1. Welcome to those from AR2007 and TAFA

We would like to welcome everyone who signed up for our alert at the AR2007 and Taking Action for Animals conferences and a thank you to those who helped us out. We received a lot of positive feedback, and we are excited that you share our vision and belief that one of the most important ways we can make a difference in the world is through our food choices. We were delighted that so many people understand the connection of oppression.

Keep in mind that that the Food Empowerment Project is managed entirely by volunteers. There are many things we want to accomplish, and we ask for your patience as we get our plans off the ground.

Please keep in touch as we do love hearing from you!

2. Food Empowerment Project Gets Ink!

In response to the Los Angeles Times article, “Diabetes diagnoses rise in the state,” printed on August 23, 2007, Food Empowerment Project founder, lauren Ornelas, had her response printed in the September 3rd, 2007 letters to the editor section (see below) with her quote, “Having access to nutritious food should be a right,” highlighted at the top of the letters-to-the-editor page.

…even more disturbing is the fact that healthy foods are rarely available in low-income areas. Having access to nutritious food should be a right, not a privilege, and we all need to create a more just and sustainable world by recognizing the power of our food choices and how those choices affect people, animals and the environment.”

For the entire letter to the editor, please click here.

3. Be our friend on MySpace!

You can now find us on the popular social networking site MySpace.com. Soon you will find our news, alerts, and other information such as recipes and events posted on our page. Sign on and be our friend, and help spread the word using this link: http://www.myspace.com/foodempowermentproject.

4. Don’t buy Nestlé….let us count the ways

Until our campaigns are up and running, the Food Empowerment Project wants to keep you informed about how to avoid contributing to unjust food practices and businesses that engage in them. The Swiss corporation Nestlé might want you to think of sweets when you hear their name, but their global practices show a very different side of the company. Those practices can have particularly far-reaching effects because Nestlé is the largest food company in the world.

In order to encourage consumption of their powdered milk, Nestlé employees dressed up as nurses and handed out samples of their products to unsuspecting, poor mothers in developing countries. To read more, see: http://www.breastfeeding.com/advocacy/advocacy_boycott.html.

The International Labor Organization estimates that approximately 284,000 child laborers work on cocoa farms, most of them in the Republic of the Ivory Coast, a country on the south coast of the western bulge of Africa, where forced labor has caught the attention of the U.N. and where Nestlé buys most of its cocoa. See http://www.globalexchange.org/getInvolved/actnow/nestleslavery.html.

In an effort to speak out against Nestlé’s unethical marketing and purchasing practices, we are asking you to make the choice of not supporting Nestlé products.

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