“It's like the great stories, Mr. Frodo . . . Folks in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding onto something. That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo . . . and it’s worth fighting for.”— Samewise Gamgee, in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Two Towers”
Some days, the power of corporate money and corporate lobbyists overwhelms.
Some days, the corruption and greed feels too pervasive and too entrenched to overcome.
On those days, it’s more crucial than ever that we acknowledge and honor all the good that is bubbling up from the ground, thanks to the tireless work of everyday people who refuse to give up.
This week we heard from a farmer, co-activist and co-champion of regenerative agriculture who has been leading the fight against Costco’s plan to build the world’s largest factory farm poultry operation in the world, in his backyard in Nebraska.
He, along with many good citizens and organizations, are standing up against Costco’s plan—a plan that would be ruinous for Nebraska’s waterways and organic and regenerative farmers.
They may not be able to totally shut down Costco’s project. But they are slowing it down. And in the process, building a movement.
They’ve educated and organized an army of citizen activists They’ve succeeded in convincing at least a few counties to reject the plan. They’ve organized a citizen-led scientific research project to highlight the damage industrial factory farms are having on the state’s water quality.
And this week, they released policy guidelines for state and local elected officials on how to protect Nebraska communities from factory farms—and how to help the next generation of farmers transition to organic and regenerative farming practices.
This is what change from the ground up looks like. This is the work we lend our support to.
This is the good in the world. And it’s worth fighting for.