Tuesday, May 15, 2012
I was shocked and saddened to read this about Disney.
At Disney World's 'Living with the Land' Exhibit, Teaching Children about GMO Agriculture is a Fun Activity for the Whole Family
by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
(NaturalNews) Biotechnology has made its way to "the happiest place on earth," with an exhibit at Walt Disney World's EPCOT (Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow) theme park now featuring genetically-modified (GM) fruits and vegetables, some of which are shaped like Mickey Mouse's head. According to several different reports, the agricultural exhibit, called Living with the Land, takes parents and their children on a tour through "living laboratories" that highlight "the wondrous ways scientists are helping farmers prepare for the food needs of our world's nations."
With over 2.5 million square feet of greenhouse space, Living with the Land is a behemoth display of agricultural technology, including a giant gravity-defying tomato "tree" with thousands of tomato fruits, and various displays of unique growing techniques like hydroponics. But according to Jill Fehrenbacher from Inhabitat, a tour guide explained to her that most of the food grown in these greenhouses, which is also fed to park guests in restaurants and cafeterias throughout the parks, has been genetically-altered in some way.
This makes sense, since part of the tour includes a visit to the exhibit's "Biotechnology Lab," a "sterile research environment" sponsored by pro-GMO food giant Nestle USA, where scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture can be seen working on various "crop improvement" techniques. After the tour, park guests can even purchase "Mickey's Mini Gardens," which are small glass bottles of plant starters made from cloned plant cells rather than from natural seeds, that were produced in Biotechnology Lab.
You can view some of Fehrenbacher's photos taken at the exhibit here:
Disney has been Pushing GMOs on Children Since at Least 1996
Genetic manipulation of plants and crops has apparently been taking place at Disney's Living with the Land exhibit for almost two decades now. Back in 1996, the USDA published an article in one of its publications explaining that the main purpose of the Biotechnology Lab at EPCOT has always been about "showcasing various tools -- such as biotechnology" as part of its "sustainable agriculture" initiatives.
Even back then, John Cordts from the USDA's Agricultural Research Service (ARS) admitted that he and others were working on various GMO projects in the lab, which at the time included exploring new ways to genetically-alter peaches to ripen longer on trees, yet stay firm enough to be shipped. And before that, then-manager of the Biotechnology Lab Lexie McKently had been working on developing GM peanuts (http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/ar/archive/jul
And yet the millions of young children that have passed through this exhibit over the years have no idea that what those scientists are working on behind the glass has been shown to cause human sterilization, organ damage, and death. Because the entire presentation is dressed up with cute Disney characters and fun animations, it all just looks like some type of agricultural utopia.
Interestingly, the veneer of Disney's supposed sustainable and pollution-less approach to agricultural runs thin in others areas as well, as Fehrenbacher's tour revealed the use of materials like non-biodegradable styrofoam to house plants, for instance. When asked by several guests why the exhibit featured styrofoam and other environmentally-unfriendly materials, the tour guide allegedly explained that these materials are inexpensive and easily disposable.
So as is the case with most things Disney, the Living with the Land exhibit appears to be nothing more than a thinly-veiled veneer of propaganda aimed directly at young children. And in this case, the Disney empire has "greenwashed" biotechnology as an environmentally-friendly and sustainable agricultural system of the future in order to convince the next generation that it provides great benefits to humanity.
Using Iconic Cartoon Characters to Indoctrinate Children into Supporting Toxic GMOs is the Epitome of Evil
It is no secret that millions of families from around the world make the trek to Orlando, Fla., every year to visit Walt Disney World theme parks specifically because they believe it is a safe and fun environment for children. Little do many of them know, however, that part of Disney's apparent agenda is to indoctrinate society's youngest and most innocent members into the phony dogma of biotechnology.
Deliberately shaping a genetically-modified pumpkin into the shape of Mickey Mouse ears, for example, would probably not sway most NaturalNews readers into thinking that the technology is safe. But to a child, this explicit form of manipulation appears fun and exciting, which subconsciously instills in him or her the idea that genetically-tampering with nature in this way is a good thing.
Because they cannot present a legitimate and scientific argument for why GMOs are safe or necessary in the first place, purveyors of biotechnology are now resorting to such blatant brainwashing campaigns aimed directly at young children. This is why parents everywhere need to take the time to explain to their children the truth about GMOs, and teach them how to deflect all the crafty propaganda that is increasingly being embedded in popular cultural icons like Disney.
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Monday, May 14, 2012
This is an email from Jon Gabriel of The Gabriel Method, there is no link.
Bad Sleep = Big Belly
Studies have shown that if you get less than 4 hrs of sleep each night, long term, you have a 70% greater chance of being obese*....
