Along with several other giant corporations, Pepsi joined Monsanto to defeat Proposition 37, which would require food companies to label GMO ingredients. During the 2012 election, major food and pesticide companies donated more than $46 million to run a ruthlessly deceptive campaign to defeat Prop 37. Coming in as the #3 top donor, behind pesticide and biotech giants Monsanto and DuPont, was PepsiCo, the conglomerate beverage and junk food company who dumped in a total of $2,485,400 to deny Americans their right to know what’s in their food. Because of Pepsi’s significant financial support, Prop 37 and GMO labeling lost by a narrow margin of 48.6% to 51.4%. Pepsi’s contribution was a direct assault on the American ideals of openness, transparency and democracy. We have a right to know what is in our food. Please click here to sign the pledge to boycott Pepsi’s dishonest and deceptive brands, like Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Tropicana, Frito-Lays, Lays and Cheetos – and ask Beyoncé to end her celebrity endorsement of Pepsi’s junk food empire.
Governor Cuomo in New York. Governor Christie in New Jersey. Governor O’Malley in Maryland. Governor Hickenlooper in Colorado. What do these governors have in common? They’re all in states that are fighting to ban fracking — and they’re all planning to run for president in 2016. We need to make it clear, if they support fracking now, their decision will come back to haunt them in 2016. Fracking for natural gas means millions of gallons of hydraulic fluids – a mixture of toxic chemicals, water and sand – into a well to create pressure that cracks open rock deep underground, and this process can deplete and contaminate local water, damage the environment and threaten public health.Let’s send them a message that fracking isn’t worth the risk to the citizens in their states… or to their political ambitions. Sign the petition to tell these presidential hopefuls to ban fracking in their state.
Help a Long Island Farmer Import a Hops Harvesting Machine for Cooperative Use with Local Hop Farms to Support Local Breweries
John A. Condzella is a fourth generation farmer from Wading River, New York. He grew up on a 20-acre vegetable farm and worked at the Long Island Horticulture and Research Extension Center during high school, giving him a lot of agricultural experience at an early age. Currently, John runs the Condzella’s Farm booth at the Port Jefferson Farmers Market and recently started growing his own hops, Condzella Hops. During the past 2 years, John has learned first hand that the biggest challenge to uniting local farms with local breweries is harvesting the hops. In order to harvest a high quality hop for local breweries, the hops need to be harvested rapidly and at a precise time based on the hop variety. This crucial standard cannot be met by hand-picking. In hopes of providing hops to local Long Island breweries more efficiently, John started a kickstarter project in order to raise funds to purchase a German hop harvesting machine from Europe. The Wolf WHE 140 Hopfen Pflückmaschine will be available for any local farmer to use during the harvest season. Having this machine on Long Island, available for use, will be a catalyst to the resurgence of the New York Hop. It will make sense for more local farms to plant hops because their biggest challenge of harvesting the hops will already be solved by the Wolf. It has the ability to harvest an acre of hops in an 8 hour day with two people operating the machine. If hand-picking it would take about 500 hours for the same two people (~ 1 hour per person per plant). There are only a few acres of hops production on Long Island at this time but more and more Long Island farmers are considering planting hops. I know this because I get calls from farmers who are curious about hops and the potential to sell them to local breweries. If you would like to support our local Long Island food system and help to make John’s dream become a reality, please click here to donate.