Welcome to Degeneration Nation 2018.
The frightening truth is that our “profit-at-any-cost” economy and global empire, run by and for the one percent and multi-national corporations, aided and abetted by an out-of-control Congress and White House, threatens our very survival.
Our system of democracy, global co-existence, our physical and mental health and the health of the living Earth—our climate, soils, forests, wetlands, watersheds, and oceans—is rapidly degenerating. The rhythms of nature—the atmosphere, the soil carbon cycle, the water cycle and the climate—are unraveling.
Which is more frightening? The destruction of the environment and the climate that sustain human civilization as we have known it? Or the collapse of democracy and the rise of endless war and fascism?
Even though many are still either in denial or preoccupied by the daily struggle for survival, the most serious threat that humans have ever encountered in our 150,000-year evolution is global warming and severe climate change.
What are we going to do about it?
Read ‘Degeneration Nation 2018: The Darkest Hour’
Last week we reported on the latest antics of Henry Miller, one of Monsanto's favorite minions.
This week, we’re asking you to let Miller’s latest aider and abettor—Newsweek—know what you think.
To recap: Newsweek recently published an authored (or so Newsweek and Miller said) by Miller.
As by Stacy Malkan, co-director of US Right to Know, Miller’s op-ed was a poorly sourced, misleading attack on organics.
And based on Miller’s scandalous past, it’s not a stretch to surmise that Monsanto had a hand in writing the piece. After all, Miller was banished from the pages of Forbes magazine, after the New York Times that the piece he wrote for Forbes had actually been written by Monsanto.
So why is he still allowed to peddle his opinions to Newsweek readers?
Read ‘Et Tu, Newsweek? Another Media Outlet Caves to Monsanto’s Minions’
Networks in nature show how, for the networks that we engineer and those that tie us to each other, the pattern of links at the local scale sets the options for stability and transformation. Almost everything that happens in life is the result of a network. Making, or breaking, local links is the way to change. – from “Local Links Run the World,” by Deborah M. Gordon, professor of biology at Stanford University in California.
If someone asked you to name the most powerful creature in nature, the lowly ant probably wouldn’t be first to come to mind.
But maybe it should be, especially if your mission is transformation—of something like, say, our food and farming system.
In her article, “Local Links Run the World,” Stanford University Professor Deborah M. Gordon writes about the intricate behavior of ants and power of local networks.
Turns out, we humans would do well to emulate the ways in which individual ants connect locally to build extensive colonies—advice that couldn’t be more relevant in times when we face overwhelming challenges when it comes to influencing national food and farming policies.
If we want to transform this country’s industrial agribusiness model to an organic regenerative one, we’ll have to throw ourselves into working for change in our own communities.
We’re already seeing it happen. Local citizens saying “no” to more factory farms. Local communities saying “no” to pesticides. Voters asking tough questions about food and agriculture when considering which candidates to support for local offices.
We just need more of us. In more places.
As Gordon writes:
In his novel “War and Peace” (1869), Leo Tolstoy argues that local relations among people, rather than the military strategy of the generals, allowed and then repelled Napoleon’s invasion of Russia. As Tolstoy pointed out, rather than following orders, people acted like ants.
Maybe it’s time we all started being a little more ant-like.
More than 23 million hogs producing 10 billion gallons of liquid manure a year, equal to the amount of manure produced in the UK, France and Canada combined—that's what Iowans have to deal with.
And that’s why they’re saying "enough is enough."
Diane Rosenberg, executive director of (JCFN), spoke at a earlier this month in Iowa. JCFN is a member of the , a coalition of 27 state, community and national organizations that addresses everything that’s wrong with factory farms, or as Big Ag calls them, confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
“We are pro agriculture. We support responsible, respectful and livestock production that poses no harm to communities and the environment. And we call for a moratorium on new and expanding CAFOs until there are in Iowa. We are here today to support and announce a slate of bills introduced by Sen. David Johnson to close many of the loopholes that weaken protections for people and the environment from factory farms.”
After Rosenberg spoke, a local farmer whose family farm is under threat thanks to two new CAFOs in her neighborhood, explained how her community did everything to stop these factory farms, but “the system in Iowa failed us. The DNR regulations failed us. All we want is clean air and water. We want to continue to live on our family farms.”
Read ‘Iowans Fight Back Against Factory Farms—So Can You’
Over and over we hear it from the chemical industry: The only way to feed the world’s burgeoning population is to use herbicides and pesticides and chemical fertilizers.
But as we last year from Hilal Elver, the United Nations special rapporteur on the right to food:
“It is a myth. Using more pesticides is nothing to do with getting rid of hunger. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), we are able to feed 9 billion people today. Production is definitely increasing, but the problem is poverty, inequality and distribution.”
Now a published in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Plants, concludes that almost all farms could significantly cut their pesticide use without seeing a drop in food production.
Gee, you mean chemical companies have been lying to farmers? And us?
According to the Guardian, which on the latest study, many farmers would love to ditch the poisons, largely for health reasons. So why don’t they?
Farmers lack good information about safer, environmentally friendly alternatives. That’s because they get most of their advice from chemical company reps who sell both the seeds (many needlessly with pesticides and/or genetically engineered to withstand massive amounts of chemicals like Monsanto’s glyphosate) and of course the pesticides that go with those seeds.
Nicolas Munier-Jolain, at France’s National Institute for Agricultural Research, and one of the study’s authors, called the results “striking.” Munier-Jolain told the Guardian:
“If you want real reduction in pesticide use, give the farmers the information about how to replace them. This is absolutely not the case at the moment. A large proportion of advice is provided by organizations that are both selling the pesticides and collecting the crops. I am not sure the main concern of these organizations is to reduce the amount of pesticide used.”
So around and treacherously the pesticide treadmill turns.
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