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Climate Change is such an enormous and unprecedented problem that it may seem like  our individual efforts can’t possibly make a difference. But, they do, especially on the food front. Think about it: if we are fortunate, most of us eat three times a day. That’s over 1,000 meals a year! Say you live with three other people – that’s over 4,000 meals in one household.  Each of those meals has the potential to contribute to climate change, or to help solve it.

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One of our biggest potential climate allies is directly under our feet: soil. Healthy, living soil has an enormous capacity to store carbon. In fact, carbon stored in soil accounts for roughly three times the amount stored in the atmosphere! Improving the health of degraded soil holds tremendous potential to mitigate climate change.

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Take the Cool Foods pledge and do your part to stabilize the earth’s climate by being more thoughtful about the way you eat.


Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign provides information about the connection between agriculture, food and a stable climate.

Everyone eats, so everyone can join our campaign!

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Center for Food Safety\'s West Coast Director Rebecca Spector issued the following statement in response to Governor Newsom\'s 2020-2021 budget proposal which was released today:

"CFS applauds Governor Newsom for his commitment to healthy soils, sustainable food production and pest management, agricultural solutions to climate change, and Farm to School programs in his 2020-2021 budget proposal."

"Governor Newsom\'s budget rightfully points out that "expanding opportunities for local food procurement that is tied to nutrition education is essential for establishing healthy eating habits that children can carry into adulthood." CFS will advocate for a portion of the funds allocated for farm-to-school programs to be used to incentivize school districts to source organic fruits and vegetables which are grown without toxic pesticides that are harmful to children and the natural world."

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More than 300 Groups Urge Congress to Make Food and Agriculture Central to the Climate Crisis and Green New Deal Debate

America\'s farmers, ranchers, fishers, and workers who feed the nation must be at the center of this policy agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A coalition of more than 300 groups today sent a letter to Congress calling for a Green New Deal that prioritizes food and agriculture solutions to climate change. The coalition, made up of farming, ranching, fishing, farmworker, food, agriculture, consumer, public health, and environmental organizations urges Congress to adopt a just transition to a sustainable food and agricultural future centered on America\'s farmers, ranchers, fishers, and workers.

"The Green New Deal offers a unique and profoundly important opportunity to protect our common shared future," the groups write. "Science shows conclusively that we have no time to lose, and that making fundamental changes to our food and farming system is urgent and central to stabilizing our climate and ensuring food security for current and future generations. Fortunately, there are solutions — well-demonstrated, effective and profitable agricultural practices at all scales in all regions of the country — that can help reduce pollution and repair our environment and climate while revitalizing communities across the country."

The letter identifies four key policy priorities for a Green New Deal:

1. Carbon reduction, sequestration, and climate resilience via a rapid, just transition that empowers farmers and ranchers to adopt ecologically regenerative, organic and agroecological practices;
2. Fair prices for farmers, ranchers and fishers, anti-trust measures that help reverse food sector consolidation, and healthy working conditions with family-sustaining living wages for workers;
3. Diversified, resilient, local, and regional food economies anchored by family farmers, ranchers, and fishers that ensure healthy, sustainable food for all, combat consolidation in the food and farming sector and reverse the rapid loss of farmers and deterioration of farmland;
4. Avoid "false solutions" and agribusiness-sponsored proposals that do nothing to address the systemic causes of our climate crisis and delay progress.

"The original New Deal helped America\'s farmers survive the Great Depression and feed our nation while restoring farmlands and soil," the groups write in the letter. "The Green New Deal can do even better: restoring our climate by regenerating soil and biodiversity while ensuring fair prices and family-sustaining livable wages for the farmers, ranchers, fishers, and workers who bring food to our tables. Solutions must be community-driven, equitable, regionally specific and appropriate, and must promote the leadership of frontline communities disproportionately burdened by our climate crisis and by the unsustainable industrial food system."

The letter continues: "Climate upheaval threatens our nation\'s food security and costs taxpayers, farmers, and food companies tens of billions of dollars a year at a minimum. Agriculture and industrial food production generate nearly one-quarter of all global climate-change emissions, making the food sector a leading producer of carbon dioxide, methane, and other greenhouse gases."

Read the full letter here.

 

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Take the Cool Foods pledge and do your part to stabilize the earth’s climate by being more thoughtful about the way you eat.


Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign provides information about the connection between agriculture, food and a stable climate.

Everyone eats, so everyone can join our campaign!

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100,000+  People Demand a Green New Deal that Transforms Our Food System to Combat the Climate Crisis

Citizen Petition Identifies Four Food System Policy Principles and Priorities that the Green New Deal Should Follow

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, eight environmental, farmworker, public health, and food safety advocacy organizations delivered a petition—signed by more than 100,000 people—to Congress. The petition champions solutions to urgent food and agriculture issues that should be addressed in Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey\'s (D-MA) Green New Deal. The food and farming sector is the largest overall employer in the United States and a top contributor to climate change. For the Green New Deal to be truly effective, the working people who drive our food and agriculture system to make our meals possible—who are among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change—must be at the negotiating table.

"Agriculture—and the farmworker families on which it depends—are some of the first victims of a changing global climate," said Jeannie Economos, Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health Project Coordinator of the Farmworker Association of Florida. "Our current system of agriculture is one of the major contributors to climate change, but it\'s also where we should look for transformative and just solutions. When we begin to pair social justice for workers with a just transition for our country, only then will a Green New Deal be able to bring about the systemic change we need to protect all our communities from the ravages of climate change." 

Weather-related disasters and disruptions spurred by climate change are already devastating the agriculture industry and harming those who work within it. There\'s been a 240% increase in dust storms in the central valley, leading to a huge increase in farm workers contracting valley fever fungus, which cost sick workers 20 work days each on average, and California taxpayers a total of $2.2 billion in valley-fever related hospital expenses. 

"Any Green New Deal that\'s going to be truly effective in combating climate change must center around a transformation in our food and agricultural systems at their cores," said Navina Khanna, Director of the HEAL Food Alliance. "If we are to succeed in building a sustainable future with racial and gender equity as core values, we need a Green New Deal that centers family farmers, farm workers, and food workers. Making fundamental changes to our food and farming system is urgent and central to stabilizing our climate, and ensuring food security for current and future generations, and making sure that all people working in the system do so with meaning and dignity."

The original New Deal helped America\'s farmers survive the Great Depression and feed our nation while restoring farmlands and soil. The Green New Deal can do even better: restoring our climate by regenerating soil and biodiversity while ensuring fair prices and family-sustaining livable wages for the farmers, ranchers, fishers, and workers who bring food to our tables.

"If we are to address the climate crisis, we must transform our food system," said Lisa Archer, Food and Agriculture Director for Friends of the Earth. "We have no time to waste. Congress must support a rapid transition from the destructive, polluting industrial agriculture system we have now to a healthy, just food system that regenerates our soil, biodiversity, and communities."

As average temperatures rise, the air can hold more moisture, which is released as an increasing amount of rainfall. This extreme rainfall leads to severe flooding which takes a toll on corn and soy farmers in the Midwest as the soil becomes too soaked to accept new crops. Droughts brought on by the climate crisis also pose unsustainable challenges for our agriculture industry, as California\'s unprecedented droughts led to an almond shortage in 2015, even as the almond industry used more water that year than the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco combined. 

"To embrace the future of agriculture is to end chemical-intensive agriculture by supporting and investing in the solutions posed by those at the frontlines of the climate crisis—including farmers, workers and their communities," said Ahna Kruzic, Communications and Media Director of Pesticide Action Network North America. "Continued reliance on chemical-intensive agriculture would exacerbate the climate crisis while impacting the health of our environments, farms and farmers, workers, and communities."

Fortunately, petition signees asserted, there are solutions—well-demonstrated, effective, and profitable agricultural practices at all scales and in all regions of the country—that can reduce pollution and repair the environment and climate while revitalizing communities across the country.

"Soil can actually capture carbon from the atmosphere, effectively reversing global warming and making soil healthier at the same time," said Joey Lee, Digital Manager of the Center for Food Safety. "We must integrate regenerative farming practices such as cover cropping, the use of compost, and reducing tillage to improve soil quality and sequester carbon."

Over 100,000 people have signed the petition to show support of a Green New Deal that adheres to the following principles:

4 Key Policy Priorities and Principles

This petition mirrors a letter signed by a coalition of 300 advocacy groups advocating that Congress support a Green New Deal that prioritizes food and agriculture solutions to climate change. The groups are asking anyone who supports the petition to tweet about it using the hashtag #GreenNewFoodDeal.

This citizen petition component of this project was a collaboration between the Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth, the HEAL Food Alliance, the Farmworker Association of Florida, PANNA, 198 Methods, the Daily Kos, and the Organic Consumers Association.

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100,000+  People Demand a Green New Deal that Transforms Our Food System to Combat the Climate Crisis

Citizen Petition Identifies Four Food System Policy Principles and Priorities that the Green New Deal Should Follow

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, eight environmental, farmworker, public health, and food safety advocacy organizations delivered a petition—signed by more than 100,000 people—to Congress. The petition champions solutions to urgent food and agriculture issues that should be addressed in Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey\'s (D-MA) Green New Deal. The food and farming sector is the largest overall employer in the United States and a top contributor to climate change. For the Green New Deal to be truly effective, the working people who drive our food and agriculture system to make our meals possible—who are among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change—must be at the negotiating table.

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Weather-related disasters and disruptions spurred by climate change are already devastating the agriculture industry and harming those who work within it. There\'s been a 240% increase in dust storms in the central valley, leading to a huge increase in farm workers contracting valley fever fungus, which cost sick workers 20 work days each on average, and California taxpayers a total of $2.2 billion in valley-fever related hospital expenses. 

"Any Green New Deal that\'s going to be truly effective in combating climate change must center around a transformation in our food and agricultural systems at their cores," said Navina Khanna, Director of the HEAL Food Alliance. "If we are to succeed in building a sustainable future with racial and gender equity as core values, we need a Green New Deal that centers family farmers, farm workers, and food workers. Making fundamental changes to our food and farming system is urgent and central to stabilizing our climate, and ensuring food security for current and future generations, and making sure that all people working in the system do so with meaning and dignity."

