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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
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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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Times Herald-Record

Sustainable Living: Bottled water’s environmental ills

by Shawn Dell Joyce

 

October 14, 2007

 

Many of us choose bottled water because we think it is the healthier choice.

 

Americans are the world’s leading consumers of bottled water, downing about 4 billion gallons per year in little plastic bottles. This is roughly equal to one 8-ounce bottle per person per day. While it certainly is healthier to drink water than soda, bottled water is actually very bad for the planet’s health.

 

There is much more to the ubiquitous water bottle than meets the lips. It actually takes three to five times more water to make and fill one plastic water bottle than the bottle contains. (Water is used in the production of the plastic in water bottles, then also to rinse those bottles.) If you add to that the average energy cost of making the plastic, filling the bottle, transporting it to market and then processing the empty bottle, you begin to see the hidden environmental costs.

 

“It would be like filling up a quarter of every (water) bottle with oil,” says Peter Gleik, a water policy expert and director at the Oakland, Calif.-based Pacific Institute, which studies “real life solutions to water crises.”

 

WATER BOTTLES, like other plastic containers, are made from natural gas and petroleum, which are both nonrenewable resources. More than 1.5 million tons of plastic are used to produce PET, the plastic in water bottles. The manufacturing processes that produce PET cause serious emissions, affecting both the environment and human health. The Pacific Institute calculates that the process of making the plastic bottles consumed in the U.S. uses approximately 17 million barrels of oil per year.

 

Instead of being made into bottles, that oil could fuel more than 100,000 cars. Once the plastic bottle is manufactured and filled with water, it has to be transported, using diesel trucks, ships or airfreight to reach our thirsty lips…” 

 

Shawn Dell Joyce is a sustainable artist and activist from Montgomery. She is the founder of the Wallkill River School, combining plein-air painting with environmental activism. Visit http://www.recordonline.com/earth for more of her articles. 

 

What a waste of precious resources…We have only one home; Earth. Let’s leave our children an earth that is beautiful and well-cared for.

 

More next time-Take care, & Live Green-Donna

 

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The North Pacific sub-tropical gyre, also, dubbed “the Asian Trash Trail” the “Trash Vortex” or the “Eastern Garbage Patch”, is a appalling example of man not taking care of the Earth he has been given by the grand Creator of all. Located not that far north of Hawaii, is this man-made floating island, at least the size of Texas and some say its already twice that size.

How does that affect us? More than we can ever realize. Rather than have me go on and summarize these articles, go to and http://shttp://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/oceans/pollution/trash-vortex?MM_URL=http://oceans.greenpeace.org/en/our-oceans/pollution/trash-vortexeattletimes.nwsource.com/html/pacificnw04232006/coverstory.html  , and read the articles for yourself.

We have a beautiful planet; glorious places to visit and enjoy. However, if we don’t take action, if we don’t join together and perhaps forgo our insatiable need for convenience and “throw aways,” we will not have pristine beaches to enjoy or sea animals to watch in awe. They will be gone!

Take a look at the map at http://oceans.greenpeace.org/en/the-expedition/news/trashing-our-oceans/ocean_pollution_animation . Scroll to the expected outlook for 6 years from now and how it is expected to grow. It’s getting serious in our lifetime, Folks, and, if this is happening now, what will our  grandchildren have to look forward to?  Currents shown, also, affect our weather patterns. This just isn’t a garbage concern and a wildlife concern, it now becomes a global environmental/weather concern.

Just one example of wildlife being affected: Fulmars, beautiful birds that seldom come into land areas except to take care of their young, are dying on beaches on our West Coast because of all the plastic they are ingesting at sea. They can’t distinguish between garbage and real food so the garbage, especially plastic refuse, kills them. It’s is heart-rending. And, not all plastic garbage floats. Much of it sinks and the garbage, tons and tons of it with it’s chemical compounds, kills, smothers, marine life at the bottom of the seas.

