G Living has been reporting about the ongoing mystery of the mass disappearance and collapse of the honeybees. Now scientists finally have a theory and small study to back it up as to why it is happening, and it is not a hopeful one at all. This is yet just another illustration of how we are the cause and the effect is mass collapse and destruction of nature and her delicate and finely balanced interdependent homeostasis. Einstein even said that if the bees disappeared, man would only have four years left of life before we disappeared as well.
Scientists claim radiation from handsets are to blame for mysterious ‘colony collapse’ of bees
By Geoffrey Lean and Harriet Shawcross Published: 15 April 2007
It seems like the plot of a particularly far-fetched horror film. But some scientists suggest that our love of the mobile phone could cause massive food shortages, as the world’s harvests fail.Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
As we reported a few weeks ago, the Wolves of America are once again in the cross hairs of hunters. There are currently a mere 9,000 wolves living within the entire United States, which was enough to have them removed from the Endangered Species list. Opening up the option for hunters to start shooting them. We thought it might be a good idea to embed this show from The Natural Kingdom Collection about Wolves, to enable us to all know a little more about their lives.
Three of the world’s leading experts share their intimate understanding of wolf behavior. John and Mary Theberge and Michael Runtz have spent a lifetime studying wolves and in particular, wolf language. Against the magnificent natural backdrop of one of the world’s greatest parks, we learn the nuances of wolf language and, in turn, perhaps better understand what they might be saying to each other.
My Canadian book tour officially began on Thursday March 22nd in Montreal. I was extremely please with the amount of media attention. Montreal being what it is (largely French speaking), I was most impressed with the amount of interest in my book. (get a copy)
This particular bout of media attention came from a slightly different angle than what I’m accustomed. It focused almost exclusively on one chapter in my book: The Thrive Diet for a Healthy Environment.
This interest came as a result of my involvement in the Youth Conference for Climate Change that took place later that day in Montreal. All delegates received a copy of The Thrive Diet to help them make informed dietary choices; paralleling their other environmentally conscious decisions. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Consumers drive America’s economy and very often advertising drives consumers. We are beginning to see a shift in that model as conscientious buyers, lead the way to healthier products and practices, by making choices that aren’t driven by mainstream media. Millions have made change in their lifestyles. Those changes are translating into a social shift in the marketplace.
Whether we focus on foods or fashions, transportation or trade, the way we spend our dollars has created a booming new industry of Greener choices. Every dollar sends a vote to the market and Green voices are growing louder. Green consumers are the wave of the future and the corporate world is working to win your support. On the other hand the corporate world is paying for Congressional support. Our voices are not yet a force in the legislative arena.
We know democracy is based on the idea that government must serve the public interest. Unfortunately, money talks and corporate interests have gotten much better support for their agenda than individuals have. From the standpoint of green consumers with ethical and fair trade policies, the new Millennium has seen monumental progress. Our values are shaping the free markets for the better. It is time to move those better values and practices to Washington.
By electing Members of Congress who support Green Living values, we can make even greater strides in America and around the globe. The first step is to have a clear understanding of our candidates and the policies they really promote. To help identify the candidates positions, Organic Consumers has created a nationwide candidate survey that will profile the contenders.
Years ago, researching the issues surrounding genetically engineered foods, it was hard to find many people who were knowledgeable or informed. Groups like Organic Consumers were trying to spread the word and build support, but the seeds of resistance and awareness were just being sown. As Dylan once sang, “The times they are a changin’” and the worldwide grass roots efforts are becoming a Green Force.
For me, the changes have been a treat on many levels. I no longer feel like part of a fringe cult when I talk about the GMO problems. Millions of others are not only talking about it, they’re doing something. Actually, they’re doing all kinds of things in every corner of the globe. Successful efforts, to promote fair trade and sustainable agriculture, preserve biodiversity, raise awareness and opposition to monoculture-agribusiness-GM crops and promote healthful local foods, are now everywhere.
For the last few months I have been part of a documentary film project that spans the globe covering the individuals and organizations involved in creating the change. We have focused on the battles and victories and the issues have become more personal as the people have shared their stories and touched our lives.
The Reel Deal
The support has been overwhelming and incredibly energizing for a muckraker like me who generally focuses on the transgressions of the biotechs. It is a refreshing change to look at the positive. With appreciation to some of our contributors the focus of this report is the positive news coming from the work they are doing. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Military Waste in Our Drinking Water
By Sunaura Taylor and Astra Taylor
From AlterNet via Truthout – Friday 04 August 2006
In 1982 our family was living on the southside of Tucson, Ariz., in a primarily working class and Latino neighborhood not far from the airport. That year Sunaura was born with a congenital birth defect known as arthrogryposis, a condition that severely impedes muscle growth and requires her to use an electric wheelchair. On nearby blocks, women were giving birth to babies with physical disabilities and neighbors were dying of cancer at worrisome rates. Over time, we learned that our groundwater was contaminated.
Most of us are vaguely aware that war devastates the environment abroad. The Vietnamese Red Cross counts 150,000 children whose birth defects were caused by their parents’ exposure to Agent Orange. Cancer rates in Iraq are soaring as a result of depleted uranium left from the Gulf War. But what about closer to home?
(picture – Depleted Uranium’ (2003). Oil painting by Sunaura Taylor. You can see more of Sunuara’s work at sunnytaylor.org.)
