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OUR FOOD SUPPLY

TELL CONGRESS TO PROTECT THE SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM--SNAP

The House of Representatives is moving fast to push through the 2018 Farm Bill. That Farm Bill includes food stamps. Over 60% of adults who receive food stamps are women who are supporting families. We must not let the House take food stamps away from families that need them to make ends meet. We do not want SNAP funds cut. Please get involved by contacting your Representative in the House and tell him/her not to cut these funds. Please act fast--the vote could happen anytime soon.

Thanks for getting involved.

FOOD WASTE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Did you know that about one-fifth of greenhouse gas emissions comes from the food industry and the choices we make with regard to the food we eat? There are ways you can cut your carbon footprint with the Canning for the Climate Kit.

You can also cut your carbon footprint by as much as 7% by reducing your food waste and by purchasing food that is grown locally. Food waste that goes to the landfill produces methane and methane is 21 times more potent that CO2 as a greenhouse gas. Learn how to preserve your food by logging on to the site above. You might learn some things.

Thanks for getting involved in lowering the food waste in our American homes. We waste as much as 25% of food in our homes. That needs to stop and it really is quite easy.

ENDANGERING BUTTERFLIES

Through the years, SISTERS ONLINE has reported on the death of honey bees, but not so much on the deaths of butterflies. We have done a little research and now need to report on butterflies as well.

Butterflies are known as underdog pollinators. Bees are the main pollinators, but butterflies pollinate many different plant populations worldwide as well. They collect pollen and nectar on their long legs and feed themselves and other plants' seeds too.

Like bees, butterflies are being killed by insecticides and pesticides, mainly neonicotinoids.

To change this, policymakers in your community are being asked to increase taxes on harmful neonicotinoids and lower taxes on mint, hot pepper, and garlic-based insecticides. The smell of these sprays are detected by the bees/butterflies and they avoid them thus saving them from harm.

Please encourage your lawmakers to tax neonicotinoids on a higher basis than the alternatives listed above. Also, when you visit garden centers, ask them if their sprays include neonicotinoids. If they do, encourage them to discontinue these sprays or you will go elsewhere for your garden needs.

Thanks for getting involved. Butterflies are not only beautiful, we need them. Lets not forget that!

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50%--Amount of produce thrown away in the U.S. every year.

8%--Greenhouse-gas emissions accounted for by global food waste--more than the output of the entire European Union.

$1,600--Amount the average family of four in the U.S. spends each year on food they end up throwing out.

$940 billion--Estimated annual cost of food waste globally.

4--Number of 8-oz. cups of coffee that is safe to drink a day, according to a scientific review of more than 400 coffee-related studies conducted from 2001 to 2015.

--U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says he will roll back part of a healthy school-lunch initiative started by former First Lady Michelle Obama. Restrictions on salt will be weakened, and schools in certain states will be allowed to serve fewer whole grains.

2030--The year in which, if current rates continue, 49% of Americans will be obese.