Jamestown Tribe Study of Climate Impacts & Adaptation

The tribe is very forthright about this issue and what they have put together is free to anyone. What they produced is interesting information and gives one some perspective if you live in the region and think about your children and the next few generations in terms of how this will impact them.

The word choice “interesting” is on purpose (rather than something like “useful”) because it’s mind boggling to think about what to do about this information and sometimes conveys a sense of hopelessness or complacency.

Some things are obvious, such as a rising ocean is impactful on the planet, but it’s easy to think about it as someone else’s problem, unless you live on the beach.  For example, if you have a home on Jamestown Beach, you may not want to consider it to be a multi-generational home.

Jamestown High Impact Sea Level Rise

Jamestown High Impact Sea Level Rise

Perhaps most people don’t think about things that way anyway, so more practically speaking, perhaps we should ask questions like “Does waterfront property at some point go from selling at a massive premium to a massive discount?”

Other things are not so obvious, such as how the acidification of the ocean (due to the ocean absorbing 25% of the CO2) is effecting the development of shells in oysters, which translates into a reduced harvest going forward.

Even if it’s not “useful”, it is interesting and the perspective it provides is helpful.

http://www.jamestowntribe.org/programs/nrs/nrs_climchg.htm

Reports

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
Key Areas of Concern – October 2013.pdf

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
Adaptation Plan Addendum – September 2013.pdf

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe 
Climate Change Adaptation Report – August 2013.pdf

Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
Climate Change Adaptation Report – August 2013 – Appendicies

Maps

Blyn_Low.pdf
Blyn_Medium.pdf
Blyn_High.pdf

DiscoBay_Low.pdf
DiscoBay_Medium.pdf
DiscoBay_High.pdf

Dungeness_Low.pdf
Dungeness_Medium.pdf
Dungeness_High.pdf

Jamestown_Low.pdf
Jamestown_Medium.pdf
Jamestown_High.pdf

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Debunking the Need for Provisions in the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)

Simply put, the FSMA is inequitable in terms of its effect and impact on small to medium farmers.

Furthermore, the FSMA is negatively impactful on the millions of consumers that choose local, organic, seasonal, and unprocessed foods.  Most notably on this list is produce, which by its very nature is best eaten soon after harvesting, local to its source.   Finally, the public good (a more healthy populous) goal of FSMA is significantly undermined by the negative impact of diminished access to healthy food.

FSMA Undermines the Right for Citizens to Choose Local, Healthy Alternatives

Arguably, the best source of produce is local, small to medium sized farm operations.   The FSMA puts an unfair burden on these types of operations as compared to larger, industrialized farming operations as those companies have the scale and scope to deal with regulations that would make a smaller operation unprofitable.

FSMA Severely and Inequitably Impacts Local Businesses and Economic Development

Small businesses are the cornerstone of the US economy, creating by far more jobs than big business.  Putting oppressive regulations upon small to medium farming operations is tantamount to their destruction.

Typical comment from a small farmer and/or concerned citizen about small farms and local food:

“As a small farmer I strongly object to the government attempting to apply industrial rules across the board to include farms as small as my 9 acres.  If you’re trying to destroy family farming, you’re on the right track and I can’t help but observe the tendency of “my” government to side with large corporate interests to the detriment of everyone else.  Leave small farms alone and focus on reversing the damage caused by large-scale, industrial chemical and biotech driven agriculture instead.”

FSMA Goal of Safer Food is undermined by Diminished Access to Healthy Food

Ostensibly, the reason for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is to improve the overall public good.  More specifically, the reason is to improve the public good through safer food, which leads directly to less food borne illness and fatalities.

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimated in 2011 that each year roughly 1 in 6 Americans (or 48 million people) gets sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.  The number of annual deaths is estimated to be only about 3,000 (with 90% confidence ranging between 1,492–4,983 persons).

By way of comparison, the Surgeon General’s office estimates that about 300,000 deaths per year may be attributable to obesity.  While obesity is arguably only indirectly related to food choice, and the availability and cost of healthier foods is also indirectly related to being overweight, there are other potentially significant health factors that are directly related.

