Wednesday, February 17, 2021





February 17, 2021.

Compiled by Dick Bennett for a Culture of Peace, Justice, and Ecology



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One of our nation’s oldest anti-war organizations is the WAR RESISTERS LEAGUE based in NYC.  For many years it published a peace calendar.  For 2003 the theme was Nourishing the Nonviolent Revolution: Zestful Vegetarian Recipes; the recipes were contributed by WRL members; and it was edited by Ruth Benn, a long-time leader of WRL. Recently I made its excellent chili—with celery, onion, mushrooms, sweet pepper, garlic, cashews, raisins, tomatoes, kidney beans, and beer! and more.  And made some healthy muffins to accompany.  Dick



Jamie Oliver.  Ultimate Veg. 

Vegetarian cooking for all occasions—a few meat-free days a week, living a vegetarian lifestyle, or just wanting to try some new combinations.





It’s impossible to put out a “newsletter” this week without acknowledging what’s going on in the streets in so many cities across this country—and how those actions are tied to the systemic and institutionalized social, environmental and economic injustice that runs throughout our society.

So we share this video of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who sums it up this way:

“The way we end this [violence], and the way we move through this, is by establishing justice. That is the ultimate way of creating peace and prosperity.”

Words spoken like a genuine leader—and perhaps future president?

AOC also this week called out the hypocrisy of corporations, including fast-food king, McDonald’s, rejecting what she called “bland statements” of support for Black Lives Matter.

As reported in Common Dreams, AOC “called out a number of companies which publicly expressed support for the protests in the past week but sell products that aid racial discrimination, tolerate racism on their platforms, and fail to support black families and businesses.”

The Common Dreams article also included sage advice from Judd Legum, editor of Popular Information:

"If you want to understand a corporation's values, ignore its tweets, and pay attention to its FEC filings.”

As the COVID-19 crisis has laid bare, injustice runs rampant through the U.S. food system—and nowhere has that injustice been more evident than in the industrial “Big Meat” industry, where thousands of slaughterhouse workers, forced to return to work, are now infected with the virus.

Ricardo Salvador, senior scientist and director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, lays out how injustice and exploitation runs through our food and farming system in this recent article (and podcast). From farmers who aren’t paid a fair price, to slaughterhouse workers forced to work in unsafe conditions, to farmworkers who are “politically invisible,” what you have is:

“. . . the top of this pyramid . . . which is essentially the highly concentrated agribusiness sector, attempting to exploit the moment to cut as many costs as possible . . .”

Whether we’re talking food system or any other “system” in this country, injustice ultimately leads to “unrest.”

As AOC says in her instagram video: “True peace is a just society.”

And as she tweeted last week,“This moment calls for transformation.”

Watch Rep. Ocasio-Cortez on peace and justice

Read 'Yes, I Will Name Names': AOC Leads Charge Against Empty Corporate Claims of #BlackLivesMatter’

Read 'Our Food System Is Very Much Modeled on Plantation Economics’


Got Glyphosate?  Organic Consumers Association.  Organic Bytes (8-13-20.

Want to protect your immune system? Get glyphosate out of your body.

The best way to reduce your exposure to glyphosate? Switch to an organic diet.

A study published this week in the journal Environmental Research supports previous research showing that an organic diet is an effective way to reduce the burden of glyphosate in your body.




'Food Fix': How to Save Our Health, Our Economy, Our Communities and Our Planet—One Bite at a Time

August 25, 2020


Organic Consumers Association

 by Dr. Mark Hyman

Dr. Mark Hyman and his new book, 'Food Fix'.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the introduction to Dr. Mark Hyman's latest book, "Food Fix." To purchase the book, click here.

It is a wonderful feeling to recognize the unity of a complex of phenomena that to direct observation appear to be quite separate things.

— Albert Einstein

It is . . . our apparent reluctance to recognize the interrelated nature of the problems and therefore the solutions that lies at the heart of our predicament and certainly on our ability to determine the future of food.

