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    Corn Syrup Lobbyist Is Helping Set USDA Dietary Guidelines
    BY ALEX KOTCH @ALEXKOTCH ON 02/02/18
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    Quote For a year now, lobbyists have swarmed the White House under President Donald Trump, attaining positions within various federal agencies just days after leaving government affairs jobs at lobbying firms, trade groups and corporations.

    Back in 2009, then-President Barack Obama issued an executive order on ethics that barred lobbyists from joining agencies they had lobbied in the previous two years. But Trump weakened that order shortly after becoming president, allowing lobbyists to join agencies they recently lobbied so long as they recused themselves from working on specific issues on which they had lobbied within the previous two years. The Trump administration has been sidestepping even that stipulation — in some cases by ignoring it, and in others, by granting ethics waivers.

    In late August of 2017, White House counsel Donald McGahn issued a waiver for a new member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), previously a lobbyist for the corn syrup industry, to advise the department on dietary guidelines:

    “I hereby waive the requirements of paragraph 7 of the Ethics Pledge to Ms. Kailee Tkacz to allow her to advise the Secretary of Agriculture and other senior Department officials with respect to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans process. I have determined that it is in the public interest to grant this limited waiver because of Ms. Tkacz’s expertise in the process by which the Dietary Guidelines for Americans are issued every five years.”

    Tkacz was director of food policy for the Corn Refiners Association, a trade group for corn syrup manufacturers, for two years before immediately leaving for the Trump administration in July 2017, according to her LinkedIn profile. Before that, she lobbied for the Snack Food Association and the National Grocers Association. Prior to her lobbying days, she spent a year as a research analyst on tax policy at the American Legislative Exchange Council, a group of corporations and conservative lawmakers that work together to craft business-friendly model legislation, and a year at the Charles Koch Institute, named after its billionaire founder and the CEO and part-owner of the global fossil fuel and materials conglomerate Koch Industries.

    The Corn Refiners Association consists of the four biggest corn syrup producers in the nation: Archer Daniels Midland Company, Cargill, Ingredion and Tate & Lyle Americas.

    Representing that association, Tkacz lobbied the USDA, as well as the House, Senate, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration on “education regarding federal food policy” as recently as the second quarter of 2017, according to federal lobbying records. Now she helps set that policy.

    For decades, controversies have arisen over industry influence on the dietary guidelines. In the late 1960s, Harvard scientists paid by sugar interests wrote a report that minimized sugar’s effects on heart health while overemphasizing the dangers of fat. One of those scientists, Mark Hegsted, became the head of nutrition at the Department of Agriculture, where he helped draft what would eventually become the government’s dietary guidelines in 1977. Similar efforts have persisted since. In 2015, scientists funded by Coca-Cola urged people to focus on exercise, rather than a healthy diet, to avoid obesity.

    “This waiver from the ethics rules is highly inappropriate,” Craig Holman, a lobbyist on campaign finance and governmental ethics for the watchdog Public Citizen, told International Business Times. “Waivers from conflicts of interest should only be granted when expertise from others who have no conflicts is otherwise not available. This lobbyist has a direct and substantial conflict of interest that should disqualify her participation in the matter.”

    But Holman expressed surprise that the waiver was even sought, telling IBT, “The White House Counsel has routinely disregarded Trump’s ethics executive order, even to the point of not bothering to issue waivers where conflicts clearly exist and choosing simply to ignore the ethics rules altogether.”

    In a June 2017 report, Holman identified 32 lobbyists appointed to Trump administration posts who oversee the same specific issue area on which they had lobbied within the last two years, in apparent violation of the ethics order.

    Among those that did obtain waivers is an American Petroleum Institute lawyer who joined the EPA to work on renewable fuel standards, as well as the new ambassador to Switzerland and Luxembourg who obtained a waiver to help negotiate a Boeing deal while having previously had the company as a client. Several more lobbyists with conflicts of interest obtained waivers to work in the White House, including an energy lobbyist now developing energy policy and a former Fidelity Investments lobbyist who is now a tax and retirement policy adviser.

    The USDA did not immediately return an IBT request for comment.
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    Lmao @ the absurdity of that!
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    Parks need help, not this
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    2/15/18
    Quote http://my.npca.org/site/MessageViewe...0&dlv_id=35976
    The reviews are in -- President Trump’s infrastructure proposal would be a disaster for national parks.

    This week, the administration released a legislative proposal that calls on Congress to address our nation’s infrastructure needs, including the National Park Service’s $11.6 billion repair backlog.

    But don’t get too excited; the administration is demanding that key environmental laws designed to safeguard the air we breathe, the water we drink, and our national parks and public lands be rolled back. They claim that will provide the funding necessary to fix our nation's infrastructure, because they believe that environmental rules are what cause infrastructure projects to be delayed.

    Nothing could be farther from the truth.

    As park champions, we know we can invest in our nation’s infrastructure without sacrificing the bedrock environmental laws that protect the national parks we treasure. Tell Congress to reject any infrastructure plan that would jeopardize our health and the integrity of our national parks.

    The Trump plan calls for dismantling vital conservation laws like the National Environmental Policy Act. It also would give the Secretary of the Interior -- rather than Congress -- authority to permit gas pipelines across park lands, all in the name of infrastructure. And when it comes to park maintenance, their plan is to pay for it by expanding energy development -- a risky proposition that could put parks in danger.

    Caring for our parks means not only fixing their roads, trails and buildings, but also protecting their air, water, wildlife and surrounding landscapes.

    Put simply, this plan shows that the administration is actively working to undermine our national parks and the environment on which they depend. That means it’s up to all of us to make sure Congress takes the right steps to provide the investments to fix our country’s infrastructure.

    Take action! Urge Congress to reject any infrastructure plan that weakens our nation’s longstanding bedrock conservation laws and puts our national parks at risk.

    Thank you for continuing to stand up for our national parks. Your voice matters now more than ever.

