CAGJ Monthly E-Newsletter | AUGUST 2, 2022
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THURS August 11th, 10-11:30am Pacific
WEBINAR: Farming for a Hot Planet: Grassroots Alternatives to Corporate “Climate-Smart” Agriculture
Hosted by Community Alliance for Global Justice/AGRA Watch as part of our Rise Up Summer School; all are welcome.
Please register to receive the Zoom link: tinyurl.com/agroecologywebinar22
Featuring: Leonida Odongo (Haki Nawiri Afrika), and Dr. Jennifer Taylor (Lola’s Organic Farm & Florida A&M University)
In response to climate change, powerful individuals and institutions are pushing so-called “climate smart” agriculture, which serves corporate agendas. Yet grassroots movements have already been implementing grounded, people-led solutions to build climate-resilient food systems. In this webinar, we will hear from panelists about the importance of grassroots, agroecological solutions in adapting to climate change, and learn about the practices they’ve used, the successes they’ve had, and their visions and hope for agricultural futures in a changing world.
Thank you to everyone who attended our 16th SLEE in celebration of food sovereignty and community.
There couldn’t have been a better setting than outdoors in the MLK F.A.M.E. Community Center Garden, where we enjoyed garden tours and a keynote from Black Star Farmers, music by Sin Fronteras, and delicious appetizers made with local ingredients. Check out awesome photos of SLEE by Alex Garland in our Facebook album!
Field trip to Gates Foundation Discovery Center + AGRA Watch flyering action!
4pm: Meet at Gates Foundation Discovery Center, 440 5th Avenue N. Seattle, WA 98109
4pm-5pm: Discovery Center tour
5pm-6pm: Flyering demonstration (end at Seattle Times office, 1000 Denny Way Seattle, WA 98109)
As part of our Rise Up! Summer School, we’ll be holding a field trip and demonstration in downtown Seattle. We’ll visit the Gates Foundation’s Discovery Center, starting at 4pm; at 5pm, we will then post flyers from the Discovery Center to the Seattle Times office, demonstrating the critical analysis of the Foundation’s agricultural development that the Times has persistently refused to cover.
Please register for the event here by August 21st. (We will then send you email updates and instructions on how to reserve your free online tickets closer to the date). For questions, please email Ashley ([email protected]).
Saturday, Sept 24, 2022, 11-2pm
At Cooperative Tierra y Libertad Farm: 1240 Central Rd Everson, WA 98247
Note the farm is 2 hrs from Seattle, we will depart at 9 am and be back in the city between 4 and 5 pm.
Join us for a taste of exploitation-free berries as we visit Cooperative Tierra y Libertad (Earth and Freedom Cooperative farm)! This farm co-op is a perfect example of the realities we can create when we dream together. Founded by four farmworkers from Familias Unidas por la Justicia, the cooperatively run farm is located about 2 hours north of Seattle. We will depart Seattle at 9am and be back by 4pm. We will hear about how the Cooperative was founded, how it is run, what they’re growing (chickens! eggs! berries!), meet their goats, cow and horse and lend a hand for a bit.
Need a ride or have a car and can provide carpooling? Fill out our Google Sheet so we can connect folks to make it out there! We are asking that folks be vaccinated and masked.
As part of our 2022 Rise Up! Summer School program, we had the absolute pleasure of hosting Estefanía Narvaez and Carl Wassilie for our We are the Salmon People: The Campaign to Block Corporate Salmon webinar. Carl Wasilie and Estefania Narvaez are two organizers on the forefront of the campaign against genetically engineered salmon, which was initiated by CAGJ in solidarity with Northwest tribes and then evolved into the #BlockCorporateSalmon campaign, now spearheaded by Uprooted and Rising. The webinar provides crucial insight into the connection between Atlantic Salmon and Indigenous Food Sovereignty, campaign updates, and ways to get involved. It finished with an introduction to a visionary fiction workshop, for viewers to try their hand at dreaming up a world where justice and people power win.
Help us Reach 1500 signers!
