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PETITION: Boycott The Brands That Blocked Your Right To Know About GMOs

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Here’s a pledge for you to sign about boycotting the brands that blocked your right to know about what’s in your food. You can fill out this form via the Organic Consumers Association or download their boycott guides to keep track of the offending organic and “natural” brands, whose parent companies donated millions to defeat Prop 37, the California Right to Know GMO labeling initiative.

“You can call their customer hotlines listed below, and post on their Facebook pages. Tell them you’ll support their brands when they publicly and financially support your Right to Know!”

Get involved! Click on I’m joining the Right to Know boycott! Label GMOs!

WATCH: ‘The Blueberry Deception’: Fakeberries Made From Chemicals Sold At Real Blueberry Prices

When was the last time you bought a product claiming to be made with blueberries that actually had blueberries on the ingredient list? Did you read the ingredient list? Well, it’s time for you to start doing that because you may have already participated in ‘The Blueberry Deception’, created by crafty marketers and food companies to get you to eat a cheaper, less perishable product at the price of a product that has real fruit in it. Did you not notice the taste? The texture? Are you really surprised by this? Maybe you did. Maybe you noticed this in Nutella and Tropicana orange juice too. Did you also know these fakeberries are made from chemicals and petroleum byproducts? Yuck! Watch this video and learn more about ‘The Blueberry Deception’.

Where this video fails for me, and where many others do too including Food, Inc., is leaving the consumer to a market solution as their only recourse. Surely buying something else isn’t the only thing someone can do to stop fake, unhealthy blueberries. You can write to manufacturers, call them, draft and circulate petitions, and actively boycott them, including spreading the news about your boycott.

VIDEO: Earth: She’s Alive, Beautiful, Finite, Hurting…Worth Dying For

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I wasn’t going to write anything for Earth Day today, especially since I already wrote about he point of it all and because I take issue with the holiday. I could do without the pseudo-awareness being peddled out there here but I felt moved to write this when I came across this video. A nice way celebrate Earth Day is by actually remembering the planet we live on as opposed to clutching your reusable shopping bag or going to an oxymoronic Earth Day sale. Before descending into something schmaltzy this video offers of a reminder of how high the stakes are and how much of a threat environmentalism is to business as usual.

The photo above is via NASA, which is good for something after all and it couldn’t be big enough but click on it anyway, remember how grand this planet is, and how tiny we are.

VIDEO: Dick Gregory On The Killing Of Trayvon Martin

If you know anything about me you know I’m a big Dick Gregory fan. He’s an activist, comedian and a nutritionist. I’m not sure how much more Black and Green this guy can get. This video is from March 24th were thousands of people gathered at Freedom Plaza in Washington, DC to demand justice for Trayvon Martin.

Ever the observer, I love the seemingly unrelated points he makes about the Trayvon Martin case.

HOW TO: Help The Family of Slain Teen #TrayvonMartin Get Justice

5 MORE New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make To Change Your Life

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In 5 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make For Your Food and 5 More New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make For Your Food I outlined some resolutions you could make (or goals you could set) to usher in 2012. In 5 New Year’s Resolutions You Can Make To Change Your Life I wrote about resolutions to help you change your life…and maybe the world. Now, here’s 5 more. No more help from Family Guy though, cause let’s face it- how much longer does that show have to live? We’ll go back to the Simpsons, a show that has already kind of lived forever. Continue reading

Is Wall Street The Primary Threat To Human Existence?

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Photo Credit: Day 14 of Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park by David Shankbone

In the recent post on blackagendareport.com Glen Ford wrote:

“To live in the age of finance capitalist hegemony is different than when Vladimir Lenin said ‘the capitalist will sell you the rope to hang him with.’ Wall Street daily invents and plays fire with its own form of money: derivatives that are notionally valued at $600 trillion to $1,000 trillion (no one really knows!), many times the yearly Gross Planetary Product of Earth. Continue reading

PHOTOS: Moving Planet Global Day Of Action

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Photo Credit: Hanoi, Vietnam by Bo via 350.org

“Endless thanks for all who made #movingplanet so…moving. I dare you to look at the photos with a dry eye.” -Bill McKibben via twitter

Friends, don’t ever be fooled into thinking nothing’s happening. There are protests and demonstrations, not just on Wall Street, but all over the world and on the environmental front too. These demonstrations are held locally, this means no one has to hop in a car and go to Washington D.C. to protest, you do this in your neighborhood, hop on the internet, then share your images and experience with others.

On Saturday, September 24 writer Bill McKibben’s 350.org in partnership with hundreds of organizations around the world held over 2,000 events in over 175 countries for Moving Planet and they’ve got pics of children all over the world to prove it! Continue reading

VIDEO: Tar Sands Action, The Largest Environmental Civil Disobedience In A Generation

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As I watched the above video, I couldn’t help but wish I was in Washington D.C. next to the masses of people protesting the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. Throughout the past few weeks, citizens from around the country have been engaged in civil disobedience at the White House, of which I deeply applaud. To date 843 protestors have been arrested, including NASA climatologist Dr. James Hansen and Environmental Author/Activist, and organizer of the event, Bill McKibben. Continue reading

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