OCA and our allies have campaigned for years against GMOs, toxic pesticides, and so-called “Free Trade” agreements such as the 1994 NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), the 2020 U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and WTO (World Trade Organization) treaties and regulations. These trade agreements put the profits of multinational corporate agribusiness and the GMO/agrotoxics complex ahead of the needs of family farmers and ranchers, while undermining public health, the environment, and climate stability.
In Mexico our sister organizations such as Via Organica and networks such as Sin Maiz no hay Pais (“without corn there is no country”), and the Real Tortilla Project have achieved notable successes through litigation and grassroots lobbying, with federal courts banning the commercial planting of GMO corn and soybeans, and the Mexico City government announcing a phase-out of Monsanto/Bayer’s Roundup/glyphosate and the importation of millions of tons of GMO corn as livestock feed. In addition, Mexico has signed the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and the “4 for 1000” Soils for Climate and People agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to sequester excess atmospheric CO2 through regenerative farm and land-use practices. The federal government recently announced that agroecology is now the official national organizing principle for agriculture and food policies.
While we are pleased to see the Mexico government (led by President Lopez Obrador and the MORENA Party-the Movement for National Regeneration) make these announcements, and will work overtime for similar policy changes in the U.S. and internationally, the time has come to move from promises and rhetoric to action.
Read more about El Grito, The Cry for Regeneration here
Unfortunately, both Democratic and Republican politicians in the U.S. appear to have lost touch with reality and the needs of everyday working class, middle class, low-income, and rural communities. America’s political duopoly appears hell-bent on demonizing “the other party” for partisan gain meanwhile working full-time for their respective donors in the billionaire class, with their primary paymasters coming from corporate agribusiness, Big Pharma, Silicon Valley, Wall Street, the fossil fuels industry, and the military-industrial complex.
While most Democrats apparently believe in mandatory injections of experimental vaccines, vaccine passports, and dictatorial CDC/Fauci/Gates/Pentagon control over health and economic policies, Republicans have recently gained the support of many by talking about the Constitution, free speech, and people’s right to choose whether to wear masks, shut down schools, lockdown businesses, and inject experimental drugs into their bodies.
Unfortunately, the most vocal Republican champions of “freedom” are simultaneously stepping up their efforts to eliminate women’s rights to choose abortion, persecuted migrants’ rights to asylum, and everyone’s right to rein in criminal polluters so we can co-exist with a clean environment and a stable climate. Despite the obvious disaster of the Biden administration’s response to COVID-19 (following very similar practices carried out during the Trump administration), there has been little or no self-criticism or admissions of error coming from the Democrats or their allies in Silicon Valley and the mass media. Republicans similarly have now conveniently forgotten that it was the Fauci-led Trump NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) and NIH (National Institutes of Health) that resumed funding to the disastrous Wuhan lab in 2017 that led to COVID, and that the equally disastrous “Warp Speed” COVID vaccine program was championed, not just by Fauci, Gates, and the vaccine profiteers, but by Trump and other Republicans in Congress.
Meanwhile recent polls indicate that Democratic-leaning voters support government, Silicon Valley, and mass media surveillance and censorship (in far greater numbers than Republican-leaning voters); incorrectly believe that experimental vaccines are safe and effective (even for students, children, pregnant women, and infants who face little risk from COVID); and approve of the illegal, reckless, and unconstitutional activities of the CDC, NIH, FBI, and the CIA. Both parties, with few exceptions (Bernie Sanders and Rand Paul) are now calling for military escalation in the Ukraine, rather than negotiation, prolonging the misery and death of a war that was preventable and which is now unwinnable. The bi-partisan cry to “bleed the Russians into submission,” is actually a recipe for a nuclear holocaust.
Establishment Democrats and Republicans (with a few exceptions) behaved like indentured puppets and Orwellian authoritarians during the COVID-19 crisis, utterly failing to expose the true origins, nature, virulence, prevention, and treatment of the SARS-CoV-2 lab-engineered virus. Both parties went along with the Gates-Fauci-Big Pharma narrative that the underlying diet-and environmentally related comorbidities of COVID-19 victims (over 90% of all COVID deaths occurred in elderly, obese, or severely health-compromised people) are simply a “fact of life” that cannot be addressed, and continue to lump together “dying from COVID” with multiple comorbidities to “dying with COVID” based upon a non-diagnostic COVID PCR test.
Leaders of both parties, ignoring the science, have tried to tell us that only Trump/Biden “Warp Speed” experimental vaccines (ineffective and causing serious and deadly side effects for millions), rushed to market would be able to “save us.”
With Establishment Democrats and Republicans continuing to discredit themselves, Trumpers and Progressives alike, it’s time for a new grassroots rising. It’s time for a game-changing grassroots-powered politics based upon Regeneration, rather than “business as usual” and “politics as usual.”
OCA and our allies believe that a global awakening and Grassroots Rising, based upon the principles and practices of regenerative food, farming, and land-use, has the awesome potential to inspire and provoke a multi-partisan, multinational, populist Movement—Democrat, Independent, and Republican; liberal, radical, conservative, and libertarian; rancher, farmer, and indigenous; urban and rural; consumer and farmer; North and South.
Once it reaches critical mass, a new united front will have the power to “make the polluters pay” and stimulate a massive transfer (divestment) of government and private capital away from degenerative practices (unhealthy, highly-processed food, factory farms, GMO seeds, chemical and energy-intensive agriculture, soil and environmental degradation, and rampant deforestation) to regenerative practices instead.
Instead of shredding the Constitution, destroying the Earth, undermining public health, and impoverishing rural communities with “business and politics as usual,” we must instead embark on a local-to-global transformation. We must identify regenerative best practices for food, farming, land use and health, and free up the funds to scale these best practices up to critical mass.
