The Sickness in Our Food Supply System

Only when the tide goes out,” Warren Buffett observed, “do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” For our society, the Covid-19 pandemic represents an ebb tide of historic proportions, one that is laying bare vulnerabilities and inequities that in normal times have gone undiscovered. Nowhere is this more evident than in the American food system. A series of shocks has exposed weak links in

https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2020/06/11/covid-19-sickness-food-supply

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Progressive International launched

An interesting initiative

Today marks the launch of the Progressive International, a global initiative with a mission to unite, organize and mobilize progressive forces around the world.

https://roarmag.org/essays/progressive-international-launch

At launch, the Progressive International is supported by an interim Council of over 40 advisors, including Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Fernando Haddad, Aruna Roy, Noam Chomsky, Vanessa Nakate, Vijay Prashad, Carola Rackete, Yanis Varoufakis, Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta, Pierre Sané, Naomi Klein, Varshini Prakash, and many others. In September, the Council will meet for the inaugural Summit of the PI in Reykjavik, Iceland, hosted by the Prime Minister of Iceland and the Left-Green Movement, to analyze the challenges of the 21st century and consider proposals from the PI membership for its strategic direction.

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Grassroots movements can rise during this crisis – Italy’s Sardines group shows how

Pandemics hand power to the people. Leadership is necessary, for an optimal outcome, but essentially it’s up to us what happens next. It’s in times like these that grassroots political movements can come into their own – if they know how to adapt to the circumstances.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/15/italy-sardines-grassroots-india-flu-pandemic-progressive

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US bill to phase out factory farming

https://www.other-news.info/2020/05/the-world-is-taking-pity-on-us/

Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced Thursday that she would be co-sponsoring Sen. Cory Booker’s bill to phase out large-scale factory farming by 2040.

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10 Tasks for Cities Responding to the Pandemic

These are not necessarily a degrowth list of things to do, but they do provide some food for thought in that direction. Bob

To prepare the ground for recovery, we are now forced to innovate. We must find ways to do much more with what is likely to be much less. That’s what local leadership now requires.
Last week [Strong Towns] published Nine Things Local Government Needs to Do Right Now in Response to the Pandemic, a guide for the first sixty days. Following that initial phase, local leaders must continue the mental shift they started by recognizing that:

https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2020/5/10/ten-tasks-for-cities-responding-to-the-pandemic

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Arundhati Roy: Our Task is to Disable the Engine

While the human race is momentarily incarcerated, the earth has given us an indication of her ability to heal. But that is only temporary. Even in our moments of sickness and loss we cannot help but hold our collective breath in wonder at the show she has put on. But plans are afoot to put an end to all of that.

https://progressive.international/wire/2020-05-02-arundhati-roy-our-task-is-to-disable-the-engine/en

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Guardian: UK plans £250m boost for cycle lanes and fast-track e-scooter trial

The UK government is expected to unveil a £250m investment in UK cycle lanes to encourage commuters to ride to work instead of using public transport, as part of the effort to prevent a resurgence of coronavirus.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/may/09/uk-to-invest-cycle-lanes-coronavirus-air-pollution

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