The original New Deal helped America\'s farmers survive the Great Depression and feed our nation while restoring farmlands and soil. The Green New Deal can do even better: restoring our climate by regenerating soil and biodiversity while ensuring fair prices and family-sustaining livable wages for the farmers, ranchers, fishers, and workers who bring food to our tables.

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As average temperatures rise, the air can hold more moisture, which is released as an increasing amount of rainfall. This extreme rainfall leads to severe flooding which takes a toll on corn and soy farmers in the Midwest as the soil becomes too soaked to accept new crops. Droughts brought on by the climate crisis also pose unsustainable challenges for our agriculture industry, as California\'s unprecedented droughts led to an almond shortage in 2015, even as the almond industry used more water that year than the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco combined. 

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Fortunately, petition signees asserted, there are solutions—well-demonstrated, effective, and profitable agricultural practices at all scales and in all regions of the country—that can reduce pollution and repair the environment and climate while revitalizing communities across the country.

"Soil can actually capture carbon from the atmosphere, effectively reversing global warming and making soil healthier at the same time," said Joey Lee, Digital Manager of the Center for Food Safety. "We must integrate regenerative farming practices such as cover cropping, the use of compost, and reducing tillage to improve soil quality and sequester carbon."

Over 100,000 people have signed the petition to show support of a Green New Deal that adheres to the following principles:

4 Key Policy Priorities and Principles

This petition mirrors a letter signed by a coalition of 300 advocacy groups advocating that Congress support a Green New Deal that prioritizes food and agriculture solutions to climate change. The groups are asking anyone who supports the petition to tweet about it using the hashtag #GreenNewFoodDeal.

This citizen petition component of this project was a collaboration between the Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth, the HEAL Food Alliance, the Farmworker Association of Florida, PANNA, 198 Methods, the Daily Kos, and the Organic Consumers Association.

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100,000+  People Demand a Green New Deal that Transforms Our Food System to Combat the Climate Crisis

Citizen Petition Identifies Four Food System Policy Principles and Priorities that the Green New Deal Should Follow

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, eight environmental, farmworker, public health, and food safety advocacy organizations delivered a petition—signed by more than 100,000 people—to Congress. The petition champions solutions to urgent food and agriculture issues that should be addressed in Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey\'s (D-MA) Green New Deal. The food and farming sector is the largest overall employer in the United States and a top contributor to climate change. For the Green New Deal to be truly effective, the working people who drive our food and agriculture system to make our meals possible—who are among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change—must be at the negotiating table.

"Agriculture—and the farmworker families on which it depends—are some of the first victims of a changing global climate," said Jeannie Economos, Pesticide Safety and Environmental Health Project Coordinator of the Farmworker Association of Florida. "Our current system of agriculture is one of the major contributors to climate change, but it\'s also where we should look for transformative and just solutions. When we begin to pair social justice for workers with a just transition for our country, only then will a Green New Deal be able to bring about the systemic change we need to protect all our communities from the ravages of climate change." 

Weather-related disasters and disruptions spurred by climate change are already devastating the agriculture industry and harming those who work within it. There\'s been a 240% increase in dust storms in the central valley, leading to a huge increase in farm workers contracting valley fever fungus, which cost sick workers 20 work days each on average, and California taxpayers a total of $2.2 billion in valley-fever related hospital expenses. 

"Any Green New Deal that\'s going to be truly effective in combating climate change must center around a transformation in our food and agricultural systems at their cores," said Navina Khanna, Director of the HEAL Food Alliance. "If we are to succeed in building a sustainable future with racial and gender equity as core values, we need a Green New Deal that centers family farmers, farm workers, and food workers. Making fundamental changes to our food and farming system is urgent and central to stabilizing our climate, and ensuring food security for current and future generations, and making sure that all people working in the system do so with meaning and dignity."

The original New Deal helped America\'s farmers survive the Great Depression and feed our nation while restoring farmlands and soil. The Green New Deal can do even better: restoring our climate by regenerating soil and biodiversity while ensuring fair prices and family-sustaining livable wages for the farmers, ranchers, fishers, and workers who bring food to our tables.

"If we are to address the climate crisis, we must transform our food system," said Lisa Archer, Food and Agriculture Director for Friends of the Earth. "We have no time to waste. Congress must support a rapid transition from the destructive, polluting industrial agriculture system we have now to a healthy, just food system that regenerates our soil, biodiversity, and communities."

As average temperatures rise, the air can hold more moisture, which is released as an increasing amount of rainfall. This extreme rainfall leads to severe flooding which takes a toll on corn and soy farmers in the Midwest as the soil becomes too soaked to accept new crops. Droughts brought on by the climate crisis also pose unsustainable challenges for our agriculture industry, as California\'s unprecedented droughts led to an almond shortage in 2015, even as the almond industry used more water that year than the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco combined. 

"To embrace the future of agriculture is to end chemical-intensive agriculture by supporting and investing in the solutions posed by those at the frontlines of the climate crisis—including farmers, workers and their communities," said Ahna Kruzic, Communications and Media Director of Pesticide Action Network North America. "Continued reliance on chemical-intensive agriculture would exacerbate the climate crisis while impacting the health of our environments, farms and farmers, workers, and communities."

Fortunately, petition signees asserted, there are solutions—well-demonstrated, effective, and profitable agricultural practices at all scales and in all regions of the country—that can reduce pollution and repair the environment and climate while revitalizing communities across the country.

"Soil can actually capture carbon from the atmosphere, effectively reversing global warming and making soil healthier at the same time," said Joey Lee, Digital Manager of the Center for Food Safety. "We must integrate regenerative farming practices such as cover cropping, the use of compost, and reducing tillage to improve soil quality and sequester carbon."

Over 100,000 people have signed the petition to show support of a Green New Deal that adheres to the following principles:

4 Key Policy Priorities and Principles

This petition mirrors a letter signed by a coalition of 300 advocacy groups advocating that Congress support a Green New Deal that prioritizes food and agriculture solutions to climate change. The groups are asking anyone who supports the petition to tweet about it using the hashtag #GreenNewFoodDeal.

This citizen petition component of this project was a collaboration between the Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth, the HEAL Food Alliance, the Farmworker Association of Florida, PANNA, 198 Methods, the Daily Kos, and the Organic Consumers Association.

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The genetic engineering of plants and animals is looming as one of the greatest and most intractable environmental challenges of the 21st Century. Already, this novel technology has invaded our grocery stores and our kitchen pantries by fundamentally altering some of our most important staple food crops.

By being able to take the genetic material from one organism and insert it into the permanent genetic code of another, biotechnologists have engineered numerous novel creations, such as potatoes with bacteria genes, “super” pigs with human growth genes, fish with cattle growth genes, tomatoes with flounder genes, and thousands of other plants, animals and insects. At an alarming rate, these creations are now being patented and released into the environment.

Currently, up to 85 percent of U.S. corn is genetically engineered as are 91 percent of soybeans and 88 percent of cotton (cottonseed oil is often used in food products). According to industry, up to 95% of sugar beets are now GE. It has been estimated that upwards of 70 percent of processed foods on supermarket shelves–from soda to soup, crackers to condiments–contain genetically engineered ingredients.

A number of studies over the past decade have revealed that genetically engineered foods can pose serious risks to humans, domesticated animals, wildlife and the environment. Human health effects can include higher risks of toxicity, allergenicity, antibiotic resistance, immune-suppression and cancer. As for environmental impacts, the use of genetic engineering in agriculture will lead to uncontrolled biological pollution, threatening numerous microbial, plant and animal species with extinction, and the potential contamination of all non-genetically engineered life forms with novel and possibly hazardous genetic material.

Despite these long-term and wide-ranging risks, Congress has yet to pass a single law intended to manage them responsibly. This despite the fact that our regulatory agencies have failed to adequately address the human health or environmental impacts of genetic engineering. On the federal level, eight agencies attempt to regulate biotechnology using 12 different statutes or laws that were written long before genetically engineered food, animals and insects became a reality. The result has been a regulatory tangle, where any regulation even exists, as existing laws are grossly manipulated to manage threats they were never intended to regulate. Among many bizarre examples of these regulatory anomalies is the current attempt by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate genetically engineered fish as “new animal drugs.” Yet, at the same time, the FDA claims it has no jurisdiction over genetically engineered pet fish like the Glofish.

The haphazard and negligent agency regulation of biotechnology has been a disaster for consumers and the environment. Unsuspecting consumers by the tens of millions are being allowed to purchase and consume unlabeled genetically engineered foods, despite a finding by FDA scientists that these foods could pose serious risks. And new genetically engineered crops are being approved by federal agencies despite admissions that they will contaminate native and conventional plants and pose other significant new environmental threats. In short, there has been a complete abdication of any responsible legislative or regulatory oversight of genetically engineered foods. Clearly, now is a critical time to challenge the government’s negligence in managing the human health and environmental threats from biotechnology.

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McDonald\'s, Wendy\'s, and Gerber have already indicated that they don\'t plan to use these GE apples. Burger King could be next.

Sign the petition: Tell Burger King to commit to keeping GE apples out of its meals.

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Which supermarket foods are genetically engineered? This is probably the most urgent question the public has about these novel foods. But despite overwhelming demand, almost no foods on U.S. grocery shelves reveal their secret, genetically engineered ingredients. The first of it\'s kind--available both in print and as a mibile app for iPhone and Android--the CFS True Food Shoppers Guide was designed to help reclaim your right to know about the foods you are buying, and help you find and avoid GMO foods and ingredients.

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Climate Change is such an enormous and unprecedented problem that it may seem like  our individual efforts can’t possibly make a difference. But, they do, especially on the food front. Think about it: if we are fortunate, most of us eat three times a day. That’s over 1,000 meals a year! Say you live with three other people – that’s over 4,000 meals in one household.  Each of those meals has the potential to contribute to climate change, or to help solve it.

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Take the Cool Foods pledge and do your part to stabilize the earth’s climate by being more thoughtful about the way you eat.


Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign provides information about the connection between agriculture, food and a stable climate.

Everyone eats, so everyone can join our campaign!

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Center for Food Safety\'s Rebuttal to Impossible Foods\' Statement on Regenerative Ag

Yesterday, Impossible Foods, maker of the plant-based Impossible Burger, issued a statement  that regenerative grazing is not a sustainable alternative to factory farming, even going as far as to say that grazing ultimately harms the environment. The company claimed that "whatever the branding—regenerative grazing, holistic grass-fed beef, \'carbon positive grazing\'—none are sustainable at scale," despite ample evidence that managed grazing can increase soil organic carbon and improve biodiversity within the ecosystem.  