    Sincerely,

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    FDA Back Channel Lets Pharma Turn Nutrients Into Drugs
    BY Alliance for Natural Health USA ANH-USA ON FEBRUARY 15, 2018
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    Supplements become drugs and you pay. Tell FDA- Not this time! Action Alert!http://www.anh-usa.org/action-alert-...n-supplements/
    Quote By failing to finalize a key supplement policy, the FDA has provided a way for pharmaceutical companies to take natural compounds and turn them into costly drugs. The longer the agency delays, the greater the danger that more and more nutrients will be nabbed by pharmaceutical companies, forcing cheaper supplement forms from the market.

    L-glutamine is the most recent example. Last year, the FDA announced the approval of a new drug for sickle cell disease called Endari. Endari is an oral powder comprised of L-glutamine, an important amino acid. The drug company, Emmaus Medical, Inc., says in its materials that an IND (investigational new drug) application for L-glutamine was originally filed on May 15, 1997. According to the FDA’s website, there is no new dietary ingredient (NDI) notification for L-glutamine.

    If a drug company files an IND application on a nutrient before an NDI notification on that nutrient is filed, the company can ask the FDA to have supplement version removed from the market.

    This means Emmaus can enforce its IND and petition the FDA to remove all L-glutamine supplements from the market, at any time. Keep in mind this is the same thing that happened to the pyridoxamine version of vitamin B6 in 2008, and is fast becoming a standard business practice for Big Pharma.

    If Emmaus enforces its IND, the only way that L-glutamine supplements could survive is if the FDA decides to consider L-glutamine an “old dietary ingredient” (ODI) that does not require an NDI notification. In other words, a company would have to prove that L-glutamine was marketed “in or as” a dietary supplement before 1994.

    This is a key point, and another tactic the FDA has used to benefit the pharmaceutical industry. Defining an ODI as a substance marketed “in or as” a supplement, rather than anything “sold” or in the food supply before 1994 as Congress intended, is an FDA invention. Fewer supplements will qualify as ODIs under FDA’s definition, which means more nutrients could become Big Pharma’s next target.

    This would be a critical loss. L-glutamine helps maintain muscle, boosts the immune system, supports gastrointestinal health, and helps to maintain healthy growth hormone levels.

    The crux of the problem is the FDA’s NDI notification guidance that we’ve been writing about since the revised draft was released in August 2016. It has now been 24 years since the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) was passed, and the supplement industry has been waiting for the NDI policy ever since. Supplement companies do not know which supplements require an NDI notification or the requirements and protocol necessary for such a submission. In the meantime, pharmaceutical companies are taking advantage of the confusion by snatching up nutrients and turning them into drugs.

    The FDA must solidify its NDI notification policy, but finalizing the draft guidance in its current form is unacceptable. As we wrote in 2016, defining ODIs as substances marketed “in or as” a supplement before 1994 was an improvement over the original guidance—but it’s not good enough and will mean many more supplements that consumers rely on could be eliminated. ODIs should be defined as supplements sold in the food supply, in any form, before 1994, period. The agency must fix the problems with the draft guidance, and then finalize the guidance.

    Action Alert! Tell the FDA to fix the NDI guidance, and then finalize it to prevent more natural medicines from being taken away by the pharmaceutical industry. Please send your message immediately: http://www.anh-usa.org/action-alert-...n-supplements/

    Individualized and natural medications are under threat. Action Alert!
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    Quote Millions of Americans rely on customized medicines made at compounding pharmacies, including bioidentical hormones like estriol. That access is threatened by an FDA advisory committee that is rife with conflicts of interest, including the pharmaceutical industry, which competes with compounding pharmacies.

    For years now, we’ve been reporting on the FDA’s Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee (PCAC). The committee plays an important role in advising the FDA on implementation of the Drug Quality and Security Act of 2013 (DQSA). Thus far PCAC’s main role has been to make recommendations regarding which substances should or should not be included on the Bulk Drug List as well as the Difficult to Compound list. When finalized, these lists will dictate which medicines can continue to be made at compounding pharmacies—specialized pharmacies that make customized, oftentimes natural medications to meet the needs of individual patients.

    Unfortunately, the track record so far has been abysmal, with PCAC routinely following the FDA’s lead and voting to exclude almost every natural medicine with which they’re presented.

    A big part of the problem is PCAC’s composition. As we’ve pointed out before, the committee is a stacked deck against pharmacy compounding. Only one member of the committee is a compounder, and he cannot vote. Of the remaining eleven PCAC members, four are academics, three are government officials (one from FDA and two from the National Institutes of Health), and three are non-profit representatives.

    Of particular concern is Pew Charitable Trusts’ representation on the committee. Pew presents itself as “an independent, nonpartisan research and public policy organization with a longstanding focus on drug quality issues, including pharmaceutical compounding.” Upon closer examination, though, it seems to us that Pew isn’t so “independent” and may have aligned itself with the pharmaceutical industry.

    On June 12, 2017, Pew signed a letter with PhRMA, the trade association for the drug industry, directed to the House Appropriations Committee Chairs and Ranking Members. The letter advocated positions that would financially benefit drug companies, encouraging tighter regulation of compounding pharmacies—which of course make medicines that compete with pharmaceutical drugs.

    Then, in September 2017, Pew sponsored a congressional briefing in partnership with Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), another trade group boasting the biggest names in the pharmaceutical industry. Once again the message was to restrict consumer access to compounded medications, a position that would financially benefit members of BIO.

    Pew holds a voting seat on PCAC, but we believe it has a conflict of interest as it partners with pharmaceutical interests on public facing efforts to restrict patient access to compounded medications. Two members of PCAC represent the pharmaceutical industry and compounding pharmacy. Both are non-voting members, in order to mitigate potential conflicts of interest. We don’t believe Pew should hold a voting position on PCAC when it advocates in partnership with pharmaceutical companies and takes positions that could greatly benefit these private entities.

    PCAC should be comprised of voting members with an expertise on compounding who can form objective opinions. The rules governing the compounding industry, which is so crucial to millions of Americans, should not be set by competing companies—and their allies—who would benefit if the industry was regulated out of existence. We believe Pew should be replaced with an organization that can fulfill this important function.

