Monsanto bought Beeologics

While researching colony collapse disorder, I came across a nice website called Beeologics, “dedicated to Restoring Bee Health.”  Then, off to the side, a small disclaimer stating Beeologics has been acquired by Monsanto.  Yes, one of the companies making systemic pesticides, which are suspected of causing colony collapse disorder, has bought an organization supposedly dedicated to bee health.  So, if we start hearing “news” coming from Beeologics that says chemicals are not to blame for bee deaths, be very suspicious.

Beeologics – Dedicated to Restoring Bee Health.

Honeybee die-off nearing a ‘critical point’

Bees are still dying at an alarming rate….so much that some beekeepers are applying for disaster aid….

Please take a moment to visualize the countryside dotted with busy, happy, healthy honeybees….

via Honeybee problem nearing a ‘critical point’ | Grist.

Don’t give up on drinkable tap water.

The more we resign ourselves to purchasing bottled water, the more power these companies have over our lives. We may think it’s a necessity to go to the store and purchase clean, pure water to drink. We lift heavy cases or bottles into our carts, cars, and homes, stacking and storing them. What if we expended this effort instead toward lobbying city officials to ensure that our tap water is just as pure? Besides saving ourselves money and strain, we could be helping to provide the same access to drinking water by the elderly, poor, and others who may not have the ability to go buy bottled water or have a fancy filtration system installed in their homes. Developing countries such as Bolivia are seeing drinking water as a public right, not something to be made profitable. Shouldn’t the United States at least be as civilized?

Besides, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, bottled water is bad for the environment, and often exploits the community which provides the water for the bottling company.  And don’t forget that chemicals from the plastic may be leaching into the water and causing health problems.

self-driving cars

A column in the newspaper by an engineer working on self-driving cars says they are in the works, and have successfully driven between cities in California, and even down Lombard Street in San Francisco.  Besides being safe, there are a few other benefits.  Cars traveling long distance on a highway should be able to hook together like a train, reducing fuel consumption.  And eventually, it should enable car sharing on an as-needed basis.  Imagine signaling for a car, having it drive itself to you immediately, pick you up, and take you where you need to go, then go pick someone else up, before coming back to get you when you’re ready.

Pet problems? Try an animal communicator

Too many animals end up at shelters because of behavior problems.  One of our cats was driving me crazy, so I contacted Eve, an animal communicator.  She blew me away, describing in detail the cat’s favorite game, which I had not told Eve about and she could not possibly have guessed (because it is very odd).   The cat’s behavior improved dramatically after the consultation, so we used Eve again when another cat started knocking things off shelves and counters….

Amazingly, Eve does not have to meet the animal in person.  She can work from a photograph and a description of the concern or question.

Her fee is very reasonable, and she also offers gift certificates!  What a great gift for pet owners you know…whether they complain about an animal’s behavior, or just want to learn more about what makes the creature happy.

Home – www.WhiskerTails.com Animal Communicator.

HEMP SEED: The Most Nutritionally Complete Food Source In The World

It amazes me that with all the obesity, diabetes, and general ill-health of the American public, that we are overlooking a major nutritional food source:  hemp.

I once was drinking a smoothie at work that had hemp powder in it, turning it a weird beige color.  A co-worker asked me why my fruit drink was brown, and I answered “I add hemp powder.”  He immediately covered his ears and said “too much information,” walking away before I could clarify that hemp is not marijuana.

This misconception seems to be common; I have a difficult time finding hemp powder, even in health food stores.   One grocery store carries hemp milk, but it is very expensive.  Sometimes I buy it anyway, just to encourage the store to keep carrying it and perhaps stock more hemp products.

Here is a link to an exceptional article about the nutritional value of hemp:  HEMP SEED: The Most Nutritionally Complete Food Source In The World.

could industrial hemp farming create jobs?

The documentary HEMPSTERS makes a good argument for legalizing industrial hemp farming.  Hemp is not the same as marijuana because the THC level in hemp is negligible.  Hemp is a strong fiber that could create a lot of paper products, thereby saving trees.  It also can be used for clothing, and is reportedly easier to grow than cotton, requiring less pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals.  That’s good for the environment.  It is also reportedly a fantastic crop for rotating fields because it helps balance soil health.

In the film, they highlight many farmers who say industrial hemp may be the solution they need to be able to make farming sustainable, especially with tobacco in less and less demand.  Small farmers are having difficulty competing with large, commercialized farms.  Industrial (and food-grade) hemp may be the answer to keeping farms viable.

There seem to be a million reasons to legalize hemp.  It’s very nutritious, and a good source of protein.

The only good argument against hemp is that law enforcement may confuse hemp with marijuana.  But the movie addresses that hemp plants can be grown close together, whereas marijuana plants need to be spaced far apart.  So…if a farmer is growing plants close together, it is hemp, not pot.  And… apparently the hemp cross-pollinates the marijuana and nullifies the THC…so hemp farms could help naturally eradicate illegal marijuana….

“In China they have 100,000 (hemp-related) jobs. They’ve now developed the most modern textile mill in the world, and it’s designed specifically for hemp,” activist Adam Eidinger says. Are we going to fall behind China in this area, too?

Obviously, the U.S. needs to seek progressive ways to create jobs.  Legalizing industrial hemp farms would not only create farming jobs, but also create new companies to process the hemp, make it into paper, clothing, and food items, as well as the manufacture and marketing of these products.  It is a win-win solution..as soon as people understand that hemp is not a drug.  Help spread the word.

NMHemp.org

In 2007, a memorial (HR49) has passed the New Mexico House of Representatives requesting and urging the New Mexico State Board of Regents to undertake a study on the viability of a legal industrial hemp industry in New Mexico.  Industrial hemp has less than three-tenths of one percent THC,  not to be confused with marijuana.

Lawmakers urged that an “in-depth economic analysis address the benefits of a legal hemp industry in New Mexico and the long-term impacts of establishing proper permitting and licensing procedures. The economic analysis shall attempt to determine the costs and benefits associated with encouraging economic development in various areas, including textiles, pulping products for paper, biocomposites and building materials, animal bedding, nutritional products for livestock, industries related to seed extraction and resins for potential biofuels, lubricants, paints and inks, cosmetics, body care products and nutritional supplements.”

Industrial hemp is currently produced in more than thirty nations, including Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, Romania, Australia and China. The United States is, by far, the largest consumer of industrial hemp products. Our manufacturers import millions of dollars worth of hemp seed and fiber every year and annual sales of hemp foods in the United States is growing rapidly.

The New Mexico legislature has recognized that industrial hemp is a high-value, low-input crop that is not genetically modified, requires no pesticides, can be dryland farmed and uses less fertilizer than wheat or corn – both of which are grown here.

via Hemp Facts – NMHemp.org.

The Spiritual Activist Movement

The Spiritual Activist Pledge:

1. Acknowledge that we are one.

2. Become accountable for our impact, individually and collectively.

3. Build a mutually supportive world by choosing the highest good of all.

read more……

via Statement of Commitment » The Spiritual Activist Movement.

Tampa Bay Time Bank

tampabaytime.org.

A time bank is a great way to connect with others and share services, such as yard work, tutoring, maintenance, and recreation.   You donate an hour of your time to someone, and then can request an hour from someone else.  Everyone’s time is equal.  Tampa Bay has a time bank…check it out!

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