Want to stay up-to-date with the current acts being passed through our legislative? Check out this bill that is proposing a $5,000 fee for those wanting to oppose a drilling project.

To top it off the bill also discusses the topic of oil shale drilling and commercializing it throughout the West. Climate Progress produced an article discussing this issue; “[Oil shale drilling is] a controversial type of production that has been largely banned by the United States since President Herbert Hoover prohibited the leasing of federal lands for oil shale. Oil shale — which should not be confused with the more common “shale oil” — is a type of rock that needs to be heated to nearly 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit to produce crude oil, which then has to be refined. Jessica Goad, research manager of the Center for American Progress’ Public Lands Project has said the process of producing oil shale “takes a large amount of energy and money, as well as 3-5 barrels of water per barrel of oil produced, a dangerous issue in the parched West.” The Natural Resources Defense Council calls it ‘the dirtiest fuel on the planet’.”

“It would make America the new Sadia Arabia of oil shale drilling”

Which makes one wonder why this bill is being proposed to begin with; didn’t Congress just agree to the big topic of Climate Change? Isn’t the UN right now as we speak having meeting upon meeting about Climate Change and proposing ideas upon ideas on how to combat and prepare for it? 

Overall take a look at this bill here.

Also take a look at these articles breaking down this bill and discussing it’s repercussions.

- Climate Progress: House To Vote On Bill That Would Impose $5,000 Fee For Protesting Drilling Projects

- Committee on Natural Resources: Legislative Introduced to Protect and Expand Energy Production on Federal Lands

- Platts McGraw Hill Financial: US House of Representatives Release Bills for More Oil, Gas Drilling

- Freedom Works: Capitol Hill Update, 18 November, 2013

Make a conscious decision and let your representative know here.

“Everyone has a right to healthy food.”

“You can change the world with every bite”

Watch this short video on how Monsanto is effecting farmer’s output, agriculture, consumers and what they know, and public policy. This video will open your eyes to a part of the food industry that is only seen behind closed doors. Us as consumers have a right to be aware of what we put in our bodies. Food is a major part of our everyday life: from how our body feels, our attitudes, to culture/traditions and the quality of life for generations to come. We can make a difference, we do have the power to change our future. Power resides only in the place it is believed to be held. Take back the power through knowledge.

Resources to begin your pursuit of awareness of Monsanto’s  industry:

Monsanto’s Timeline 

Scholarly Article on Monsanto’s Environmental Impact for the First Nine Years

Scholarly Article about The Environmental and Socio-Agricultural Impacts from 1996-2006

A place to contact your senate representative about how you feel about the Monsanto Bill

An article about what the ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ is with a reference to the original bill

Don’t stop with these links, press for more information. This is your life, your future and you have the power to make a change.

Where does food come from?

This is a question not very many people can answer. Do you know where your food came from, how it was treated and how it got to the place you bought it from?

Have you ever taken a peek at the location the fruits and vegetables you buy from the grocery store are coming from? It ranges from Florida to Georgia to California to Mexico and further. Most places that have a growing season all-year take advantage of this opportunity and grow and sell fruits and vegetables to grocery food distributors across the country. Trucking that produce sometimes miles and miles to get to far away places. This is a drain on your local economy and the environment while drastically effecting our society and it’s demands. 

farmers market

Something to consider: going to a local Farmers Market and purchasing your produce from a local farmer. Some benefits of going to Farmers Markets are:

1. The growers can answer all of your questions: what kind of pesticides, insecticides and fertilizers did you use? Was the area treated for mosquitos recently? What kind of sustainable practices does your farm practice? Are any of your products GMO’s?

2. You can get produce in season and fresh: it was not trucked thousands of miles to get it to your kitchen.

3. The atmosphere: most Farmers Markets are an event for the community. Bringing in music, food trucks, local artisans and great culture. Immerse yourself in your community and see who is out there!

4. By supporting your local farmers you are supporting your local economy; keeping the money you spend right in your backyard.

5. Do not know how to cook the in-season chard, kale or produce item that looks appetizing? Ask around, most farmers are adept at making gorgeous, healthy and fulfilling recipes from their garden as well.

Here is a website that can help you look for a Farmers Market near you: www.farmersmarket.com

A interactive map to see what’s fresh in your area, ingredient description, shopping guide, recipes and tips: www.epicurious.com 

Look into other events in your community too; such as, First Fridays, Community Center Classes, Movies in the Park, and etc. These are amazing places to find out more about the community you live in, how you can interact within it and establish a life-line with the people you are surrounded by. Give it a whirl, you might just find a new friend, a new idea or even some produce to light up the senses!

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