Those directly related health factors pertain to the unknown effects of inorganic foods, which by common definition are those foods and food-like substances that have added substances, such as herbicides or pesticides, and/or have been genetically modified (commonly referred to as GMO for Genetically Modified Organisms) to achieve various economic benefits.  Arguably, the benefits (such crops that release their own pesticide as a result of GMO introduction) are outweighed by the potential ill health effects within the human body.

These factors are unknown because of inadequate testing, unless one considers proliferation of GMO-laden foods a form of mass-testing, especially when put into the context of their existence within many foods not currently identified by law.  In other words, consumers eat foods every day that contain GMO and they are not informed of their existence through proper labeling.  Legislation is underway in certain states (such as the State of Washington) to make it a lawful requirement for GMO labeling.

Leading experts agree that allergies are on the rise.  According to the UCLA Food and Drug Allery Care Center, “The occurrence of allergic disease is skyrocketing, and some estimates are that as many as one-in-five Americans have an allergic condition.”   According to the Institute for Responsible Technology:

  • Scientists have long known that GM crops might cause allergies
  • Unlabeled genetically modified (GM) foods carry a risk of triggering life-threatening allergic reactions, and evidence collected over the past decade now suggests that they are contributing to higher allergy rates

Anyone with a basic understanding of statistics knows that correlation and causation are NOT synonymous.  The classic example is inductive reasoning such as (1) More people die in summertime due to drowning, and (2) More people eat ice cream in summertime, so (3) Eating ice cream must be abolished because it is killing people !!  Obviously this is absurd and a good example of the need for intelligent human reasoning.

In the same way, there is a need for intelligent human reasoning when it comes to GMO’s.  Isn’t it common sense that if you eat something that is genetically engineered to produce its own pesticide that it will continue to do so in your own gut?  Don’t you think it might be a good idea to test this prior to releasing to the public?

Isn’t it common sense that if you eat something that is genetically engineered to produce its own pesticide that it will continue to do so in your own gut?

The UCLA Food and Drug Allery Care Center also makes assertions based on the hygiene hypothesis, stating “The hygiene hypothesis states that excessive cleanliness interrupts the normal development of the immune system, and this change leads to an increase in allergies.”  This hypothesis is not unique to this institution.  There are many credible sources that state that as a society we are simply too clean.  By way of example, we are not doing ourselves any favors by washing with anti-bacterial soap (rather than normal soap) as it has been known to contain Triclosan, which is essentially a pesticide and believe to be carcinogenic.

The soap example is NOT referenced as trivia – this is instead an example of a common consumer item that can cause health problems because it contains unknown substances.  This relates to both the need to be clean, but not “too clean”, as well as the general public’s need to have access to food that does not have GMO’s.

As it has been in the past, and should continue to be in the future, food choice is a basic right of US Citizens.  Knowing the source of the food and having some information about its inputs is a big step in making informed, healthy food choices.  The FSMA will cripple small to medium sized farmers, which are arguably the best sources for local, organic, seasonal and unprocessed foods.

Repeal the FSMA

In its current form, the FSMA is not even close to being equitable (large producer vs. small-to-medium farmers) and it is not in the overall best interest of the US citizenry in terms of its stated goal to improve food safety, which is really part of a greater public good of overall health and well-being.

The FSMA should therefore be completely repealed and in its place should be legislation to support government-funded, yet independent research regarding the long-term effects of GMO and GMO food and food-like substances.  It should be a long-term study that runs in parallel with a complete moratorium on the proliferation of GMO within the US.

In absence of taking these two actions, (1) repealing the FSMA and (2) dealing with the potential ill health effects of GMO, the US government is essentially narrowing the choice of its citizens towards those food that are unproven in terms of the potential harm they can cause in a variety of ways including, but not limited to, cancer, allergies and food sensitivities.

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First Connecticut, Next the World: GMO Labeling to go Viral and other 49 States to Follow

On June 5th, the state of Connecticut has become the first to successfully enact a law requiring food containing genetically modified ingredients.

Prediction:  Every other state in the USA will follow as this goes viral.

How?  Why?

It’s simple: packaging.  If a food producer must change their packaging for Connecticut, they will offer the same packaging everywhere, and by default, every state will have GMO labeling, thereby taking away the argument against it in every state.  Other state legislatures will see this coming and attempt to show how they are supporting the public interest by voting to pass it.  All it takes is one state and then a few major food companies to start changing their packaging and WHAM, there you have it.

