Our mission is to create a farmer-controlled and consumer-oriented food and fiber system, based upon democratically controlled institutions that empower farmers to speak for and respect themselves in their quest for social and economic justice.
The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics.
Industrial livestock operations (aka factory farms) threaten human health, damage the environment, degrade rural communities and compromise animal welfare. This series explores the issue... in all its manure-spewing, pestilent repugnance.
The latest calculations from Compassion in World Farming suggest that we farm around 70 billion animals worldwide every year - nearly 10 animals for every single person on the planet. Around 70% of these animals (that's nearly 50 billionare factory farmed, which is bad news for the farm animals, as well as people and planet.
PALO ALTO - For 48 hours on June 21-23, leading entrepreneurs, technologists, creatives,academics and policymakers will team up to develop hardware and software solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing sustainable meat.
When it comes to climate change and the ocean, we often think of the impacts to water temperature, sea level rise and coastal storms. However, Dr. Chris Gobler of Stony Brook University calls ocean acidification a "game-changer in the way we think about how climate change can affect the functioning of our oceans."
On Monday the Senate passed its version of the farm bill (which is 353 days overdue), and lawmakers will still have to reconcile it with the version making its way through the House before it becomes a law. Unfortunately the major reform we had hoped for (removing the subsidies supporting giant monocultures and moving that money to support sustainable ag) will not happen. Direct payments were cut but added back in the form of crop insurance and disaster relief, no major food safety amendments were passed and senators reduced the money for food stamps by $4 billion and cut conservation programs by $3.5 billion. [New York Times]
US grain supplies are drying up as the intense drought in the US heartland continues. This is bad news for food prices since low grain reserves drive up the cost of bread, meat and milk, with low-income people and developing countries especially vulnerable. [Circle of Blue]