Food and Water Watch helps you tell the EPA to fix what went wrong with their now-infamous fracking study. What's that, you say? That if the ultra-liberal EPA says fracking's impact upon drinking water tables is not at all "widespread" or "systemic," it must be OK? Well, don't do a victory lap yet: our laws can't compel oil and gas drillers to share information about the chemicals they use (it's a "trade secret," which our government apparently feels is more important than our right not to drink cancerous crap), and hence had to rely on those corporations to give information voluntarily, which -- surprise, surprise! -- they didn't do. And for all its flaws, the study documented more evidence of drinking water contamination than the last EPA study on the subject during Tha Bush Mobb's first term, just not enough to call such contamination "widespread" and "systemic" -- and a majority of panel members on the EPA's own Scientific Advisory Board, composed of industry figures as well as scientists, have said the EPA needs to revise that conclusion. And they should, because cleaning up drinking water contaminated by fracking is, I'm told, frightfully expensive.
Meanwhile, did you know that American pig farmers often send their pigs to Hawaii to be slaughtered? Apparently, this is cheaper than feeding them at home (pig feed is apparently quite expensive), and it also allows certain big agricultural concerns to label the resulting pork "Hawaiian-made" even if the pigs started out in North Dakota. But one of the main reasons this is cheaper is that pigs get overstuffed into a poorly-ventilated ship for five days, and during that time they walk around surrounded by puke, feces, urine, and other dead pigs -- at least until the very-likely-overworked-and-underpaid livestock attendants get around to throwing the carcasses overboard. If, as Mahatma Gandhi once said, “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated,” well, I'd have to say we need to become a more perfect union in that regard. It doesn't matter that those pigs will soon be bacon or pork chops -- you don't treat a feed animal badly merely to save money, because that's mammon-worship, which is evil. Hence Change.org helps you tell shipping corporation Matson to stop shipping pigs off to Hawaii for slaughter.