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Community Commitment

Today at O.U.R. Community meeting many a topic was discussed… GMOs, zero-waste policies and of course, Goethe. Waith a minute, why was Goethe discussed? Under the pressure that the coming transition brings for us, there has been a real exploration of our needs and desires to commit to the Ecovillage – hence the heavy topics.…
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February 16, 2011 0

Does organic mean non-gmo?

Holy, what a day! So, my obsession with GMOs has started me talking to others on-site about their gmo questions, which led me to Trent who asked if Organic actually means non-gmo. Admittedly, I have been hiding from this one. The thought that there is no way to escape eating something I know very little…
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February 15, 2011 0

Movie Monday: And we’re back…

Well, here I am a whole Monday later, back from my body imposed break. Last Monday after feverishly posting the Dr. Oz vids then slumping back in my seat, I quickly found myself on the couch in the kitchen with kidney pain that wouldn’t quit. And, Great Mother, if it didn’t last 5 days! 5…
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February 14, 2011 0

Movie Monday: Dr. Oz on GMOs

In my search to find a fairly basic overview of GMOs I have come to the conclusion that there is no unbiased information about GMO safety. I came to this conclusion in two basic ways: one, resources either focus on for or against GMOs, there is no governing body that is in between; and two,…
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February 7, 2011 0

Always more to the story: GMO Alfalfa

A couple of days ago I posted this article from the Organic Consumers Association, and last night a colleague of mind sent me this Huffington Post article by Gary Hirshberg – Chairman, President and CE-Yo, Stonyfield Farm. Reading the two articles clarified just how there really are two or more sides to the same story.…
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February 4, 2011 0

Welcome Back Elke!

Hi everyone! Coming from a three month stint in Africa back to the wintery home at the Ecovillage, it’s a bit hard to believe that the building and teaching season is just around the corner! However, February is here and there are a few buildings in the planning stage at this time and others waiting…
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February 2, 2011 0

Uncovering GMOs

Over the past two months I have been involved in conversations surrounding the GE Apple being developed in BC’s Okanagan with some folks from GE free BC and other concerned local farmers, growers and producers. By engaging in this discussion, my discomfort with GMOs was cranked up a notch as I began to see that…
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February 2, 2011 0

Movie Monday: Awakening the Dreamer

This summer I had the privilege of partaking in a symposium called Awakening the Dreamer. It was a life changing experience that held me tightly in the pain of the planet while simultaneously giving me hope and an unthwartable ability to take action and move forward, without fear and anger. I consider this a rather…
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January 31, 2011 0

Movie Monday: Rob Hopkins introduces Transition Towns

Have you ever heard of the Transition Town movement? Perhaps you have already checked out Transition Victoria? Maybe you are part of a Transition Town movement in your own part of the world? I had the privilege of being at the Transition Town Training in Victoria a couple of years ago, which was one of…
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January 24, 2011 0

Movie Monday: What is Permaculture?

In the permaculture design certificate course that I took here in August of 2010, one of the first things we talked about was how we define permaculture and wow, there are literally as many variations on the definition of it as there are people on the planet! One of the more comprehensive definitions I’ve come…
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January 17, 2011 0