Are you an organic advocate?

December 9, 2010

There are many ways we can slow climate change, but becoming an advocate for organic farming is a major one.  This article is very informative and optimistic, if you’re in to that sort of thang.

“Organic advocates can act in solidarity with the world’s farmers and farm workers to turn back climate change. Here’s how:

  • Become a small farmer yourself.
  • Buy organic produce direct from local farmers.
  • Increase the amount of food you can source locally by drying, canning and freezing seasonal produce.
  • Restrict grocery store purchases to organic and fair trade certified products, and work to improve organic and fair trade standards.
  • Help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and put carbon back in the soil where it belongs by composting all household organic waste, including food scraps and yard waste, and using composting toilets.
  • Support laws that keep green waste out of landfills and toilet waste out of the sewer system.
  • Avoid industrially produced food, especially animal products and processed foods that contain the intensively farmed commodities corn, soy, cotton, and canola.
  • Support the struggles of family farmers and farm workers at home and abroad, including workers who are exploited because of their immigration status.
  • Press local, state, federal and international policy makers to honor the contributions family farmers and farm workers make to food security and climate stabilization.
  • Work for government policies that empower family farmers and farm workers to save the soil, including public land management rules that encourage the use of restorative grazing techniques and farm subsidies that reward farmers for carbon sequestration.
  • Support efforts to inform and engage consumers in the food-climate connection by urging local, state and federal officials to enact truth-in-labeling laws that expose greenhouse gas polluting industrial agriculture practices, energy-intensive food transportation and storage, and the exploitation of farmers and farm workers.”

 

 

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