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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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Zoe Hollomon
Feb 18, 2022
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! This month I was ready to send you a roundup of hopeful stories and exciting upcoming events. But then, 22-year-old Amir Locke was shot and killed by Minneapolis Police. Those of us who sit heavy with this loss are grieving, compartmentalizing, trying to... Read More
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Rob Faux
Feb 04, 2022
With the turning of the calendar to a new year and the return of some bitterly cold weather in Iowa, I have been reflecting on a wide range of topics.  But, for Iowa News, there are a couple of themes I wanted to share with everyone. First, I have been concerned about how willingly we expend effort and energy on removing the wild spaces from Iowa’s landscape.  We tear out fence lines, remove the remaining brushy areas, and do our level best to till and plant every square inch that we can.  The idea is that we are making the land more profitable, but it seems to me that the... Read More
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Lorilani Keohokalole
Jan 27, 2022
In traditional Hawaiian times, people that lived in Village settings were prepared for skilled pathways of cultivating food sources beginning in the early years of their lives. The traditions and cultural ways of being are centered on the care of the places and the sources of the food that is gathered.  It did not matter whether the food came from the ocean, the coastal areas, or the land.  Immense care went into mālama (taking care) of these resources to make certain that there would always be an abundance for all. The word ‘Ai is a shortened form of ‘Āina, which means Land in ‘... Read More
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Rob Faux
Jan 27, 2022
We were driving through what has become an increasingly sparse Iowa landscape on our way from one place to another when we noticed a sign with the farm name proudly displayed — "XYZ Farms."  It was placed prominently at the intersection of two roads.  And we saw a similar sign for XYZ Farms at yet another intersection, staking their claim to more fields. We looked at the barren landscape, soil devoid of all cover with the exception of a dusting of snow and corn stalk stubble and we asked ourselves, "Do they really want to put their name next to that?" Making our mark with a... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Jan 27, 2022
This is the final blog in a three-part series highlighting some of what I’ve seen and learned during 25 years of advocacy at PAN.  Part 1 is available here and Part 2 is available here. Enjoy! - Kristin As I wind up my 25-year tenure at PAN, I’ve been reflecting on what’s kept me in this work for so many years. Because, honestly, the work we do is hard. The changes we’re working toward don’t happen overnight, and some may not occur within our lifetimes. It takes persistence to make progress toward the deep, systemic changes we seek. It takes courage to stand up to corporate lobbyists... Read More
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Rob Faux
Jan 13, 2022
I have been watching, on and off throughout the last few weeks, as one of our neighbors methodically removes all of the bushes and small trees that populate a fence line between their field and another neighbor’s field.  One side of the fence has been planted to field corn every year since 2010, and the other alternates between corn and soybeans.  By removing the woody perennials between the two fields, they might each get another row or two of field crop.  But, I find myself doubting the wisdom of this effort. When did it become imperative that we put every scrap of land into... Read More
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