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Make Your Voice Heard!

Elected officials receive shockingly little feedback from their constituents, so a small group of citizens actually DO have the ability to create change! With over 23,000 owners, we want you to get comfortable with contacting your elected officials and make your voice heard about issues important to sustainable agriculture and food systems.

Here’s the goods

Every month or so we choose a new topic. We give you the info and the ask, you give just 1 minute of your time to hop on the horn and take an active role in our democracy. Pretty sweet deal, eh?

Step 1: Find your state and national elected officials:

Step 2: Contact their office and let them know this issue is important to you.

Strategy

The most effective strategy is phone calling. If you can't call on the phone, email is the next best bet followed by a letter and lastly social media.

  1. Be respectful! A thoughtful and polite statement delivered calmly is best received.
  2. Be brief. Keep it short and to the point.
  3. Give them your address: Comments coming from their constituents as opposed to those outside their district get much higher priority.

 

Current Topic: Support the COMPOST Act

There’s a mountain of valuables going to landfills. We’re not talking about Rolexes and gold coins, but rather organic material like grass, leaves and food waste. The EPA says food scraps alone make up 24% of garbage! Aside from not being eaten, it then rots away and releases methane, a potent greenhouse gas that leads to climate change. Luckily composting can flip this process and create a nutrient-rich soil additive that helps plants thrive and captures carbon in the ground.

Another added benefit of commercial composting is that it produces the conditions necessary to break down plant-based plastics and turn them back into soil. While petroleum-based plastics will live on in the environment for hundreds of years, only then breaking down into microplastics that foul our water and air, composting can turn bio-based cups and containers back into valuable farm inputs such as fertilizer and eventually back into food.

The COMPOST Act (Cultivating Organic Matter through the Promotion of Sustainable Techniques) that has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives seeks to provide funding for commercial compost projects from a wide variety of sources both public and private, large and small. It also would add composting as a conservation practice for USDA conservation projects. If we are going to reverse climate change, eliminate our dependency on single-use petroleum-based plastics, support farmers and add jobs we need composting to be part of the circular solution!

Sample phone script:

Hello, my name is [Name] from [City, Wisconsin].

I am a constituent calling to encourage you to support the COMPOST Act that has been introduced in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. With over a quarter of our landfills consisting of food scraps and grass clippings, this is a wasted opportunity to turn this nutrient-rich material into a soil amendment that will grow more food and fight climate change. When food waste decomposes in a landfill it turns into methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is altering our climate and our farmers’ growing seasons. When these same food scraps are put in a commercial composting system they break down into compost that will create thriving soil and crops.

This is also an opportunity to fight plastic pollution, since commercial composting operations are needed to break down plastic packaging that is made from alternative bio-based materials. 

While there are many successful examples of commercial composting in various cities, counties and foreign countries, it’s time for us to catch up and support a waste diversion industry that will lead to more jobs, a cleaner environment, less plastic and a more predictable climate, so we need your help to support the COMPOST Act.

Thank you.

 

May 2021 Topic: Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every year the United States alone burns or buries in landfills 32 million tons of plastic. We produce the most plastic waste per capita of any country on the planet, and an astounding 91% of that plastic is never recycled. Due to the pandemic we have seen an explosion in disposable plastics. As a grocer with the health of our community at the forefront, we have pledged to eliminate single-use petroleum-based plastics from packaging Outpost food by 2022. To achieve this goal we need the support of government when it comes to reusable packaging and fostering commercial composting facilities so innovative containers made from renewable materials can be kept out of the waste stream.

The production of plastic creates greenhouse gases, contributing to climate change. When they do break down microplastics are created, and are found in everything from the water we drink to the blood in our bodies. This is especially harmful because there are 144 chemicals or chemical groups known to be hazardous to human health that are actively used in plastics. Plastic litters our streets, rivers and neighborhoods. The petrochemical industry and the pollution it creates disproportionately harms people of color and low-income communities at every step of the plastic lifecycle, from extraction to refinement, manufacture, transportation, disposal and waste.

