Earth Day Feminism with Farmer Denise O’Brien at WFAN

Earth Day Feminism with Denise O'Brien and WFANWe interviewed Denise O’Brien for our Feminism & Sustainability Telesummit. You can listen to that interview here. Earth Day Feminism for those of us in and out of agriculture!

Women farm differently and we farm a lot more sustainably. We are changing the face of agriculture. Women own over 50% of rented farmland in the U.S., and grow 75% of the world’s food. CSAs allow consumers to share in the risk and help break the farmer debt cycle. Land Trusts are leasing farmland to beginning farmers. Hear the good news of Feminism and Sustainability!

“My life has been devoted to raising women’s voices in agriculture. My dream is that the landscape of industrialized agriculture will change as women become the decision makers on their land. To that end, I will devote my time on this earth — to women, prairie restoration, and seed saving.”

Denise O’Brien is a woman whose life has been devoted to raising women’s voices in agriculture. She married a farmer and became one at a time when women still called themselves “farmer’s wives.”

Denise O’Brien is the Founder of the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network, a community of women in sustainable agriculture. Denise was president of the National Family Farm Coalition, and a USDA adviser in Jalalabad, Afghanistan. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Iowa Farmer’s Union, and in 2000, Denise was inducted into Iowa’s Women’s Hall of Fame.

Listen to our free interview with Denise O’Brien here

Here’s a timeline of Denise’s work and life:

1970s – Denise married a farmer and learned how to drive a tractor, plant crops, and care for animals. She learned that the language of farming is about the weather, the soil, and fertility.

l980s – The Farm Crisis hit, and Denise met a lot of women farmers calling themselves farmer’s wives. Denise read “The Invisible Farmer” and “Farmer’s Wives,” and learned that women farmers everywhere were stepping forward and adding to the economic well-being of their families. Feminism was growing among women in agriculture and they began seeing themselves as farmers.

1990s – Denise did international work and found out that 75% of the world’s food is grown by women without any recognition. That’s when she started WFAN to link and amplify women’s voices, and to address the insurance and pay inequality of the time.

2000 – Corporations own everything from beginning to end, and farmers had become the “workers.” Women were at the forefront, sounding the alarms, regarding GMOs, fracking, pesticide use, and the connections between processed foods and health issues.

2015 – Due to women living longer than men, women are inheriting family farms. Women own more than half of the “rented” farmland in the U.S., but men continue to make the decisions. WFAN’s Programs are linking and empowering women to build food systems and communities that are healthy, just and sustainable.

Women, Food and Agriculture Network WFANCommunity Supported Agriculture (CSA) Farms are increasing in number. You buy a membership and receive a weekly box of seasonal produce. This is a way for consumers to share in the risk the farmers take with weather and pests, and to help break the “cycle of debt” for the farmers by providing dependable economic support.

Women are farming smaller sized farms with the goal of feeding their communities. Food to eat vs. commodity crops.

Some women are donating their farmland to Land Trusts to keep their land in crop production in perpetuity. Land Trusts are then leasing this farmland to beginning farmers who could not otherwise afford to get into farming.

Feminism and Sustainability TelesummitDenise speaks at conferences and events on topics like women and agriculture policy, organic agriculture, practical approaches to organic farming, women’s relationship to the land, sustainable living, food security and international perspectives on women in agriculture.

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Lean Into Green with Denise O’Brien on Women, Food and Agriculture
earth day feminism Denise O'Brien - Women, Food and Agriculture

We also interviewed Denise O’Brien
for our Lean Into Green Telesummit
LISTEN TO THAT INTERVIEW FREE HERE


Deepen your connection to your food and to the land!
From the farm, to the U.N., to State Politics, and back to the land, Denise O’Brien shares farm facts and information on Prairie Restoration and Seed Saving. 

Lean Into Green Telesummit at greenwomanstore.comLearn how women’s commitment to our communities, and our relationship to the land, has women farming organically on ten to twenty-acre farms. Experience the growth of sustainable farming first hand!

WFAN is a community of women in sustainable agriculture whose mission it is to link and empower women to build food systems and communities that are healthy, just, sustainable, and that promote environmental integrity.

 

 

Preventing Cancer & Its Recurrence

Preventing Cancer Telesummit at GreenWomanStore.comOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. At Green Woman Store, we are advancing awareness about the environmental causes and steps you can take to prevent cancer and its recurrence.

New scientific evidence is emerging daily, making it clear that the chemicals in our environment play a role in altering our biological processes. It’s clear that our exposures to toxic chemicals and radiation are connected to our cancer risk.  But we rarely hear about this new scientific evidence.

It is difficult to examine and address the effects of individual chemicals and their risks for a disease as complex as cancer. The time between exposures and development of the disease may be decades. We may not know which chemicals we’ve been exposed to, and we are not exposed to chemicals in isolation.

Preventing Cancer Telesummit at GreenWomanStore.comWe invite you to sign up for our free Telesummit on Preventing Cancer. We Expose and Explore the Growing Evidence of Cancer’s Environmental Connection & Steps You Can Take to Help Prevent Cancer & Its Recurrence:

As an informed consumer, you can begin to control your exposure to chemicals and radiation through personal and political action. Get to know the chemicals that have been linked to cancer and take action to reduce your risk.

