much pesticide exposure they’re at risk for when they consume  specific foods. Thorough pesticide use data that’s publicly available... Read More
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Rob Faux
Oct 01, 2021
A self-sustaining and resilient farm is one that welcomes diversity.  Diversity in the products it offers and the enterprises it undertakes.  Diversity in the soil.  Diversity in the plant and animal life.  Diversity in the people that work to keep living farms living. This year, at the Genuine Faux Farm, we experienced an extremely late killing frost in May and a windstorm in August.  Both events set back some of our crops, and yet we have had success with others.  Because we embrace the diversity that we are so fond of promoting, our farm has been able to... Read More
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Zoe Hollomon
Sep 21, 2021
Hello from the PAN Minnesota Team! Sometimes all of the stress and urgency of the issues I organize around, life stuff, and organizing in a pandemic, makes me feel disconnected to people and my purpose. Thankfully, it’s usually not long before one of the people or groups I work with offers me a lifeline for reconnection.  I was in this place a couple of weeks back, overworked and feeling out of time, frustrated and impatient. That weekend I was able to be a part of a wonderful gathering of 15 farmers of color, including Dawn2Dusk Farm, GEDEF Farm, 40 Acres Cooperative, Zintkhalaluta... Read More
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Simone Adler
Aug 31, 2021
My name is Simone, and today I’m introducing myself to you as one of PAN’s Organizing Co-Directors, and sharing connections between PAN’s work in the U.S. and internationally. I hope you’re finding moments of joy this summer. For me, it’s been full of twists and turns with climate chaos and injustices and uncertainties surrounding the pandemic; yet the work PAN and our partners are doing amidst it all inspires me to keep fighting for a food system that is truly resilient, just, and transformative. I joined PAN last December and lead our national campaign team and spearhead a campaign within... Read More
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Aug 26, 2021
PAN and PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP) are co-coordinating this campaign under the PAN International umbrella. You can view this campaign page on PAN International's website. The use of toxic pesticides is a global threat to human health and the environment. Pesticides pollute the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. It is a major driving factor in the unprecedented collapse of insect populations and biodiversity loss. Each year, 385 million farmers and farmworkers suffer from acute pesticide poisoning. Small-scale farmers, food producers, agricultural workers and food... Read More
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Lorilani Keohokalole
Aug 18, 2021
Wēlina mai kākou, My name is Lorilani Keohokālole, and I am the new PAN Co-Director of Organizing for the Hawaii Region. My ‘Ohana is from Wai‘anae and Kāne‘ohe (O‘ahu) Hilo; South Kona and Kā‘ū (Hawai’i Island); ‘Olowalu and Hāna (Maui) and Kalihiwai (Kaua‘i). I am currently humbled to reside on the island of Kaua‘i in the historically resource-rich community of Anahola. I am a mother, a wife and a community advocate. My primary work has been in the fields of health, wellness and healing, Native Hawaiian cultural education, and food policy advocacy. As a descendent of the first people on... Read More
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Zoe Hollomon
Aug 12, 2021
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. Greetings from the PAN Minnesota team! I’m keeping this note short today as our work is really moving here in Minnesota — see more below! I hope you have been doing well, and that you kicked off this week by celebrating International Indigenous People’s Day (August 9). If you missed it, that’... Read More
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Simone Adler
Aug 10, 2021
Note: This blog is co-authored by Simone Adler (PAN North America) and Ilang-Ilang Quijano (PAN Asia Pacific). Please see Ilang-Ilang's photo and bio below. Late last month, peasant movements, Indigenous peoples and civil society organizations (CSOs) sent two strong messages to those in charge of the UN Food Systems Summit (UN FSS) at a Pre-Summit event in Rome: A corporate-driven approach will not address the crises in our food systems. And neither will an alliance with CropLife International, the global trade association of the largest agrichemical, pesticide and seed companies. There is... Read More
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