Featuring Dr Vandana Shiva talking about seed saving in India.
“In the past, all of the trees were cut down so that the planes could fly overhead and drop the fungicides on the banana plants. We used a lot of pesticides and insecticides and lost the wildlife and insects. It was terrible because we were interrupting lifecycles and affecting the whole ecosystem. Our health also suffered. I used to have problems breathing, aches and pains and marks on my skin. Everything changed for us when we entered El Guabo. Fairtrade bans most of the agrochemicals and moves toward organic production. Since we became fully organic we have felt it financially because we used to produce 1,500 boxes of bananas a week but now we only produce around 900 boxes. I think consumers should know this and appreciate that it really is worth them paying a bit more for organic bananas. For me it is worth sacrifices though because I live a healthy life here with my family. I also think Ecuador should be looked upon as the lungs of the Earth. We have the Amazon rainforest, the mountains and most people here live off the land. If more consumers are willing to buy organic and Fairtrade bananas, then the impact we have here on the environment would be less and people would be able to live more easily.”
Abel Fairtrade farmer – Equador
Passage from The Fair Trade Revolution
I brought some beautiful organic vegetables from the market in the weekend, freshly picked and beautiful looking too.
As I was cooking them today I was thinking about the grower and I thanked them out loud as I prepared the wonderful food.
Thanked them for growing the beautiful produce, for choosing to grow organic, for becoming certified, for taking the time and the care to grow amazing nutrient dense food.
Then as I went about my day I thanked others out loud – producers of natural sustainable products I use, the people who choose to sell these products, organic farmers, people who are doing their bit to make the world a better place.
It was such a nice practice and made me realise all the wonderful people and the things they are doing for us and the planet. It’s sometimes easy to get caught up in the doom & gloom but take the time to think of those creating positive change in the world. Thank them as you think about them, thank them in person or in email, or thank them on social media. Show your appreciation for what they are doing or creating.
Let me know in th comments below Who do you have to thank today?
This is a fantastic film if you haven’t seen it already be quick
Choose personal care products whose list of ingredients doesn’t include the word fragrance as it is generally synthetic. You’ll protect your hormonal system and that of your offspring by side stepping fragrances. You reduce exposure to phthalates – a family of hormone disrupting chemicals found in all of our bodies but at their highest levels in children and in women of child-bearing age.
Phthalates are commonly used to make perfumes last longer and keep nail polish from flaking. The chemicals cross the umbilical cord from mother to fetus and exposures are thought to be most problematic in the eighth – fifteenth week of pregnancy when the fetus begins to develop as either male or female.
Fragrance effects the planet too
Developmental changes in wildlife first alerted scientists to the hormone disrupting properties of chemicals in everyday products that found their way into their environment. Alligators downstream from sewage plants were being born with deformities, panthers were suffering from abnormalities.
In lab tests phthalates in synthetic fragrances have found to alter sexual development and cause cancer in lab animals.
In the southern hemisphere we are enjoying summer. All the holiday celebrations can be hard on your liver. Crucerferous veges such as brocoli, sprouts and cabbage benefit the liver. Watercress, fresh fruits, beetroot, garlic, bitter veges and green tea will also benefit liver detox pathways.
Some fantastic foods which are in season at the moment and I’ve been enjoying are.
– A natural diuretic which is great if you suffer from fluid retention
-Rich in folate, vit E, vit C. Folate helps carry carbon around the body, this mechanism constantly repairs DNA.
– Provides nearly 20 essential nutrients including fibre, potassium, vit E, folate. The good fats in Avos act as a nutrient booster helping the body absorb fat soluable nutrients such as beta carotene and lutein.
– Rich in sulphur – containing phytonutrients which research indicates have the capacity to help fight cancer. Great source of beta carotene and calcium
– Contains iron, calcium, folic acid, vit A, vit C and iodine. Best eaten in its natural state fresh and crisp.
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Let me know in the comments below what you are enjoying eating this season? If it’s not summer where you are let me know which season you are in.