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Rob Faux
Nov 11, 2021
The need for local food resources is a topic I find myself writing about frequently. As a farmer who maintains a small-scale, diversified operation, I often share my fear that farms like mine cannot be successful without community support. Sometimes, I give you a look into what it has been like being a producer of food for local consumption. And I always wish we would value our food the way we should. This time, I thought I would take a different approach and advance an idea. What's the potential? Our farm in Iowa occupies about 15 acres of land and is surrounded by hundreds of acres of... Read More
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Zoe Hollomon
Nov 11, 2021
Hello from the PAN Minnesota team! We missed you in October, so this month’s newsletter is packed with incredible accounts of love and resistance. Speaking of resistance, I was turned on to this great read, Abolitionist Agroecology: Food Sovereignty and Pandemic Prevention by Maywa Montenegro de Wit. In addition to taking the racialized capitalist industrial food system to task for its role in COVID-19, the author draws important links between the slavery and carceral Abolition movements and the Agroecology movement for food systems transformation. If that’s not enough to hook you... Read More
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Ahna Kruzic
Nov 09, 2021
In Bet the Farm, author and beginning farmer Beth Hoffman describes the harsh reality of the economics of farming in the United States. The summary? The math on making a living farming often just doesn’t add up.  Beth, who was previously a journalist and professor in the San Francisco Bay Area, moved with her husband to his family’s farm in rural southern Iowa to start an operation of their own. Bet the Farm explores Beth’s journey from agricultural reporter and professor to farmer. Despite the racial and economic privilege that supported their entry into farming, Beth and her husband... Read More
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Rajan Bhopal
Nov 09, 2021
This is a repost of a blog originally published by our partners at PAN UK, written by International Project Manager for agricultural supply chains Rajan Bhopal. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns that we are on course for global warming of more than 2°C without “deep reductions in carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions” and that a “rapid and far-reaching transition is required”. Not only do pesticides affect our health and the environment, but they also play a part, both directly and indirectly, in climate change: For... Read More
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Rob Faux
Oct 21, 2021
I was invited to the celebration and I wanted to participate. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had just announced that “it will stop the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on all food to better protect human health…” This is what PAN and many partnering organizations have been working on for years. Getting here has not been easy, and people are understandably ready to give a sigh of relief and enjoy the feeling of a job well done.  Unfortunately, despite this very real success, I could not get into the spirit of the celebration — and I still can’t. The chlorpyrifos ban we’... Read More
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Chloe Cho
Oct 21, 2021
In a recent study, researchers explored ways that agricultural systems transformation could address challenges, including climate change, biodiversity loss, farmworker health, and global food insecurity. Through case studies on five agricultural challenges — foodborne pathogens, drought, marginal lands, labor availability, and land access and tenure — they found that the diversification of agricultural systems helped reduce social and ecological impacts, increase resilience to stressors and shocks, and promote social equity and ecological sustainability when compared to more simplified... Read More
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Emily Marquez
Oct 08, 2021
A new study analyzing publicly available data tells us that organic farming lowers dietary risks of exposure to pesticides. Though these data aren’t surprising, the study creates a new concept called a dietary risk index, or DRI. This is an important contribution for both researchers and consumers. DRI provides new data analyses for researchers interested in pesticides and dietary exposures, and includes information that could help consumers understand how much pesticide exposure they’re at risk for when they consume  specific foods. Thorough pesticide use data that’s publicly available... Read More
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Rob Faux
Oct 01, 2021
A self-sustaining and resilient farm is one that welcomes diversity.  Diversity in the products it offers and the enterprises it undertakes.  Diversity in the soil.  Diversity in the plant and animal life.  Diversity in the people that work to keep living farms living. This year, at the Genuine Faux Farm, we experienced an extremely late killing frost in May and a windstorm in August.  Both events set back some of our crops, and yet we have had success with others.  Because we embrace the diversity that we are so fond of promoting, our farm has been able to... Read More
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