Show Your Support for a Statewide Moratorium on the Construction and Expansion of Industrial-Sized Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in Wisconsin
With the support of various conservation groups and individuals, the Sustain Rural Wisconsin Network is leading action and unity against attacks on our natural resources.
As Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) have increased across the Wisconsin landscape from 50 facilities in the year 2000 to over 300 in 2016, it is more necessary than ever to put a stop to the Construction and Expansion of Industrial-Sized Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations in Wisconsin. Along with the increase of CAFOs, degradation of our Wisconsin landscape and waterways have become more apparent and is an issue concerning all Wisconsin citizens. It is time for all Wisconsin’s governing bodies to put the health, welfare, and safety of their constituents first by enacting policy and ordinances to protect their communities and residents.
Please encourage your local Town boards, County Boards, and any organization you are a part of to join us in supporting a Statewide CAFO Moratorium.
More information can be found here.
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To sign on the petition as an individual click here.
To co-sponsor this moratorium request, please click here and register your group and/or municipality. For more information please feel free to visit SRWN's website.
Join the ‘Support the WI CAFO Moratorium’ group on Facebook.
- Canoe Outing on the Wisconsin River with the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board, July 11th, Gotham
- Pasture Walk in Viroqua, July 11th
- Farmers Market at Former NCR Building, July 11th, Viroqua
- MOSES In Her Boots Workshop: Grass-Fed Beef & Dairy in a Diversified System, July 12th, Jefferson
- Promoting Pollinators on the Farm and In Your Backyard- B, July 12th, Viroqua
- Gays Mills Farmers Market, July 12th
- Viroqua Farmers Market, July 12th
- Bonfire program "From Weeds to Wild Flowers on Gobbler Ridge", July 12th, Ferryville
- Canoe Outing on the Wisconsin River with the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board, July 13th, Spring Green
- Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board Meeting, July 13th, Muscoda
- Yoga on the River at Lawler Park, July 13th, Prairie du Chien
- Canoe Outing on the Wisconsin River with the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board, July 14th, Lone Rock
- Restoration Agriculture, July 14th, Viroqua
- Campfire Critters Program, July 14th, Marquette
- Junior Ranger Day, July 15th, Harpers Ferry
- Karst Geology Exploration, July 15th, Prairie du Chien
- Hillsboro Farmers Market, July 15th
- Prairie Street Farmers Market, July 15th
- Ferryville Farmers Market, July 15th
- Viroqua Farmers Market, July 15th
- Farmers Market at Former NCR Building, July 18th, Viroqua
- Canoe Outing on the Wisconsin River with the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board, July 19th, Prairie du Sac
- Magical Hummingbirds (at 10am and 4pm), July 19th, Prairie du Chien
- Gays Mills Farmers Market, July 19th
- Viroqua Farmers Market, July 19th
- Yoga on the River at Lawler Park, July 20th, Prairie du Chien
- 2017 Organic Field Day: Diversified Organic Grain Rotations, July 21st, Ridgeway
- Hillsboro Farmers Market, July 22nd
- Prairie Street Farmers Market, July 22nd
- River Bluff Daze Hike, July 22nd, Ferryville
- Ferryville Farmers Market, July 22nd
- River Bluff Daze, July 22nd, Ferryville
- Viroqua Farmers Market, July 22nd
See details on these and many more inspiring actions and events in our
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In the News
CSP Overview and Notes on the News
- Todd Tuls, who took ownership in March 2016, came under fire earlier this year when the WDNR launched an investigation of a large-scale manure spill at the Emerald facility, which occurred in late 2016 and went unreported until March 29.
- Wisconsin Assembly supports deer baiting.
- Devastating amounts of blue-green algae in local surface waters.
- The DNR recently approved a record-setting wetlands destruction plan and the Ho-Chunk Nation is taking action by filing a petition for judicial review in Monroe County Circuit Court in an urgent request for a review of the DNR's decision.
- Some support ending WOTUS rules and some worry that removing will lead to cut backs on water conservation.
- Goals in Wisconsin milk production may have been met but Wisconsin citizens are losing much because of it.
- Congress: Protect the Great Lakes and our environment
- Serious concerns of fecal microbes being found in private wells.
North America/Turtle Island
- Federal court blocks Trump EPA on air pollution
- LAST CHANCE to add your comment: Say NO to drilling, mining or logging in Bears Ear!
- STOP the Trump-McConnell Dirty Energy Bill!
