There are days when fighting giant corporations, like Monsanto-Bayer and Tyson, feels a bit hopeless.
Huge corporations have pockets deeper than we can ever dream to have. And they use their vast financial resources to buy power—over politicians, over regulatory agencies like the EPA, over the farmers they squeeze every dime out of, and ultimately over all of us.
Hopeless, because all that power gives them the freedom to poison everything in sight, from our air, soil and water, to the very food we eat.
Join Vía Orgánica and the Ecosystem Restoration Camp Movement in Mexico for the week of Nov. 9th to 17th at the land-restoration camp at Vía Orgánica Ranch.
Volunteer to camp, work, study, connect with the earth and meet new friends in this beautiful ranch near San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Camp activities will include restoration work such as tree planting, composting, seed collecting, earthworks, cooking, listening to music, campfires, making new friends and much more.
The Climate Emergency is finally getting the attention of the media and the U.S. (and world) body politic, as well as a growing number of politicians, activists and even U.S. farmers.
Alongside the massive political and economic campaign to move to 100% (or nearly 100%) renewable energy as soon as possible, we must put an end to the massive emissions of our corporate-dominated food and farming system and start drawing down and sequestering in our soils and forests billions of tons of “legacy” CO2 from the atmosphere, utilizing the enhanced photosynthesis of regenerative farming, reforestation and land restoration.
As the USDA organic seal becomes ever murkier in its meaning, what choices are left to us?
We want real organic food. We want vegetables and berries grown in the soil. We want cows and chickens raised on pasture. It sounds so simple And it is what the law guarantees us. And it is what most organic farmers in the U.S. provide.
And yet . . . if we look closer, that’s often not what we’re being offered as organic in the grocery stores. If we pull on the thread, the cloth starts to unravel. We see soil farmers and pasture farmers going out of business for lack of demand, even while we’re desperate to buy the food they grow.
Would you like to see a food system where family farmers, food system workers, local communities and consumers have more power?
Then we need to stop Big Ag corporations from getting even bigger.
The Food and Agribusiness Merger Moratorium and Antitrust Review Act of 2019, introduced by Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Rep.Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), would protect family farmers who are at the mercy of the food and agriculture giants who have the power to raise their costs and cut their pay.
Industrial agriculture, with its factory farms, GMO monculture crops and toxic chemicals, is one of the leading causes of global warming. You can help cool the planet by choosing organic foods, grown using sustainable, regenerative farming practices.