Today the U.S. military generates over one-third of our nation’s toxic waste, which it disposes of very poorly. The military is one of the most widespread violators of environmental laws. People made ill by this toxic waste are, in effect, victims of war. But they are rarely acknowledged as such.On Sept. 11, 2001, we were living together in New York City. In the months following the attack on the World Trade Center, the media and government routinely informed a fearful citizenry of the importance of clean drinking water. Terrorists, they warned, might contaminate public sources with arsenic. We were instructed to purchase Evian along with our duct tape. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
A background note, to appreciate the report you need to understand the author who the author is and know why his words carry so much weight. Ignacio Chapela, was an assistant professor in the Environmental Science Department at the University of California-Berkeley in 1998, pharmaceutical giant Novartis signed a $25,000,000 deal with Berkeley’s College of Natural Sciences. The university Board closed the deal without the consulting the faculty.
In exchange for the funding, Novartis gained exclusive patent rights to one-third of all of research and direct influence over the specific areas of the college’s research. The corporate control of research was a serious concern for the faculty. Many worried what would happen if their work resulted in discoveries unfavorable to the corporate agenda. Ignacio Chapela would find out that an inconvenient truth would not be tolerated.
Chapela discovered GMO contamination of Mexican maze. The GMO crops were prohibited and he set out to publish his findings in the Journal Nature. The biotechs instantly launched attacks. Their attempts to discredit and silence Chapela read like a dime store crime novel. The implications of censorship sent shockwaves through the research community and the American media maintained its silence as it does with all subjects relating to GMO crops and genetically engineered foods.
Chapela has refused to be silenced and is one of the heroes of the anti-GMO movement. If you would like more about the events surrounding the Monsanto and Novartis attacks on Chapela there are links to good summaries. For Chapela’s position on GMOs here are his position papers. What follows is his report.
I’m back to Vancouver for the summer, it’s nice to be home. My focus up until September will be finishing my new book. It will be based on the theory of THRIVE, but will be a full-scale diet book to compete with The Zone, GI Diet, South Beach Diet, etc. It will include 75 recipes and a 12-week meal plan. It will be published in March of 2007 by Penguin. The title will be The THRIVE Diet; the subtitle has yet to be determined.
In September I’ll be back on tour. I have rough dates now, but will confirm them later.
I’ll be speaking at the Toronto Vegetarian Association’s food fair at 3pm on September 9th and 10th. I’ll then have speaking dates in the Ottawa area as well as Montreal and Quebec City. From there I’ll be speaking at events in the San Francisco area including World Vegetarian Day in Golden Gate Park on September 30th. From there I’ll be attending a large natural food trade show in Baltimore called Expo East, then will speak at events in the New England area. Like I say, I’ll get back to you with the details.
In the mean time, here’s an article about raw food, a topic I’m being asked more and more frequently.
Raw food article
As a society, we are inundated with an abundance of nutrient deficient foods. Eaten primarily for convenience, processed and refined foods have resulted in an overall decline in health and elevated medical costs. Processed foods are usually high in refined carbohydrates and calories yet we have to consume so much more of them to fill up due to their absence of usable nutrients.
Due to our insatiable desire for quick, convenient energy on the go, our streets are crammed with coffee, donut, and fast food establishments. This solves the convenience problem and does provide a short term energy solution through stimulation. However, it offers nothing to curb the payment that the body will inevitably endure if this route is regularly taken. Consumption of stimulating, nutrient deficient food can only occur for so long before the body becomes either exhausted or sick and where the body goes, the mind is sure to follow. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
As the United States heads into a deep economic depression, G Living looks back at what happened to a community urban farm in a depressed industrial part of Los Angeles. The farm was called South Central Farm and was the pride and joy of thousands low income families living in this area.
Julia Hill, Alicia Silverstone and Daryle Hannah all are trying to save the farm.
Julia “Butterfly” Hill is sitting in a tree to try and save the trees and the 14 acre L.A. urban farm from the bulldozers.
The tree-sit has reached Day 11, and Julia Butterfly Hill is on a significant 18th day of her water-only fast. Daryl Hannah has been on the farm 24 hours a day and continues in her commitment to the farmers and the South Central Farm”s survival.
Back in 1997 Julia climbed into a 55-meter (180 foot) tall California Coast Redwood tree. Her aim was to prevent the destruction of the tree and of the forest where it had lived for a millennium. Her action epitomized the tradition of Mahatma Ghandi. She put her own life on the line to save the life of a forest that was under immediate threat of destruction.
The congressional briefing on Capital Hill on Thursday was a great experience. The fact that members of congress were willing (and actually interested) to listen to us is a positive sign. As I spoke I saw many of them nodding their heads in agreement very encouraging. Picture’s to follow
Dr Neal Barnard of PCRM introduced the three speakers, Scott Jurek, T. Colin Campbell and me. Since this was a briefing we each had only five minutes to make our address.
Scott is an elite Ultra Marathoner who holds the record for the Western States 100 miler and the Badwater 135 miler. He spoke of how his performance significantly improved once he switched to a vegan diet.
T. Colin Campbell (author of the China Study) spoke of findings made when researching his book. Simply put, countries with less meat / dairy consumption have lower levels of disease.
Following is my talk. Not word for word, but the general idea:
“The cells that make up our bodies including the brain will no longer exist within about a year”. Blood, skin, muscles, even bones will have completely been replaced by new cells fabricated from what we eat between now and then. The better quality the building blocks, the stronger, more functional the building. Our physical and mental vitality is directly tied to the quality of food we use to construct and fuel our bodies. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos