Tag Archives: Big Ag

Sign Petition to Obama for a National Food Policy

 

 

imgres

Sign the petition below telling President Obama it’s time to issue an executive order instituting a National Food Policy. What a legacy that would be.
Our food supplies and Big Ag agriculture system are broken and making people, other animals, our waters and the whole environment sick. The Union of Concerned Scientists has repeatedly demonstrated the costs of diet-related disease, the environmental toll of industrial agriculture practices, and the iron grip corporate giants have on information about what we eat.
Government agencies and policies have contributed to this disaster. So far, legislative attempts to improve the situation have been disjointed and frequently made the problems worse.
Recently in The Washington Post, the Union of Concerned Scientists  joined prominent food leaders Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman, and Olivier de Schutter in a call to President Obama. The editorial urges the President to do something bold and necessary: ISSUE AN EXECUTIVE ORDER ESTABLISHING A NATIONAL FOOD POLICY.
This won’t happen overnight. But right now it can begin—with you, with  us acting in large numbers.
Sign the petition today to tell President Obama that you want a National Food Policy that will transform our food system to ensure healthy, sustainably grown food for all.

 

(Source: www.fairfoodnetwork.org)
(Source: www.fairfoodnetwork.org)

 

 

Read The Washington Post article – How a national food policy could save millions of American lives.
From the article:

The food system and the diet it’s created have caused incalculable damage to the health of our people and our land, water and air. If a foreign power were to do such harm, we’d regard it as a threat to national security, if not an act of war, and the government would formulate a comprehensive plan and marshal resources to combat it. (The administration even named an Ebola czar to respond to a disease that threatens few Americans.) So when hundreds of thousands of annual deaths are preventable — as the deaths from the chronic diseases linked to the modern American way of eating surely are — preventing those needless deaths is a national priority.
A national food policy would do that, by investing resources to guarantee that:

● All Americans have access to healthful food;

● Farm policies are designed to support our public health and environmental objectives;

● Our food supply is free of toxic bacteria, chemicals and drugs;

● Production and marketing of our food are done transparently;

● The food industry pays a fair wage to those it employs;

● Food marketing sets children up for healthful lives by instilling in them a habit of eating real food;

● Animals are treated with compassion and attention to their well-being;

● The food system’s carbon footprint is reduced, and the amount of carbon sequestered on farmland is increased;

● The food system is sufficiently resilient to withstand the effects of climate change.

Only those with a vested interest in the status quo would argue against creating public policies with these goals.

 

Sign the petition today to tell President Obama that you want a National Food Policy that will transform our food system to ensure healthy, sustainably grown food for all.

 

 

hqdefault

 

 

 

(Source: decryptedmatrix.com)
(Source: decryptedmatrix.com)

 

 

 

REFERENCES

Bitman, M. (11/7/2014). How a national food policy could save millions of American lives. The Washington Post. See: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-a-national-food-policy-could-save-millions-of-american-lives/2014/11/07/89c55e16-637f-11e4-836c-83bc4f26eb67_story.html

Union of  Concerned Scientists. (2014). Petition to President Obama: It’s Time for a National Food Policy. See: https://secure3.convio.net/ucs/site/Advocacy;jsessionid=A6B920252EDB24A97EE04C255A21F419.app338a?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=4383&autologin=true

 

© Copyright 2014 Joan Rothchild Hardin. All Rights Reserved.

 

DISCLAIMER:  Nothing on this site or blog is intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

The Battle for Toxics and Chemical Reform – the Environmental Working Group

 

 

 

(Source: www.momsacrossamerica.com)
(Source: www.momsacrossamerica.com)

 

Last week the Environmental Protection Agency announced its final decision to give the go ahead to Dow Chemical Company’s toxic weed killer, Enlist Duo – despite  strong warnings from 50 members of Congress,  35 doctors and scientists, and tens of thousands of activists.
Enlist Duo combines Dow’s widely used toxic herbicide 2,4-D and glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s own deadly herbicide, Roundup. This new product will be sprayed on millions of acres of genetically engineered crops across the US. The USDA projects the use of 2,4-D will TRIPLE by 2020. This will expose people, animals, the soil and bodies of water near the sprayed crop fields to EIGHT TIMES more chemicals than they’re exposed to today.
Dow’s 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid is a common systemic herbicide used in the control of broad leaf weeds. It is one of the most widely used herbicides in the world and is the third most commonly used herbicide in North America.   (Wikipedia, 9/20/2014). Among these consequences: 2,4-D has been linked to increased risks of Parkinson’s disease, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, suppressed immune function and other serious health problems. (Environmental Working Group, 2014)
Glyphosate is an antibiotic, chelator and endocrine disruptor known to weaken the immune system and cause vitamin and mineral deficiencies as well as birth defects. It also wreaks havoc on the soil microbiome, the health of our water supplies, and the health of the environment in general. (MomsAcrossAmerica, 2014).
The EPA’s unfortunate decision will have dire consequences for public health.

 

 

ewg-sidebar-logo

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) fought against this recent approval and lost the battle.
Now the EWG is preparing to fight the bigger war – for TOXICS AND CHEMICAL REFORM.

Please give EWG whatever support you can to accomplish this work.

Donate now to EWG’s rapid response team to provide them the resources they need to fight back against Big Ag’s flagrant disregard for the safety of our food supply, human and animal health, and the health of our planet.

 

Click here right now to rush $25, $45 or more to EWG before midnight tonight so they can fight back against Big Ag!

 

 

The Environmental Working Group is an American environmental organization that specializes in research and advocacy in the areas of toxic chemicals, agricultural subsidies, public lands, and corporate accountability.
Here’s other work the EWG is engaged in to keep us safe from pesticides: EWG and pesticide safety. (Environmental Working Group, 2014)

 

 

Screen-Shot-2012-06-13-at-22.34.02

 

Somehow, after all the reading I’ve done about pesticides and other toxic chemicals pronounced safe by the US EPA, I don’t feel very protected by them.

imgres

 

 

If you wish to read more about the dire consequences of EPA and USDA approved genetically engineered crops and Monsanto’s Roundup, developed as an herbicide to use on the company’s GE crops, here are some other posts on this blog:

Moms to EPA: Recall Monsanto’s Roundup

Genetically Modified Organisms – Our Food

The Soil’s Microbiome

 

REFERENCES

Environmental Working Group. (2014). Pesticides. See: http://www.ewg.org/key-issues/toxics/pesticides

Moms Across America. (2014). Glyphosate Testing Full Report: Findings in American Mothers’ Breast Milk, Urine and Water. See: http://www.momsacrossamerica.com/glyphosate_testing_results


Wikipedia. (9/20/2014). 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid. See:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic_acid

 

 

 

 

© Copyright 2014 Joan Rothchild Hardin. All Rights Reserved.

 

DISCLAIMER:  Nothing on this site or blog is intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.