Earth Island project reports

Earth Island News

Earth Island’s newest project, The True Food Network, is a consumer network dedicated to ending the genetic engineering of our food and promoting a socially just, democratic, and sustainable food system. In 2000 Greenpeace USA created the True Food Network as a means of engaging non-farmers in the struggle to stop the genetic engineering of the food supply. The True Food Network is now an independent organization of over 40,000 members who actively engage in our consumer campaigns.

With a small grant from The Brower Fund, 2002 Brower Youth Award winner Max Harper has been pioneering an effort in Colorado Springs, CO, to expand the market for local organic produce by developing buying clubs in the religious community. By preaching the organic gospel in a Christian moral framework, the program he calls Shared Harvest extends the table of environmental and health concern to include the city’s churches, hoping to forge a community that may rise above political polarization. For more information, contact Max Harper at

Global Service Corps is now recruiting Fellows for the Seeds of Survival (SOS) Fellowship Program. Fellows must have an advanced degree, and experience in Africa or other developing countries. The Fellowship consists of a one-month training period followed by a five-month placement with a local NGO. Fellows will be responsible for covering their round trip airfare and initial training costs. To apply for the June 2005 program, contact Susanna Beck at or (415) 788-3666 x.128.

The eighth annual conference of the Mesoamerican Biology and Conservation Society was held in Managua, Nicaragua the week of November 15th, and UniversitÁrea Protegida (UÁP) sent a small delegation of students to participate in its activities. Uniting conservation biologists, ecologists, and outdoor enthusiasts from Mexico to Panama (eight countries in all), the conference focused on the importance of baseline data in the region, the management of natural reserves, and the conservation of wetland areas. UÁP program coordinator Ofelia Arteaga presented her research on the diversity of bird species in the natural reserve Estero Padre Ramos. To read more about the conference, see the UÁP Web page.

Mangrove Action Project’s Executive Director Alfredo Quarto attended the first gathering of the African Mangrove Network (AMN) in Dakar and Foundiougne, Senegal from Dec. 14-19, 2004. Participants from various coastal nations in Africa gathered to help set up a more formal network structure by which the AMN will function and grow.

Reef Protection International (RPI) recently launched its new Web site, funded through an in-kind grant from The Art Institute of California in San Francisco. RPI would like to thank student Bernie Valdez for his fine work, and the staff at The Art Institute of California San Francisco for its generous donation.

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