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Former Housing Secretary Julián Castro, Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and author Marianne Williamson ― are backing a ban on the creation of new “factory farms” and the expansion of existing ones as part of their efforts to court rural voters frustrated by the effects of industrial-scale livestock operations on their water supply and economy.
You’re probably more familiar with the work we do in the U.S. But the Organic Consumers Association is also a co-founder of two other organizations: , based in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and , which has staff and close allies working in the U.S., Mexico, South Africa, Australia, Belize, the Philippines, London and elsewhere. Reporter recently was assigned to cover the work of these two organizations, for an article in Permaculture Magazine. Calling it the "one of my most inspiring assignments so far this year ," Barnett produced a of the story that appeared in several online publications, including the .
Driven by consumer demand, organic food sales have increased from $3.6 billion in 1997 to $31.5 billion in 2013 and $52.5 billion in 2018. Several factors have led to this increased consumption of organic foods in the U.S., including consumer preference for lower pesticide residues, nutrition and health concerns, negative environmental impacts associated with intensive conventional production, and the assurance of organic integrity through consistent federal organic standards.
From where I stand inside the South Dakota cornfield I was visiting with entomologist and former USDA scientist Jonathan Lundgren, all the human-inflicted traumas to Earth seem far away. It isn’t just that the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye—are people singing that song again?—but that the field burgeons and buzzes and chirps with all sorts of other life, too.
Pesticide suits may not have the staying power many in the food world feared, after all. Following news of the first billion-dollar verdict against the manufacturer of Roundup®, food and beverage companies braced as a series of suits targeted products allegedly containing trace residues of glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) and other pesticides.
While much of the media coverage of the new IPCC report on land and agriculture focus on diet, the report needs to be understood as saying this: we (in protein-rich countries, at the very least),must replace our current large-scale industrialized systems of agriculture and food production with those based on agroecological and regenerative practices.

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