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Mar 24, 2021
This blog was originally published in March 2021, during National Farmworker Awareness Week. This week, PAN once again joins farmworkers and farmworker advocates around the country in celebrating those who plant, cultivate, and harvest our food, and amplifying the continued work toward eliminating a long legacy of injustice. It’s National Farmworker Awareness Week. As the past year has shone a spotlight on essential workers — farmworkers included — amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, this week of recognition feels different in a lot of ways, yet remains the same in others.  On top of... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Mar 19, 2021
Two days after Michael Regan was confirmed as the new EPA Administrator, PAN delivered 22,863 of our supporters’ signatures to his desk, urging him to act quickly to get some of the most dangerous pesticides off the market.  With complete disregard of scientific evidence, the previous administration had approved the following hazardous chemicals for continued or expanded use: aldicarb, atrazine, chlorpyrifos, dicamba, glyphosate, isoxaflutole, paraquat and sulfoxaflor. We called for immediate review and reversal of these decisions. Out of the gate, our community sent a strong message... Read More
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Simone Adler
Mar 18, 2021
In mid-February, internal government emails revealed behind-the-scenes lobbying efforts on the part of CropLife America urging US officials to pressure Mexico to abandon its recently announced plans to ban glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s (now Bayer’s) flagship weedkiller Roundup. This revelation of the lengths CropLife is willing to go to undermine independent government decisions comes on the heels of a contentious announcement that CropLife International and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are proposing a formalized partnership. CropLife International (CLI)... Read More
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Bonnie Wirtz
Mar 12, 2021
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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Willa Childress
Mar 10, 2021
Early this year, the Guardian reported that residents of Mead, Nebraska — a tiny town of 600 near Omaha — were getting sick, and also noticing livestock and bee fatalities. The cause? All signs point to AltEn, a neighboring ethanol plant found to be processing thousands of pounds of unused pesticide-treated corn seed from all across the country. Not your typical ethanol plant Residents say they had no idea that treated seeds would be processed in the factory when the city approved the new plant in 2018 — they assumed AltEn would be using untreated field corn. As it turns out, the ethanol... Read More
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Mar 08, 2021
We’re so excited to share that a newly updated, more intuitive, and easier-to-use pesticide information database is now available to the public, accessible at pesticideinfo.org. Pesticide Info brings together a diverse array of information on pesticides from many sources, providing human toxicity, ecotoxicity, regulatory information, and more for over 15,000 pesticides. Ultimately, Pesticide Info facilitates public access to critically important data.  In anticipation of the big launch, we chatted with Nathan Donley, senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity, where he... Read More
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Rob Faux
Mar 05, 2021
Since our last Iowa News, we have had to manage our way through some very cold weather, and I suspect many of you would agree with me that we’ve had enough of it for now! I am not terribly unhappy to see the snow melt, even if it means the beginning of “mud season” on the farm. The legislative session has been a whirlwind of activity, and the results have not been what we were hoping for thus far (see a detailed legislative update below).  Still, we continue to listen to the voices of Iowa farmers and rural people as they share some of their concerns and dreams for the future of... Read More
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Rob Faux
Feb 25, 2021
'Tis the season that small farms in the Midwest, such as ours, begin to feel the pressure that is building for the coming year.  Seeds really do need to be started and supplies need to be acquired if we are actually going to grow good food once again.   Meanwhile, various local food and farming organizations fight for some of our attention before our season really gets going, and we have none to spare.  There are usually 'local foods' events and promotions that feature our farms.  Nice things will be said and implied promises will be made.  But, I am... Read More
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