If the biotech industry has its way, the meat, eggs and milk on your plate could soon come from genetically engineered farm animals—and without laws requiring these products to be labeled, you’ll never know.
Just a few years ago the idea of genetically engineered farm animals seemed like science fiction to most consumers. But it’s a sign of how powerful the industry has become, and how quickly the science is advancing, that we’ve reached the stage where regulators are having to draft new regulations to deal with the influx new applications.
Behind the scenes there have been squabbles over not just what the regulations will say, but which government department should take the lead.
Meanwhile, “pharm” animals—animals genetically engineered to produce drugs—have been around for more than two decades. But the first genetically engineered animal for human consumption—GMO salmon—was only recently approved. More are on the way, at an alarming pace, and without adequate testing and consideration for the impact these GMO foods will have on human health and the environment, much less on the animals themselves.
In her article this week, Pat Thomas asks if the sense of urgency around approving new GMOs is real, or manufactured? She wonders whether, given how much there is still to learn, a slower and more nuanced conversation—combined with a moratorium on gene-edited livestock—might shine much needed light on some important issues and produce a better outcome for the animals and for consumers.
Read ‘Genetically Engineered Farm Animals: Regulators Rushing to Keep Consumers in the Dark’
We already know that Trump and his U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are on Monsanto’s team, not ours. White House policy advisers made that clear when they said, “We have Monsanto’s back on pesticides regulation.”
So why bother to submit comments to the EPA about why it should ban glyphosate?
The quantity and quality of comments are important because they could potentially influence the next president and his or her EPA administrator.
Every 15 years, the EPA is required to review the latest science on glyphosate and either re-register the chemical, or cancel its registration. That process is underway right now. In April of this year, the EPA published its Proposed Interim Registration Review Decision. The agency is now seeking public comments on that document.
Given how slow the EPA has been to act on glyphosate—probably because the chemical is so controversial—there’s a good chance the agency won’t be able to complete its Final Registration Decision before the next presidential election.
And even if it does, whatever decision the agency makes, it could trigger a long, drawn-out court battle.
So either way, it's highly possible that a new president, and a new EPA director, may be the ones who make the final decision on glyphosate—and your comments could help influence them.
TAKE ACTION: Submit your personal story about Monsanto’s glyphosate to the EPA
TAKE ACTION: Tell the EPA to ban Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller!
Long before “fake news” was a household word, playwright and political activist George Bernard Shaw warned: “Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”
For decades, Monsanto has manufactured and disseminated “false knowledge” about its top-selling weedkiller.
And our taxpayer-funded U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been right there by Monsanto’s side. Ignoring the truth. Protecting Monsanto’s profits.
Please donate today to help us raise hell as the EPA plans to approve Monsanto’s toxic glyphosate for another 15 years!
We may not be able to keep the EPA from signing off on another 15 years of glyphosate.
Then again, if we keep the pressure on, in a very public way, the EPA may keep dragging its feet—and that could buy us enough time until we get through the 2020 elections and maybe, just maybe, end up with an administration that will put your health and safety ahead of Monsanto's profits.
It's worth a shot, don't you think?
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Almost every week, there’s a new warning about the climate emergency—including that it’s no longer imminent, it’s already here. Now.
Yet the Democratic National Committee has so far rejected demands that it hold a climate debate, so we can all have a clear understanding of where each of the Democratic candidates stand on climate change, and on the Green New Deal’s bold plan to address it.
It’s just plain unacceptable. So the Sunrise Movement is running a #ChangeTheDebate campaign, asking people to host watch parties and make waves on social media, to try to force candidates to, as they say, “give a damn about our lives.”
The first presidential debate will be on June 26, in Miami, Florida. If you want to host a watch party on that date, sign up here, and the folks at Sunrise will send you next steps.
Not up for hosting a party, but interested in attending one? Plug in your zip code here to find a watch party near you.
The next debate will be in Detroit, on July 30-31. We’re planning to help Sunrise mobilize thousands of people to show up in person for that one—stay tuned for details!
YES! I want to host or attend a #ChangeTheDebate Watch Party on June 26!
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Many of us are slaves to our morning coffee. But most of us would be appalled to learn that our morning cup of Joe was brought to us by slaves.
Starbucks has long been on our list of bad actors, for a host of reasons. The latest? The world’s largest retail coffee chain’s slave labor problem.
In 2014, we wrote about our efforts (failed, so far) to force Starbucks to stop supporting the industrial “dirty dairy” system and switch to organic milk.
Now, through our Fair World Project, we’re calling out Starbucks for its fake claims of “99% ethical coffee.” For the second time in nine months, Brazilian labor inspectors have found slave labor on plantations where Starbucks buys coffee. And not just any plantations, but ones that have been “certified” to Starbucks’ C.A.F.E. Practices standards.
You’d think a CEO with a personal net worth of $3.4 billion would be embarrassed to keep building his fortune on the backs of slaves. Apparently not.
Read ‘Starbucks Has a Slave Labor Problem’
TAKE ACTION: Tell Starbucks: Stop slave labor, choose real fair trade
Regenerative rancher Will Harris wants the CEO of Impossible Foods, Pat Brown, to pay a visit to his farm in Georgia. Harris said so publicly, in this article published in Civil Eats this week:
“Dr. Brown, please come see me. “It’ll be an opportunity for both of us to adjust our worldviews.”
Harris also emailed Brown. But so far, he’s received only a canned email response from the company.
Want to help encourage Brown to visit Harris’ ranch? Tweet this!
Why is Harris so keen to get the folks who make the Impossible Burger down on the farm?
Because the makers of the lab-grown GMO fake meat seem to think they know more about farming than Harris, a fourth-generation hands-on farmer. And instead of attacking the industrial factory farm beef producers, Impossible Foods is taking pot shots at regenerative grazers.
Last week our sister organization, Regeneration International, responded to statements by Impossible Foods claiming that its fake meat is the way of the future. The impossibly silly claims followed the company’s announcement that it was switching to GMO soy for its fake meat, out of a “commitment to consumers and our planet.”
Hogwash, we said.
And so began a debate, carried out in the media, which included this article by Vandana Shiva where she writes:
Food is not a commodity, it is not “stuff” put together mechanically and artificially in labs and factories. Food is life.
And this article, in Civil Eats, where Harris, owner of White Oak Pastures, counters Impossible Foods’ claim that regenerative grazing and ranching can’t be scaled up to feed the world:
“White Oak Pastures will never be a multinational corporation. There will never be a truly regenerative, humane, fair farm that will scale to a national level—much less multinational. Instead, every rural county in all 50 states should have a White Oak Pastures or two. That’s the way it used to be.”
Read ‘Fake Food, Fake Meat: Big Food’s Desperate Attempt to Further the Industrialisation of Food’
Read ‘Impossible Foods and Regenerative Grazers Face Off in a Carbon Farming Dust-Up’
TAKE ACTION: Tell Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown: GMO Soy Is Bad for Consumers, Bad for the Planet
Tweet this message to Impossible Burger CEO Pat Brown
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