We Need You To Sign This Petition Today!!! Armchair Advocacy for Good Cheese!

June 5, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Breaking news: After I wrote this piece on armchair advocacy, the news broke that the FDA has banned the use of wooden boards to age cheese. This is a technique that has been used for centuries in Europe and kind of puts the “artisanal” in cheese. The American Cheese Society issued this position statement on the matter. Here is a petition circulating about it. If you sign anything, sign this one and sign it today!!!!


It’s summertime, time for beach/porch chairs, BBQ’s, farm dinners, gardens and more. In just 2 minutes you can take action to change the food system, I call it “armchair advocacy”, you can call it “porch chair” if you’d like or “beach chair”. I happen to like the alliteration but that is my word nerdiness.

Some of you may already be on these lists but if you aren’t, sites like Food and Water Watch always have electronic petitions under their “Take Action ” header that  you can sign on major food and environmental issues. This week the headline petition is:
Congress: End the Overuse of Antibiotics on Factory Farms Antibiotics are for sick people, not for healthy livestock. But factory farms are giving drugs to healthy animals — and breeding dangerous superbugs in the process. Sign the petition to ban the unnecessary use of antibiotics on livestock.

Here is another one, care about bees? Save Bees From a Highly Toxic Pesticide on MoveOn.org. - As a citizen concerned about our nation’s health and food security, I urge you to deny Dow AgroScience’s application to expand the registration of the bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor so that it can be sprayed on corn, alfalfa, oats, and several significant and widely grown crops.

Signing an Epetition is quicker than reading this post and you have taken action. How effective is this kind of action? That you can debate over a cocktail but what is true is that it is very easy to do and it does make a statement to your legislators and it is better to do something than nothing.