So what will happen next, an appeal of some type?  Will organizations like the Connecticut Food Association attempt to dispute the need for GMO labeling, or even worse, say that it will make people lose jobs as happened in California?  Their position on GMO labeling is this: “Voluntary labeling and marketing insures consumer choice and individuals who make a personal decision not to consume food containing genetically modified ingredients can easily avoid such products by buying products labeled “USDA Organic” and also this “Science tells us genetically engineered foods are safe

Again, once a major food producer is forced to redesign their packaging, the flood gates will open.

Major Food Stores in Connecticut

Map for Grocery Stores in Connecticut

List of supermarket chains in the United States

Another List of Supermarkets in the United States

In closing, we offer the inspirational words of Triumph:

For Monsanto: “You think that a little more money can buy your soul some rest, You better think something else instead, You’re so afraid of being honest with yourself, You’d better take a look inside your head”

For you: “Nothing is easy, nothing good is free, But I can tell you where to start, Take a look inside your heart, There’s an answer in your heart

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Local Food Business: Farm and Garden Coaching – Fairaview Farm

Paris and Fred of Fairaview Farm offer coaching house calls with hands-on learning for the new farmer.  Based on their marketing collateral, they appear to be positioned primarily to support the small and home grower for non-commercial (subsistence) farming.

The quote on their literature from Nash Huber of Nash’s Organic Produce: “This is a great idea, whose time has definitely come.  The knowledge and expertise that Paris can impart will be critical for farmers, gardeners and landowners in the future”.

For more information, you can contact them at:

Paris and Fred, Fairaview_farm@hotmail.com – (360) 477-1706

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Japan cancels U.S. Wheat order on GMO Concerns…

This should not be a surprise for those of you that track developments in GMO and Monsanto.  What may be surprising is the escalation of other countries against GMO’s while the USA remains steadfast for reasons that are incomprehensible except for the obvious….

Japanese authorities have canceled a tender offer to buy wheat from the U.S., after unapproved genetically modified wheat was found in an Oregon field, Reuters reported on Thursday.

For more information, see:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/japan-cancels-us-wheat-order-on-gmo-fear-report-2013-05-30

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Local Food Company: Organically Grown

Organically Grown is the largest wholesaler of organic produce in the Pacific Northwest with Eugene and Portland, OR and Kent, WA locations. We are a proud supporter of regional organic farmers.

For more information, see:

http://www.organicgrown.com/

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Local Food Access Network (L-FAN) is back online……

Very sorry for the interruption in communications !!

Glad to be back online after an unplanned hiatus 🙂

Please be looking for more blog posts to come soon.

Please continue sending your good ideas, information, advisories, etc.

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Olympic Peninsula Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting

Find Local Products.  Meet Buyers.   Make Connections.

Looking for local farm products to feature in your restaurant, grocery store, or institution?

Seeking new market outlets for your 2013 bounty?

Join local producers, distributors, chefs, retailers, sustainable food advocates, and others interested in buying local food for a day of network building, and expert panel discussions.

Save the date!

What: Olympic Peninsula Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting

When:  Tuesday, April 16, 2013; 9:00 – 3:00

Where: Sequim-Prairie Grange, Macleay Hall

290 Macleay Road, Sequim, WA 98382

Don’t miss one-on-one producer consultations with grocery, institutional, and distribution buyers as well as ag support professionals.  Grow your business with new market connections at the Farm-to-Table Trade Meeting!

Register Now!

Details coming soon.
Questions? Contact Clea Rome, clea.rome@wsu.edu or Laura Lewis,laura.lewis@wsu.edu

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Financing our Foodshed with Slow Money

“Financing our Foodshed with Slow Money” will be held on:
Tuesday, March 26, 2012 at 10am Pacific, 11am Mountain, Noon Central, 1pm Eastern.
Join the webinar.

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Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC)

Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC)

The Community Food Security Coalition (CFSC) is a North American coalition of diverse people and organizations working from the local to international levels to build community food security.

The have many helpful Publications about food security issues.

For more information, see:

http://foodsecurity.org/category/home/

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