Browsing the "activism" Tag

Bigotry, Chicken, and Capitalism: Implications of the Chick-Fil-A Controversy on the Politics of Food

August 3rd, 2012 | by Tanya Sitton

Chick-fil-A's conspicuous homophobia and anti-gay bigotry prompted protests and boycots all over the country this week, by LGBT and progressive activists. On Wednesday the fast food chain also saw record sales, as fellow bigots flocked in droves to support the chain's anti-gay policies during 'Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.' By galvanizing both the progressive community and right-wing homophobes to 'vote their dollar,' has the controversy opened a Pandora's box of conscious consumerism and corporate accountability? Here's hoping!


GMO Free USA Launches First Action Campaign: Watch Out, Kellogg’s!

July 24th, 2012 | by Tanya Sitton

Last month EDB reported on a new grass-roots organization seeking GMO labeling through direct consumer action. Faced with Monsanto's corruption of democracy Connecticut and Vermont earlier this year, GMO Free USA formed to take the labeling issue directly to food manufacturers. The group announced its first action campaign yesterday: boycott-bazookas fire initial rounds this week at the Kellogg Company, demanding fair labeling of their products containing GMO ingredients


GMO Free USA: New Group Seeks Change Through Direct Consumer Action

June 26th, 2012 | by Tanya Sitton

Consumers want GMO labels by an overwhelming majority, but Monsanto has deep pockets -- and so far, sufficient political clout to override the democratic process regarding labels for genetically modified foods. In response to this sorry state of affairs, one CT voter turned anger into action and founded GMO Free USA. This innovative grass-roots group seeks to take the issue directly to food manufacturers, through massive consumer action


Mobilizing for Environmental Change

April 26th, 2012 | by Jessi Stafford

This post is my last of three entries for the World Environment Day blog competition. I am now a top ten finalist — every vote counts toward the grand prize of becoming the correspondent for WED2012 in Brazil! So you’ve decided to become an environmentalist. First, I think it is helpful to know that this label doesn’t have to come with a lot of baggage. I believe it represents a certain mindset or inclination toward feeling compassion for our planet. This is in contrast to the common misconception that environmentalism only includes those who take extreme action in the name of the environment, though these actions are certainly on the spectrum of environmental engagement



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