    Action Alert! Write to the FDA and Congress, telling them that Pew must be removed from PCAC due to conflicts of interest. Please send your message immediately.http://www.anh-usa.org/conflicts-of-...c-f3ea7e02a124
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    For those who haven't seen it yet, Charm of Favor by Brooks Agnew explains the reasons for new financial policies being enacted. Much land has already been mortgaged off to the Chinese, with an eventual option to buy.
    (See: http://projectavalon.net/forum4/show...=1#post1207620 )
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    No social security, no Medicare, no food stamps -- for starters.
    Until when and if most pensions, retirement funds, medical coverage, social welfare benefits, and even Social Security (currently my only source of income) plans within the US either fail entirely or are cut back drastically ... the United States (corporations, and federal, state and local governments) will not have come to grips with the reality that vastly more has been promised than can be paid.

    Similarly, much debt, including real estate mortgages, car loans, (a big one) student debt, and (an even bigger one) US Treasury debt will have to fail or be heavily discounted, before any return to honest accounting, with serviceable levels of debt, a stable currency, and a sustainable future, can be reached.

    Not only have we (our Bankster and other Elite Bastard overlords) built a monetary system that resembles the Tower of Babel ... we've built it upside down, with the largest part at the top, resting on a far smaller level of actual productive capability.

    Quadrillions of derivatives rest on top of hundreds of trillions of securitized debt, interest rate swaps and forex swaps, rest on top of tens of trillions of dollars of rehypothicated primary debt, rest on trillions of dollars of actual resources and productivity potential, with fraudulent accounting dominating at each level.
    I have a friend who is a long time active member of the Sierra Club and was once their Person of the Year.
    She isn't happy with a lot of their current policy, but they are still doing some good work, and so she concentrates on supporting that at least, until things improve, or better, less corruptible non-profits become more influential.
    There are still non-profits doing good things, even though they aren't perfect.
    It's helpful to at least refrain from throwing out the baby with the bath water.
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    Why Are More Cities Divesting From Big Oil? It’s Moral—and Practical
    Direct divestments and lawsuits that began on the West Coast are spreading, with New York the latest city to pull its funding out of oil and coal.
    February 17, 2018 YES! Magazine
    bySylvia Chi
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    Quote In January, New York City announced that it would both divest its $189 billion pension fund from fossil fuel companies and sue the world’s five biggest oil companies for their contributions to catastrophic climate change. The city plans to move the $5 billion it now invests in fossil fuel companies into other investments within the next five years. The lawsuit, in turn, cites climate change-caused damage, such as flooding and erosion and future threats, and asks BP, ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, and Shell to pay for it.

    This playbook was written on the West Coast. In September, San Francisco and Oakland filed separate lawsuits against the same five oil companies seeking payment for the construction of new seawalls and other infrastructure required to protect the cities from rising sea levels. Marin and San Mateo counties, and the city of Imperial Beach in San Diego County, sued dozens of fossil fuel firms, making similar arguments.

    These actions are accelerating under the Trump administration’s multipronged effort to undercut environmental protections and boost fossil fuel production and use, which would exacerbate climate change. States, cities, and the people retain considerable power to effectively challenge the administration’s reckless quest to pump more and more greenhouse gas into

    They’re using that power: Direct divestment programs and lawsuits are products of people power—activists organizing in coalitions of aligned interest groups and working with like-minded elected officials—and they are not the only tools available to us.

    Activists around the world are effectively pressuring the fossil fuel industry by taking on the financial institutions that make pollution possible. In Europe and elsewhere, financial institutions and insurers are already disentangling from the fossil fuel industry. In Australia, for example, energy company Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine, once slated to be the biggest coal mine in the world, is now imperiled after lenders around the world have ruled out participation. European insurance companies, including Axa, Zurich Insurance Group, and Munich Re, are planning to stop insuring new coal investments.

    In North America, the divestment movement is led by Indigenous activist groups like Mazaska Talks and their allies. Inspired by the Standing Rock Sioux and their powerful protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), grassroots groups across the country sprang up last year to carry on the work of Standing Rock by targeting the banks that finance extreme fossil fuel infrastructure.

    In Oakland, Defenders of Mother Earth-Huichin, an Indigenous-led coalition bearing the Ohlone name for the surrounding parts of the East Bay, successfully got amendments to local law enacted that require any financial institution seeking to provide banking services to the city to disclose whether it finances DAPL or other projects that violate Indigenous sovereignty. The changes also include required disclosures about financing of other fossil fuel infrastructure, and private prisons and detention centers. Allied groups in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle have won similar victories targeting the banks that back dangerously polluting fossil fuel projects, causing the banks to incur reputational damage and lose valuable municipal contracts.

    Global financial and insurance industries are starting to recognize that fossil fuel investments don’t make moral or economic sense.The lawsuits brought by New York and others accuse the oil companies of creating a “public nuisance,” the same tactic used by states in the 1990s to successfully extract significant settlements from tobacco companies. In these cases against Big Oil, the cities and counties contend that the oil companies created and contributed to global warming-induced sea level rise, and therefore should pay for the costs those cities have incurred and will continue to incur as they put adaptation measures in place.

    These measures are extensive and costly; in San Francisco, short-term upgrades to the city’s seawall are expected to cost more than $500 million, with long-term upgrades estimated to exceed $5 billion. Plans to protect the city’s sewer system from sea level rise and associated shoreline erosion are estimated to cost an added $350 million. In Oakland, improvements to the dike protecting Oakland International Airport are estimated to cost $55 million.

    Likewise, the complaint filed by New York draws on the city’s detailed work on adaptation, including a $20 billion program to establish climate resiliency design guidelines for municipal infrastructure, and the Raised Shorelines Program, which will elevate shorelines to protect low-lying areas and is expected to cost $100 million for just the first nine out of 91 sites identified. New York City also is taking the oil companies to task for their contribution to rising global temperatures, which the city is fighting with public health initiatives such as Cool Neighborhoods NYC, a $100 million program to keep communities safe during periods of extreme heat.