— Prince Charles

There is one place that nearly everything that matters in the world today converges: our food and our food system — the complex web of how we grow food, how we produce, distribute, and promote it; what we eat, what we waste, and the policies that perpetuate unimaginable suffering and destruction across the globe that deplete our human, social, economic, and natural capital.

Food is the nexus of most of our world’s health, economic, environmental, climate, social, and even political crises. While this may seem like an exaggeration, it is not. The problem is much worse than we think. After reading Food Fix you will be able to connect the dots of this largely invisible crisis and understand why fixing our food system is central to the health and well-being of our population, our environment, our climate, our economy, and our very survival as a species. You will also understand the forces, businesses, and policies driving the catastrophe, and the people, businesses, and governments that are providing hope and a path to fixing our dysfunctional food system.

But why would a doctor be so interested in food, the system that produces it, and food policy?

As a doctor, my oath is to relieve suffering and illness and to do no harm. As a functional medicine physician, I was trained to focus on the root causes of disease and to think of our body as one interconnected ecosystem.

Our diet is the number one cause of death, disability, and suffering in the world. Our food has dramatically transformed over the last 100 years, and even more radically over the last 40 years, as we have eaten a diet of increasingly ultraprocessed foods made from a handful of crops (wheat, corn, soy). If poor diet is the biggest killer on the planet, I was forced to ask, what is the cause of our food and the system that produces it? This led to a deep exploration of the entire food chain, from seed to field to fork to landfill, and the harm caused at each step of the journey. The story of food shocked me, frightened me, and drove me to tell this story and to find the possibility of redemption from the broken system that is slowly destroying the people and things we love most.

Our most powerful tool to reverse the global epidemic of chronic disease, heal the environment, reverse climate change, end poverty and social injustice, reform politics, and revive economies is food. The food we grow, how we grow it, and the food we eat have tremendous implications not just for our waistlines but also for our communities, the planet, and the global economy.

Chronic disease is now the single biggest threat to global economic development. Lifestyle-caused diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer now kill nearly 50 million people a year, more than twice as many as die from infectious disease. Two billion people go to bed overweight and 800 million go to bed hungry in the world today. One in two Americans and one in four teenagers have pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes.

Lobbyists’ influence over policy makers has put corporations, not citizens, at the center of every aspect of our food system, from what and how food is grown to what is manufactured, marketed, and sold. When money rules politics, it results in our current uncoordinated and conflicting food policies, which subsidize and protect and facilitate Big Food’s and Big Ag’s domination of our food system to the detriment of our population and our environment. Big Ag and Big Food co-opt politicians, public health groups, grassroots advocacy groups, scientists, and schools and pollute science and public opinion with vast amounts of dollars and misinformation campaigns. The consolidation and monopolization of the food industry over the last 40 years from hundreds of different processed-food companies, seed companies, and chemical and fertilizer companies into just a few dozen companies make it the largest collective industry in the world, valued at approximately $15 trillion, or about 17 percent of the entire world’s economy. And it is controlled by a few dozen CEOs who determine what food is grown and how it is grown, processed, distributed, and sold. This affects every single human on the planet.


Our children’s future is threatened by an achievement gap caused in large part by their inability to learn on a diet of processed foods and sugar served in schools. Fifty percent of schools serve brand-name fast food in their cafeterias and 80 percent have contracts with soda companies. Food companies target children and minorities with billions in marketing of the worst “foods.”

Poverty, social injustice, and violence are perpetuated by the harmful effects of our nutritionally toxic and depleted food environment on children’s intellectual development, mood, and behavior. Violent prison crime can be dramatically reduced by providing a healthy diet to prisoners. Our national security is threatened because our young adults are not fit to fight and not eligible for service, and many of our soldiers are overweight.

