Thursday, February 10, 2011

Food Fight!

Care about fair wages and labor conditions? Health and nutrition policy? Poverty, racial justice, access, government subsidies and corporate power? Oh, and eating?

Awesome event alert: Food Fight! Countering Corporate Control of the Food Supply, a conversation among food justice and sustainability activists, at 6:30 p.m. March 1 in the CUNY Law auditorium, hosted by CUNY Law Review and CUNY Law Green Coalition Food Fighters.

Speakers on the panel, attorney-activist Michele Simon, New York City food and garden organizer Karen Washington, Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food & Water Watch will break down the struggle for control over our food environment and strategies to tackle that control. Anna Lappe, author of "Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It," will moderate.

The event is free with a reception to follow.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Go, go, Gowanus -- or not

Maybe you've heard -- the Gowanus Canal is polluted? Here's solid proof, for those who've considered taking a swim there once (if?) summer rolls around.

The Environmental Protection Agency released results of its year-long study of the canal yesterday, concluding the 150-year-old waterway is a public health threat. For more than a century, numerous manufacturing, gas and chemical companies have dumped all kinds of waste into the canal, which for most of its life never emptied into any major body of water, resulting in insanely toxic levels of mercury, lead, copper, PCBs, human waste, and more. Meanwhile, 300 million gallons of sewage and waste continue to flow in each year. Ugh.

Last year the federal government declared the canal a SuperFund site, a status the city and some local residents opposed, though most are now on board. Officials estimate it'll take about 10 years to clean -- who'll pay? The EPA plans to get some of the original polluting companies that still exist today to pony up for much of the cleanup.

Meanwhile, stay out of the water. The water poses a health risk to those who eat any fish or crabs from the canal or those who frequently touch the sediment, says EPA offcials. Sightseeing, anyone?

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Food Fighters meeting Monday!

The Green Coalition Food Fighters will be meeting at 5 p.m. this coming Monday in the 2nd floor lounge. Anyone who cares about food sovereignty, farm worker rights, access to fresh, healthy food, and the future of our food supply should swing by!