Off the Money Trail

I’m a link surfer.  For me it started with Wikipedia really.  Read an article you’re interested in, click a link to get to something else, keep going till your tired of reading.  

In the current age of blogging, I see a lot of great (but identical) articles that are posted by multiple people.  On Facebook it’s usually by pages that post a lot of articles.  Face it, unless they have a huge staff to put together all this amazing content, it’s more likely to be reposts rather than original content.  Look at the bottom of the article and you’ll find the link to where they got the information.  Sometimes you have to do that 3 or 4 times to find the original author of the piece.  

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Follow the links, it’s always worth it.  Because the original author is going to have a lot more original content that deserves to be explored.

Fast forward to today.  I follow a group called Upworthy that reposts snippets and highlights of other peoples works to help broadcast them.  Today was a graphic which you can find here about what we can do to fix American diets by having farmers increase fruit and vegetable crops by $90 million , when they’re currently being subsidized by $5.08 billion dollars

As I was saying, I loved the graphic and followed it to the bottom where I found a link for where they got it from.. UCUSA.  Ever heard of them?  Me either.  So I followed the link. 

To my delight, I found the UCUSA – Union of Concerned Scientists-Citizens and Scientists for Environmental Solutions.  I was amazed and delighted by the content I found there.  

Here I found articles focusing on global warming, scientific integrity, clean energy and agriculture.  Here’s a few snippets that I encourage you to follow further.

Antibiotic Misuse

Research has shown that in the U.S., more antibiotics are given to healthy animals than to sick humans. Meanwhile, antibiotic resistance is a growing problem with consequences that can be deadly. Read about how these two phenomena are connected–and what we can do about it.
More about antibiotics in agriculture 

Smart Energy Solutions

Government policies can either prop up dirty and dangerous energy sources like coal and nuclear power or support clean renewable electricity and increased energy efficiency—better, smarter solutions that benefit our health, our climate, and our pocketbooks. 
More on smart energy solutions

Genetic Engineering

Genetic engineering in agriculture has failed to deliver on many of its promised benefits, and has produced some serious unintended consequences. Yet the USDA seems determined to regulate GMOs as little as possible.
More about genetic engineering in agriculture

Industrial Agriculture and its Impacts

CAFOs, monoculture, overuse of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers…too much of our farming uses methods that are bad for the soil, the environment, the climate, and rural communities. Find out why industrial agriculture is so 20th century.
More about industrial agriculture

It is so encouraging to see scientists banding together with the rest of us to fix the problems that are hurting us and this planet instead of following the money trail of Monsanto.



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