It’s been CRAZY here in the Joshua Tree desert. Farmers are clearing entire square miles of Joshua Tree forest for almonds and other fruit and nut trees. They’re using the water in our aquifers without any well monitoring, they clear-cut without any environmental review and they destroy one of the most beautiful Joshua Tree forests anywhere.
So I’ve attended water meetings and I’m working with groups to stop not only the Joshua Tree massacre, but also the exploitation of our very limited water resources. Incredibly, they are growing alfalfa in the middle of the desert!
I’ve been struggling to recover from many rain and wind storms, fixing washouts and fences. Lived here since 2000 and have never experienced a winter with so much rain and clouds.
Finally we’re getting ready for some serious planting and transplanting. Today we started with planting a rescue Joshua Tree. We hope it will live!
I realize that secession is unlikely, but if the West Coast was to secede, I think I’d be moving! As much as I love Arizona and especially the Joshua Tree desert, the many tourist and Muslim hating right wingers and the absence of any appreciation of “good” food in Mohave County is starting to frustrate me. All our supervisors are Republicans, do-nothing corporate shills, supporting idiotic ideas like uranium mining and ruthless corporate farmers plundering our water and clearing the desert of established Joshua Tree forests with trees literally hundreds of years old.
No place is perfect, but it sure is good to see that there are still people who care in other parts of the country: … Sonoma joins five other California counties that have already passed bans on transgenic crops: Mendocino, Marin, Trinity, Humboldt and Santa Cruz. Proponents say the ban is necessary to protect the county’s organic fields from cross-pollination. …
You have to confirm your email address after you signed the petition – click on the link in the email you’ll receive after signing.
To get an official update from the White House within 60 days, we need 100,000 signatures within 30 days.
I rarely post a petition, although I sign many, but this is one petition that should get MILLIONS of signatures.
The money the protestors threw at the corrupt thugs in the Senate doesn’t compare to the many millions of dollars the industry donated to our “representatives” — obviously they’re NOT representing the people who elected them, but the corporations who PAID them.
President Obama LIED when he was campaigning in 2007 and 2008 and he promised GMO labeling:
We can’t make Obama finally do what he promised, but if he ignores a petition signed by hundreds of thousands (hopefully millions) and he refuses to VETO the DARK Act, I hope that many Americans get angry enough to take action to restore democracy, leave this corrupt system — do “something” to stop this madness! It’s not only about Americans being able to avoid toxic food, but it’s about ending the destruction of farmers, soil and the environment.
I have glyphosate in my drinking water in the middle of the desert and we have never had any farms anywhere near our aquifer. A few people spraying Roundup on weeds was enough to put small amounts of glyphosate in our drinking water and I am so sorry for the people who are poisoned with this “probably carcinogen” by America’s farmers.
49 Concerned Citizens, Environmentally Conscious Educators, Musicians, International Authors, Green Business Owners, School Teachers And Politicians Urge Us To Realize, Re-Negotiate, And Reverse The Imminent 911 Global Emergency of the Health and Sustainability of Humanity and the Planet
… New “ag-gag” laws make it illegal to photograph animal cruelty on factory farms; in some cases, exposing cruelty can lead to more jail time than committing it. These bills have already become law in Utah, Iowa, Missouri, and Idaho. Right now, more states are considering them, and they are spreading globally. The agriculture industry in Australia is modeling its “ag-gag” laws after those in the states.
The latest trend is that the agriculture industry is even trying to ban photographs of farms taken from the air. It is unlikely that aerial photography can document animal abuse, but these industries are clearly concerned. So what are factory farms trying to hide? Will a drone allow us to see the scope of pollution caused by these industrial operations? I’m going to find out…
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