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The world is changing. What use to be a world of purity in agriculture, leaving nature to do its own thing year after year, is becoming big business. Big corporations are turning farming into money-making, agricultural-science that is tainted with Frankenstein-like tendencies.

About 30 years ago, there was a movie produced entitled Henderson Monster. It is available on NetFlix. It was not dealing with science-fiction monsters as the title infers. Instead, it was a subtle expose’ of how science, even in university labs, was big business and suggested that someday man would “own” genetic codes. Man, corporations, would have the ability to control life, manipulate life,…even own life, if you will.

There was once the comment made: He who controls the food, controls the population. It appears to be coming to that. The above paragraph, is now reality. Big corporations, like Monsanto, do “own” the genetic codes of plant seeds. Farmers are finding, that once they start using them, they have to continue using the seeds on infinitum. Oh, and then there’s the animal genes in our food-GMO’s, and…well, … that’s another post. To elaborate on that at this time would probably make this post at least ten pages.—Another time.

To get back to the subject at hand–There are bills being considered in Congress that are bringing to an urgency something that we all must be informed of if the choice to eat organic foods is of importance to you. They are bills HR. 875 and S. 425 (Click on links to view bills). The bills, like many, incorporate many issues in them, but, even though lengthy, it is of vital concern to those who value their rights to live holistically.

Take the time to read the bill yourself, and read between the lines. Under a heading described as protecting the public health and ensuring the safety of food, it creates a new “Food Safety Administration” within Health and Human Services. Oddly, it doesn’t just add regulations to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) which is also under HHS. The bill applies to all manner of “Food Establishments” and “Food Production Facilities” (the following is an excerpt).

(14) FOOD PRODUCTION FACILITY- The term ‘food production facility’ means any farm, ranch, orchard, vineyard, aquaculture facility, or confined animal-feeding operation. The bill could appear to even cover some fishing boats and potentially your downtown hot dog street vendors…

I encourage you to peruse the bill, particularly sections 206 and 207 under title 2, and section 3 that classifies the different definitions. The definitions will explain what the 5 classifications of the food establishments are. In essence, the small time farmer may have to jump giant hoops in the testing of foods, and new types of storage, etc., since it is very broadly-based written. That is the problem. Also, all these new regulations would be very expensive to conform to, and, if that be the case, government loans would be needed, and…you know what’s next as a result of that: Conformity without choice. By not conforming and following suit of the new regulations, they will be in violation leading, no doubt, to a great price to be paid. In addition, again, by the way it is written, everything points to the possibility that the small time organic farmer could be penalized for trying to adhere to their God-given right to be holistic in farming.

Refer to the above points. Call your legislators if you are impelled to do so: 1-202-224-3121. Let’s preserve the small organic gardener. We need them! And, if anyone has a small organic garden in their own back yard, it might, may, could, heaven forbid, apply to you.

Have a great, natural living day,
Stephen
www.be-alkaline.com    Live Green-Be eco-friendly! Don’t pollute the Earth! Use electrolytic (ionized) water in your garden and to clean your home: It’s  Amazing! And, it’s children and pet friendly! If that’s as important to you as it is to me, contact me for more information. The Earth depends on us to take care of it…for future generations.
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 “Food is power. Are you in control of yours?” John Jeavons
Quote from the book: Harvest for Hope…A Guide to Mindful Eating by Jane Goodall
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Hope you have had a great day. I wanted to let you know about the interesting article in this month’s Vogue magazine regarding chemicals in our environment and the fact that they can cause infertility problems and so much more. Isn’t this alarming? It reminds me of the recent movie “Children of Men.” As one quote brought out, “We’re all awash in a sea of chemicals,” says Sarah Janssen, M.D., PH.D., a scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council. “People continue to be exposed while we try and figure out how to test things.”

  

The chemicals of primary concern are a “group of synthetic compounds known as endocrine disruptors so named for their ability to mimic or block hormones that regulate many of the body’s functions.” One of these is ‘bisphenol A’, or BPA’s, widely used in…plastics. These migrate from your plastic bottle into the water, juice, or soda it holds….BPA masquerades as a healthy hormone while causing havoc in your body. BPA has been shown in animal studies to cause prostrate cancer and malformed genitals, and to harm mammary-gland development in females at puberty. Low-level fetal exposure in animals has been linked to breast cancer, and a recent study in Japan traced the chemical to an increase in miscarriages.”  Wow! Are you still drinking bottled water?

If you can, pick up this month’s issue of Vogue and read the entire article by Robert Sullivan. He does an excellent job of explaining the subject to make everyone aware of the harmful chemicals we ingest just by consuming beverages in low number plastic bottles and by using many other products we regularly have in our homes. 

