This week, my guest on my radio show, iEat Green with Bhavani, is Wenonah Hauter, the Executive Director of Food and Water Watch, and author of a new book called Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America, which examines the corporate consolidation and control over our food system and what it means for farmers and consumers. Wenonah has worked extensively on food, water, energy, and environmental issues at the national, state and local level for many years. Foodopoly demonstrates Wenonah’s extensive knowledge of food policy.
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Every year, for the past 30 years, I have had the privilege of closing one year and opening the next, surrounded by family and friends, in the home of our friends in Vermont. This year, due to a variety of different issues, the New Year’s celebration was cut short, and we needed to leave Vermont a few days early. However, I am still coming home with the warm feelings and the resolve to make this year even more productive and health affirming than the last.
Some of my resolutions are for me alone, but some of them can only come to fruition if we have many people on board. I would like to ask you to join me in some of my New Year resolutions to improve our National Food System and create Food Security for All.
1.) Let’s all push for the labeling of GMO’s nationwide.
2) Let’s stand up to the large gas companies and put an end to Fracking.
3) Let’s say “No” to cloned, frankenfish!
4) Create access to healthy, real food in lower income neighborhoods
5) Make a commitment to cook more at home
6) Entertain friends at home, and go out to restaurants less
7) Increase our consumption of fruits and vegetables
8) Make a commitment to purchase animal products only from farmers using sustainable animal husbandry, without the use of antibiotics or hormones
9) Consume less animal products
10) Reduce the amount of waste we create, remembering that there is no such thing as throwing anything away. It all ends up in a landfill!
11) Find a cause you are passionate about, and volunteer
12) Start a garden, or fund a school garden
13) Protest the XL Pipeline and help to defeat the building of it.
14) Write and call your government officials and let them know how you feel about the issues
15) Share your resolve and inspire others to join the movement.
16) Make the goal of reducing one’s global footprint into a daily practice
17) Divest all money from any companies having to do with fossil fuels, or GMO agricultural products
18) Invest in companies promoting renewable resources and sustainable agriculture
My hope is that we can see some real strides in these areas, and that the momentum that we have been building, keeps flourishing and spreading and that what is good for the majority of the American people takes precedence over the greed of corporations.
May your New Year be filled with health, happiness, peace, love and prosperity.
In peace and love,