Here are some interviews from the Telesummit:

Preventing Cancer with Connie Engel at the Breast Cancer FundConnie Engel is Science and Education Manager at the Breast Cancer Fund.

Breast Cancer Fund works to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease. Here are some points from her interview:

  • Breast Cancer is 5 different diseases.
  • Focus on chemicals and radiation.
  • How you can reduce your risk.
  • Mamography alternatives.
  • Low-dose exposures.
  • Cosmetics without cancer.
  • Questioning BPA alternatives.
  • Working to stop this disease before it starts.

Watch Connie’s Breast Cancer 101 Video here.

 

Preventing Cancer with Kristie Marsh Protecting Those You Love with Kristie Marsh, a Breast Cancer Warrior! Diagnosed with aggressive Stage 3 Cancer, she has become a nationally recognized advocate for women’s environmental health. Hear the “Little Changes” she made that help us deal with toxins in our home, environment, and personal care products.

Woman to woman, Kristi shares the “Little Changes” she made that help us move through the emotions of dealing with toxins in our home, environment, and personal care products. We’re all advocates when we share articles, books, emails, etc. Advocacy is also marching on City Hall and Washington D.C., bringing the attention of the press, elected officials, and mainstream women to these issues.

Kristie will encourage you to become a role model for others and an advocate for a healthier environment. The good news is that you don’t have to do this alone. Kristi Marsh will share tools, resources, and lessons learned from her journey from mainstream mom to advocate and educator, creating not just a healthy home, but a better world.

 

 

 

Small Scale Farmers Cool the Planet – New Video

Small-Scale Farms Cool the Planet - new video with Vandana ShivaSmall-scale farmers and conscious consumers can cool the planet! Respect to the seed, the soil, the farmer, and the consumer.

Twenty years ago, working with international environment and development organizations, I learned that small is better, and the truth that small farms feed more people. Now, the Fair World Project has a short video narrated by women, farmers and scientists sharing this not so well known but important science: Small is Better: Small Farms and Regenerative Organic Farming can reverse Climate Change. 

“Organic agriculture produces more food per acre and is the most effective way to deal with climate change. Too much of the climate movement is based on fear. It now needs to move to cultivating hope – Gardens of hope on your balcony not a giant industrial farm.” Vandana Shiva

New! 17-minute documentary with Vandana Shiva: Small Scale Farmers Cool the Planet

  • Photosynthesis and good healthy soil biology can mitigate 100% of current emissions.
  • Industrial agriculture’s role in climate change.
  • How small farmers are combating the climate crisis through regenerative organic agriculture.

Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, Healthy People. What you can do:

Denise O’Brien of WFAN at Lean Into Green Telesummit

Denise O'Brien, founder of WFAN at Lean Into Green Online EducationJoin us at Lean Into Green Telesummit and deepen your connection to your food and to the land! From the farm, to the U.N., to State Politics, and back to the land, Denise O’Brien shares farm facts and information on Prairie Restoration and Seed Saving.

Learn how women’s commitment to our communities, and our relationship to the land, has women farming organically on ten to twenty-acre farms. Experience the growth of sustainable farming first hand! Women currently own more than one-half of the rented farmland in the United States.

Denise O’Brien life has been devoted to raising women’s voices in agriculture.  She is the Founding Mother of the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network, WFAN for short, a community of women involved in sustainable agriculture: farmers, landowners, researchers, students, advocates and mothers concerned about our families’ health. We come from all over the US and several other countries, and do the majority of our work in the Midwest.

WFAN is a community of women in sustainable agriculture. Their mission is to link and empower women to build food systems and communities that are healthy, just, sustainable, and that promote environmental integrity.

Denise says, “My dream is that the landscape of industrialized agriculture will change as women become the decision makers on their land. To that end I will devote my time on this earth to women, prairie restoration, and seed saving.”  

WFAN exists so that women can give each other information, connections, and the encouragement we need to be effective practitioners and supporters of sustainable agriculture and healthy localized food systems.

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Rebecca Spector at Lean Into Green Online Education

Rebecca Spector at Lean Into Green Online Education SeriesOn Day 3 of our Free Lean Into Green Online Education Series, you will learn about all the good news in food safety!

Learn how to avoid GMO foods by avoiding 5 specific crops, and about the connection between GMO crops and allergens.  Confused about which fish are safe? Hear why wild salmon is better, and Pacific vs. Atlantic Salmon, etc.  Get involved to “Save The Bees.” Did you know that 1 out of every 3 bites of food depend on these threatened pollinators!

Rebecca Spector is the West Coast Director for the Center for Food Safety, a national non-profit — public interest –and environmental advocacy organization working to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies, and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. 

The Center For Safety uses legal actions, groundbreaking scientific and policy reports, educational materials, and market pressure using grass roots campaigns.

Sign Up! Lean Into GreenJoin Rebecca Spector and Lean Into Green Online Education Series to Discover How to Increase Your Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Going Green!  Sign Up Today! It’s free, and it’s powerful! 

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