Tag Archives: Agriculture

Soil, Struggle and Justice

brazil landless movement

CUSLAR, Latin-American Studies Program and Latino Studies Program Present the Film:

Soil, Struggle and Justice:
Agroecology in the Brazilian Landless Movement

With filmmaker Andreas Hernandez

7pm, Tuesday February 25th
History of Art Gallery, Goldwin Smith Hall Basement level,
Cornell University

This documentary is the story of a cooperative of the Brazilian Landless Movement (MST) in the South of Brazil, which struggled for access to land and then transitioned to ecological agriculture, or agroecology. This MST cooperative is demonstrating the possibility of an alternative model of flourishing rural life, which provides thriving livelihoods for farmers, produces high quality and low cost food for the region, and rehabilitates the earth.

Andreas Hernandez is Chair of the Department of International Studies at Marymount Manhattan College in New York City.


Happy birthday César Chávez


Happy birthday to the late, great César Chávez: a labor rights and environmental justice activist, and a vegan. He said,

I became a vegetarian after realizing that animals feel afraid, cold, hungry and unhappy like we do. I feel very deeply about vegetarianism and the animal kingdom. It was my dog Boycott who led me to question the right of humans to eat other sentient beings.

This is why I’m a vegan environmentalist

Warning: This video contains cartoonish but nonetheless gruesome depictions of violence.

MAN from Steve Cutts on Vimeo. Music: In the Hall of the Mountain King by Edvard Grieg.
Copyright 2012 http://www.stevecutts.com

Cross-posted at Inner Whale (Tumblr)

vegan housemates wanted for 14-acre communal living situation

This just in:

I am just starting to look for vegan housemates and was wondering if any of you know any that might be interested. The property is in Newfield on 34/96, 7 miles past Home Depot. The place is amazing on 14 acres, 20 4×8 garden beds, 2500 sqft house, 4 bed, and 2 bathroom. I am looking for people who are interested in gardening, trail building, permaculture, dinner parties, canning, livin a very green lifestyle, and etc. I plan on building another one bed apartment in the barn. There is already a commercial kitchen in it where my sister has her business and where I am going to start mine. There may be extra work available there also. I plan on building another structure for housing. More of an earth ship type style. Part of it is already in place. I have pics if anyone is interested. It’s going to be avail May 1st but it can seen sooner.

Email Sean for more information, at jazzz318@aol.com!

Oswego Slaughterhouse Protests Continue

Just read this article from the Palladium-Times, Residents protest Bion proposal at Legislature meeting.

I don’t really know what to say about it, except that the use of the term “cattle finishing” is pretty 1984ish. Are they referring to a feedlot or to the slaughterhouse element, or both? Either way, it seems fake and gross to use this term in regard to the lives of sentient beings.

Thanks to the folks who are showing up at these meetings in protest. Please send a letter to your local legislators to ask that this project be denied, it sounds like a nightmare for the cows as well as an unsound business decision for the region.

If you’re interested in the role played by our economy, and capitalism generally, in the exploitation of animals, read Making A Killing: The Political Economy of Animal Rights by Bob Torres. Fantastic book!

Previously: Help stop the construction of a 42,000-cow slaughterhouse in Oswego County

Help stop the construction of a 42,000-cow slaughterhouse in Oswego County

A huge corporation called Bion wants to open up an industrial slaughterhouse operation that will be distributed across Oswego County. They’ve been holding meetings with local legislators to help stack the deck in their favor.

Join local animal rights advocates, vegans and vegetarians, and family farms in organizing against this industrial development. Call the Oswego County Legislators now to let them know their constituents are not in favor of the Bion Project.

Find your district and give your legislator a call – click here for numbers.

Also, consider attending the Oswego County Legislature meetings and making your voice heard. The next meeting for both Oswego County (2pm) and Schroeppel Town Board (7pm) is Thursday, August 12th. Click here for more info.

Photo: Cincinnati Freedom, a cow who escaped an Ohio slaughterhouse and lived out her remaining six years at Farm Sanctuary (they took the photo). Save cows, go vegan!

Farm Sanctuary Fourth of July Pignic

Props to Farm Sanctuary for offering an awesome animal-friendly celebration this Independence Day! If you haven’t yet been to the Sanctuary, I recommend it. Nothing will make you feel better about being vegan than meeting the sweet, beautiful rescued animals that live there.

Celebrate the freedom of rescued farm animals who call Farm Sanctuary home by visiting our New York Shelter this Fourth of July. Farm Sanctuary, the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization, invites the public to attend our annual Fourth of July Pignic, for a compassionate celebration of our nation’s birthday.

This festive, full day event offers free guided tours of the sanctuary, the opportunity to interact with farm animals rescued from cases of cruelty, neglect and abuse, free samples of delicious veggie food and animal-themed arts and crafts for kids.

Tours begin every hour on the hour from 11 am to 3 pm.

WHEN: Sunday, July 4, 2010; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: Farm Sanctuary, 3100 Aikens Rd., Watkins Glen, N.Y. (map)

The Pignic is a free, all-ages event open to the public. No registration is necessary. For further information, please call 607-583-2225 ext. 221 or visit www.farmsanctuary.org!

Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization. Since incorporating in 1986, Farm Sanctuary has worked to expose and stop cruel practices of the “food animal” industry through research and investigations, legal and institutional reforms, public awareness projects, youth education, and direct rescue and refuge efforts. Farm Sanctuary shelters in Watkins Glen, N.Y., and Orland, Calif., provide lifelong care for hundreds of rescued animals, who have become ambassadors for farm animals everywhere by educating visitors about the realities of factory farming. Additional information can be found at farmsanctuary.org or by calling 607-583-2225.

TODAY: Panel discussion on factory farming in our region

Join Gene Baur, Farm Sanctuary’s President and Co-Founder and the author of the national bestseller Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds about Animals and Food, for a panel discussion on the state of agriculture, including industry representatives from several of the region’s factory farms.

Tompkins Cortland Community College, Sprole Center, Room 204
170 North Street, Dryden, NY 13053
Wednesday, November 11th, 6:30 pm

Note: This event is free and open to the public, but please bring a picture ID to ensure entry.

Unexpected Farm – veganic farming in the Finger Lakes

"swap flyer at unexpected farms - veganic!" by Shira GoldingUnexpected Farms has a booth at the Ithaca Farmers Market where you can buy their herbs, winter greens, root vegetables, beans, peas, lettuce, squash, strawberries, asparagus, peppers, and other veganic produce. (This means the food was grown without the use of animal labor, fertilizers, pesticides, etc.)

The farmers are really nice people who are kind to every animal on their land, from the cows they’ve adopted to the insects trying to eat the vegetables.

Anyone else out there a veganic farmer or gardener, or know someone who is? Please tell us about it in the comments!

Photo by Shira Golding.