Friday, June 26, 2015

The Consciousness Series: Animal Cruelty

“Do you know why most survivors of the Holocaust are vegan? It's because they know what it's like to be treated like an animal.” -Chuck Palahniuk

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The Consciousness Series: Dragonflies

The dragonfly has inhabited Earth for 300 million years and holds a spiritual meaning amongst different cultures. For the Mayan, the dragonfly is the emblematic animal of the goddess of creativity, Ix Chel. To the Japanese, it symbolizes summer and autumn and the Samurai use it as a symbol of power, agility and victory. In China, people associate the dragonfly with prosperity, harmony and as a good luck charm. Amongst Native Americans, it is a sign of happiness, speed and purity.

The dragonfly, in almost every part of the world, also symbolizes change and change in the perspective of self realization. Some cultures believe the dragonfly’s flight across water represents an act of going beyond what’s on the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life.

A dragonfly can move at up to 38 miles an hour, hover like a helicopter, fly backwards like a hummingbird, fly straight up, down and on either side. Its swiftness and flexiblity allows it to fly in all six directions, exuding a sense of power and poise.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Consciousness Series: GMOs

In more than 60 countries around the world, there are significant restrictions or outright bans on the production and sale of GMOs. By mixing genes from totally unrelated species, genetic engineering unleashes a host of unpredictable side effects like new toxins, allergens, carcinogens, and nutritional deficiencies.

Over 80% of all GMOs grown worldwide are engineered for herbicide tolerance. As a result, use of toxic herbicides like Roundup has ...increased 15 times since GMOs were introduced. Scientific studies have linked Roundup herbicide to cause birth defects and organ damage in animals, as well as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer's disease, autism and cancer in humans.

Because GMOs are novel life forms, biotechnology companies have been able to obtain patents with which to restrict their use. As a result, the companies that make GMOs now have the power to sue farmers whose fields are contaminated with GMOs, even when it is the result of inevitable drift from neighboring fields.

The FDA has legalized GMOs in the United States, does not mandate labeling of GMOs and allows companies to put their GM foods onto the market. Their justification was the claim that they had no information showing that GM foods were substantially different.

Scientists who have discovered problems with GMOs have been attacked, fired, threatened, and denied funding. Attempts by media to expose problems are also often censored by payoff.

Monsanto is the multi-billion dollar company behind many of the pesticides and genetically engineered seeds, found in 40 percent of US crops. Despite its various marketing incarnations over the years, Monsanto is a chemical company that got its start selling saccharin (an artificial sweetener about 300–400 times as sweet as sucrose or table sugar) to Coca-Cola, then Agent Orange to the U.S. military.

Buy organic foods from local farmers and green markets when possible, plant a vegetable garden, and become more self-sustainable.

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