Did you know that US tax dollars go toward supporting corporate-controlled, industrial agriculture in Africa? In response, African farmers and farmer networks, such as the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa, have recently met with representatives in the US Congress to demand that the taxpayer-funded US Agency for International Development (USAID) stop funding industrial, corporate-led agriculture via the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) and support agroecology instead. Help us support this work, by calling on USAID to end support to the failing “Green Revolution”: sign the letter to USAID today!
Oppose the Farm Workforce Modernization Act
The Farm Workforce Modernization Act (FWMA) is an anti-labor bill that will set back farmworkers’ rights for generations. If passed, it would expand E-Verify and a flawed H-2A program while tying the possibility of immigration status to eight years of exploitation. Big corporations in the agriculture industry say they need this bill to deal with labor shortages and rising food costs, but the truth is, they’re the ones responsible for these so-called problems. There wouldn’t be a shortage if employers paid workers a living wage and offered safe working conditions. This bill will only boost profits for the agriculture industry and food corporations that are already gouging prices at the expense of workers and their communities. The FWMA is dangerously close to getting the votes it needs to pass in the Senate. Please urge your Senator to listen to farmworkers across the country and to oppose the FWMA.
CAGJ NEWS & ANALYSIS
July 9, 2022 – Bridget Huber, Teresa Cotsirilos, & Nancy Averett, Grist
This year, in a move to avert heat-related deaths — and force employers to take responsibility for protecting workers during hot weather — Oregon adopted the most stringent heat protections for outdoor workers in the country. The rule kicks in when temperatures reach 80 degrees F and requires employers to provide cool water, rest breaks and shade, as well as to make plans for how to acclimatize workers to heat, prevent heat illness and seek help in case of an emergency. The new standard has been praised by advocates, but industry is already pushing back. In the rest of the country, as climate change drives increasingly brutal heat waves, farmworkers lack protection. There are currently no nationwide regulations that spell out what employers must do to protect workers from heat and, while efforts to draft a federal rule recently began, it will likely be years before the standards are in place. Read more...
July 19, 2022 – Amy Martyn, NBC
Amy’s Kitchen, the country’s top maker of vegetarian frozen and canned food, in recent months has grappled with angry comments from consumers and calls for boycotts that are at odds with its family-run, ethical reputation, with workers alleging unsafe conditions, injuries and attempts to stop unionization. On Monday, workers at its newest plant in San Jose, California, said they were abruptly told that the plant was closing because it was losing money due to inflation. Six workers at the San Jose factory, which had only been open since 2021, told NBC News they have experienced demeaning behavior by supervisors and unsafe conditions. In interviews in the weeks leading up to the plant’s sudden closure, and in additional interviews on Monday, four of those workers said there was an unofficial policy that they could not use the bathroom outside lunch and other designated break times. Employees at the company’s manufacturing headquarters not far away in Santa Rosa, California, have said they were subject to unsafe production quotas and repetitive motion injuries, according to previous reporting by NBC News. Read more...
July 22, 2022 – Mariam Mayet, African Centre for Biosafety
In October 2021, the South African (SA) government determined that the regulatory and risk assessment framework that exists for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will also apply to new breeding techniques (NBTs), which make up a host of new genetic engineering technologies. SA’s determination has been challenged by a consortium of industrial agricultural players through an appeal launched in November 2021. The ACB has extensively debunked the industry’s position, chiefly arguing that the new generation of GM techniques must be regulated since they do alter genetic material of plants, animals, and microbes, using synthetic guides with the express goal of changing the organism's DNA. NBTs will not provide sustainable solutions but rather function as mechanisms to secure and capture new markets for industrially produced seed. Read more…
July 27, 2022 – Sophia Murphy and Ben Lilliston, Institute for Trade and Agricultural Policy
For decades, mainstream climate debates, both nationally and internationally, largely ignored agriculture. Now, thankfully, the climate community has woken up to the importance of agriculture and food systems in tackling climate change. At the same time, this new awareness makes it imperative that climate experts who are new to the complexity of food and agriculture systems learn how those systems work and about the drivers that are stimulating food systems change. Too often, the proposals that have the support of private investors and global agribusiness firms fail to get to the root cause of agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions. Worse, they can have unintended negative ecological or social consequences. As a result, the initiatives fail. We can and must do better, collectively. At stake is both our climate and the land, soil, water and biodiversity we need for future food security. Read more...
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