Fair Trade America interviewed key people at three companies that have committed to Fair Trade. Their responses should be enough to convince you how important it is to buy / coffee, chocolate, & tea that has the FairTrade seal (and the Organic seal, of course). Vague terms such as ‘fairly traded’ or ’sustainably grown’ are often used to cover up products that aren’t … [Read more...] about If It’s Not Fair Trade, It’s Not Fair to Small Producers
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Recent tests show that much of the food sold in stores, fast-food places, and high-end restaurants is contaminated with glyphosate, a toxic pesticide that is the principal ingredient in RoundUp. The best way to avoid it is to buy food that is raised organically. Glyphosate is known to be toxic, carcinogenic, and an endocrine disruptor. It has been classified as a toxic … [Read more...] about Is your food contaminated with glyphosate?
Long a strong advocate for healthier food and small growers, Health Care Without Harm points out in a recent fact sheet what should be obvious: ag policy is also health policy (& climate policy). By supporting agribusiness and unsustainable crops, the US government makes a choice to undermine small growers that follow true organic principles, thus rebuilding the … [Read more...] about Ag policy is health policy
Those who buy chocolate (or coffee or tea or bananas or …) that does not follow international FairTrade standards are saving money by buying the products of exploitation. Demand that shops carry FairTrade and eliminate products based on exploiting others! Here's an update on the cacao/chocolate business. Hershey, Nestle, & M&M Mars are all part of the problem, … [Read more...] about Do you buy chocolate produced by slaves?
I think these schools have a way to go, but they're still doing a lot better than most colleges & universities in the U.S. NOW 2 August 2017 Where to find healthy and local food options at eight Toronto colleges and universities The lowdown on cafeterias and campus eateries putting sustainability at the top of the menu by Adria Vasil Tired of … [Read more...] about Peter: ‘Campus Food — look at Toronto’s example’
Student interns are working with Peter Crownfield to complete a guide and resources for teaching about the food system in the classroom. The guide is designed for K-12 teachers & students, and will include a guide to the history of our current food system, what a better & more sustainable food system would look like, and ideas for activities to engage students. (It … [Read more...] about Coming Soon—A Guide for Teaching About the Food System
From Organic Bytes, published by the Organic Consumers Association, 9/8/16: The Lynchpin of It All After a decade of exposing and demonizing Monsanto and genetically engineered foods, including an intense four-year battle to force mandatory labeling of GMOs (a battle rudely terminated in July when Congress rammed through the outrageous DARK Act), the U.S. food movement stands … [Read more...] about fyi: Time to Take on Factory Farming
On September 24, the LV Food Policy Council had its launch with an inaugural meeting in Allentown. The organizational structure was presented and committees were set up to address food security and thriving food systems, as well as the structure of the Policy Council itself, including public relations, outreach and education. One of the committees which will meet this month … [Read more...] about Nancy Walters: ‘Food Recovery and Respect’
Thoughts and observations by Peter Crownfield, one of the founding members of the Alliance. … [Read more...] about Peter’s blog
I think the author of this essay has done a good job of setting out some of the many reasons why we need to promote regenerative organic agriculture and eliminate the destructive practices and products of the industrialized food system—including disruption of our climate, health, and the ecosystems on which all life depends. This should no be news to anyone: hundreds of years … [Read more...] about Peter Crownfield: ‘Time for Regeneration!’