- Add your comment: Stop Trump from handing over our oceans to Big Oil!
- Chunk of ice larger that Delaware in West Antarctica is getting ready to snap off.
- Tell Cargill to cut ties with conflict palm oil!
- Send a message to Peruvian officials: Protect indigenous leaders!
- Tell Mizuho: Stop bankrolling climate change, rainforest destruction and human right abuses
Emerald Sky Dairy's manure spill gives neighbors pause (07/05/2017)
"Accountability is a good thing," he said. "I have no problem with people holding us accountable, because occurrences like this make us better. A spill makes us better. We'll improve from this and change facility designs. Good things will come out of a bad situation."
Wisconsin Assembly votes to relax deer baiting-feeding ban (06/21/2017)
Baiting and feeding for the purpose of hunting or training dogs is currently banned in counties where CWD is present as well as in neighboring counties. The ban is meant to slow CWD's spread by keeping deer from congregating over food.
Madison in Bloom: Blue-Green Algae Hits Home (06/21/2017)
"Like this summer, those summers were also marked by “classic” conditions for an algae bloom. Lake Mendota sits in a landscape dominated by agriculture. And some elements of this agriculture, especially the manure produced by dairy operations and synthetic fertilizers used to help corn and soybeans grow, is loaded with phosphorus. This wouldn’t be a huge problem if things would just stay where they’re put.
But this spring and early summer has been marked by not only higher-than-average rainfall (we’re about 35% above normal precipitation levels) but also by intense storm events of 2 inches or more of rain.
All of this rain, especially the “gullywashers,” carry tons of phosphorus-laden soil into nearby creeks and streams, where it eventually ends up in our lakes and is just as good at growing algae as it is soybeans."
Meteor Timber Wetlands Destruction Permit Challenged over Significant Harm (06/20/2017)
“On Monday, Midwest Environmental Advocates – on behalf of the Ho-Chunk Nation – filed a petition to challenge the wetland fill permit issued to Meteor Timber LLC for an industrial sand processing facility and rail project.Clean Wisconsin also challenged the permit and requested administrative review by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The petitions ask to put the wetland fill on hold until the parties can get review of the agency’s decision.”
Supreme Court recognizes the value of citizen testimony in frac sand permit dispute
Importantly, the Court noted that concerns local citizens raised were directly related to the different considerations about the mine’s impact that the County Zoning ordinance required the committee to take into account.
ACT NOW: Support funding for county conservation staff
“Year after year, Governor Walker's proposed state budget calls to reduce staff funding to county soil and water conservation departments by $800,000 per year ($1.6 million total). This would have lasting impacts on our first line of defense, putting at risk our lakes, rivers, and drinking water.”
Walker Signs Bill Easing High-Capacity Well Regulations (06/01/2017)
Sen. Mark Miller: Bill Goes Against State Constitution
“Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill Thursday relaxing regulations on high-capacity wells used by vegetable growers, dairies along with other large businesses.
The new law means well owners won't need to have their permits reviewed if their systems are sold or need to be repaired.”
Wisconsin Supreme Court Upholds Frac Sand Mine Rejection (05/31/2017)
Iowa-Based AllEnergy Argues Permit Denial Based On Public Opinion
“The Wisconsin Supreme Court has upheld Trempealeau County's rejection of a frac sand mine proposal in a case that had potential to change zoning laws statewide.”
Act Now: Ask your legislators to fight for Wisconsin State Parks
Imagine a Wisconsin without public parks, access to hunting grounds, family campsites, or your favorite fishing spot. For most of us, it’s unthinkable. Yet, the places that define Wisconsin’s culture and drive its economy are coming under increased assault.
Sand industry back in business in western Wisconsin (05/27/2017)
‘“The industry was fairly dormant for a while, but now it has reawakened,” Kent Syverson said last week. “These mines are going full out again.”’
Floodplain Forest Restoration Aims To Stomp Out Invasive Grass (05/25/2017)
More Trees Mean Better Habitat For Birds, Fish On Mississippi River
“Efforts to rejuvenate floodplain forests along the upper Mississippi River are seen as critical to restoring animal habitat and improving water quality.”
Wisconsin Farmers Celebrate Move Toward Ending WOTUS Rule (06/28/2017)
Some Worry Removing Controversial Rule Will Lead To Cutback On Water Conservation
“Several Wisconsin agriculture organizations say they’re relieved the United States Environmental Protection Agency has moved one step closer to removing the controversial Waters of the United States rule.”
