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Grassroots Rising by Ronnie Cummins

Almost Here!

“Regenerative agriculture is going to be a key phrase in the decades ahead—and this book will get you in on the ground floor, so to speak. Not much could be more important!”— Bill McKibben, author of “Falter

Want to be part of the Regeneration Revolution? “Grassroots Rising” is your handbook.

Ronnie’s new book, your “good news” instruction manual for fixing our broken food and farming system and our broken climate, will be out next week. You can order it then, or reserve your copy now.

The timing couldn’t be better. The climate emergency is bearing down on us, our family farmers are going bankrupt and our food is increasingly contaminated and less nutritious.

But there’s hope on the horizon. 

Politicians are finally waking up to regenerative agriculture as a climate, health, food security and rural economy revitalization solution. And more than 100 members of Congress have officially endorsed the Green New Deal as the framework for transforming our food and farming (and climate) policy.

It’s a great start. But it will take a lot more pressure from millions of grassroots activists to make the Regenerative Green New Deal a reality.

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Keep Going

“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.

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Wake-Up Call

Amazon and Walmart will no longer sell paint remover products containing methylene chloride, a chemical linked to cancer, cognitive impairment and other health issues methylene chloride. That’s because last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally banned retail sales of the controversial chemical.

But both Amazon and Walmart will sell you decaffeinated coffee that tests positive methylene chloride. 

Walmart and Amazon aren’t alone. According to a recent investigation by the Clean Label Project™, a national nonprofit focused on health and transparency in labeling, a surprising number of popular decaffeinated coffee brands contain methylene chloride.

That’s troubling news, given that many of the people who choose decaf over caffeinated coffee do so for health reasons. For instance, doctors often suggest pregnant women and people suffering from heart disease stick with decaf.

The study contained some good news, though, for consumers who buy organicnone of the certified organic brands tested by Clean Label Project contained detectable levels of methylene chloride.

Read: ‘Is Your Decaf Coffee Organic? If Not, It May Contain a Chemical So Toxic, the EPA Banned It From Paint Removers’

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What’s for Lunch?

Schoolchildren deserve access to fresh, locally grown food. Yet the foods served up by most school cafeterias are bad for kids, bad for local farm businesses and bad for the environment.

Who gains when the school menu is full of chicken nuggets, “cheese” pizza, french fries and tater tots? Giant food corporations that support factory farms and chemical companies, like Monsanto.

Feeding kids processed food filled with cheap ingredients can have profound and long-lasting health effects. Eating ultra-processed food is linked to heart attack, stroke and early death. It also promotes obesity and diabetes, two life-threatening conditions that are on the rise among kids in the U.S.

The “Kids Eat Local Act” (HR 3220), Introduced by Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), would help public schools source more local food, which would in turn give kids access to healthy, nutritious lunches.

The “Kids Eat Local Act” would also help support local farms by creating more market opportunities. What’s not to love?

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress to Support the “Kids Eat Local Act”

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Dig In!

Ever thought about starting a business or building a career in regenerative agriculture? Prepare to get creative—and to get some dirt under your fingernails.

Ethan Soloviev is a founding team member of Terra Genesis, an international regenerative design consultancy. He helps create resilient and profitable businesses by redesigning supply chains to make them regenerative.

How did Soloviev find his way to his current career? Let’s just say that the guy who in his early 20s traveled the world to study apples, didn’t exactly follow a linear career track.

In this interview with Regeneration International, a project of OCA, Soloviev covers several topics related to regenerative agriculture, including what types of experiences you might want to get under your belt if you’re contemplating a career in the fast-growing field of regenerative food, farming, and natural products.

Read the interview with Ethan Soloviev from Terra Genesis 

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