The second half of 2016 wasn’t a great year for the food movement. Congress stripped states of the right to pass mandatory GMO labeling laws, and handed consumers a “fake” federal GMO labeling law, giving corporations a free pass on labeling.
Then came the November election of Trump, who has aligned himself with the corporate interests of companies like Monsanto and Exxon, and shows no interest in protecting consumers, public health or the environment.
What do we do next? Now that GMO labeling is, at least for now, off the table? We #resist. And #regenerate.
Let’s face it, the food movement on its own just wasn’t powerful enough to overcome Monsanto’s resolve to keep labels off GMO foods. We need a bigger, better, more inclusive movement, united in its vision to protect consumers and the environment, to build stronger communities, stronger economies and a stronger democracy that works for all of us, not just corporations and the 1%.
Response to our recent call to organize at the local and state levels, around strong #ConsumerRevolution and #PoliticalRevolution platforms, was overwhelming. So far, nearly 400 people have volunteered to hold regeneration meetups and house parties, bringing together fellow activists working on issues related to natural health, climate, clean water, food and farming.
Because of the strong response, and the need to provide the resources to help make these meetups and house parties successful, we’re pushing out the date from March 20 to mid-April. If your plans for a March 20 (give or take) meeting are in place, go for it! But if you’d like more time, let’s shoot for the third week in April—you may want your meeting to coincide with Earth Day (April 22).
Planet Earth is in crisis. We can continue to fight our single-issue battles in our own bubbles—and fail. Or we can connect the dots, unite around the common theme of regeneration—and create a movement too big to fail.