    Fossil fuel companies have been banned from Oakland’s investment portfolio since 2014, and the city council has also called on CalPERS, which manages $326.4 billion in investments for state employees, and Oakland’s public employee pension funds to divest. Across the Bay, the San Francisco Defund DAPL Coalition has been pushing officials to divest the San Francisco Employees’ Retirement System (SFERS) from its $559 million in fossil fuel investments. The city’s board of supervisors has repeatedly called on the pension fund to divest, and the late Mayor Ed Lee called for divestment in one of his last public statements before his sudden death in December 2017. In late January, the SFERS’s board, spurred by grassroots energy and sustained pressure from the city, voted to begin a phased divestment of the fund’s “riskiest dirtiest fossil fuel assets.”

    The global financial and insurance industries are starting to recognize that fossil fuel investments don’t make moral or economic sense. The next step is to make this reality clear in the United States. The lawsuits brought by New York City, San Francisco, Oakland, and others signal to bank shareholders and management that fossil fuel firms bring with them significant litigation risks. Public divestment from these companies shows that public pension fund managers in the heart of Wall Street are now recognizing them as bad investments, dragged down by “stranded assets” in the form of fossil fuel reserves that cannot be tapped without causing catastrophic climate change. New York City’s controller, Scott Stringer, cited the stranded assets argument in defending his decision, saying that “it would be irresponsible of us as fiduciaries” to avoid considering divestment.

    Indeed, Stringer also noted that Bank of America’s own analysts have predicted that global oil demand will peak by 2030, even as the bank is still financing DAPL and Keystone XL. Divesting our personal and public wealth from the banks that enable the fossil fuel industry, combined with direct divestment and lawsuits, can help bring pressure on banks to stop funding risky, money-losing fossil fuel projects. Climate change leaders in every community should use these tactics and every tool available to make these risks clear.

    Sylvia Chi wrote this article for YES! Magazine.Sylvia Chi is an attorney and member of Defenders of Mother Earth-Huichin, an indigenous-led, Oakland-based grassroots coalition following the call from Standing Rock to divest from banks that fund the extractive fossil fuel industry.
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    Funding for marine mammal first responders in jeopardy
    https://takeaction.oceanconservancy....sidents+Budget

    Quote One billion dollars cut! We are shocked that the President’s budget, just released, recommends a $1 billion cut to NOAA—taking away valuable resources from coastal and ocean needs.

    The proposed budget cuts mean that federal funds to support ocean wildlife, including marine mammal first responders could be drastically reduced. But, these funds are so important! For example, the Clearwater Aquarium is doing important work to rehabilitate dolphins and return them to the ocean. NOAA helps make this work possible.

    Whales, dolphins and more all rely on groups on the ground, to help in times of need. We can’t lose this critical funding that enables such important work.

    Marine mammal funding cuts are just one example of the many cuts in the President's budget that would impact our ocean and coasts.

    But, luckily there is a silver lining.

    This budget is a proposal, which means it is not written in stone. You and I have the opportunity and responsibility to let Congress know that ocean issues matter to us. Congress will ultimately write the 2019 budget for NOAA, and they are just getting started.

    Take action today by telling your elected representatives that our coastal communities and our ocean is too important to risk.
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    Drill rigs off the coast of every state
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    Quote President Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have released an outrageous plan to auction off vast swaths of our U.S. coastlines to disastrous offshore drilling.

    From Maine to Florida, Washington State to California, across the Arctic and in the Gulf of Mexico, their plan would put drill rigs off the coast of every coastal state — endangering communities, marine wildlife, and our climate with the risk of catastrophic oil spills.

    Congress has the power to stop this dirty, dangerous plan by passing legislation that would protect our coastlines — but we must push them to take action now.

    Tell your senators and representative to stand up to Trump's fossil fuel giveaway, and protect our coast and our climate from reckless oil and gas drilling!
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    Despite years of cleanup, tourism and wildlife still haven't fully recovered from the horrific Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that spilled millions of gallons of crude oil. Tar balls still turn up on beaches. Toxic poisons continue to show up in birds and wildlife. Dolphins are still sick and dying at elevated rates.

    Trump's short-sighted drilling scheme would put virtually every inch of our coastlines at risk of devastating oil spills. It will irreversibly harm dolphins, whales, polar bears, otters, and other imperiled wildlife that thrive in and around our oceans ... threaten coastal jobs and economies ... dramatically amplify the effects of climate change ... and block our path to a clean energy future by keeping us shackled to the heavily polluting fossil fuels of the past.

    All of this, just to pad the pockets of oil executives.

    Americans overwhelmingly oppose expanding drilling off our coast. We need Congress to act by launching a full-on legislative counteroffensive that will stop this drilling plan in its tracks.

    The NRDC Action Fund is hard at work putting pressure on key lawmakers to stand strong in opposition to Trump's dangerous drilling plan. But we are also working to push Trump's allies out of Congress — and elect environmental champions — in the upcoming elections this year.

    We need you to help us mobilize a massive, nationwide public outcry in defense of our coast, our communities, and our climate, and make your voice heard at your senators' and representative's offices across the country.

    Tell Congress to stop Trump's outrageous offshore drilling scheme, and keep our coast off limits to oil giants!

    President Trump and his administration show no signs of backing down from their attacks our environment, our health, and our safety. The NRDC Action Fund will never back down either — and with dedicated activists like you, I know we can — and will — make the difference.

    Thank you for standing with us in this fight.

    Sincerely,

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    From: NRDC
    Quote President Trump is at it again. In 2017, he spent the year appointing anti-conservationists to important cabinet positions, eliminating key environmental policies, and gutting protections for America's public lands.

    You're not going to believe what he's doing in 2018.

    Last week, Trump unveiled his long-awaited infrastructure plan that was intended to upgrade America's roads and bridges. Instead, the plan eviscerates the National Environmental Policy Act, which helps to safeguard our country's air, land and waters. It gets even worse. Trump's plan also gives Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke the power to greenlight natural gas pipelines through our national parks.

