Monday, April 22 was Earth Day. We think Earth should be celebrated more than just once every 365 days.
In fact, if we don’t start celebrating Earth—or at least respecting it—every day, we may have nothing left to celebrate.
After the first designated Earth Day, April 22, 1970, Congress set up the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Laws were written. Progress was made.
Over time, corporate lobbyists have weakened those laws. Today, we have an administration that has unabashedly made it its mission to undermine, roll back and wipe out that progress.
In the meantime, the list of environmental crises we face has grown in both scope and scale.
Isn’t it time for a Green New Deal for Mother Earth?
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As if industrial factory farms weren’t bad enough, now they’ve brought us something new to worry about: a fungus, described as “deadly” and “mysterious,” that preys on people whose immune systems are already compromised.
Last year, Candida auris (C. auris) killed an elderly man who was admitted to the Mount Sinai Hospital in Brooklyn. According to the New York Times:
The man at Mount Sinai died after 90 days in the hospital, but C. auris did not. Tests showed it was everywhere in his room, so invasive that the hospital needed special cleaning equipment and had to rip out some of the ceiling and floor tiles to eradicate it.
Dr. Scott Lorin, the hospital’s president told the Times:
“Everything was positive — the walls, the bed, the doors, the curtains, the phones, the sink, the whiteboard, the poles, the pump. The mattress, the bed rails, the canister holes, the window shades, the ceiling, everything in the room was positive.”
C. auris is one of dozens of dangerous bacteria and fungi that have developed resistance. Similar to how antibiotics are overused in livestock, scientists believe that overapplication of fungicides to prevent food crops from rotting may be contributing to drug-resistant fungi.
Read ‘Superbugs to Kill More People than Cancer if Industrial Agriculture Doesn't Ditch Antibiotics and Pesticides’
While Bayer-Monsanto has been busy trying to rob a cancer victim of his rightful court-awarded settlement, scientists continue to churn out studies on the health threats posed by Roundup weedkiller.
Two studies released just this month, should be enough to convince regulators that Roundup should be banned. If only.
Researchers at Washington State University published a study suggesting that not only can Monsanto’s weedkiller make you sick, but exposure to glyphosate could mean that your kids and grandkids—even if they themselves aren’t directly exposed to glyphosate—could develop prostate, kidney and ovarian diseases, obesity, and birth abnormalities.
Let that sink in.
Meanwhile, another new study from the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of California, San Diego, validated previous studies showing that exposure to glyphosate may lead to advanced forms of liver disease.
And federal regulators still think it’s OK to dump 300 million pounds of this toxic chemical in the U.S. every year? Where it ends up on your—and your kids'—food?
How mind-boggling is it that your taxpayer dollars are used to pay the salaries of government employees who would rather take Monsanto’s word for it that Roundup is safe, than listen to the scientists?
Glyphosate Exposure Causes Serious Health Issues in Future Generations
New Survey in Humans Shows Link Between Advanced Liver Disease and Glyphosate
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This world lost a dedicated eco-warrior this week.
For decades, Polly Higgins fought for ecocide to be recognized as an international crime.
Higgins, who died of cancer on April 21, believed that until we have a law to prosecute those who destroy the planet, corporations will never be called to account for their crimes.
In October, 2016, OCA joined a coalition of international groups that organized the Monsanto Tribunal, where we also called on the international courts to recognize ecocide, and hold Monsanto accountable for its role in destroying the planet.
To date, our collective efforts have so far failed to establish ecocide as an international crime. But people like Higgins remind us that we should never stop trying.
With your support, we’ll keep the fight alive. In the meantime, in memory of Polly Higgins, you can sign up here to become an Earth Protector, and carry Higgins’ work forward.
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Wendy Pratt is a fourth-generation cattle rancher in Blackfoot, Idaho. She was born on a ranch. She married a rancher. She and her husband like to spend their time watching cows graze.
But Wendy says she’s less of a rancher, and more of a crusader for the future of her kids, her grandkids and, well, the entire ecosystem. In her TEDx Talk, Wendy says:
“The relationship between grazing animals and grass is age-old and symbiotic and it has the modern-day potential to address some of the most serious environmental threats we face today.”
Let’s face it, cows are getting a bad rap these days for ruining land and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.
But it’s not the cows, says Wendy (and a growing chorus of experts). It’s how humans manage them.
Watch ‘Grazing to Heal the Earth’
For more on the importance of grazing animals in the food system, and the role properly managed grazing animals play in climate change, read: ‘Grassland Ecology 101 for Vegans and Synthetic Meat Marketers’
In June 2015, OCA joined other organizations in becoming a founding member of Regeneration International (RI).
Since then, we’ve worked side-by-side with RI to spread this basic message: regenerative farming, ranching and land-use practices are essential to food and climate security.
Between the June 2015 launch and today, there’s been an explosion of interest in the concept of regeneration. We think we’re on the verge of a Regeneration Revolution. And it can’t happen fast enough.
RI’s International Partner Network has grown to 218 regenerative farms or projects in 55 different countries. We recently participated in the first Regeneration Belize General Assembly. Next month, we’ll provide support for the first Mexican Congress of Agroecology, in Chiapas, Mexico. And our international director will speak in June, at the 1st International Conference on Agroecology Transforming Agriculture & Food Systems in Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya.
That’s just a smattering of what RI has been up to. There’s more to come!
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