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Quote of the week…

Quote of the Week (From Organic Bytes)

Monsanto’s Corn Is Toppling Over

“As the summer growing season draws to a close, 2011 is emerging as the year of the superinsect – the year pests officially developed resistance to Monsanto’s genetically engineered (ostensibly) bug-killing corn.

“In late July scientists in Iowa documented the existence of corn rootworms (a ravenous pest that attacks the roots of corn plants) that can happily devour corn plants that were genetically tweaked specifically to kill them. Monsanto’s corn, engineered to express a toxic gene from a bacterial insecticide called Bt, now accounts for 65 percent of the corn planted in the US.

“The superinsect scourge has also arisen in Illinois and Minnesota.

“‘Monsanto’s insect-killing corn is toppling over in northwestern Illinois fields, a sign that rootworms outside of Iowa may have developed resistance to the genetically modified crop,’ reports Bloomberg. In southern Minnesota, adds Minnesota Public Radio, an entomologist has found corn rootworms thriving, Bt corn plants drooping, in fields.

“[A] 2008 study, conducted by University of Missouri researchers and published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that within three generations, rootworms munching Monsanto’s Bt corn survived at the same rate as rootworms munching pesticide-free corn-meaning that complete resistance had been achieved. Takeaway message: rootworms are capable of evolving resistance to Monsanto’s corn in ‘rapid’ fashion.”

– “Monsanto Denies Superinsect Science,” by Tom Philpott, Mother Jones, September 8, 2011

Ummm, seriously. How do we continue to uphold a system that supports this sort of agricultural practces!!!???

“Monsanto’s insect-killing corn”

Sounds like something we should run away from screaming, not support through practice and policy!!


A touchy subject.

I saw a mug shot.

From an arrest.

A mugshot of an addict.

A recent arrest.

Of a person I once knew.

From another lifetime of mine.

It’s strange the different directions life can take you after a tragedy. After my son died I could have taken a dark path, succumbed to the depth of my sorrow. I could have let it rule my life and take me down another road that would have done no one any good and only would have made my life harder.

I chose instead to grab onto hope and hold on tight. To let it pull my into a world of light, of acceptance, and of dreams for my future. I let that hope pull me out of an abusive relationship, out of all the what-ifs that could be never ending, and into a place of knowing I am worthy. That hope began a path of discovery. Self discovery.

It’s so sad to see that Christian’s other parent looked at the fork in the road and chose a dark path. It’s maddening that my name is forever linked to the lifestyle that he has chosen. If my name is run in a data bank, it will pull up my previous marriage from when I was a teenager, which will in turn pull up an addict and criminal. It is unfair and a tragedy of another kind that I cannot sever this tie completely. It infuriates me if I let myself think about it. A teenager, as I was at the time, does not yet know themselves enough to see the mistakes that they are making. It was another lifetime for me. I do not want to carry it around in my adult life.

I watched a movie recently called Crime After Crime (please see this movie) and though my circumstances are obviously different I can identify with the main character. Some of the abuse that she went through, things she was subjected to, and the fact that she is affected her entire life by her abuser at the hands of the system.

America sure does treat female victims of abuse in a most unjust manner.


Fluoride: did you know it is bad for you?

Excerpt from Organic Bytes:

 

Consumer Alert on Water Fluoridation: 41% of American Teenagers Have This Disease

The CDC, ADA, and local health officials continue to promote fluoridation even though just this January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommended a nation-wide reduction in fluoride levels after it learned that 41 percent of American adolescents, ages 12-15, have dental fluorosis, a clear sign of overexposure to fluoride, and that the rate is continuing to increase steadily.

Only now is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water reviewing the allowable amount of fluoride in drinking water, more than four years after the National Research Council reported to Congress that the current allowable fluoride levels (MCL/MCLG) were too high.

In the face of lax federal regulation, health activists are acting locally. More than 250 communities that have rejected fluoridation.

This year in New Hampshire and Arkansas, citizen groups got legislation introduced at the state-level which would require notices on all municipal water bills warning parents not to feed infants fluoridated water. Citizens in Tennessee, led by the Lillie Center were successful in getting a prominent team of bi-partisan legislators to call for an end to the promotion of fluoridation by the state. In Alaska, Fluoride Free Fairbanks along with many concerned citizens urged their city council to review fluoridation, and in March the city council’s task force charged with studying the issue recommended that the city stop adding fluoride to their water. Clearly, a small group of educated and dedicated citizens can accomplish a lot when they organize locally against fluoridation.


Please help save the future of our food!!!

