Local Consumers Can Support Our Rise to Regenerate Our Earth
In response to the predominant support for industrial agriculture whether it be Big Ag and Food stakeholders or the politicians who cozy up in their back pocket, even consumers like you and me who are blinded by propaganda, I believe there is a growing number of farmers who continue to reclaim their independence; to rise against and resist the powers of corporate conglomerates such as (ahem, evil!) Bayer-Monsanto by advocating for and choosing good, clean and fair food.
Specifically, I am thinking of all the farmers who dedicate themselves to cultivating sustainable farming practices and fostering education around those practices which are scientifically proven to mitigate climate change and remediate the damage we’ve done; learning permaculture, growing organic, and implementing more biodynamic methods. According to Regenerative International, an organization that is connecting people who want to ‘cool the planet and feed the world,’ regenerative agriculture is “a practice of farming, based on ecological principles, that builds soil health and recaptures carbon emissions from the atmosphere.” Hmmm, exactly what we need, duh!
In addition to amassing global attention, the Rise and Regenerate movement is happening across our nation; in Nebraska, Colorado, Iowa, and California. As consumers and citizen activists we can directly and indirectly make a difference by supporting organic, regenerative agriculture more than ever before.
In terms of policy, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) recently introduced the Food & Farm Act bill, which “focuses on programs designed to promote healthy food and reduce industrial agriculture’s impact on the environment by providing greater assistance to producers of organic and regenerative food.”
Additionally, representatives Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.), recognize how important organic farming is for equalizing economic opportunity for struggling rural communities. Thus, they too recently introduced the Organic Farmers Access Act.
Read more from Organic Consumers Association here!
Trump Opens Up Our Shores to Oil Drilling
“The Trump administration said Thursday it would allow new offshore oil and gas drilling in nearly all United States coastal waters, giving energy companies access to leases off California for the first time in decades and opening more than a billion acres in the Arctic and along the Eastern Seaboard.
The proposal lifts a ban on such drilling imposed by President Barack Obama near the end of his term and would deal a serious blow to his environmental legacy. It would also signal that the Trump administration is not done unraveling environmental restrictions in an effort to promote energy production.” – New York Times