This Week On The Fallon Forum: Tea Party Fiasco, Climate Reality, GMOs

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Dear Friends,

We have a fascinating line-up of guests on the program this week:

Monday, Kevin Barrett discusses, “The American Resistance,” a book he co-authored with Jim Fetzer that purports to “connect the dots between resistance efforts against the American Empire and the White Rose resistance against Hitler.” We also talk with Climate Reality activist Kat Haber, who just returned this week from the World Wilderness Congress in Spain, about the significance of the permafrost loss in her home state of Alaska.

Tuesday, we dig into the GMO debate and talk with Mary Hanson Harrison with Womens International League for Peace and Freedom about some of the events organized this week opposing genetically modified crops. I’m very excited to have Frances Moore Lappe, author of “Diet for a Small Planet,” join us, too. And we are working to confirm Jim Hightower, former Texas Agriculture Commissioner.

Wednesday, Bill Gray, candidate for Des Moines City Council is my guest. And Steffen Schmidt, a.k.a. Dr. Politics, joins us to discuss the government shutdown, assorted tea party mischief, and how the current Washington, DC fiasco is likely to resolve.

Thursday, David Courard-Hauri, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at Drake University, discusses a recent scientific report showing how areas in the tropics are projected to experience unprecedented climates within a decade. An article about the report says “rapid change will tamper with the functioning of Earth’s biological systems, forcing species to either move in an attempt to track suitable climates, stay and try to adapt to the new climate, or go extinct.”

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Upcoming October events. Click here for more information and links.

Iowa College and University Climate Tour
Rob Hogg will be concluding his tour of  Iowa colleges and universities this fall to speak about climate change. Stops include the University of Iowa on 10/15; and Luther College 11/14 & 11/15.   Please visit for further details. If you or someone you know would like to schedule an appearance by Rob at an Iowa college or university, email him @

October 16 – Occupy the World Food Prize Events (Des Moines)
Jim Hightower, Texas author, will be the keynote speaker, beginning at 7:00 pm at First United Methodist Church, 10th & Pleasant. His topic will be “From Factory Farms to GMO’s, the Upchuck Rebellion is Taking Root with the Good Food Movement.” Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace will make a guest appearance as the evening begins.

October 16 – Jefferson County Farmers & Neighbors Annual Meeting (Fairfield)
Join speakers Lynn Henning, Charlie Speer and Richard Middleton, 7:30 pm at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 North Main Street for “NO MORE! How One Woman and a Team of Lawyers are Helping Neighbors Stand Up to Factory Farms.” Free admission or a donation of $5 is welcome to support JFAN’s mission.

October 16 – President of Iceland to Speak on Climate Change (Des Moines)
President Olafur Grimsson will speak about climate change and his country’s conversion to 100% renewable electricity at the Harkin Institute, Drake University at 6:30 pm. His lecture will take place at Sheslow Auditorium, 2507 University Avenue. It is free and open to the public.

October 16 to 18 – World Food Prize Symposium (Des Moines)
Attend the annual symposium on “Biotechnology, Sustainability, and Climate Volatility”. General registration is $525. For details, visit

October 17 – Food, Land and Small Planet Producers (Ames)
Frances Moore Lappe, author of Diet for a Small Planet, will be at the United Church of Christ leading a discussion with farmers Harriet Nakabbale from Uganda and Kijoolu Kaliya from Tanzania. The reception with locally sourced food will begin at 6:00 pm. The discussion and program will begin at 7:00 pm. The Ames United Church of Christ is located at 217 6th St in Ames. Parking is available on the street or nearby lot. Co-sponsored by Oxfam, the ISU Sustainable Agriculture Student Association, others.

October 19 – Working for a Democratic Food System (Des Moines)
Women Feeding the World Committee of WILPF DSM invites you to the Jane Bibber Memorial Symposium and Strong Feisty Woman Award Luncheon at First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave., 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. Frances Moore Lappé will be the keynote speaker and recipient of the Strong Feisty Woman Award. Marybeth Gardam will receive the award as the local WILPF member. Three workshops on agricultural and environmental issues with leading experts will be offered, ending with a comprehensive panel discussion. Limited seating – $45.00/individual –$25.00/student. For more information or to make your reservation, please contact Sandra Jennings,, 515-619-9174.

October 19 – Contra Dance at Odd Fellows Hall (Des Moines)
Contra-Indications is hosting the dance at Odd Fellows Hall, 2904 Kingman Blvd, 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm, with a lesson at 7:30 pm. Live music by Porch Stompers; Jennifer Hamilton from Fairfield as caller. $10 adults; free under 12; $25 family maximum. Visit

October 20 – Crop Walk (Sioux City)
Help feed the hungry here and abroad. 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Grace United Methodist Church.

October 22 – The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America (Ames)
Wenonah Hauter, the Executive Director of the Food and Water Watch and author of the book Foodopoly will speak at ISU in the Sun Room at 8:00 pm. Co-sponsored by the ISU Sustainable Agriculture Student Association, Women and Gender Studies Program, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, Women, Food and Agriculture Network, Iowa Farmers Union, others.

October 23 – Let’s Talk Water with Bill Stowe, CEO & Director of Des Moines Water Works (Knoxville)
Join the Marion County Democrats Legislation Education Committee, 6:30 pm at the Grand Theater in Knoxville. This is the second in a two-part series focusing on water quality and sustainable agriculture. Bill Stowe will address the record nitrate levels in Des Moines and what happens downstream at Lake Red Rock. For more information, visit here.

October 23 – Support Iowa’s Matthew Shepard Scholarship Program (Des Moines)
Attend Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine, sponsored by The Eychaner Foundation. Beginning at 7:00 pm, at the Fleur Cinema, the film follows director Michele Josue, a close friend of Matt’s, as she travels to pivotal locations in Shepard’s life, interviewing other friends and family members, and gaining insight into the beautiful life and devastating loss of Matthew Shepard. Minimum suggested contribution starts at $25 for adults and $5 for students, with higher recognition levels available.

October 24 – National Food Day
Order Cool Harvest for your World Food Day (October 16, 2013) and Food Day (October 24, 2013) activities. Cool Harvest is a food, faith, and climate program for congregations brought to you by Interfaith Power & Light. The program comes with fall “harvest” guide for a hosting a cool potluck and a movie. Did you know that almost one-fifth of climate change pollution comes from the food industry? And as you will learn in this program, the foods that are healthier for the planet are also healthier for our bodies.

October 24 – Chasing Ice Movie Night (Des Moines)
The local chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) will be hosting their first movie night 7:00 pm at the Fleur Cinema. Chasing Ice is James Balog’s story of one man’s mission to change the tide of history by gathering undeniable evidence of our changing planet. This documentary film is  rated PG13. David Courard-Hauri, Director of the  Environmental Science & Policy Program at Drake University, will be hosting the event including an introduction to the film as well as a discussion following. The event is open to the public. Ticket costs are $9.00 for adults and $7.00 for seniors and kids.

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