Tag Archives: Sustainability

Activism Green Living Kids & Family Real Food Toxin Alert!

Whole Foods, et al, Grant Blessing of GMO Alfalfa to Monsanto

www.mypicshares.com

I’d say this is the straw that broke the camel’s back…but I dare not, because I know this is only the beginning. Whole Foods, leader of natural grocery stores nationwide, and other industry leaders in “organic” foods Organic Valley and Stonyfield Farm relented under mounting pressure from all angles Thursday, and gave their approval for the USDA to use genetically-modified alfalfa seed in crops – proving once again that in this world, commodity-driven, profits-based monopoly models are what drive all decisions made in political and legal realms.

And sold the future of real organics and sustainability down the river.

Of course it’s not just the fact that those seeds will eventually contaminate everything in the environment (and that’s pretty bad as it is). In addition, anyone practicing any other type of farming will lose sales and be be left high and dry if any trace of genetic engineering is found in their crops. And cross-pollination is more than just a possibility when fields containing genetically-modified seeds are nearby. Exports of non-organic but non-engineered crops to certain countries can be jeopardized if genetically engineered material is detected in significant amounts. Farmers can actually be held libel if these substances turn up on their land – even if they don’t want it there in the first place.

Tell me, does this even make sense?

What’s going on here is not concerned with ethics, morals, the health of human beings, animals, the environment, or anything that’s inherently good for the planet. And this type of thing has been going on for decades. Look at any of our major laws and regulations (and many minor ones too) – all dominated by big industry and crooked government decisions…but this has sunken to a new level of corruption and deceit. Especially when large, hypocritical “organic” companies agree to something like this. When that happens, it’s evident that right and wrong simply don’t matter.

GMOs cause many health issues

This should go without saying, but here’s some information from the Institute for Responsible Technology:

In 2009, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine (AAEM) stated that, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified (GM) food,” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. The AAEM has asked physicians to advise all patients to avoid GM foods.

GMOs cause allergies, infertility, liver problems, infant mortality, sterility, widespread disease…and death.  From the Institute’s web site: “Unlike safety evaluations for drugs, there are no human clinical trials of GM foods. The only published human feeding experiment revealed that the genetic material inserted into GM soy transfers into bacteria living inside our intestines and continues to function.  This means that long after we stop eating GM foods, we may still have their GM proteins produced continuously inside us.”

Yikes! Still think GMOs are perfectly safe?

This type of organism is also thought to be something that will contribute to yet even more anti-biotic resistant strains of bacteria, as if we need more instances of those in the world.

From the Democratic Underground:

Top executives from these companies have publicly admitted that they no longer oppose the mass commercialization of GE crops, such as Monsanto’s controversial Roundup Ready alfalfa, and are prepared to sit down and cut a deal for “coexistence” with Monsanto and USDA biotech cheerleader Tom Vilsack.

In a cleverly worded, but profoundly misleading email sent to its customers last week, Whole Foods Market, while proclaiming their support for organics and “seed purity,” gave the green light to USDA bureaucrats to approve the “conditional deregulation” of Monsanto’s genetically engineered, herbicide-resistant alfalfa.”

Apparently, Mr. Vilsack persists in the delusion that somehow these genetic seeds will be able to peacefully co-exist with all other forms of crops. Although laughable, this horribly frightening notion is reflected in his quote from the NY Times: “We want to expand and preserve choice for farmers,” he told reporters. “We think the decision reached today is a reflection of our commitment to choice and trust.”

This nail in the coffin will essentially provide a no-holds barred ticket to Monsanto to commit their long-awaited, hostile takeover of the planet. I’m not even sure if it’s possible to really grow organic anymore and call it organic. Some of these other inept corporate heads like George Siemon of Organic Valley are pushing for “more federal oversight” to keep genetically-modified material out of organic crops. Keep dreamin’ George.

But it’s not over yet.

Executive Director of the Center for Food Safety, Andrew Kimbrell, the advocacy group that organized the lawsuit against the Agriculture Department, stated that his organization would be making a request in the near future to the judge to find that the environmental impact statement remains unanswered in terms of what effects will be had on human health and the environment.

“It’s clear that Vilsack caved to pressure from the biotech industry and Monsanto,” he said. “We’ll be back in court seeking to vacate this approval, as we have done in the past.”

What can you do about genetically-modified alfalfa in our food supply?

Guess what folks, it’s way past time for us to stand up for what’s moral and ethical. It’s time for us to understand that each time we buy something from these companies, we are supporting their efforts to continue to poison our food supply, the environment and take away our rights to eat real, honest food – all under the guise of “feeding the world”. I’m sorry, but what a bunch of bullshit!

