“It makes sense that we would evolve to find choice rewarding, since the perception of control is so adaptive. If we didn’t feel that we were capable of effectively acting on our environment to achieve our desired goals, there would be little incentive to face even the slightest challenge.” —Lauren Leotti (aps press release)
From The Cornucopia Institute: FDA Rules Tilt Wrong Way
7/23/13 - Today, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a draft guidance document that would essentially abolish real outdoor access for laying hens. Says Cornucopia’s Codirector Mark Kastel, “To create the safest and most nutritious eggs, we should be encouraging more and better use of outdoor space for laying hens so that they can exhibit their true, native behavior. But this FDA document does just the opposite.”
The FDA has opened a 60-day public comment period for input pursuant to their draft guidance on compliance with the salmonella safety rule for producers with outdoor access for laying hens. The Cornucopia Institute will soon release an action alert and briefing paper.
From Organic Consumers Association: Want Organic Eggs From Outdoor Hens? Better Act Now!
8/1/13 – [You can use OCA forms on the linked page] “to respond to the USDA National Oganic Program’s refusal to enforce the organic rule that requires outdoor access and an FDA proposal that treats outdoor egg production as a food safety risk.
Protests at Horsham: Stop the Drone Center Before It Starts
Interns continue to work on projects that help make the Lehigh Valley more sustainable, including campus sustainability, healthy food, clean air, and Fair Trade.
Our campus sustainability internship has been reworked to reflect the fact that most LV campuses now have active sustainability initiatives. In addition, we will be working towards a student sustainability conference next year.
Rethinking the system & working for change is critical, and this is particularly clear with the food system in the U.S. Several interns’ work helps to bring out the importance of rethinking the food system:
- ‘You Are What You Eat’: Impacts of Industrial Agriculture on Human Health
- Healthy Food for Healthy Communities, an analysis of how food impacts the sustainability & health of our communities
- Campus Food in the Lehigh Valley
For more information, contact Peter Crownfield, internship coordinator
350.org Update (posted by Nicolò Wojewoda – 07/25/13)
This West Sussex community has spoken: thou shalt not frack
In the early hours of the morning, anti-fracking activists and community members in Balcombe, Sussex, UK, successfully halted the first day of explorations for a new shale gas development by famed (infamous, rather) fracking company Cuadrilla. Over 250 people united in a powerful, peaceful, joyful blockade — that eventually convinced the trucks containing the initial fracking equipment to abandon the site.
The fight in Balcombe is not over yet. Today’s exploratory fracking attempt (make sure to check out the amazing pictures) was the closest to London to date, where a lot of the finance for these operations comes from and where the tangled webs of power and influence are carefully threaded between consenting politicians and short-term profit oriented fossil fuel corporate executives. Impunity for them and their climate-wrecking efforts? No longer. Real resistance is brewing in their backyard.
More info: 350.org
Bradley Manning Verdict
Two articles in the Aug 1, 2013 Nation of Change:
1) “Manning Verdict Risks Freedom of the Press if the People Do Not Act“, by Kevin Zeese.
“The crimes Manning was convicted of mean he is risking 136 years in prison. For a whistleblower who exposed war crimes and unethical behavior in U.S. foreign policy to be facing a lengthy prison term, while the people exposed by government documents are not even investigated, shows how confused [sic] the United States has become.”
“Let the legacy of Manning’s courage be a rallying cry for all of us. It as an opportunity to push back on the U.S. security state and demand that the First Amendment protecting our rights to Freedom of Speech, Assembly and to a Free Press, be re-invigorated.”
2) “Top Ten Ways Bradley Manning Changed the World“, by Juan Cole.
“. . . that we deserved to know some of what he revealed and that his revelations changed the world are undeniable.”