Before the Green New Deal (GND) twin resolutions were formally introduced in the U.S. House and Senate, a rough draft memo of talking points—not yet intended for the public—included the following passage:
We set a goal to get to net-zero, rather than zero emissions, in 10 years because we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast, but we think we can ramp up renewable manufacturing and power production, retrofit every building in America, build the smart grid, overhaul transportation and agriculture, plant lots of trees and restore our ecosystem to get to net-zero.
The “farting cows” and “airplanes” comment, taken out of context by GND opponents, set off a media frenzy. Corporate agribusiness and the Trump echo-chamber screeched that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), GND co-sposor and rising star of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, wanted to “take away our hamburgers” and stop everyone from flying on airplanes.
It's time to set the record straight.
Ronnie's message this week? Let's not throw out something as brilliant as the GND just because opponents of the GND deliberately took a passage out of a draft FAQ and distorted its meaning.
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Avocados contaminated with listeria. Romaine lettuce recalled for E. coli contamination. It’s no wonder consumers are concerned about getting sick from the very food health experts recommend they eat more of: fresh fruits and vegetables.
The latest statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) serve only to reinforce consumer wariness. The CDC estimates that 48 million people become ill due to foodborne diseases each year. Of those, 128,000 will be hospitalized and 3,000 will die.
Fortunately for consumers who choose USDA certified organic produce, a recent study provides some good news to counter the CDC’s sobering statistics: Food grown in organic fields, teeming with multiple species of dung beetles, is less susceptible to foodborne pathogens.
Read ‘Organic Farming Works with Nature to Reduce Foodborne Illness’
By 2050, 10 million people could die from drug-resistant diseases every year—that’s more than the number of people who die from cancer each year.
By just 2030, antimicrobial-resistance could force up to 24 million people into extreme poverty, and trigger a global economic crisis on a scale comparable to the one last seen in 2008-2009.
What’s the biggest driver of this global public health crisis? The reckless use of antibiotics on factory farms.
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GMO salmon is already headed to grocery store shelves. Burger King just rolled out its GMO Impossible Burger.
Now the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are jockeying for control over the approval process for more genetically engineered animals, based on which agency can rush the process faster.
As poet, farmer and wise man Wendell Berry says:
“The passive American consumer, sitting down to a meal of pre-prepared food, confronts inert, anonymous substances that have been processed, dyed, breaded, sauced, gravied, ground, pulped, strained, blended, prettified, and sanitized beyond resemblance to any part of any creature that ever lived. The products of nature and agriculture have been made, to all appearances, the products of industry. Both eater and eaten are thus in exile from biological reality.”
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By becoming active consumers. By standing up to powerful corporations. By promoting solutions and getting involved in the battle for policies that support those solutions.
We're committed to all of the above. But we need your help. Thank you!
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On Tuesday, April 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made it official: The agency plans to ignore what scientists say about glyphosate. It’s full speed ahead with the approval process.
The EPA doesn’t care that a panel of 17 scientists at the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) unanimously concurred that glyphosate is a probable human carcinogen.
The EPA doesn’t care that thousands of people who used Monsanto’s (now Bayer’s) Roundup weedkiller are suing the company (and so far winning), because they believe that the product caused their cancer.
The EPA doesn’t care about the one new study after another linking glyphosate to cancer, or liver, or kidney disease--in not just people directly exposed, but also in their future offspring.
Nope, the EPA doesn’t even care that, despite Monsanto’s best efforts to kill it, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), released its long-awaited Draft Toxicological Profile for Glyphosate—which supports and strengthens the 2015 IARC “probable carcinogen” decision.
It’s official. The EPA plans to ignore you, your health and the health of our common environment, to keep Roundup weedkiller on the market.
Can we get Congress to care?
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“If there’s magic, Robert, that’s it.”
Those are the words of Helen Kees, born and raised on the same family farm she works on today, describing the “mystical” nature of soil life to her grandson, Robert.
Kees got a degree in biology years ago. But it wasn’t until she got involved in a battle involving the aerial spraying of potatoes—13 different chemicals 12 times a year—that she got a “real education” in biology, and realized that organic farming is the only way to go.
Kees is a big believer in local farm economies, and keeping local money circulating in local communities. She says:
“We know that if something is sold locally, that dollar turns over seven times on a local Main Street in rural America. If we have a concentrated animal feeding operation where they’re milking three to four to five to 30,000 dairy cows, we know almost all of that money is leaving that community.”
There’s never been a better time to support your local organic farm, and keep farm profits in local communities.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently reported that for every dollar American consumers spend on food, U.S. farmers and ranchers earn just 14.6 cents—the lowest amount since the USDA started tracking the data in 1993. According to the USDA, net farm income has dropped 50 percent since 2013, and the majority of farmers lost money last year.
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