    That is unthinkable. Can you imagine a pipeline cutting across the middle of Yosemite National Park? Or along the edges of the Grand Canyon?

    Please help us continue to fight to preserve America's public lands from the worst anti-wilderness administration we've ever seen.


    Natalie, you can make an impact. Thanks to the support of people like you who believe in preserving our natural heritage for generations to come, we've been able to halt many of Trump's greatest threats. We've filed lawsuits to stop him from eliminating places like Bears Ears National Monument, and we won't hesitate to use the courts again to protect the Grand Canyon and all our National Parks from being spoiled by gas pipelines.
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    Natural Resources Defense Council funded by Soros


    http://www.klamathbasincrisis.org/fu...Soros/nrdc.htm

    Jan 22, 2011 - Founded in 1970 on a $400,000 seed grant from the Ford Foundation, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is today one of the most influential environmentalist lobbying groups in the United States. It claims a membership of one million people, including some 400,000 Internet activists.


    Soros Funding Shows Real Goal of the People's Climate March

    https://pjmedia.com/.../george-soros...f-peoples-clim...

    Apr 29, 2017 - Soros gave six of these groups more than $1 million: the Center for Community Change ($15.1 million), the NAACP ($7.4 million), the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC — $4.4 million), People's Action ($2.6 million), the Public Citizen Foundation ($1.9 million), and the Union of Concerned ...


    Liberal Media Fail to Report Soros Funding Linked to ... - NewsBusters

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    Jul 9, 2014 - The broadcast networks have not mentioned the NRDC connection to the new regulations, and even the Times ignored that liberal mega-donor Soros has bankrolled the NRDC. The Times called the EPA regulations “a remarkable victory for the National Resources Defense Council” for developing the ...


    People's Climate March Steering Committee Got $36M From George ...

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    Apr 28, 2017 - Between 2000 and 2014, Soros gave $36,018,461 million to 18 of the 55 steering committee members of the People's Climate March. Donations to six of those groups were more $1 million each: Center for Community Change, the NAACP, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), People's Action, ...


    Twelve Steps to Reclaim a Nation's Soul

    https://books.google.com/books?isbn=0557090806
    Jo Anne Niedermeier - 2009
    George. Soros-is. an American currency speculator with a net worth estimated at $11.0 billion. Soros has given $6 billion to various causes since 1979. ... the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Environmental Media Services, Environmental Working Group, and even fringe groups like the now-defunct Mothers ...


    The Planet Of Comet Sense - Page 86 - Google Books Result

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    Carol Ann Lindsay - 2011 - ‎Humor
    In 2011 NRDC endorsed a document called the Earth Charter, which blames capitalism for many of the world's environmental, social and economic problems. And isn't this interesting? The NRDC has received many millions from billionaire George Soros and is a member of the Apollo Alliance.‖ ―What a record,‖ said ...


    Soros: $20.7M to Alleged Russia Climate Groups - Buying Bias

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    Jul 18, 2017 - Soros Gave $20.7 Million to Alleged Russia-Funded Climate Groups ... For example, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) launched a “Community Fracking Defense Project” in September 2012. The project ... At least eight of those groups received more than $20.7 million from Soros combined.




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    And as I stated here:
    http://projectavalon.net/forum4/show...=1#post1209169
    Quote I am hoping the InPower Movement will succeed not only in its own objectives, but in inspiring more groups to organize with similar goals.
    I think the political arena is providing a lot of the distractions and resulting confusion that are causing the lag in momentum, though God knows there are plenty of other equally distracting things going on, wherever you look.
    But there are plenty of non-profits which are still doing good work, though of course, many of them are dealing with the identity crisis the Left in general is undergoing, and that's not a bad thing, but until they are grounded and on track and able to deal constructively with all the opposition from the Right and social stagnation in general, then we will continue to have more lag.
    I will add mention here of the Poor People's Campaign: https://poorpeoplescampaign.org/ ...which seems to be gaining a lot of momentum.

    AND: http://projectavalon.net/forum4/show...=1#post1209236
    Quote I forgot to mention that I spend a lot of time in online activism via various non-profit campaigns.
    I get their email newsletters and updates on Facebook which include actions I can take such as letters to Congress and other officials regarding various issues the non-profits are concerned about.
    The non-profits usually let their supporters know when they have failed in their objectives, and when they have succeeded.
    There are enough successes to make the time feel well spent.
    I have also volunteered at a number of local non-profits over the years, wherever I have been living at the time.
    From my experience, it is a very good way to co-create community and engage in worthwhile activity that actually brings about positive change.
    Non-profits are indeed being infiltrated and funded by those with less than altruistic motives, but most of them are still doing good work and you can support that much if you are selective.
    Many non-profits, including the NRDC, are sending activist letters to Congress asking them NOT to drill along the coasts.
    I don't see a problem with that.
    Non-profits are less corruptible than politicians, at least, and it's a way to remain pro-active in the larger community.
    And it certainly beats giving Trump a big pass on polluting and destroying the environment and causing more destruction via earthquakes, volcanic activity etc.
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    Im putting this here, cause I don't want to start another thread.

    Romney and Bain capital associated with mob money laundering. Now Trump is backing Romney under "needing more GOP votes." Trump has undeniable connections to mafia through business in past.

    Can people with recorded facts separate or connect Trump and Romney together?
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    Im putting this here, cause I don't want to start another thread.

    Romney and Bain capital associated with mob money laundering. Now Trump is backing Romney under "needing more GOP votes." Trump has undeniable connections to mafia through business in past.

    Can people with recorded facts separate or connect Trump and Romney together?
    Trump comes from his business of construction of buildings in New York City. The construction materials business is owned by mafiaso type people. So yeah, you can say that Trump has had dealings with the mafia. But if you think Mitt & Trump were together connected to the mafia. I would have say,
    "Nice try, but Go Fish."
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    Boundary Waters Still Threatened by Twin Metals Mine
    Wilderness Watch 2/20/18
    https://wildernesswatch.salsalabs.or...f-cb857538a0d2

    Quote Tell Interior Secretary Zinke and Forest Service Chief Tooke to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness by not renewing the Twin Metals mining leases!