From the Organic Consumers Association:

 

10 Reasons to Label GMOs Tell Your Friends, Food Companies, & Politicians!

World Food Day is October 16, 2011. That means there are only 4 months left to get 1,000,000 people to sign our petition to label GMO foods and organize 435 Millions Against Monsanto demonstrations nationwide.

Download the petition

Getting everyone you meet to join the Millions Against Monsanto campaign should be easy – upwards of 90% of the public already agrees that foods made with genetically modified organisms should be labeled – but if you need some ammunition and inspiration to inspire you to spread the word, look no further than these 10 scary reasons to label GMOs:

#1 Monsanto’s Bt-toxin, in its Bt-producing GMO corn and cotton (used in food in the form of cottonseed oil), was found by Canadian doctors in the blood of 93% of pregnant women and 80% of the umbilical blood of their babies.

#2 The authors of the Canadian study conclude that the women and their babies were exposed to Monsanto’s GMO Bt-toxin through a “normal” non-organic Canadian diet, including non-organic (so-called “natural” and “conventional”) meat, egg, and dairy products from animals fed Bt corn.

#3 Monsanto’s GMO “Bt” corn and cotton plants are engineered to produce a insecticide in every cell of the plant that kills insects by breaking open their stomachs.

#4 Mice fed Monsanto’s Bt corn had elevated levels of immune system substances that are also higher in humans who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, cancer, allergies, Lou Gehrig’s disease, autoimmune disease, and colitis.

#5 Young mice in the same study had elevated T-cells, which are increased in people with asthma, and in children with food allergies, juvenile arthritis, and connective tissue diseases.

#6 Monsanto’s GMO Bt-toxin has properties of known allergens – it actually fails the World Health Organization’s allergen screening tests.

#7 Monsanto’s GMO Bt-toxin has been found to bind with the small intestines in mice and with intestinal tissue in rhesus monkeys.

#8 In addition to its GMO “Bt” crops which are engineered to produce insecticide, Monsanto also produces GMO “RoundUp Ready” crops, engineered with a bacterial DNA that allows it to survive otherwise deadly doses of its herbicide RoundUp.

#9 In the only human feeding study ever published on GMOs, Monsanto’s GMO “RoundUp Ready” soybeans were found to transfer Monsanto’s “RoundUp Ready” DNA to the bacteria living inside human intestines.

#10 According to Jeffrey Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology, the transfer of Monsanto’s GMO Bt DNA to human digestive bacteria could create a “living pesticide factory” that could be responsible for the “increase in gastrointestinal problems, autoimmune diseases, food allergies, and childhood learning disorders – since 1996 when Bt crops came on the market.”


Saturday Morning Coffee.

Empty coffee mason jug in hand, Saturday morning, Apple stands with Apple at the Los Ranchos Farmer’s Market.

There is SO much beauty in this world.

SO much to be grateful for!

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My Saturday morning saw me to the Los Ranchos Growers’ Market with several friends to watch a dog show and browse the yummy selections available. We also went to the Downtown Growers’ Market, which is my favorite and is the closest farmer’s market to my house. I also got some new lighter-than-air-three-pockets running shorts (will be prefect for the Marathon) at REI’s anniversary sale. They are actually called “better than naked shorts”. Not quite true but damn close! Then I wasted the rest of my Saturday away in a lovely way on the banks of the Rio Grande with some lovely friends (see above BEAUTIFUL photos), followed by a sunset twelve mile bike ride.

The farmer’s Markets are always a hub of running into people I know. I love that community connection that I gain from it, not to mention the delicious food! This pescetarian purchased some golden beets AND a rack of lamb. Yup. MEAT! I don’t even eat fish very often and really live more like a vegetarian but every once in a great while I eat good, environmentally friendly, humanely raised and killed meat. I planned to celebrate my seventeen mile run on Sunday by cooking up the lamb. At a farmer’s market, you can meet the person that raised the lamb, just as you would produce. Knowing the farmer is important to me with regards to produce but knowing the rancher is pretty much essential in my book when it comes to eating meat. I will eat venison when home in Oregon too if hunted by friends and family. However, I do not find meat to be essential in my diet. I also know the vast amounts of environmental damage wrought by meat industries. Yet every once in a while, maybe once or twice a year the last five years or so I have been eating some amounts if I know where it came from and how it was raised.

I have a few habits that work for me but most people probably wouldn’t do or may find strange. They work for me because I feel healthy without meat. I also abstain from eating bananas because they positively travel so far before getting to your lips. Most runners seem to live off the things. I do drink coffee though, and that travels nearly as far. I don’t choose almonds and never buy them directly because of the almond industry’s impact on honeybees. Though I do love apples and other fruit that requires pollinators.

