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how did your rep vote?

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The House of Representatives voted to put the interests of Big Food companies like Monsanto ahead of the American people by passing H.R. 1599, a bill to block state efforts to label GMOs — denying us the right to know what’s in our food. This is known as THE DARK ACT.

How did your representative vote?

Reach out to them and let them know how you feel about their vote. Our political system may be broken, but it is the smaller politicians, who vote on issues like this, that can make a real difference. Make your voice be heard. LET’S GET OUT OF THE DARK!


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calling all dreamers and optimistic fools

Jonathan Edwards is playing a live benefit show for our friends at Stone Soup Institute in Harpswell, Maine THIS Friday!

SSI is a horse powered farm and school.  Courses offered integrate traditional as well as contemporary practices and knowledge in the Agrarian Arts, Crafts and Fine Arts.  The education stays in tune with the seasons. They also build tiny houses!

Jon Edwards is an ideal performer for this benefit because of his devotion to send a message through his music. Believing in who he is, longing for living a simple life, and staying true to himself is what makes him special for this show.

Go out to see a great show, be in good company, and support Stone Soup Institute! Buy your tickets here and get all the details!


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sail freight in the news

  

Maine Sail Freight offers a new way to think about trade

By Severine von Tscharner Fleming

What do we who produce food from the land and sea have in common? For one thing, a changing climate. Changes in the weather have big impacts on the businesses and industries that straddle nature and the market.
Another challenge is that farmers and fisher people are getting older, and both industries are critically reliant on young people entering the work.
But both farming and fishing show there are new ways forward, including alternative value-chains that respect the people and places involved.

Read more over at The Working Waterfront!


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farmers: in advocating to your eaters 

  

Here’s some good evidence about how NAFTA undermines farmers, not only  domestically, but also in the countries where we ” free trade”

This article from The Nation focuses on pigs, who eat corn. 

For nearly two decades, Smithfield has used NAFTA and the forces it unleashed to become the world’s largest packer and processor of hogs and pork. But the conditions in Veracruz that helped Smithfield make high profits plunged thousands of rural residents into poverty. Tens of thousands left Mexico, many eventually helping Smithfield’s bottom line once again by working for low wages on its US meatpacking lines. “The free trade agreement was the cause of our problems,” Ceja says.

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