Daily Archives: February 3, 2011

In British Columbia’s heartland, healthy food can be surprisingly hard to find

From Colleen Kimmett, writing for the Tyee:

Once a breadbasket, Bella Coola hosts a Community Supported Agriculture project. "The project opened up a lot of people's eyes to growing more food here. Bella Coola used to be the breadbasket for the Central Coast. That has all faded away -- but the potential is still there."

“It’s a good day in Dease Lake when a produce truck breaks down on the Cassiar highway.

For residents in and around this remote northern community, fresh produce can be hard to come by, especially in the winter. Continue reading

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The trouble with Monsanto and GMOs — Dr. David Suzuki spells it out

From Jeremy Bloom on the Red Green and Blue blog:

Well-known geneticist and science broadcaster Dr. David Suzuki. Photo via Red Green and Blue blog.

I’ve been asked why we’re writing so much about Monsanto and genetically modified food. “It’s been tested,” they say. “It’s safe,” they say. “There’s nothing to fear. Why are you spreading disinformation?”

I’m not a geneticist. If I say “We don’t know enough about this,” I’m just one guy. So I’ll let a geneticist answer those questions.

David Suzuki is a geneticist. He’s one of the top scientists in Canada, his textbook is one of the most widely-used in the world, he’s published more than 30 books. As head of the David Suzuki Foundation, he’s both a promoter of science and a popularizer.

So when David Suzuki speaks, I listen (see the end of this article for a list of sources). And David Suzuki says, Continue reading

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“We are what we eat and drink” — raw milk farmer Michael Schmidt, in an interview at the Vedic Harmony Centre

CLR Feb.3, 2010 interview by Andrew Rezmer with Celebrity Raw  Dairy Cooperative  Farmer Michael Schmidt

This interview was coordinated and sponsored by Raoul Bedi of the Vedic Harmony Centre (www.biofield.ca ) , and a purveyor of Conscious Media products and Green solutions since 1983 .

This is not an exact verbal transcription.

For the live verbal recording please go to www.consciouslivingradio.org and click “Past shows” .

Or go to

http://www.consciouslivingradio.org/?p2=/customcode/consciousliving/viewcomments.jsp&bid=163

The Saga of Michael Schmidt of Glencolton Farms in Ontario’s 20 year battle with Ontario government officials.

His crime: Providing Fresh Raw or  Real Milk to private shareholders. The saga started in 1994. Because the laws restricted commercial access to Raw Milk in Ontario , Michael developed a shareholder system where consumers directly owned the cows . Initially 200 families were involved in this cowshare agreement. In the 1994 legal battle Michael lost 400 acres of land due to high legal costs leaving him with only 100 acres to farm. Over a 12 year period he rebuilt his farm and dream. At that point his farm was raided again . This time by 20 armed officers. A lot of people threw their weight behind his battle for justice. It took 3 years to go to trial. The judge determined that he was not guilty and acquitted him of ALL charges .

Question: Is this not more than a battle about unpasteurized milk ? Continue reading

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