VIRTUAL EVENT. The Niagara Falls Illumination Board and North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO) are raising awareness about World Food Day and is joining the global campaign to end hunger by lighting the iconic landmark of Niagara Falls, blue. The event will take place on 16 October 7pm Pacific Daylight time.
The Future of Food is in our Hands.
The Local Peace Economy joins with people around the earth to celebrate world food day and help to end hunger in our local communities. In a vast world of almost 8 billion people we all need food, survive because of it and derive happiness from it. Yet profound inequalities exist in our global society when comes access to food. Three billion people suffer from food insecurity and cannot afford healthy diets, while overweight and obesity continue to increase worldwide. In the environment many farming practices are unsustainable and have led to land degradation, depletion of nature resources, water loss and less food production at higher cost. With make it harder for farmers and farm workers to make a living income. Which affects one billion workers worldwide who earn their livelihoods in the agriculture industry, more than any other economic sector.
The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15 October 2008. This new international day, established by the General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18 December 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty. The resolution urges the Member States, in collaboration with the organizations of the United Nations and civil society to implement measures that could improve rural women’s lives.
Here in California, as well around the earth, women and girls in rural areas are disadvantaged in this pandemic. Rural women, with a crucial role in agriculture, food security and nutrition, already face struggles in their daily lives. Now, since COVID-19 and their unique health needs in remote areas, they are less likely to have access to quality health services, essential medicines, and vaccines. Restrictive social norms and gender stereotypes can also limit rural women’s ability to access health services. Furthermore, a lot of rural women suffer from isolation, as well as the spread of misinformation, and a lack of access to critical technologies to improve their work and personal life.
On September 24, members of the House of Representatives voted on the National Defense Authorization Act, must-pass legislation that authorizes Pentagon funding for fiscal year 2022.
This year, our representatives had an opportunity to vote for two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act that would reduce the topline budget:
Amendment 40: Representatives Barbara Lee, Mark Pocan, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced legislation to cut the Pentagon budget by 10%. The amendment failed with a final vote count of 86-332. You can find the final roll call here.
Amendment 41: Representatives Barbara Lee and Sarah Jacobs introduced legislation that would cut the Pentagon budget by 3%. The amendment failed with a final vote count of 142-286. You can find the final roll call here