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Emily Summerlin
Apr 08, 2020
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently announced that in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the agency would be suspending enforcement of environmental laws.  The fact that this administration’s EPA would use this global emergency as an excuse for letting corporations get away with polluting is almost inconceivable. Yet here we are. Since the Trump administration came into office, I’ve watched EPA descend fairly quickly into almost blatant corporate cronyism, monitoring moves like appointing an oil and gas industry advocate as the agency head, reversing course on a... Read More
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Mar 27, 2020
There’s a lot moving out in the world right now. In food and farm systems work, resources are being mobilized to support those most in need during this public health crisis — often by directly impacted communities, from the bottom up. At the same time, conversations are underway about the deep changes needed to our food system, and how best to press for them right now when it’s so clear to all how fragile and grossly inequitable the current system is. The long haul Here at PAN, we’re deep in these urgent conversations, and we’re feeling encouraged and hopeful about where they might lead... Read More
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Mar 24, 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 At the Capitol: To prevent the spread of Coronavirus, the current Iowa legislative session has been suspended through April 12. We’re supportive of this decision as an important step toward protecting increased spread of the virus. And when the Iowa legislative session resumes, we look... Read More
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Mar 23, 2020
As California 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 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 At the Capitol: For the first time in 158 years, to prevent spread of the novel coronavirus, the current California legislative session has been suspended. We at PAN are supportive of this decision as an important step toward protecting public health, and are hopeful that when the... Read More
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Mar 23, 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 recieve these updates via email, sign up here.   State updates The state of things: After a month of jam-packed organizing, PAN staff are hunkering down for the time being to help delay the spread of COVID-19. This is a time of uncertainty and fear for so many people in our communities, but we can’t let fear paralyze... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Mar 17, 2020
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Last night at midnight, a “shelter in place” order went into effect here in Northern California, directing people to stay home except to get groceries or medical care. This dramatic social distancing measure is an effort to catch up with the fast-spreading coronavirus that’s now upending so many lives. Anxiety is high as schools, restaurants, bars and “nonessential businesses” close their doors, and those who can are working from home. We’re able to do this at PAN, and we realize just how lucky we are. While many of our usual gatherings and events have been postponed or cancelled, we can... Read More
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Mar 17, 2020
Erin Rupp is the founder and executive director of Pollinate Minnesota, an education and advocacy organization working toward a better Minnesota for pollinators and people. PAN Organizer Willa Childress recently chatted with Erin about the challenges beekeepers face in our current farming system and the exciting pollinator work progressing in the state. What is Pollinate MN? How did you get into beekeeping, education and advocacy? I started beekeeping in 2007 with a background in informal science education. Working with bees is a tangible — and magical — learning experience, so I set out... Read More
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Mar 05, 2020
As East African farmers and communities scramble to cope with swarms of desert locusts this spring, they are also raising concerns about the impacts of the widespread use of pesticides to control them.  Locust swarms are moving through several countries in the region, including Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. The threat to food security in the region is very real — in one day, a single swarm can destroy crops that would feed 35,000 people. Government officials are moving quickly to control the locusts with large scale spray operations, using both backpack sprayer and helicopter... Read More
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