We are also depleting nature’s capital — capital that, once destroyed, may only be able to be partially reclaimed. The threat is not only to our health and our children’s future, but also to the health of the planet that sustains us. Our industrial agricultural and food system (including food waste) is the single biggest cause of climate change, exceeding all use of fossil fuels. Current farming practices may cause us to run out of soil and fresh water in this century. We are destroying our rivers, lakes, and oceans by the runoff of nitrogen-based fertilizers, which is creating vast swaths of marine dead zones. We waste 40 percent of the food we produce, costing more than $2.6 trillion a year in global impact.

There is a solution, a food fix. Across the globe there are governments, businesses, grassroots efforts, and individuals who are reimagining our food system, creating solutions that address the challenges we face across the landscape of our food system. This book both defines the problems and maps out the policies, business innovations, and grassroots solutions, providing ideas for what we can each do to improve our health and the health of our communities and the planet.

The imperative to transform our food system is not just medical, moral, or environmental, but economic. Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, the dean of Tufts School of Nutrition Science and Policy, injects hope into what may seem like an overwhelming problem and highlights the “waves of innovation and capital now sweeping food and allied disciplines, from agriculture to processing to restaurants and retail, and in healthcare, personalization, mobile tech, and employee wellness. Catalyzing this multi-billion-dollar revolution, and ensuring its rapid trajectory is evidence-based and mission-oriented, is an essential opportunity and challenge.”

As a doctor, it is increasingly clear to me that the health of our citizens, the health of our society and our planet, depends on disruptive innovations that decentralize and democratize food production and consumption, innovations that produce real food at scale, that restore the health of soils, water, air, and the biodiversity of our planet, and that reverse climate change. I cannot cure obesity and diabetes in my office. It is cured on the farm, in the grocery store, in the restaurant, in our kitchens, schools, workplaces, and faith-based communities.

All these things and more can provide the seeds for the type of transformation needed to solve one of the central problems of our time — the quality of what we put on our fork every day. We have to take back our health one kitchen, one home, one family, one community, one farm at a time! Changes to our own diet are necessary but not sufficient to truly create the shifts needed to create a healthy, sustainable, just world.

The policies and businesses that drive our current system must change to support a reimagined food system from field to fork and beyond. If we were to identify one big lever to pull to improve global health, create economic abundance, reduce social injustice and mental illness, restore environmental health, and reverse climate change, it would be transforming our entire food system. That is the most important work of our time — work that must begin now.

Reprinted with permission from "Food Fix" by Mark Hyman, copyright © 2020



Dear Dick,

Industrial agriculture, with its toxic chemicals, monocultures, drugs and deforestation, is destroying the natural resources needed to sustain life on earth.

Will we reverse this trend, before it’s too late? 

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Growing millions of acres of GMO monoculture crops, doused with cancer-causing and soil-destroying chemicals is not natural.

Cramming billions of farm animals into filthy barns and cages, pumping them full of growth hormones and antibiotics, is not natural.

Feeding the masses with over-processed, contaminant-filled junk food is not natural.

We can change how we produce food and nourish not only ourselves, but the resources we depend on for health and life . . . but only if we muster  the courage and the political will to stand up to powerful corporations that profit from a degenerative food system.

As writer and naturalist Edward Abbey warned:

“A civilization which destroys what little remains of the wild, the spare, the original, is cutting itself off from its origins and betraying the principle of civilization itself.”

As long as we are able, we will fight back against the corrupt corporations and their beholden politicians who view nature as nothing more than a commodity to be exploited for profit. 


Farro is an extremely nutritious grain. It's an excellent source of protein, fiber and nutrients like magnesium, zinc and some B vitamins. It's a much healthier alternative to white rice or other refined grains. One-fourth cup (47 grams) of organic, whole grain emmer farro contains (1, 2 ):Jan 28, 2017
5 Benefits of Farro, A Healthy and Nutritious Ancient Grain - Healthline

What Is Escarole and How Is It Used?- › ... › Ingredient Glossary

Escarole (pronounced "ES-ka-roll") is a leafy green vegetable and member of the chicory family along with frisée, endive, and Belgian endive. Like other chicories, it is popular in Italian cuisine and can be served either raw or cooked.

