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Under siege: Canada’s Natural Health Products industry

Health rights and freedoms are disappearing. On February 4, 2013, Canadians will lose their right to purchase many herbs and vitamins. Possibly for good. It will be the law. UPLAR (Natural Health Products Unprocessed Product Licence Applications Regulations) was passed in 2010 in Canada. It comes due February 4, 2013. It gives Health Canada (Canada’s FDA)...

My food, my medicine, my choice

by Adam Sealey • Do you believe your government has your best interests at heart when it comes to the health of you and your family? From my personal experience and that of many others, it’s clear our government is in a deep conflict of interest and has never been more corrupt and contradictory in its actions than it is today. It’s time we stand up as...

We need our pollinators

We need our pollinators

Sep 1, 2012

by Alastair Gregor • Our pollinators are being poisoned and the birds that eat these insects are being poisoned too. We need the pollinators – bees, beetles, moths, butterflies, bats and hummingbirds – because 80 percent of our foods are dependent on them. Yet they are disappearing and need our help. Farms in North America use over 5.1 billion pounds of...

GM sweet corn kills bugs

GM sweet corn kills bugs

Sep 1, 2012

but is it tasty on the BBQ? by Lucy Sharratt • Generally, if our food kills living organisms, it is viewed as a negative. For Monsanto, however, this feature is a great new selling point. New genetically engineered (also called genetically modified or GM) sweet corn designed to kill insect pests is now being harvested across Canada. Of course, without...

Label GMOs

California leads with Proposition 37 by Phil Watson • The battle in California over Proposition 37, which would require labelling of foods containing GMOs, is really heating up. Millions of dollars are already pouring into the opposition campaign, with much of it going to former Big Tobacco shills. “As California goes, so goes the nation” and Monsanto...

The Law of Least Effort

The Law of Least Effort

Sep 1, 2012

by Deepak Chopra • If you observe nature at work, you will see that the least effort is expended. Grass doesn’t try to grow, it just grows. Fish don’t try to swim, they just swim. Flowers don’t try to bloom, they bloom. Birds don’t try to fly, they fly. This is their intrinsic nature. The Earth doesn’t try to spin on its own axis; it is the...

Health and the environment

Health and the environment

Sep 1, 2012

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • Preventing illness is the best way to get healthcare costs down. So why aren’t governments doing more to protect the environment? We’ve long known environmental factors contribute to disease, especially contamination of air, water and soil. Scientists are now learning the connection is stronger than we realized. New...

VIFF docs expose the dark side of corporate America

VIFF docs expose the dark side of corporate America

Sep 1, 2012

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead In Bitter Seeds, Micha X. Peled reveals an appalling statistic: a farmer in India commits suicide every half-hour. The documentary, showing at the Vancouver International Film Festival (September 27-October 12), puts a human face on this ongoing tragedy with its intimate portrait of a poor farming community in India’s...

Life unfolding

Life unfolding

Sep 1, 2012

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young Whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. – Max Ehrmann Much of our frustration with life comes when things do not go according to plan. We plan an outing and it rains, we do not get the job we hoped for, the relationship ends or illness happens. “This wasn’t supposed to...

Eliminating time

Eliminating time

Sep 1, 2012

A NEW EARTH byEckhart Tolle • To read Eckhart Tolle’s latest column, please see the current print edition of Common Ground. For copyright reasons, we are authorized to publish this column in our print version only. More than 1/4 million people read Common Ground every month! Pick up your copy today. This article appeared in the SEPTEMBER 2012 print...

An apple a day

An apple a day

Sep 1, 2012

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot • When I grew up we had a saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” a reminder that it was healthy to eat fruit. Fast-forward to 2012 and the apple’s image as a healthy, natural food is about to be undermined, with “non-browning” GM apples next up on the list of biotech foods seeking approval. It seems...

Star Wise: September 2012

Star Wise: September 2012

Sep 1, 2012

by Mac McLaughlin • Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra Scorpio | Sagitarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces We start and finish the month with full Moon energy. The blue Moon on August 31 carries its effects into early September. The Moon is bright. The combination of being full and in Pisces is bound to bring up some strong emotional...