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Our Beloved Home - Planet Earth

Our Beloved Home - Planet Earth

We live on such a beautiful planet that is Forever Rejuvenating, Regenerating and Changing

Every day, every moment, my eyes fall upon some part of Nature’s beauty. The miracle of the sun rising and setting every day, without me having to do a thing. The miracle of our seasons, so gracefully surrendering into life’s process. The beauty of green trees gently swaying in the wind; the birds gracefully flying overhead or landing on some delicate branch with their tiny feet; the wispy ever-changing clouds moving through a beautiful blue sky; the incredible palette of colors that Nature paints on Her new canvas every day just for me to feel wonder-filled with awe.

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A Tree on Hill

Then why is it that we, the human species, treat Her with such disrespect? After all, we return to Her every minute, of every day, for our sustenance and source of wellbeing. Whether it is our food, water, clothing, shelter, in fact for everything. For everything we produce and create has its origins in the natural world. We draw from Her everything we need; for construction; our buildings, products, furnishings; clothing; packaging, automobiles and transportation, gadgets and it goes on and on.

It is almost like we have been in a deep slumber, totally preoccupied with our busy daily lives, caught up in our plastic, air-conditioned lives, entombed in artificial environments, shut off from the daily wonders and beauty of our natural world–and our hearts have closed down.

Orphaned Baby Orangutan

Orphaned Baby Orangutan

I am sure everyone is aware of a massive shift taking place on Planet Earth. It has been growing since 2002 and we are now fully into it. Some call it a paradigm shift. Many of the old ways of doing things are no longer working, our business, financial and political structures are no longer supporting the old “you vs. me”, the “war-ing” mentality and profits above all else. The worn-out gamesmanship of ” I win, you lose” is losing its power. Accepted forms and structures of relating are dissolving; relationship with myself; with others; with our daily lives, with Nature. Read the rest of this entry »

Two-Headed Sheep

Two-Headed Sheep

THE DANGERS OF REDUCING THE GENE POOL IN OUR NATURAL WORLD

In his bold and excellent article, Bryan Walsh says…”we don’t have the luxury of philosophizing about food. With the exhaustion of the soil, the impact of global warming and the inevitably rising price of oil — which will affect everything from fertilizer to supermarket electricity bills — our industrial style of food production will end sooner or later”.

TIME MAGAZINE COVER STORY

“Getting Real About the High Cost of Cheap Food” By Bryan Walsh Friday, Aug. 21, 2009 http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1917458,00.html

I had been taking a closer look at the breeding aspects of our food and animals, when this important and brave article broke and I was appalled to find that the rush to produce more on smaller plots of land has also resulted in massive loss of species and loss of our natural gene pool of vegetables, fruits and other crops and in the breeding of animals. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Crumb for you, a Crumb for Me!

IF WORLD POPULATION DOUBLES IN FORTY YEARS – WHAT DO WE DO?

http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=47587

Think about this. We are already stressing our Natural world to max, what will it be like as we add billions more? More poverty, more starvation, more conflict with our natural world.

This makes addressing our environmental and biodiversity issues much more pressing. To bring balance and health back to our food supply chain…the danger is we will just err on the side of more science and technology that could only further exacerbate the already dire problem of nutritious, healthy food supplies for all and getting the mega factory farming back into harmony with nature. I believe we can feed and water ourselves, but I believe it will return to small communities, working together with some supplemental outside help. We cannot depend on the integrity of multi-national food corporations to do the right thing. Nor can we depend on the bigger, more developed nations who may be busy taking care of their own internal problems. It is highly likely that foreign aid will begin to dry up. Survival will implode our focus.

If we want to uplift humanity, we cannot do it just by handing out clothes, or distributing money, or teaching about a higher standard of living. We cannot truly help people if we just create more and more programs for those who are sick and poor. We have to enter partnerships both large and small to restore humans to Read the rest of this entry »

glass_of_water_images.jpegSex Hormones, Pain Killers, Pharmaceuticals all Recycling back into our food chain and into our bodies.

The word “RECYCLE” thas taken on a greater, deeper meaning. Everything we put down our drains, sinks, or toilets eventually recycles back into our bodies. That means excess vitamins, drugs, pain killers and anything else the body needs to discharge. Then there is what goes down our shower drains and the detergents and softeners we put into our washing machines. And any sprays we put on our lawns and plants. It all eventually filter into our water and both we and Nature pay a heavy price.www.chicagotribune.com/health/chi-water-testing-14-jul14,0,4303601.story

All of this enters treatment plants that do not neutralize or remove most of these elements. The water is discharged into our water ways and oceans, then the aquatic animals and fish and other animals who drink the water reabsorb them, then we eat them, and the cycle repeats itself in toxic food or drinking water. And it starts all over again.