Lee Luft: State scores a rare trifecta — but Wisconsin farmers and residents don't win (06/24/2017)
“Yes, our state can tout these new records, but real winners are hard to find. When will Wisconsin choose a course correction that no longer encourages increasing milk production in a glutted market, or further expansions of CAFOs that require land-spreading of millions of gallons of liquid manure over known vulnerable land, or the drilling of ever-more high-capacity wells? It will happen only when we, individual citizens of Wisconsin, get involved and require that our legislators demand a more reasoned approach and more accountability. Take the time to contact those who represent you and your area. Today is not too soon to start.”
Congress: Protect the Great Lakes and our environment
“Speak out against dangerous cuts to Wisconsin’s environmental and public health safety net! Tell Congress to protect our Great Lakes, our drinking and groundwater, and the air we breathe.
The Trump Administration is moving forward with plans to dramatically cut funding for core programs that protect Wisconsin residents from these threats. The budget calls for a 97 percent reduction in funding for the protection of our Great Lakes – which contain 20 percent of the world’s freshwater.
Send a message to urge Congress to reject this reckless budget proposal and to identify sustainable funding for these essential programs.”
Fecal microbes found in 60 percent of sampled wells, raising concerns about dairy manure, septic waste (6/11/2017)
“It’s my professional opinion, based on 25 years of experience, that if we sampled more than once, (the contamination rate) would creep up to 90 percent,” Mark Borchardt, a microbiologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service, told the crowd.
And the response from our friends on the ground in Kewaunee:
Nancy Utesch: DNR's low-key response to Kewaunee's water crisis not nearly enough
Kewaunee County citizens will not be silenced, nor will they accept low-key aid from the DNR, which should be responding with the urgency that Kewaunee’s contamination rates warrant, recognizing that clean water is a necessity and essential human right.
UW Hopes To Make Most Of Rediscovered Mosses (06/02/2017)
More Than 2,000 Specimens Located
“An upcoming analysis of the environmentally sensitive mosses may help show how Wisconsin and Great Lakes ecosystems changed as the region became more industrialized and urbanized.”
Coalition Says Coyote-Killing Contests In Wisconsin Need Reining In (06/02/2017)
Groups Worry Endangered Wolves Are Being Killed
“The coalition includes wolf protection groups in Madison and Duluth, Minnesota, and Washington D.C.-based Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER.
According to PEER, conservation biologists have complained to the group that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources isn't protecting the endangered gray wolf. PEER attorney Adam Carlesco said some wolves are being shot.”
No Back 40 Mine: Protect Wisconsin's Waters from Sulfide Mining
“River Alliance of Wisconsin announces an awareness and advocacy campaign in opposition to the proposed Back Forty Mine. The proposed mine would use cyanide to extract and process gold, and would produce sulfuric acid as a byproduct.
Citizens are concerned about negative impacts to drinking water supply, property values, tourism, aquatic life such as lake sturgeon, as well as the desecration of sacred Menominee cultural sites.
Action is critical in the coming months as the mining company, Aquila Resources, has obtained three of the four permits required by Michigan state law.
Stay informed and engaged in opposition to the proposed Back Forty Mine” through the link above.
Wisconsin Republicans buck Walker to save DNR's popular outdoors magazine (05/31/2017)
“The Legislature's budget committee Wednesday rejected Gov. Scott Walker's plan to eliminate the state's outdoors magazine, but cut it back from six issues a year to four.”
Sign the Petition to Banks: Stop Financing DAPL and Tar Sands Pipelines
“Without loans, bond sales, and other forms of financial support, pipelines like DAPL, Keystone XL, Trans Mountain, Line 3, Energy East and other oil infrastructure won’t be built.”
DNR Action Could Lead to More Beaver Trapping; Shooting Of Doves (05/29/2017)
Agency Goes Against Advice From Former Employee; Wildlife Group
“Actions taken by the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board last week could lead to more beaver and otter trapping in the state. And, some animal advocates say they worry that more birds known as collared doves may be shot.”
Manure Runoff Plan Coming Soon, Natural Resources Board Member Says (05/26/2017)
'Four Rs' Of Fertilizer Management May Be Addressed In Upcoming Proposal
“The vice chair of the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board says he's confident the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is committed to reducing water pollution problems caused by manure runoff and that a formal proposal to do so is coming soon.”
