Posts By: Andrew Kang Bartlett

Celebrating Agroecology on the International Day of Biological Diversity!

Farmers weeding in NY “We’re part of the solution!” … is the slogan for this year’s UN International Day of Biological Diversity, which the world has celebrated on May 22, since 1993. The International Day for Biological Diversity bolsters the Sustainable Development Goals and highlights the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity, a multilateral treaty signed by all the… Read more »

AquaBounty Baits Philadelphia With Engineered Salmon

Image shows how GE salmon is created Philadelphia residents are test subjects for first U.S. sale of genetically engineered salmon FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 17, 2021 CONTACT: blockcorporatesalmon@gmail.com, Estefania Narvaez – (210) 837-3205 Unconsenting Philadelphians will soon unknowingly be eating the first genetically engineered animal to be released in U.S. markets. AquaBounty Technologies (NASDAQ: AQB) is planning its first commercial scale harvest of genetically… Read more »

Bursting the Bubble on Food Alarmism: Why Bill Gates is Dead Wrong

protest at Gates Foundation No doubt you’ve seen ads about the need to feed the world. The claim is made that by 2050 we’ll need to increase food production by 50%. These ads come from agribusiness corporations such as ADM, Cargill and Bayer-Monsanto, and then they are parroted by the media and academics, despite the fact that there is… Read more »

Food Justice Ministry at Presbyterian Church of Burlington

burlington food justice members Food-Centered Mission By Eric Diekhans; cross-posted from Presbyterians for Earth Care Like much of New England, the land surrounding Burlington, Massachusetts, located fifteen miles north of Boston, was once dotted with farms. But today, most produce in this relatively affluent community is factory farmed and comes from hundreds or even thousands of miles away. The… Read more »

Ramadan Mubarak! Interfaith Celebration of Food & Fighting Hunger

invite to ramadan celebration Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture hosted the 14th Annual Interfaith Ramadan Fellowship Celebration. Dianna Wright, director of Ecclesial and Ecumenical Ministries in the Office of the General Assembly, PC(USA) and I were invited to celebrate with them and make brief remarks. It was wonderful to be with, pray with, and reflect on hunger and… Read more »

National Capital Presbytery Divests from Fossil Fuels. Happy Earth Day!

divest from fossil fuel graphic By Anne-Fleur Winter, from Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church, and Claire Wilson-Black, from Fairlington Presbyterian Church On March 23st, 2021, National Capital Presbytery voted to divest from fossil fuels, stating: “Whereas; National Capital Presbytery expresses its profound concern about the destructive effects of climate change on all God’s creation, including a disproportionate impact on communities of… Read more »

PHP and Growing Hope Globally Grow Impact

Boys harvesting rice The Presbyterian Church (USA)—through the Presbyterian Hunger Program and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance as well as local congregations—has had a decades-long partnership with Growing Hope Globally, an organization that connects U.S. farmers, churches and communities to subsistence farmers around the world in order to help address hunger. The Presbyterian Hunger Program is at work around the world and specifically has been… Read more »

Ministry working in solidarity with farmworkers

One of our long-time partners, the National Farm Worker Ministry, accompanies and amplifies the campaigns and struggles of farmworker groups and unions around the US. The NFWM office is in Durham, NC and I serve on the large, working board of the Ministry made up of representatives from many denominations and orders. At every board… Read more »

2021 UN Food Systems Summit sounds like a good thing, but…

Drawing of plant growing with the cogs of industrial food system The description on the United Nations website sounds wonderful! In 2021, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will convene a Food Systems Summit as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The Summit will launch bold new actions to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs, each of which relies… Read more »

Another Victory for Tribal Nations on GE Salmon

beautiful salmon Major food service company Aramark has made a public commitment to reject Genetically Engineered Salmon in compliance with demands from Tribal Nations. This comes before the first U.S. sales of AquaBounty Technologies salmon. The corporate consolidation of our seafood markets is pushing out community-based fishermen and BIPOC fishermen left and right and destroying our waters…. Read more »