A quick recap of what’s been happening the last two weeks.
In “OMG how annoying” news:
The USDA published a newsletter telling employees to try Meatless Monday. When the meat industry got word of this (it took less than an hour) they freaked. In turn the USDA freaked and went spineless, withdrew their support from Meatless Monday and the drama surrounding this took off like a wildfire across the web. Personally, I’ve never been so disappointed in the USDA and I’m always mad about something or another with them. I
ranted wrote nicely about this over at Inhabitots if you want the whole story.
In bittersweet news:
On July 25 a key Senate committee approved the very first overhaul of federal chemicals regulation in 36 years due to the minds behind the Safe Chemicals Act. Many are relishing this “victory,” but personally I think it’s early to get too excited. I’ll be posting more about this later, but we do have a long uphill battle ahead of us before chemical reform becomes a reality.
One, this legislation still needs to move to the Senate floor, but it’s my guess that the chemical industry, and likely most of the government, is not simply going to quietly fall in line. The chemical industry has called the Act “extreme” and I know that the chemical industry is going to try their hardest via money, PR and lobbying to prevent the Safe Chemicals Act from ever reaching the Senate. More on this later because it’s very important you get involved!
Lead image by Flickr User WordRidden