Farm Aid Change Focus To Environmental Awareness This Year

The assault on the environment cannot be effectively controlled, but must be prevented. Although some laudable progress has been made, it has mainly been cosmetic, addressing symptoms rather than causes. In view of this, NYC is using Farm Aid's 22nd anniversary concert to raise awareness about recycling and composting.

Farm Aid organizers are requiring food vendors to provide biodegradable plates, cups, and flatware. Fifty recycling stations will be set up on the grounds on Randalls Island. David Hurd, director of the city's Office of Recycling Outreach and Education, says he's organized 400 volunteers to help concertgoers do the right thing.

They'll just be making sure people are putting things in the right receptacles and to make sure the wrong things like saran wrap and cigarette buts aren't going into the compost pile.

Hurd says the composting will be done at a farm upstate.

Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews are among those scheduled to perform at Farm Aid.

The Farm Aid concert was founded in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms and to raise funds to keep farm families on their land.

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