DNR approves sand mining project with large wetlands loss (05/20/2017)
“A timber company's plans to develop a $65 million sand processing facility between Tomah and Black River Falls that would destroy a large swath of wetlands were approved by the Department of Natural Resources on Friday.”
Patrick Durkin: Gov. Scott Walker stiff-arms WCC (05/20/2017)
“For the second straight year Gov. Scott Walker left the podium without taking questions from the Wisconsin Conservation Congress at its annual convention May 12, raising eyebrows among some delegates long accustomed to Q&A’s after gubernatorial addresses, including Walker himself on two occasions.”
DNR to recommend 8% increase in antlerless harvest quota (05/20/2017)
“To help curb growth in the state's white-tailed deer herd, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will recommend an 8% increase in its 2017 harvest goal for antlerless deer.”
Foresters Push Back As Walker Pushes Property Tax Cuts (05/19/2017)
Governor's Two-Year Budget Proposal Eliminates Forestry Mill Tax
“Gov. Scott Walker is making an aggressive push to eliminate the state's portion of property tax bills in the 2017-19 state budget, but his proposal is getting resistance from forestry groups across the state.”
Oil Company Plans To Ship Ethanol From Port Of Milwaukee (05/19/2017)
Access Line Raises Environmental Concerns Among Milwaukee Common Council Members
“Appleton-based U.S. Venture Inc. has received approval from a Milwaukee Common Council committee to ship ethanol from the Port of Milwaukee despite the plan raising environmental concerns.”
North America/Turtle Island
Federal court blocks Trump EPA on air pollution (07/03/2017)
“An appeals court Monday struck down the Environmental Protection Agency’s 90-day suspension of new emission standards on oil and gas wells, a decision that could set back the Trump administration’s broad legal strategy for rolling back Obama-era rules.”
LAST CHANCE to add your comment: Say NO to drilling, mining or logging in Bears Ears!
“Donald Trump signed an Executive Order threatening Bears Ears National Monument with fossil fuel development.
The Department of the Interior is accepting public comments on whether to let Big Oil destroy Bears Ears. So we need you to speak up NOW and help save this special place -- before it's too late!”
STOP the Trump-McConnell Dirty Energy Bill!
“Mitch McConnell is using dirty tricks to push a disastrous dirty energy bill through Congress.
The bill would keep us addicted to fossil fuels and be a disaster for people on this planet.
This bill expedites approval for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facilities to ship more fracked gas abroad, and it blatantly excludes renewables we desperately need, like wind and solar.”
Add your comment: Stop Trump from handing over our oceans to Big Oil!
“This week, Donald Trump's Interior Department announced that it's taking the first step toward massively expanding oil drilling in our oceans.
If Big Oil is allowed to drill in these areas, it will be only a matter of time before the next oil disaster. Fragile marine ecosystems and coastal communities would be at risk. We need your help to stop Trump's plan!”
Tell EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt: hands off our water!
“In 2015, the Obama Administration finalized commonsense protections for streams and wetlands across the country. These safeguards protect the small streams that feed the drinking water sources for nearly 1 in 3 Americans. They protect wetlands throughout the nation that filter pollutants from water, absorb floodwaters, and provide habitat for countless wildlife. It was a no-brainer supported by millions of Americans and backed by science. It was a huge victory for our water.
On June 27th, the Trump Administration proposed rolling back these protections - putting all of those water bodies at risk. We can't let that happen. Make your voice heard – send a message to the EPA today.”
Add your comment: No fossil fuel development in the Marianas Trench!
“Donald Trump signed an Executive Order threatening the Marianas Trench Marine National Monument with fossil fuel development.
The Department of the Interior is accepting public comments on whether to let Big Oil destroy this precious marine Monument. So we need you to speak up and help save this special place!”
Sanderson Farms: Stop Advertising Your Contaminated Chicken as '100% Natural'!
‘“By federal law, all chickens have to be cleared of antibiotics before they leave the farm,” says the folksy, flannel-wearing actor in a Sanderson Farms “Truth about Chicken—Supermarket” video.
So imagine our surprise when we learned that government testing of Sanderson chicken products uncovered 11 instances of antibiotics for human use in Sanderson chicken—after it had left the farm.
