Rainforest Action Network is organizing the first ever day of action to Occupy Our Food Supply by targeting Cargill, Inc. “With annual revenues of over $119 billion . . . Cargill is the world’s largest trader of grains, the largest privately held corporation and one of a very small handful of agribusiness giants . . . shaping the increasingly globalized food system to their advantage.Operating in more than 66 countries, Cargill . . . is owned by the McMillan-Cargill family, making them the richest family in America.” [From RAN fact sheet on Cargill, Inc.]
After you call Cargill’s CEO today to voice your opposition or join an event near you, here are some additional ways to occupy your food supply.
1. Eat organically. Eating organically is like practicing preventive medicine.It can be cheaper if you take into account the true costs of eating food poisoned with pesticides and fertilizers. What you would pay in health care costs from food-borne illnesses or cancer can be exorbitant, and add to that the emotional toll and lost wages.
2. Grow organic. If you’ve got the yard, plant veggies and fruits. My next door neighbor has occupied every square inch of his backyard with beds, more than enough to feed himself and his family.
3. Consume sustainable poultry. “Happy chickens” are healthier. Those that get to roam around (read free-range) and eat organic food have it better than those living in a too-tight coop under an 18-hour light bulb, which STRESSES them out. My neighbor’s three chickens alternate egg-laying naturally.
4. If you can’t grow a lot, grow a little. I grow herbs that have nearly rocketed my cooking to top chef level. Ask my friends.
5. If you don’t have space or time to grow it, buy it from local farmers, not Safeway. Local farmers grow seasonal vegetables and fruits. which provides a well-rounded diet and saves energy: less fuel to bring goods to market. Do we really need apples from New Zealand?!?
6. Eat lower on the food chain. It can help you live longer. Too much beef clogs your arteries with fat. Greens are just better for you. And rainforests are being cut down to make way for cattle grazing. That’s an irreversible problem.
7. Not sure what you’re eating? You can always check Pesticide Action Network’s database to find out if the stuff on your food is dangerous or not. PAN tells us that of more than “80,000 chemicals in use today, most have never been tested for efficacy or safety.”
8. Make your own cookies. Then you can leave out the palm oil—the massive use and planting of palms by corporate cookie monsters is shredding rainforests and ruining livelihoods in Indonesia, not to mention the habitat of the endangered Borneo orangutan. Another example of agri-business pretending something is cheaper because they don’t account for the costs of its terrible consequences.
The bottom line: Even if you can’t taste the methyl iodide on your strawberries, it can still poison you. You don’t fumigate your kitchen, why let agri-business fumigate your produce?