NYC Parks Confesses Racism

13392305_10153501143670974_4747020565862515414_o.jpg...IN APPLICATION OF MONSANTO TOXINS. The report for 2015 came a few days ago, from our Freedom of Information Act. The full 5-borough report on when, where and in what dosages are they spraying us with Monsanto's carcinogenic "RoundUp" and its toxin Glyphosate. All the spraying is "out in the boroughs" in parks used by people of color, immigrant and working poor communities. Manhattan doesn't have a single spraying event, because wealthy people have taken the parks private, into "Conservancies" and "Business Improvement Districts". They can afford to hire gardeners with weed wackers. Out in the boroughs, the Parks Dept staff has been cut by 80%, so the control of weeds is chemicalized.

Central Park, where I was preaching about the disturbing report today, is the richest park in the country. The fortunes that finance the Central Park Conservancy, a destination for socialites and stars and famous parties, are the Wall Street titans who depress the city budget so that the borough parks are understaffed and over-poisoned. Call this vicious cycle "local neo-liberalism." This report may well become a scandal, because the racism is so obvious. 

The legal people, the electeds, the press - all the sectors of public professionals should be engaged, if we sound the alarm loud enough. But Monsanto is very powerful. Even in the face of studies linking their herbicide to birth defects, fertiility and immunity and endocrine system disruption, and so many cancers - they could continue to spray New York for years. Even with 60 countries banning the stuff, Monsanto could lawyer up and hold on. 

Drs. Anne and Paul Ehrlich wrote that if we are to save ourselves "the evidence points to the need for a quasi-religious transformation of human values..." We agree. More than a response of these subcultures of professionals, each of us needs to be capable of courageous acts for the Earth. We will be called upon to do strange counter-intuitive things, for the life of the Earth. We must interrupt, embarrass, trespass.... And we will develop a common sense that intuits the needs of the Earth, a modern urban take on the indigenous Spirit worshippers of ancient days. 

Our glyphosate spraying maps for Seattle-Tacoma, Portland, Philadelphia, New York (but 2014 only, new report not yet inputted) and San Francisco can be viewed at Revbilly.com. Earthalujah!