This is farming. Forget what you think you know.
Community Health Impacts of Factory Farms: Steve Wing at TEDxManhattan 2013
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Do you really want a mutant, likely allergenic salmon on your dinner plate that was approved by the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine as a “new animal drug”?
Last week the FDA cleared the way for approval of the first genetically engineered animal for human consumption - a GMO salmon gene-spliced with an eel - despite mounting concerns that it’s likely hazardous for humans and poses a threat to the wild salmon population.
Scary enough. But get this. The FDA considers any genetically altered animal a “new animal drug” for approval purposes. That means the genetically modified animal – in this case a salmon intended as food for humans – is subjected to a less rigorous safety review than if it were classified as a food (for humans) additive.
Shameless. And there are plenty of other reasons to stop this dangerous experiment. The FDA’s own testing revealed that “Frankenfish” causes increased allergy risk in humans. “Frankenfish” grows twice as large, twice as fast as the average wild salmon. If it escapes into the wild, it could threaten the entire wild salmon population.
And, of course, there are no laws in the U.S. requiring “Frankenfish” to be labeled.
TAKE ACTION: Tell the FDA: NO FRANKENFISH!
Learn more here
Read the FDA’s Environmental Assessment
She was a level-headed dancer on the road to alcohol
And I was just a soldier on my way to Montreal
Well she pressed her chest against me
About the time the juke box broke
Yeah, she gave me a peck on the back of the neck
And these are the words she spoke
Blow up your T.V. throw away your paper
Go to the country, build you a home
Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches
Try an find Jesus on your own
Well, I sat there at the table and I acted real naive
For I knew that topless lady had something up her sleeve
Well, she danced around the bar room and she did the hoochy-coo
Yeah she sang her song all night long, tellin’ me what to do
Well, I was young and hungry and about to leave that place
When just as I was leavin’, well she looked me in the face
I said “You must know the answer.”
“She said, “No but I’ll give it a try.”
And to this very day we’ve been livin’ our way
And here is the reason why
We blew up our T.V. threw away our paper
Went to the country, built us a home
Had a lot of children, fed ‘em on peaches
They all found Jesus on their own
Yesterday, a gas station employee asked me if I’d purchased a Powerball ticket yet. I, of course, sheepishly told her I’d never purchased one in my life. She quickly stated that I was probably better off. She then told me the Powerball was somewhere around $500,000,000. I candidly asked what a person would do with so much money. She said she knew exactly what she’d do: she would pay off her old debt and buy a house. She said she was tired of renting. We joked about other possibilities that would accompany such a large sum of money. But, as I left, I was burdened with a sobering thought: it’s unjust that this hardworking mother’s only real hope of paying off old debt and owning a home is to win the lottery. Thing is, she stands a better chance of getting sick, racking up a bunch of medical bills she can’t afford, and ending up homeless. What a world.
77.5% of American households are in debt
62% of all bankruptcies are caused by a medical illness
Student loan debt is over $1,000,000,000,000
1 in every 7 Americans is being pursued by a debt collector
So many statistics. So many more.
Check out Rolling Jubilee and learn what you can do about your debt and other people’s debt. We don’t have to be hopeless, indentured servants. Our only hope is not the Powerball. It’s time for a Jubilee.
“We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy — sun, wind and tide. … I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”
– Thomas Edison, 1931
What is a jubilee?
Jubilee comes from many faith traditions including Judaism, Christianity and Islam. A jubilee is an event in which all debts are cancelled and all those in bondage are set free. It worked in Biblical times and it can still work today. For example, a kind of jubilee happened in Iceland after the 2008 economic crisis: instead of bailing out their banks, Iceland canceled a percentage of mortgage debt. What these examples show is that debts are just a promise which can - and should - be renegotiated or cancelled when the circumstances warrant. Strike Debt believes that now is the time for a jubilee for the 99%.
How Does Rolling Jubilee Work?
Banks sell debt for pennies on the dollar on a shadowy speculative market of debt buyers who then turn around and try to collect the full amount from debtors. The Rolling Jubilee intervenes by buying debt, keeping it out of the hands of collectors, and then abolishing it. We’re going into this market not to make a profit but to help each other out and highlight how the predatory debt system affects our families and communities. Think of it as a bailout of the 99% by the 99%.
I’ve never professed to be the possessor of any great wisdom. Mother Earth is so slow in her teaching, and I am so anxious to learn. She teaches in the span of a lifetime, even in generations.
We tread so heavily on this earth with a sense of superiority that has really just destroyed the natural world.Yet, our initial charge was to observe, protect and preserve natural processes, not dominate them.
Our industrial culture does not allow for a true connectivity to the natural world. In almost true Orwellian fashion, nature is now observed through fish-bowl-type experiences at parks, nature centers and zoos. Once, before our time, humans connected with nature by living in conjunction with nature; not by taking field trips once a year to see caged giraffes.
Our industrialized connection to nature comes through quantifying everything about it. Our measurements lead to understanding. Our understanding leads to self-proclaimed knowledge. Go; try to express understanding to your lover by using only mathematical formulas.
Nature is alive. Experience it.
Nature, now, is simply a “resource”. It is no longer our habitat, but we are its taskmasters
Our buildings scrape the sky. Our vessels easily navigate air, wind and water. Our chemicals grow food and our robots glean it. Our cities light up the darkest nights. Our dams determine the flow of the strongest rivers. Our thermostats turn cold to hot and heat to comfort. Our toilets flush drinking water.
We are stickmen who cut down the trees from which we came.
Our mountaintops are feeling the heat; they’re crying tears of crimson streams.
It is no surprise that we cannot love and respect one another. We have so little love and respect for the common ground we share.
Every Christian should be an environmentalist. Do you not believe in a Creator? Do you not believe in a Creation? Oceans are acidifying, species are going extinct, ecosystems are being compromised, and the global climate is warming. Maybe you’re better off not believing in a Creator. Otherwise, you might have to answer to Him for having a party at His place while He was out of town and burning it to the ground.
Every non-Christian should be an environmentalist. Especially since they’ve never been told to neglect Creation because Jesus is coming back soon, anyway.
The earth does not need human beings. The trees, birds, fish, rivers, mountains, plains, and bees; they do not need human beings.
We cannot survive without them.
“…within things there is peace, and at the end of things. It is the mind turned away from the world that turns against it.”
- Wendell Berry, “Windows Poems 19”