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Emily Marquez
Jul 23, 2020
With Brexit comes the potential for the United Kingdom (UK) to negotiate free trade agreements with individual countries. The U.S. and UK have gone through two rounds of negotiations, with the second round completed at the end of June. A major sticking point is around agriculture, including pesticide residues.  PAN UK recently released “Toxic Trade,” a report co-authored with partner organization Sustain — along with a companion video — that compares pesticide standards of three countries (the U.S., Australia, and India) with which the UK is negotiating post-Brexit trade. PAN UK,... Read More
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Rob Faux
Jul 16, 2020
As Iowa 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 Iowa 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 Protect our pollinators — report drift: As we move toward the end of July, Iowa enters high season for insecticide and fungicide application on corn and soybean fields. The drone of spray planes and the high-pitched whine of highboy spraying rigs will become commonplace, and the... Read More
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Jul 15, 2020
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. State updates Farmer equity report: California Farmer Justice Collaborative (CFJC) members worked together to pass the Farmer Equity Act in 2017, the first law in California to acknowledge the history of racism in agriculture in the state. Part of the implementation of this... Read More
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Jul 14, 2020
The following is California Farmer Justice Collaborative's (CFJC) public statement in response to the recent Farmer Equity Report published by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). CFJC members worked together to pass the Farmer Equity Act in 2017, the first law in California to acknowledge the history of race-based prejudice in agriculture in the state, and this report was published as part of the implementation of this historic law. CFJC shares that they look forward to public response and welcome a dialogue on how CDFA can strengthen its understanding of... Read More
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Rob Faux
Jul 13, 2020
The writing was on the wall. It had become clear to my partner Tammy and I that we would have to make some drastic changes if we wanted to continue to successfully raise quality fruits and vegetables on our farm. Changes in weather patterns combined with multiple pesticide drift incidents clearly required that we seek alternative growing strategies.  Stepping away from our farm, we see that agriculture in the United States is reaching a tipping point. The writing is on the wall for an agricultural system that relies too much on pesticides. The efforts of Bayer/Monsanto to continue... Read More
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Susan Haffmans
Jul 09, 2020
The last few months have shown us just how important our Pesticide Action Network (PAN) global network motto, "A healthy world for all," actually is. For months, people all over the world have been doing their best to cope with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. While in some countries a gradual relaxing of lockdown restrictions are being implemented and people are experiencing a return to some normality, in other regions high infection and death rates continue. At our PAN offices around the world, we have all had different experiences during the crisis. We are filled with sadness... Read More
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Rob Faux
Jul 09, 2020
The sky was slightly overcast, so the sun did not bleach out the color with its light. There was only a light, sporadic breeze — just enough to keep a person comfortable. In fact, this was one of those rare times on the farm that I saw something I liked that made me stop what I was doing to go get the camera. The purple coneflowers and oregano reached peak bloom at the same time. If you looked closer, you would see other plants that had blossomed earlier, or would flower later in the combined herb and natural wild area we maintain to support pollinators on our farm. If you build it, will... Read More
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Jul 02, 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 DNR rules that potato expansion can proceed: Earlier this month, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) made a disappointing announcement. After completing an initial environmental assessment for the latest property in the Pineland Sands agriculture... Read More
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