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In the News – from Champions of the Commons 4/14/13

In the news  April 14, 2013 from the Chamber of Common

 RIGHTS

A New Civil Rights Movement: Liberating Our Communities from Corporate Control

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Published on Apr 2, 2013

www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZD9Iisiywm

Thomas Linzey, Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) joins Thom Hartmann. Towns across Pennsylvania are fighting back against corporate power – all in an effort to put the power of the people back into our Democracy. How will these efforts in the Keystone State influence the national fight to overturn Citizen’s United – and take corporate cash our of politics?

CELDF is making sense with its interpretation of the problems surrounding the tightening box of laws and restrictions and why is it so difficult to escape this box. In a presentation today at Josephine County Fairgrounds, Kai Huschke spoke on Community Rights vs Corporate Control. The presentation was sponsored by Illinois Valley Pesticide Awareness Coalition and GMO Free Jackson County.  Friend them on Facebook. and ask about the video of Kai’s talk

Kai will speak on Monday at 11 am at the Ashland Library following the 9 to 11 am meeting of GMO Free Jackson County

MOVE TO AMEND RALLY – MAY 10TH    FIND INFO ON FACEBOOK AT JACKSON COUNTY MOVE TO AMEND

 

 

 

 

The Environment:

Speakers Allan Savory: Grassland ecosystem pioneer

Allan Savory works to promote holistic management in the grasslands of the world.

Why you should listen to him:

Desertification of the world’s grasslands, Allan Savory suggests, is the immediate cause of poverty, social breakdown, violence, cultural genocide — and a significent contribution to climate change. In the 1960s, while working in Africa on the interrelated problems of increasing poverty and disappearing wildlife, Savory made a significant breakthrough in understanding the degradation and desertification of grassland ecosystems. After decades of study and collaboration, thousands of managers of land, livestock and wildlife on five continents today follow the methodology he calls “Holistic Management.”

In 1992, Savory and his wife, Jody Butterfield, formed the Africa Centre for Holistic Management in Zimbabwe, a learning site for people all over Africa. In 2010, the Centre won the Buckminster Fuller Challenge for its work in reversing desertification. In that same year he and his wife, with others, founded the Savory Institute in Boulder, Colorado, to promote large-scale restoration of the world’s grasslands.

Intrigued by this talk? Get more resources — videos, books, papers and news >>

“Allan’s message is vital to the restoration of the world’s grasslands — a long-ignored component of the earth’s lungs.”

Christina Allday-Bondy

Quotes by Allan Savory

  • “Burning one hectare of grassland      gives off more, and more damaging, pollutants than 6,000 cars. And we are      burning in Africa, every single year, more than one billion hectares.Watch this talk »More TEDQuotes…

 

Allan Savory on the Web

GMOs:

March against Monsanto in Medford May 25, 2013 see info on facebook, same name

Good News:

“H.B. 2175, whose chief sponsor is Representative Deborah Boone (D-Cannon Beach), provisions that all foods containing or made with genetically engineered material be properly labeled in the state of Oregon. Any food products made with or containing GMOs that are not properly labeled beginning on January 1, 2014, will be deemed misbranded, and its manufacturer held liable for breaking the state’s food labeling requirements.”Oregon To Ban GM Salmon And Mandate GMO Labeling

www.honeycolony.com

One state hopes to lead the country in demanding proper and honest labeling for genetically modified foods.

Catie Faryl HOORAY For REPRESENTATIVE DEBORAH BOONE! A TRUE CHAMPION OF THE COMMONS! FINALLY SOME GOOD NEWS!!!

collecting data on impact of more gmos in oregon

Individuals in Jackson and Josephine Counties are working on compiling a list of organic organizations and businesses across the State of Oregon in order to help Representative Peter Buckley work with legislators on upcoming House Bills that can either positively or negatively impact Oregon’s “green brand”.  If you read please call me at (541) 535-1854 or send me an email at championsofthecommons@gmail.com  Check the two sites below and see if you or friends’ businesses have been included.

 

This data can also be important when  organizing to defeat GMOs on a national level.

If your business isn’t listed, please consider adding it on this site http://www.farmerspal.com

Also http://www.localharvest.org/organic-farms/list.jsp  This seems quite comprehensive, and gives farms, csa’s, markets, ranchers, and more categories to find by zip code.  There is even a search feature for beekeepers and other organic products.

