Nearly every conversation these days starts with: “How are you doing?” And it should. We have been worried all year, especially about the most vulnerable. We are all trying to take care of ourselves, and each other.
But we should also be asking each other what we are doing—beyond of course adjusting to and coping with whatever havoc COVID-19 has wrought on our personal lives.
What are we doing to make our own immune systems more resilient? What are we doing to put an end to a food, farm, medical, and political system that sets up people for chronic disease and lab-created, genetically engineered bioweapons such as SARS-CoV-2 that prey upon the elderly and those in poor health?
What are we doing to restore and preserve biodiversity, soil health, climate stability, and rural livelihoods—under the gun of industrial agriculture and GMO monocultures?
What are we doing to force our local, state and federal lawmakers to rethink unjust social, economic and environmental policies that leave millions of people unnecessarily and hopelessly vulnerable?
Author and activist Arundhati Roy, in an article about the heart-wrenching impact of the coronavirus on the people of India, writes:
"Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.
We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it. In a tragic way, the pandemic sweeping the globe today validates so much of the work we at OCA have been dedicated to for more than 20 years."
In a good way, the pandemic and disastrous government responses have reaffirmed our sense of urgency.
We are (still) ready to fight and win.
We want to keep exposing the bad players, and perhaps even more important, bring you the “game-changing” good news on the organic and regenerative fronts, but we need your support and your donations.
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