What Are the 3 Main Kinds of ... · ‎Italian Wedding Soup · ‎Frisée


Joe Yonan.  (The Washington Post.)  ”The Edible Seed Is Making a Comeback, Buoyed by Plant-based Cooking.”  NADG (3-18-20), 1E.   BEANS!


Deena Shanker (Bloomberg News (WPNS).  “Fake-meat Firm Cuts Prices to Compete.”  NADG (1-10-2021).  Higher price is apparently the main hurdle to plant-based meat alternatives, but prices are descending.




Your Meatless Match: A Personal Guide to the Best Vegetarian Meat Substitute for You BY JESS THOMSON.    JAN 24, 2020


Vegan Meat Brands That Are Changing Everything


Why factory farming needs a fresh look following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taking a fresh look at animal production also involves considering its effect on world hunger.  | more…

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Animal cruelty has no boundaries, whether through neglect or intentional acts of violence. Our Justice for Animals campaign rises to the challenge.
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Jun 25, 2020The Justice For Animals Wiki (JFA Wiki) covers topics related to animal rights and veganism in a manner useful for advocacy and outreach.

Eating Animals

Eating Animals

Jonathan Safran Foer


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To reduce risk of pandemics for ourselves, our gaze needs to turn to the health of animals.

From the bestselling author of the essential new 2019 book on animal agriculture and climate crisis: We are the Weather

Discover Jonathan Safran Foer's eye-opening and life-changing account of the meat we eat

'Should be compulsory reading. A genuine masterwork. Read this book. It will change you' Time Out

Eating Animals is the most original and urgent book on the subject of food written this century. It will change the way you think, and change the way you eat. For good.

Whether you're flirting with veganuary, trying to cut back on animal consumption, or a lifelong meat-eater, you need to read this book.

'Shocking, incandescent, brilliant' The Times

'Everyone who eats flesh should read this book' Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

'Universally compelling. Jonathan Safran Foer's book changed me' Natalie Portman

'Gripping [and] original. A brilliant synthesis of argument, science and storytelling. One of the finest books ever written on the subject of eating animals' Times Literary Supplement

'If you eat meat and fish, you should read this book. Even if you don't, you should. It might bring the beginning of a change of heart about all living things' Joanna Lumley






Global Meat Machine

If you eat meat, you need to read this article.

Investigative journalist Andrew Wasley spent more than 15 years, traveling to far corners of the world, to uncover the story of how the production of cheap meat harms animals, the ecosystem and human health.

Wasley’s investigation is global, comprehensive and shocking. And chock full of reasons to #BoycottBigMeat.

This is investigative journalism at its best. And it doesn’t come without risks. As Wasley writes:

“In Brazil, one undercover investigator, examining the impacts of the export-led cattle industry, was outed in a chilling advert placed in a local newspaper and had to quickly flee the region. His safety—and that of colleagues—was judged to be under threat."

Wasley’s story is so compelling, we invited him to do an interview with us—you can watch it here.

Watch OCA’s interview with Andrew Wasley

Read '15 Years Undercover on the Trail of the Global Meat’ Industry'

TAKE ACTION to ban factory farms! Tell Congress to pass the Farm System Reform Act of 2019





Noam Chomsky, Climate Crisis and the Global Green New Deal (2020).  “Industrial meat production, even aside from ethical considerations, should not be tolerated because of its substantial contribution to global warming.  We have to find ways to shift to plant-based diets derived from sustainable agricultural practices….” (86).

Can the Green New Deal help end factory farming? Join the discussion!

#BoycottBigMeat, Organic Consumers Association via 

Oct 7, 2020, 11:51 AM (1 day ago)

to me

Dear Dick,

You’ll probably agree that the U.S.’s system of CAFOs and factory farming is a massive problem that needs to change. But how can we make that change happen?

One promising way is through the Green New Deal. Although it’s often associated most closely with renewable energy, did you know it also has a huge potential to change our food and farming system for the better? 