Go to www.greenpeace.org. Sign up for their newsletter. Be part of the solution and not a contributor to the problem. It is said that if only 11% of the population will do something to help a cause, it will be successful.  It’s not too late. Let’s all do our part to Live Green. Here is a little 1 minute video for you. Hope you enjoy, Donna

Couldn’t download the video, so here is the link: http://oneminuteshift.com/videos/its_not_too_late

“The crises facing our planet can be overwhelming. But it is not too late for change,” says Van Jones, a respected social justice leader. In this inspiring video, he shares that change begins with a worldview that says we’re not going to leave anyone behind. Together, we can make the shift beyond a throw-away culture to a world in which everything is respected as sacred.

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Today when I opened my home page, MSN, an article appeared that once again displays our ardent refusal to acknowledge what is happening to our home-Earth. 

Warming Seas, Disease takes toll on coral reefs-Ocean’s forest’s are being lost much more quickly than trees on land.

The author, Miguel Llamos, MSNBC reporter, writes:

“John Bruno isn’t attending the U.N. climate talks being held in Bali, Indonesia, but he does have some advice for any delegates looking to take in the resort’s famed reefs: enjoy it now, because if sea temperatures continue to rise, expect to see more — and more severe — disease outbreaks that wipe out corals…”

John Bruno is “a marine biologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he co-authored two 2007 studies on rapid coral decline and on a link between coral disease and global warming. “

What happens to life anywhere, happens to us eventually. Think about it. This affects our children, grandchildren, and all future generations. Do we really care? I hope so.

The ocean is a plethora of life and everyday miracles. It is, also, a look into the future. We can’t continue to ignore this undersea world as though it doesn’t affect our very existence.

What is so interesting about this little article, is that it just doesn’t discuss climatic changes and how it affects the seas. Miguel Llanos makes mention of the pollution such as human sewage, farm run-off, and so on in the last century that has played a big roll in affecting the coral reefs, as well. Some may argue whether or not climatic changes exist or if man even plays a roll in in preventing it… However, they can’t argue or debate the fact that man, the most intelligent creature on the planet, is responsible for the pollution which has gotten worse over the years.  Or, is it the old story of sweeping the dirt under the rug? If you don’t see it, it’s not there? How foolish. Man may not see it, but every underwater creature, who can’t do anything about it, is affected.

Go to  http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22028590/  to view the entire article and watch  great slide shows that parents and teachers can use to teach responsible living and respect for the Earth.

Till next time, stay safe, recycle, and Live Green.

God bless,

Donna

P.S. One of the worst offenders of pollution in recent times is bottled water. Plastic water bottles-millions of them- are continually disposed of in landfills and from garbage barges dumped in the oceans. Let’s stop this unnecessary waste. Make your own purified, healthy, alkaline water in your own home. Go to www.be-alkaline.com , .net, & .info to learn more. Contact me if you have any questions.

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The following is a recent letter that is being widely circulated to bring attention to an environmental issue affecting the Ouachita River. The letter states the opinion of Friends of Felsenthal, Inc. in reference to the Proposed El Dorado Wastewater Effluent Pipeline to the Ouachita River:FRIENDS OF FELSENTHAL, INC.
P. O. BOX 904
CROSSETT,
AR 71635
Ronnie Greer, President
392 Nick Springs Rd.
El Dorado, AR 71730
March 28, 2006
Re: Proposed El Dorado Wastewater Effluent Pipeline to the Ouachita RiverTo all concerned,
On behalf of the Friends of Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge, over a 100 member,
not for profit volunteer organization, I am writing to share our serious concerns
surrounding the referenced project and its potential impact on the Ouachita River
and downstream wetland systems.
According to the information we have, this project, as currently proposed,
calls for approximately a 9.5 mile pipeline, to be constructed that would transport city
municipal waste water along with effluent from El Dorado Chemical, Great Lakes Chemical
(now Chemture) and Lion Oil Companies to a discharge point on the Ouachita River. Natural
resources presant within the Ouachita River floodplain downstream of the proposed discharge
point are tremendous and include excellent sport and commercial fisheries, excellent resident
wildlife populations and excellent migratory bird resources including winter waterfowl populations
approaching ½ million birds.

