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Why We Must Occupy Our Food Supply

Our food is under threat. It is felt by every family farmer who has lost their land and livelihood, every parent who can't find affordable or healthy ingredients in their neighborhood, every person worried about foodborne illnesses thanks to lobbyist-weakened food safety laws, every farmworker who faces toxic pesticides in the fields as part of a day's work.

When our food is at risk we are all at risk.

The Huffington Post
Friday, February 24, 2012

Green Deserts: The Palm Oil Conflict

A team of Indonesia’s elite special mobile brigade national police unit (BRIMOB) evicted people from three settlements in the rural outpost of Batin Sembilan in Sumatra, Indonesia, in August 2011. The police fired guns to scare them off, and then deployed heavy machinery to destroy their dwellings and bulldoze them into the nearby creeks, according to a report published by a team from U.K.-based Forest Peoples Programme, U.S.-based Rainforest Action Network along with Sawitwatch in Indonesia.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Chicago Coal Plant Closures Point to Energy Source as Risky Investment

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO— Today, Midwest Generation, a subsidiary of Edison International, announced the retirement of the Fisk and Crawford coal plants, two of the oldest and dirtiest coal-fired power plants in the country. Agreements signed by Midwest Generation, Chicago’s Clean Power Coalition and the City of Chicago indicate that Fisk will shut down in 2012 and the Crawford coal plant in Little Village will shut down by 2014.  The announcement marks a historic victory after a decade-long grassroots campaign designed to protect public health and the environment from the impacts of burning coal.

Occupy Our Food Supply Day of Action Unites Prominent Food Authors, Occupy Groups, Mommy Bloggers, Environmentalists from Oakland to Italy

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Monday, February 27, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO— Organizers call today’s Occupy our Food Supply day of action a resounding success. The day included more than 100 events across the globe, united an unprecedented alliance of more than 60 Occupy groups and 30 environmental, food and corporate accountability organizations, and featured prominent voices including Indian environmentalist Vandana Shiva, music legend Willie Nelson, actor Woody Harrelson, authors Raj Patel, Anna Lappe, Gary Paul Nabhan, author Michael Ableman and Marion Nestle, among others.

Chevron Paid Thousands to Influence Government Trade Talks

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Friday, February 24, 2012

February 24, 2012

Contact:  Ginger Cassady, Rainforest Action Network, 415-640-7155,

                 Robert Collier, Amazon Watch, 415-298-5726,

The Food Movement Speaks With One Voice: Occupy Our Food Supply

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Monsanto and Cargill rise to top of food movement’s ire

SAN FRANCISCO (Thursday, February 23): On February 27, an unprecedented alliance of more than 60 Occupy groups and 30 environmental, food and corporate accountability organizations have joined together for Occupy our Food Supply, a global day of action resisting the corporate control of food systems.

US: Levi Strauss confirms forest purchasing policy

Levi Strauss & Co has confirmed to just-style that it does not source items like paper, product packaging and hang-tags from endangered rainforests.

The confirmation comes in response to a campaign by the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), which earlier this month said Levi's revamped forest products purchasing policy showed it would not be doing business with paper and packaging supplier Asia Pulp and Paper (APP).

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Levi Strauss Joins Leading Companies: Stops Buying from Asia Pulp

Levi Strauss has joined a growing list of corporate leaders who will not buy forest products from Asia Pulp and Paper because of its ongoing involvement in rainforest destruction and human
rights abuses in Indonesia.

To make sure it doesn't source from the world's endangered forests, Levi Strauss revamped it forest products purchasing policy which began in the early 1990s.
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Activists protest Cargill's influence

Agricultural company Cargill is fully aware that its business practices contribute to the destruction of rainforests, activists said from Minneapolis.

Activists with environmental advocacy group Rainforest Action Network demonstrated in front of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange to protest Cargill's political influence in the United States.

Protesters said Cargill was responsible not only for the destruction of rainforests in countries like Indonesia but its practices contribute to what Rainforest Action Network described as slave labor.

Monday, January 23, 2012

San Francisco protesters target financial district on Friday

 Weeks after their eviction from several area encampments, anti-Wall Street activists in San Francisco, including a former Pacific Stock Exchange president, are vowing to disrupt the city's financial district on Friday with a series of protests.

Plans for the day include demonstrations at various bank branches starting early in the morning, an attempt to take over an unspecified foreclosed building and a bit of street theater by Iraq war veterans who have embraced the San Francisco spinoff of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Thursday, January 19, 2012