    In December, Zinke released a new legal opinion designed to fast-track two mining leases in northern Minnesota so a company owned by a Chilean billionaire can construct a copper and nickel mine in the watershed of the Boundary Waters Wilderness. The Chilean billionaire also happens to be renting a mansion to President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka.

    The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is America's most popular and water-rich Wilderness. Its 1.1 million acres contain more than 1,000 pristine lakes and 1,200 miles of rivers and streams. The lakes, rivers, and streams of the Boundary Waters watershed are among the cleanest waters in North America, and are especially sensitive to acids and heavy-metals found in copper mine pollution.

    The legal opinion from Trump’s Interior Department doesn’t immediately green-light the toxic sulfide mine within the Boundary Waters Wilderness watershed, so please take action to stop one of the most toxic forms of mining, which has caused environmental and financial problems all over the world!

    You may recall that these expired mining leases were previously not renewed by the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management due to the extreme environmental risk they pose to the Boundary Waters Wilderness. In fact, the Forest Service received over 125,000 comments opposes these mining leases, including more than 10,000 comments from Wilderness Watch members and supporters, and almost no comments in support of leasing.

    Under the mineral leasing laws, the Department of Interior (DOI) issues mineral leases on all federal lands. However, the Forest Service has veto power over any leases issued on national forests. Therefore, both the Forest Service and DOI must approve any decision to lease the lands next to the Boundary Waters.

    Priceless and irreplaceable, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness must not be put at risk of perpetual water pollution from the most toxic industry in America!
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    Im putting this here, cause I don't want to start another thread.

    Romney and Bain capital associated with mob money laundering. Now Trump is backing Romney under "needing more GOP votes." Trump has undeniable connections to mafia through business in past.

    Can people with recorded facts separate or connect Trump and Romney together?
    Trump comes from his business of construction of buildings in New York City. The construction materials business is owned by mafiaso type people. So yeah, you can say that Trump has had dealings with the mafia. But if you think Mitt & Trump were together connected to the mafia. I would have say,
    "Nice try, but Go Fish."
    didnt ask what you had to say!
    Quote Posted by thunder24 (here)

    Can people with recorded facts separate or connect Trump and Romney together?
    reading is fundamental! Romney mr. fee fee instead of taxes
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    Quote Posted by onawah (here)
    Non-profits are indeed being infiltrated and funded by those with less than altruistic motives, but most of them are still doing good work and you can support that much if you are selective.
    Many non-profits, including the NRDC, are sending activist letters to Congress asking them NOT to drill along the coasts.
    I don't see a problem with that.
    Non-profits are less corruptible than politicians, at least, and it's a way to remain pro-active in the larger community.
    Are you sure about that? Not trying to pick on you, but I've found NGO's to be littered with corruption. The amount of NGO's involved in Agenda 21 is astronomical. Agenda 21 is 'deep state'. 'Deep state' means you have a an unelected government running alongside the original government using manipulation to control. Manipulation via NGO's! This is corruption!

    "Once a problem has been identified, every NGO, non-profit, and local government body has a vast stock of sustainability development solutions ready at the helm, provided by the ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives). They are the jackpot of solutions for change agents- enabling them to“identify” problems with the goal of implementing predetermined outcomes that advance sustainable development policies.

    What does all this mean, in simple terms? It means that most local communities have in place a nonelected board that can see opportunity with your land, create a crisis with the backing of NGO’s and enforced by federal agencies that are then able to deem land unusable for you, the citizen, but usable for their agenda of sustainable development, aka: LAND GRAB."


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    Bombshell Connection Between Charlottesville, Soros, CIA
    https://www.infowars.com/bombshell-c...lle-soros-cia/

    "Soros-funded NGO’s have been able to achieve regime change in other countries by quite literally teaming up with Neo-nazis and “moderate” terrorists.

    Now, investigative reporter Lee Stranahan reveals the same players involved in the Ukraine overthrow are working behind the scenes to oust President Trump."



    Corrupt People Use NGOs As A Front, Says Okonjo-Iweala
    https://www.thecable.ng/corrupt-peop...-okonjo-iweala
    "Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, chairman of the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI), says corrupt people use non-governmental organisations (NGOs) as cover to get a clean bill of health on transparency."

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    It's a matter of degree, which each will have to determine for themselves. With the exposure of Soros, the Clintons, etc. I think the trend will be to be more cautious and selective, and with smaller non-profits, at least, there is more transparency.

    Quote Posted by we-R-one (here)
    Quote Posted by onawah (here)
    Non-profits are indeed being infiltrated and funded by those with less than altruistic motives, but most of them are still doing good work and you can support that much if you are selective.
    Many non-profits, including the NRDC, are sending activist letters to Congress asking them NOT to drill along the coasts.
    I don't see a problem with that.
    Non-profits are less corruptible than politicians, at least, and it's a way to remain pro-active in the larger community.
    Are you sure about that?
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    Trump Budget: A Death Sentence for Elephants, Wolves, More
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    2/22/18
    Quote If you ever doubted President Trump's war on wildlife, look no further than the proposed budget he released last week. A new Center for Biological Diversity analysis of the proposal identifies the top 10 species that would be likely driven extinct by his plans, including red wolves, whooping cranes and African elephants.

    Among other harms, the budget proposal would slash funding for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by $300 million — almost 20 percent — and for the Multinational Species Conservation Fund by a staggering 45 percent. The proposal completely abolishes state endangered species recovery funding.

