On Wednesday February 4, Callie Strickland will represent The Moore Charitable Foundation in Washington DC for Less Cancer’s National Cancer Prevention Day. This marks the fourth year of the groundbreaking resolution introduced by Representative Steve Israel to bring attention to cancer prevention. Bill Couzens, founder of Less Cancer and Cancer Prevention Day, has changed the conversation by focusing on the root causes of cancer, which can be inextricably linked the the toxins in our food and environment. Air and water pollution from coal plants, car exhaust, Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, untreated sewage and urban runoff have have resulted in increased health risks. On Wednesday Margaret Cuomo, author of A World Without Cancer, will moderate the panel discussion. If you are in Washington on Wednesday, please join us to learn how we can stop cancer before it starts.
As you know, for many years, by partnering with Waterkeeper Alliance, we have been fighting pollution produced by industrial hog farms (aka CAFOs), which keep large numbers of pigs in small, confined places.
In November, The Moore Charitable Foundation and Environmental Grantmakers Association hosted an hour-long webinar to discuss the impacts of CAFOs. Representatives from Waterkeeper, Food & Water Watch, and Johns Hopkins University spoke about their work and necessary reforms. Speakers included Bob Martin, Senior Policy Advisor, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Former Executive Director of the Pew Commission on Industrial Agriculture; Kelly Foster, Senior Attorney, Waterkeeper Alliance; Jillian Fry, Project Director, Johns Hopkins University; and Patty Lovera, Assistant Director, Food & Water Watch.
Speakers discussed violations of the Clean Water Act; the pressing public health concern of overuse of antibiotics at CAFOs; the spread of pollution, antimicrobial-resistant pathogens, the emission of greenhouse gases including methane and nitrous oxide, and the contamination of nearby water bodies from untreated manure lagoons.
Small farms are being shut out of business by large factory farms that monopolize the industry. Patty Lovera from Food & Water Watch stated, “Monopolies reduce competition, raise prices, drive out innovation and prevent newer innovative companies from getting into the market…These companies have become the deciders – in matters of policy and farm practice and have become the primary barrier to making a meaningful shift to a more sustainable and more equitable food system.”
Documentary filmmaker Mark Devries has captured video footage of this issue depicting massive lagoons of untreated hog waste in North Carolina. In Devries 2013 film “Speciesism,” a two-year investigation highlights the dire consequences of waste management on factory farms across the United States. Learn more about his work here.
We must come together to fight this harmful industry and find solutions. I am hopeful that the webinar and new video footage will help spread the word on CAFOs and inspire action. Do your part by pledging to support sustainable farms, not animal factories.
The Moore Charitable Foundation and the Audubon Society have established Audubon Works and The Moore Charitable Foundation Energy Siting Resource Center, an online resource that enables Audubon members, advocates and concerned citizens to share strategies and showcase successful campaigns enabling communities to determine if siting of projects is consistent with local conservation goals. Discussion groups are the heart of the Energy Siting Resource Center, allowing users to communicate about issues they are working on. Our goal is to inspire action and help communities learn how to protect their natural resources. For more information, click here.
On Sunday, more than 400,000 people gathered for the largest climate march in history. Many of our partners, including Waterkeeper, NRDC and Sierra Club marched to support a number climate solutions, ranging from community bike-share programs to global emission restrictions. On Monday, heirs to the Rockefeller oil fortune announced plans to withdraw a total of $50 billion from fossil fuels. Yesterday, President Obama joined more than 100 world leaders at the UN Summit on Climate Change, designed to move the issue from thought to action. On her blog, NRDC President Frances Beinecke remarks, “something extraordinary happened at the United Nations Climate Summit on Tuesday. One world leader after another took to the podium and described what his or her nation is already doing to reduce climate change pollution.” I am hopeful that the momentum generated this week in NYC will translate into tangible results for our planet, waterways and wildlife. Learn more about Climate Week and how to get involved here.
Last night, Louis Bacon became the recipient of the Land Trust Alliance President’s Award for Conservation Leadership during its annual Rally conference. The President’s Award is among the highest honors from the land trust community, and is only awarded on a special, selective basis.
Louis’ recognition through the President’s Award for Conservation Leadership is truly an honor, and it speaks to the important role he plays throughout the land trust and private landowner communities.
Learn more about the Land Trust Alliance here.