The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2021 will tackle the exploding crisis and transform waste and recycling management in the United States. The legislation seeks to meaningfully address the plastic pollution crisis through initiatives such as:

  • Shifting the responsibility for waste management and recycling programs to manufacturers and producers
  • Setting up a national beverage container refund program
  • Establishing minimum recycled content standards
  • Phasing out certain single-use plastics that aren’t recyclable
  • Expanding the definition of toxic chemicals to include toxic plastics

Sample phone script:

Hello, my name is [Name] from [City, Wisconsin].

I am a constituent calling to encourage you to support the Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act of 2021. The production of petroleum-based plastic is harmful to not only the environment but human health as well. It litters our streets, rivers and neighborhoods, and creates greenhouse gas emissions that lead to climate change. When it breaks down it creates microplastics that leave tiny bits of chemicals in everything from our water to our bloodstream.

Businesses that want to eliminate plastic need assistance with legislation supporting reusable packaging and the establishment of commercial composting so innovative containers made from renewable materials can be kept out of the waste stream and return to the farm fields as nutrient-rich compost.

This piece of legislation will address the crisis by establishing minimum recycled content standards and defining the toxic chemicals that are present in the plastic that we and our families use everyday. Instead of just landfilling or incinerating plastics it will help to create viable markets for recycled content, and support the creating of more jobs than our current system of taking materials from the earth, using them once, then dumping them back in the ground.

The Break Free From Plastic Pollution Act will protect our families, our environment, our climate and create business opportunities and jobs of the future.

Thank you.

 

 

February 2021 Topic: Regenerative Agriculture

Regenerative agriculture describes farming and grazing practices that rebuild soil health that fights climate change by sequestering carbon and improving our water supply. Instead of spraying chemicals on fields then breaking up the soil with plows causing runoff into our waterways, regenerative agriculture focuses on improving the soil through practices like no-till farming, planting cover crops, utilizing compost instead of chemical fertilizers, and rotational grazing that leads to healthy and humane treatment of livestock. This improved soil pulls carbon from the atmosphere and locks it in the ground as a way for farmers to confront climate change and the unpredictable weather patterns they deal with every season.

We are calling on elected officials from all levels to support the long-term vitality of our farming families and rural communities by including regenerative farming practices in the next round of stimulus funding. These techniques are good for the planet, the water we drink, our local farmers and the animals they raise.

Sample phone script:

Hello, my name is [Name] from [City, State].

I am a constituent calling to encourage you to support the long-term health of our local farms and include funding for regenerative agriculture in the next round of stimulus funding.

Regenerative Agriculture is a system of farming that fights climate change, improves water quality and treats animals more humanely by focusing on soil health. The ability of our society to feed itself depends on six inches of topsoil on our planet, and traditional farming techniques that focus on chemical inputs deplete the soil, with these chemicals then running off into the water that we and our children drink.

With the COVID-19 pandemic our local farmers are struggling, and those that are working hard to support their families and bring us healthy food and a healthy planet through regenerative agriculture are especially in peril. Please include support for these farmers in your next round of stimulus funding so our society can continue being at the forefront of innovation in agriculture.

Thank you for your time.

 

September 2020 Topic: Stimulus Funding to include Climate Change

Contact your representatives about Climate Change in Stimulus Funding!

Outpost believes that climate change will drastically impact our food systems and other ways we do business. COVID-19 has created havoc in our communities and changed the shape of business. Right now states and the federal government are passing legislation and creating programs to support our economy and create jobs as the coronavirus continues to take its toll. We believe a share of those programs need to go to support the development of clean energy in order to continue to mitigate the effects of climate change. Now is a great time to invest in renewable energy so we not just maintain the current infrastructure but invest in the energy of the future. Help us get this message out!

Sample phone script:

Hello, my name is [Name] from [City, State].

I am a constituent calling to let you know that climate change and renewable energy are important to the future of our nation.

As all levels of government pass legislation that supports the economy during these tough times I encourage you to support renewable energy, so when we spend our tax dollars we are investing in the energy of the future.

Our farms and food systems are suffering from more unpredictable weather due to climate change. Renewable sources of energy can help to mitigate the effects of climate change. I encourage you to support tax incentives for solar, wind, and electric vehicles so our economy stays competitive with the rest of the world and reduces the possibility of extreme weather events caused by climate change.

Thank you for your time.

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