    "Trump is ignoring hundreds of species in desperate need," said the Center's Stephanie Kurose. "It's despicable."
    Learn about the top 10 species affected and read more in The Huffington Post (Below).
    http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/c...m_medium=email
    The Top 10 Species Affected:
    A Listicle by the Center for Biological Diversity


    Quote The U.S. government is in charge of saving and protecting more than 1,622 animals and plants on the endangered species list. Over the past four decades, the Endangered Species Act has saved 99 percent of the species under its care from extinction. The Trump administration, however, threatens to undermine that success through a deadly combination of drastic budget cuts, policy changes, neglect and abandonment of programs that have proven worthwhile. Here are the 10 species mostly likely to be driven extinct by the Trump administration.
    Among them:
    African Elephant
    Endangered Species Act protected since 1978

    African elephants are highly intelligent and social animals. They display grief, altruism, compassion and self-awareness. Elephants rely on their long-term memories, coupled with seasonal cues, to travel vast distances in close-knit herds to find water and food throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

    Tragically, these elephants — Earth’s largest land mammals — are being slaughtered for their ivory tusks at rates that are causing severe population declines across the continent. Habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and political instability pose additional and significant long-term challenges to the elephants’ survival.

    Upper Columbia River Spring-run Chinook Salmon
    Endangered Species Act protected since 1999

    In the Pacific Northwest, salmon are cultural icons. They are critical to the region’s ecosystem, returning ocean nutrients to rivers that benefit both people and wildlife.Chinook, also called “king” salmon, are the largest salmon species, with adults often exceeding 40 pounds. Once found in abundance, hydropower development and irrigation diversions, along with water storage and commercial salmon harvest, threaten the species’ existence. There is now a high risk they will go extinct.

    Red Wolf
    Endangered Species Act protected since 1967

    Red wolves are some of the most endangered carnivores in the world. The wolves were once widely distributed throughout the southeastern United States. But they were nearly exterminated due to fear they might kill livestock. The population fell so precipitously that in 1975, 17 red wolves were put into a captive breeding program to stop extinction. But in 1980, red wolves were declared extinct in the wild. The captive breeding program eventually got the wild population up to 130 wolves in 2006.

    Unfortunately, the population began to decline and crashed in 2014. At the beginning of 2016, only 45 red wolves remained in the wild. Mismanagement, illegal killing and hybridization with coyotes are the main threats to red wolves.

    North Atlantic right whale
    Endangered Species Act protected since 1970

    The North Atlantic right whale is one of the most endangered of all large whales and can weigh up to 150,000 pounds and grow as long as 48 feet. A long history of human exploitation, coupled with recent threats like entanglement in fishing gear, ship strikes and seismic oil and gas surveys, has made current population trends so dire that experts predict the whale could vanish within 20 years. Only about 450 right whales remain. Seventeen were killed in 2017 after being hit by boats or tangled in fishing gear. Of the remaining population, as few as 100 are breeding females.
    See the rest at: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/c...m_medium=email

    Huffington Post:Trump’s Budget Would End Grant Funding For State Endangered Species Projects
    Environmentalists say the proposal would push imperiled creatures further toward extinction.
    02/15/2018
    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry...b0774f31d28e73
    Excerpts:
    Quote "WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is looking to zero out grant funding for state efforts to recover endangered species ― even as it has stressed cooperating with states on conservation efforts.
    In the 2019 budget proposal released on Monday, President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke recommend allocating not a single dollar to the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund, a program authorized by the Endangered Species Act that divvies out money to states and territories for voluntary species and habitat conservation projects on non-federal land. In fiscal year 2018, the fund received $53 million in appropriations.
    It’s no secret that the administration is more sympathetic to business interests than endangered species. And like most environmental protections, it seems to view the Endangered Species Act ― ESA ― as little more than a regulatory burden to economic growth."
    Dan Ashe, a former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said the proposal to end funding for the state conservation fund is baffling, given the Trump administration’s talk about more cooperation.
    The ESA grants “are the principal source of support for states’ work on endangered species and for partnership between the Fish and Wildlife Service and states,” Ashe told HuffPost.
    To get funding, a state or territory must put up at least 25 percent of a project’s cost and enter into an agreement with the federal government. The grant monies go toward habitat restoration, land acquisition, conservation planning, research and education.
    In its justification for the budget change, FWS writes simply that it “is not requesting funding for these activities in order to support higher priorities.” "
    *************
    "The White House and the Interior Department did not respond to HuffPost’s inquiries about the recommendation to eliminate the grant funding for states.
    In its previous budget proposal, the Trump administration requested $19.3 million for the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund, which would have been a decrease of $34.1 million below the 2017 funding level. Instead, Congress allocated the $53 million.
    It’s unclear what changed for the administration between this year and last. And if last year was any indication, it is highly unlikely that Congress will sign off on the latest request.
    Doing so, Ashe said, would be “a huge step backward,” as those monies are critical both to recovering already threatened species and keeping others off the endangered list.
    During President Barack Obama’s time in office, “we were very proud of the record we set, that we had recovered and delisted more species than all previous administrations combined,” he said. “And that didn’t happen by accident. It happened because we applied the resources to get species over that last mile.”

    In July, Republicans on the House Committee on Natural Resources took up a package of five bills targeting portions of the 1973 conservation law, which they maintain is broken and in need of an overhaul. At the hearing, Sheehan voiced support for the proposals and said his goal was for the agency “to be a better neighbor and partner to the public and states.”
    Eliminating funding for state ESA grants runs counter to that priority.
    Trump and Zinke also have pegged themselves as the allies states have long waited for. During his confirmation hearing in January 2017, Zinke said his first priority as head of Interior would be to “restore trust … working with rather than against local communities and states.”
    “Being a listener and a listening advocate rather than a deaf adversary is a good start,” he said.
    That advocacy has focused almost exclusively on boosting mining and fossil fuel production, as Zinke has prioritized energy development over conservation.""
    Read the rest at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry...b0774f31d28e73
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    Trump Budget: A Death Sentence for Elephants, Wolves, More
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    Quote A new Center for Biological Diversity analysis of the proposal identifies the top 10 species that would be likely driven extinct by his plans, including red wolves, whooping cranes and African elephants.
    Read the rest at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry...b0774f31d28e73


    Oh HufPo, you never cease to amaze with your vitriol. African elephants?? really??



