Monthly Archives: August 2016

Roots of Change’s Michael Dimock: Food Movement Needs to Get More Political

Here’s a must-read interview with Michael Dimock of Roots of Change, in advance of the upcoming 1st Annual Farm Tank Conference in Sacramento, September 22 and 23, where Dimock will be a speaker. RR has had some fascinating discussions and significant disagreements with Dimock via social media during this campaign season, but on food and…

Democratic Party Platform Calls for End to Mountaintop Removal Mining

h/t to Ken Ward Jr. of Coal Tattoo (and a reporter for the WV Gazette) for the heads-up, pointing us to an encouraging Democratic Party platform plank we’d not yet heard about – the end of mountaintop mining removal.

Read the Alliance for Appalachia’s press release on the subject below or download here: DNC Platform Calls for Just Transition and End

DNC Platform Calls for Just Transition and End

As coal mining declines, community mental health problems linger

by Roberta Attanasio Associate Professor of Biology, Georgia State University, Georgia State University The U.S. coal industry is in rapid decline, a shift marked not only by the bankruptcy of many mine operators in coal-rich Appalachia but also by a legacy of potential environmental and social disasters. As mines close, states, the federal government and taxpayers…

Obama Betrays Consumers, Signs Sham GMO Labeling Bill

Here’s the recent press release from the Organic Consumers Association’s Katherine Paul about the very industry-friendly GMO labeling bill that President Obama signed, which – quite intentionally – will not label most GMOs. Interestingly, when featured over at Common Dreams, the same press release cut President Obama considerably more slack, and dramatically altered the release’s apparent…

Soil Not Oil Conference Returns August 6 and 7

The Soil Not Oil conference returns to Richmond next weekend, August 6 and 7. This important event – unique in its dual focus on soil-building as a means to mitigate climate change and keeping fossil fuels in the ground – will once again feature an outstanding array of compelling speakers – John Jeavons, Paul Kaiser, Andrew…