Monthly Archives: December 2013

Style-Diet Shot – Jeffrey

“On matters of style, swim with the current. On matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Jeffrey in his re-purposed Christmas Sweater!

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The Style-Diet Shot celebrates individuals with unique style, wearing at least one article of clothing acquired via the Stephens’ Sisters Shopping Diet. It must be local, sustainable, second-hand/re-purposed, inherited or ethically produced. If you can’t find clothing fitting that criteria then it must be from a country with stellar human rights records.

Style-Diet Shot – Dominique

“On matters of style, swim with the current. On matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Dominique’s hat is her own design, clothes re-purposed.  Check out her creations: Hive Mind Millinery http://hivemindmillinery.com/about.html

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The Style-Diet Shot celebrates individuals with unique style, wearing at least one article of clothing acquired via the Stephens’ Sisters Shopping Diet. It must be local, sustainable, second-hand/re-purposed, inherited or ethically produced. If you can’t find clothing fitting that criteria then it must be from a country with stellar human rights records.

GMOs by Nation

Dear Canada and the USA

We *will* join the other ~5 billion people in the world  who know if their food contains GMOs.  This includes nations that outright ban GMOs to those who require Labelling.  Here is the full list  by nation below.  Canada and the USA are the only developed nations in the world that don’t require labelling.  Powerful lobby groups are preventing us from knowing what’s in our food.  This explains why despite 90% N. Americans (across all political stripes) wanting to know if it’s GMO, it has yet to happen.  But it’s going to – We are going to make enough noise and demand out of this mass experiment!

70% of the world lives in countries that have protected themselves with some kind of legislation either restricting GMOs or labelling them.  Given the hype, I assumed it was just Europe, Russia, China and a few others.  When I examined the issue, closely for first time, I was pleased to discover not only European Countries (4 dozen) are protecting themselves, but EURASIAN Countries (18), Latin American Countries (7), African Countries (11) and Australia and New Zealand.  Here are the results below.  Total world population who legislate GMOs : about 5 billion.

I was pleased to discover upon closer inspection that the list has grown recently from Mexico (who has banned GMO corn), to Bhutan (first nation to go organic) to Hawaii’s Big Island as of this last week.

Aloha to Hawaii’s Big Island!  May your population of 185,000 inspire 317 million Americans to do away with this failing and dangerous technology all together!

EUROPE
Russia              143,455,000
Germany                80,640,000
UK                64,231,000
France                63,820,000
Italy                59,798,000
Spain                46,958,000
Ukraine                45,461,000
Poland                38,548,000
Romania                19,858,000
Netherlands                16,795,000
Belgium                11,162,000
Greece                10,758,000
Portugal                10,609,000
Czech Republic                10,519,000
Hungary                 9,894,000
Sweden                 9,595,000
Belarus                 9,460,000
Austria                 8,477,000
Switzerland                 8,075,000
Bulgaria                 7,261,000
Serbia                 7,203,000
Denmark                 5,612,000
Finland                 5,436,000
Slovakia                 5,413,000
Norway                 5,077,000
Iceland                 4,662,000
Croatia                 4,258,000
Bosnia and Herzegovina                 3,847,000
Lithuania                 2,956,000
Slovenia                 2,062,000
Latvia                 2,011,000
Kosovo                 1,826,000
Estonia                 1,283,000
Luxembourg                   542,000
Malta                   419,000
Iceland                   324,000
Jersey (UK)                   100,000
Isle of Man (UK)                    87,000
Andorra                    75,000
Guernsey (UK)                    63,000
Faroe Islands                    48,000
Liechtenstein                    37,000
Monaco                    36,000
San Marino                    32,000
Gibraltar                    30,000
Aland Islands                    29,000
Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway)                     3,000
Vatican City                       800
EURASIA
India         1,257,476,000
Bhutan                 728,000
China         1,357,379,000
Cyprus                 888,000
Indonesia           248,731,000
Japan           127,350,000
Jordan              6,157,000
Kazakhstan            17,030,000
Malaysia            30,476,000
Saudi Arabia            30,476,000
Singapore              5,437,000
South Korea            50,394,000
Sri Lanka            20,462,000
Taiwan            23,344,000
Thailand            67,357,000
Turkey            76,081,000
Vietnam            89,702,000
LATIN AMERICA
Bolivia            10,517,000
Brazil          195,632,000
Ecuador            15,779,000
Peru            30,476,000
Mexico          118,419,000
Costa Rica             4,667,000
El Salvador             6,635,000
AFRICA
Burkina Faso           17,323,000
Cameroon           20,930,000
Ethiopia           86,614,000
Kenya           43,291,000
Mali           16,678,000
Mauritius            1,273,000
Senegal           13,567,000
South Africa           52,982,000
Togo            6,675,000
Tunisia           10,889,000
Zambia           14,129,000
OCEANIA
Australia           23,105,000
New Zealand             4,462,000
Plus Hawaii’s Big Island               185,000
 TOTAL     4,967,704,800
   