One of those antibiotics, chloramphenical, is not only prohibited in food-producing animals, but according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program report (2016), is “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”
Antibiotics aren’t the only “unnatural” substances in Sanderson chicken. Tests revealed growth hormones prohibited in poultry production, pesticides and prescription drugs—including one with hallucinogenic effects!’
Tell your Senators: Stop Jeff Holmstead from leading the EPA!
“Any day now, Donald Trump could nominate Jeff Holmstead -- a coal industry lobbyist -- for the #2 job at the EPA. This could be a disaster for people and the planet!
Holmstead hasn't officially been nominated yet. If we make it clear that he'd be blocked in the Senate, we can stop Trump from going through with it.”
Tell Banks: Stop Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline
“We warned banks that Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline would be a disaster for Indigenous rights and the environment. But instead of doing the right thing for people and planet, 22 banks poured another $5.5 billion Canadian into the project. Email the CEOs of these banks and tell them to stop financing Kinder Morgan’s oil pipeline and all tar sands projects. #StopKM #DefundTarSands”
Greater Yellowstone Grizzlies Delisted -- Tell Zinke to stop the attacks on wildlife.
“Today, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that they are delisting the Greater Yellowstone grizzly bear. This decision will set grizzly recovery in the region back by decades. Greater Yellowstone grizzlies are already facing an uphill battle -- isolation from other bears, diminished sources of food, and record-high mortalities. The surrounding states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho have already made it clear that without endangered species protections, they will immediately reduce the number of bears in the area and allow people to trophy hunt grizzly bears. For years, activists like you have called on U.S. Department of Interior to continue to protect these grizzlies, honoring the Tribal Nations who hold these bears sacred. Now, Interior Secretary Zinke must know that we will not stand by and allow Greater Yellowstone grizzly bears to go the way of the dinosaurs.”
YOUR BANK IS FUNDING EXTREME FOSSIL FUELS. TELL IT TO STOP.
“Big banks’ business as usual is killing the climate. From 2014-2016, big banks around the world poured $290 billion into extreme fossil fuel companies and failed to respect human rights. In the 8th annual fossil fuel finance report card, we analyzed bank policy and investments in the most carbon intensive, financially risky, and environmentally destructive fossil fuel sectors.”
Stop the EPA's approval of the Pebble Mine
“The world's largest salmon fishery is again under threat of massive amounts of toxic mining waste — and this time our own government is behind it.
In a reversal of Obama administration efforts, climate change denier Scott Pruitt and his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have given a Canadian company the green light to begin construction on the Pebble Mine in Alaska, which would be one of largest open-pit gold and copper mines in the world.
Industrial polluters, Republicans in Congress and now the Trump administration are pushing for this unmitigated disaster that could destroy the pristine Bristol Bay watershed along with its jobs, economy and wildlife. We must demand that the EPA stop this reckless corporate assault on our environment.”
Add your comment: Save Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument!
“Donald Trump signed an Executive Order threatening to destroy this Monument with fossil fuel development.
The Department of the Interior is accepting public comments on whether to let Big Oil destroy Grand Canyon Parashant. So we need you to speak up NOW and help save this special place!”
Urge your Senators to oppose the Regulatory Accountability Act
Federal agencies provide essential protections for the safety of life-saving drugs, food, workers, and the environment. Before Congress created federal agencies and directed them to protect consumers, unscrupulous companies were free to sell fake drugs and contaminated food, pollute the environment, and to mistreat their workers. This proposed legislation adds 53 additional steps to the existing requirements for rule-making and makes it much easier for a company to get a court to overturn rules they disagree with--despite negative impact on consumers.
The 2017 Hurricane Season Begins: Here Are 3 Alarming Things I’m Watching (6/1/2017)
The active hurricane forecast, the lack of resources, and the lack of leadership make for an easily avoidable trifecta. We have what the science tells us, now we just need the administration to recognize the need for the resources and leadership. Each of these pieces cannot work without the other if we are to be prepared for the next disaster.
Help Fight the Attack on Food, Farms, and Kids
Slashing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) would lead to hunger and suffering for millions of Americans. Cuts to research and conservation programs would deny farmers the science they need to maintain profitability while adapting to the harsh realities of a changing climate, and would leave our water more at risk from farm pollution.
But we can fight back—Congress, not the president, ultimately writes the federal budget. Write today and tell your members of Congress these cuts are unacceptable.
HELP STOP the ASSAULT ON OUR OCEANS!