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"Grasslands and grazing animals have co-evolved together, creating a symbiotic relationship between the animals, ecosystem, and soil microbes," said Rebecca Spector, west coast director at Center for Food Safety. "Well-managed grazing serves as a way to mimic this relationship, which stimulates plant growth, fertilizes the ground, and increases carbon stocks."

CFS has long advocated for policies that establish baseline standards for food safety, animal welfare, and waste management and has employed legal, grassroots, and policy strategies to hold producers accountable for failing to meet those standards. CFS launched the educational website soilsolution.org to highlight farming practices that sequester carbon and help mitigate climate change, in addition to the website EndIndustrialMeat.org which features ways to support eco-friendly, plant-based sources of protein and highlights alternative producers of meat who practice high standards of animal welfare and environmental stewardship in their ranching systems.

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Center for Food Safety\'s Rebuttal to Impossible Foods\' Statement on Regenerative Ag

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Center for Food Safety\'s Rebuttal to Impossible Foods\' Statement on Regenerative Ag

Yesterday, Impossible Foods, maker of the plant-based Impossible Burger, issued a statement  that regenerative grazing is not a sustainable alternative to factory farming, even going as far as to say that grazing ultimately harms the environment. The company claimed that "whatever the branding—regenerative grazing, holistic grass-fed beef, \'carbon positive grazing\'—none are sustainable at scale," despite ample evidence that managed grazing can increase soil organic carbon and improve biodiversity within the ecosystem.  

Despite Impossible Foods\' baseless claims, it is clear that regenerative grazing is a necessary and healthy alternative to factory farms, especially when it comes to fighting climate change. Well-managed grazing allows for improved soil health, a key component to combating climate change. On-farm grazing also reduces the need for tillage, herbicides, and fertilizers, making our farmlands healthier and more productive in the long term.

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Climate Change is such an enormous and unprecedented problem that it may seem like  our individual efforts can’t possibly make a difference. But, they do, especially on the food front. Think about it: if we are fortunate, most of us eat three times a day. That’s over 1,000 meals a year! Say you live with three other people – that’s over 4,000 meals in one household.  Each of those meals has the potential to contribute to climate change, or to help solve it.

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An excess of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Earth’s atmosphere is warming the planet and increasing the severity and intensity of extreme weather events. While this is a grim state of affairs, there is hope, and it is right under our feet in the soil.

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One of our biggest potential climate allies is directly under our feet: soil. Healthy, living soil has an enormous capacity to store carbon. In fact, carbon stored in soil accounts for roughly three times the amount stored in the atmosphere! Improving the health of degraded soil holds tremendous potential to mitigate climate change.

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Take the Cool Foods pledge and do your part to stabilize the earth’s climate by being more thoughtful about the way you eat.


Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign provides information about the connection between agriculture, food and a stable climate.

Everyone eats, so everyone can join our campaign!

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America\'s farmers, ranchers, fishers, and workers who feed the nation must be at the center of this policy agenda

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"The Green New Deal offers a unique and profoundly important opportunity to protect our common shared future," the groups write. "Science shows conclusively that we have no time to lose, and that making fundamental changes to our food and farming system is urgent and central to stabilizing our climate and ensuring food security for current and future generations. Fortunately, there are solutions — well-demonstrated, effective and profitable agricultural practices at all scales in all regions of the country — that can help reduce pollution and repair our environment and climate while revitalizing communities across the country."

The letter identifies four key policy priorities for a Green New Deal:

1. Carbon reduction, sequestration, and climate resilience via a rapid, just transition that empowers farmers and ranchers to adopt ecologically regenerative, organic and agroecological practices;
2. Fair prices for farmers, ranchers and fishers, anti-trust measures that help reverse food sector consolidation, and healthy working conditions with family-sustaining living wages for workers;
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4. Avoid "false solutions" and agribusiness-sponsored proposals that do nothing to address the systemic causes of our climate crisis and delay progress.

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Read the full letter here.

 

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America\'s farmers, ranchers, fishers, and workers who feed the nation must be at the center of this policy agenda

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Read the full letter here.

 

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America\'s farmers, ranchers, fishers, and workers who feed the nation must be at the center of this policy agenda

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4. Avoid "false solutions" and agribusiness-sponsored proposals that do nothing to address the systemic causes of our climate crisis and delay progress.

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Read the full letter here.

 

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Climate Change is such an enormous and unprecedented problem that it may seem like  our individual efforts can’t possibly make a difference. But, they do, especially on the food front. Think about it: if we are fortunate, most of us eat three times a day. That’s over 1,000 meals a year! Say you live with three other people – that’s over 4,000 meals in one household.  Each of those meals has the potential to contribute to climate change, or to help solve it.

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Take the Cool Foods pledge and do your part to stabilize the earth’s climate by being more thoughtful about the way you eat.


Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign provides information about the connection between agriculture, food and a stable climate.

Everyone eats, so everyone can join our campaign!

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA—President Trump’s decision to pull out from the 2015 Paris climate agreement is a major setback for the treaty, and for our ability to combat the climate crisis. Trump’s move puts the U.S. in the same league as Syria and Nicaragua—the only two countries who declined to join the agreement. The U.S. is the world’s second-largest carbon polluter after China.

"The move is completely irresponsible. The President clearly has no understanding of science, and is willfully ignoring the advice of those who do," said Diana Donlon, Director of Food and Climate at CFS. "He is acting against the will of the American people (polling shows that 71% of Americans support staying in the agreement) and putting the nation’s ability to feed itself in jeopardy."

Agriculture is sensitive to fluctuations in temperature and precipitation and the U.S. is not immune to escalating global threats: in 2016 there were 91 weather, climate or geological disasters in the U.S. including severe storms, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, heat waves and droughts many of these damaging or wiping out crops. In East and Southern Africa, more than 38 million people in 17 countries are currently struggling with food insecurity resulting from consecutive drought. In the Arctic, temperature has increased at twice the rate as the rest of the globe which could weaken or shut down global ocean circulation which would obviously have catastrophic impacts on agriculture.

The aim of the Paris agreement, which went into effect last November, is to keep global temperature increases below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius), while strengthening the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change. The U.S. pledged to cut domestic greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

"The Trump administration continues its dangerous pattern of placing short-term corporate dollars ahead of literally all else, including public interests as vital as addressing climate change," said CFS Legal Director George Kimbrell. "The Government’s duty is to safeguard the public interest, not corporate dollars. We must continue to demand and force urgent action, to protect food security, farmers, and the planet.""‹

While leaders in Europe, India, and China have committed to remain in the agreement despite a U.S. withdrawal, Trump’s decision to formally back out could weaken the resolve of countries that joined the agreement more reluctantly, and threaten the ability of developing nations to tackle their emissions and respond to the effects of climate change if the U.S. cuts its promised financial aid. These ripple effects threaten the stability of the agreement and our ability to respond to climate change in time to save humanity from extinction; climate scientists say there are only a few years left to stop climate change before a future of extreme conditions due to global warming is irrevocable.

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Hawai‘i Center for Food Safety-sponsored bill to establish soil task force signed into law

HONOLULU — Today marks an historic moment in the efforts to fight the impacts of climate change as Governor David Ige signs two bills into law that make HawaiÊ»i the first in the nation to legally support the Paris Climate agreement.

SB559 is geared toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions in accordance with the goals and principles of the Paris Climate agreement; and HB1578, which was written and championed by environment and food movement organization Hawai‘i Center for Food Safety (HCFS), along with the Sierra Club of HawaiÊ»i and Surfrider Foundation OÊ»ahu Chapter, creates a task force that will provide incentives for farmers and ranchers to improve the resilience of their land and protect their livelihoods and food security in the face of escalating climate uncertainty. With interest in combatting climate change through soil health initiatives steadily growing across the country, Hawai‘i’s creation of a task force positions the state as a leader in the movement.

“We are thrilled to see the state of HawaiÊ»i investing in practices and people that promote a resilient and healthy climate, food, and water future,” said Ashley Lukens, Hawai‘i Center for Food Safety director. “President Trump may have pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement, but HawaiÊ»i is on the frontlines of climate impacts and we remain committed to action. Establishing a Carbon Farming Task Force is a major step forward on the path to a stable climate and secure food future, and we hope to see other states moving ahead regardless of Washington.”                                                 

"It\'s important that Hawaii recommits to addressing climate change, but it\'s more important that we take meaningful steps to actually follow through, and our bill empowers and rewards our local farmers to do just that," said Representative Chris Lee, who introduced the bill and helped to advance it forward.

The current industrial model agricultural system contributes roughly one-third of planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions globally. However, agriculture also has the unique potential be a solution to the negative effects of human-induced climate change. Emerging soil science shows climate-friendly farming can draw down carbon from the atmosphere and put it back into the soil where it can provide the foundation for healthy, functioning ecosystems.

“Soil is one of the greatest under-tapped resources for fighting the battle against climate change,” said Rebecca Ryals, University of Hawai‘i Assistant Professor of Agricultural Ecosystem Ecology. “Soils that store carbon also improve water and nutrient retention, reduce erosion, and support higher crop yields. Tropical soils have incredible potential to store carbon, to foster a healthy environment, and to help our local farmers and ranchers. The Carbon Farming Task Force is a critically important first step toward finding local solutions to global climate change, and soil carbon farming strategies should be emphasized in its incentive programs.”

Many of HawaiÊ»i’s soils are currently degraded, but the establishment of the Carbon Farming Task Force is an opportunity to reverse this trend and take advantage of the numerous benefits healthy soils provide, including: reduced sediment, erosion and dust; increased fresh water retention; improved water quality; reduced salinity; improved plant health and crop yields; a reduced need for synthetic inputs; and sequestered carbon dioxide.

“Our island community should be looking to move towards a circular, regenerative society to usher in a new sustainable era. Initiatives like the Carbon Farming Task Force are steps that advance these goals by connecting issues from mauka to makai,” said Rafael Bergstrom, Surfrider Foundation Oahu Chapter Coordinator. “In addition to being one of the most viable carbon sinks, healthy soils ultimately reduce the impact of runoff, erosion, and sedimentation that drastically affect the health of our nearshore waters and reefs. Surfrider Foundation is proud to be engaging in these solutions through our Ocean Friendly Garden program which teaches homeowners the value of healthy soils in combating the pollution associated from stormwater runoff.”

