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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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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

 

P.S.Let’s become eco-friendly. Visit www.be-alkaline.com and www.be-alkaline.net -request your free e-book and newsletter to find out how you can have the best water on the planet and you make it in your own home. No more plastic bottles. For more information and research, write to Donna@be-alkaline.com and ask for further information.

 

 

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With the onslaught of everything being put to DVD’s and CD’s, the collections of some people are getting very large and many people are disposing of those they don’t want anymore. What impact is that making on the environment?

In 1983, there were only 800,000 discs distributed worldwide according to an article written by Susie Ruth, “The Dawn of CD/DVD Recycling.” The sales have now been “upped to 30 billion discs a year.”  And, as with everything else, we dispose of them. “Millions of these–unwanted, damaged or obsolete–end up in landfills, or worse, incinerated.” When is the insanity going to stop?

The problem that exists is that discs are made from a combination of materials which consists of a “volume of virgin resource use, manufacturing pollution, and waste” that is staggering. Ms Ruth describes the materials as this: “Aluminum from ore, gold, multiple dyes, and acrylic lacquer and polycarbonate made from fossil fuels. Glass, nickel, silver come into play, plus lots of water.” 

 To counter this overwhelming problem, Bruce Bennett, owner of Duplication Supply Group, launched the CD Recycling Center and Education Program. He stated he found that most people simply didn’t know what to do with unwanted Cd’s and DVD’s. “Every month 100,000 pounds of discs become useless.”

So since this program has been made available the center has been able to recycle over “2 million discs, 25% from individuals, and 75% from corporations” so far. It may not sound like much, but at least it’s a start to solving what is becoming a really big problem and will only escalate in the future. The recycled discs are being made into everything from building materials to auto parts. So “recycling discs not only saves energy and water, it, also, saves trees,” says Ms. Ruth. 

Suggestions in the article from Mr. Bennett: Instead of discarding old discs, share them with a friend, donate or trade them, or give them to a public library. And, with proper respect and care, any discs you may get in the future can last for a very long time if you simply keep them from extreme heat, cold, humidity, and sunlight.

For more information, or to send your discs for recycling, contact: Compact Disc Reycling enter of North America, 68H Stiles Rd., Salem, NH, 03079. Email to: info@cdrecyclingcenter.org , or call: 603-890-8996 to answer your questions about the program.

 Till next time…Live Green, & be Eco-friendly. Let’s take care of our only home: Earth!

Take care & God bless,

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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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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