October 2014


I’ve pasted below an email I just received in my inbox from the online organisation called SumOfUs. I believe this is important. We can make a difference. Here’s their email:

When Monsanto picked a fight with the tiny, rural U.S. state of Vermont, it thought it would be a rout. It didn’t count on us.

Earlier this year, Monsanto sued Vermont to block a law requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. A costly legal battle could bankrupt the state, but Vermont didn’t back down.

And with a big boost from SumOfUs members, they’ve raised almost a quarter million dollars to defend themselves against Monsanto’s bullying!

But now a whole wave of corporations have joined the fight against Vermont as part of a shadowy corporate lobbying association — companies like Starbucks, Nestle, and Coca-Cola. So we need to step it up as well. Can you chip in $1 to help launch the next phase of our campaign to stop Monsanto’s bullying?

Yes, I’ll chip in $1 to help Vermont stand up to Monsanto’s bullying.

This campaign is a complete game changer. Through the Internet, we’ve proven that people can stand up to multinational corporations and win.

And that’s exactly why the Grocery Manufacturers Association — a huge corporate lobby representing Coca-Cola, Nestle, and Starbucks as well as Monsanto — is dead set on making an example of Vermont and forcing it to back down.

But here’s the thing: Many of the companies joining the fight against GMO labeling are different from Monsanto. Monsanto can force farmers to buy their seeds and pesticides, but Starbucks, Nestle, and Coke are consumer brands, and people can choose to stop buying these products if they don’t want to.

So we’re getting ready to launch a campaign to call out the shadowy Grocery Manufacturers Association and its members, and make it feel the heat for suing Vermont. If we can pry off even one or two of them from supporting this lawsuit, or force them to raise a storm inside this corporate lobby, the consequences could be huge. But we need your help.

As Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin said in his letter thanking SumOfUs members for your donations to the Vermont legal defense fund, “We have a right to know what’s in the food we buy.” But if we don’t fight for our rights, we’ll lose them.

Can you chip in $1 to help stop Monsanto’s legal bullying?

Yes, I’ll chip in $1 to help Vermont stand up to Monsanto’s bullying.

Thanks for all that you do, Jon, Paul and the rest of the team at SumOfUs

 

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Entrance to the home of Rod and Margie Davies

Entrance to the property of Rod and Margie Davies

The walk we took on September 10th carried us along Fern Flat Road to the home and pottery of Rod and Margie Davies. This couple have managed to sculpt out an enviable lifestyle in their beautiful rural location. They’ve raised two lovely daughters and their artistic pottery is available in galleries around the country. Over the years they’ve inspired others to take a chance and follow their creative passions.

It’s a restful road walk tracking a river and surrounded by green, often bush-clad hills. An appropriate choice considering all the rain we’ve had through the winter and early spring.

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They grow big pigs in the Far North

They grow big pigs in the Far North

 

 

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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

“The author’s experiments and experiences working with nature simply amaze. . . . Beyond the Search is a treasure trove for those who enjoy planting and reaping as it seems nature intended, with respect for each animal and insect as belonging on the planet and therefore deserving of honour.”

Theresa Sjoquist on Suite 101

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On September 17th a group of us completed one of my favourite walks -The Golden Stairs. The Whangape Harbour has a wild quality to it that is difficult to describe. The narrow fiord-like entrance must have taken many a ship in days gone by. The reefs there look treacherous.

We have a sister-in-law who grew up in the inner reaches of the harbour. The children hopped on a boat to go to school. What food they didn’t grow themselves was supplemented with the bounty of the sea which was on their doorstep. They owned no car and got off the peninsula they called home on horseback at low tide.

According to Cilla (our sister-in-law, a Lunjevich, by the way) the population was much higher then (the 1950s and 1960s) than it is today.

The pictures for this post were taken by Don Hammond. Included is a scan of an old photo showing the saw mill on the harbour’s edge (south side). There is almost nothing remaining today to indicate that the mill ever existed.

The third week in September is recognized as the time to find the kowhai in bloom in this part of the Far North. That’s where the name ‘Golden Stairs’ originates. The track is largely overgrown but dates back to early Maori days. I once read a story in the local book Tail of the Fish that described the pursuit of a Maori warrior across the Golden Stairs.

I trust you enjoy Don’s compiled photos as much as we enjoyed the walk. 

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“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit:http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

“The author’s experiments and experiences working with nature simply amaze. . . . Beyond the Search is a treasure trove for those who enjoy planting and reaping as it seems nature intended, with respect for each animal and insect as belonging on the planet and therefore deserving of honour.”

Theresa Sjoquist on Suite 101