Opposing Senate Bill SB633 – to remove ag/seed control from Counties to State

Comments for Senate Committee regarding Senate Bill 633, Public Hearing Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The issue of Seeds is truly the debate of our time; it brings all differences of belief and opinion to common ground. Seeds represent our Sovereignty and are at the core of all economic freedom. Seeds are the true wealth given to all people, not just to a few patent holders. “Under all is the Land”* is a main theme of our democratic system therefore legislation that privatizes land, water, seed and genes or puts them under the auspices of Big Government involve great risks of undermining the biological, social and economic stability and survivability of our State and our Country.

It is unwise to tamper with the basic patterns established by Mother Nature. Evidence is mounting that foreshadows vast consequences if our State goes “retrograde” by supporting the trajectory of chemical and monoculture food-growing systems while the rest of the world is implementing more successful practices. France, Peru and many other countries have banned or are tightly controlling genetic modifications and breaking the addictive cycle created by dependence on fossil fuel, out of which the industrial-agricultural complex sprung at the end of the Great Depression and the beginning of World War II.

As an artist and writer who observes and illustrates trends and envisions positive solutions, I see SB 633 as counterproductive to the future of our economy and a disconnection from the rising potential, in fact the necessity, of returning to sane agriculture practices under local control.

It is difficult for me to believe multi-national seed and pesticide companies’ claims that their actions are altruistic and that they just “want to Feed the Planet” when the legacy of DDT and other petroleum-based, Big Oil-subsidiary products have been known as carcinogenic, environmentally dangerous money-makers since Rachel Carson wrote “The Silent Spring” in 1962. The use of DDT was banned in America in 1972, yet  farmers were not encouraged to taper off chemical fertilizers and sprays at that time, but were instructed and directed to use and abuse different ag-drugs.

Right now we have the opportunity to reverse the addiction to genetically modified seeds, Round Up Ready and other chemical products being used in large scale farming that actually give less yield and worse outcomes than what Nature, when respected and understood, can provide.  Let’s show some leadership and forward thinking like Vermont, a leader in wise initiatives across America, and many other States who are applying heavy restrictions on GMOs, requiring labeling and seeking bans.

Southern Oregon is known for its organic and gmo-free foods and lifestyle and the trend across the country and the world is also moving in that direction. We want to keep our State an attractive destination for tourists and new residents. (One out of six people I spoke with while canvassing had just moved to the Rogue Valley because of our relatively clean food, water, and air – their health is demanding it!)

Removing local control of these issues will have, in my opinion, significant economic impact due to more farm failures and decreased allure for tourists, not to mention the impact of limiting our ability to grow healthy foods for our region and for export. Without studying the significant repercussions of Senate Bill 633, including backlash against all exports of edible and grow-able products from America, a huge mistake may be made. We will be unable maintain a regional open pollinated seed crop, which in the future may be more valuable than gold or any other wealth.

As a parent, and someone who cares deeply about people and all sentient beings, I am not buying, serving or consuming the products in question. I’d like my future grandchildren to enjoy a healthy Rogue Valley childhood, and along with thousands of concerned citizens I will continue working to co- create the very best future for Oregon. I ask the Senate Committee to please reject Senate Bill 633.

Sincerely, Catie Faryl, Phoenix, Oregon   March 10, 2013

 

Here are some sources for more information:

U.S.A. produces 53% of GMO crops compared tiny fractions in other countries:

www.ornl.gov/sci/tech/resources

www.genomic.energy.gov

Places where GMOs have been banned:

www.organicconsumers.org/gefood/countrieswithbans.cfm

current.com/…/93975745_peru-bans-genetically-modified-foods-as-…

www.purezing.com/living/toxins/living_toxins_gmofoods.html

Information about health concerns and diseases linked to GMOs:

www.naturalnews.com

www.responsibletechnology.org

Jeffrey Smith, author of Seeds of Deception and short video summarizing it at www.articles.marcola.com

www.gmofreeworldblogspot.com

www.fridayharborholistichealth.com

http://www.fridayharborholistichealth.com

Videos related to these issues:

“Alcohol can be a Gas” – makes the connection between Big Oil, the destruction of high grade farm fuels through Prohibition and the orchestrated addiction of America to fossil fuels

“The Future of Food”

“Genetic Roulette”

“Fresh”

