As part of the Sustainability Series, Middlebury Professor, Steve Trombulak fills an hour with scenarios, cutting age research, and a privileged view of the Systematic Conservation Planning being piloted in Vermont and spreading internationally. The first 10 minutes introduces the topic and history of Site-Based Conservation Planning including examples in Yellowstone National Park.
The second section describes the 5 Dominant Reasons why landscape scale conservation is necessary. And the final sections outline strategies to work as an advocate and lessons learned. Although the presentation was given with a powerpoint, Professor Trombulak’s lecture is impressive, interesting and compelling even without the visuals. This presentation was recorded and edited by Paula LeRoy from MIIS Informed Radio show: Policy Pace.
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I had the opportunity to interview Andy Kimbrell, the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety, at the recent Justice Begins with Seeds Conference in San Francisco. CFS currently has five cases in the courts to regulate or restrict GM crops. As Kimbrell says, “at CFS we don’t get passive aggressive, we just get aggressive – we just sue.”
Listen to Kimbrell rip the industrial meat system, particularly Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, known as CAFOs, and the e-coli contamination they spread… see the transcript below.
As part of my Environmental Policy Masters program I am researching the industrial food system, conventional versus organic agriculture, and developed an interest in genetically modified organisms.
I attended the first Justice Begins With Seeds Conference to deepen my understanding of the issue. This feature highlights some of the activists I interviewed, and their concerns. I’m still unclear on what the impacts of GMOs are, especially on human health, but I wanted to give voice to the critics, who I think are often overlooked in the general media stories.
Conant says the common narratives are: Feeding the World is only possible with Biotech, Innovation versus Fear (which also includes the Green Revolution in Africa), Separate but Equal (GMOs and conventional seeds can comingle), and The Big Green Narrative, which is about commodifying all life forms based on carbon. See the partial transcript below.
I attended the first Justice Begins With Seeds Conference to deepen my understanding of sustainable agriculture and genetically modified organisms. This feature highlights some of the activists I spoke with, and their concerns.
I’m still unclear on what the impacts of GMOs are, especially on human health, but I wanted to give voice to the critics, who I think are often overlooked in the general media stories.
Jeffrey Smith with the Institute for Responsible Technology, Andy Kimbrell from the Center for Food Safety and Dave Murphy with Food Democracy Now discuss their efforts to label, legislate, and ban GMOs.
Whether using direct action campaigns, litigation, or lobbying politicians, all three are committed to keeping genetically engineered organisms out of our food system.
I had the opportunity to see Mari Margil, the Associate Director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, speak at the recent Justice Begins with Seeds Conference in San Francisco. Her perspective on environmental regulation in the United States, and the ‘box of allowable activism’ that communities are forced to work within, is fascinating. Listen to the recording below. For more information about the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, visit their website.
I had the opportunity to interview Pamm Larry at the recent Justice Begins with Seeds Conference in San Francisco. This grandmother has become the ‘original instigator of the genetically engineered labeling act in California,’ and is touring the state in her quest for consumer choice. Listen to the complete interview below. For a list of Larry’s upcoming events, and more information about her campaign, visit the Label GMOs website.
I had the opportunity to interview Jeffrey Smith at the recent Justice Begins with Seeds Conference in San Francisco. Smith has been speaking on GMOs since 1996, and has two books on the subject - Seeds of Deception and Genetic Roulette. Listen to the complete interview below. For a list of Smiths’ upcoming events, and more information about the campaign, visit the Institute for Responsible Technology’s website.
Listen to the Jeffrey Smith Interview, and see the transcript below.