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The Organic Consumers Association’s “Planting Peace” brigade actively participated in a series of rallies, street protests, and concert/teach-ins at the Republican National Convention last week, along with tens of thousands of other participants. OCA’s Planting Peace contingent supplied organic food and literature to musicians, volunteers, and protesters at the “Ripple Effect” concert and march on September 2, which culminated in a massive and dramatic street march on the RNC.
Throughout the week, despite tear-gas, police dragnets, and intimidation
(heavily-armed police at one point pointed their guns and threatened
OCA’s lawyer and Political Director, Alexis
Baden-Meyer), OCA staff and volunteers spread the positive message that
a local, energy-efficient, and Fair Trade system of organic food
and farming represents a lifesaving cure for America’s current “quadruple
food, health, climate, and energy.
As OCA Director Ronnie Cummins
emphasized at a St. Paul educational event on September 1, called
the Tumbleweed Cabaret, “We
must make the nation’s green and organic economy the dominant economy.”
In an amazing demonstration of mass public support and creativity,
sixty thousand people attended the nation’s first Slow Food Nation
convention in San Francisco on Labor Day weekend, underlining America’s
need and desire for a new system of food and farming that is local, organic,
and Fair Trade—not to mention delicious.
Among the major themes at the
conference was a call to eliminate labor exploitation in the natural
and organic food sector.
Schools in Wisconsin are showing kids the dangers of genetically engineered (GE) junk food with some unique science class experiments. Sister Luigi Frigo repeats the experiment every year in her second grade class in Cudahy. Students feed one group of mice unprocessed whole foods. A second group of mice are given the same junk foods served at most schools.
Within a couple of days, the behavior of the second group of mice develop
erratic sleeping schedules and become lazy, nervous and even violent. It takes
the mice about three weeks on unprocessed foods to return to normal. According
to Frigo, the second graders tried to do the experiment again a few months
later with the same mice, but the animals have already learned their lesson
and refuse to eat the GE food.
Battle in Seattle , showcases activists as heroes protecting
people and the planet from destruction at the hands of callous corporations.
“Scientists who use advanced imaging technology to study brain function report that the human brain is wired to reward caring, cooperation, and service. According to this research, merely thinking about another person experiencing harm triggers the same reaction in our brain as when a mother sees distress in her baby’s face.
Conversely, the act of helping another triggers the brain’s pleasure center
and benefits our health by boosting our immune system, reducing our heart rate,
and preparing us to approach and soothe. Positive emotions like compassion
produce similar benefits. By contrast, negative emotions suppress our immune
system, increase heart rate, and prepare us to fight or flee.”