As we noted last week, the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline started transporting diluted bitumen (or tar sands oil from Canada) to the Gulf Coast on January 22nd. Activists [ … ]
Today, January 22, the southern portion of TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline is set to become operational, although environmentalists and Texas homeowners are continuing to fight against it. TransCanada is surely celebrating now that it has a pipeline…
“We live on the Atlantic coast of Honduras. We are a mix of African descendants and indigenous peoples who came about more than 200 years ago in the island of San Vicente. Without our land, we cease to be a people. Our lands and identities are critical to our lives, our waters, our forests, our culture, our global commons, our territories. For us, the struggle for our territories and our commons and our natural resources is of primary importance to preserve ourselves as a people.”
Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline got a little more ammunition for their fight this week from a new but well-funded online campaign called We Love Our Land. The campaign’s first act: reminding people of a very recent pipeline disaster that has all but destroyed Mayflower, Arkansas, and sickened many of its residents.
Before your grab your pitchfork and head down to the rally, I’d like to offer you another perspective, an alternative ending to this story. Solutions will not be found by changing institutions. It has to start with taking direct responsibility for the stewardship of the soil and producing our own food in whatever capacity that we are able.
The Food Chain Workers Alliance has a goal of nothing less than full rights and fair wages for the 20 million workers who grow, harvest, process, pack, ship, cook, serve, and sell food in the US.
For most tomato pickers in the US, a bucket brings in 50 cents, a piece rate that has remained virtually unchanged for more than 30 years. Because the rate is set so low, a worker has to pick more than two and a quarter tons of tomatoes per day – the weight of a young elephant – to make the minimum wage. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers is transforming all of this.
For decades, farmworkers – the more than one million men and women who work in fields and orchards around the country – have been leading a struggle for justice in our food system. They have been building awareness and mobilizing the public, successfully securing some rights, higher wages, and better working conditions.
Want to contribute to rescuing of edible food that gets thrown away? Consider starting your own food rescue organization – a new guidebook shows you how.
From the school cafeteria to rural tomato farms, and all the way to pickets at the White House, people are challenging the ways in which government programs benefit big agribusiness to the detriment of small- and mid-sized farmers.
The need for American citizens to become the policy-makers to create a just and sustainable food supply chain is urgent, because in the hands of the US government it has become increasingly unjust and unsustainable.
A little foggy on the history of Earth Day? Not a problem: our friends at Kars4Kids have put together a great infographic highlighting the major events leading up to, and since, the founding of this occasion.
Heather Retberg stood on the steps of the Blue Hill, Maine town hall surrounded by 200 people. “We are farmers,” she told the crowd, “who are supported by our friends and our neighbors who know us and trust us, and want to ensure that they maintain access to their chosen food supply.”