The [Confined Feeding Operations] CAFO sector spin machine, including the world’s largest meat and poultry packers, claims that CAFOs are “economically efficient” without mentioning the billions of dollars plucked each year from the public purse or the costs inflicted by pollution on others. The truth is that public funds are handed to CAFOs for building... Continue Reading →
How ‘fair’ is fair trade?
Happy New Year! 2020 symbolizes many new beginnings for people. 2020 is new year, a new decade, and many a milestone (e.g., 100th anniversary of US women’s suffrage, the 75th anniversary of the United Nations). It’s also the year I’m reviving this blog (once again). Reflecting on the last decade and the ups and downs... Continue Reading →
Appetite for Justice by Food Empowerment Project: Shame on Safeway
At a public meeting, Vallejo Board of Supervisor Erin Hannigan informed us that Safeway had put a deed on their former property. This deed prevented another grocery store from using it for the same purpose. In our recently released Vallejo report, we highlight on page 15 the impact this had on the community, which left... Continue Reading →
Race Best Predicts Whether You Live Near Pollution | The Nation
When asked directly whether environmental racism was at play in Flint’s water crisis, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder replied last month, “Absolutely not." And yet… Source: Race Best Predicts Whether You Live Near Pollution | The Nation
Can the solutions for climate change help us fix poverty too?
With more than 800 million people living in extreme poverty and many more struggling to make an honest living, it is clear that the current global economic model isn't working for everyone. Economic growth often comes at the expense of the majority, with short-term financial gains trumping long-term sustainability. The current global obsession with economic growth, alongside... Continue Reading →
Cultural Appropriation, Assimilation, and Appreciation
Culture is the tangible and intangible manifestations of a people's heritage, such as music, language, dress, dance, foods, and so on. As social creatures, we humans thrive when we can participate in and enjoy our own culture and celebrate our heritage. And while it is important to our lives, questions of what culture is, how we... Continue Reading →