President Trump is considering rolling back protections for dozens of national monuments, and he has his sights set on the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument off the coast of Cape Cod. This monument, the only one in the Atlantic Ocean, protects endangered whales, sea turtles, sea birds, rare deep-sea corals and thousands of other species of marine life from the dangers of industrial fishing, oil drilling, climate change and other threats.
Add your comment: No drilling, mining or logging in Mojave Trails National Monument
“Last month, Donald Trump signed an Executive Order threatening Mojave Trails National Monument with fossil fuel development.
The Department of the Interior is accepting public comments on whether to let Big Oil destroy Mojave Trails. So we need you to speak up NOW and help save this special place!”
Sign and send a message to Congress: We need action on climate change!
“With a presidential administration that's gambling with our future, we need Congress to stop hiding in the back seat and step up to fulfill their responsibilities. Join the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and tell your elected officials that it's time to act on climate.”
TELL CALIFORNIA ATTORNEY GENERAL XAVIER BECERRA: INVESTIGATE EXXON AND ITS FELLOW FOSSIL-FUEL COMPANIES FOR DELIBERATE AND MALICIOUS CLIMATE DECEPTION
“Exxon knew about climate change in the 1970s. And surprise, surprise, they’ve been lying about it ever since -- they’ve spent tens of millions of dollars over the past forty years funding a climate denial industry that keeps the public in the dark and pressures lawmakers not to fix the problem.”
Don’t Let Politicians and Factory Livestock Interests Undermine the Public Partnership that Has Been the Hallmark of Organic Rulemaking:
Incremental Improvements in Organic Livestock Regulations Need to Go into Effect
“The USDA is requesting your input at this critical juncture to determine whether the organic livestock rule should be scrapped or become effective as planned. Help us protect the integrity of the public organic rulemaking process by making these rules effective now.”
Add your comment: No drilling mining or logging in Giant Sequoia National Monument
“Last month, Donald Trump signed an Executive Order threatening Giant Sequoia National Monument with fossil fuel development.
The Department of the Interior is accepting public comments on whether to let Big Oil destroy Giant Sequoia. So we need you to speak up NOW and help save this special place!”
Stop Trump's attacks on our national monuments
“If Donald Trump's picks of fossil fuel executives and climate change deniers to fill his administration were not enough, he is now going after some of America's most pristine and iconic national monuments.
In what he claims will undo a "massive federal land grab," Trump recently signed an executive order directing the Interior Department to review dozens of national monument designations in order to shrink or eliminate them altogether. But the reality is that this is nothing more than a massive giveaway to the fossil fuel industry.”
Tell Perdue: Stop messing with animal welfare protections!
“Sonny Perdue's USDA is playing "death by delay" with new improvements for animal welfare standards.
Every day the USDA doesn't act is a day some chickens don't get to see the light of day. Only you can stop this from happening -- but we need you to speak up NOW!”
A Right to Bingo, but Not Clean Water, in New York’s Constitution (05/26/2017)
‘In late April, in a vote timed to commemorate Earth Day, the State Assembly passed a bill 113 to 26 to add a clean-environment amendment to the Bill of Rights, stating simply, “Each person shall have a right to clean air and water, and a right to clean air and water, and a healthful environment.”’
Tell the EPA to ban chlorpyrifos -- before time runs out
“Scott Pruitt just handed Dow a license to pollute our communities and harm our children.
The EPA is asking for public input on Dow's chlorpyrifos -- the deadline is a week away. We need you to speak up NOW!”
Don’t Let Politicians and Factory Livestock Interests Undermine the Public Partnership that Has Been the Hallmark of Organic Rulemaking
“The USDA is requesting your input at this critical juncture to determine whether the organic livestock rule should be scrapped or become effective as planned. Help us protect the integrity of the public organic rulemaking process by making these rules effective now.”
Add your name: Stop Trump from Re-opening America’s Coasts to Oil and Gas Drilling
“President Trump just set the Arctic and Atlantic coasts on the path to catastrophe. His latest executive order attempts to reverse existing policy that permanently protects these vital waters from dangerous oil and gas drilling. This would leave our oceans and coasts vulnerable to devastating oil spills while driving climate-wrecking carbon pollution and threatening our clean energy future.”
Where Nestle Guzzles Water, Michigan Neighbors Take Exemption (05/24/2017)
“Opposition is strong, though. In April, the zoning board in Osceola Township, the unincorporated area outside Evart where the White Pines well sits, voted 5 to 0 to reject Nestlé’s application to build a $500,000 facility that would increase its current ability to pump if the state allows it.”