It’s time for us to take a stand for ourselves, our children, and grandchildren, and refuse to lay down in the road and be run over by these corporations. They have gone too far, and in the name of all that is good, decent, and right, they should not be allowed to continue. We must make an effort to support real, sustainable growers and start growing our own food whenever we can. We can also continue to make our voices loud and clear to decision-makers. With these three actions, we could potentially defeat these criminals who have been allotted free-rein of our food supply, and gambling with the sustainability of our future.

Demand that President Obama reverse this dastardly decision!

Make your voice heard and send your message today!!!

This post is part of Food Renegade’s Fight Back Friday Carnival.

Activism Healthy Living Real Food

Most-Read Posts of 2010 & Sustainable Goals for 2011

www.mypicshares.com

I’m not a person who has ever been very quick to prepare new year’s resolutions and follow them, but not because I lack motivation, desire to improve, or good ideas. I’ve just always thought to myself: “why wait until the new year to make plans? Why not make goals when it’s appropriate and timely rather than when it’s perceived to be the right time?”

I’ve always sort of compared it to buying Christmas presents just because it’s Christmas. And it’s true, I’ve always had an infinitely difficult time organizing myself to go out and find the perfect gifts during the most horrendously busy and stressful time of year. Just like my goals, I want gifts to be meaningful, not obligatory.

However, there’s also something to be said about getting motivated after the holidays are over, when there’s finally a bit of time to collect myself and think about what kinds of projects I want to accomplish over the coming year.

What really makes this time of year easiest for me to start something new, is not because it’s the new year – but more because a huge amount of stress and activity has finally come to a close, and compared to the complete insanity of the holidays, the next few months should be more quiet and calm (note the operative word should).

And every new opportunity to plan something always leads to another open door…just like in the picture.  :)

Here are the top 10 posts from Agriculture Society for the year 2010:

  1. My Home Medicine Cabinet – What I Use to Remedy Ailments
  2. 17 Ways to Boost Your Immune System for the Upcoming Flu/Cold Season
  3. My Liver and Gallbladder Miracle Cleanse Experience
  4. Common Myths About Food & Nutrition
  5. Is Cheap Food Really Cheap? The Hidden Costs of Industrial Food
  6. My Kitchen Staples – How I Keep My Family Healthy
  7. Allergies & Disease, Medications & Disinfection – Is There a Connection?
  8. Gallbladder Disease and The Standard American Diet – My Personal Account
  9. 11 Healthy and Nutrient-Dense Foods At-A-Glance
  10. The Truth About Raw Milk, Part I

I have never posted a top 10 on my site before this year – mostly, I suppose, because I am often so wiped out after the holidays and I want nothing to do with my computer for a few days.  After a cursory read of this list though, I started to realize that posting it might be useful as a tool to look at which topics my readers are most interested in seeing. This list definitely reveals common themes of detoxification, natural remedies, and using food to heal the body.

In all honesty, this is not too surprising given the fact that for the last 8 months or so, I’ve been thinking about creating an online detoxification course. This is also something which kept coming up in conversation with various people at the Weston A. Price Wise Traditions Conference in November as well.

Detoxification is certainly a topic I’m really interested in, and there are so many aspects of this topic to choose from, there’s no doubt it’s a great topic for a class.  Many people simply don’t know where to start. I’ve been detoxing for the last 5 years in one way or another – whether it’s my every day diet, removing things out of my home or other regular environments, or actively participating in some type of cleanse protocol. I have come a very long way from where I was in 2005 when I was just discovering how I could fix my own health through diet and cleansing, and it’s something I want to share with others so they can benefit from what I’ve gone through.

So, coming in the year 2011, you can expect an online detoxification class from me. I can’t say right now when exactly because I have full-time writing projects that are going to continue to keep me busy (and that’s a good thing), and most importantly, earning income for our family. Our family solar/green IT business is still getting off the ground, and in this economy, that hasn’t been easy. However, we actually made more profit this year than the previous year (2009, which was the year we started), and that is a promising occurrence. With my new job creating content for various clients, I think this year is going to be even better. We are constantly finding new ways to market our products and locate new customers who want to embrace sustainability in living.

More goals

I’m going to plant a garden this year again, and hopefully it will fare better than last year. I know a lot of people had failures with their gardens as well. I ordered from Heirloom Acres and planted about 12 different plants from seed. Our yield was that most of our tomatoes didn’t do well (although we did get some), and the only other plants that produced were lettuce, a few carrots, and a few peppers. I always use some type of organic fertilizer, and I think what I used this year – a Happy Frog fertilizer, wasn’t the same as what I used last year.

