I love to support local initiative in areas that help our community to be more sustainable and to reduce its carbon footprint. Busabout Kaitaia is one such initiative, bringing public transport back to our rural area after twenty years without. Three buses  now serve the people of Ahipara, Doubtless Bay and the Aupouri Peninsula. The buses run on 50% bio diesel made in Busabout’s own refinery from used cooking oil kindly donated by local businesses.

I use the bus whenever I work in the library. The regulars are on a friendly first name basis with each other and with Doug, our Doubtless Bay driver. We, in the Far North are so accustomed to needing to drive everywhere that it takes a while for people to change their mental state and open up to the joys of public transport. Frankly, it’s cheaper than driving your own car and you can chat with your neighbour, read a book, observe the beautiful passing scenery or doze off while the driver does the work. At the same time you’re supporting local employment and reducing your carbon footprint, not to mention reducing the wear and tear on your vehicle. The bus drivers can be flexible about pickup and drop off locations, adding to convenience.

The two times we’ve lived in the Netherlands we’ve not owned a car. We went everywhere on foot, on bicycle or with public transport. It was great. Now the same opportunity exists in our sparsely populated area thanks to the initiative of CBEC and Busabout Kaitaia. Timetables are available at your local information centre or library. For further information call Margaret at CBEC on 4086086. The buses are available for private charter.

Another great local initiative is that of the Tai Tokerau Whole Foods Club bringing raw milk to our area.  This is milk produced the old fashioned way from cows raised using organic principles in Waimate North. The milk is delivered in 2 litre sterilized glass bottles to several drop-off locations. Straight from the cow to the consumer, here’s a way to obtain health-giving unpasteurized raw milk at a price substantially lower than in the supermarket. Why? There’s no middleman. For more information email Geoff Waterhouse on ttwfclub@gmail.com

In today’s challenging economic environment it is encouraging to see people thinking and acting outside the box to build stronger, more sustainable communities.

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Yesterday I had the great privilege of interviewing 84-year-young energy healer and medical intuitive Geoffrey Morell on Voices from the North. Geoffrey is one of the founders of the Weston A. Price Foundation which has over 12,000 members around the world today.

Our interview, which I urge you to listen to, contains plenty of inspiration and food for thought (pun fully intended). Geoffrey takes on one of modern nutrition’s sacred cows—soy. He explains some of the dangers of soy ingestion including risks to fertility, mineral absorption and thyroid problems. He even mentioned the recent trend of feeding prisoners soy. You can read more on this important topic here.

For those of you that don’t already know, Dr. Weston A. Price was a highly respected dentist and nutrition pioneer whose studies of isolated non-industrialized peoples around the world established the parameters of human health.

Members of the Weston A. Price Foundation are entitled to receive the comprehensive 100 page quarterly journal, Wise Traditions. For more information please visit www.westonaprice.org. The magazine contains cutting edge health information and takes a no-holds-barred approach to the many myths foisted on the public by the various health voices in the world today.

Geoffrey says with assurance that we all have the ability to heal ourselves and others. He’d love to see more and more people developing their natural skills in energy healing. In order to be a healer you will have to abolish three things according to Geoffrey—ego, jealousy and hate.

He also would love to see all children entering school taught the following qualities: responsibility, reliability, respect, restitution and recreation. And by recreation he doesn’t mean sitting by a play station or computer playing games. He means healthy outdoor pursuits in contact with other people.

Geoffrey and the Weston A. Price Foundation advocate returning to the diet of our ancestors. I have a couple of questions about this. To eat meat requires so much more farmland and water than to eat fruits and vegetables. The world’s population is vastly larger than it was a few generations ago. Europe requires seven times its land area to produce the meat that it eats today. This implies that their food is grown somewhere else. I’m not convinced this is sustainable.

The other factor to consider is whether the bacon you buy today comes from an organically raised pig living outside as it would have been in the time of our ancestors. Most animals raised for food in North America at present are living in horrible indoor, hormone- and antibiotic-assisted conditions. Once again we have to seriously ask where our food comes from. When we do this we acknowledge our connection with our animal relatives on this planet and our decisions have an ethically based rather than ego (I want) based foundation. Think about that please. 

I’m sure Geoffrey Morell would agree.

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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