Tell Congress: Reject Any Budget That Attacks the EPA
“President Trump's proposed budget demands the EPA's funds be drastically cut. But the EPA's budget is already about as low as it can get—it accounts for just 0.22% of the federal budget. The proposed cuts are so outrageous that members of the President's own party are speaking out.”
REJECT Trump's budget!
“Trump wants to cut a whopping $54 billion from critical programs — starving communities of resources needed to thrive and slashing critical environmental protections — all in order to spend even more taxpayer dollars on defense contractors and military buildup abroad.”
New ‘Blue Card’ Proposal Would Protect Farmworkers from Deportation (05/22/2017)
Trump’s immigration policies are crippling farms’ ability to hire workers. Can this proposed legislation counter that and gain support?
“Undocumented farmworkers are the backbone of the United States’ agriculture industry, a situation that has long posed numerous challenges for these workers, their families, and employers. But the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement policies and aggressive Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) action—which has detained farm workers in New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and elsewhere—has created a climate of fear among workers. And that’s already resulting in labor shortages that are prompting some growers to curtail harvest plans.”
Tell your Senators: Help save the EPA from Trump and his Big Oil cronies
“Donald Trump is about to propose more massive cuts to the EPA. The cuts would gut water protections, support for state environmental programs, and the Superfund clean up program.
Congress still has to sign off on these cuts -- so we need your help to stop them!”
Huge Antarctic ice block poised to snap off (07/05/2017)
“A chunk of ice bigger than the US state of Delaware is hanging by a thread from the West Antarctic ice shelf, satellite images revealed Wednesday.
When it finally calves from the Larsen C ice shelf, one of the biggest icebergs in recorded history will be set adrift—some 6,600 square kilometres (2,550 square miles) in total, according to the European Space Agency (ESA).”
Tell Cargill to cut ties with conflict palm oil!
“REPSA and other companies like it get away with its destructive business model because multinational agribusiness giants like Cargill buy their palm oil. But if you speak up, you can convince Cargill to stop supporting these companies!”
Send a message to Peruvian officials: Protect indigenous leaders!
“The Peruvian Amazon is under threat from the palm oil industry. But indigenous leader Robert Guimaraes is fighting back.
He and other community leaders have been subject to death threats, defamation campaigns and even assassination -- all for trying to protect their land and the environment. We need your help to stop this violence!”
Tell Mizuho: Stop bankrolling climate change, rainforest destruction and human rights abuses
“Mizuho Bank is one of the leading financiers of rainforest destruction in Southeast Asia, the number one financier of fossil fuel companies in Japan, and a major financier of coal power worldwide. Mizuho’s financing of fossil fuels and rainforest destruction are fueling climate change and endangering both people and the planet.”
Farming Pathogens: An Evolutionary Biologist on the Links Between Big Ag and Disease (6/9/2017)
But “Big Ag” isn’t just stiffing farmers, confining animals, polluting water supplies, failing to “feed the world” and, in the process, making a lot of money for a few corporations. According to Rob Wallace, it’s creating entirely new “agro-environments” for deadly pathogens to thrive.
Tell the Senate to reject international conservation cuts!
The White House has proposed devastating cuts to international wildlife funding that protects vulnerable species and the communities that rely on them leaving defenseless animals to fend for themselves against poachers and traffickers.
Oil and Plastic Are Choking The Planet (6/3/2017)
It’s so bad that researchers from Australia’s University of Tasmania and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds recently found 18 tonnes of plastic garbage — 239 items per square metre — scattered across a small South Pacific island 5,000 kilometres from the nearest human occupation. Scientists have also found massive, swirling patches of plastic in the North and South Pacific oceans, each holding around 400,000 plastic particles per square kilometre. University of Tasmania researcher Jennifer Lavers said plastic in the oceans could be as great a threat as climate change. “You put carbon dioxide into the atmosphere or plastic in the oceans and both will stick around,” she told New Scientist.
We, the people of the United States, sign on to the Paris Agreement
“This petition is an expression to one another and to the world that we, the people of the United States, support the Paris Agreement and remain committed to mitigating climate change.”
Demand Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) Keep its Promises to Respect Human Rights
“Sign the petition to demand that Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) keep its promises to respect human rights by resolving its conflicts with communities and actively supporting the return of community-owned lands.”
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