What can a person do? Well, fortunately, you can now avoid many of these harmful chemicals and even get healthier by simply making your own pure, Kangen, alkaline water perfect for drinking right at home and using glass bottles or #7 bottles to store it in. You can, also, use the low PH water -acidic water-for personal beauty care and strong electrolytic water for household use and become more eco-friendly for your own health sake and that of the environment. And, It’s so easy to do, too. Contact me for more information. This is so exciting! Change your water…change your life!

To your good health,

Donna 

www.be-alkaline.info -Get the newsletter and the free book, watch the videos and peruse the site. Find out for yourself the amazing benefits of Electrolytic Water and what it can do for your body, your skin, and your home. Avoid the chemical invasion of the 21st century and live holistically and eco-friendly. God bless—-

 

“Water is the noblest of the elements.” Pindar

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I just had to post on the article that was written on all the travel destinations that are now endangered because of Global Warming. Go here to read the article: http://travel.msn.com/Guides/greenarticle.aspx?cp-documentid=387810
And great slide show: http://travel.msn.com/Guides/greenSlideShow.aspx?cp-documentid=385955

Now that many of us empty-nest boomers are able to travel, we are facing the possibility that the destinations we have always dreamed of seeing may not be as we once pictured in our minds or saw in travel magazines and Natonal Geographics. And, this tragic story doesn’t end with us. This will affect our grandchildren, their children…unless we do something NOW!! Let’s take care of the Earth. We can all help-Live Green.

Have a beautiful, happy Sunday,
Donna

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Hi-Hope you are having a great summer Saturday.

Do you have your water bottle handy? Turn it over, and look for a little triangle embossed on the bottom, and there should be a number embossed within that triangle. Most water bottles, juice bottles, and soda bottles have a number 1 in that triangle. If that number is below 7, the toxic chemicals in the plastic could very well be leaching into the water. The lower the number the more chemicals. So, if the number is only 1, which it probably is…that will tell you that even more toxic materials are leaching into your beverage of choice including water.

You see water is a solvent. Nature’s most impressive solvent. Your water is shipped and stored in warehouses, for who knows how long, until you, the consumer, buys it and drinks that water with all those added chemicals going into your body.

Not only are many bottled waters derived from the Public Water Source and have the potential of having the chemicals from the No. 1 plastic in the water, but it takes 16 billion barrels of oil a year just to produce the pastic in which it is bottled-not to mention the incredible amount of landfills the bottles occupy each year, and the fact that they take 1000 years to bio-degrade. What a horrible legacy to leave to the children of the world.


So if you are concerned about the environment, let’s stop the insanity!! Let’s get eco-friendly and get healthy, too.

More info next time you won’t want to miss…Have a great day,
Donna

Email me at: donnsinfo@gmail.com Please don’t spam me

Go to http://www.be-alkaline.com to find out how you can make your own, delicious, safe, healthy, alkaline water in your own home that is ideal for drinking and be eco-friendly at the same time. Let’s Live Green, save the environment from toxic, plastic bottles, and help heal this beautiful planet we all call home. God bless—

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Wow! Starting this month in San Francisco, Mayor Gavin Newsom has banned city departments from buying bottled water for their water coolers. Other mayors, one in Utah and one in Michigan have followed in Mayor Newsom’s footsteps.

Imagine: 45,000,000 plastic water bottles are dumped into landfills every day in the US alone. Following is a quote by Sylvia Carter from Newsday.com: “Even if the water is not killing us, we’ve been had, money-wise. Both Aquafina by Pepsi and Dasani by Coca-Cola depend on supplies of municipal water; we are paying for water that came from the tap – which can end up costing more per gallon than gasoline. In many cases, bottled water in this country has been found to be no safer than tap water; the National Resources Defense Council tested bottled water and found a third of it contaminated with bacteria, synthetic chemicals and arsenic. The EPA’s regulations on tap water are stronger than the FDA’s regulations on bottled water.”

She continued, “The environment is at risk because of our ridiculous water consumption out of plastic bottles. Last month, the Houston Chronicle, in a strong editorial, spoke of “a beast-like mass two times the size of Texas” that slowly “roams and grows.” This is the Eastern Garbage Patch in the northern Pacific Ocean, likely the world’s largest trash dump, according to The Los Angeles Times; 90 percent of this trash is plastic, much of it water bottles. Americans annually consume more than 9 billion gallons of water in plastic bottles, most of them made of polyethylene terephthalate. It takes the equivalent of 18 million barrels of crude oil to create the plastic used in a year’s worth of bottles, according to the Chronicle editorial.” http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/ny-fdsyl5296059jul18,0,494428.column?coll=ny-entertainment-columnists

Unimagineable statistics, aren’t they? An incredible amount of plastic is used in the production and sales of drinks-both water and soda-and mass amounts of crude oil are consumed in the process. The by-products and CO2’s are unleashed into our atmosphere and environment contributing to Global Warming. And, on top of all that, all those bottles do not bio-degrade for 1000 years. What a horrible legacy we are leaving to the children of the world!