    Next we'll see an article about how Trump's plans will stop rain world wide for 400 years (or some such non-sense)...
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    No idea what you are on about, Target. Did you even read my post? The part about the elephants is from Center for Biological Diversity and reads as follows:
    Quote The U.S. government is in charge of saving and protecting more than 1,622 animals and plants on the endangered species list. Over the past four decades, the Endangered Species Act has saved 99 percent of the species under its care from extinction. The Trump administration, however, threatens to undermine that success through a deadly combination of drastic budget cuts, policy changes, neglect and abandonment of programs that have proven worthwhile. Here are the 10 species mostly likely to be driven extinct by the Trump administration

    African elephant1. African Elephant
    Endangered Species Act protected since 1978

    African elephants are highly intelligent and social animals. They display grief, altruism, compassion and self-awareness. Elephants rely on their long-term memories, coupled with seasonal cues, to travel vast distances in close-knit herds to find water and food throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

    Tragically, these elephants — Earth’s largest land mammals — are being slaughtered for their ivory tusks at rates that are causing severe population declines across the continent. Habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and political instability pose additional and significant long-term challenges to the elephants’ survival.
    The corpses of elephants with tusks removed by poachers are being found almost daily.
    Quote Posted by TargeT (here)
    Quote Posted by onawah (here)
    Trump Budget: A Death Sentence for Elephants, Wolves, More
    Center for Biological Diversity
    2/22/18
    Quote A new Center for Biological Diversity analysis of the proposal identifies the top 10 species that would be likely driven extinct by his plans, including red wolves, whooping cranes and African elephants.
    Read the rest at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry...b0774f31d28e73


    Oh HufPo, you never cease to amaze with your vitriol. African elephants?? really??



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    The Farm Bill--Organic Consumers Association
    Tell Congress: Put More Veggies—and Less Junk Food—in the Farm Bill
    https://action.organicconsumers.org/...tion_KEY=21517
    Quote The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends we all eat 2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day.

    What would happen if we all tried to follow that recommendation? We’d soon find out that there aren’t enough vegetables available for Americans to follow USDA guidelines.


    That’s because the Farm Bill, that massive piece of legislation that determines how $90 billion a year in tax dollars is spent to shape our food system, favors subsidies that support processed, GMO junk foods, over healthy, nutrient-dense vegetables.

    TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress: Put more veggies in the Farm Bill!

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 91 percent of Americans don’t eat the recommended amount of vegetables.

    Maybe that’s because most schools don’t serve veggies, so kids grow up without developing a taste for them. Maybe it’s because, relative to processed junk food, vegetables are expensive.

    But it’s also true that Americans couldn’t eat the recommended amount of vegetables even if they wanted to—because there aren’t enough to go around.

    Without enough vegetables to go around, about 85 percent of Americans don’t get the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) recommended daily intakes of the most important vitamins and minerals necessary for proper physical and mental development. Is it any wonder that half of all American adults—117 million individuals—have one or more preventable chronic diseases, many of which are related to poor diet?

    We have the Farm Bill to thank for America’s vegetable deficit—and for the fact that people who rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to help feed their families aren’t encouraged under that program, which is funded under the Farm Bill, to buy vegetables.

    Nearly 41.2 million Americans live in food-insecure households, including 12.9 million children.

    To relieve hunger, Congress should protect and strengthen the SNAP program.

    Under the current Farm Bill, SNAP benefits are too low—they average less than $1.39 per person per meal.

    SNAP recipients and other low-income individuals who struggle to fill themselves up on this budget are driven towards high-calorie, nutrient-poor foods. The top ten sources of calories for low-income eaters are, in descending order, soda, chicken, sweets, bread, tortillas, pizza, beef, pasta, chips, and alcohol.

    What do most of these foods have in common? They come from crops and animals that are heavily subsidized by the Farm Bill.

    According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, people with the highest consumption of federally subsidized foods had a 37-percent greater risk of being obese. They were also significantly more likely to have belly fat, abnormal cholesterol, high levels of blood sugar and inflammation.

    How do we fix SNAP? And provide more vegetables for everyone? We fix the Farm Bill.

    Once every five years, the Farm Bill comes up for reauthorization, giving Congress a chance to rewrite it. This year, 2018, it’s up again.

    If Congress wants to help reduce malnutrition and diet-related disease, it should include legislation in the Farm Bill to encourage the production of more organic vegetables—instead of considering nonsense proposal’s like Trump’s “Harvest Box” which would force-feed nutrient-poor processed (and highly subsidized) foods to SNAP recipients.
    See:https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/13/u...od-stamps.html

    It’s time to stop letting Congress use the Farm Bill to subsidize the richest landowners growing monocultures of Monsanto’s pesticide-drenched genetically engineered grains used to make high fructose corn syrup, ethanol and feed for animals in factory farms.

    We need healthy food for healthy people. That means we need a better Farm Bill.

    TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress: Give us a Farm Bill with More Veggies!
    https://action.organicconsumers.org/...tion_KEY=21517
    Trump’s ‘Harvest Box’ Isn’t Viable in SNAP Overhaul, Officials Say
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/13/u...od-stamps.html
    Quote But on Monday, the Trump administration sprung a surprise: Under a proposal in the president’s budget many participants in the program would be given half their benefits in the form of a “Harvest Box” full of food preselected for nutritional value and economic benefit to American farmers. The cache of cheaper peanut butter, canned goods, pasta, cereal, “shelf stable” milk and other products would now be selected by the federal government, not by the people actually eating it.

    The proposal seemed like a radical overhaul of the country’s core food assistance program — once called food stamps but now commonly known as SNAP. The idea was to shave about $21 billion a year from the federal deficit over the next 10 years. But the reaction was immediate, and largely negative.

    Democrats claimed the plan shackled the poor while business groups, led by big food retailers, would stand to lose billions of dollars in lost SNAP business. The head of one trade association typically supportive of President Trump’s economic policies accused the administration of reneging on its pledge to cut “red tape and regulations.”
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