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2013 International Year of Quinoa

Celebrating one of the world’s finest food plants; Quinoa.

2013

Welcome to the International Year of Quinoa. I kid you not. Who would have thought?

The UN deemed 2013 the “International Year of Quinoa.” Yep, Agenda Item 25 in the 66th session of the UN General Assembly suggests that everyone everywhere “focus world attention on the role that quinoa biodiversity can play, owing to the nutritional value of quinoa, in providing food security and nutrition and in the eradication of poverty.”

Known to Andean natives and and many throughout South and Middle America as ‘chisaya mama’ (Mother Grain) and ‘golden grain of the Incas,’ the quinoa plant sprouted from high altitude vistas in the thin air of the Andes where it has been a prolific and reliable staple for over 4,000 years.

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Quinoa plant

Spanish invaders tried to eradicate the ‘sacred Mother Food’ of the advanced Incan people. But Quinoa was born in a harsh environment; it’s a survivor, and it survived. Thank goodness!
The U.N. IYQ (International Year of Quinoa) statement includes the heartfelt following: “in recognition of the indigenous peoples of the Andes, who have maintained, controlled, protected and preserved quinoa as a food for present and future generations thanks to their traditional knowledge and living practices which are in harmony with nature and Mother Earth”.

Around here, we’ve been enjoying Quinoa (pronounced KEE-no-ah) for over 30 years. NASA scientists, searching decades ago for an ideal food for long-term human space missions, discovered quinoa and stated that it “is unrivaled in the plant or animal kingdom for its life-sustaining nutrients”.

I credit, at least in part, Gabriel Howearth who founded the original ‘Seeds of Change’ with saving this venerable plant from extinction or at least from slipping into obscurity as the world and her human societies become ever more ‘modern’ and less appreciative of authentic gifts, such as real/whole food.

Seeds of Change was originally all about preserving biodiversity and promoting the use of sustainable organic agricultural practices. Seeds of Change, of course, is now owned by M&M Mars. Weird ha…

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Package of Quinoa

Anyway, The Mother Grain (technically not a grain, but the seed of a leafy green) is here to stay. Well, undoubtedly The Monsantos are trying to wipe it out, but it is a supreme survivor. Excuse me for using the ‘M’ word, but concentrating on the positive, let’s just say that Quinoa is doing well. She is available ‘round the world and nourishing folks like few foods can, and far better than most anything used in the SAD (standard American Diet).
Find it (any natural food store, many standard grocery outlets, even Costco), prepare it (endless possibilities), enjoy it, and share it.

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You're in good hands with Quinoa

Celebrate the International Year of Quinoa.

A search for ‘Quinoa’ will flood your results with quinoa recipes.

Check out ‘Easy Vegan Eating’ for lots of recipes, information and support on eating well and living well.

http://www.therealfoodchannel.com/videos/healthy-foods/quinoa—superfood.html

Related links:


Plant Based Diet Guidelines, a Primer

Organic Grains to be Phased Out on Planet Earth~

Fix the Fairy tails…

Fairy tails; Veggie Propaganda, a Catchy, Sing-song Animation. Fix the Fairy tails…

Veggie Propaganda is a quirky, sing-song animation that puts a spotlight on animals, our relationship with them and their rights. It explores childhood myths about animals vs. the reality of their lives in a human-centered world, where our food really comes from and how by simply eating less meat individuals can make an astounding positive impact on their health, their finances and the environment. This 2D fine-art/digital animation features original music performed by New York City band, The Penultimate.

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Monsanto Threatens to Sue Vermont over GMO Labeling Bill

The world’s most hated corporation is at it again, this time in Vermont… These deranged thugs never rest.

Despite overwhelming public support and support from a clear majority of Vermont’s Agriculture Committee, Vermont legislators are dragging their feet on a proposed GMO labeling bill. Why? Because Monsanto has threatened to sue the state if the bill passes… These gangsters would sue God if she challenged their agenda of total control.

Monsanto has used lawsuits, threats of lawsuits, mafia stile intimidation and worse for 20 years to force unlabeled genetically engineered foods on the public, and to intimidate farmers into buying their genetically engineered seeds and hormones.

Monsanto wields tremendous influence in Washington, DC and most state capitols. I hope and pray that some day soon we can say RIP King M.

Here is the story on Vermont’s efforts and Monsanto’s pranks:

Monsanto Threatens to Sue Vermont over GMO Labeling Bill

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GMO 2 Go, GMO Videos, Informational

In this post you will find video presentations featuring some of the villains and some of the heroes in the GMO Invasion. Some videos are short and some are full length documentaries. The first one (GREENPEACE – Genetic engineering), is a nice concise primer and is good to help folks get their feet wet on this extremely critical issue. Get mad (and be kind), and get active. Let’s do what we can to save the future of food (and all life) for all of us and certainly for the people of the future who deserve no less.
I have divided the post into sections so that loading the page won’t bog you down, so please click the ascending ‘Pages’ numbers after every several videos to advance to the next section… There are some that are just too good to miss.
Please pass them along.
Thank you!

Billy


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Quick, concise, 4 minutes:
GREENPEACE – Genetic engineering

GREENPEACE – Genetic engineering from Feinheit on Vimeo.

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Organic Grains to be Phased Out on Planet Earth~

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There is a diabolical plan underway which serves to threaten the ability to produce organically grown grains, and it’s even worse than that, as it is a plan within a plan that actually threatens most food crops and most plant species on the planet.

