Reclaiming the future of food and farming

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Rob Faux
Jan 25, 2023
If you drove around my area of Iowa prior to the last snowfall, you probably observed a fair amount of “snirt” on the edges of fields and in the ditches by the roads.  If you're not from around here or you are not a person who periodically drives in rural areas where row crop fields are the predominant feature in the landscape, you might not know what snirt is.  Snirt is snow intermixed with topsoil – an indication that wind erosion has taken place. Snow is, of course, typically thought to be white in color.  But, that's not true if a fair amount of dirt came for the ride as... Read More
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Rob Faux
Jan 19, 2023
I remember a day a few years ago when I was feeling pretty down about life at the Genuine Faux Farm. This, in itself, is nothing new. Things don't always work out and you begin to question what you are doing and how you are doing it. You wonder if your efforts make a difference. And, when it comes to something that can be as all-encompassing as working on a small, diversified farm to grow food for people, the roller-coaster ride can be pretty dramatic and can wear on a person. On this particular day, I found myself alone on the farm.  I was feeling the pressure as we were dealing... Read More
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Rob Faux
Dec 15, 2022
As the end of the year approaches, I like to reflect on what has been and what is to come. Here at PAN, we have some accomplishments to celebrate. After decades of advocacy, we finally saw the ban of the dangerous pesticide chlorpyrifos from food products in the United States take effect. We’ve also been hard at work on a groundbreaking pesticides and climate change report that you’ll see early next year. I also take the time to explore reasons to be grateful. I am thankful that I have the privilege of working with quality people who perform their tasks with integrity and skill. And we, as a... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
Dec 13, 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 would like to share with you two contrasting events. The first celebrates our connection to ‘Āina (the land) and our role in passing knowledge to future generations. The second focuses on the government’s kuleana to minimize community exposure to harm. We all 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... Read More
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Lorilani Keohokalole
Dec 12, 2022
In October of 2022, nine parents (makua) and seven children (keiki) from four Hawaiian islands participated in the first Mahi'ai Camp on Moloka'i. Participants learned about traditional food sustainability practices, including planting kalo (taro) and working to restore a traditional Hawaiian fish pond (loko i'a).  Over a period of five days, individuals became like family ('ohana), working together, creating art together, and living together, learning from the stories of the past to prepare for the future.  Honohono Na'ehu provides us with a summary of the purpose of the camp, "... Read More
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Lorilani Keohokalole
Dec 12, 2022
In October of 2022, nine parents (makua) and seven children (keiki) from four Hawaiian islands participated in the first Mahi'ai Camp on Moloka'i. Participants learned about food growing and fishing traditions and techniques, understanding the past to prepare for the future. We are honored to be able to share a poem by Honohono Na'ehu that was read at the camp. Shang Ong was the videographer of the video shown below. The Poem by Honohono Na'ehu Our future should look more like before Situation getting grim and it’s hard to ignore Like we knock for nature but nobody opening the... Read More
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Simone Adler
Dec 02, 2022
Next week, the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Governing Council will be meeting, and we’re calling on FAO leadership to end their indefinite agreement with pesticide industry group CropLife International. (Learn more about this partnership and why it’s so dangerous in the graphics below.) Our collective pressure has been working. Earlier this year, we were able to secure a meeting with FAO Deputy Director General Beth Bechdol, and we’ve stopped the #ToxicAlliance from becoming a more formal partnership. But there’s still work to do. In this key moment, we’re submitting another... Read More
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Rob Faux
Nov 11, 2022
After nearly two decades of vegetable and fruit production, I have come to the conclusion that one of the most under-used tools in a farmer's toolbox is intercropping, or multiple crops in one growing system.  It doesn't seem to matter how big the farm is, whether it is certified organic, or if the main focus is on perennial or annual plants.  If intercropping techniques are used at all, they are rarely prioritized and are often discarded if they fail to meet unrealistic expectations the first time a grower tries them. My own experience tells me that intercropping is just like any... Read More
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