Beloved, long-time OCA staff organizer and Board Member Pat Kerrigan passed away after complications related to a heart attack this week in Minneapolis.
Pat helped launch OCA as one of the original and ongoing board members since 1998. He helped organize rBGH milk protests in 1993, and continued with many other campaigns, putting his organizing efforts, heart and passion into including: Save Organic Standards, GMO Right to Know, Planting Peace, Save the Bees, Farmers and Ranchers for a Green New Deal and Regeneration Midwest. He was a force to be reckoned with as a passionate and dedicated organizer.
Pat was a walking encyclopedia for local, organic, and hopeful farming news. He spent his life building bridges for good health and resiliency for mother earth. His dedication, spirit, and deep passion will have lasting effects on the survival of our planet, it’s creatures, and the farmers he so revered. The seeds he planted will bear fruit for years to come. Pat's generous spirit, inclusive and engaging nature, and contagious joy captivated everyone around him.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Patrick Kerrigan was one of the most positive and enthusiastic organic revolutionaries on the planet. Anyone who came into contact with this wild, funny, and beautiful Irishman will never forget him. We are grateful for the inspiration, joy and humor he brought daily to all his interactions. He is loved by so many people and we are honored to have been able to have him as part our team and lives.
Watch the video memorial for Pat
Donate to GoFundMe to help with Pat’s funeral and hospital expenses not covered with insurance
Read the obituary for Patrick Kerrigan in his hometown newspaper, the Star Tribune
Since the onset of the international health and political crisis precipitated by COVID-19, I’ve been obsessively reading articles, scientific papers, books, and watching videos and podcasts on the pandemic. I’ve been discussing and exchanging emails with my closest and most well-informed activist and scientific counterparts across the globe on a daily basis, especially focusing on the now obvious lab origins and genetic engineering of SARS CoV-2 and the establishment cover up and censorship that is now unraveling. I’ve written and selected numerous articles and videos for publication in this newsletter, and co-authored a best-selling book with Dr. Joseph Mercola, The Truth About COVID-19 on the origins, nature, virulence, prevention, and treatment of COVID-19.
In preparation for our upcoming campaign to defund and ban the Mad Science of weaponizing viruses, bacteria, and insects, euphemistically called Gain-of-Function research, the criminal negligence that gave rise to COVID-19, I’ve doubled-down on my research. This week I just read and then reread an important book on the origins of the pandemic, written by an Australian investigative reporter Sharri Markson, entitled What Really Happened at Wuhan: The Cover Ups, the Conspiracies, and the Classified Research.
Read more: What Really Happened at Wuhan?
OCA’s ally in the UK, Alliance for Natural Health, writes:
‘System failure’ may be one of the most concise descriptions that captures the current catastrophic decline in both planetary and human health. Accordingly, any unilateral or even limited technology-based interventions that intend to resolve environmental or human health crises, are unlikely to be enough on their own. System failure demands system-based solutions, ones that go well beyond the provision of new technologies.
In his keynote presentation for the European Congress for Integrative Medicine on Sunday November 7, 2021, sustainability scientist, Rob Verkerk PhD, examines some of the systemic changes that are now needed to resolve the parallel crises we face, involving economic, political and social systems, including ways of encouraging sustainable changes in human behavior. In his presentation, which he has recorded, Verkerk references metrics that allow us to better measure our effects on these systems as well as considering the advantages and disadvantages of centralised and decentralised approaches.
Read more: Is there a common solution to our planetary and health woes?
In this 30-minute video interview with Ben Dobson of the Hudson Carbon Project (Hudson, NY) hosted by Alexis Baden-Mayer, Ben and Alexis discuss how, on the one hand, most “carbon credits” nowadays have become little more than a greenwashing tool for corporate agribusiness and Wall Street, while on the other hand, Regeneration International, Hudson Carbon, Via Organica (OCA’s sister organization in Mexico) and other groups are building a genuine climate and environmentally regenerative grassroots-based alternative to greenwashing that we call “Ecosystem Service Investments.”
This system of scientifically verifiable carbon offsets or Ecosystem Service Investments, not only operates on the principle of forcing the polluters to pay; but at the same time preserves our forests, wetlands, and above ground plant life; draws down and sequesters large amounts of excess carbon from the atmosphere; restores soil fertility, rainwater retention, and biodiversity, meanwhile paying farmers a fair price ($100 or more per ton of carbon per acre/per year) for carbon sequestered through regenerative practices.
In other words, instead of just criticizing Wall Street and transnational corporations we encourage/pressure/force them to pay for their pollution, leave carbon reserves in the ground, and pay farmers, indigenous, and rural communities to reverse climate change and global warming though regenerative and organic farming, grazing, and land management practices.