“Plants feed the people, and the animals that people eat; they (plants) clothe us, provide our medicines, building materials, clean our air…”
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From ‘Jonathan Drori – All of human life, all life depends on plants’

“Just think for a moment. It doesn’t matter whether you live in a small African village or you live in a big city. Everything comes back to plants in the end. Whether it’s the food, the medicine, the fuel, the construction, the clothing–all the obvious things. Or whether it’s the spiritual or recreational things that matter to us so much. Or whether it’s soil formation or the effect on the atmosphere, or primary production. Even the books here are made out of plants. All these things, they come back to plants. And without them we wouldn’t be here.
And they are also under threat because they are sharing a planet with people like us. And people like us want to do things that destroy plants and their habitats [irresponsibly playing God with genes]. And whether that is because of food production or because of the introduction of alien plants into places that they really shouldn’t be, or because of habitats being used for other purposes. All these things are meaning that plants have to adapt or die or move. And plants, sometimes find it rather difficult to move, because of mighty cities and other things in the way. So if all human life depends on plants, doesn’t it make sense that perhaps we should try and save them? I think it does.”

http://theblueok.com/2010/11/jonanthan-drori-all-of-human-life-all-life-depends-on-plants/

Jonathan Drori: Why we’re storing billions of seeds
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It’s very real, the mechanism by which this may take place is quite easy to understand, it can affect crops worldwide and there is no known way to reverse it after full initiation.

No known way to reverse it!

This may sound a bit alarmist to those who haven’t been keeping up with what’s been going on in modern ‘laboratory agriculture’ for the past 15-20 years. Those of us who have been watching, know that the above statement is in reality, an understatement. Read more »

Starve or Feed,.. Easy choice,.. Simple Solution

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…At this point there is sufficient land, water and available energy to feed well over twice our current human population, plus our over 300, Million pets.

Feeding more than twice the folks currently living here (Earth), and feeding us “Well” is actually a rather conservative estimation. However,
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GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) 101

GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) 100

GMOs as food homicide.

The ability to produce food in the future is at great risk, as is the immediate and long term health of everyone who comes in contact with these perverted and contaminated “Un-Foods”…

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GMO Crossbones

This is really big. I feel myself stepping up on the soapbox, Oh yeah here it comes… Can I be strong? OK I’ll try to temper it and drastically abbreviate frustrating sparks of thought exploding between the synapses of my brain.


Whatever is stated in the next few paragraphs can not begin to illustrate the severity of the “GMO INSANITY”.

And in case you are tempted to blow-off this information as the ramblings of a conspiracy theorist or dooms day-er, forget it.
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Most Chicken Harbors Harmful Bacteria

Most Chicken Harbors Harmful Bacteria

83% of Chickens Tested for Consumer Reports Had 1 of 2 Sickening Bacteria.

Consumer Reports says — that “fresh poultry may [does] carry naturally occurring bacteria and should be properly handled and cooked,”

Dec. 4, 2006 — Even if you go for the more expensive organic or antibiotic-free chicken, the chicken you buy at the grocery store probably contains bacteria that can make you sick.

Careful handling and aggressive cooking can reduce, but not remove the risk!!!

A startling 83% of the chickens tested in the recent Consumer Reports investigation were contaminated with one or both of the leading bacterial causes of food-borne disease — salmonella and campylobacter.

That is way up from the results of 49% in 2003, when the group last reported on contamination in chickens, and similar to the contamination found in 1997, when almost three-fourths of the broilers Consumer Reports tested were positive for salmonella or campylobacter.

In their new report, “Dirty Birds”, investigators with Consumers Union, which publishes Consumer Reports, concluded that paying more for a chicken does not increase your chances of getting one free of illness-causing bacteria.

In fact chickens labeled as organic or raised without antibiotics and costing $3 to $5 per pound were more likely to harbor salmonella than were conventionally produced broilers that cost more like $1 a pound.

Jean Halloran of Consumers Union reports that fewer than one if five birds tested (17%) were free of both pathogens (Not free from all pathogens only those two for which they were tested), that’s the lowest percentage of clean birds recorded since the group began testing chickens eight years ago.

Investigators for the independent consumer group tested 525 whole broiler chickens from leading brands like Perdue, Tyson, Pilgrim’s Pride, and Foster Farms, as well as organic and other brands raised without antibiotics.

The chickens were purchased at supermarkets, mass retailers, gourmet shops, and natural food stores in 23 states in the spring of 06.

Among the findings:

15% of chickens tested were contaminated with salmonella, compared to the 12% reported by Consumers Union in 2003.

81% harbored campylobacter, up from 42% in 2003. This bug is the main identified cause of bacterial diarrhea illness in the world.

13% of chickens were contaminated with both bacteria, up from 5% in 2003.

84% of the salmonella organisms analyzed and 67% of the campylobacter were resistant to one or more antibiotics. In the 2003 report, 34% of the salmonella and 90% of campylobacter were resistant.

“The problem of antibiotic resistance is related to both the widespread use of antibiotics in animal feed to promote growth and the widespread use in humans,” Halloran says.

Major brands tested did not show better results than smaller brands, overall, based on tests of 78 chickens from each brand.

Halloran says it is clear routine testing is needed.

“81% [campylobacter] contamination is intolerable, in our view,” she says.

What Can You Do?

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The Pastures Aren’t So Green

The Pastures Aren’t So Green

The green pastures and idyllic barnyard scenes of years past are now distant memories.

The following is excerpted from the GoVeg site @ http://www.goveg.com/factoryFarming.asp

The green pastures and idyllic barnyard scenes of years past are now distant memories. On today’s factory farms, animals are crammed by the thousands into filthy windowless sheds, wire cages, gestation crates, and other confinement systems. These animals will never raise their families, root in the soil, build nests, or do anything that is natural to them. They won’t even feel the sun on their backs or breathe fresh air until the day they are loaded onto trucks bound for slaughter.

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