Dear DeeperSide readers,
I’ve been in a period of incubation, hatching ideas, regaining old strengths and acquiring new skills. There is so much I want to share with you about this journey of growth and transformation. For much of it, I don’t yet have the words. I’m currently working on two book projects. The first is a book of Art of my dear Uncle Godfrey. Inshallah, we should be launching end of this month. If you are a facebooker, check out “Wood Storms, Wild Canvas: The Art of Godfrey Stephens”. I’ll announce the second book early in the new year 2015. Below is a photo by Devin Card of me and Godfrey’s large abstract cedar sculpture titled ‘Klukchitl’ meaning when Spring starts.
I was really moved, when after a long period, I went to this blogsite and saw that despite an absence of new posts, several people visit this blog everyday from many countries around the world. I was recently in the Midwest where I met some old friends, one of whom told me that they were inspired to change by this blog. I was beyond touched that some of my words had resonated. I started thedeeperside blog in order to submit a voice of inspiration, common sense and real news to anyone who wanted to read. Thank you so much for listening. It’s a small endeavour in the scheme of things but the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I thank you for walking this journey with me.
Above and below are photos I took at the Morton Arboretum, a beautiful 1700 acre oasis of ecology, including a restored prairie, thousands of tree species, a fun tree maze etc and so on. The prairie delighted me the most, as I always wondered what a *real* American prairie looked and felt like. The answer: glorious.
I look forward to taking up the torch again soon. In the meantime, I wanted to share some bits of news for those of you unaware of what’s going on. There currently are two motions to label GMOs in the US, one in Oregon, the other in Colorado. Vermont passed a no-strings attached labelling bill but are now being hit with a lawsuit from big food and the chemical companies. Common sense is behind these consumer-driven motions to label GMOs. Like in Washington and California, the same monster companies are dumping in millions of dollars to flood the airways and confuse voters. These exact same companies label in 64 countries, they reformulate products. Even in the UK, MacDonalds serves children organic milk!
A friend wrote to me today on facebook saying “Why aren’t more people boycotting [the-company-which-must-not-be-named]”. It’s hard for consumers to know where to turn. Most of the big food companies are funnelling millions to defeat the right to know via the Grocery Manufacturers Association. But to *really* complicate things, most of the big companies also own most of the ‘little’ organic companies! So these organic brands are not able to stand up to their big daddy’s and demand labelling. With a handful of crucial exceptions, the original organic, independent, and commonsensical voice has been bought out by big business. Enlightened shoppers wish to support organic and can end up supporting the big companies who are fighting with nuclear-weapon-sized wallets to smother the voice of the people.
Hypocritical? Complicated? The answer is so simple, the solution is so obvious. We must have the right to know what’s been done to our food, what toxins are sprayed on it and what toxic genes are in it. If N. American governments are not following the precautionary principle, allowing GMOs without independent, long-term studies, at least give citizens the choice of whether or not to eat them! The answer is so resoundingly clear that other citizens around the world scratch their heads, wondering what has gone so wrong in N. America.
If you wish to vote with your voice, speak up, ‘like’ and ‘share’ those inconveniently disturbing posts, celebrate every victory, no matter how small. Follow Food Babe, Robyn O’Brien, etc etc. My answer to people who wish to vote with their dollars is two fold 1) Keep supporting organic brands as this sends the biggest signal to the marketplace, which is really what will motivate huge change, 2) where you have a choice, support an independent organic brand, and 3) Best still, buy as many real foods as you can and support your local organic farmers.
Things are changing so rapidly for the better. More and more farms are going non-GMO and organic. Mexico has puts up bans on GMO Soy and Corn. All this is beyond fantastic, a trend not a fad. Let’s raise our hands high in the air, wave our arms about, bring in the good energy and send love and support to everyone who is doing the right thing for people and planet. Yay to our organic farmers, replenishing the soil, purifying the air and the waters. Transported to a greener reality, I see our waters running clear and clean, I see our air pure and crystalline. I smell the forest and grasslands rustling with life. I taste the goodness Mother Earth has to offer.
With love to you all,