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Food Service Giants Should Support Small Farmers, Not Big Food | Take Action Tuesday @EarthFoodLife

Industrial food vs. small farmers: Staff of the McEnroe Organic Farm, located in Millerton, New York, work a stall at the New Amsterdam Market in Manhattan. Organic farming associations across the nation have been supporting the community of farmers and conscious eaters for nearly five decades, but, as EFL contributor and Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York board member Elizabeth Henderson reports, “direct sales and [the organic] label are not enough to keep family-scale farms viable.” (Photo credit: istolethetv/Flickr)

Real Meals Campaign: Recently we have witnessed some of the most dramatic impacts of Big Food: the burning of the Amazon and an ICE raid on hundreds of workers at chicken processing plants in Mississippi after a major labor abuse settlement by Koch Foods. Big Food corporations are also hiding an ugly truth: Their business model drives farmers and fishers off the land and water, perpetuates racial injustice, drives down wages, and drives up chronic disease, biodiversity loss and carbon emissions. They are a threat to our future, with communities of color hit first and worst. Yet Aramark, Sodexo and Compass Group continue to make exclusive deals with these Big Food corporations and others like them.
>>>Urge Aramark, Sodexo and Compass Group to drop their exclusive deals with Big Food corporations and instead support small-scale farmers, farmers of color, fair and humane food sources, and community-based agriculture.

World Animal Protection: Right now, there are more than 3,000 intelligent, social dolphins across the world suffering in captivity. They often look like they are smiling, but this is just the shape of their face. Captive dolphins are separated from their mothers far too young, confined in tanks hundreds of thousands of times smaller than their natural home and deprived of food so they can be trained. The multibillion-dollar captive dolphin industry wants you to think dolphins enjoy their confinement. They rely on a quirk of nature—the shape of a dolphin’s face—and years of misinformation. Captive dolphins are living miserable lives in the name of profit for dolphinariums and other venues, where every ticket sold prolongs a dolphin’s miserable existence. While many travel companies have stopped promoting this cruelty, Expedia Group is still selling tickets to these venues and profiting from this inhumane industry.
>>>Urge Expedia to stop selling, offering or promoting any dolphin shows or experiences.

PETA UK: At the Biomedical Primate Research Centre in the Netherlands, approximately 1,500 monkeys are used for breeding or experimentation at any one time. They’re often shaved, crudely tattooed, placed in restraint cages, and infected with debilitating diseases. Sometimes, after being sedated, these intelligent animals remain conscious during terrifying procedures, such as those in which tuberculosis bacteria are injected directly into their eyelids. Unable to escape, they’re helpless to defend themselves. Experiments on monkeys must stop now. The results of such studies aren’t even relevant to humans.
>>>Urge the Dutch government to end the use of primates in experiments and to make the transition to humane science.

Cause for concern…

Exxon knew: Student climate activists march in Washington, D.C., in November 2015, with signs admonishing ExxonMobil for its complicity in furthering the climate apocalypse. The company “says it supports a federal carbon tax and the Paris climate agreement,” reports EFL contributor Elliott Negin of the Union of Concerned Scientists. “Then why, after all these years, is the company still financing advocacy groups, think tanks, and business associations that reject the reality and seriousness of the climate crisis, as well as members of Congress who deny the science and oppose efforts to rein in carbon emissions?” (Photo credit: Johnny Silvercloud/Flickr)

Round of applause…

Voice for the voiceless: More than 100 animal activists demonstrated outside City Hall in New York City on October 31, just before the city council passed a landmark package of legislation aimed at protecting animals, including a ban on foie gras, new restrictions on operating horse carriages on hot days and a ban on trafficking wild birds meant to protect the city’s pigeons from being captured and moved to Pennsylvania, the only state where cruel pigeon shoots are still legal. “To see the City Council grow in their empathy towards all animals, including ones raised on farms for food, is an incredible evolution to see,” said Allie Feldman Taylor, president of Voters for Animal Rights. (Photo credit: Reynard Loki)

Parting thought…

“Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is—whether its victim is human or animal—we cannot expect things to be much better in this world. We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature.” —Rachel Carson