Which is why the Obama Administration is moving Read the rest of this entry »

A Follow up to my earlier Blog

“PRESIDENT OBAMA. PLEASE STOP MONSANTO”

As farmers battle weeds ‘conventionally,’ the chemical treadmill speeds up

…..having a hell of a time controlling weeds, and resorting to evermore complex herbicide cocktails to combat them.

The dominant herbicide is still glyphosate, a broad-spectrum herbicide marketed by Monsanto as Roundup. Monsanto, of course, has established itself as an agribusiness giant by selling “Roundup Ready” corn, soy, and cotton seeds—genetically engineered to withstand copious lashings of Roundup. (Scientists recently discovered that the “inert” ingredients in Roundup damage human cells. Oh-oh!) The technology makes farming easy. You plant your seeds, and anytime weeds break out, you can knock them down with herbicide, without damaging the crop a bit! Except … Roundup applications have become so heavy that weeds are starting to develop resistance.

And that is causing farmers to think hard about the pesticide-treadmill problem—the situation wherein weeds and other pests develop resistance to poisons, demanding ever higher doses of old poisons and constant development of novel ones…more

[UPDATED] | Grist. http://tinyurl.com/klgeyh



Dear Mr. President:

Please stop Monsanto – and their bedfellows – They’re killing us and our planet- and now the four companies—Monsanto, Syngenta, Dupont, and Bayer—that own the global market for GM seeds/pesticides/insecticides are colluding and combining technologies . http://tinyurl.com/klgeyh

Surely this is approaching an anti-trust and monopoly issue? Too big to fail?!

The ongoing battle between GMO, pesticides and insecticides and Organic farmers clearly shows that Monsanto has all its bases covered in case of lawsuits from farmers, some due to crop spraying drifting onto organic farms. (shell corporations with no assets) Monsanto can squash an organic farm with one waft of the wind. This article explains a little about one incident http://www.grist.org/article/2009-07-16-an-iowa-cropduster-can-squash-an-organic-farm/

shambo web 3 75 dpiMr. President, while you’re working so hard on health reform, I respectfully request you look into the causes and preventative health measures that requires the Monsanto’s (and the Dow’s) of our world to stop poisoning our planet and food and water supply making tens of millions of people sick, all over the planet, with cancer and other horrible terminal and life-threatening illnesses, driving up medical costs because it is in our food, water supply, household products, personal care items, etc.
And that includes our children who are exposed to these GMOs, artificial hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, and insecticides even while in the womb, creating weakened immune systems and resistance to antibiotic treatment: Article: Drug-resistant bacteria were eating holes in the lungs of 7-week-old Madeline Reimer of Batavia. The most powerful antibiotics available could not stop them.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/chi-mrsa-mom-bd19-jul19,0,2286795.story

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A group of prominent environmental activists, lawyers and policymakers are reviving plans to create a transnational lawmaking body to regulate and adapt to environmental issues. Under the leadership of British proponent and lawyer Stephen Hockman, the International Court for the Environment (ICE) would be the supreme legal authority on environmental issues. The body’s two primary goals involve enforcing international agreements on greenhouse gas emission reductions, and fining countries and companies that degrade the environment or fail to comply with standards. http://tinyurl.com/nq7oav

via Eco-Enforcers (By Alexandra Gross).

Mountaintop mining legacy: Destroying Appalachian streams. The environmental damage caused by mountaintop removal mining across Appalachia has been well documented. But scientists are now beginning to understand that the most lasting damage may be caused by the massive amounts of debris dumped into valley streams. Yale Environment 360

Mountaintop Mining Legacy: Destroying Appalachia’s Streams by John McQuaid: Yale Environment 360.

High food prices defy harvest gains For Poorer Countries

More than 1 billion suffering daily from various degrees of hunger. Good cereal harvests and a sharp decline in international grain prices have not had any impact on domestic food prices in developing countries, which remain very high and are a major source of hardship for millions, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said Monday.

via High food prices defeat harvest gains.

Smaller fish tend to produce fewer eggs. They also provide less sustenance for predators – including humans – which could have significant implications for the food chain and ecosystem.

via Fish are shrinking in response to global warming: study.

CONCERNS CONTINUE TO BE RAISED RE GMO CORN

But the producers show no signs of letting up.  Once it is in our environment, the pollen spreads and it becomes almost impossible to put this toxic genie back into the box…and don’t whey know it!  The longer they can keep it going, the more chance they have of it becoming accepted as mainstream.

Living on Earth: GE Corn Causes Concern

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