A Regeneration Revolution will require us to revitalize and re-carbonize our soils and vegetation; rehydrate our deserts and semi-arid lands; rejuvenate our forests; nurture soil fertility; stop erosion; recharge our ground water and aquifers; restore our wildlife and pollinizer habitats; and preserve and restore our marine eco-systems.
This Great Regeneration, alongside a renewable energy revolution, will re-stabilize the climate by reducing greenhouse gas pollution and drawing down excess CO2 (currently 419 ppm) from the atmosphere, returning this excess carbon to where it belongs, in our soils and landscapes, utilizing the miraculous power of human stewardship, animal husbandry, and natural photosynthesis.
This regeneration of our lands and environment, in turn, will help us restore our natural immune systems and revitalize public health (both physical and mental), bring together our fractured body politic, restore rural economic livelihoods, create jobs, and reduce the economic pressures that bring about forced migration.
For more information you can find OCA's Regenerative Agriculture campaign here, or go to the Search Engine box on the upper right side of the Organic Consumers homepage and type in “Regeneration.”
OCA’s Alexis Baden-Mayer reports:
“Just as Event 201 eerily predicted COVID-19 and delivered the pandemic playbook to policy makers, the COVID Commission Planning Group intends to write the official story of COVID-19, shaping whatever investigations a Republican-controlled Congress may launch after the 2022 elections. From the origin of SARS-CoV-2 to the impacts of lockdowns, banned treatments and forced injections, the COVID Commission Planning Group will shape Congress’s “#pandemic #storytelling.” The Planning Group is staffed by the same team that organized Event 201: the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
This article is about the billionaires who are backing the COVID Commission Planning Group, specifically why Charles Koch is funding it.
If you’d like more information on the Planning Group and its director Philip Zelikow, I recommend Edward Curtin’s “Second Stage Terror Wars,” James Corbett and James Evan Pilato’s “Philip Zelikow, Former Exec. Dir. Of 9/11 Commission, To Chair Covid Commission,” Covert Action Magazine’s “Philip Zelikow’s Role in Proposed Bipartisan COVID-19 Commission Raises Serious Doubts About its Credibility,” and Dr. Joseph Mercola’s “Coming COVID Commission Is a Gates-Led Cover-Up.”
Learn more: Why Is Charles Koch Funding the COVID Origins Cover-Up?
Read Alexis’ recent article “Is the Bird Flu Being Weaponized?
Colin Todhunter writes:
“The ‘pandemic’ has already plunged a quarter of a billion people into poverty, and IMF (International Monetary Fund) ‘COVID loans’ are set to make it all much worse… here is a terrifying prospect that in excess of a quarter of a billion more people will fall into extreme levels of poverty in 2022 alone. Without immediate radical action, we could be witnessing the most profound collapse of humanity into extreme poverty and suffering in memory.
That is according to Oxfam International Executive Director Gabriela Bucher.
She adds this scenario is made more sickening given that trillions of dollars have been captured by a tiny group of powerful men who have no interest in interrupting this trajectory.
In its January 2021 report ‘The Inequality Virus’, Oxfam stated that the wealth of the world’s billionaires increased by $3.9tn between 18 March and 31 December 2020. Their total wealth then stood at $11.95tn, a 50 per cent increase in just 9.5 months.
Barely days into the shutdown of the global economy in April 2020, the Wall Street Journal ran the headline ‘IMF, World Bank Face Deluge of Aid Requests From Developing World‘. Scores of countries were asking for bailouts and loans from financial institutions with $1.2 trillion to lend.
Prior to that, in late March, World Bank Group President David Malpass said that poorer countries would be ‘helped’ to get back on their feet after the various COVID-related lockdowns. However, any assistance would be on condition that further neoliberal reforms became embedded.”
Learn more: Economic Devastation: The Real “Long COVID”
Paul Hawken’s new book, Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation, offers up a broad vision and strategy for the global Regeneration Movement along the lines of what we and our fellow Regeneration International founder Vandana Shiva has always said: “Regenerative agriculture provides answers to the soil crisis, the food crisis, the climate crisis and the crisis of democracy.”
As Kirkus Reviews describes Hawken’s new book:
“Along with a host of researchers, scholars, and other contributors, Hawken assesses our ‘dying planet’—a phrase that may have sounded inflated or over the top not long ago.
In order to mitigate the disastrous effects of climate change, we must figure out ways to contain carbon and reduce the surface temperature of a rapidly overheating globe. It also requires rethinking how we make our livings in an extractive economy governed by short-term thinking. ‘Regeneration,’ as Hawken conceives it, is a project that restores every corner of the world to health. The process involves replanting overlogged forests, cleaning up the oceans, bringing sustainable power to consumers, and inculcating a new attitude of respect for all forms of life on the planet, among other goals. Hawken and a phalanx of contributors—including novelists Richard Powers and Jonathan Safran Foer and ecologists Carl Safina and Isabella Tree—examine carefully pinpointed strategies. One is to develop marine preserves around the world that are ‘absolute no-take zones,’ forbidding fishing in large swaths of what is essentially a ‘lawless commons.’ These marine preserves and other areas would be subject to ‘marine reforestation,’ building kelp forests that have been depleted by chemical pollution and shifting oceanic currents. Another is to build sustainable food chains…”
Read more and order the book or e-book online
As George Orwell once said: “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” OCA and our family of organizations are dedicated to telling the truth, exposing the lies, and building a Regeneration Movement that can transform the world. Thanks to our 300,000 Organic Bytes subscribers and our two million followers on social media, OCA’s voice is becoming stronger than ever.
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