I’ve always considered myself basically a radical populist and a political independent. In the 1960s I was part of the Yippies, as my mentor in the New Left, Abbie Hoffman, called us, rejecting authoritarian socialism and communism as well as corporate “profit-at-any cost” capitalism and imperialism. We listened to John Lennon, rather than Vladimir Lenin. I was born and raised in Texas, where I was heavily influenced by my beloved Louisiana-born Cajun grandparents, traditional family farmers and populists in the tradition of Huey Long.
Ever since my early days in the 1960s anti-war, Civil Rights, counter-culture, back-to-the-land organic and coop movements, and my many years of doing solidarity and organic farming work in Central America and Mexico, I usually agreed with many on the left when it came to issues such as war and peace, imperialism, disarmament, civil rights, women’s rights, gay rights, economic justice, labor organizing, environmental protection, and climate issues. But I also always felt a kinship with what I call “grassroots libertarians,” those distrustful of Establishment politicians (whether Democrat or Republican), proponents of natural food, natural health, common sense, Constitutional rights--those believing that we need a radical decentralization of power from national and international elites and corporate board rooms to local participatory democracy.
Read more: Have Liberals and Leftists Lost Their Minds?
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Colin Todhunter writes:
“In the report ‘Who Will Feed Us? The Industrial Food Chain vs the Peasant Food Web (ETC Group, 2017), it was shown that a diverse network of small-scale producers (the peasant food web) actually feeds 70% of the world, including the most hungry and marginalized.
“The flagship report indicated that only 24% of the food produced by the industrial food chain actually reaches people. Furthermore, it was shown that industrial food costs us more: for every dollar spent on industrial food, it costs another two dollars to clean up the mess.
“However, two prominent papers have since claimed that small farms feed only 35% of the global population… [In response] “ETC Group has published an 16-page report ‘Small-scale Farmers and Peasants Still Feed the World‘ … indicating how the authors indulged in methodological and conceptual gymnastics and certain important omissions to arrive at the 35% figure – not least by changing the definition of ‘family farmer’ and by defining a ‘small farm’ as less than 2 hectares (5 acres).”
Read more: An Inconvenient Truth: The Peasant Food Web Feeds the World
Unlike synthetic pharmaceuticals, which often have a narrowly targeted mode of action, herbal medicines work in multifaceted and complex ways on the body. While there hasn’t yet been time for research to acknowledge a definitive effect on COVID-19, people have known for many generations about the immune-boosting benefits of various types of evergreen teas, including impacts on colds and flu.
Evergreen tea provides a plentiful dose of vitamin C, which is proven to have a beneficial effect in preventing and relieving symptoms of virus-induced respiratory infection, in addition to promoting general immunity to illness.
Watch this informational video and read the recipe to make your own batch of Evergreen Tea.
Glyphosate-based herbicides like Roundup are the most heavily used agricultural chemicals of all time, with 1.76 million tons being applied to U.S. fields alone between 1974 — when glyphosate was first approved — and 2014.
By the end of 2021, glyphosate usage had expanded so much that worldwide glyphosate sales were forecasted to reach $4.95 billion by 2025. Paradoxically, in early 2022 some farmers are looking to develop alternative, non-herbicide weed-control measures due to an expanded market and pandemic- and hurricane-related supply problems that have caused supply shortages and driven up the cost of glyphosate.
Since the popularity of this herbicide was built on reckless deceit, and there's really no telling how many people around the world have paid for Monsanto's lies with their lives, it seems rather karmic that the COVID-19 pandemic, of all things, is what's driving farmers to farm more organically…While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been testing foods for glyphosate, and tests reportedly revealed "a fair amount" of residues, their findings have not yet been made public.
In fact, the USDA doesn't even test for glyphosate in some of the foods most known for glyphosate contamination, such as oats and chickpeas. But EWG's testing in 2018 revealed 43 out of 45 food products made with conventionally grown oats tested positive for glyphosate, 31 of which had glyphosate levels higher than EWG scientists believe would be protective of children's health.
Examples of foods with detectable levels of glyphosate included Quaker Dinosaur Eggs instant oatmeal, Cheerios cereal, Nature Valley granola bars, Quaker steel cut oats and Back to Nature Classic Granola.
Learn more: Preharvest Use of Glyphosate Poisons Kids' Food
The Defender writes:
“Truth will out. Eventually, given enough time, the good, the bad and the ugly will be revealed.
“Such is the case with Monsanto‘s dubious herbicide glyphosate. The long-winding story on how Monsanto and its governmental enablers at the Environmental Protection Agency first registered the weedkiller Roundup under at best dubious circumstances is sickening.
