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Simone Adler
Aug 31, 2021
My name is Simone, and today I’m introducing myself to you as one of PAN’s Organizing Co-Directors, and sharing connections between PAN’s work in the U.S. and internationally. I hope you’re finding moments of joy this summer. For me, it’s been full of twists and turns with climate chaos and injustices and uncertainties surrounding the pandemic; yet the work PAN and our partners are doing amidst it all inspires me to keep fighting for a food system that is truly resilient, just, and transformative. I joined PAN last December and lead our national campaign team and spearhead a campaign within... Read More
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Aug 26, 2021
PAN and PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP) are co-coordinating this campaign under the PAN International umbrella. You can view this campaign page on PAN International's website. The use of toxic pesticides is a global threat to human health and the environment. Pesticides pollute the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. It is a major driving factor in the unprecedented collapse of insect populations and biodiversity loss. Each year, 385 million farmers and farmworkers suffer from acute pesticide poisoning. Small-scale farmers, food producers, agricultural workers and food... Read More
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Lorilani Keohokalole
Aug 18, 2021
Wēlina mai kākou, My name is Lorilani Keohokālole, and I am the new PAN Co-Director of Organizing for the Hawaii Region. My ‘Ohana is from Wai‘anae and Kāne‘ohe (O‘ahu) Hilo; South Kona and Kā‘ū (Hawai’i Island); ‘Olowalu and Hāna (Maui) and Kalihiwai (Kaua‘i). I am currently humbled to reside on the island of Kaua‘i in the historically resource-rich community of Anahola. I am a mother, a wife and a community advocate. My primary work has been in the fields of health, wellness and healing, Native Hawaiian cultural education, and food policy advocacy. As a descendent of the first people on... Read More
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Zoe Hollomon
Aug 12, 2021
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. Greetings from the PAN Minnesota team! I’m keeping this note short today as our work is really moving here in Minnesota — see more below! I hope you have been doing well, and that you kicked off this week by celebrating International Indigenous People’s Day (August 9). If you missed it, that’... Read More
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Simone Adler
Aug 10, 2021
Note: This blog is co-authored by Simone Adler (PAN North America) and Ilang-Ilang Quijano (PAN Asia Pacific). Please see Ilang-Ilang's photo and bio below. Late last month, peasant movements, Indigenous peoples and civil society organizations (CSOs) sent two strong messages to those in charge of the UN Food Systems Summit (UN FSS) at a Pre-Summit event in Rome: A corporate-driven approach will not address the crises in our food systems. And neither will an alliance with CropLife International, the global trade association of the largest agrichemical, pesticide and seed companies. There is... Read More
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Tanya RedRoad
Aug 09, 2021
Boozhoo everyone, My spirit name is Biidabanaakwe. My English name is Tanya RedRoad. I am a descendant of the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. I’m very excited to announce that I have stepped into the role of Coordinator for the Toxic Taters Coalition. I want to take some time to introduce myself and share a little bit about my experiences and what brought me to this work. I’ll start with those who are very near and dear to my heart; I have four children: Alexis, Mykal, Brande, and Vandin, and three grandchildren: Ethan, Ezra, and Hunter. They have taught me... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Jul 29, 2021
Update: Just last week, EPA announced a ban on all food uses of chlorpyrifos! Though the decision is not perfect — and we’ll continue pressing for phaseout of all remaining, non-food uses of this dangerous chemical — this is a huge milestone that protects the health of millions of children, farmworkers and families. Next up, we’ll continue pushing for the EPA to do the right thing by following the science and standing up to corporate influence. Much as the chemical industry likes to complain about regulation, the fact is that the regulatory process in the U.S. is captured by corporate... Read More
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Shannon Walz
Jul 22, 2021
The land on which we grow and forage food is a complex ecosystem that supports and sustains us; how we view ourselves in relationship to the land influences how we interact with it. In modern Western culture, land is viewed as something to be owned and used, rather than as an entity in its own right — a member of our community that works with us. This view has also led to the exclusion of people of color and women from access to land. As of 2014, 98% of farmland is owned by white people and 94% of land is operated by white people. The social and economic structures that concentrate land... Read More
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