WATER:

www.takepart.com  Tell the EPA – Don’t Delay to Protect Clean Water

WAR and AVOIDING IT:  article titled Congress walig through back door to war on Iran, Rogue Valley Community Free Press,

In the News from Chamber of Commons 4/7/2013

In the News:  A Report from The Chamber of Commons  April 7,2013  championsofthecommons@gmail.com

 

GMOs

–  www.heirloomgardener.com  Spring 2013 Heirloom Gardener Magazine

“Regulators Discover a Hidden Viral Gene in Commercial GMO Crops – new findings in products approved as safety for past 20 years, EFSA (European Food Safety Authoriy) reports this has serious ramifications for crop biotechnology…..but ……even greater ones because if it is a viral gene it may not be safe for human consumption

“EU Freezes Approval of GM Crops to 2014” – The European Commission has decided to freeze the approval process for genetically modified food crops…..the Commissions’ prior approval of GM crops has poisoned relations with 27 EU members.  Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg and Poland have provisions that allow them to block the cultivation of GM crops on their territory

 

http://www.panna.org/blog/     Ground Truth website

March 31, 2013 – “ Bumper crops in India, no GE required” – “Agroecology” the best hope for feeding a hungry world. Farmers in the state of Bihar are setting yield records for rice, potatoes and wheat – without the use of genetically engineered (GE) seeds or pesticides.  www.panna.org/blog/bumper-crops-india-no-ge-required

March 31, 2013 – “Bees need help now! Time to up the ante” – with other options exhausted …..beekeepers are suting EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).  Bees are in trouble and they’re vital to our food system and … economy. They’re responsible for pollinating one in three bits of food we eat.

American Beekeepers cannot survive for long with the toxic environment EPA has supported. www.panna.org/blog/bees-need-help-now-time-ante

Green Gazette – Longest-Running GMO Study Finds Tumors in Rats – This French study involved 200 rats and spanned two years.  Previously the longest study lasted just 240 days, says Michael Hansen, senior scientist at Consumers Union and an expert on GMO Research.

 

FAIR TRADE, INDUSTRY

For a Better World: issues and challenges in fair trade – Issue 6 Spring 2013 (a free publication you can find at your Food Co-op or visit their website at www.fairworldproject.org  :

– Why Industrial Hemp?  Article

–  TRADE POLICY REFORM CORNER ACTION ALERT:  NAFTA has had negative and often unintended consequences for many people in North America, including farmers, workers and consumers.  Right now there’s a similar trade agreement being negotiated by 12 countries including USA, Mexico, and Canada called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) The TPP threatens to have effects similar to NAFTa but on a larger scale, threatening human rights, the environment and jobs.

From Peace House Calendar:Trans-Pacific Partnership Action

April 28 & 29

SUNDAY, APRIL 28

Jackson County People’s Assembly on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Just weeks prior to a new TPP negotiating round in Peru, we call on the 99% who are harmed by corporate globalization to oppose the TPP.  We will join cities and towns around the world that are holding community assemblies to discuss the problems with the TPP and the free trade model. Elizabeth Swager of Oregon Fair Trade Campaign will be down to brief community leaders on the TPP negotiations, and to strategize for a scheduled meeting with Senator Wyden’s staff the next morning.Multi-national community resistance put a freeze on the WTO. It stopped the Free Trade Area of the Americas. It can stop the TPP.  4:30 p.m. at the Grass Shack Café,  205 Fern Valley Rd., Phoenix, Oregon (Ext 24 off I-5).

 

MONDAY, APRIL 29

Delegation to Senator Wyden’s office re the TPP

Tell Senator Wyden NOT to FAST TRACK the TPP!  Noon at his office in the Federal Courthouse, 310 West 6th St., Rm 118 in Medford.

For more information, visit http://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/oregon/2013/02/12/oregon-

 

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s website   www.sustainableagriculture.net

– “Downstream from your Jeans” by Corrine Platt-Rikkers – GMO seeds that need forever-increasing amount of pesticides and water is costing farmers dearly.  Associated water pollution and “dead zones” discussed.

