1. Clif Bar Campaign Update 

2. U.S. Victory with Methyl iodide/California bill for farm workers introduced 

3. Upcoming talks and tabling

1. Clif Bar Campaign Update 

As part of our initiative to help stop slavery in the cacao/chocolate industry, we have launched a campaign to get Clif Bar to disclose where they source their cacao. Because Clif Bar is a company that prides itself on doing the right thing, we were shocked that they were unwilling to be transparent about their cacao supply chain – even though we only want to know the country of origin of their cacao beans.

Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to write Clif Bar.

If you have not already, please contact them and spread the word: https://foodispower.org/take-action/

Currently, Clif Bar is sending back form letters about what they are doing, but they still have not disclosed this very simple fact that other companies have willingly shared. Please help us hold them accountable!

Join our efforts and ask Clif to raise the bar on child slavery! Please spread the word.

2. U.S. Victory with Methyl iodide/California bill for farm workers introduced 

Since 2007, Food Empowerment Project has been sharing information and getting you involved to help stop the use of the agricultural chemical methyl iodide, which causes late-term miscarriages, contaminates groundwater and is so reliably carcinogenic that it’s used to create cancer cells in laboratories. The toxic fumigant was a menace to both farm workers and communities.

But we helped stop it!

In late March, the company making the product decided to pull it off the market.

Although this is a victory here in the US, our concern remains if methyliodide continues to be used in other parts of the world, exposing people and communities to this dangerous toxin.

But for now, let’s celebrate!

And another reason to celebrate: a bill has been introduced in California to help ensure that water and shade are provided to farm workers in our state. We will keep you informed on how you can help.

3. Upcoming talks and tabling 

F.E.P.’s founder, lauren Ornelas, will be speaking at the third-annual Law & Disorder Conference in Portland, Oregon. Dates for this free conference, which takes place at Portland State University, are April 6 – 8. Never one to compromise, lauren is sure to make an impression with her talk, “Beyond Veganism: Food Justice.”

Later this month, lauren will be a featured speaker at the second-annual Berkeley Vegan Earth Day. If you’re in the Bay Area, don’t miss this opportunity to hear lauren’s talk on April 22! F.E.P. will also have a table at the event, so be sure to stop by and say “hello.”

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