If you’ve read our past few newsletters, it’s no secret: We are fired up about the Green New Deal.
If we can rally enough support, the Sunrise Movement’s bold Green New Deal proposal could be the ticket to sweeping policy change—the kind of transformational change that finally unites the food and climate movements, along with those fighting for social and economic justice.
Over the past few weeks, much has been written about the Green New Deal. But not enough has been said about how this isn’t just about reducing fossil fuel emissions and converting to renewable energy—it’s also about transforming how we produce food.
But one writer nailed it. Alison Rose Levy, a New York-based writer on health, food, environment, media and social activism, zeroed in on how the Green New Deal is the perfect vehicle for transforming an industrial agriculture system.
Levy went so far as to call for a New Food Deal along with the Green New Deal. In an article published last week, she wrote:
For too long the energy and agricultural industries have successfully evaded regulation while dumping their externalities on the public commons. We must reverse that. Both the Green New Deal and the New Food Deal can reorient the basics— and put Americans, our democracy and the earth on the path to health.
We couldn’t have said it better.
Read “How Regenerative Agriculture Could Be Key to the Green New Deal
Sewage sludge: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) euphemistically calls it “biosolids.” But what is it really? And why should you care?
As this article explains, sewage sludge is:
. . . whatever goes into the sewer system and emerges as solids from municipal wastewater treatment plants. Sludge can be (its exact composition varies and is not knowable) any of the 80,000 synthetic chemicals used by industry; new chemicals created from combining two or more of those 80,000; bacteria and viruses; hospital waste; runoff from roads; pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter drugs; detergents and chemicals that are put down drains in residences; and, of course, urine and feces flushed down toilets.
This toxic stew is sold to farmers who use it to fertilize food crops. Most consumers don’t know that—because food producers and retailers aren’t required to tell you.
TAKE ACTION: Ask your Member of Congress to cosponsor the Sewage Sludge in Food Production Consumer Notification Act
There are more than 8,000 lawsuits pending against Monsanto, by people who allege that exposure to Roundup weedkiller caused their cancer.
Most of the people behind these lawsuits have stories not unlike the one told by Dewayne Johnson, during his landmark jury trial. Like Johnson, many of these people have non-Hodgkin lymphoma—or they have family members who have already died from the disease.
To Monsanto’s victims, these trials are a way to hold Monsanto accountable for its crimes.
But to Werner Baumann, CEO of Bayer (which acquired Monsanto last year for $63 billion), these lawsuits are just “nuisances.”
A mosquito, or a robocall—these are nuisances. But a cancer victim seeking justice, from a corporation that intentionally hid the truth about its products? Not so much.
TAKE ACTION: Tell Bayer CEO Werner Baumann: Think Roundup Lawsuits Are a ‘Nuisance?’ Imagine How Cancer Victims Feel!
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There’s a scene in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Fellowship of the Rings” where Gandalf reminds Frodo that as much as it hurts to be alive during dark, frightening and tumultuous times, it’s best to focus on the choices we do have.
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us,” Gandalf tells Frodo.
For anyone who cares about the right to safe food and a healthy environment, the past few years of watching our corporate-owned government roll back one regulation after another—regulations that were supposed to protect us—have brought us more dark, frightening and tumultuous moments than we care to count.
Through it all, we’ve never wavered when it comes to knowing what to do with the time given us.
As we near the end of 2018, we see new glimmers of hope. We have newly elected politicians who share our vision for social, economic, environmental and food justice. We have new international allies. We see growing numbers of people leading inspiring new movements, like the Sunrise Movement and the Extinction Rebellion.
What we do with this new hope—and the time we have—is up to all of us.
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Want to make a difference and have fun at the same time? Volunteer with OCA, EcoSystem Restoration Camps and Regeneration International for two weeks (March 3-15) at the land-restoration camp at Vía Orgánica Ranch, a regenerative teaching farm and ranch near San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. (Vía Orgánica is a project of OCA). 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. John D. Liu, founder of EcoSystem Restoration Camps, will be on hand on the first day to share his vision. The working trip will also include a workshop by OCA International Director, Ronnie Cummins, on global land regeneration. To Learn more and sign up Watch the video on EcoSystem Restoration Camps Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
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