To hear the pesticide and junk food marketers of the world tell it, anyone who questions the value, legitimacy or safety of GMO crops is naïve, anti-science and irrational to the point of hysteria. But how long can Monsanto ignore the mounting actual scientific evidence that their technology is not only failing to live up to its promises, it’s putting public health at risk?
‘Sound science’ is only a term, an ideological term, used to support a particular point of view, policy statement or a technology. ‘Sound science’ is little more than the opinions of so-called “experts” representing corporate interests. Simply put, ‘sound science’ always supports the position of industry over people, corporate profit over food safety, the environment and public health.
Jim Goodman, farmer, activist and member of the Organic Consumers Association policy advisory board, recently wrote about Monsanto’s deceptive use of the expression “sound science.” But, ‘sound science’ has no scientific definition. It does not mean peer reviewed, or well documented research.
Here are five new reports and studies, published in the last two months, that blow huge holes in Monsanto’s “sound science” story. Reports of everything from Monsanto’s Roundup causing fatal, chronic kidney disease to how, contrary to industry claims, Roundup persists for years, contaminating soil, air and water. And oh-by-the-way, no, GMO crops will not feed the world, nor have they reduced the use of herbicides and pesticides.
TEDxManhattan, “Changing the Way We Eat” will feature a dynamic group of speakers addressing issues in sustainable food and farming. As in the past 3 years, TEDxManhattan will promote innovative work being done by groups large and small, for-profit and nonprofit, from around the country. Speakers include Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio, LAUSD Director David Binkle, Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, and many others.
The event will be webcast worldwide live from New York City on Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 10:30am-6:30pm EST.
Rather than watch the webcast alone at your computer, why not host a viewing party; invite friends over so you can join the discussion and join the global Twitter conversation @TEDxManhattan (hashtag #TEDxMan) or engage on our Facebook page.
Senator Robert F. Kennedy described Cesar Chavez as “one of the heroic figures of our time.”
A true American hero, Cesar was a civil rights, Latino and farm labor leader; a genuinely religious and spiritual figure; a community organizer and social entrepreneur; a champion of militant nonviolent social change; and a crusader for the environment and consumer rights.
Cesar’s motto, “Si se puede!” (“Yes, it can be done!”), coined during his 1972 fast in Arizona, embodies the uncommon legacy he left for people around the world.
A first-generation American, he was born on March 31, 1927, near his family’s small homestead in the North Gila River Valley outside Yuma, Arizona. At age 11, his family lost their farm during the Great Depression and became migrant farm workers. Throughout his youth and into adulthood, Cesar traveled the migrant streams throughout California laboring in the fields, orchards and vineyards, where he was exposed to the hardships and injustices of farm worker life..
On Feb. 20, the UVa Food Collaborative is showing “A Place at the Table,” cosponsored with Market Central and Whole Foods. This film wakes us all up to the fact of prevalent hunger/food insecurity, this time not in developing poor nations across the globe, but in widespread neighborhoods of our own notably wealthy nation. Featuring Jeff Bridges, a long-time hunger activist, it follows three Americans and their challenges dealing not with any shortage of food overall but with poverty and “food desert” areas that ironically contribute to obesity.
Join us at Nau Hall 101 for a Whole Foods reception just outside 101 in Manley Commons at 5:30-6:00, the film at 6:00 pm, and a rich panel of experts following the film at 7:30. Bring your comments/questions for Dr. Jewel Hairston, Dean of the Agriculture School, VSU, and primary author of the newly released “Food Desert Report for Virginia“; Dominic Barrett of Shalom Farms, Richmond, and of the Va. Food System Council; and Ryan Blosser, a JMU permaculture educator and creator of Project GROWS and Dancing Star Farm, Waynesboro. We’ll hear about the Food Desert Report, called for by last spring’s General Assembly, and now being rolled out to State administration, legislators, and other stakeholders. Moderated by Paul Freedman, Associate Professor, Dept. of Politics.
EASY FREE PARKING: lot adjacent to NAU Hall. From JPA turn onto Brandon; Brandon is approximately across JPA from the back of Old Cabell Hall, slightly in the direction of the hospital. After turning on Brandon, the lot will be on the right.
People in northern Wisconsin have worked to create a sustainable economy in the state’s iconic Northwoods. But their livelihoods could be threatened by environmental damage caused by a proposed open-pit iron mine.
This is the story of Hermit Creek, Landis and Steven Spickerman’s organic, family farm, which is located near the proposed mine site. In 2013, public officials ignored the community’s objections when they passed a law deregulating iron mining in the state, but you can help to make these voices be heard.
At the center of the debate over the use or protection of our natural resources is a coveted, 21-mile iron ore deposit that lies in Wisconsin’s Penokee Hills. The Gogebic Iron Range stretches between the community of Upson and Mineral Lake, and includes the headwaters of the Bad River, a beautiful, pristine and sacred river that supplies the ground and surface waters of a watershed that reaches across Ashland and Iron counties, the Bad River Tribe of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians’ reservation and Lake Superior’s largest wild rice beds in the Kakagon Sloughs. Lake Superior is the world’s largest freshwater lake.
The wooded hills and complex watershed not only supply the drinking water for private wells, but also are the basis for the agricultural, forestry and tourism industries. Those who are working for a sustainable economic future and to protect the Bad River watershed see an open-pit iron mine as something that may bring short-term jobs, but will cause long-term damage to the region. A mine is not a done deal, however. Please share this film and help others learn about this vision for a future economy that can sustain this and future generations.
Learn more about the proposed iron mine in Wisconsin’s Penokee Hills: