Decline in biodiversity of farmed plants, animals gathering pace
Reuters reports that "A decline in the diversity of farmed plants and livestock breeds is gathering pace, threatening future food supplies for the world's growing population, the head of a new United Nations panel on biodiversity said." He explained plant/animal farm diversity is "necessary as they could have genes resistant to future diseases or to shifts in the climate to warmer temperatures, more droughts or downpours." Monsanto's industrial ag mono crop dominance is a threat to humanity.
Day 19: Last night we screened "The New Black" as part of the Human Rights Watch film series. Guest speaker Karess Taylor-Hughes told us how she is often the only person of color in LGBTQ events, and the only gay person in African American gatherings. She said it is her calling to just show up and be seen as who she really is, explaining, "If not you, then who?" If you go somewhere and you are the only one like you, just by showing up you bring the priceless gift of diversity. Represent!
A hashtag is not a movement. A hashtag does not make you Dr King. A hashtag does not change anything. It’s a hashtag. It’s you, sitting on your butt, typing into your computer and then going back to binge watching your favorite show. Shonda Rhimes, Dartmouth College, Commencement speech 2014