 

LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL

Community Rights vs. Corporate Control – April 14 4 pm at Josephine County Fairgrounds, Flower Building, A Free public event with Kai Huschke from Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

Move to Amend

 

FUKUSHIMA – Get Involved – Stand Together and Take Action for an End to all Things Nuclear www.nuclearfreeplanet.org

For fact sheet and upcoming events, contact championsofthecommons@gmail.com

Watch for next  IN THE NEWS – next Monday

Catie Faryl (541) 535-1854

In the News:  A Report from The Chamber of Commons  April 7,2013  championsofthecommons@gmail.com

 

GMOs

–  www.heirloomgardener.com  Spring 2013 Heirloom Gardener Magazine

“Regulators Discover a Hidden Viral Gene in Commercial GMO Crops – new findings in products approved as safety for past 20 years, EFSA (European Food Safety Authoriy) reports this has serious ramifications for crop biotechnology…..but ……even greater ones because if it is a viral gene it may not be safe for human consumption

“EU Freezes Approval of GM Crops to 2014” – The European Commission has decided to freeze the approval process for genetically modified food crops…..the Commissions’ prior approval of GM crops has poisoned relations with 27 EU members.  Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg and Poland have provisions that allow them to block the cultivation of GM crops on their territory

 

http://www.panna.org/blog/     Ground Truth website

March 31, 2013 – “ Bumper crops in India, no GE required” – “Agroecology” the best hope for feeding a hungry world. Farmers in the state of Bihar are setting yield records for rice, potatoes and wheat – without the use of genetically engineered (GE) seeds or pesticides.  www.panna.org/blog/bumper-crops-india-no-ge-required

March 31, 2013 – “Bees need help now! Time to up the ante” – with other options exhausted …..beekeepers are suting EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).  Bees are in trouble and they’re vital to our food system and … economy. They’re responsible for pollinating one in three bits of food we eat.

American Beekeepers cannot survive for long with the toxic environment EPA has supported. www.panna.org/blog/bees-need-help-now-time-ante

Green Gazette – Longest-Running GMO Study Finds Tumors in Rats – This French study involved 200 rats and spanned two years.  Previously the longest study lasted just 240 days, says Michael Hansen, senior scientist at Consumers Union and an expert on GMO Research.

 

FAIR TRADE, INDUSTRY

For a Better World: issues and challenges in fair trade – Issue 6 Spring 2013 (a free publication you can find at your Food Co-op or visit their website at www.fairworldproject.org  :

– Why Industrial Hemp?  Article

–  TRADE POLICY REFORM CORNER ACTION ALERT:  NAFTA has had negative and often unintended consequences for many people in North America, including farmers, workers and consumers.  Right now there’s a similar trade agreement being negotiated by 12 countries including USA, Mexico, and Canada called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) The TPP threatens to have effects similar to NAFTa but on a larger scale, threatening human rights, the environment and jobs.

From Peace House Calendar:Trans-Pacific Partnership Action

April 28 & 29

SUNDAY, APRIL 28

Jackson County People’s Assembly on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Just weeks prior to a new TPP negotiating round in Peru, we call on the 99% who are harmed by corporate globalization to oppose the TPP.  We will join cities and towns around the world that are holding community assemblies to discuss the problems with the TPP and the free trade model. Elizabeth Swager of Oregon Fair Trade Campaign will be down to brief community leaders on the TPP negotiations, and to strategize for a scheduled meeting with Senator Wyden’s staff the next morning.Multi-national community resistance put a freeze on the WTO. It stopped the Free Trade Area of the Americas. It can stop the TPP.  4:30 p.m. at the Grass Shack Café,  205 Fern Valley Rd., Phoenix, Oregon (Ext 24 off I-5).

 

MONDAY, APRIL 29

Delegation to Senator Wyden’s office re the TPP

Tell Senator Wyden NOT to FAST TRACK the TPP!  Noon at his office in the Federal Courthouse, 310 West 6th St., Rm 118 in Medford.

For more information, visit http://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/oregon/2013/02/12/oregon-

 

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s website   www.sustainableagriculture.net

– “Downstream from your Jeans” by Corrine Platt-Rikkers – GMO seeds that need forever-increasing amount of pesticides and water is costing farmers dearly.  Associated water pollution and “dead zones” discussed.

