Please consider writing a letter of support (below) for an important bill to remove excessive speculation from commodity markets.
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
contains some key derivatives reforms that will help restore sanity to
commodity markets, but it doesn't go far enough to rein in the problem of
massive institutional speculation in commodities, especially through
Read Anna Lappé editorial in Huffington Post titled "Why we should question Walmart's latest PR Blitz" reacting to Wal-Mart's Jan 20, 2011 announcement of their five-year plan to transition to healthier foods.
You can read the Jan. 20, 2011 New York Times story by Sheryl Gay Stolberg titled "Wal-Mart Shifts Strategy to Promote Healthy Foods"
The Organic Consumers Association and Dr. Bronner's File Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Complaint Against TransFair and Fair Trade Cheater Brands Avon and Hain Celestial
Editor's note: the following was written by Organic Consumers Association (OCA).
International trade has failed to deliver a better standard of living to many impoverished farmers and workers in the developing world, where unfair and exploitative prices, wages and working conditions prevail, trapping millions in poverty.
This is your opportunity as a citizen to comment on the proposed rule for the
nutrition requirements for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. The link below is the proposed rule published in the Federal Register and
now open for public comment. All comments are considered and rules are finalized taking those comments into account.
Federal Register proposed rules.
This is a brief summary of the proposed rules:
Go to Washington DC on Wednesday, December 8th or write a comment to the Dept. of Justice! (see the link below for written comments).
The workshop will be held at USDA, 1400 Independence Ave. SW.
This is the 5th and final workshop being held by the USDA and the Dept. of Justice this year to determine if a handful of food and farming companies have a monopoly control of the U.S. food system. Just a few corporations determine what we eat and how our food is processed and packaged.
November 18, 2010 -
Could you live today on what you were paid 30 years ago? Tomato Pickers asking for just one penny more
Ending Poverty by Rebuilding Local Food Economies Celebrate the Launch of the US Food Sovereignty Alliance!
Call to Action October 10-17, 2010
Emerging out of the US Working Group on the Food Crisis (www.usfoodcrisisgroup.org), the US Food Sovereignty Alliance will be the first of its kind in the United States. Food First is a founding member of this new alliance. To celebrate its launch, we encourage people fighting for food justice and sovereignty to take actions during the week of October 10-17.
CLIMATE SUMMIT IN CANCUN NOV-DEC 2010 - HELP THOUSANDS OF PEASANTS AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLES MAKE OUR VOICE HEARD
An appeal from Via Campesina:
We are peasants, family farmers and indigenous peoples from Mexico and the world.
* Our sustainable farming practices cool the planet
* We defend the Mother Earth
* Help us say NO to false solutions to climate change!
We ask to you support a massive presence of peasants, family farmers and indigenous peoples from Mexico and the world at the Climate Change Summit (COP-16) to be held in Cancun, Mexico, from November 29 to December 10, 2010.