This Week’s E-newsletter: Crops Can Save Us!


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How the Environmental Motion Can Discover Its Means Once more

Creator and essayist Charles Eisenstein writes:

“A central theme of my e book on local weather is that if we’re to focus our consideration on a single substance, it must be not carbon dioxide however water. Past greenhouse results, water is essential within the methods the world maintains circumstances for all times to thrive.

One operate of water is as a automobile of warmth transport, a part of the physiology of this dwelling planet. Please watch this model new animated video about how vegetation affect native and international temperatures via the motion of water.

This video, together with companion items on the biotic pump and hydrology, comes from an rising understanding amongst many environmentalists that we’ve made a scientific, strategic, rhetorical, and political error by lowering the ecological disaster to local weather, and the local weather disaster to carbon. Earth is finest understood as a dwelling being with a fancy physiology, whose well being is dependent upon the well being of her constituent organs. Her organs are the forests, the wetlands, the grasslands, the estuaries, the reefs, the apex predators, the keystone species, the soil, the bugs, and certainly each intact ecosystem and each species on earth. If we proceed to degrade them, drain them, lower them, poison them, pave them, and kill them, earth will die a loss of life of one million cuts. She is going to die of organ failure—whatever the ranges of greenhouse gases.

That’s the reason, if I could also be so daring as to make a prediction, that we’ll see more and more dramatic derangement of climate patterns over the subsequent few years. Certainly it has already begun. Floods, droughts, fires, anomalous warmth, chilly, moist, and dry on the improper time of 12 months will intensify—even within the absence of serious international warming. Such is already the case. I’m positive you’ve observed. The climate has been bizarre the previous few years; in some locations, devastatingly so. But, international temperatures (in keeping with probably the most dependable measure, satellite tv for pc measurements of the decrease troposphere) are about what they have been in 2016. The general development since measurements started is unquestionably a warming development (about 0.13 levels per decade), but it surely has not been accelerating.

Herein lies the strategic error. Having hitched the environmental wagon to the worldwide warming horse, what occurs if the horse stops working? It received’t imply that our environmental issues could have been solved. It received’t imply the disaster has been averted, if temperatures cease rising. That’s as a result of the core of the disaster isn’t warming, it’s ecocide—the killing of ecosystems, the killing of life.

The video and its companion movies illustrate clearly a few of the methods this occurs. Destroying soil and vegetation, and all the opposite ecological actors they nourish and depend upon, leads on to flood-drought cycles that then get blamed on international warming. The complicated, homeostatic suggestions loops that preserve stability unravel. The lack of the Amazon can deliver drought to Colorado. The lack of rainforests in Borneo and Sumatra would possibly trigger drought in China. The lack of the Congo causes floods in Nigeria. All the things is related to every part else.”

Learn extra: How the Environmental Motion Can Discover Its Means Once more


Eyebrows Raised at Pfizer’s Buy of Anti-Tumor Drug

Martha Rosenberg writes for the OCA:

Point out the COVID-19 vaccine and the primary identify that normally involves thoughts is the drug maker Pfizer. Whereas as soon as recognized for its block buster tablets like Viagra and the statin Lipitor, Pfizer’s COVID-19 franchise now leads its income from its vaccine, which made $37 billion in 2022, to its oral COVID-19 remedy Paxlovid, which made $18 billion in 2022.

You should not have to dig deep to search out questions on Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine advertising and marketing ways which FT (Financial Occasions) termed “The largest advertising and marketing coup in historical past.”

“In contrast to AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer by no means thought of promoting its Covid-19 shot with out making a revenue,” wrote the newspaper. Pfizer not solely “managed commercializing the vaccine in each nation besides the founders’ dwelling territories of Germany and Turkey, and China,” its vaccine worth in 2021 “was successfully 4 instances the worth of J&J’s single dose shot, and 5 instances larger than a dose of AstraZeneca’s.”

Some former Pfizer workers and authorities officers with whom The Monetary Occasions spoke questioned whether or not the COVID-19 vaccine stability of energy had “tipped too far in Pfizer’s favor,” and Lawrence Gostin, a worldwide well being regulation professor at Georgetown College, expressed considerations that Pfizer was not “wielding their energy pretty, overtly, with a way of compassion.”

Even Moncef Slaoui, who served as head of Operation Warp Pace, was shocked at Pfizer pricing and warned Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, that the corporate may look like benefiting from a “once-in-a- century pandemic,” reported FT although his objections might have stemmed from the 155,000 shares of Moderna inventory he owned. (Extra in regards to the murky Operation Warp Pace and its army roots in a following article.)

Learn extra: Issues About Pfizer Vaccine’s Hyperlink To Turbo Cancers


Eat Blueberries to Save This Farm

Make a pledge to boycott pretend natural and replenish now on REAL natural blueberries!

