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Margaret Reeves
Dec 18, 2020
Content warning: This blog post contains discussion of suicide. A recent systematic review of unintentional acute pesticide poisonings found that an estimated 385 million farmers and farmworkers are poisoned every year around the world. That’s about 44% of the global population of 860 million people working in agriculture. Fatalities were also estimated, and found to be around 11,000 annually. This is the first global estimate of unintentional pesticide poisonings done since 1990.  Historically undercounted The World Health Organization estimate from 1990 relied mostly on hospital... Read More
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Dec 17, 2020
Over the last four years, this administration’s EPA has dealt numerous low blows to public and environmental health when it comes to pesticides — from reversing the planned ban of the brain-harming pesticide, chlorpyrifos, to keeping crop-damaging dicamba on the market.  And, in the last days of Administrator Andrew Wheeler’s tenure, the agency is up to the same old tricks, gifting the pesticide industry with one last (we hope) favor, by approving continued use of paraquat, the most deadly herbicide used in the country today. Quite literally deadly Paraquat, manufactured by the... Read More
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Rob Faux
Dec 16, 2020
The season of paperwork, repairs and planning starts at our farm during the weeks immediately following Thanksgiving. It is also the point when we have a little more time to interact with other farmers. This is our opportunity to talk about successes, failures and future plans with people who have the experience to appreciate what we do. This year, the selection of the new Secretary of Agriculture has taken a significant amount of space in our farmer discussions. At present, it seems that former Secretary Tom Vilsack will serve once again. While many who are tracking this appointment are... Read More
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Dec 10, 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 Healthy soils & climate-friendly ag: Our partners at the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN) recently released a report on the first three years of California’s precedent-setting healthy soils program. One highlight is a profile of the ... Read More
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Rob Faux
Dec 03, 2020
Most farmers have a particular crop that they would identify as their favorite, and I enjoy growing sweet and bell peppers.  A healthy pepper plant shows glossy green leaves on a compact plant, making it relatively easy to cultivate and harvest.  I love the way they look, and it’s rewarding to fill harvest containers with mature fruit that will find homes with our customers.  In the winter months I dream of the neat rows of plants loaded with fruit. Unfortunately I have lived a nightmare in recent years.  Pepper plants do not react favorably to dicamba herbicides, and our... Read More
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Kristin Schafer
Nov 30, 2020
What an extraordinary year it's been. Throughout 2020, communities have shown up for each other in amazing ways — from mutual aid for frontline communities hardest hit by the many crises, to fierce and creative organizing for long-term change and record-breaking civic engagement around the election.  This challenging year also made it very clear that we really do need deep changes to our food system, now. We're looking forward to the year ahead, as we focus in on the hard work of building a healthy, resilient food and farming system. As 2020 clearly illustrated, this work is more... Read More
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Zoe Hollomon
Nov 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 receive these updates via email, sign up here. State updates Hello from the PAN MN team! Hoping this finds you all well and safe this fall. The COVID-19 virus is spiking across our state, claiming many more of our family and community members, colleagues, and essential workers in our food and health systems. I have lost two family... Read More
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Rob Faux
Nov 23, 2020
Iowa 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 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 Opportunities to connect in coming months As farmers finish bringing in their annual crops and prepare for the winter months, there are numerous opportunities to connect, share knowledge, and replenish energy for a new growing season. This Iowa News provides links to some of the... Read More
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