Archive for environment

4.19.12

scarier than science fiction

The American media refuses (is not allowed?) to report on this, but Al Jazeera has an incredible feature on the Gulf seafood deformities that are ‘alarming scientists’. I know people who are eating seafood from the Gulf, who shall go unnamed. Cra-zay.

Posted at 7pm on 4/19/12 | no comments; | Filed Under: environment | read on

3.11.12

it can be done…

If we speak up loudly enough…

In a massive blow to multinational agribiz corporations such as Monsanto, Bayer, and Dow, Peru has officially passed a law banning genetically modified ingredients anywhere within the country for a full decade before coming up for another review.

Remember that genetically modified foods are scientifically proven to weaken your immune system, your child’s immunes system and over time the entire human genome. Take back your food system from corporate behemoths. Stay informed of important legislation in your state via Millions Against Monsanto or Occupy Monsanto.

Posted at 8pm on 3/11/12 | no comments; | Filed Under: do something!, environment, health & healing | read on

1.31.12

serious shit

There are so many important issues clamoring for my attention and I only have so much bandwidth… but one issue I just can’t ignore is the genetically modified food battle. It’s so fundamental.

GMO foods in the US are not labeled because lobbyists pay to ensure they’re not. Why? Because a GMO label is a consumer’s equivalent of a skull and crossbones. And for good reason. (Just skim this interview with the heroic Dr. Árpád Pusztai, a whistleblower whose astounding study on the damaging effects of GMO potatoes caused a citizen uproar leading to an all-out BAN of genetically modified foods in Europe!)

To sum up Dr. Pusztai’s scientific findings: GMO foods weaken your immune system and will eventually weaken the human genome.

Hopefully, you belong to a CSA or get your veggies from an organic farmer’s market. But if you shop at Whole Foods – even occasionally – thinking they don’t sell this crap because of their (hypocritical) Non-GMO project, think again. Whole Foods just caved under Monsanto’s pressure and will now carry GMO foods beginning with Roundup Ready alfalfa sprouts and spreading from there. Oh, and these GMO foods won’t be labeled.

No matter where you shop, make some noise. Please take a sec to sign and pass along these two petitions asking food retailers to label GMO foods:

Tell the top 6 Food Retailers to label GMOs & factory farm products

Tell Whole Foods to voluntarily label conventional and “natural” foods containing GMOs or coming from Factory Farms

Posted at 10pm on 1/31/12 | 1 comment | Filed Under: do something!, environment, health & healing | read on

1.19.12

how to plant a forest

This’ll lift your spirits…

Plant a forest in 2012 from Wildlife Alliance on Vimeo.

Posted at 1pm on 1/19/12 | no comments; | Filed Under: do something!, environment | read on

1.9.12

winter in yosemite

This was my meditation today. I am chill and refreshed.

Winter in Yosemite National Park from Henry Jun Wah Lee on Vimeo.

Posted at 12pm on 1/9/12 | no comments; | Filed Under: environment | read on

9.16.11

the most important war on the planet today…

Oooo, this really burns me up. ONLY PUBLIC PRESSURE from you and me will shift this frightening trend. Please please please do everything you can to support local farmers!

Americans’ right to access fresh, healthy foods of their choice is under attack. Farmageddon tells the story of small, family farms that were providing safe, healthy foods to their communities and were forced to stop, sometimes through violent action, by agents of misguided government bureaucracies, and seeks to figure out why.

Filmmaker Kristin Canty’s quest to find healthy food for her four children turned into an educational journey to discover why access to these foods was being threatened. What she found were policies that favor agribusiness and factory farms over small family-operated farms selling fresh foods to their communities. Instead of focusing on the source of food safety problems — most often the industrial food chain — policymakers and regulators implement and enforce solutions that target and often drive out of business small farms that have proven themselves more than capable of producing safe, healthy food, but buckle under the crushing weight of government regulations and excessive enforcement actions.

Farmageddon highlights the urgency of food freedom, encouraging farmers and consumers alike to take action to preserve individuals’ rights to access food of their choice and farmers’ rights to produce these foods safely and free from unreasonably burdensome regulations. The film serves to put policymakers and regulators on notice that there is a growing movement of people aware that their freedom to choose the foods they want is in danger, a movement that is taking action with its dollars and its voting power to protect and preserve the dwindling number of family farms that are struggling to survive.

Posted at 11am on 9/16/11 | no comments; | Filed Under: do something!, environment, health & healing, the shift (of ages) | read on

9.12.11

END icelandic whaling

From NRDC:

Since 2006, Iceland has killed hundreds of whales for profit — including 280 endangered fin whales — in DEFIANCE of an international moratorium on commercial whaling. Over the next 60 days, the President will decide whether to make Iceland pay a real, measurable price for defying the global ban on whaling.

Please take 60 seconds to…

1) Ask President Obama to send an economic message that Iceland can’t ignore by targeting imports by those Icelandic seafood companies DIRECTLY tied to the whaling industry.

2) Spread the word to friends

(Photo 1 and Photo 2)

Posted at 1pm on 9/12/11 | 1 comment | Filed Under: do something!, environment | read on

6.22.11

streuwerk

No idea if streuwerk is a person or a collective, but their landart is the sweetest. How cool that Andy Goldsworthy has launched a generation of land artists?

Posted at 10am on 6/22/11 | no comments; | Filed Under: art & artists, environment | read on

6.22.11

urban roots

Urban farming in Detroit. Support Urban Roots here!

Posted at 9am on 6/22/11 | no comments; | Filed Under: environment, health & healing | read on

4.13.11

cave

Nat Geo: photos of Hang Son Doong in Vietnam, officially the largest caves in the world (even larger than the caves of Borneo in Gunung Mulu National Park.) The guys who explore these caves are slightly nuts. So risky!

Posted at 12pm on 4/13/11 | no comments; | Filed Under: environment, photography | read on

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