The bill will go into effect on July 1, 2017. The task force will be housed within the Office of Planning with 15 members from various state and county level government offices as well as the University of Hawaii, among others. The task force has to present its preliminary report to the legislature in 2025 that includes research on the types of agricultural practices that provide greenhouse gas benefits, along with short term and long term benefits of these practices, criteria for a certification program to baseline levels, and a breakdown of the kinds of incentives the state could offer.

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Additional Resources

Center for Food Safety has been advocating on the soil climate change connection for over four years through it’s Soil Solutions program, working with numerous states and the French government to pass meaningful policies that promote healthy soil initiatives. For resources, videos and up-to-date media content, visit: http://soilsolution.org

 

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Climate Change is such an enormous and unprecedented problem that it may seem like  our individual efforts can’t possibly make a difference. But, they do, especially on the food front. Think about it: if we are fortunate, most of us eat three times a day. That’s over 1,000 meals a year! Say you live with three other people – that’s over 4,000 meals in one household.  Each of those meals has the potential to contribute to climate change, or to help solve it.

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Take the Cool Foods pledge and do your part to stabilize the earth’s climate by being more thoughtful about the way you eat.


Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign provides information about the connection between agriculture, food and a stable climate.

Everyone eats, so everyone can join our campaign!

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Soil is the digestive system of the earth.  Think about it: organisms in the soil consume, digest, and recycle organic matter—just like your stomach digests the food you eat.  Like your gut, the soil is a living organ, teeming with microorganisms that are tasked with exchanging nutrients and keeping plants and ecosystems healthy.  And like your diet, improper “food”—what we add to the soil—can make it very sick or very healthy.

 

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A powerful solution to the climate crisis can be found right beneath our feet—in the soil. By harnessing the immense power of photosynthesis, we can convert atmospheric carbon, a problem, into soil carbon, a solution. Emerging science proves that shifting to regenerative forms of agriculture such as agroecology, agroforestry, cover-cropping, holistic grazing and permaculture will allow us to store excess carbon safely in the ground.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA—President Trump’s decision to pull out from the 2015 Paris climate agreement is a major setback for the treaty, and for our ability to combat the climate crisis. Trump’s move puts the U.S. in the same league as Syria and Nicaragua—the only two countries who declined to join the agreement. The U.S. is the world’s second-largest carbon polluter after China.

"The move is completely irresponsible. The President clearly has no understanding of science, and is willfully ignoring the advice of those who do," said Diana Donlon, Director of Food and Climate at CFS. "He is acting against the will of the American people (polling shows that 71% of Americans support staying in the agreement) and putting the nation’s ability to feed itself in jeopardy."

Agriculture is sensitive to fluctuations in temperature and precipitation and the U.S. is not immune to escalating global threats: in 2016 there were 91 weather, climate or geological disasters in the U.S. including severe storms, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, heat waves and droughts many of these damaging or wiping out crops. In East and Southern Africa, more than 38 million people in 17 countries are currently struggling with food insecurity resulting from consecutive drought. In the Arctic, temperature has increased at twice the rate as the rest of the globe which could weaken or shut down global ocean circulation which would obviously have catastrophic impacts on agriculture.

The aim of the Paris agreement, which went into effect last November, is to keep global temperature increases below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius), while strengthening the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change. The U.S. pledged to cut domestic greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

"The Trump administration continues its dangerous pattern of placing short-term corporate dollars ahead of literally all else, including public interests as vital as addressing climate change," said CFS Legal Director George Kimbrell. "The Government’s duty is to safeguard the public interest, not corporate dollars. We must continue to demand and force urgent action, to protect food security, farmers, and the planet.""‹

While leaders in Europe, India, and China have committed to remain in the agreement despite a U.S. withdrawal, Trump’s decision to formally back out could weaken the resolve of countries that joined the agreement more reluctantly, and threaten the ability of developing nations to tackle their emissions and respond to the effects of climate change if the U.S. cuts its promised financial aid. These ripple effects threaten the stability of the agreement and our ability to respond to climate change in time to save humanity from extinction; climate scientists say there are only a few years left to stop climate change before a future of extreme conditions due to global warming is irrevocable.

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA—President Trump’s decision to pull out from the 2015 Paris climate agreement is a major setback for the treaty, and for our ability to combat the climate crisis. Trump’s move puts the U.S. in the same league as Syria and Nicaragua—the only two countries who declined to join the agreement. The U.S. is the world’s second-largest carbon polluter after China.

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The aim of the Paris agreement, which went into effect last November, is to keep global temperature increases below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius), while strengthening the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change. The U.S. pledged to cut domestic greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.

"The Trump administration continues its dangerous pattern of placing short-term corporate dollars ahead of literally all else, including public interests as vital as addressing climate change," said CFS Legal Director George Kimbrell. "The Government’s duty is to safeguard the public interest, not corporate dollars. We must continue to demand and force urgent action, to protect food security, farmers, and the planet.""‹

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA—President Trump’s decision to pull out from the 2015 Paris climate agreement is a major setback for the treaty, and for our ability to combat the climate crisis. Trump’s move puts the U.S. in the same league as Syria and Nicaragua—the only two countries who declined to join the agreement. The U.S. is the world’s second-largest carbon polluter after China.

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Take the Cool Foods pledge and do your part to stabilize the earth’s climate by being more thoughtful about the way you eat.


Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign provides information about the connection between agriculture, food and a stable climate.

Everyone eats, so everyone can join our campaign!

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Corn seed coated with neonics is by far the most extensive use of any insecticides in the U.S. Neonics have been strongly implicated in serious harm to pollinators, such as bees, that are needed for crop productivity, and beneficial insects that protect our crops. They also harm aquatic organisms that support the ecological health of rivers and lakes, are a threat to birds, and may harm people.

This report is the first to analyze the peer-reviewed science on the efficacy of neonic corn seed coatings for each of the most important target insects in the Corn Belt and elsewhere. It shows that there are viable alternatives to neonics based on the ecology of these pest insects, which allow farmers to avoid these pests without the use of insecticides in the vast majority of cases. Even with current corn farming practices, the report shows that the large majority of neonic corn seed coating is not needed to protect corn productivity. This is in stark contrast to the 70 to nearly 100 percent of corn seed currently coated with these harmful insecticides. The report finds that if neonic seed coatings of corn were greatly restricted or eliminated, they would rarely be replaced with other insecticides. And to the extent that ageocological farming methods are implemented, many other benefits to biodiversity, water quality, soil fertility, and climate change, would also be realized.

The report also analyzes the reasons for the dramatic increase of neonic seed coatings starting in the mid-2000s. It finds that there are no good justifications based on the targeted pests for this exponential increase in prophylactic use, which is contrary to long-standing integrated pest management (IPM) practices. Instead, it is likely that the near monopoly on corn seed and pesticide sales, and farmer risk aversion due to inadequate and inaccurate information about the risk from corn insect pests, are major contributors to these nearly ubiquitous seed coatings. Farmers currently have little choice but to buy coated seed, at unnecessary expense to themselves, and great harm to the environment. The report provides policy recommendations that would end the irrational overuse of neonic coated corn seed, to the benefit of farmers, the environment and rural communities.

 

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May 22, 2017

Landmark Report Shows Bee-killing Seed Coatings Aren’t Worth the Harm

Farmer and environmental friendly alternatives should replace toxic neonic seed coatings

WASHINGTON—A new report, Alternatives to Neonicotinoid Insecticide-Coated Corn Seed: Agroecological Methods are better for Farmers and the Environment, released today from Center for Food Safety, shows that environmentally harmful neonicotinoid (neonic) insecticide seed coatings are largely unnecessary and ineffective. The landmark report is the first of its kind to compile and analyze the peer-reviewed science on the efficacy of neonic corn seed coatings and to offer recommendations for viable alternatives for protecting both farmers and the environment.

Neonic-coated corn seed is the most extensive use of an insecticide on any crop in the United States, affecting close to 90 million acres of farmland, along with the broader environment. Neonic insecticides are known to cause significant harm to pollinators, aquatic organisms, birds, and possibly people. Yet harm from neonic-coated corn seed is unnecessary. As this report shows, agroecological and other alternative farming methods that are not highly dependent on pesticides are available and result in high productivity.

“For years we have seen dramatically increasing use of these toxic pesticide, yet the peer-reviewed research shows that they rarely protect farmer profit or crop productivity,” said Dr. Doug Gurian-Sherman, the report’s author. “What we’ve also seen is that industry-sponsored analysis of the chemicals’ efficacy relies heavily on non-peer-reviewed research, and contains several biases that overestimate the value of neonic seed coatings for improving corn yield.”

Dr. Gurian-Sherman’s report compiles and analyzes the peer-reviewed research in the field, which shows there is no need for neonic seed coatings to protect the productivity of corn. Data examined also shows that the so-called secondary pests targeted by the seed coatings are rarely a problem for farmers; and, in fact “the published peer-reviewed evidence reveals that [these early-season insect pasts] infrequently reduce corn productivity in the absence of insecticide use.”

Unfortunately, due to monopoly control by seed companies and the pesticide manufacturing industry, farmers can rarely find uncoated seed and are left without choice. Almost all corn seed is pre-coated by seed companies or their distributors. Farmers may also be lured by misinformation and industry scare-tactics that promote the seed coating as necessary to protect yield.

“One of the main reasons that neonic seed coatings are ubiquitous has nothing to do with yield or farmer profits, but rather monopoly control by seed and pesticide companies that make it extremely difficult for farmers to find and buy uncoated seed,” said Gurian-Sherman. “Yet farmers can almost completely avoid even already low rates of corn pest infestation by applying available, simple changes in farming practices that are beneficial to both their livelihoods and the environment.”

Significantly, Gurian-Sherman notes research which suggests that neonic seed coatings may sometimes actually decrease yields or reduce profit. This may occur because neonics may reduce the populations of organisms that normally help keep pest insects in check, and farmers may be unaware of this possibility when using the chemicals.

