Out-of-touch and out-of-control governments of the world now take our tax money and spend $500 billion dollars a year mainly subsidizing 50 million industrial farmers to do the wrong thing. Meanwhile 700 million small family farms and herders, comprising the 3 billion people who produce 70 percent of the world’s food on just 25 percent of the world’s acreage, struggle to make ends meet.
Similarly, corrupt, governments subsidize fossil fuels to the tune of $5.3 trillion dollars a year, while spending more than $3 trillion dollars annually on weapons—mainly to prop up our global fossil fuel system and overseas empires.
As even the Pentagon now admits, climate change, land degradation (erosion and desertification), and rural poverty are now primary driving forces of sectarian strife and war (and massive waves of refugees) in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. U.S. military intervention in these regions, under the guise of “regime change” or democratization, has only made things worse.
If the global grassroots can reach out to one another, bypassing our corrupt governments, and break down the geographic, linguistic and cultural walls that separate us, we can launch a global Regeneration Revolution. Through a diversity of messages, frames and campaigns, by connecting the dots between all the burning issues we care about, we will find the strength, numbers, courage and compassion to build the largest grassroots coalition in history—to safeguard our common home, our survival and the survival of the future generations.
Read Ronnie’s essay: ‘Regeneration: The Next Stage of Organic Food and Farming—and Civilization’
Nothing says summer like lawns and gardens. And nothing says poison like Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller.
Last week we asked you to pressure big retailers—Amazon, Costco, Home Depot and Walmart—to stop selling Monsanto’s Roundup, a cancer-causing herbicide widely applied to food crops, public parks and lawns and gardens.
This week, we’re asking you to boycott all of the brands owned by Scotts Miracle-Gro—the exclusive distributor of Roundup to retail stores in the U.S.
Scotts (according to company statements) is the world’s largest lawn and garden products company. The Marysville, Ohio-based company markets a lineup of at least 21 brands—including an organic line, called Nature’s Care.
Scotts distributes about $154 million worth of Roundup each year to retail giants, including Amazon, Costco, Home Depot and Walmart.
Scotts also pushes Roundup for use on private lawns and public parks—something the company is well positioned to do, since its 2015 purchase of lawncare service provider TruGreen (formerly ChemLawn).
And let’s not forget: Scotts is also partners with Monsanto to market Roundup-Ready genetically engineered grass seed— a product both companies successfully lobbied the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for an exemption from pre-market safety testing. (OCA previously called for a boycott of Scotts products after the company launched its GMO grass seed).
As the popular online investment site, The Motley Fool, suggests, Scotts would survive just fine without its sales of Roundup. In fact, sales of Scotts products might actually improve if the company disassociated itself from Monsanto.
Until then, consumers should steer clear of any and all Scotts brands.
TAKE ACTION: Tell Scotts Miracle-Gro CEO Jim Hagedorn: I’m boycotting ALL Scotts brands until you stop selling Monsanto’s Roundup!
Call the company at 937-644-0011 or call their customer service line at 888-270-3714
Post on Scotts Facebook page
Tweet: @Scotts_MGro Ditch Monsanto’s cancer-causing Roundup!
It’s tempting to sit back and look to “leaders” to fix everything—our broken healthcare, food and farming, political systems, included. But that’s not gonna happen.
How do we address the crises we face? The health, climate, political crises? The spiritual and ethical crises that plague today’s society? The false divisions that serve no one except the political forces that create and feed those divisions?
We need to ditch those false divisions. We need to unite around a common cause: regeneration.
In his talk last week in Houston, Texas, OCA’s Ronnie Cummins challenged listeners to connect the dots between food, farming, health, politics, climate, social and economic justice, and work together to “make America organic again.”
How? We hear it often, but it bears repeating: Real change happens from the bottom up, not the top down. That's why we're urging you to get involved.
Since launching the #Resist and #Regenerate Movement a few weeks ago on Meetup.com, 226 chapters have been formed, with nearly 3700 members. (We still need some volunteers to lead some of these groups. Interested? Email email@example.com)
We think Meetup.com, an online tool, can play a key role in helping us all bridge the gap between online and on-the-ground activism. The concept is simple: Start a #Resist and #Regenerate group on Meetup, reach out and invite local activists and concerned citizens to a meeting, identify a local issue or local candidate, and start working together—in your own backyard.
