Corporations are gaining increasing influence at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), at the expense of states, small scale food producers, Indigenous Peoples and civil society. But far from resisting this corporate capture, the FAO appears to be actively embracing it. The corporate takeover of UN institutions like the FAO threatens the democratic governance of our food systems.
Our California work saw a major victory this week – a Sacramento County superior court judge has ruled an aggressive state pesticide spraying program unlawful.
Earlier this month, the California state government released a draft of the Scoping Plan – the roadmap for how the state will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become carbon neutral by mid-century.
PAN’s Farm Policy Commons is a new project focused on creating a clearinghouse for food and farm advocates across the country who are working to change state policies.
In March, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the release of two billion experimental genetically engineered (GE) mosquitoes across several counties in California – Fresno, Tulare, San Bernardino, and Stanislaus – as well as Monroe County, Florida. To date, this would be the biggest release of GE insects in the world.
Over the last two decades, neonicotinoid pesticides, or neonics, have swiftly become the most widely used class of insecticides globally. And you’ve heard from PAN and our partners countless times about the dangers these chemicals pose to the wild pollinators and honeybees our food system relies on.
Rob Faux, Iowa farmer and PAN Communications Manager, was recently invited by Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) to provide an update of his 2014 webinar titled Pesticide Drift: Response and Compensation.
On International Day of No Pesticide Use, December 3, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) and our partners from around the world delivered over 187,300 petition signatures from more than 107 countries to United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s Director-General Qu Dongyu.
It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that PAN Board member David Chatfield passed away on Saturday, December 4. We send our condolences to David’s wife Jo Ann, and all in his extended family and community who will miss him dearly.
We recently chatted with PAN Asia Pacific’s communications officer Ilang-Ilang Quijano, based in Manila, Philippines, to learn more about her background, current work, and vision for the future of food and farming. Enjoy!