Because of the widespread contamination and harm associated with the overuse of seed coatings, particularly on corn, the report makes several recommendations for government action:

In addition, EPA should release its analysis of the efficacy, benefits, and costs of neonic corn seed coatings, including harm to honeybee colonies and any resulting reduced yields of pollinated crops; reduced production of honey and other bee products; harm to other pollinators and other beneficial and non-target organisms; financial harm to beekeepers and consumers; loss of ecosystem services; and market damage from contamination events.

Alternatives to Neonicotinoid Insecticide-Coated Corn Seed… makes clear that neonic seed coatings are a prime example of an expensive, chemically-dependent, pale substitute for free, ecologically and scientifically based advanced farming alternatives. They are a symptom of even more extensive farmer and environmental harm, and lack of sustainability caused by industrial farming.

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May 22, 2017

Landmark Report Shows Bee-killing Seed Coatings Aren’t Worth the Harm

Farmer and environmental friendly alternatives should replace toxic neonic seed coatings

WASHINGTON—A new report, Alternatives to Neonicotinoid Insecticide-Coated Corn Seed: Agroecological Methods are better for Farmers and the Environment, released today from Center for Food Safety, shows that environmentally harmful neonicotinoid (neonic) insecticide seed coatings are largely unnecessary and ineffective. The landmark report is the first of its kind to compile and analyze the peer-reviewed science on the efficacy of neonic corn seed coatings and to offer recommendations for viable alternatives for protecting both farmers and the environment.

Neonic-coated corn seed is the most extensive use of an insecticide on any crop in the United States, affecting close to 90 million acres of farmland, along with the broader environment. Neonic insecticides are known to cause significant harm to pollinators, aquatic organisms, birds, and possibly people. Yet harm from neonic-coated corn seed is unnecessary. As this report shows, agroecological and other alternative farming methods that are not highly dependent on pesticides are available and result in high productivity.

“For years we have seen dramatically increasing use of these toxic pesticide, yet the peer-reviewed research shows that they rarely protect farmer profit or crop productivity,” said Dr. Doug Gurian-Sherman, the report’s author. “What we’ve also seen is that industry-sponsored analysis of the chemicals’ efficacy relies heavily on non-peer-reviewed research, and contains several biases that overestimate the value of neonic seed coatings for improving corn yield.”

Dr. Gurian-Sherman’s report compiles and analyzes the peer-reviewed research in the field, which shows there is no need for neonic seed coatings to protect the productivity of corn. Data examined also shows that the so-called secondary pests targeted by the seed coatings are rarely a problem for farmers; and, in fact “the published peer-reviewed evidence reveals that [these early-season insect pasts] infrequently reduce corn productivity in the absence of insecticide use.”

Unfortunately, due to monopoly control by seed companies and the pesticide manufacturing industry, farmers can rarely find uncoated seed and are left without choice. Almost all corn seed is pre-coated by seed companies or their distributors. Farmers may also be lured by misinformation and industry scare-tactics that promote the seed coating as necessary to protect yield.

“One of the main reasons that neonic seed coatings are ubiquitous has nothing to do with yield or farmer profits, but rather monopoly control by seed and pesticide companies that make it extremely difficult for farmers to find and buy uncoated seed,” said Gurian-Sherman. “Yet farmers can almost completely avoid even already low rates of corn pest infestation by applying available, simple changes in farming practices that are beneficial to both their livelihoods and the environment.”

Significantly, Gurian-Sherman notes research which suggests that neonic seed coatings may sometimes actually decrease yields or reduce profit. This may occur because neonics may reduce the populations of organisms that normally help keep pest insects in check, and farmers may be unaware of this possibility when using the chemicals.

Because of the widespread contamination and harm associated with the overuse of seed coatings, particularly on corn, the report makes several recommendations for government action:

In addition, EPA should release its analysis of the efficacy, benefits, and costs of neonic corn seed coatings, including harm to honeybee colonies and any resulting reduced yields of pollinated crops; reduced production of honey and other bee products; harm to other pollinators and other beneficial and non-target organisms; financial harm to beekeepers and consumers; loss of ecosystem services; and market damage from contamination events.

Alternatives to Neonicotinoid Insecticide-Coated Corn Seed… makes clear that neonic seed coatings are a prime example of an expensive, chemically-dependent, pale substitute for free, ecologically and scientifically based advanced farming alternatives. They are a symptom of even more extensive farmer and environmental harm, and lack of sustainability caused by industrial farming.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 22, 2017

Landmark Report Shows Bee-killing Seed Coatings Aren’t Worth the Harm

Farmer and environmental friendly alternatives should replace toxic neonic seed coatings

WASHINGTON—A new report, Alternatives to Neonicotinoid Insecticide-Coated Corn Seed: Agroecological Methods are better for Farmers and the Environment, released today from Center for Food Safety, shows that environmentally harmful neonicotinoid (neonic) insecticide seed coatings are largely unnecessary and ineffective. The landmark report is the first of its kind to compile and analyze the peer-reviewed science on the efficacy of neonic corn seed coatings and to offer recommendations for viable alternatives for protecting both farmers and the environment.

Neonic-coated corn seed is the most extensive use of an insecticide on any crop in the United States, affecting close to 90 million acres of farmland, along with the broader environment. Neonic insecticides are known to cause significant harm to pollinators, aquatic organisms, birds, and possibly people. Yet harm from neonic-coated corn seed is unnecessary. As this report shows, agroecological and other alternative farming methods that are not highly dependent on pesticides are available and result in high productivity.

“For years we have seen dramatically increasing use of these toxic pesticide, yet the peer-reviewed research shows that they rarely protect farmer profit or crop productivity,” said Dr. Doug Gurian-Sherman, the report’s author. “What we’ve also seen is that industry-sponsored analysis of the chemicals’ efficacy relies heavily on non-peer-reviewed research, and contains several biases that overestimate the value of neonic seed coatings for improving corn yield.”

Dr. Gurian-Sherman’s report compiles and analyzes the peer-reviewed research in the field, which shows there is no need for neonic seed coatings to protect the productivity of corn. Data examined also shows that the so-called secondary pests targeted by the seed coatings are rarely a problem for farmers; and, in fact “the published peer-reviewed evidence reveals that [these early-season insect pasts] infrequently reduce corn productivity in the absence of insecticide use.”

Unfortunately, due to monopoly control by seed companies and the pesticide manufacturing industry, farmers can rarely find uncoated seed and are left without choice. Almost all corn seed is pre-coated by seed companies or their distributors. Farmers may also be lured by misinformation and industry scare-tactics that promote the seed coating as necessary to protect yield.

“One of the main reasons that neonic seed coatings are ubiquitous has nothing to do with yield or farmer profits, but rather monopoly control by seed and pesticide companies that make it extremely difficult for farmers to find and buy uncoated seed,” said Gurian-Sherman. “Yet farmers can almost completely avoid even already low rates of corn pest infestation by applying available, simple changes in farming practices that are beneficial to both their livelihoods and the environment.”

Significantly, Gurian-Sherman notes research which suggests that neonic seed coatings may sometimes actually decrease yields or reduce profit. This may occur because neonics may reduce the populations of organisms that normally help keep pest insects in check, and farmers may be unaware of this possibility when using the chemicals.

Because of the widespread contamination and harm associated with the overuse of seed coatings, particularly on corn, the report makes several recommendations for government action:

In addition, EPA should release its analysis of the efficacy, benefits, and costs of neonic corn seed coatings, including harm to honeybee colonies and any resulting reduced yields of pollinated crops; reduced production of honey and other bee products; harm to other pollinators and other beneficial and non-target organisms; financial harm to beekeepers and consumers; loss of ecosystem services; and market damage from contamination events.

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Today, Center for Food Safety and allied organizations delivered signatures from more than 140,000 people calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to stop silencing its own scientists and censoring their research findings on bee-toxic pesticides. Research about these pesticides (a class of commonly used insecticides called neonicotinoids, or “neonics” for short), which are a key factor in global bee declines, has been demonstrably suppressed when the research isn’t aligned with the pesticide industry.

Over the past year, there has been quite a bit of coverage about allegations that USDA is suppressing its scientists – most recently with a major feature story in The Washington Post Magazine. If you haven’t been keeping up with the developments – here’s a quick recap:

Last year, Dr. Jonathan Lundgren, a senior scientist at the USDA\'s Agricultural Research Service, filed a whistleblower complaint accusing the agency of suppressing research findings that challenge the safety and efficacy of neonics. (Important side note: in March 2014, Dr. Lundgren served as an External Reviewer for CFS\'s report Heavy Costs, which focused on the lack of yield benefits from neonic-coated seeds).

As Dr. Lundgren described in his complaint, "Within one week of these late-March press interviews and the release of the CFS study, improper reprisal, interference and hindrance of my research and career began in earnest.”

One year later, in March 2015, the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) filed a formal petition with USDA, calling on the agency to strengthen its Scientific Integrity Policy. The petition was filed after PEER received numerous reports that USDA researchers were ordered to “retract studies, water down findings, remove their name from authorship and endure long indefinite delays in approving publication of papers that may be controversial.” The USDA dismissed that petition several months later, leading PEER to file a lawsuit against USDA in November 2015 to end scientific censorship.

While Dr. Lundgren is the first to file a formal complaint about the scientific integrity of research by USDA scientists, he is unfortunately not the first USDA scientist to be targeted for his “sensitive” research. PEER has reported that more than ten USDA scientists have faced consequences or investigations when their work called into question the health and safety of agricultural chemicals. These scientists documented clear actions that violated their scientific integrity, including USDA officials retracting studies, watering down findings, removing scientists’ names from the authorship of papers, and delaying approvals for publication of research papers. One senior USDA scientist, who asked not to be named, recalled to a Reuters reporter, "Your words are changed, your papers are censored or edited or you are not allowed to submit them at all.”

These reports by PEER and Reuters are extremely troubling. The USDA has a responsibility to protect the health and safety of the American public and to ensure the long"term viability and sustainability of the environment and our natural resources. Americans ought to be able to trust that their government and its employees are serving their constituents and not the profits of private chemical companies.

Bees, butterflies, birds, and other critical pollinators are in great peril and populations are dwindling worldwide. As you’ve likely noticed, a growing body of scientific evidence has implicated neonicotinoids as a key factor in bee declines and poor pollinator health.

