Paula our BFC Policy ambassador sends us the weeks action alerts
No Farms No Food Rally Wednesday
If you haven’t already, register today for the No Farms No Food Rally and Lobby Day in Albany happening Wednesday!
Bus transportation round-trip from New York City to Albany will be available. Bus departs Union Square at 7 a.m. and returns to Manhattan by 7:30 or 8 p.m. Lunch will be provided.
Register at NewYork.Farmland.org
Budget Cuts Hitting Gardens and Conservation Programs
Proposed federal budget cuts threaten the GreenThumb program and its support of New York City’s Community Gardens!
Right now, Congress has proposed cuts to eliminate funding for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for the remainder of 2011, and a nearly two-thirds reduction to future CDBG funds. GreenThumb receives 100% of its funding through CDBG and could be eliminated or have its overall budget severely cut if HR1 is passed.
Contact your Representatives in the House and Senators Schumer and Gillibrand on behalf of NYC’s community gardens! Be sure to mention that GreenThumb is an important CDBG funded program, important to your garden and your community.
But wait, there’s more!
Don’t let the Administration gut innovative programs that reward farmers for environmental stewardship and protect fragile wetlands while leaving unscathed the $5 billion dollar a year that is spent on production subsidies in the form of direct payments – payments that go to farmers and landowners without regard to need or even crop price levels.
Tell U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Vilsack to stand up for the Conservation Stewardship Program and the Wetlands Reserve Program. If cuts are to be made then everything has to be on the table –a budget package that singles out conservation is shortsighted and unfair.
Join Millions Against Monsanto
Love how Europeans have effectively fought against genetically modified foods? Millions against Monsanto is taking a similar approach, targeting both government and food retailers with a grassroots message: Label GMO Foods.
Join them online and sign the petition. They are planning a day of action in NYC on World Food Day in October.
Rally & Lobby Day To Stop Unsafe Gas Drilling
Join us again in Albany for a larger Rally & Lobby Day to stop unsafe gas drilling.
The rally will start on the Capital Lawn at 10:30 AM and be followed by visits with legislators throughout the afternoon. This is the day to get you and everyone you can to Albany and show with sheer numbers and diversity that all of New York; upstate, downstate, environmentalist, capitalist, scientist, mother, farmer, father, teacher, and student do not want this pushed ahead at the expense of our communities, our health, our water and our air!!!!