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Kristin Schafer
Jul 29, 2021
Update: Just last week, EPA announced a ban on all food uses of chlorpyrifos! Though the decision is not perfect — and we’ll continue pressing for phaseout of all remaining, non-food uses of this dangerous chemical — this is a huge milestone that protects the health of millions of children, farmworkers and families. Next up, we’ll continue pushing for the EPA to do the right thing by following the science and standing up to corporate influence. Much as the chemical industry likes to complain about regulation, the fact is that the regulatory process in the U.S. is captured by corporate... Read More
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Shannon Walz
Jul 22, 2021
The land on which we grow and forage food is a complex ecosystem that supports and sustains us; how we view ourselves in relationship to the land influences how we interact with it. In modern Western culture, land is viewed as something to be owned and used, rather than as an entity in its own right — a member of our community that works with us. This view has also led to the exclusion of people of color and women from access to land. As of 2014, 98% of farmland is owned by white people and 94% of land is operated by white people. The social and economic structures that concentrate land... Read More
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Chloe Cho
Jul 15, 2021
Climate change is bad news for agriculture; it’s predicted to result in crop loss as unpredictable temperatures and precipitation become more common. This is especially true in areas where food insecurity is already a threat, such as sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia.  Insect pest damage is also expected to worsen as climate change progresses (A new PAN publication, Climate Change and Pests, explores these connections in detail!). Understanding how agricultural pests will be affected by climate change, and how farmers can adapt to these changes is important for the future of food... Read More
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Rob Faux
Jul 09, 2021
Fields in our area have seen passes for the application of synthetic fertilizers and herbicides, some of which occurred on days where wind conditions exceeded levels for safe application and temperatures were conducive to vapor drift.  Now, we are entering the application timeframe for insecticides and fungicides and the planes, helicopters, and ground rigs will be conspicuous for most of Iowa’s rural population. I decided, several years ago, that I would share our farm’s pesticide misapplication stories with the hope that others could learn and, perhaps, be inspired to act.  I... Read More
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Zoe Hollomon
Jul 09, 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. Hello from the PAN Minnesota team! I’ll get right to it — it has been a rough couple of months for our work. May and June saw major letdowns for environmental activists and groups hoping that this legislative session, our state leaders would pass bills to protect people, pollinators, and our... Read More
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Keith Tyrell
Jul 07, 2021
This is a repost of a blog originally published by our partners at PAN UK, written by Director Keith Tyrell. See the full PAN UK policy briefing here, which explores the "hazard-based" and "risk-based" approaches to pesticide regulation and how other hazardous industries manage hazard and risk. Three decades ago, as a young graduate, I embarked on a career in environmental and safety management. One of my first jobs was working on the safety systems of highly hazardous industries like oil and gas and chemical plants, to ensure that the risk management systems in... Read More
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Asha Sharma
Jul 06, 2021
As California 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 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. Hello California PAN folks, Happy summer! I hope you’re enjoying the long days and sunshine. My name is Asha Sharma and I’m the new California organizer at PAN. I’ve been an organizer, campaigner and researcher in environmental and agricultural policy for a decade now, and have held... Read More
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Rob Faux
Jul 01, 2021
I farm, and I am acutely aware of the role soil plays in my life as a grower of food. Healthy soils provide my farm with pasture areas for our laying hens so they can forage, enjoying some clover and chasing various insects in a plant-diverse landscape. I rely on these same soils to provide the foundation necessary for the green beans, cucumbers, and other vegetables we grow each season. The health of the soil is critical for the continued success of my farm, yet many of the actions I take as a farmer are less than ideal for the ground I walk on. Farming alters the soil Most skilled... Read More
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