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Essential Reading

Shocking News About Beans, Peas and Potatoes

World’s Rivers ‘Awash With Dangerous Levels of Antibiotics’

Controversial Pesticide Use Sees Dramatic Increase Across the Midwest

UC System Suspends Glyphosate Herbicide Use in Light of Student Campaign

Atlanta to Transform 7 Acres of Vacant Property Into Country’s Largest Food Forest for Public

Organic Agriculture is Growing as Chemical Intensive Farming Struggles

As a GMO Stunt, Professor Tasted Pesticide and Gave It to Students

still from the trailer for the movie ARTIFISHAL


According to its website:

“Artifishal” is a film about people, rivers, and the fight for the future of wild fish and the environment that supports them. It explores wild salmon’s slide toward extinction, threats posed by fish hatcheries and fish farms and our continued loss of faith in nature.

The film’s underlying question: How far do we go to manufacture wildness?

In our newsletter this week we ask you to ask your U.S. representatives to support a bill that would ban industrial ocean fish farms.

But there’s another, equally destructive type of fish farm—built on land—that contrary to industry claims is no better than those constructed in the open ocean. And the companies behind these farms that try to swindle small towns into allowing them to extract their resources and pollute their environments are no different than the giant factory farm companies like Cargill and Tyson.

As the opening line in the film, produced by Patagonia, says, “The road to extinction is paved with good intentions.” Possibly. Or, it could be that the road is just paved with greed.

Either way, we’re headed in the wrong direction.

Watch the trailer for ‘Artifishal’

protesters marching with an American flag and a megaphone

No Apologies

Rebeckah Adcock used to be the senior director of government affairs at CropLife America—that’s the trade association for pesticide manufacturers, like Monsanto, Bayer and DowDupont. Now Adcock works in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s regulatory office.

Nancy Beck used to be an executive at the American Chemistry Council. In 2018, she was appointed to oversee the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s toxic chemical unit. 

According to an article this week in PoliticoPro, Beck oversaw a rollback of efforts by the Obama administration to implement the Toxic Substances Control Act revisions—despite the act having been passed in the last Congress, with bipartisan support.

Under the revisions written by Beck, the Toxic Substances Control Act now applies only to the direct effects of a chemical—it’s no longer concerned with the negative consequences of improperly releasing a chemical into the environment, or with what happens when someone eats or drinks toxic pesticide residues left on food or plants.

This is what we’re up against. Taxpayer-funded agencies that are supposed to protect the public are being run by the chemical industry. With no transparency. And no apologies.

We can shrug our collective shoulders and chalk it up to “politics.”

Or we can exercise our rights by mobilizing millions of protestors and voters to take back our government. We make no apologies for choosing to fight back. We hope you’ll join us.

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school of fish swimming in a circle around a stalk of seaweed

Deep Trouble

When you hear “factory farm” you probably think cows and pigs and chickens.

But there’s another type of factory farm, one that pollutes our oceans and produces one of the most toxic foods in the world: industrial ocean fish farms.

Industrial fish farms endanger human health and the environment. Yet their numbers are growing, to meet the growing demand for salmon in both grocery stores and restaurants—and because the Trump administration is aggressively pushing to expand this dirty industry.

Fortunately, Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) has introduced the “Keep Fin Fish Free Act,” a bill that would place a moratorium on granting commercial permits for industrial fish farms in federally controlled ocean waters.

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress: Support the “Keep Fin Fish Free Act” to Ban Industrial Ocean Fish Farms!

climate change action concept illustration with a finger pushing pollution away to reveal green landscape

Bold Move

Amidst all the bad news, scandals and neo-fascist machinations in Washington, there’s finally some good news on the political front: A number of leading Democratic Party candidates for president are putting forth bold proposals that could actually solve the climate crisis.

That’s a big departure from the last presidential election cycle in 2016, when there was little or no discussion of what has now metasticized into a climate emergency.

There was also no serious discussion during the 2016 election cycle of the industrial, corporate-controlled food, farming and land-use practices that are major drivers of global warming, deteriorating public health, environmental destruction, species extinction and increasingly toxic air and water. 

Fortunately, the conversation is evolving. It’s about time.

Read Ronnie’s essay: ‘Bernie Joins the Regeneration Revolution”

SIGN THE PETITION: Tell Sens. Warren and Sanders “Thank you!” for standing up to Big Ag and looking out for consumers and small farmers!

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plastic toy cheeseburgers on a green background

Impossible Claims

The Impossible Burger—deceptively marketed as “natural”—already contains a genetically engineered ingredient, a yeast referred to as “heme.”

Now, Impossible Foods, maker of the fake meat patty, is adding another GMO ingredient: genetically engineered soy.

Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown wants you to think the switch to GMO soy was motivated by the company’s “commitment to consumers and our planet.”

Let’s call this announcement what it really is: a move to generate massive profits for Brown and Impossible Burger’s shareholders by using the cheapest—and least healthy and environmentally responsible—ingredients as possible.

Read ‘6 Reason’s Impossible Burger’s CEO Is Wrong about GMO Soy’

TAKE ACTION: Tell Impossible Foods CEO Pat Brown: GMO Soy Is Bad for Consumers, Bad for the Planet