Food and Water Watch Launch Fair Farm Bill Campaign in Ohio
Food & Water Watch is proud to announce its Fair Farm Bill Campaign meetings in Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo.
Right now, our country’s food system is broken. A few large companies, like Cargill and Monsanto, control every part of it—risking public health, pushing out small and mid-sized farmers and hurting the environment. In driving out the smaller producers who should be the backbone of American agriculture, these corporations are also depriving consumers of access to safe and affordable food. Monopoly control of our food system threatens public health, the environment and fair markets for American farmers.
The good news is that we can make our food system work better for small farmers and our communities, and give consumers access to safer, more sustainable food. This winter, Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has the opportunity to level the playing field for small farmers through the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill is the most important piece of agricultural legislation that determines how food reaches our plate. Brown is on the Agricultural Committee and we need to show him that Ohioans want him to stand up for small farmers and local, sustainable food.
At Food & Water Watch, we believe that everyone has a right to safe, healthy and affordable food. We are very excited to announce this kick-off event of our new Fair Farm Bill Campaign. With the help of the people in Ohio, we can fix our broken food system. We invite everyone to join us at our Fair Farm Bill Kick Off Meetings in the Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo areas.
Cleveland Fair Farm Bill Campaign Kickoff Meeting
Cleveland Heights Lee Road Library
Meeting Room A
Tuesday, Jan. 17 • 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
2345 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights Ohio 44118
Guest Speaker: Nick Swetye, City Fresh
RSVP and come to the Fair Farm Bill Campaign Kickoff Meeting to learn how you can help.
Columbus Fair Farm Bill Campaign Kickoff Meeting
Bexley Public Library
Auditorium in the Basement
Thursday, Jan. 19 • 7 - 8 p.m.
2411 E Main St., Columbus, Ohio 43209
Contact Chris: Chris@greencorps.org for more information
Toledo Fair Farm Bill Campaign Kickoff Meeting
United Way Building
Thursday, Jan. 19 • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
1 Stranahan Square, Toledo, Ohio 43604
Contact Adam: email@example.com for more information
Refreshments will be provided at the kickoff meetings.
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By 2030, almost a third of all the energy consumed in the European Union must come from renewable sources, according to binding targets agreed in 2018. Sweden is helping lead the way.
Sweden is a world leader in renewable energy consumption. Swedish Institute/World Bank
Naturally Warm<p>54% of Sweden's power comes from renewables, and is helped by its geography. With plenty of moving water and 63% forest cover, it's no surprise the <a href="https://sweden.se/nature/energy-use-in-sweden/#" target="_blank">two largest renewable power sources</a> are hydropower and biomass. And that biomass is helping support a local energy boom.</p><p>Heating is a key use of energy in a cold country like Sweden. In recent decades, as fuel oil taxes have increased, the country's power companies have turned to renewables, like biomass, to fuel local 'district heating' plants.</p><p>In Sweden these trace their <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544217304140#fig3" target="_blank">origins back to 1948</a>, when a power station's excess heat was first used to heat nearby buildings: steam is <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/engineering/district-heating-system" target="_blank">forced along a network of pipes</a> to wherever it's needed. Today, there are around 500 district heating systems across the country, from major cities to small villages, providing heat to homes and businesses.</p><p>District heating used to be fueled mainly from the <a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544217304140" target="_blank">by-products of power plants</a>, waste-to-energy plants and industrial processes. These days, however, Sweden is bringing more renewable sources into the mix. And as a result of competition, this localized form of power is now the country's<a href="https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0360544217304140#fig3" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer"> home-heating market leader.</a></p>
Sweden is using smart grids to turn buildings into energy producers. Huang et al/Elsevier
Energy ‘Prosumers’<p>But Sweden doesn't stop at village-level heating solutions. Its new breed of energy-generation takes hyper-local to the next level.</p><p>One example is in the city of Ludivika where 1970s flats <a href="https://www.buildup.eu/sites/default/files/content/transforming-a-residential-building-cluster-into-electricity-prosumers-in-sweden.pdf" target="_blank">have recently been retrofitted with the latest smart energy technology</a>.</p><p>48 family apartments spread across 3 buildings have been given photovoltaic solar panels, thermal energy storage and heat pump systems. A micro energy grid connects it all, and helps charge electric cars overnight.</p><p>The result is a cluster of 'prosumer' buildings, producing rather than consuming enough power for 77% of residents' needs. With <a href="http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/get/diva2:1232060/FULLTEXT01.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">high levels of smart meter usage</a>, it's a model that looks set to spread across Sweden.</p>
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Scaling Up<p>A recent development by E.ON in Hyllie, a district on the outskirts of Malmö, southern Sweden, <a href="https://www.eonenergy.com/blog/2019/February/sweden-smart-city" target="_blank">has scaled up the smart grid principle</a>. Energy generation comes from local wind, solar, biomass and waste sources.</p><p>Smart grids then balance the power, react to the weather, deploying extra power when it's colder or putting excess into battery storage when it's warm. The system is not only more efficient, but bills have fallen.</p><p>Smart energy developments like those in Hyllie, Ludivika, and renewable-driven district heating, offer a radical alternative to the centralized energy systems many countries rely on today.</p><p>The EU's leaders have a challenge: how to generate 32% of energy from renewables by 2030. Sweden offers a vision of how technology and local solutions can turn a goal into a reality.</p>
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