Watch the Interview: Ben Dobson, Will Harris, and Ronnie Cummins - Regeneration International Podcast Episode 2
Timothy Wise writes:
“As world leaders wrap up the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, new scientific research shows that there is still a great deal of magical thinking about the contribution of fertilizer to global warming.
“Philanthropist Bill Gates fed the retreat from science in his book How to Avoid a Climate Disaster earlier this year. ‘To me fertilizer is magical,’ he confesses, nitrogen fertilizer in particular. Under a photo of a beaming Gates in a Yara fertilizer distribution warehouse in Tanzania, he explains that "to grow crops, you want tons of nitrogen—way more than you would ever find in a natural setting [sic]…. But nitrogen makes climate change much worse."
Learn more: Beware the 'Climate-Stupid Agriculture' of Bill Gates and His Allies
Bill McKibben writes:
“As the second week of the COP26 United Nations global climate talks began in Glasgow on Monday, the Washington Post published a truly remarkable piece of reporting that will surely demoralize the hardworking people gathered in the convention hall trying to hammer out an agreement. A team led by the Post’s veteran climate analyst Chris Mooney went through the emissions data proffered by countries at the summit, and found that they were in many cases wildly wrong. Malaysia, for instance, claimed that its forests are sucking up so much carbon that its net emissions are smaller than tiny Belgium’s—even though most researchers are convinced that clearing peatlands for palm-oil plantations, as Malaysia has been doing, is the very definition of a carbon bomb. The Central African Republic reported that its land absorbs 1.8 billion tons of carbon a year; the Post termed it “an immense and improbable amount that would effectively offset the annual emissions of Russia.” The worst-case scenario: the emissions data could be off by twenty-three per cent over all, or roughly the equivalent of China’s emissions.”
Learn more: Trust Is Hard to Find at the U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow
Charles Eisenstein writes:
“As of a September 2019 Gallup poll, only a few months before the COVID-19 pandemic, Big Pharma was the least trusted of America’s 25 top industry sectors, No. 25 of 25. In the eyes of ordinary Americans, it had both the highest negatives and the lowest positives of all industries. At No. 24 was the federal government, and at No. 23 was the health care industry. These three industries form a neat troika (though at No. 22 was the advertising and public relations industry, which facilitates the work of the other three.)
“Given the track record of the pharmaceutical companies and their regulators, no wonder a large percentage of the public is ‘hesitant’ to get their COVID shots… “
“The term ‘vaccine hesitancy’ is patronizing and presumptuous. It encodes a smug certainty that official messaging on the vaccines is reliable, that reigning medical paradigms are sound, that the knowledge medical science produces is trustworthy. Science is real! Duh.
“In fact, there is increasing reason to believe that just as in the past, the pharmaceutical-regulatory complex is distorting, hiding, and manipulating data to support its narrative.”
Read more: Elements of Refusal
Be "a force for good" and conduct business "as if people and place mattered."
That's what it means to be a B corporation, according to the B Corp Declaration of Interdependence.
So why is B corp Danone dropping 89 family farms that produce milk for its Horizon Organic label?
Lifelong dairy farmer, Wayne Bragg, 74, told the Press Herald that Danone would rather buy milk from larger farms.
“They can make more money,” Bragg said. His son, Cliff Bragg, now runs Bragg Homestead in Sidney, Maine, where they have 50 milk cows. “It’s not that the small farmer can’t make it nowadays, but they just don’t want to pick you up.” Danone is leaving the Northeast region and replacing these 89 farms with larger ones closer to their processing facility in Elma, New York.
Putting small pasture-based organic dairy farms out of business and replacing them with factory-farmed organic is a clear violation of B Corp ethics. That's why Organic Consumers Association has joined a coalition organized by the Organic Farmers Association to file a complaint with B Lab.
SIGN THE PETITION: If Horizon Organic drops small family farms, B Lab should drop Danone!
WATCH: Horizon Organic's "F You" to 89 Family Farms
Google, Facebook, and the other Silicon Valley giants have been marginalizing and “shadow banning” OCA and our closest allies now for several years, especially since the onset of COVID-19. Whereas we used to rank high in the Google search engines, recently our Google traffic has fallen precipitously, while warnings from Facebook and YouTube to stay away from forbidden topics or lose our access to our several million followers have increased. As a result of these threats and shadow banning, OCA now has to produce two newsletters every week, one for our subscribers (uncensored) and one which we are allowed to post on social media (censored).
To carry on our mission, despite corporate lies, government intimidation, and social media censorship, we need your help.
Please get your friends and everyone you know to become subscribers of Organic Bytes, since we may be “de-platformed” any day now on Facebook and social media.
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