The ecological and dietary advantages of natural meals come from the carbon-rich, nutrient-dense soil it’s grown in.

The “natural” blueberries within the grocery retailer aren’t actually natural. They’re produced “hydroponically.”  They’re grown in plastic and fed liquid fertilizer options. “Natural” hydroponic operations even get away with spraying glyphosate (Bayer/Monsanto’s Roundup weedkiller) to clear the land they construct their greenhouses on!

Regenerative natural blueberry farmers like Hugh and Lisa Kent of King Grove Natural Farm in Eustis, Florida, can’t compete with massive nationwide company manufacturers like Driscoll’s.

Faux natural is driving actual natural to extinction.

If we wish actual, soil-grown blueberries, we’ve to purchase from farms like King Grove and boycott the fakers.

Blueberry season is now taking place in Florida and King Grove is presently harvesting 20 acres!

Blueberries have many health benefits and, like all plant vitamins, they’re enhanced by the standard of the soil they’re grown in.

Should you love REAL natural, assist King Grove deliver within the harvest by ordering a 5-pound field delivered through carbon-neutral 2-day delivery at the moment. Should you’re within the Orlando-area, the farm is simply 45 minutes north and you may choose up there.

Buy REAL organic blueberries

WATCH: Boycott FAKE Organic Brands Growing “Organic” Without Soil

Watch Hugh Kent of King Grove Organic Farm’s EcoFarm talk

Use Cornucopia’s Buyers Guide to Boycott Fake Organic Brands

Learn more about blueberries’ nutrition facts, health benefits, healthy recipes, and other fun facts to enrich your diet. 

Real Organic Project


Constructing a Grassroots Motion for the Regeneration Revolution

Interview with Ronnie Cummins of Natural Shoppers Affiliation and Regeneration Worldwide by Kamea Chayne, Inexperienced Dreamer:

“On this podcast episode, Ronnie sheds mild on his path to constructing a grassroots motion of hundreds of thousands of natural customers; why he views pretend meals, similar to pretend meat, as a false resolution to our damaged meals system; how this new regeneration motion might help to unify our diverse siloed actions specializing in totally different elements of our social and ecological crises; and extra.

To begin, get a glimpse beneath into the dialog between Ronnie and Inexperienced Dreamer Podcast’s host, Kamea Chayne.

When folks ask what regenerative meals and farming is, the only solution to clarify it’s that it’s the subsequent stage of natural meals and farming.

There was already a practice of caring for the soil, not utilizing environmentally harmful chemical compounds, appreciating biodiversity, and permitting animals to train their pure behaviors in natural farming.

However once we first began the trendy natural motion, we didn’t perceive quite a lot of issues in regards to the soil and about forests and in regards to the local weather disaster that we all know now.

We have to rework, within the U.S., a number of hundred million acres, the place we’re rising genetically engineered corn and soybeans for manufacturing unit farms, again to what they have been earlier than the European settlers got here—prairies and grasslands.

Prairies and grasslands can solely be transformed away from row crops and chemical-intensive agriculture with a cooperation between the farmer, rancher, and the animals… the best way the buffalo roamed, the best way the wilder beasts roamed in Africa, the best way that the keystone species we used to have within the U.S. like beavers and prairie canines.

We had a really wholesome ecosystem again when Native People have been the stewards of the land. We’ve triggered an incredible quantity of injury since then, and we’ve bought to get these landscapes again to their pure, carbon-sequestering, fertile state.”

Listen here: Building a Grassroots Movement for the Regeneration Revolution (Interview With Ronnie Cummins of Organic Consumers Association and Regeneration International)


Children’ glyphosate publicity linked to liver illness

Kate Raphael from Atmosphere Heath Information writes:

“In a first-of-its type research, researchers discovered youngsters uncovered to the controversial herbicide have been extra possible in early maturity to have a set of signs that improve danger of coronary heart illness, diabetes and stroke.

During the last decade, Dr. Charles Limbach observed one thing unusual in his household medication observe in East Salinas, California.
Children between 5 and 15 years previous confirmed elevated ranges of liver enzymes, an indication of liver irritation. Limbach ordered a panel of medical exams on every affected person and repeatedly noticed the identical outcome: fatty liver illness.

“Once I skilled in household medication right here in Salinas about 30 years in the past, fatty liver was by no means even talked about,” Limbach instructed Environmental Well being Information (EHN). Now, 100 children in his observe have fatty liver illness, characterised by extra fats saved within the liver, which may result in long-term liver harm.”

Limbach learn analysis led by Paul Mills, household medication and public well being professor at UC San Diego. Mills’ research confirmed a hyperlink between fatty liver illness in adults and publicity to glyphosate, the world’s mostly used herbicide, and the lively ingredient in Roundup.