Does anyone else “cheat” at being vegetarian? Do any of you participate in “no meat Mondays” if you are a regular meat eater? What are your views on eating “environmentally friendly” diets? Do you have any “strange” habits or abstinence’s of diet that make you feel better but could be quirky to others?


The ants come marching one by one…

And I am not talking about the ants on a log!

I am talking infestation.

War.

Overtaking my house.

I have never had ants in my place before. My house is clean. These aren’t even sugar ants. They vary in color and size. Most of them are half red and black and medium to small sized. They are not coming from any one location I can find or going to any one place in my kitchen. Except my bathroom soap, which I removed and set on my porch. I have tried wiping down everything in my kitchen with various cleansers I have and making home remedies but NOTHING is working.

They kinda look like this. Except some have more black.

And they are busy all over my kitchen, doing what except driving me crazy, I do not know!

OMG, it is keeping me up at night knowing they are running around my kitchen and laughing at me!

 And I just want to kill them all. I wash them down the drain one by one cussing.

Seriously, it has only been a week but I am losing my sanity.

The little shits actually try to fight back at times.

They stand up and look like they want to box me. Like they have the right to climb all over my counters and keep me up all night with worry. Like my apartment just got plopped right down on their colony recently.

I probably invited them though, with my lovely yard that has been slowly turned into habitat for all sorts of creatures since I moved in a year and a half ago. It used to be all sand with a few FAKE flowers planted(weird). Now it is full of plants and food and my compost bin and flowers and creatures, birds, insects, ect.

I have finally asked my property management company to fix the issue but I didn’t want to do that because I am worried that they will try to use chemical methods, non eco friendly methods and I am NOT okay with that.
Parker and my garden would not be okay with that.

I am not totally heartless.

Most crawly things in my home I pick up and put outside. And I wouldn’t kill an ant on purpose outside but I want this critters out of my kitchen.

I feel like I cannot cook for gawds sake.

And ya’ll know how I love to get my cook on.

I have had the half watermelon staring at me in my fridge every time I open the door, just waiting to be cut up on my counter and eaten.

I want the ants gone.

I want to devour that luscious melon without fear!

Anyone have any ideas while I await the property manager’s help (which will take days) that they think that I may have not tried yet?


Saturday Morning Coffee.

“That was the first time I experienced the desperate, orgiastic pleasure of this form of public mourning: it was the one place where people mingled and touched bodies and shared emotions without restraint or guilt. There was a wild, sexually flavored frenzy in the air.”

                                                                                                     ~excerpt from Reading Lolita in Tehran

Oooohhhh, the good ol’ Saturday Morning Coffee.

Leisure.

Slow food.

Good read.

Chirping birds.

Lazy dog day.

Yup, it MUST be…

SATURDAY!

We open our eyes to the morning and roll over…

We look adoringly at our sick mum…

Parker starts her morning yoga routine with a little cobra pose action…

We greet the day and the basil seedlings and head to the kitchen for COFFEE and…

Some yummy slow food, mmmmm breakfast burrito…

Then we nap again, digest a little of the gorge, and think about chasing birds and smelling the garden…

Yay for Saturdays!

That quote struck me Saturday morning over coffee… Can you imagine? In ‘merica? We don’t know how to mourn. We don’t share emotions. Publicly? Are you kidding? When was the last time you saw real feeling expressed unadulterated in the streets? Where is the humanity in the way we hold back everything? No wonder we don’t connect. No wonder we don’t know our neighbors. No wonder we all sit in front of TVs looking at other people’s emotions and eat bad food that makes us feel good for a minute. On a blog I read occasionally, someone once pointed out the connection that food gives us to comfort, the basic primal connection. When we eat something that tastes good it releases endorphins. Of course it does.  This is what helps bond mother and child. Feeding is comfort. Watching others have emotions enacts your own emotions. I just wish that we did these actions, these basic primal needs in healthier ways here in America. I wish that everyone could turn off their TVs, connect with their community. That everyone could share good food, slow foods and grow some of their own. Do you know that “good dirt” smell? That smell that smells so good if you are near or pick up a handful of rich, healthy soil? Do you know why it smells so damn GOOD? In healthy soil there are natural nutrients that release happy hormones in our brain.

Let us take care of each other, let us open up to one another, get to know one another, let us treat our bodies to healthy food for our lasting comfort, and let us take care of our soil, which takes care of us.

*brought to you by the lovely french pressed beans of fair trade and organic Love Blend, sold @ La Montanita Co-op

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