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Margaret Reeves
Mar 23, 2022
PAN is joining farmworkers and farmworker advocates around the country as they celebrate National Farmworker Awareness Week (March 25 - 31).  I would like to invite you to participate by putting the focus on the individuals who plant, cultivate, and harvest our food. Together, we can share and promote the continued work to eliminate a long legacy of injustice in our food and farming systems. Despite decades of effective organizing, farmworkers still face inadequate legal protections with ineffective enforcement for the minimal protection they’ve won.  This simply illustrates how... Read More
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Asha Sharma
Mar 09, 2022
This is Part II of an exploration of California's failure to include concrete pesticide reductions as a key climate change mitigation and adaptation strategy. Below, you'll find profiles of four farmers across California who are leading the way with innovate ecological pest management strategies. Find Part I here. Farmers leading the way In Part I of this blog, I mentioned ecological pest management and agroecology multiple times. But what does ecological pest management actually look like? We spoke to a few farmers who are leading the way with innovative ecological pest... Read More
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Asha Sharma
Mar 09, 2022
This is Part I of an exploration of California's failure to include concrete pesticide reductions as a key climate change mitigation and adaptation strategy. See Part II here, which covers how farmers across the state are leading the way with innovate ecological pest management strategies.  After joining PAN last spring, I spent a lot of time getting up to speed on the policy landscape in California. I initially felt overwhelmed by the state’s many regulatory strategies and plans to reduce or adapt to climate change. However, I quickly realized one glaring oversight – every single... Read More
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Asha Sharma
Mar 07, 2022
Después de unirme a PAN en la primavera pasada, pasé mucho tiempo poniéndome al día sobre el panorama político en California. Inicialmente me sentí abrumada por las muchas estrategias y planes regulatorios del Estado para reducir o adaptarse al cambio climático. Sin embargo, rápidamente me di cuenta de un descuido evidente: cada estrategia excluye reducciones concretas en el uso de pesticidas químicos como medio para mitigar y adaptarse al cambio climático. Y eso es un problema enorme. Sin una menor dependencia de los pesticidas y un mayor manejo ecológico de plagas, California no logrará... Read More
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Rob Faux
Mar 03, 2022
Last week was a busy week for me.  On the farm, the early indicators that Spring is approaching had us outside doing more than the normal day-to-day chores.  The communications team at PAN, of which I am a member, held our annual planning retreat, which naturally takes a fair amount of energy and concentration.  And I was also honored to be involved in the Iowa Farmers Union’s (IFU) Virtual Lobby Days. We all lead lives that are busy in their own ways, so it makes sense that it can be difficult to engage in an extra activity, no matter how much we might agree with its purpose... Read More
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Asha Sharma
Mar 02, 2022
As California is one of the states in which PAN does on-the-ground campaign work, we send out regular updates on PAN's 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. Hi California Supporters, I hope you have been enjoying the warmer days and watching farms and gardens around you come back to life as much as I have! As many farmers have begun seeding their crops for the upcoming growing season, we’ve been busy seeding ideas for our next year of campaign work.... Read More
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Lorilani Keohokalole
Mar 02, 2022
Wēlina mai kākou, The relationship to the land, or ‘Āina, 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 two 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 with our natural... Read More
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Asha Sharma
Mar 01, 2022
Traducción al español aquí After joining PAN last spring, I spent a lot of time getting up to speed on the policy landscape in California. I initially felt overwhelmed by the state’s many regulatory strategies and plans to reduce or adapt to climate change. However, I quickly realized one glaring oversight – every single strategy excludes concrete reductions in chemical pesticide use as a means to mitigate and adapt to climate change. And that’s a huge problem. Without decreased pesticide dependency and increased ecological pest management, California will fail to meet its climate... Read More
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