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May 08, 2020
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. State updates Food supply vs. worker safety: Workers in meatpacking and food processing plants across the country are at high risk of contracting COVID-19 — and in Minnesota, meatpacking plants are behind the largest spikes in rural cases. Despite the fact that 1 in 20 people in... Read More
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May 07, 2020
You’ve heard of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup. It’s deemed a probable carcinogen, and has brought Bayer (Monsanto) to court time and time again over health harms to exposed individuals. You’ve also heard of dicamba, the drift-prone herbicide that has damaged millions of acres of crops over the last few years, for which farmers are just finally beginning to see justice. And unfortunately, you’re about to become familiar with yet another harmful pesticide that has been quietly approved by EPA while the country is otherwise distracted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Isoxaflutole is... Read More
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Apr 30, 2020
Minnesota’s Governor Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order, enacted to protect the health of the state’s population during the COVID-19 pandemic, is currently set to be lifted on May 18th.  However, on April 17th, Governor Walz made an announcement that the public health directive would be relaxed for golfing, fishing, and boating, allowing these industries to open a month before the stay-at-home order is set to end.  The reopening of these activities will increase urban-to-rural travel and endanger vulnerable communities with limited resources — in particular, jeopardizing the health and... Read More
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Rob Faux
Apr 30, 2020
I was recently asked what motivates us to raise poultry and grow fruits and vegetables on our small, family farm in Iowa. Aside from our love for growing green things and caring for animals, I realized that my answer could be boiled down to the simple idea that we care about the well-being of the people in our communities and the environment that surrounds us. My spouse, Tammy, and I founded the Genuine Faux Farm in 2004 with the idea that we would produce healthy food for the local markets.  Farming is difficult, and there are numerous challenges that come with the job. But, we are... Read More
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Apr 29, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic forces us to adjust to new realities, the fragility and injustices of our food and farming system have been laid bare. While we are working in real time to support those on the frontlines of this crisis, including farmworkers, community-scale farmers, food workers and Indigenous communities, we are also seeing a moment of opportunity to transform the way we cultivate, harvest, and distribute our food in ways that strengthen ecological and economic resilience within communities.  Agroecological farming practices restore ecosystem function, safeguard biodiversity... Read More
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Apr 29, 2020
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. State updates Farmworker protections in the state budget: Recently, PAN submitted comments to the state Assembly and Senate budget subcommittees as they decide how to best support the people of California during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how to move toward economic and social... Read More
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Apr 23, 2020
State updates Welcoming Rob Faux to the PAN team: We’re excited to welcome Rob Faux to PAN as our Iowa-based Communications Associate. Rob owns and operates the Genuine Faux Farm, a diversified produce and poultry operation near Tripoli, Iowa. Rob and his partner Tammy have been committed to organic and sustainable practices while producing food for local consumption since 2004. An improperly targeted aerial pesticide application in 2012 placed Rob in a position where he could effectively use his farm story to advocate for positive changes in policy and practice with respect to pesticides... Read More
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Emily Marquez
Apr 15, 2020
The so-called "transparency in science" rule, first proposed by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in 2018, is basically intended to limit EPA's use of scientific studies.  Under the policy, EPA would give greater consideration to any kind of study where the raw data are publicly accessible. However, some studies — public health research in particular — have data that are not meant to be public, as these studies involve individuals who allow for use of their personal health information only if the details of their lives are kept confidential. This rule has shown up as proposed... Read More
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