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ENVIROBITES – The Home Front

ENVIROBITES – The Home Front

Jun 29, 2011

Urban coyotes There are an estimated 2,000 to 3,000 coyotes (Canis latrans) living in Greater Vancouver. Coyote encounters are common and the need to better understand this population is growing.   Phil Dubrulle, Stanley Park Ecology Society’s “Co-Existing with Coyotes” program coordinator, explains, “Spring is denning season for...

What kind of self-image do you have?

What kind of self-image do you have?

Jun 29, 2011

by Marilyn Atkinson The experience of attending to one’s ‘self-image’ has been around since humans started to talk to each other about their personal experiences. What is interesting is that so few untrained people ever notice their visualizations of self. Even fewer think about the effectiveness of their own self-image. It usually remains as...

Setting a plate for local food

Setting a plate for local food

Jun 29, 2011

Eating locally will never be more satisfying than this. Sharing a meal with friends is one of life’s great pleasures, but sharing a meal with the people directly responsible for growing its ingredients can be revelatory. Sit side-by side-with farmers, producers and culinary artisans and partake in an unforgettable culinary experience created from their...

Yummy food needs good policy

Yummy food needs good policy

Jun 29, 2011

by Lucy Sharratt     In the midst of the federal election campaign, a radical citizen-led plan to address some of our most pressing health, hunger, climate and agricultural-related issues was launched. The plan, called the People’s Food Policy (PFP), is all about food. The sweeping proposals come from communities across the country and call for...

Tribal teachings restore food independence

Tribal teachings restore food independence

Jun 29, 2011

by Dawn Morrison There is much to be learned from Elders and previous generations who share the wisdom of ways to overcome the stress and uncertainty associated with not knowing where your next meal is coming from. Secwepemc (aka Shuswap) Elder speaks of her experiences in the Great Depression years: “We (the Secwepemc) were not hungry because we knew how...

Ayahuasca and human destiny

Ayahuasca and human destiny

Jun 29, 2011

by Dennis J. McKenna, Ph.D Dennis McKenna is an American ethnopharmacologist and author. His research led to new frontiers of the inner-space; one of the most experienced psychonauts on the planet. His new book, The Brotherhood of the Screaming Abyss! tells the story of his brother Terence McKenna: “Terence McKenna is a legend in the psychedelic...

The Compassionate Diet

The Compassionate Diet

Jun 29, 2011

How What You Eat Can Change Your Life and Save the Planet by Arran Stephens with Elliot Jay Rosen What we eat is of such importance to human progress and health, ecological balance and animal welfare that food, like politics and religion, has become a highly charged and controversial issue. While diet is important, it is equally so not to injure the feelings...

The ‘Big O’

Osteoporosis screening – the fast track to dubious drugs   DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels The ‘Osteoporosis Game’ works in five simple steps: 1) Be fearful. 2) Take a test. 3) Get a diagnosis. 4) Take drugs. 5) Potentially ruin your life by taking the drugs. Be fearful According to an executive of a large Manhattan PR firm, almost no one had...

from child soldier to singer for peace

from child soldier to singer for peace

Jun 29, 2011

An interview with Emmanuel Jal by Joseph Roberts and Bob Turner   Emmanuel Jal could easily have become an embittered young man. Instead, he transcended the scars of his early life to inspire millions through his music. Born in Sudan, he was a young child when the Second Sudanese Civil War broke out. His father joined the Sudan People’s Liberation...

Enviropig™

Enviropig™

Jun 10, 2011

A piggy you hope never to meet at market by Lucy Sharratt Mouse and e coli genes injected into a Yorkshire pig embryo Fifteen years ago in a lab at the University of Guelph in Ontario – then home to some of Canada’s most ardent supporters of the new science of genetic engineering – an idea was conceived. Five years later,...