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Organic Bytes #144

Sep 17, 2008 -


Health, Justice and Sustainability News Tidbits with an Edge!Written and edited by Craig Minowa and Ronnie Cummins

OCA Plants Peace at the Republican National Convention

Planting Peace at the RNCThe Organic Consumers Association’s “Planting Peace” brigade actively participated in a series of rallies, street protests, and concert/teach-ins at the Republican National Convention last week, along with tens of thousands of other participants. OCA’s Planting Peace contingent supplied organic food and literature to musicians, volunteers, and protesters at the “Ripple Effect” concert and march on September 2, which culminated in a massive and dramatic street march on the RNC.

Throughout the week, despite tear-gas, police dragnets, and intimidation
(heavily-armed police at one point pointed their guns and threatened
OCA’s lawyer and Political Director, Alexis
), OCA staff and volunteers spread the positive message that
a local, energy-efficient, and Fair Trade system of organic food
and farming represents a lifesaving cure for America’s current “quadruple
crisis” of
food, health, climate, and energy.

As OCA Director Ronnie Cummins
emphasized at a St. Paul educational event on September 1, called
the Tumbleweed Cabaret, “We
must make the nation’s green and organic economy the dominant economy.”

  Please check out OCA’s Planting Peace website and campaign, designed to bring about cooperation and synergy between the peace movement, the climate crisis movement, and the organic community.

  Sowing SeedSixty Thousand Organic Consumers and Locavores Visit “Slow Food Nation”

In an amazing demonstration of mass public support and creativity,
sixty thousand people attended the nation’s first Slow Food Nation
convention in San Francisco on Labor Day weekend, underlining America’s
need and desire for a new system of food and farming that is local, organic,
and Fair Trade—not to mention delicious.

Among the major themes at the
conference was a call to eliminate labor exploitation in the natural
and organic food sector.

Learn more - Visit the website of Slow Food Nation

  Lab ratLesson of the Week

  School Lab Rats Freak Out on GE Food

Schools in Wisconsin are showing kids the dangers of genetically engineered (GE) junk food with some unique science class experiments. Sister Luigi Frigo repeats the experiment every year in her second grade class in Cudahy. Students feed one group of mice unprocessed whole foods. A second group of mice are given the same junk foods served at most schools.

Within a couple of days, the behavior of the second group of mice develop
erratic sleeping schedules and become lazy, nervous and even violent. It takes
the mice about three weeks on unprocessed foods to return to normal. According
to Frigo, the second graders tried to do the experiment again a few months
later with the same mice, but the animals have already learned their lesson
and refuse to eat the GE food.

Battle in SeattleLearn
more here

  Movie of the Week

  The Battle in Seattle

Battle in Seattle , showcases activists as heroes protecting
people and the planet from destruction at the hands of callous corporations.

  Get involved, inspired, and take action!

  Brain IllustrationEssay of the Week

  Good News in Catastrophic Times:We Are Hard-Wired to Care and Connect

“Scientists who use advanced imaging technology to study brain function report that the human brain is wired to reward caring, cooperation, and service. According to this research, merely thinking about another person experiencing harm triggers the same reaction in our brain as when a mother sees distress in her baby’s face.

Conversely, the act of helping another triggers the brain’s pleasure center
and benefits our health by boosting our immune system, reducing our heart rate,
and preparing us to approach and soothe. Positive emotions like compassion
produce similar benefits. By contrast, negative emotions suppress our immune
system, increase heart rate, and prepare us to fight or flee.”

  Door KnockerLearn more

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