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Isha’s Frustration

Isha is my seven-year old hellion.

Once she realized that GMOs caused cancers in rats, she wasn’t having them.  See my post Isha’s Epiphany https://thedeepersideblog.com/2013/09/16/ishas-epiphany-2/

However, Isha is exploring the depth of conflicting emotions.  Wanting something that is harmful.  Because it tastes good.  And she’s taking it out on me.  Like today.  She picked up a handful of individually wrapped mints at Harbour Air’s counter.  They are in a bowl for the taking.  I think she grabbed as many as she could stuff in her little fist.  I was busy checking in and I didn’t see her although I did notice that she was eyeing them.

While on the float plane, she banged me on my back (I was in the seat in front of her).  It was noisy on the twin engine 15 seater plane; I was wearing my earplugs.  I had to take out said earplugs to understand.  She also had to take out her earplugs.  She yelled over the noise of the engine, could she eat the mint?  I was kind of impressed that she would ask me.  But I was annoyed at the same time.  Because she knows what my answer would be.  Man it’s hard for this mother to be patient.  I shrugged and made a face indicating my position on the matter.  I told her that it was up to her.  She pretended not to understand  She tapped on my back and asked me again. She knew instinctively it was wrong for her body to eat the candy.  But she asked me over and over.  Finally I spelled it out for her “Look Isha,” I said with a modicum of exasperation,  “You know that the sugar isn’t organic.  You know that it’s bad for you.  That the sugar rots your teeth. You know that the sugar has GMOs.  You know that GMOs cause cancer.  If you want to eat it, you should know better.  Why are you asking me?”

She growled at me and threw that candy at my head.

And immediately hid her face in shame, in frustration.

“You made me feel bad,” she sobbed.

I leaned across the awkward tight space (any of you ever flown in a full Twin Otter?) and rubbed her back til she calmed down.

It’s not my fault that GMOs are allowed here in Canada, unlabelled.  It’s not her fault.  It’s not the fault of Harbour Air who are offering slow-acting poisons.  Gleefully and proudly.  How should they know differently?  Poor Isha.  Poor moms.  How can anyone know what they’re eating if it’s not labelled?  It’s not fair.
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The same corporations who oppose labelling here in N. America were forced to label in 64 other countries including Europe China and Russia.  They are blocking efforts in Washington State as I write this.  Biotech companies and the Grocery Manufacturers Association have put in over 17 million dollars to block GMO labelling.  This is the most amount of money ever poured into a political campaign by out of state corporations.  They are trying to drown out the truth with deceptive and false advertising.  They won’t.

Because the truth is spreading like wildfire.  Mexico just yesterday banned GMO corn!   It’s just a matter of time til everybody understands that GMOs are untested, use more pesticides and herbicides, are outperformed in the long-run by organic, and are unethical.

To contribute to Washington’s YES on 522 campaign to label GMOs – who can oppose the right to know – apart from unethical corporations?  The vote is November 5th.  Visit http://yeson522.com There are many ways you can contribute!

Flying Carbon-Neutral Harbour Air

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

– Theodore Roosevelt

As one who travels frequently, I bought carbon offsets from “Offsetters” http://www.offsetters.ca/

My logic: If I’m burning fossil fuels, then I should make some gesture to pay back and support sustainable projects that wouldn’t have otherwise occurred.  Apart from Global warming, carbon from fossil fuels goes straight into the ocean, causing ocean acidification.  That kills ocean life – direct causal correlation.  For cars, we can choose to drive hybrids and fully electric.  If there was a choice letting me fly electric, I would take it.  At the meta level we must demand more research dollars from our governments to support alternative energies.

I love flying Harbour Air.  They are a relatively small company, the world’s first all-float plane   airline.  They are consistently voted among the top Employers for BC and in the top 50 best managed companies in Canada.  Here is Alicia Schwarz, the Vancouver and Comox Base Manager at the downtown Vancouver terminal.


Harbour Air fly otters and beavers (those are types of planes not furry mammals).  The Harbour Air folks are professional, courteous and happy to accommodate, I often call panicked, stuck in traffic “I’m close to the cut-off for check-in, pleeease  pleease dont sell my seat”.  I’ve never missed a flight (for that reason).  Their flights are simple to book and cancel if your plans change last minute.  Air Canada – are you listening?.

I happened to see Alicia last week and asked her how her day was going.  She had spent the morning at a conference being inspired to do better and be better.  In April, I bumped into a big group of the Harbour Air team and hitched a ride with them to attend a fantastic leadership conference.  Just this past Wednesday, I heard Canadian businessman Brandt Louie give a talk.  He said that if you hire just one good person, they bring in three other good people.  Conversely if you hire one bad person they bring in three bad people.  I agree with Mr Louie but see it in terms of energy.  Good energy creates more.  By focusing the conversation on the positive, we can accomplish so much – and enjoy doing it too!

Guess who else buys carbon credits from Offsetters?

Harbour Air!  They lead the aviation industry in sustainability.  I want to highlight them as example of what every airline should do: go carbon neutral.  Instead of pumping profits only to shareholders, Harbour Air invests a portion back into the planet as part of their business model.  It’s working!

Shouldn’t everyone do this?  Shouldn’t every company do the same?  Hang on – brainflash! Shouldn’t that be made into a law?

Imagine every company giving back for our planet?  Imagine how wonderful that would be?