ALERT OF THE WEEK :Agriculture & Climate Change: The Recipe for Survival Is to Ban Factory Farms and Go Organic
Energy and chemical-intensive industrial food and farming are responsible for 35-55% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. According to many analysts, GMO grains and the factory-farmed livestock sector are major contributors to our climate crisis. (This includes the emissions from animals and their waste, as well as agriculture and biofuels-related deforestation, industrial inputs used to produce feed, and the processing and transportation of food products made from animals.)
A shift to local and organic food and crop production would eliminate most fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions, including deadly methane and nitrous oxide emissions, while saving the world’s forests and turning our farm and ranch lands back into carbon sinks or storage areas, instead of emitters. Transitioning just the world’s 3.5 billion acres of cropland to organic would sequester 40% of annual emissions! Transitioning all range and pasture lands as well, along with global reforestation, would enable us to remove enough excess greenhouse gases to reverse global warming and stabilize the climate.
While Congress’s so-called “cap and trade” climate change legislation pays lip service to organic practices and certification, it fails to prioritize energy-efficient and carbon-sequestering organic practices over false solutions like Monsanto’s “GMO no-till” and industrial biofuels derived from GMO and monoculture corn, soybeans, sugar cane, and palm oil. And, in this pro-Wall Street, pro-corporate agribusiness bill, industrial agriculture and forestry sectors’ growing greenhouse gas emissions would be exempt from caps on pollution.
Tell Congress to wake up and acknowledge the links between our out-of-control crop and food production and climate change. Industrial agriculture is causing climate change. Organic farming and ranching could reverse climate change. But if we don’t stop relying on false solutions like industrial biofuels and GMO crops and make the switch to organics quickly, climate change will likely lead to massive crop failures, starvation, and endless war.
CAP & TRADE ALERT: Tell Congress to cap industrial agriculture emissions and credit certified organic farms
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VIDEO ALERT (The Story of Cap & Trade) – Tell Congress: Scrap Cap & Trade! Let the EPA Do Its Job!