Intimidation and harassment of USDA ARS scientists doing critical research on these toxic pesticides should not be tolerated. That’s why today we demanded that USDA stop censoring its scientists’ research. How can the USDA (as the co"chair President Obama’s Pollinator Health Task Force) truly create a meaningful federal strategy that will effectively protect bees, birds, monarchs, and other critical pollinators if the agency is censoring and suppressing its own scientists who are raising concerns about these dangerous pesticides? It’s time to put an end to this censorship.

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Why We Are Marching for Science and Climate

This month the Center for Food Safety (CFS) will join thousands in Washington DC and around the world in two monumental marches—the March for Science, April 22, and the Peoples Climate March, April 29. On behalf of our rural communities, our farmers, our food, and the environment, CFS will march for truth and justice.

On April 22nd we are marching for Truth.

#ScienceServes… our food, farms and environment

We will March for Science to speak out against the suppression of science and to defend the critical role that science plays in protecting people and the planet. 

A central truth is that today’s industrial agriculture system is responsible for at least 30 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We must transition away from this damaging energy, chemical intensive model that science shows does incredible harm to people, pollinators, waterways, long-term food security, and the broader environment, and instead claim the truth of healthy and sustainable agriculture systems.

Numerous scientific research and on-farm experience shows that organic, ecological farming practices can provide thriving, healthy, and equitable food systems.

Yet often such research and practices are squelched by interests of major agrichemical corporations. And, too often, scientists are silenced when research findings demonstrate the harm of industrial agricultural chemical use and other practices.

Because of this, we will march. We will march to let science and scientists speak. We will march for Truth.

And on April 29th we are marching for Justice.

The Food Movement is part of People\'s #ClimateMarch

We will march in the Peoples Climate March to highlight the injustice and inequity of the present industrial agriculture system and advocate for local, non-chemical, biodiverse food and farming models that provide the resiliency especially needed in times of climate chaos.

Effects of climate change are already manifesting today—the injustice of food and water insecurity is already a stark reality in, mostly, developing country regions where people are least able to defend themselves. And, catastrophic weather related to global warming not only spikes food and water insecurity, but leads to national and international conflicts over resources, migration, and refugees.

And so we march against a chemical intensive, fossil fuel-based agriculture system that damages the atmosphere, our earth and all of its natural resources and creatures, and that devastates the lives and livelihoods of farmers, rural communities and people around the world. We march for those already carrying the burden of climate change. We march for Justice.

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Why We Are Marching for Science and Climate

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On April 22nd we are marching for Truth.

#ScienceServes… our food, farms and environment

We will March for Science to speak out against the suppression of science and to defend the critical role that science plays in protecting people and the planet. 

A central truth is that today’s industrial agriculture system is responsible for at least 30 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We must transition away from this damaging energy, chemical intensive model that science shows does incredible harm to people, pollinators, waterways, long-term food security, and the broader environment, and instead claim the truth of healthy and sustainable agriculture systems.

Numerous scientific research and on-farm experience shows that organic, ecological farming practices can provide thriving, healthy, and equitable food systems.

Yet often such research and practices are squelched by interests of major agrichemical corporations. And, too often, scientists are silenced when research findings demonstrate the harm of industrial agricultural chemical use and other practices.

Because of this, we will march. We will march to let science and scientists speak. We will march for Truth.

And on April 29th we are marching for Justice.

The Food Movement is part of People\'s #ClimateMarch

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Effects of climate change are already manifesting today—the injustice of food and water insecurity is already a stark reality in, mostly, developing country regions where people are least able to defend themselves. And, catastrophic weather related to global warming not only spikes food and water insecurity, but leads to national and international conflicts over resources, migration, and refugees.

And so we march against a chemical intensive, fossil fuel-based agriculture system that damages the atmosphere, our earth and all of its natural resources and creatures, and that devastates the lives and livelihoods of farmers, rural communities and people around the world. We march for those already carrying the burden of climate change. We march for Justice.

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On April 22nd we are marching for Truth.

#ScienceServes… our food, farms and environment

We will March for Science to speak out against the suppression of science and to defend the critical role that science plays in protecting people and the planet. 

A central truth is that today’s industrial agriculture system is responsible for at least 30 percent of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We must transition away from this damaging energy, chemical intensive model that science shows does incredible harm to people, pollinators, waterways, long-term food security, and the broader environment, and instead claim the truth of healthy and sustainable agriculture systems.

Numerous scientific research and on-farm experience shows that organic, ecological farming practices can provide thriving, healthy, and equitable food systems.

Yet often such research and practices are squelched by interests of major agrichemical corporations. And, too often, scientists are silenced when research findings demonstrate the harm of industrial agricultural chemical use and other practices.

Because of this, we will march. We will march to let science and scientists speak. We will march for Truth.

And on April 29th we are marching for Justice.

The Food Movement is part of People\'s #ClimateMarch

We will march in the Peoples Climate March to highlight the injustice and inequity of the present industrial agriculture system and advocate for local, non-chemical, biodiverse food and farming models that provide the resiliency especially needed in times of climate chaos.

Effects of climate change are already manifesting today—the injustice of food and water insecurity is already a stark reality in, mostly, developing country regions where people are least able to defend themselves. And, catastrophic weather related to global warming not only spikes food and water insecurity, but leads to national and international conflicts over resources, migration, and refugees.

And so we march against a chemical intensive, fossil fuel-based agriculture system that damages the atmosphere, our earth and all of its natural resources and creatures, and that devastates the lives and livelihoods of farmers, rural communities and people around the world. We march for those already carrying the burden of climate change. We march for Justice.

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Climate Change is such an enormous and unprecedented problem that it may seem like  our individual efforts can’t possibly make a difference. But, they do, especially on the food front. Think about it: if we are fortunate, most of us eat three times a day. That’s over 1,000 meals a year! Say you live with three other people – that’s over 4,000 meals in one household.  Each of those meals has the potential to contribute to climate change, or to help solve it.

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Take the Cool Foods pledge and do your part to stabilize the earth’s climate by being more thoughtful about the way you eat.


Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign provides information about the connection between agriculture, food and a stable climate.

Everyone eats, so everyone can join our campaign!

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Trump Signs Away Action on Climate Change Impacts

Executive Order Unravels National Progress to Fight Effects of Climate Change

WASHINGTON— Today President Trump signed an Executive Order that drastically rolls back progress made by the Obama administration to tackle the environmental, economic and public health impacts of global climate change. The order specifically sets into motion the unravelling of the Clean Power Plan, which was intended to cut pollution from coal-fired power plants and create new jobs in the renewable energy sector. If enacted, Trump’s coal-focused energy program as outlined in the order will also make it nearly impossible for the U.S. to meet climate solution commitments set by the 2105 Paris Agreement. The Executive Order also revoked the requirement that federal agencies analyze climate change impacts in all their decision-making.

The following is statement from Andrew Kimbrell, Director, Center for Food Safety:

“The negative impacts of greenhouse gas pollution and resulting climate change are already being felt around our country and around the world, Farmers and our food system bear the brunt of the burden: Unseasonable temperatures, floods, drought and disruptions in pollination are all effects of endorsing a pollution-producing economy that contributes to climate change.

“Our president should not be investing in the harmful extraction methods and outdated, polluting technologies that jeopardize our health, food security, and environment. Industrial agriculture is a major source of climate change causing emissions, from its pesticide inputs to its animal factory pollution. We need to regulate these sources, not give them a free pass. The new administration should look to bolster struggling rural communities by encouraging a transition to the renewable energy economy and non-pesticide intensive agro-ecological methods of food production that have the potential to re-create viable livelihoods in America’s neglected rural regions.”

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Trump Signs Away Action on Climate Change Impacts

Executive Order Unravels National Progress to Fight Effects of Climate Change

WASHINGTON— Today President Trump signed an Executive Order that drastically rolls back progress made by the Obama administration to tackle the environmental, economic and public health impacts of global climate change. The order specifically sets into motion the unravelling of the Clean Power Plan, which was intended to cut pollution from coal-fired power plants and create new jobs in the renewable energy sector. If enacted, Trump’s coal-focused energy program as outlined in the order will also make it nearly impossible for the U.S. to meet climate solution commitments set by the 2105 Paris Agreement. The Executive Order also revoked the requirement that federal agencies analyze climate change impacts in all their decision-making.

The following is statement from Andrew Kimbrell, Director, Center for Food Safety:

“The negative impacts of greenhouse gas pollution and resulting climate change are already being felt around our country and around the world, Farmers and our food system bear the brunt of the burden: Unseasonable temperatures, floods, drought and disruptions in pollination are all effects of endorsing a pollution-producing economy that contributes to climate change.

“Our president should not be investing in the harmful extraction methods and outdated, polluting technologies that jeopardize our health, food security, and environment. Industrial agriculture is a major source of climate change causing emissions, from its pesticide inputs to its animal factory pollution. We need to regulate these sources, not give them a free pass. The new administration should look to bolster struggling rural communities by encouraging a transition to the renewable energy economy and non-pesticide intensive agro-ecological methods of food production that have the potential to re-create viable livelihoods in America’s neglected rural regions.”

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Executive Order Unravels National Progress to Fight Effects of Climate Change

WASHINGTON— Today President Trump signed an Executive Order that drastically rolls back progress made by the Obama administration to tackle the environmental, economic and public health impacts of global climate change. The order specifically sets into motion the unravelling of the Clean Power Plan, which was intended to cut pollution from coal-fired power plants and create new jobs in the renewable energy sector. If enacted, Trump’s coal-focused energy program as outlined in the order will also make it nearly impossible for the U.S. to meet climate solution commitments set by the 2105 Paris Agreement. The Executive Order also revoked the requirement that federal agencies analyze climate change impacts in all their decision-making.

The following is statement from Andrew Kimbrell, Director, Center for Food Safety:

“The negative impacts of greenhouse gas pollution and resulting climate change are already being felt around our country and around the world, Farmers and our food system bear the brunt of the burden: Unseasonable temperatures, floods, drought and disruptions in pollination are all effects of endorsing a pollution-producing economy that contributes to climate change.

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If you want to know if your food contains gluten, aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, trans-fats or MSG, you simply read the label.  But if you want to know if it contains genetically engineered (GE) ingredients, you’re not going to find any information on the package. 

Why? Because unlike most other developed countries—such as the 15 nations in the European Union, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia and China—the U.S. has no laws requiring labeling of GE foods.  Yet polls have repeatedly shown that the overwhelming majority of Americans—over 90% in most polls—believe GE foods should be labeled.