 

LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL

Community Rights vs. Corporate Control – April 14 4 pm at Josephine County Fairgrounds, Flower Building, A Free public event with Kai Huschke from Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

Move to Amend

 

FUKUSHIMA – Get Involved – Stand Together and Take Action for an End to all Things Nuclear www.nuclearfreeplanet.org

For fact sheet and upcoming events, contact championsofthecommons@gmail.com

Watch for next  IN THE NEWS – next Monday

Catie Faryl (541) 535-1854

In The News – Chamber of Commons Heat Sheet

In the News:  A Report from The Chamber of Commons  April 7,2013  championsofthecommons@gmail.com

 

GMOs

–  www.heirloomgardener.com  Spring 2013 Heirloom Gardener Magazine

“Regulators Discover a Hidden Viral Gene in Commercial GMO Crops – new findings in products approved as safety for past 20 years, EFSA (European Food Safety Authoriy) reports this has serious ramifications for crop biotechnology…..but ……even greater ones because if it is a viral gene it may not be safe for human consumption

“EU Freezes Approval of GM Crops to 2014” – The European Commission has decided to freeze the approval process for genetically modified food crops…..the Commissions’ prior approval of GM crops has poisoned relations with 27 EU members.  Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Luxembourg and Poland have provisions that allow them to block the cultivation of GM crops on their territory

 

http://www.panna.org/blog/     Ground Truth website

March 31, 2013 – “ Bumper crops in India, no GE required” – “Agroecology” the best hope for feeding a hungry world. Farmers in the state of Bihar are setting yield records for rice, potatoes and wheat – without the use of genetically engineered (GE) seeds or pesticides.  www.panna.org/blog/bumper-crops-india-no-ge-required

March 31, 2013 – “Bees need help now! Time to up the ante” – with other options exhausted …..beekeepers are suting EPA (Environmental Protection Agency).  Bees are in trouble and they’re vital to our food system and … economy. They’re responsible for pollinating one in three bits of food we eat.

American Beekeepers cannot survive for long with the toxic environment EPA has supported. www.panna.org/blog/bees-need-help-now-time-ante

Green Gazette – Longest-Running GMO Study Finds Tumors in Rats – This French study involved 200 rats and spanned two years.  Previously the longest study lasted just 240 days, says Michael Hansen, senior scientist at Consumers Union and an expert on GMO Research.

 

FAIR TRADE, INDUSTRY

For a Better World: issues and challenges in fair trade – Issue 6 Spring 2013 (a free publication you can find at your Food Co-op or visit their website at www.fairworldproject.org  :

– Why Industrial Hemp?  Article

–  TRADE POLICY REFORM CORNER ACTION ALERT:  NAFTA has had negative and often unintended consequences for many people in North America, including farmers, workers and consumers.  Right now there’s a similar trade agreement being negotiated by 12 countries including USA, Mexico, and Canada called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) The TPP threatens to have effects similar to NAFTa but on a larger scale, threatening human rights, the environment and jobs.

From Peace House Calendar:Trans-Pacific Partnership Action

April 28 & 29

SUNDAY, APRIL 28

Jackson County People’s Assembly on the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Just weeks prior to a new TPP negotiating round in Peru, we call on the 99% who are harmed by corporate globalization to oppose the TPP.  We will join cities and towns around the world that are holding community assemblies to discuss the problems with the TPP and the free trade model. Elizabeth Swager of Oregon Fair Trade Campaign will be down to brief community leaders on the TPP negotiations, and to strategize for a scheduled meeting with Senator Wyden’s staff the next morning.Multi-national community resistance put a freeze on the WTO. It stopped the Free Trade Area of the Americas. It can stop the TPP.  4:30 p.m. at the Grass Shack Café,  205 Fern Valley Rd., Phoenix, Oregon (Ext 24 off I-5).

 

MONDAY, APRIL 29

Delegation to Senator Wyden’s office re the TPP

Tell Senator Wyden NOT to FAST TRACK the TPP!  Noon at his office in the Federal Courthouse, 310 West 6th St., Rm 118 in Medford.

For more information, visit http://www.citizenstrade.org/ctc/oregon/2013/02/12/oregon-

 

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s website   www.sustainableagriculture.net

– “Downstream from your Jeans” by Corrine Platt-Rikkers – GMO seeds that need forever-increasing amount of pesticides and water is costing farmers dearly.  Associated water pollution and “dead zones” discussed.

 

LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL

Community Rights vs. Corporate Control – April 14 4 pm at Josephine County Fairgrounds, Flower Building, A Free public event with Kai Huschke from Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund

Move to Amend

 

FUKUSHIMA – Get Involved – Stand Together and Take Action for an End to all Things Nuclear www.nuclearfreeplanet.org

For fact sheet and upcoming events, contact championsofthecommons@gmail.com

Watch for next  IN THE NEWS – next Monday

Catie Faryl (541) 535-1854