Thursday, July 29, 2010

Possible New Animal Welfare Committee

Here's a recent letter from two coop members who want to start a new committee. Read about their idea and pass this link on to others who may be interested. See the blog they've started.

"We’re a group of Park Slope Food Coop members who came together after realizing during our PSFC shopping trips that, while there are a lot of animal-friendly products on the Coop shelves, there was still a lot of room for improvement! In our conversations with other members, some were surprised to hear that we still carried any items that are tested on animals (even though our policy says the PSFC avoids such products) and others expressed confusion regarding animal-treatment labeling (“What’s the difference between grassfed and free-range?”).

After having these conversations and wishing for a way to help inform PSFC shoppers who are interested in animal welfare, we thought we would enlist other PSFC members who share these concerns to join us in creating a workslot credit committee to specifically address these issues and be in service to the PSFC membership regarding animal welfare.

We invite you to learn more about the proposal for a PSFC Animal Welfare Committee and share your ideas with us at or email PSFCanimals@"
Thank you.
Jesse Oldham
Patrick Kwan

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Two Quick Actions for Safe Water

1) Senator Sampson has been refusing to allow the fracking moratorium bill onto the floor for a vote. This action is urgent as we have a slim window of time to influence Sampson's decision to advance the moratorium bill.

please contact Sampson's office and leave a message, urging the senator to advance the moratorium bill.
Sen. John Sampson
District Office: 718-649-7653
Albany Office: 518-455-2788

Suggested statements:
"I urge Senator Sampson to move the hydrofracking moratorium bill onto the floor for a vote before the legislature adjourns this year."

Also, call your own state senator and ask him/her to:
"Please co-sign and vote for the Thompson moratorium bill and urge Senator Sampson to move the bill onto the floor for a vote."
You can find your state senator at:

2) Please reach out RIGHT NOW to tell Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer NOT to strip the fracking disclosure provision out of the oil spill response bill! It would mandate disclosure of fracking chemicals for natural gas drilling wells on federal lands – a big first step forward to protect communities. For ......Speaker Pelosi, call 202-225-0100 For Majority Leader Hoyer, call 202-225-3130

Monday, July 26, 2010

New Film: Climate Refugees

The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s
Green Screens presents:
Climate Refugees

Thursday, July 29 at 6:30pm
Walter Reade Theater at 65th St. near Amsterdam Ave. in Manhattan

Although climate change is a widely accepted phenomenon, few people have given thought to what disappearing glaciers, changing weather patterns, and rising sea levels will mean for the future. Michael Nash’s award-winning documentary explores the troubling result of such changes, centering on the mass migration of human populations. With spectacular footage from across the globe, Climate Refugees sketches out the scenario of displacement and upheaval. Nash’s film is a fascinating and unnerving wake-up call. Michael Nash, USA, 2009, 83 min

Preceded by

The Food and Climate Connection: From Heating the Planet to Healing It. Sara Grady, USA, 2010; 10 min

Thursday, July 22, 2010

What is Groundwater & Why Does it Matter?

With the recent concerns about hydraulic fracture gas drilling and its effect on groundwater, many people have questions about groundwater and it's importance. This nifty feature: Groundwater: Everything You Need to Know About What You Drink, complete with several short videos, will answer your questions.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Genetically Engineered Right to Know Act

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Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), a long-time advocate of family farmers and organic foods, today made the following statement after the Supreme Court voted 7-1 to allow the experimental planting of genetically modified alfalfa seed before an environmental review is completed:

"Today the Supreme Court ruled that when it comes to genetically modified organisms, we as consumers, have to wait until the damage is done and obvious, before we can act to protect health and the environment, even if that damage could be irreversible.

"Haven't we learned from the catastrophe in the Gulf of the dangers of technological arrogance, of proceeding ahead with technologies without worrying about the consequences? Why do we continue to throw precaution to the wind?

"I will introduce three bills this week that will provide a comprehensive regulatory framework for all Genetically Engineered (GE) plants, animals, bacteria, and other organisms. To ensure we can maximize benefits and minimize hazards, Congress must provide a comprehensive regulatory framework for all GE products. Structured as a common-sense precaution to ensure GE foods do no harm, these bills will ensure that consumers are protected, food safety measures are strengthened, farmers' rights are better protected and biotech companies are responsible for their products," said Kucinich.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

What's in Your Waste?

GrowNYC's new online resource gives you a glimpse of what materials New Yorkers discard and provides waste prevention and recycling tips to help you divert more of your household waste from the landfill. You may be surprised what recyclable substance constitutes most of our waste. Open a larger version of the chart and click on each colored bar to read tips on recycling.

Monday, July 12, 2010

July 14: Rally for a gas drilling moratorium.

Join the Delaware River Keeper network and numerous other organizations on July 14 and rally for a gas drilling moratorium in the Delaware River Basin.

This important gathering to protect the drinking water of 15 million people from New York City to Philadelphia and throughout the region is being held at the Delaware River Basin Commission's (DRBC) meeting and public hearing.

  • West Trenton, NJ Volunteer Fire Company
    40 West Upper Ferry Road, West Trenton, New Jersey.
  • NJ Transit from NY Penn Station: The 10:31 am train gets you to Trenton by 12:05 pm. Shuttle service from there to the Fire Company will be available.
  • Driving Directions: Visit the West Trenton Volunteer Fire Company website.
More Information:
* Photo Credit: Mike Greenlar / The Post Standard

Friday, July 09, 2010

We All Sing Glory to the Mountains

Please come out in support of the movement to end mountaintop removal and surface mining!

On Thursday, July 15th, from 7:30-9 PM, NY Loves Mountains will host an evening of entertainment and action to support the September 27th Appalachia Rising March on Washington to END mountaintop removal. The event will take place at the 15th St. Meeting House (15th St. btwn 2nd and 3rd avenues, Manhattan)

Admission is pay-what-you-wish, with proceeds going to support Appalachia Rising, and to transport New Yorkers to D.C. for the September march.

The show will feature: Reverend Billy and the Church of Life After Shopping Choir; Banjo Player Morgan O'Kane; Singers Mimi Bessette and Helen Russell from Woody Guthrie's American Song; and Actor Martin Pfefferkorn as energy genius Nikola Tesla.

After the show, the audience will have an opportunity to learn about mountaintop removal and to take actions towards stopping it - by signing a divestment letter asking New York Common Retirement Fund to divest from Massey Energy, signing up for wind and solar power from Community Energy (bring your ConEd bill to do this), and signing up to attend the September 27th March in Washington. For more information, email

Monday, July 05, 2010

Haitian Farmers Commit to Burning Monsanto Hybrid Seeds

Why would farmers in Haiti burn 60,000 seed sacks (475 tons) of hybrid corn seeds and vegetable seeds? Because they are genetically modified (GMO) seeds heavily treated with pesticides. The genetic modifications of these seeds allows them to withstand the heavy pesticide applications, which are intended to kill all weeds, bugs and other parts of the nearby ecosystem. But the Haitians realize the toxic effect of these pesticides is bad for human health.

Read more about this in the article Haitian Farmers Commit to Burning Monsanto Hybrid Seeds.

Photo: Beverly Bell