Bernie Sanders lays out how the Green New Deal can fix food and farming.
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Without fail, every time we talk about the Green New Deal
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we’re met with skepticism. “Where are the details?” people want to know.
That’s because the GND, introduced in the U.S House and Senate in February,
isn’t a law, or a bill or a policy. It’s a non-binding resolution. Congress will vote on it, but it won’t be signed into law by the president.
Non-binding resolutions are viewed as a commitment by Congress to a general
goal, or in the case of the GND, a set of goals.
Ever since the GND was introduced, and supported by more than 100 members of
Congress, we’ve been waiting for a concrete plan of action.
The wait is over.
Last week, Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders unveiled
his plan for fleshing out the GND in order to meet the resolution’s ambitious
and urgent goals, including achieving net-zero emissions by 2030.
Sanders’ 67-page plan lays out a comprehensive $16.3-trillion package of
policies and government-funded programs, as well as realistic projections on how
these new programs will actually pay for themselves over the next 15 years.
As OCA’s Ronnie Cummins points out in this week’s essay,
[[link removed]] Sanders’ GND far exceeds what any of the other leading presidential candidates
have so far dared to propose—including providing $841 billion in program money
to transform our climate-destructive, corporate monopoly-controlled, industrial
food and farming system into an equitable family farm-based, regenerative system
of farming and ranching.
Sanders’ GND is a radical plan designed to address a radical societal and global emergency, Ronnie writes. Which is exactly why Big Oil, Big
Ag, Big Biotech and Big Pharma are attacking it.
Read ‘Bernie Sanders’ Green New Deal is a Game-Changer for Food & Farming’
END FACTORY FARMINGBIG 'FARMA'
Any mention of factory farm corporations usually conjures up names like Tyson
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Some consumers will also think names like Monsanto
[[link removed]] (now owned by Bayer), Syngenta (now owned by ChemChina) and DowDupont—the
companies behind the massive amounts of GMO grains grown to feed imprisoned
Even fewer consumers, however, will think “Big Pharma” when they hear the words
“factory farm.” Yet, the pharmaceutical industry is an integral part of
industrial factory farming.
Giants like Bayer and Elanco want us to think they’re in the business of “animal
health.” But what they’re really doing, is pushing drugs
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[[link removed]] of Bayer Animal Health reveals, a dizzying number of relatively recent
spin-offs is leading to monopolization in the world of “Big Farma.”
Read ‘The Big Get Bigger: Elanco’s Proposed Acquisition of Bayer Animal Health
Will Create Another Industry Giant’
ACTION ALERTDEADLINE LOOMING
Over the last two months, 106,431 people have taken the time to educate
themselves about glyphosate
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the Regulations.gov website.
We’ve got until September 3 to push that number higher.
We know we won’t get glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto
[[link removed]] ’s Roundup weedkiller, banned during the Trump administration. It’s going to
take new leadership in the White House and at the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) to rid our farms and fields, our parks and playgrounds of this cancer-causing
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But what better way to motivate our next president and her (or his) EPA
administrator than by showing them the hundreds of thousands of public comments
demanding a nationwide ban on glyphosate?
Before you enjoy the upcoming three-day weekend—if you haven’t already—please
write a note to the EPA. Tell the agency that’s supposed to protect you (not Monsanto, now owned by Bayer) why it should ban this very
TAKE ACTION BY TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 3: Tell the EPA why glyphosate should be
After that, please contact your Senators and U.S. Representative to ask them to
introduce legislation to ban glyphosate.
Impossible Foods, the Silicon Valley-based maker of the Impossible Burger,
admits that consumers could experience adverse reactions to its lab-grown
But in its warning to consumers
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[[link removed]] , claiming that, hey, people could be allergic to just about any of the burger’s ingredients.
In other words, don’t blame the GMO ingredients!
This GMO lab-grown burger has only one more regulatory hurdle to clear, before
it comes, unlabeled, to a supermarket near you. Any chance the U.S. Food & Drug
Administration will do the right thing?
TAKE ACTION BY SEPTEMBER 3: Tell the U.S. Food & Drug Administration to safety
test the GMO Impossible Burger— before the burger is sold to consumers!
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Just when you thought you’d heard the worst about Monsanto, comes this: Monsanto
executives and paid shills for the company argued “to beat the shit” out of moms
who criticized Roundup weedkiller.
They also declared “organic” to be the “enemy.”
As Monsanto’s new owner, Bayer, gears up to face another round of trials from
plaintiffs alleging that exposure to Roundup caused them to get non-Hodgkin
lymphoma, more revealing and disturbing internal emails and other documents are
They’re ugly. They shed more light on Monsanto’s sinister tactics. And they
As reported in New Food Economy, here’s what Monsanto Bruce Chassy, a University
of Illinois biochemist, wrote to Monsanto executive Dan Goldstein, about a
letter posted by Zen Honeycutt on the Moms Across America website:
“The funniest part about the letter is how it says my children got better when I
fed them organic. There you have it. That’s your enemy. Beat the shit out of
them and put them on the defensive and you won’t have this problem.”
Chassy fired back:
“I have been arguing for a week to beat the shit out of them and have clearly
lost. We don’t want to be seen as beating up on mothers, nobody will listen to
it anyway, it has to be done by third parties, it’s an industry problem not a
Monsanto problem … I have heard it all this week.”
There you have it. From the company that brags on its website:
Respect for human dignity and human rights is the ethical foundation of
everything we do. We treat people fairly and respectfully, irrespective of their
religion, nationality, ethnic origin, culture, gender or sexual orientation. We
value and foster diversity.
Well, almost everybody . . . but clearly not moms who have an axe to grind with
Roundup weedkiller. And not anyone who supports organic food and farming.
This is the evil we’re up against. It’s our job to keep up the pressure on
corporations and politicians until one day, our food is poison-free.
Make a tax-deductible donation to Organic Consumers Association, a 501(c)(3)
Support Citizens Regeneration Lobby, OCA’s 501(c)(4) lobbying arm (not
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Ecorestoration is “the great work of our time,” according to one of last year’s
land-restoration campers at the Vía Orgánica Ranch [[link removed]] , a regenerative teaching farm and ranch near San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
What’s an “ecorestoration camp?” The best explanation is here, in this video
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[[link removed]] for OCA’s Vía Orgánica [[link removed]] project in collaboration with Ecosystem Restoration Camps
[[link removed]] and Regeneration International
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Want to participate?
Join Vía Orgánica and the Ecosystem Restoration Camp Movement in Mexico for the
week of Nov. 9th to 17th at the land-restoration camp at Vía Orgánica Ranch [[link removed]] .
Volunteer to camp, work, study, connect with the earth and meet new friends in
this beautiful ranch near San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Camp activities will
include restoration work such as tree planting, composting, seed collecting,
earthworks, cooking, listening to music, campfires, making new friends and much
Ecosystem restoration is a growing global strategy to naturally draw down and
sequester carbon from the atmosphere and store it in our soils, forests and
vegetation to reverse global warming.
Learn more and sign up
Watch this beautiful video filmed on site at the last Vía Orgánica Ecosystem
Restoration Camp in March
LITTLE BYTESESSENTIAL READING
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Retracted Due to Monsanto Meddling
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