When the Organic Consumers Association learned that San Francisco, where Gavin Newsom was named “World’s Greenest Mayor” by Organic Style magazine, was pulling off this scam to trick organic gardeners into using sewage sludge, the first person we thought would want to help was Alice Waters. Waters, the celebrity chef who founded Chez Panisse, is one of the world’s most famous organic advocates. Plus, she’s a Bay Area community gardener who started the Edible Schoolyard movement. We were sure that she would be appalled by San Francisco’s attempt to get people to dispose of toxic sewage sludge in their organic gardens.
Given the fact that the direct (CO2, nitrous oxide, and methane) and indirect (deforestation, draining of wetlands) greenhouse gas emissions from factory farms and chemical and energy-intensive industrial agriculture constitute the majority of greenhouse gases, we call on U.S. elected officials, political candidates, and regulatory agencies to support and implement the following three public policies:
(1) Implement Truth in Labeling
(2) Stop Subsidizing Destructive Policies
(3) Build an Organic and Green Economy
The White House is screaming like a stuck pig. WikiLeaks’ release of the Afghan War Documents “puts the lives of our soldiers and our coalition partners at risk.”
Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) called on the U.S. Senate yesterday to pass the stalled renewal of the National School Lunch Program known as the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Time is running out for the bill, with precious few working Senate days left before the election.
SUNDAY, AUG 15th. Stop in for a free sample cup of ice cream with toppings from 4-7 pm. Taste the organic difference! Plus, all day on August 15th, get 10% OFF on all regularly priced frozen desserts. (Does not apply to sale items.)
San Francisco-based food journalist Stett Holbrook and documentary filmmakers Todd Dayton and Greg Roden are in the middle of raising the money to shoot a pilot episode of “Food Forward,” which will focus on “people who are changing how we eat in America.” Instead of the dire, depressing images of the Oscar-nominated documentary Food, Inc., they’re looking at the people who’ve rejected the industrial model in favor of small-scale, sustainable food production.
A new online film from WhyHunger, “The Food and Climate Connection: From Heating the Planet to Healing It,” highlights the impact of today’s global food system on the climate and how a community-based food movement around the world is bringing to life a way of farming and eating that’s better for our bodies and the planet. Featuring interviews with farmers, community leaders, and sustainability advocates, the film highlights how the industrial food system is among the greatest contributors to global warming and how sustainable farming practices can pose a powerful solution to the crisis.
Frank Morton, an organic seed breeder from Philomath, Oregon, explains the current structure of the global commercial seed industry, as part of our ongoing series, Seeds of Life.
BP filling stations across London have been shut down by activists. Environmental group Greenpeace said it had cut fuel supplies to all 50 BP stations in the city. The oil firm said 35 had been shut but 18 have now re-opened.
Sewage-based compost given out by San Francisco is laced with contaminants such as heavy metals, which exist in comparable levels in commercially available soil amendments, The City found.