As I write this today, many of our friends in Midwest farming communities are reeling—record catastrophic flooding is threatening their livelihoods and lives.
It’s the last straw for many farmers who were already struggling financially. As one of them told a New York Times reporter, “It’s probably over for us.”
If we want to secure the safety and security of our food system, it’s time we revolutionize how farmlands are managed and how food is produced. Please pitch in today to help us take on the corporations that are destroying our food and health. Donate online, by mail or by phone, details here.
There are still a minority of Americans who will argue over whether this new wave of extreme weather is a result of human-induced climate change.
But the debate over whether our dominant factory farm, GMO industrial food system is healthy for humans, animals or the planet is over.
And so is the debate over who is responsible for what’s gone wrong.
An industrial food system propped up by taxpayer-funded subsidies, a food system that sticks you with the bill to clean up polluted waterways, a food system that shifts all the financial risk onto small farmers while funneling all of the profits to CEOs and corporate shareholders, a system that produces pesticide- and hormone-contaminated meat, dairy and highly processed junk foods, is unhealthy by any measure.
This system exists only because a handful of powerful corporations have been able to buy policies to support their degenerative business model . . . and in the process, make it nearly impossible for the organic regenerative farmers and ranchers who are good stewards of the land to compete.
Our job is to take on those corporations, and the political leaders who enable them. But we need your help.
Please pitch in today to help us take on the corporations that are destroying our food and health. Donate online, by mail or by phone, details here.
I recently watched a video called “The Children’s Fire.” It tells the story of how long ago, wise tribal leaders who saw that their former way of life was disappearing, delved into questions around life, living, dying, relationship and meaning.
The question they ultimately posed to themselves was this: “How shall we govern our people?”
Their answer was this: “No law, no decision, no action, nothing of any kind will be permitted to go out from this council of chiefs that will harm the children.”
The “Children’s Fire” is a pledge to the welfare of unborn future children.
It’s a commitment to the responsibility of each generation to protect the vitality and regenerative capacity of our common ecosystem.
It’s time we applied this long-term thinking to the policy decisions that determine how we manage the soil and water, and the natural cycles of our ecosystem, that are essential to producing food that nourishes and sustains us.
It’s time to protect farmers and ranchers like our friends in the Midwest, by demanding policies that support them in adopting agricultural practices that heal, not harm, the earth, and make their farms more prosperous and more resilient.
We can do this. But only if we marshall the courage and the human and financial resources required to take on some of the most destructive—and most powerful—corporations in the world.
You can help revolutionize how farmlands are managed and how food is produced, and preserved for your children and grandchildren. Please pitch in today so we can take on the corporations that are destroying our food and health. Donate online, by mail or by phone, details here.