Conservative state legislators rallied to strip Agenda 21 language from the Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council charter renewal but fell short by six Republican votes. Rep. Glen Bradley submitted an amendment to SB 491 that would have renewed the Council’s charter after removing all pro-Agenda 21 language. The amendment garnered the support of most Republicans and two Democrats but ultimately failed 51-63. Thirteen Republicans voted NO on the Amendment including House Majority Leader Paul Stam. To bolster their position, Pro Agenda 21 forces used the media to demonize their opponents and promote their agenda, as required by the progressive playbook, and the compliant media delivered on cue.
The media, while attacking conservatives in their usual fashion, showed their support for Agenda 21 but unwittingly bolstered the conservative argument against it. Craig Jarvis of the News & Observer said in his blog that the SLFAC,“sounds like a good idea, right?” He lamented that the term ‘sustainable’ has become an obscenity. Jarvis called ‘sustainability’ something that “encourages environmental stewardship” but said that conservatives see it as an evil ‘plot’ to control the world.