I personally don’t agree with drinking tap water in many areas, however. There are some statistics on that which I will get to you in the future. There are other alternatives; safe alternatives with added health benefits that won’t endanger our environment and contribute to Global Warming. Get information at www.be-alkaline.com . Go ahead and request the free book and the newsletter. Both are “need to know” information and pertinent to the times. The only ones to get your info is us & we will never share or sell it-very private.

More next time…

Take care, Live Green, & have a great evening,
Donna
www.be-alkaline.com

Write me: donnasinfo@gmail.com

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Welcome back to my blog. I haven’t posted since the end of April, and, oh, how I missed posting and reading  comments and e-mails from my readers.  I was away to be with my dear Aunt Rose who became very ill and subsequently passed on at 94 years “young.”  I took some time off afterward for reflection and to spend time with my family.

Oh, how I miss her, though. She was quite a lady and great inspiration to me with her optimistic outlook on life. She had  a natural ability to tell jokes, getting the punchline perfect everytime. Her right leg was amputated 4 1/2 years years ago; however, she used a prosthetic leg after that to get around independently. Her favorite quip was, “I’m fine, as long as I have one leg to stand on,”  and then she would laugh. And, independent she was. She drove her car, taught her music students for both organ and piano, and volunteered to play the piano at her church and a nursing home once a month. Music was an integral part of her life. She lived to play her music everyday, and she played beautifully. She’d been playing since she was a very young girl.

As I was packing her things, I found the canvas shopping bags she regularly used in shopping for groceries and such. Ever concerned about the  environment and having a love for nature and this beautiful planet, she had an old-fashioned philosophy of “waste not, want not.” Plastic and paper bags were scarce in her little home. If only the earth’s general population had a speck of that mind-set. 

This last week-end, many well-known, dedicated celebrities shared their talent with the world while joining with Mr. Al Gore to express their message of concern about Global Warming for “Live Earth’ the Concerts for a Climate in Crisis.”  People everywhere were further encouraged to live an eco-friendly lifestyle for the sake of the environment and Planet Earth, our only home. I know that my Aunt Rose would wish that everyone be blessed with a long, happy life filled with music and love, while living “green” even into our 90’s, leaving a legacy of a safe, beautiful world behind for children everywhere. 

My aunt had a favorite little poem that I will leave you with. Print it out and hang it somewhere. It’s a great reminder for everyday life and all the wonderful blessings we have.

Have a great evening, and may God bless.

Donna

“We Thank Thee”

For the flowers that bloom about our feet;

For the song of bird and the hum of bee;

For all things fair we hear and see,

Father in heaven we thank Thee!

For the blue of the stream and the blue of the sky;

For the pleasant shade of branches high;

For the fragrant air and the cooling breeze;

For the beauty of the blooming trees,

Father in heaven we thank Thee!

For the mother-love and father -care,

For brothers strong and sisters fair;

For the love at home and here each day;

For guidance lest we go astray,

Father in heaven we thank Thee!

For this new morning with its light;

For rest and shelter of the night;

For health and food, for love and friends;

For everything His goodness sends,

Father in heaven we Thank Thee! –Ralph Waldo Emerson

Amen

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I love the little ad on TV that encourages making your neighborhood a more beautiful place to live in. We may not all have acres of land and be able to grow a huge organic garden, but if we improve our little corner of the earth and do so as naturally as possible, it will be a start.

The are a plethora of books out now on living green and improving your environment where you reside. I’ll be posting about some of them as the weeks go by.

One is the Great Neighborhood Bookby Jay Walljasper, a senior fellow for Project for Public Spaces, PPS .  If you live in the city, there’s lots of ways to make your space more beautiful and this book has many recommendations for urban planners to the individuals who live there.

You can plant a civic garden. Put benches among the flowers and greenery to reclaim a gathering spot for the  residents. A simple flower box outside your apartment window filled with geraniums or pansies can bring a little joy to those who see it. Reclaim your neighborhoods and make them beautiful to enjoy for generations of children to come.

The talented singer and actress, Bette Midler, has done that for years in New York City.  Her group has helped to turn many little, litterstrewn city plots of land into prolific gardens and cleaned up junk to reveal beauty. We all can follow her example everywhere.

This is an amazing planet. Earth has given so much to man for so many years.  It’s time to give back in any way we can. Be nice to the earth.

Have a great day, Donna

Thought for the day: Victor Hugo once said,  “The beautiful is as useful as the useful.” Let’s not forget that.

 

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