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Rob Faux
May 28, 2020
The idyllic picture of the traditional farm in the United States often features the sun coming up over a big red barn. A rooster crows in the background and a few cows walk their path to the pasture. There are all sorts of green in different shades and forms, implying a variety of healthy crops. Perhaps there is a hay bale or an old tractor in that picture as well. And the farmer, if visible at all, might be wearing a broad-brimmed hat, hiding their face from the sun and from your view. While this portrayal no longer reflects the reality of most farms in the U. S., I believe that it still... Read More
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Showing Up for ...
May 28, 2020
Here at PAN, we understand that successfully ending reliance on hazardous pesticides can only happen by creating healthy, just food and farming systems. And this means for all of us; dismantling systemic racism is a central component of this work. We take action to deepen our understanding of oppression and to stand in solidarity with others who are dedicated to building a just world, and we commit to being a visible ally and taking public positions not only on oppression within the food system, but also within the broader social justice movement. Below is a repost of a blog originally... Read More
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Rob Faux
May 19, 2020
As Iowa is one of the states in which PAN does on-the-ground campaign work, we send out regular updates on PAN's 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 June 2 primaries: I was raised to understand that I had both the privilege and the responsibility to participate positively in the processes that maintain our government and direct its function. At a time when so much seems to be out of our control, we have many opportunities to have an... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
May 14, 2020
For years, we’ve seen how the pesticide industry works the system to keep their products on the market. But under this administration? It’s beyond the pale. It’s not news to anyone that giant corporations like Monsanto and Dow (now Bayer and Corteva) invest billions to influence politicians and buddy up with regulators. Or that they send teams of slick experts to international arenas to get a seat at these high-level policy tables.  No one is surprised when they hire PR firms to spin science in their favor, and get their lucrative “you need our products to feed the world” story out far... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
May 08, 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 Food supply vs. worker safety: Workers in meatpacking and food processing plants across the country are at high risk of contracting COVID-19 — and in Minnesota, meatpacking plants are behind the largest spikes in rural cases. Despite the fact that 1 in 20 people in... Read More
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Pesticide Actio...
May 07, 2020
You’ve heard of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup. It’s deemed a probable carcinogen, and has brought Bayer (Monsanto) to court time and time again over health harms to exposed individuals. You’ve also heard of dicamba, the drift-prone herbicide that has damaged millions of acres of crops over the last few years, for which farmers are just finally beginning to see justice. And unfortunately, you’re about to become familiar with yet another harmful pesticide that has been quietly approved by EPA while the country is otherwise distracted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Isoxaflutole is... Read More
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Apr 30, 2020
Minnesota’s Governor Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order, enacted to protect the health of the state’s population during the COVID-19 pandemic, is currently set to be lifted on May 18th.  However, on April 17th, Governor Walz made an announcement that the public health directive would be relaxed for golfing, fishing, and boating, allowing these industries to open a month before the stay-at-home order is set to end.  The reopening of these activities will increase urban-to-rural travel and endanger vulnerable communities with limited resources — in particular, jeopardizing the health and... Read More
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Rob Faux
Apr 30, 2020
I was recently asked what motivates us to raise poultry and grow fruits and vegetables on our small, family farm in Iowa. Aside from our love for growing green things and caring for animals, I realized that my answer could be boiled down to the simple idea that we care about the well-being of the people in our communities and the environment that surrounds us. My spouse, Tammy, and I founded the Genuine Faux Farm in 2004 with the idea that we would produce healthy food for the local markets.  Farming is difficult, and there are numerous challenges that come with the job. But, we are... Read More
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