Watch Ronnie speak at the Organic Horticulture Benefits Alliance (OHBA) in Houston, Texas
Watch our Meetup webinars for tips on how to organize
Find and join a #Resist & #Regenerate Meetup near you
Start your own #Resist & #Regenerate Meetup group in your community
Watch Ronnie broadcast live on OCA’s Facebook page
"I think that it is conceivable that we could wake up and we could have activists controlling literally the local level in a way that we've never seen before. With that power, we'd have the sovereignty to pass legislation that really fundamentally affects people's lives." – Micah White, Occupy activist
We can’t hammer home this point often, or loudly, enough: As long as the people who sit on our local school and park boards, on our local city councils, who pass and reject legislation in our state capitals, who govern from the halls of Congress—as long as those people do the bidding of local businesses and chambers of commerce, or large multi-national corporations like Monsanto and Exxon, the only future we can look forward to is a future of poor health, a polluted environment, a broken democracy, and a socially and economically unjust society.
We saw it with GMO labeling. More than 90 percent of Americans, consistently, supported mandatory labeling of GMOs. Big Money defeated labeling initiatives in California, Washington State and Oregon. But Vermont lawmakers listened to their constituents. Vermont passed a strong GMO labeling law, and watched as corporations like Campbell’s and Hershey’s began to comply with that law.
Until Congress, beholden to Monsanto and Big Food, killed GMO labeling for good.
As more news comes out about possible collusion between Monsanto and EPA officials to bury the truth about Monsanto’s poisonous chemicals, as more lawsuits are filed and more whistleblowers speak up, we are planning to ramp up our campaign against Monsanto, on behalf of consumers like you.
But we’ll need your help. Both to support our broad and intensified campaign against Monsanto. And to get new, responsible, ethical leaders elected at the local, state and federal level. Leaders who will work for us—not corporate America.
Conceivable? We think so. A matter of survival? Absolutely.
Donate to the Organic Consumers Association (tax-deductible, helps support our work on behalf of organic standards, fair trade and public education)
Donate to Organic Consumers Action (non-tax-deductible, but necessary for our GMO labeling legislative efforts)
Support OCA's Regeneration International Project (tax-deductible, helps support our work on behalf of organic, regenerative agriculture and climate change)
While Trump mulls pulling out of the international Paris climate agreement, the 52 countries that make up the Commonwealth of Nations are collaborating on strategies to address global warming—strategies that will also strengthen their economic resilience.
“The ideas are already out there,” Prince Charles told a gathering of Commonwealth representatives in London, at the Commonwealth’s first Regenerative Development to Reverse Climate Change Conference, held May 18, 2017, in London.
OCA’s Regeneration International project sent several of our representatives to the conference. We put together an overview video with some of the highlights. Plus we conducted a few exclusive interviews with some of the speakers, including Patricia Scotland, secretary general of the Commonwealth; David McConville from the Buckminster Fuller Institute; and Paul Hawken, of Project Drawdown.
The Commonwealth’s secretary general explained in our interview with her why the Commonwealth is optimistic in the face of the growing threat global warming poses to its member states:
“That which we hoped might be possible, is possible. It is doable. As our atmosphere has gotten hotter and hotter, what we have seen is that the earth, which needs the carbon, is losing the carbon, and degenerating. So how do we send that carbon home? If you now look at what our traditional farmers were doing, and understand that traditional farming, it re-irrigates land, and can turn land that’s a desert back into green, usable land.”
The Commonwealth member states, which represent some of those regions in the world considered the most highly vulnerable to climate-related food and economic insecurity, have committed to an ongoing schedule of conferences on regenerative development.
Good to know that some world leaders have connected the dots between agriculture, climate, and economic and food security.
Watch the overview video
More videos from the Regenerative Development to Reverse Climate Change Conference in London
Nothing lifts the spirits quite like discovering good things happening in the world of agriculture and land restoration—and rewarding the people behind those good things.
Last year, OCA’s Regeneration International (RI) project announced a global competition for the best scalable and replicable regeneration projects. After much deliberation—and much lamenting of the fact that only five projects could win—the RI steering committee announced the winners.
The winning projects, selected from a field of 216 entries from 60 countries, are:
Acacias for All (Tunisia), for halting desertification caused by climate change in Tunisia by planting green walls of acacia trees in collaboration with local rural populations.
Agua Santa Regeneration (Ecuador), for restoring highly degraded ancestral lands in the high Andes of Ecuador and supporting the families of surrounding communities by supplying fruit trees for their gardens and offering trainings in agroforestry.
Grow a Farmer (Uganda), for combining information communication technology, permaculture and business into a single 'three-dimensional model' that will build a critical mass of small-scale farmers to enable them to regenerate ecosystems and build self-sustaining communities.
Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods (SOIL) (Haiti), a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting soil resources, restoring the environment, promoting the growth of local economies, and empowering communities through transforming waste into resources such as compost in Haiti.
Worldview International Foundation (WIF) (Myanmar), for its pilot project with two local universities to restore 750 ha of mangrove forest by planting millions of trees.
These five winning projects, along with the many other creative and worthwhile projects that entered the competition, give us hope for a better—and regenerative—future.
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