Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Support Family Farmers and Stop Monsanto

From Food Democracy Now--On January 10, family farmers will enter a courtroom in Washington DC to take part in the appeal of OSGATA vs Monsanto et al, a court case filed to protect farmers from genetic trespass by Monsanto’s GMO seed, which contaminates organic and non-GMO farmer’s crops and opens them up to abusive lawsuits. In the past two decades, Monsanto’s seed monopoly has grown so powerful that they control the genetics of nearly 90% of five major commodity crops including corn, soybeans, cotton, canola and sugar beets.
In many cases farmers are forced to stop growing certain crops to avoid genetic contamination and potential lawsuits. Between 1997 and 2010, Monsanto admits to filing 144 lawsuits against America’s family farmers, while settling another 700 out of court for undisclosed amounts. Due to these aggressive lawsuits, Monsanto has created an atmosphere of fear in rural America and driven dozens of farmers into bankruptcy. To learn more and to support family farmers, click here.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Get Involved!

Bronx Health REACH is co-hosting an event with Transportation Alternatives next week to make it easy and fun to join your Community Board. Transportation Alternatives has held similar events in other boroughs, but this is the first time there will be a Community Board Join Up in the Bronx!

Anyone interested in learning aboutCommunity Boards in the Bronx is welcome to attend this free event. *Refreshments will be served.

Bronx Community Board Join Up
WHEN: Thursday, January, 10, 6:30pm - 8pm
WHERE: Cornell University Cooperative Extension432 East 149th Street, 4th Floor, Bronx, NY 

To RSVP call 212 633-0800 x1249 or go to www.transalt.org/cb

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Upcoming Conferences!

NOFA’s 31st Annual Organic Farming & Gardening Conference
January 25-27th, 2013

NESAWG’s 20th Working Conference 
February 10-12th, 2013

Just Food Conference
March 29-30th, 2013
The conference will provide attendees with opportunities to learn about national farm and food issues, CSA trends, and cooking and food preservation techniques, as well as ways to mobilize communities in order to increase access to farm-fresh, locally grown food.