Last week, over 40 Minnesota residents made a citizens’ arrest of Cargill, Inc. in front of the company's downtown Minneapolis office at the Grain Exchange. I walked away from the event struck with inspiration and hope.
Cargill tries to employ a 'too big to fail' analysis of their role in fighting world hunger, but it is the research of multiple studies that show that organic agriculture and agroecology have a better chance of created food security and solving the problems of hunger than the corporate model profiteering from crisis to crisis.
Today, the Malaysian Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, a man named Tan Sri Bernard Giluk Dompok, delivered the Official Address in the Opening Ceremony of the Rountable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) conference. A significant portion of his comments expressed concern and disapproval of RAN’s campaign to draw attention to the social and environmental problems with palm oil, essentially confirming that the RSPO is now a contested space because of our effective outside pressure.
A pocket of RAN’s strongest supporters is contained in Boulder, Colorado, and Rainmaker Lynn Israel is one of them. She took a few minutes to tell us why she’s passionate about saving the earth and its forests.