... and even if you're just getting 6 hrs of sleep, even that so-called "normal" sleep pattern leads to slower metabolism, high calorie food cravings and fat deposits around the midsection.
When I'm working with new clients, I always start by addressing the issue of deep sleep because it's vital for balancing your weight.
So what happens, biologically, when you don't sleep well?
Sleep deprivation puts your body in a chronic state of stress. Stress elevates cortisol levels and stimulates insulin secretion, which activates your FAT programs and puts your body in fat storage mode.
The good news is you can improve the quality and quantity of your sleep by making a few simple changes.
*Don't fall asleep in front of the TV; it causes chemical changes in your brain that interrupt your sleeping patterns
*Make sure it's cool, comfortable and as dark as possible
*If possible, avoid eating anything 3 hours before bed
*Switch to herbal teas instead of caffeinated beverages, especially after 12:00 p.m.
*Take hot a bath or shower before bed
*Listen to my evening visualization CD as you are going to sleep at night. It is designed to put you in a deep state of sleep.
IMPORTANT: if you snore heavily, have difficulty breathing, or need to lose 100lbs or more, you might have sleep apnea. It's impossible to lose weight if you're suffering from sleep apnea and if I didn't get treated, there's no way I could have been so successful in losing weight. So please see your doctor immediately to get tested.
p.s. I made a video about how night eating affects weight loss, check it out here:
*SOURCE: Dr. Stoyanova (Canada)
Friday, May 11, 2012
Most of us who come to Dave Ramsey on our journey to financial freedom and leaving a legacy, did not start out frugal. If we knew how to budget and save and stay out of debt, HELLO, we wouldn't have needed Dave then, would we?
There's no shame in that. There's no shame in remembering where you came from. People all around us, are desperate for the knowledge we have gained from Dave of how to achieve financial freedom - if they haven't given up hope altogether, that is. So YOU can help others with your battlescars and testimony. Pay it forward; we have Dave's blessing and encouragement to do so, and since it's all scripture-based, most importantly we have the Lord's. Join an FPU class or facilitate one. Bless others with the gift you have, the gift of Dave's teaching. The journey to financial freedom is a tough one; but well worth the climb.
Dave teaches about two personalities; 'Savers' and 'Spenders', and that God usually pairs them up in a marriage just to keep things interesting and because He has a sense of humor (read: fireworks; balance; opposites attract).
Even 'Savers', may have WANTED to do things like be a better home economist, or WANTED to learn to make bread, but didn't grow up with those skills at home.
If you did, what a blessing; but I know I didn't, and alot of us (I would even say, most of us), didn't. And since I'm single, the burden of the balancing act and economist living is 100% mine.
Luckily for us, we're adults now and can make our own future and learn the frugal skills we need to learn, in order to "Never Pay Retail" again. Luckily for us, we're adults now who have access to the internet, and you can learn anything from the internet.
Here's a blog from a person who actually knows what she is talking about when it comes to baking your own bread, and because she is also a very good teacher it was a pleasure to read this very good, comprehensive, educational blog that answers most questions and overcomes most objections. Also gives you some very good "insider" tips. Kind of a 1-stop-shopping place for Bread 101. Also I know the Artisan method of which she speaks (see embedded links in article), is tried and true; you do not need to have any special skills or talent, nor a mixer nor a breadmaker; and the dough conveniently stays in the fridge, ready when you are for baking.
Also notice Jessica is a Dave Ramsey Fan . . . when you click on the link, note the tag line in the header of her blog, "act your wage".
Bake Your Own Bread to Save Money
And with all the crap they put in store bought bread, you KNOW this is also good for your SparkJourney, as well. YOU control the quality and type of grain and flour and other ingredients.
Personally, I'm convinced organic grains do not cause all the problems most people are currently experiencing who are on the "get rid of grains" latest fad-wagon. If moderation and homemade bread with good ingredients are applied, I believe few would have problems with bread. As for me, I have already decided I will definitely order bulk organic grains through Azure Standard food coop once I get a job, and will be the regional volunteer drop coordinator if there's not one locally.
Azure Standard 101: How Does It Work And Is It For Me?
Azure Standard Website:
Eatwild is all about finding grass-fed food resources; for omnivores it's a nice complement to Azure Standard.
Eatwild's Directory of U.S., Canadian and International Farms & Ranches
I'm grateful to SparkPeople for finding all these resources; as soon as I have a job I'll know exactly what my next steps are, and will have a plan.
Meanwhile, I can at least learn to make my own bread and practice that with the flour I already have! It will still be 10X healthier . . . and more frugal . . . than store bought bread.
Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University (FPU):
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