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Keith Tyrell
Nov 18, 2020
This is a repost of a blog by Keith Tyrell, originally published by our partners at PAN UK. A few weeks ago, Qu Dongyu, the Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced his intention to develop a new partnership with CropLife (the pesticide industry trade body) to transform agri-food systems. This marks a major departure for FAO, which has carefully guarded its impartiality and resisted the industry’s overtures in the past.  It seems that FAO is hoping that the deal will provide capital and new technologies for its work, but there is little objective... Read More
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Nov 16, 2020
Like you, we’re taking a big, deep breath as 2020 wraps up. Our local organizing is a critically important step toward a more just food and agriculture system. And we know ultimately, the solutions will take hard work from all of us — on farms and in communities around the world.  That’s why we’re thrilled to have launched the animated short video Seed Keepers and Truth Tellers: From the Frontlines of GM Agriculture with our partners at Hawai’i Alliance for Progressive Action and PAN Asia and the Pacific.  In this animated short, farmers from Senegal to Hawai’i, from the... Read More
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Nov 12, 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 Pesticide illness in California: In August, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation released new data on acute pesticide-related illnesses and injuries in the state. The grim — though unsurprising — findings? Each year, pesticide use continues to... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Nov 12, 2020
Nobody ever said democracy was easy.  I’ve been so inspired by the incredible organizing across the country, and the network of (mostly young and BIPOC) organizers behind it. People showed up for democracy last week, and initiatives like #ChefForThePolls and #JoyToThePolls made it a celebration — as it should be! Now, like so many, we’re taking a deep breath and looking toward the year ahead. Priorities for food & farm justice Our priorities for the new administration are the priorities we’ve been working toward all along: a healthy food and farm system that’s rooted in... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Nov 05, 2020
It’s messy and imperfect, but our democracy is worth it. For the past few months we’ve been encouraging everyone in the PAN community to show up for what you believe in during this year’s election — and so many of you have! Together, we’ve prioritized our values at the ballot box, from supporting farmers’ transitions away from chemical-intensive agriculture, to protecting farmworkers in the midst of COVID-19, to centering racial justice in our food and farm system.  We didn’t win all the changes we know are needed on November 3. And we know that with this election’s record-breaking... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Oct 29, 2020
More than 70 million people have already voted in this hugely consequential election, breaking early voting records across the country.  This is partly because many states have expanded early voting options due to the pandemic, and partly because more people are recognizing the importance of civic engagement to maintain a functioning democracy — which of course goes well beyond voting.  For those who are eligible, casting a ballot on or before November 3 is a great place to start! To find your polling place and for other specifics on voting in your state, visit vote.org. Food... Read More
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Oct 29, 2020
This interview is with Iowa Farmers Union Membership and Fundraising Director Deborah Bunka. In this blog, we chat with Deborah about the significance of the 2020 elections to Iowa Farmers Union members.  Why is voting important for Iowa Farmers Union members? Why is the Iowa Farmers Union involved in get-out-the-vote efforts? For Iowa Farmers Union members, it’s been a very difficult 2020. Crop prices are very low. COVID-19 has caused a lot of hardship, both in terms of loss of markets for our products, and illness and loss of family members. Further, the derecho storm devastation... Read More
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Rob Faux
Oct 29, 2020
Our farm is a small, diversified operation that focuses on local sales of certified organic produce and poultry. I now have sixteen years of experience and have a pretty good feel for what it takes to navigate the twists and turns that an operation like ours encounters each and every growing season. I am aware of the challenges farms like mine face, and I have knowledge and expertise that is shared with other farmers who have similar or related operations. I am part of a larger community of growers who deserve to be fairly and accurately represented by our elected officials. This is one of... Read More
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