Unsuspecting consumers by the tens of millions are being allowed to purchase and consume unlabeled GE foods, despite the fact that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does no independent testing of their safety.  In fact, documents uncovered in prior litigation show that scientists within FDA indicated that the foods could pose serious risks.  Nonetheless, FDA only holds a voluntary (and confidential) meeting with industry before allowing commercialization of these foods and relies entirely on the data the industry chooses to show them.

So why has the FDA not acted to require labeling?

Almost 20 years ago, FDA determined that GE foods did not need to be labeled because they were not “materially” different from other foods. While the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act requires the FDA to prevent consumer deception by clarifying that a food label is misleading if it omits significant, “material” information, the FDA issued a policy statement in 1992 that limited what it considered “material” to only changes in food that could be noted by taste, smell or other senses. Since GE foods can’t be “sensed” in this way, FDA declared them to be “substantially equivalent” to conventionally produced foods, and no labeling was required. It was, and remains, a political decision, not a scientific one. Two decades later, this outdated policy of the 19th century is still in effect. Yet the 21st century has brought fundamental changes to food that cannot be sensed; first through genetic engineering and, soon, through nanotechnology and synthetic biology.

In the spring of 2000, the FDA announced that labeling of GE foods would remain voluntary, even though there was no indication that any company would voluntarily label GE foods.  And in the 12 years since, none have.  Companies who have eliminated GE ingredients to add “NON-GE” labels to their products have faced tight regulations and litigation challenges from industry, while the FDA allows other companies continue to use GE ingredients in secret.

Center for Food Safety stands for a clear and unqualified consumer right to know what is in our food. The FDA must move into the new century and give consumers the information they overwhelmingly believe to be important for a host of health, environmental, ethical and religious reasons.

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Climate Change is such an enormous and unprecedented problem that it may seem like  our individual efforts can’t possibly make a difference. But, they do, especially on the food front. Think about it: if we are fortunate, most of us eat three times a day. That’s over 1,000 meals a year! Say you live with three other people – that’s over 4,000 meals in one household.  Each of those meals has the potential to contribute to climate change, or to help solve it.

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One of our biggest potential climate allies is directly under our feet: soil. Healthy, living soil has an enormous capacity to store carbon. In fact, carbon stored in soil accounts for roughly three times the amount stored in the atmosphere! Improving the health of degraded soil holds tremendous potential to mitigate climate change.

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Take the Cool Foods pledge and do your part to stabilize the earth’s climate by being more thoughtful about the way you eat.


Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign provides information about the connection between agriculture, food and a stable climate.

Everyone eats, so everyone can join our campaign!

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The following is a statement from Andrew Kimbrell, Director of Center for Food Safety:

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Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign provides information about the connection between agriculture, food and a stable climate.

Everyone eats, so everyone can join our campaign!

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 Center for Food Safety champions potential of soil carbon sequestration at official Paris climate negotiations 

View Soil Solutions to Climate Problems Released in Paris

PARIS, FRANCE (December 3, 2015)— Center for Food Safety (CFS) is honoring World Soil Day — Saturday, December 5th — by championing the potential of soil carbon sequestration to significantly address climate change. 

Capping off unprecedented interest in this essential, but typically ignored, resource, this special day is spurred by International Year of Soils, and also marks the midway point of the Nov. 29-Dec. 12 Paris hosted United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). CFS experts are in Paris at the UNFCCC, drawing attention to the power of soil carbon sequestration through regenerative agricultural practices. 

“Soil is so much more powerful than most of us realize,” says Diana Donlon, food and climate director at CFS. “Through regenerative farming practices, we have the ability to pull carbon out of the atmosphere, where it is wreaking havoc, and store it in the soil, where it is greatly lacking and where it has multiple benefits for food, water and climate security.”

“We have a huge potential carbon sink right beneath our feet and we’re not taking advantage of it, yet,” adds Debbie Barker, CFS international programs director. “We’re in Paris right now to ensure that the potential of soil and regenerative agriculture as a solution to our climate crisis is fully recognized by the world’s policy makers.” 

How Soil Sequesters Atmospheric Carbon

Emerging soil research and field tests indicate that restoring global soil health can significantly decrease CO2 levels while simultaneously pulling carbon out of the atmosphere and putting it back into the ground where it belongs and where it can do us a world of good.  Essentially, carbon-rich soil allows photosynthesis to do its job by drawing CO2 into the plant. The plant then sends as much as 40 percent of the carbon it captures in its leaves down to its roots, where it the plant trades the carbon with micro-organisms living in the soil in exchange for minerals.  Carbon-based organic matter helps give soil its structure and nutrients, its ability to retain water, and its fertility.  But years of overuse of chemicals, heavy tillage, and leaving soils bare robs the soil of the carbon that is necessary for the full benefits of photosynthesis to be realized.

What’s Gone wrong

Globally, soil has lost 50-70 percent of its original carbon content. When soil organic matter is disturbed, carbon molecules escape and combine with oxygen atoms to create CO2. By some estimates, at least 30 percent of global greenhouse gasses can be attributed to agricultural practices—this percentage includes direct and indirect impacts such as clearing carbon-rich peat forests to plant monocultures like palm oil plantations. 

The Soil Opportunity

Rebuilding soil organic matter on a global scale is essential for food, water, and climate security. Institutions such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) project that, under current global warming scenarios, median crop yields will decline by approximately 2 percent per decade through 2100 when compared to a baseline without climate change. At the same time, the world’s population is projected to exceed 9 billion people by 2050.  Quite simply, if we don’t start returning carbon to our soil, it will be impossible to ensure an adequate global food supply.

We have a global soil carbon deficit that can be addressed immediately by transferring atmospheric CO2 into stable soil carbon. We can accomplish this by adopting regenerative, organic agriculture practices including: polyculture, cover cropping, agroforestry, nutrient recycling, crop rotation, and organic soil amendments like compost.

It’s time for governments to set policies and incentives for restoring carbon and other nutrients to the soil using natural processes to better ensure a more secure food, water, and climate future.

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 Center for Food Safety champions potential of soil carbon sequestration at official Paris climate negotiations 

View Soil Solutions to Climate Problems Released in Paris

PARIS, FRANCE (December 3, 2015)— Center for Food Safety (CFS) is honoring World Soil Day — Saturday, December 5th — by championing the potential of soil carbon sequestration to significantly address climate change. 

Capping off unprecedented interest in this essential, but typically ignored, resource, this special day is spurred by International Year of Soils, and also marks the midway point of the Nov. 29-Dec. 12 Paris hosted United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). CFS experts are in Paris at the UNFCCC, drawing attention to the power of soil carbon sequestration through regenerative agricultural practices. 

“Soil is so much more powerful than most of us realize,” says Diana Donlon, food and climate director at CFS. “Through regenerative farming practices, we have the ability to pull carbon out of the atmosphere, where it is wreaking havoc, and store it in the soil, where it is greatly lacking and where it has multiple benefits for food, water and climate security.”

“We have a huge potential carbon sink right beneath our feet and we’re not taking advantage of it, yet,” adds Debbie Barker, CFS international programs director. “We’re in Paris right now to ensure that the potential of soil and regenerative agriculture as a solution to our climate crisis is fully recognized by the world’s policy makers.” 

How Soil Sequesters Atmospheric Carbon

Emerging soil research and field tests indicate that restoring global soil health can significantly decrease CO2 levels while simultaneously pulling carbon out of the atmosphere and putting it back into the ground where it belongs and where it can do us a world of good.  Essentially, carbon-rich soil allows photosynthesis to do its job by drawing CO2 into the plant. The plant then sends as much as 40 percent of the carbon it captures in its leaves down to its roots, where it the plant trades the carbon with micro-organisms living in the soil in exchange for minerals.  Carbon-based organic matter helps give soil its structure and nutrients, its ability to retain water, and its fertility.  But years of overuse of chemicals, heavy tillage, and leaving soils bare robs the soil of the carbon that is necessary for the full benefits of photosynthesis to be realized.

What’s Gone wrong

Globally, soil has lost 50-70 percent of its original carbon content. When soil organic matter is disturbed, carbon molecules escape and combine with oxygen atoms to create CO2. By some estimates, at least 30 percent of global greenhouse gasses can be attributed to agricultural practices—this percentage includes direct and indirect impacts such as clearing carbon-rich peat forests to plant monocultures like palm oil plantations. 

The Soil Opportunity

Rebuilding soil organic matter on a global scale is essential for food, water, and climate security. Institutions such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) project that, under current global warming scenarios, median crop yields will decline by approximately 2 percent per decade through 2100 when compared to a baseline without climate change. At the same time, the world’s population is projected to exceed 9 billion people by 2050.  Quite simply, if we don’t start returning carbon to our soil, it will be impossible to ensure an adequate global food supply.

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It’s time for governments to set policies and incentives for restoring carbon and other nutrients to the soil using natural processes to better ensure a more secure food, water, and climate future.

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 Center for Food Safety champions potential of soil carbon sequestration at official Paris climate negotiations 

View Soil Solutions to Climate Problems Released in Paris

PARIS, FRANCE (December 3, 2015)— Center for Food Safety (CFS) is honoring World Soil Day — Saturday, December 5th — by championing the potential of soil carbon sequestration to significantly address climate change. 

Capping off unprecedented interest in this essential, but typically ignored, resource, this special day is spurred by International Year of Soils, and also marks the midway point of the Nov. 29-Dec. 12 Paris hosted United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). CFS experts are in Paris at the UNFCCC, drawing attention to the power of soil carbon sequestration through regenerative agricultural practices. 

“Soil is so much more powerful than most of us realize,” says Diana Donlon, food and climate director at CFS. “Through regenerative farming practices, we have the ability to pull carbon out of the atmosphere, where it is wreaking havoc, and store it in the soil, where it is greatly lacking and where it has multiple benefits for food, water and climate security.”

“We have a huge potential carbon sink right beneath our feet and we’re not taking advantage of it, yet,” adds Debbie Barker, CFS international programs director. “We’re in Paris right now to ensure that the potential of soil and regenerative agriculture as a solution to our climate crisis is fully recognized by the world’s policy makers.” 