“This bell rang in my head,” Limbach stated, noting that lots of the children in his observe ate cereal merchandise from crops handled with glyphosate.

Glyphosate has additionally been linked to most cancers, and Roundup’s producer, Monsanto and its guardian firm Bayer, are embroiled in lots of of 1000’s of cancer-related lawsuits. Glyphosate use within the U.S. has skyrocketed within the final twenty years, so whereas the research inhabitants lives in Salinas, California, an agricultural group, the findings have nationwide implications.

Lead creator Brenda Eskenazi, director of UC Berkeley’s Heart for Environmental Analysis and Youngsters’s Well being, and her group used knowledge from a research Eskenazi initiated twenty years prior. From 2000 to 2002, the researchers enrolled pregnant girls and infants born within the Salinas Valley, nicknamed “America’s salad bowl” and producing practically half the nation’s lettuce. From beginning to age 18, Eskenazi’s group collected lots of of 1000’s of organic samples, well being data and glyphosate publicity knowledge from 480 mother-child pairs.

Learn extra about this newly revealed research: Children’ Glyphosate Publicity Linked to Liver Illness and Metabolic Syndrome


Hasta La Victoria: Struggling and Campaigning Till We Win

OCA can promise you that we’ll not quit our widespread battle Hasta la Victoria, till victory. We intend to close down the biolabs; drive GMOs, poisonous pesticides, and chemical compounds off the market; expose unregulated and unlabeled gene-editing and artificial biology as simply one other manifestation of reckless genetic engineering, and educate and mobilize the grassroots so we will construct an natural and regenerative future the place meals as medication, planting peace, and participatory democracy are the norm, not simply the wished-for various.

However we want your assist to hold on our essential, certainly sacred, mission.

We thanks in your ongoing help. However for those who haven’t donated just lately, please think about giving us a donation at the moment.

Make a tax-deductible donation to Natural Shoppers Affiliation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit

Make a tax-deductible donation to Regeneration International, our international sister organization

Order your OCA “Planting Peace”  bumper stickers from our Minnesota workplace

Donate $100 or extra and we’ll ship you a duplicate of Ronnie’s 2020 e book, Grassroots Rising.

Click on right here for extra methods to help our work


Agroecology Motion Gathers for Hope and Motion

Ursula Billington reviews on a few of the inspiring takeaways and customary threads from this 12 months’s Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC).

1. Positivity nurtures hope and seeds change – Good issues are taking place ‘beneath floor’, however the motion wants higher storytellers.

“‘The purpose of ORFC is to not assault the established order however to look forward: to ask what the world actually wants, what’s attainable, and to indicate what might be performed. All the time on the agenda is the dream to revive farming to its correct place on the coronary heart of the financial system, and all of our lives.” (Co-founder Ruth West).

Optimistic case research are very important to bolster and drive transformation, however they’re so usually buried underneath information of on a regular basis struggles, opposing governments and international crises. The convention offered numerous heartening examples of actual change taking place on the bottom.

From resistance against company land grabs throughout Europe similar to Lenteland and Vereniging Toekomstboeren within the Netherlands, Poland’s Green Żurawlów Association combat in opposition to Chevron shale gasoline exploration and the continuing struggles of the European Coordination Via Campesina; to system change successes implemented by policy as with Valencia’s democratic meals council, agri-food reform in Misiones, Argentina and the scaling up of agroecological transition in Mexico (extra from PAN here); and international examples of localised meals programs, as championed by Local Futures: the overriding message was one in every of hope embedded in sensible motion.

Revered change brokers offered attendees with renewed inspiration and mettle. A rousing keynote from Vandana Shiva demonstrated progress made whereas additionally constructing resolve for the combat forward. As chair Jyoti Fernandes, one other key determine within the motion, stated, ‘Vandana herself is the seed and supply of life and hope that retains on giving.’”

Learn extra: Oxford Actual Farming Convention 2023 | Agroecology Motion Gathers for Hope and Motion


Different Important Studying and Movies for the Week

U.S. States Take into account Ban on Cosmetics With ‘Ceaselessly Chemical substances’

‘You Want a Dream To Repair Damaged Wings.’

UK Information Regulator Points Warning Over Generative AI Information Safety Issues

Russell Model and Jon Stewart on the Lab Leak

Cultivating Mushrooms by Timber May Feed Tens of millions Whereas Mitigating Local weather Change, Analysis Finds

10 Genetically Modified Crops on the Market

Company Earnings Outweigh Well being, Tradition and Livelihood: GMO Corn in Mexico

Ladies Smallholders Will Drive Africa’s Transition to Regenerative Agriculture

Amazon Illegally Harvested Children’ Information Through Alexa-Powered ‘Sensible’ Audio system

We Want Our Customers To Know That We Will Not Vaccinate Our Animals With mRNA Vaccines


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