Tuesday, July 28, 2009

IMMEDIATE ACTION Needed to Preserve Important East Bay Agricultural Research Land

This is last minute, but we need action TODAY (Tuesday, July 28) to save the Gill Tract, an invaluable agricultural resource center in Albany. If you want to help support resources and research for agroecology and sustainable agriculture in the Bay Area, please read on and act NOW!

Direct Action to stop Whole Foods and UC Berkeley: Protect the Gill Tract

Tuesday July 28, 2009
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Albany Community Center
corner of Marin Avenue at Masonic Avenue
Albany, CA 94706

From IndyBay.org:

“We need folks to show up for direct action to stop Whole Foods from coming into Albany, and to help us stand up for the Gill Tract, the largest piece of agricultural land in the immediate Bay Area. The early summer release of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Whole Foods has been timed when many UC students and community members are away. The implications of allowing a Whole Foods at this site will allow UC to build on the Gill Tract. We want a full scale urban farm at the Gill Tract. The Gill Tract's 109 acres has dwindled under UC's ownership and now only 14.6 acres remains. Now they want that too. We have been at this for the last 15 years in an effort to secure the Gill Tract in its remaining entirety for community food security for the future.

“At a time where climate change and sustainability is at the forefront of planning processes, the City of Albany as the lead agency in this EIR and many 'progressives' have chosen to circumvent what's wise for the future in order to broker a deal for more tax revenue and their ‘Whole’ foods.”

(Apologies for the cut-and-paste method of this post.)


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