I’d like to take a moment and encourage anyone thinking of planting a garden this season to support Terroir Seeds, one of Real Food Media’s newest sponsors. I was fortunate to get to meet Stephen and Cindy Scott at the Weston A. Price Wise Traditions Conference in King of Prussia, PA in November, and what great people they are.  They have one of the prettiest catalogs I’ve ever seen, a great membership program for customers that’s quite stellar, and offer the best in heirloom/heritage varieties of seeds for produce including vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. Stephen and Cindy live in  Chino Valley, AZ. Please visit them if you are ever in the area and also their site and support their business.

I’m also very committed to improving my digestive health in order to positively affect other aspects of my overall health.  I’m thinking about doing more liver/gallbladder miracle cleanses this year. I started a homeopathic protocol last year which made it necessary to put the continued liver/gallbladder cleanses on hold. I’m now thinking that might not have been the best decision because it delayed my liver/gallbladder cleanses which are supposed to be performed consecutively and until no more stones are passed. Fortunately I had only done one instead of several, and in this case it’s much easier to start again.

These are topics you’ll definitely be seeing more of in the coming year, as well as in-depth information about food politics and sustainability, and the science and application of nutrition towards health.

A thank you

I also spend a considerable amount of time supporting other blogs in our community who have important posts and messages to get out to the world, whether it’s leaving comments or posting information on Facebook or Twitter. And it’s critical to keep moving the message about real food forward and out. I have so many favorite food blogs that it would take awhile to list them, but any of those who are part of Real Food Media, which I joined as a featured blogger last year, are certainly included, as well as a variety of others. If it weren’t for many of these great people, I would not have been able to gain such a great network of like-minded people and friends with whom I can count on for support. Please know that I appreciate your support as readers, commenters, and fellow bloggers more than I can adequately express.

I also greatly appreciate those who came to my aid in December when I was under a stressful work deadline and agreed to guest post for me so new content was still available on my blog:

Lauren Snyder Grosz, a Certified Nutrition and Wellness Educator who produces content for Liberation Wellness. I had the opportunity to meet Lauren at The Weston A. Price Foundation Wise Traditions Conference in November of 2010, and I was very pleased to make her acquaintance. Lauren does fantastic work and I hope to be able to keep up on her posts in the future.

A Moderate Life – this site has so many great things to see – recipes, blog carnivals, regular features, and giveaways – all based around nutrient-dense diets and real food. Alex Clark has been a big cheerleader of my blog, and I really appreciate her support! I am planning to do a guest post for her in the next couple of months as a thank-you, and because her site is just so awesome.

Tender Grassfed Meat – author of the book by the same name, food activist Stanley Fishman does a great job of providing wonderful information about how to prepare meats traditionally and posts about the importance of sustainability and our food system. Stanley and his wife Keren have also been a huge supporters of my blog, and Stanley has left plenty of great comments over the last year. Thanks Fishman’s, I appreciate you and all you do for the real food community!

The Urban Homemaker – a family-run business dedicated to providing useful and practical kitchen equipment and much more as well as great articles on cooking and homemaking, with Marilyn Moll. Her site is truly a cornucopia of information, recipes, and other great articles about all kinds of things in the kitchen and cooking. Don’t miss checking out her site, it’s a wealth of interesting and useful information.

Nuturing Naturally – a brand new friend I’ve made recently, Ruth Ann Bowen, from Facebook. Ruth Ann and her co-founder Rebecca Wirtz have a great site dedicated to natural living, recipes, food, and much more. Please visit her site and tell her I sent you over. It’s pretty obvious Ruth Ann is committed to sustainability and healthy living, as she puts her heart and soul into her posts and information she writes.

All of these I’ve mentioned here are such dedicated people who are helping to carry on the message about health and real food. I appreciate each and every one of you so much. Thanks for all you do. Here’s to a bright and brave new year, where together we will conquer some of the challenges we face in the food politics realm and continue to educate and spread the word about food as a healing tool for the world.

Did you miss the first post of the year?

12 smart ways to go sustainable in the new year

Or how about the last five  posts of 2010?

Changing ingredients for a nutrient-dense diet- from Marilyn Moll

An inheritence squandered - by Lauren Snyder Grosz

Rustic baked chicken with cheese and bacon

How to get more calcium in your diet

9 reasons to make bone broth

This post is part of Simple Lives Thursday, hosted this week by Culinary Bliss.