Our panelists will help you learn about the potential of a Green New Deal to transform our climate-destructive, corporate-controlled, factory farm system into an equitable family farm-based, regenerative system of farming and ranching.

Join us Tuesday, October 13, 7pm CDT for a 1-hour panel discussion about the Green New Deal as a solution to the Big Meat problem.

Register here to join via Zoom

Or sign up here to join via Facebook (and don’t forget to share with your networks)

Can’t join live? Register here anyway, and we’ll send you a link you can watch anytime


Our panel of Green New Deal champions will share their stories and discuss how you can become an advocate for a regenerative Green New Deal.

You’ll hear from: 

·  Garrett Blad, Sunrise Movement

·  Seth Watkins, Farmers and Ranchers for a Green New Deal

·  Shawn Sebastian, People’s Action

·  Mackenzie Feldman, Data For Progress Fellow & Herbicide-Free Campus

The recently launched #BoycottBigMeat campaign is hosting a series of panel discussions highlighting many of the issues that intersect with industrial meat production. Learn more about the campaign here.

Join us Tuesday, October 13, 7pm CDT for a 1-hour panel discussion about the Green New Deal as a solution to the Big Meat problem.

Register here to join via Zoom 

Or sign up here to join via Facebook

Can’t join live? Register here anyway, and we’ll send you a link you can watch anytime

Finally, there’s one more action we hope you’ll take.

Show your support by signing the petition: It’s Time for Radical Reform: No More Factory Farms!

Hope to see you on the call! 

-the #BoycottBigMeat Team


Grassroots Rising - Organic Consumers Association › grassroots-risingIn his new book, Grassroots Rising: A Call to Action on Climate, Farming, Food, and a Green New Deal by Ronnie Cummings  lays out plan for doing just that.


The Playbook We Need.  Organic Consumers Assoc.  Organic Bytes (6-5-20)

“Regenerative agriculture is going to be a key phrase in the decades ahead—and this book will get you in on the ground floor, so to speak. Not much could be more important!”— Bill McKibben, author of “Falter”

When Ronnie started this book, COVID-19 wasn’t on his mind.

But during this unprecedented global crisis, Grassroots Rising is the playbook we all need.

We’re guessing most of you—except those of you who are the pandemic frontline heroes providing essential services—probably have more time to read, or listen, to books right now.

And you’re probably in dire need of any message that offers hope—and concrete action steps for creating a better world.

Ronnie’s new book, your “good news” instruction manual for fixing our broken food and farming system and our broken climate, is now available on You can also order the paperback online.

Fortunately, we’re planning an online book tour. Stay tuned for details!

In the meantime, stay healthy, stay sane and above all, stay engaged.

Listen up! ‘Grassroots Rising’ now available on

Listen (free) to the first 17 minutes of Ronnie's book

Buy your copy of ‘Grassroots Rising’

TAKE ACTION: Donate $100 or more and get a copy of Ronnie’s book.

Sign up for Regeneration International’s newsletter.

SIGN THE PETITION: Consumers Want a Regenerative Green New Deal!

Organic Consumers Association via

Sailesh Rao is the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Healers, a non-profit dedicated towards healing the Earth’s climate. A systems specialist with a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA, conferred in 1986, Sailesh worked on the Internet communications infrastructure for twenty years after graduation. In 2006, he switched careers and became deeply immersed, full-time, in the spiritual and environmental crises affecting humanity. He is the author of the 2011 book, Carbon Dharma: The Occupation of Butterflies and the 2016 book, Carbon Yoga: The Vegan Metamorphosis. He is the Co-Executive Producer of the trilogy of documentaries, The Human Experiment (2013), Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret (2014) and What The Health (2017), which explore the systemic causes of human and environmental ill health and of the forthcoming documentary, The Compassion Project. › sailesh-rao

Sailesh Rao has over three decades of professional experience and is the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Healers, a non-profit dedicated towards healing the Earth's climate. A systems specialist with a Ph. ... Rao worked on the internet communications infrastructure for twenty years after graduation.



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