“In March 2015 U.S District Judge for the Northern District of California allowed public release of internal Monsanto documents showing how Monsanto influenced EPA to reclassify glyphosate from a Class C carcinogen to a Class E category which paved the way for glyphosate Roundup production. It was nothing short of a cover-up that put greed ahead of public safety.”
Read more: Glyphosate’s Dirty Secrets — Are We About to Learn More?
Kit Knightly writes in the Off-Guardian:
“It seems every week some new “expert” who spent the last two years predicting we’re all gonna die turns up on the news claiming we should “treat Covid like the flu”.
“But just because they’re giving slack on Covid does not mean the agenda behind Covid is gone. Far from it.
“In fact, even as they seek to dump this pandemic in a shallow grave, they are already prepping the public for the next health scare – AIDs.
“In December Joe Biden claimed it was the aim of his administration to “end the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2030”. A similar campaign, launched in the UK at the same, uses the same exact phrase, word for word…
“Even while the problem and reaction are still barely out of the research and development stage, they’re already talking about the solution.
“Guess what it is?
“If you said “another mRNA vaccine”, well done for paying attention.”
Learn more: As COVID Crumbles They’re Already Prepping the Next “Pandemic”
Allison Johnson writes:
“We know farming organically and regeneratively—that is, with careful attention to soil health and ecosystems above and below ground, and without reliance on fossil fuel-based pesticides and fertilizers—is a key piece in the climate puzzle, as well as a recipe for long-term resilience in our food supply.
“And the U.S. is full of producers who can and want to advance this transition, including:
• Indigenous, Black, and other farmers and ranchers of color who have fine-tuned regenerative practices for centuries;
• A new generation of innovative young and beginning producers ready to steward the land;
• Underappreciated farmworkers and farming communities with the expertise and ambition necessary to build a better food system;
• Producers who realize industrial agricultural practices no longer work because they are harmful to the soil and to people and communities; and
• Many more producers who care deeply about farming and their communities, and with the necessary information, mentorship, risk management tools, and social support could successfully farm in healthier and climate-friendly ways.
“So what’s holding us back?
“Simply put, the U.S. hasn’t made the long-term health of our food and farming system—and the people and resources who make it work—a priority. But it’s not too late.”
Learn more: Time to Transition to an Organic and Regenerative Future
OCA’s reliable ally, the Alliance for Natural Health, warns:
“Will the supplements you need be placed behind store counters, or locked away in a case?
“A number of states are considering bills that would restrict access to certain supplements… We need to send a strong message across the country that these bills are an ill-advised, unnecessary attack on our freedom.
“The problem is we don’t know how many supplements will fall under the loosely defined categories set forth in these bills. According to these bills, the supplements that could be targeted include a broad array of products, including protein powders, hormones, like progesterone and DHEA, glandulars, and lipotropics, which may include essential nutrients like B vitamins and choline. Is it really a good idea, in the midst of a pandemic that threatens our health, to restrict access to these products?”
Learn more and take action: States Marching Toward Supplement Restrictions
For years OCA’s sister organizations in Mexico, Via Organica and the Asociacion de Consumidores Organica, have worked in coalitions such as Sin Maiz no Hay Pais (“Without Corn there is no Country”) to ban the cultivation of GMO corn and soybeans in Mexico, with major recent successes in the courts and the national legislature.
As Al Jazeera reports:
“Mexico currently bans the cultivation of GM corn – a status quo the Supreme Court reinforced in October when it affirmed the right of Mexican authorities to refuse applications to plant GM corn.
“But the government appeared to signal that could just be the start of a wider crackdown. In December 2020, a presidential decree was issued seeking to ban GM corn for human consumption by 2024. The move triggered an outcry north of the border. More than 90 percent of the corn grown in the United States is genetically engineered, and Mexico is the biggest buyer of it…
“Mexico currently imports 16 million tons of corn ($2.7bn annually) each year from the US – mostly yellow corn for livestock and industrial purposes.
“White corn for human consumption is grown domestically in Mexico. The Supreme Court decision in October was in response to a challenge led by crop giant Bayer after Mexican authorities rejected an import of the company’s GM corn seed. The court upheld an eight-year-old injunction against planting GM corn, the product of a class action brought by farmers, consumers, and environmental leaders in 2013.
“Citing the constitutional right to a clean environment, the Supreme Court decision dealt a decisive blow to Bayer and other multinational seed companies. Bayer reportedly said that the decision to reject its import was “unscientific”, noting that the company holds itself to “unprecedented” safety testing and standards.”
Learn more: Activists Push for Mexico’s GM Corn Ban to Include Imports
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