The Moro Bay State Park, Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge, Lower Ouachita/Beryl Anthony
Wildlife Management Area and Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge in northern Louisiana
are just some of the public lands downstream of the discharge location and on into the floodplain
of North Louisiana and The Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge and Bayou Desiard, which the
cities of Monroe, LA. receive their city water. Felsenthal Refuge alone receives over 400,000
visitors annually which generates millions of dollars to the local and regional economy.

Save the Ouachita, Inc., also a not for profit conservation organization with several hundred
members in 2004, hired a nationally recognized environmental engineer, Dr. Clifford Randall,
Virginia Tech University, to evaluate the potential environmental impacts associated with this project.
Attached for your review and information is a summary of Dr. Randall’s preliminary evaluation and
recommendations following his recent tour of the proposed project. Our concerns echo those of
Dr. Randall. We have him looking at the “Umbrella Permit” the Arkansas Dept. of Environmental
Quality has issued. If you would like printed copies sent to you of the permits or Dr. Randall’s report, we will
be happy to send them to you.

While the Friends of Felsenthal oppose the project as currently proposed, due to no consideration
being given to other approaches or cumulative impacts, we also desire to support the city and the
industries that would benefit from the project in the exploration and implementation of alternatives
to the project. We could support and would suggest examining alternatives that would either eliminate
the potential negative impacts or substantially minimize the potential impacts while mitigating those
impacts that cannot be eliminated.

To our knowledge, actual scope of this proposal along with effluent discharge amounts have not been
made public, nor evaluations of cumulative impacts developed, so it is impossible to fully evaluate
the proposal. The entire permitting process for this proposal should receive full public and professional
scrutiny through development of viable alternatives that examines cumulative potential impacts while
providing opportunities for public involvement in accordance with established NEPA processes.

We were promised a year ago, when we strongly brought up the detrimental impact this would have,
to the attention of the ADEQ and EPA in our region, that a year long testing period would be done to form
a Baseline for Water Quality to do modeling runs of changes in the parameters caused by the impact
of the outfall from this pipeline. .As it has not even been a year and we have not been informed what the
baseline is, how could they possibly set any limits? We had respectfully requested Arkansas Department of
Environmental Quality, as the permitting agency, to provide adequate opportunity for full public involvement,
including formal public meetings and solicitation of formal comments prior to issuing any permits for effluent
discharge into the Ouachita River. To this point, in the permitting process, we are not aware of any formal examination/disclosure of potential impacts being provided to the general public nor have any alternatives
been developed. It should be abundantly clear to anyone that this entire process must, with all diligence,
seek the best possible solution for eliminating long term impacts given the nationally significant resources
placed at risk by the proposal.

The ADEQ has published in the local paper, that a public meeting will be held in El Dorado, AR at
The Best Western, Kings Inn, on May 18th, 2006 at 6:00 pm.

Clean water and the wildlife and recreation that accompany it are essential to enhancing our quality of life
in south Arkansas. The river along with the nationally important resources on public lands within the Ouachita
Basin downstream of the proposed discharge point are gems in south Arkansas’ crown and the project could
jeopardize these gems unnecessarily.

If any of you have had the opportunity to fish or hunt or just enjoy viewing the wildlife along the Ouachita River,
you could never forget what a great gift it is we have and would want to keep for generations to come.

We are asking for any help we can get with comment points provided in writing by certified mail prior to
the week of June 1, 2006 to the ADEQ opposing this permit. Please feel free to contact us,
Ronnie or Janice Greer,
392 Nick Springs Rd.,
El Dorado, AR 71730,
Home (870) 863-3737
or cell (870) 310-6601
or ronnieg1@prodigy.net
or riverlife_05@yahoo.com,

if you need additional information. We look forward to your response and any comments and aid you could give
us in this matter. You may go to the Ouachita River Foundation to view some of the images and news about this at http://www.ouachitariver.org. Sincerely, Ronnie Greer, President Friends of Felsenthal, Inc. 

For more information as to how you can help go to: http://www.ouachitariver.org/news.htm

Don’t pollute! Don’t keep throwing plastic water bottles away to end up in landfills. Make your own healthy, pure, alkaline water at home. Get healthier. It’s water perfect for drinking. Change Your water…Change Your Life!! 

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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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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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