How Soil Sequesters Atmospheric Carbon

Emerging soil research and field tests indicate that restoring global soil health can significantly decrease CO2 levels while simultaneously pulling carbon out of the atmosphere and putting it back into the ground where it belongs and where it can do us a world of good.  Essentially, carbon-rich soil allows photosynthesis to do its job by drawing CO2 into the plant. The plant then sends as much as 40 percent of the carbon it captures in its leaves down to its roots, where it the plant trades the carbon with micro-organisms living in the soil in exchange for minerals.  Carbon-based organic matter helps give soil its structure and nutrients, its ability to retain water, and its fertility.  But years of overuse of chemicals, heavy tillage, and leaving soils bare robs the soil of the carbon that is necessary for the full benefits of photosynthesis to be realized.

What’s Gone wrong

Globally, soil has lost 50-70 percent of its original carbon content. When soil organic matter is disturbed, carbon molecules escape and combine with oxygen atoms to create CO2. By some estimates, at least 30 percent of global greenhouse gasses can be attributed to agricultural practices—this percentage includes direct and indirect impacts such as clearing carbon-rich peat forests to plant monocultures like palm oil plantations. 

The Soil Opportunity

Rebuilding soil organic matter on a global scale is essential for food, water, and climate security. Institutions such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) project that, under current global warming scenarios, median crop yields will decline by approximately 2 percent per decade through 2100 when compared to a baseline without climate change. At the same time, the world’s population is projected to exceed 9 billion people by 2050.  Quite simply, if we don’t start returning carbon to our soil, it will be impossible to ensure an adequate global food supply.

We have a global soil carbon deficit that can be addressed immediately by transferring atmospheric CO2 into stable soil carbon. We can accomplish this by adopting regenerative, organic agriculture practices including: polyculture, cover cropping, agroforestry, nutrient recycling, crop rotation, and organic soil amendments like compost.

It’s time for governments to set policies and incentives for restoring carbon and other nutrients to the soil using natural processes to better ensure a more secure food, water, and climate future.

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Climate Change is such an enormous and unprecedented problem that it may seem like  our individual efforts can’t possibly make a difference. But, they do, especially on the food front. Think about it: if we are fortunate, most of us eat three times a day. That’s over 1,000 meals a year! Say you live with three other people – that’s over 4,000 meals in one household.  Each of those meals has the potential to contribute to climate change, or to help solve it.

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Take the Cool Foods pledge and do your part to stabilize the earth’s climate by being more thoughtful about the way you eat.


Center for Food Safety’s Cool Foods Campaign provides information about the connection between agriculture, food and a stable climate.

Everyone eats, so everyone can join our campaign!

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Washington D.C. (December 18, 2014) – Today the White House\'s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) released updated draft guidance for federal agencies on how to consider greenhouse gas emissions and the impacts of climate change before approving new projects.

In 2008, Center for Food Safety\'s (CFS) sister organization the International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA), filed a legal petition requesting guidelines to mandate agencies to consider climate change before approving projects. CEQ refused to answer the petition until CFS along with ICTA, filed a lawsuit in April, 2014.

In its initial response to the recent lawsuit, CEQ issued a formal interpretation that the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) does require agencies to analyze climate change impacts. Today’s guidance is further detail and improvements on how agencies must analyze them.

“We cannot afford to put off tough decisions until the future,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of CFS. “Climate destabilization is the most pressing issue of our time, and CEQ’s action will ensure that climate change is considered in every major federal project going forward.”

CEQ is the federal agency charged with overseeing the regulations and implementation of NEPA, which is known as the U.S.’s “basic national charter for protection of the environment.” In 2010, CEQ issued its first draft guidance that proposed to clarify the requirement that agencies conduct climate analysis in NEPA reviews. That guidance was stalled, until CFS and ICTA filed a federal lawsuit in April.

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Everyone eats, so everyone can join our campaign!

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Council on Environmental Quality\'s Inaction is Unlawful
Lawsuit Filed Just as Latest Climate Report Shows Crisis Worsening

Today, Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a federal lawsuit against the Obama Administration’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) over the agency’s failure to take legally required, urgent action on climate change. CEQ is the federal agency charged with overseeing the regulations and implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which is known as the U.S.’s “basic national charter for protection of the environment.” Specifically, CFS’s case asserts that CEQ has acted unlawfully in completely failing to respond to a 2008 CFS legal petition, which had demanded that CEQ require all federal agencies to address climate change impacts in NEPA analyses before undertaking or approving federal actions.

“The Obama Administration has repeatedly promised to take action on climate, but talk is cheap. Its delay here is unlawful, as well as inexplicable and irresponsible,” said George Kimbrell, CFS senior attorney. “Report after scientific report highlights the need for swift action from governments in order to protect our land, our food—humanity itself—from the effects of a chaotic climate.”  

Climate change is perhaps the most urgent challenge facing society. Just this week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a new report concluding that the “effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across oceans,” and that “[o]bserved impacts of climate change have already affected agriculture, human health, ecosystems on land and in the oceans, water supplies, and some people’s livelihoods.” Concerning agriculture, the IPCC report warns that “[a]ll aspects of food security are potentially affected by climate change, including food access, utilization, and price stability.”  However, despite scientific consensus and increasingly dire threats to human health, the greenhouse gas contributions of activities undertaken or approved by the U.S. government continue to go unrecognized or overlooked.

In February 2008, the International Center for Technology Assessment (CTA), CFS’s sister organization, submitted a legal petition to CEQ for rulemaking on climate change. The sixty-five page petition was a legal blueprint for how CEQ should ensure that climate change impacts are addressed. By law, CEQ was required to respond to CTA’s petition in a timely manner, but the agency has never responded. In February 2010, CEQ did issue a draft guidance document on climate change considerations for public comment; however, over four more years have passed and CEQ has never finalized that document nor otherwise addressed the issue.

“This unlawful delay is the opposite of the Obama Administration’s repeated promises to address climate change,” said Kimbrell. “CEQ action is a perfect example of something the administration can do unilaterally, without requiring congressional efforts. Yet the CEQ process has mysteriously gone into a black hole.”

While CEQ refuses to act, climate change impacts increase in magnitude and severity. The past few years have brought the U.S. numerous billion-dollar, climate-related disasters, from Hurricane Sandy to historic flash flooding and unprecedented drought. In 2012 in the U.S. alone, droughts and heat waves that devastated crops across the country cost an estimated $30 billion. National and international organizations now predict that climate change will drastically impact human health and threaten global food security.

In March 2014, CFS released a groundbreaking report on the connections between climate change and our food. The report explained that harm to agriculture as a result of climate change could cause widespread food scarcity, economic disruption, and social unrest, with grave consequences for global and national food security. The report also examined the resiliency of competing forms of agriculture—industrial and organic—in the face of escalating climate shocks, and concluded that organic and related agricultural systems can actually contribute to solving the climate crisis.

Complaint available here.

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Center for Food Safety is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting public health and the environment by addressing the harmful impacts of industrial agriculture. CFS has more than 475,000 members across the country. CFS’s “Cool Foods” Program addresses climate problems with food solutions, harnessing the energy of the food movement to take climate action. In 1999, CTA spearheaded a legal petition that resulted in a landmark U.S. Supreme Court climate change case, Massachusetts v. EPA, in 2007.

 

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Council on Environmental Quality\'s Inaction is Unlawful
Lawsuit Filed Just as Latest Climate Report Shows Crisis Worsening

Today, Center for Food Safety (CFS) filed a federal lawsuit against the Obama Administration’s Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) over the agency’s failure to take legally required, urgent action on climate change. CEQ is the federal agency charged with overseeing the regulations and implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), which is known as the U.S.’s “basic national charter for protection of the environment.” Specifically, CFS’s case asserts that CEQ has acted unlawfully in completely failing to respond to a 2008 CFS legal petition, which had demanded that CEQ require all federal agencies to address climate change impacts in NEPA analyses before undertaking or approving federal actions.

“The Obama Administration has repeatedly promised to take action on climate, but talk is cheap. Its delay here is unlawful, as well as inexplicable and irresponsible,” said George Kimbrell, CFS senior attorney. “Report after scientific report highlights the need for swift action from governments in order to protect our land, our food—humanity itself—from the effects of a chaotic climate.”  

Climate change is perhaps the most urgent challenge facing society. Just this week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a new report concluding that the “effects of climate change are already occurring on all continents and across oceans,” and that “[o]bserved impacts of climate change have already affected agriculture, human health, ecosystems on land and in the oceans, water supplies, and some people’s livelihoods.” Concerning agriculture, the IPCC report warns that “[a]ll aspects of food security are potentially affected by climate change, including food access, utilization, and price stability.”  However, despite scientific consensus and increasingly dire threats to human health, the greenhouse gas contributions of activities undertaken or approved by the U.S. government continue to go unrecognized or overlooked.

In February 2008, the International Center for Technology Assessment (CTA), CFS’s sister organization, submitted a legal petition to CEQ for rulemaking on climate change. The sixty-five page petition was a legal blueprint for how CEQ should ensure that climate change impacts are addressed. By law, CEQ was required to respond to CTA’s petition in a timely manner, but the agency has never responded. In February 2010, CEQ did issue a draft guidance document on climate change considerations for public comment; however, over four more years have passed and CEQ has never finalized that document nor otherwise addressed the issue.

“This unlawful delay is the opposite of the Obama Administration’s repeated promises to address climate change,” said Kimbrell. “CEQ action is a perfect example of something the administration can do unilaterally, without requiring congressional efforts. Yet the CEQ process has mysteriously gone into a black hole.”

While CEQ refuses to act, climate change impacts increase in magnitude and severity. The past few years have brought the U.S. numerous billion-dollar, climate-related disasters, from Hurricane Sandy to historic flash flooding and unprecedented drought. In 2012 in the U.S. alone, droughts and heat waves that devastated crops across the country cost an estimated $30 billion. National and international organizations now predict that climate change will drastically impact human health and threaten global food security.

In March 2014, CFS released a groundbreaking report on the connections between climate change and our food. The report explained that harm to agriculture as a result of climate change could cause widespread food scarcity, economic disruption, and social unrest, with grave consequences for global and national food security. The report also examined the resiliency of competing forms of agriculture—industrial and organic—in the face of escalating climate shocks, and concluded that organic and related agricultural systems can actually contribute to solving the climate crisis.

Complaint available here.

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Center for Food Safety is a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting public health and the environment by addressing the harmful impacts of industrial agriculture