What Can We Do to Support Climate Recovery?
Buy More Organic Goodness, Less Corporate Junk Food
Do you buy organic food? Why? Usually, people who buy organic are willing to pay more for either health or environmental reasons.
According to USDA organic standards, "organic operations must demonstrate that they are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and using only approved substances.” At its core, organic foods are produced with a “farm” rather than “factory” mentality. They use fewer chemicals and pesticides, resulting in less water, air, and soil pollution. The Organic Trade Association estimates that if all farming were organic, we would eliminate 500 million pounds of pesticide pollution. Since organic farming does not rely on chemicals, more traditional farming methods like crop rotation and composting become necessary, which also support long term soil health, surrounding wildlife, and clean waterways.
Although most organic produce is not necessarily nutritionally healthier than traditional produce, organic products do reduce pesticide exposure and accumulation in the body. Organic meat and dairy products also eliminate exposure to added hormones and do not put you at risk for antibiotic-resistant disease as conventional meat and dairy products do.
Organic food has a number of health and environmental benefits (it also tastes better!); however, it can be expensive and is not always available. If you have the means to choose organic, do so. If you do not have that option, focus on consuming more local, seasonal food whenever possible.
Article by Natalie Snow Purinton
Video: When to Buy Organic: A Produce Cheat Sheet from Consumer Reports
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN! by Kathy Sherretts
Two former industry lobbyists are serving as acting directors of two important agencies since the resignation of two original Trump appointees last year (under the pressure of two potential investigations for ethics and finance violations.) Both have been nominated to lead their departments, where they have successfully cut industry oversight and environmental protections. They face two confirmation hearings before the Senate.
Take a minute to contact your senators this week to ask them to oppose the nomination of Andrew Wheeler as EPA chief and David Bernhardt as Secretary of the Interior.
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99 Percent Invisible: National Sword (43 min)
Where does our recycling go? China was one of the biggest buyers of recycling—until last year.
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This is actually an emergency. We've got to do better with the first two Rs. (Photo is from the BuzzFeed Video below.)
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