 WORLD POPULATION     7,120,000,000
 % of the WORLD WHO HAS RIGHT TO KNOW           70%
 

 * SOURCES

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_European_countries_by_population

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Eurasian_countries_by_population

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_African_countries_by_population

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Latin_American_countries_by_population

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Oceanian_countries_by_population

* USED THIS MAP AS A STARTING POINT, FROM CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY

http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/ge-map/#

Reflections on a conversation with Murielle

I spoke with Murielle from France last week.

She decided to immigrate to Canada with her husband and two young  kids a couple of years ago.

Having similarly done the same journey from Western Europe 4 years ago, we were comparing notes….  I returned from Europe with my French husband, having lived in Barcelona, London and Florence for 13 years. Murielle is from French Catalunya with a parent from Basque Country, so we had a lot in common in terms of where we spent time. Moreover, I recorded Michael Greenacre’s Millenium Song in Catalan, Occitan, French, and Basque, Murielle historical languages http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Michael.greenacre/The_Millennium_Song)

As it invariably does for me nowadays, talk turned to food and GMOs.

Murielle said “Once I got here to Canada it took me while to learn that everything that I took for granted in Europe was reversed.  Food wise, that is.  In the supermarket we assume everything is safe unless -”

“Produit traite!” I jumped in. And showed her my blog post where I came across “Produit Traite” (Treated Product) whilst travelling in France this summer.  https://thedeepersideblog.com/2013/07/30/labels-in-the-heart-land-of-france/ It also took me a while after returning from Europe to learn to distrust “conventional” food.  I discovered that N. Americans dont know what we are actually eating.  GMOs lurking in over 85% of processed foods just isn’t on our labels. “Natural” claims by themselves are even worse since they don’t mean diddly squat but lull the consumer into a false sense of security.

Murielle concurred that unless it’s marked “Treated”, a European automatically assumes food isn’t toxic.  Here it’s the opposite. Unless it’s labelled “organic” it has toxic inputs. Unless it’s labelled “organic” I don’t trust it to feed to my children. Neither does Murielle.  Heavily subsidized, GMOs appear “cheaper” at least in the short run.  But what have they been grown with?!

The chemicals they put in and on our food here in North America include neurotoxins, carcinogens, and hormone disruptors.  Even in trace amounts that adds up over a few years.  Even the US President’s cancer panel  from 2010 says “. . . the true burden of environmentally induced cancer has been grossly underestimated.” ‘The report goes on to say that our government agencies are “failing to carry out their responsibilities” and concludes with specific recommendations for overhauling our nation’s flawed chemicals management system.’ From http://www.saferchemicals.org/resources/presidents-cancer-panel.html

I envision a North America where we can buy food for our kids and know what’s actually in it. I envision a North American reality where we can go into any old store and buy safe food without second -guessing the labels. I want the governments to protect us citizens from the chemical onslaught.  Like Murielle, I want to feel safe in the typical grocery store.  I can see nothing more important than feeding our future, our children, healthily and safely.

And I see this happening!  I see community gardens popping up all over.  Sterile lawns transformed into productive ecosystems with bees buzzing.  And a return to the soil to leave the Earth better than we found it.

Do you see what I see?

Style-Diet Shot – Kim

“On matters of style, swim with the current. On matters of principle, stand like a rock.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Kim Cathers, EcoFashionista! “Cathers has become a leader in the eco fashion community, Kdon by Kim Cathers is a %100 recycled ECO friendly line of products that are made with the intent to preserve and restore our beautiful mother earth.” http://kimcathers.com/contact-discollection/

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The Style-Diet Shot celebrates individuals with unique style, wearing at least one article of clothing acquired via the Stephens’ Sisters Shopping Diet. It must be local, sustainable, second-hand/re-purposed, inherited or ethically produced. If you can’t find clothing fitting that criteria then it must be from a country with stellar human rights records.