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Simone Adler
Jun 10, 2022
Greetings from the PAN International Team, I’m excited to share with you that we just reached a big milestone in our campaign to Stop the #ToxicAlliance between United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and pesticide industry association CropLife International! Last week, PAN submitted a letter to Member States of the FAO’s Council signed by 430 civil society and Indigenous Peoples organizations from 69 countries across the globe! The letter called on the FAO Council to rescind the agency’s partnership with CropLife International, which represents the world’s largest... Read More
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Jun 06, 2022
Corporations are gaining increasing influence at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), at the expense of states, small scale food producers, Indigenous Peoples and civil society. But far from resisting this corporate capture, the FAO appears to be actively embracing it. The corporate takeover of UN institutions like the FAO threatens the democratic governance of our food systems.  A new report published June 7, Corporate Capture of FAO: Industry's Deepening Influence on Global Food Governance, exposes the extent of FAO’s engagement with the corporate sector and its... Read More
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Jun 02, 2022
Our California work saw a major victory this week – a Sacramento County superior court judge has ruled an aggressive state pesticide spraying program unlawful.  The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) authorized the Statewide Plant Pest Prevention and Management Program in 2014, which endorsed the application of pesticides on public lands and some private property to “prevent the introduction and spread of injurious insect or animal pests, plant diseases, and noxious weeds,” as threats to California agriculture. PAN joined 10 other public health, conservation and food-... Read More
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Emily Marquez
May 27, 2022
A new open access paper on environmental justice (EJ) and pesticides describes how current U.S. laws, regulations, policies, and practices perpetuate disparities in pesticide exposure and harm. The paper has an illustrious list of co-authors, including PAN partners Nathan Donley, Ph.D., at the Center for Biological Diversity and Jeannie Economos from the Farmworker Association of Florida, as well as the “Father of Environmental Justice” and famed author Dr. Robert Bullard. There’s a lot more to the paper than I can cover here, and it is worth a read – especially the recommendations at the end... Read More
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Rob Faux
May 19, 2022
Our small-scale, diversified farm has a flock of hens that provides us and our customers with quality eggs throughout the year.  The birds have access to plenty of pasture when they want it, and a roomy shelter to protect them from inclement weather and predators at night.  They also support the cycle of life on the farm by allowing us to use their manure as fertilizer for vegetable and fruit production. Our hens are provided an opportunity for healthy lives, with the chance to be as happy as poultry can be.  But they are still poultry, which makes them susceptible to Highly... Read More
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May 19, 2022
Earlier this month, the California state government released a draft of the Scoping Plan –  the roadmap for how the state will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become carbon neutral by mid-century. PAN and partners had been anxiously anticipating the draft, as for the last several months we’ve been pushing the state to include organic agriculture and chemical pesticide reduction in their climate models for the plan. For the first time, the Scoping Plan acknowledges the role that organic agriculture and reductions in chemical pesticide use could play in mitigating climate change. Less... Read More
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May 18, 2022
We recently chatted with Organizing Co-Director Willa Childress for an update on PAN’s Farm Policy Commons, a new program she coordinates from her home in rural Tennessee. What is the Farm Policy Commons and who does it serve? PAN’s Farm Policy Commons is a new project focused on creating a clearinghouse for food and farm advocates across the country who are working to change state policies. It’s designed to share resources, lessons learned, model policy information — and to connect activists with each other across regions. Our goal is to leverage the skills and knowledge of the incredible... Read More
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Rob Faux
May 05, 2022
The current growing year is shaping up to be the perfect storm that could lead to a significant increase in pesticide drift from dicamba products.  As a result, I am trying to determine what I need to do on my own small-scale, diversified farm to protect against another dicamba nightmare year. The on-the-ground evidence has illustrated that these products are dangerous and should be removed from use.  However, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seems content to make token changes to the use labels for dicamba pesticides while expanding their availability.  As a grower... Read More
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