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Wanted: Organic Gardening Stories & Tips March 2, 2011

Filed under: Environmental Wellness,Nutritional Wellness — aprasek @ 6:52 pm

I’ve advocated for backyard organic gardening countless times on this blog. It’s actually a pretty easy thing to get on a soapbox about when you live in an apartment. My “backyard” gardening has consisted of window sill herbs and indoor pepper plants. But now, this spring will mark the first time the hubs and I have had a garden to call our very own. And I’m not gonna lie, I’m scared.

I’m scared that I’ll plant things in the wrong place, too close together, or upside down (is that possible?). I’m scared that I’ll under-water and then over-water to compensate. I’m afraid some bug infestation will leave me with the question of whether to use pesticides to save my crops or let them die. I’ve had daydreams that parallel Little Shop of Horrors…

On other days I’m confident that I can create an Eden-like garden. Perhaps I’ll invent and nurture a hybrid tropical plant that survives the harsh winters in Minnesota. I’m calling this new plant a Squanana (cross between a squash and a banana).

Anyway, it’s pretty apparent that I have no idea what I’m doing. So, I would love to hear your organic gardening stories. What do you like to plant? How do you keep your plants healthy? What are some of the problems you have faced? Any tips to share?

Many thanks and happy planting!


Dalai Lama Lecture Tonight: “What Life Is All About” August 8, 2010

The lectures are happening in Delhi, so the times are a bit odd for us:

Start time of the first lecture is Sunday, August 8 at 11:00 PM CST. Watch the lecture live.

There will be another lecture on “Ethics for the New Millennium” Tuesday, August 10th at 3:30 AM CST.

OK, there’s no way I’ll be awake to watch any of those! Lectures will likely be posted soon at the website.


Oil Clean Up: Plan H (H is for Hair). May 20, 2010

Filed under: Environmental Wellness — aprasek @ 11:47 am

Want to get a fabulous summer hair cut and help save the planet? Lorri Weisen, owner of Hair’s to You Salon (Roseville, MN), is providing great coverage regarding the push to use hair booms to help clean up the oil spill.

Visit her blog to see how the booms work and the progress being made in this.

I’ve got about 11 inches of split ends just waiting to make a difference…

And check out this video from Matter of Trust to see more:


I Have a Favor to Ask… May 17, 2010

After finishing my academic *stuff* on Wednesday, I was left with a strange void and question in my mind… “What now?!” The feeling was too much for me 🙂

So, I went back to my second home (my MAC) and stumbled across a contest for the OWN Network. I was stoked to see what the contest was for– the chance to win your own show! Having a show focused on complementary health and preventative health has always been my dream. It has been the goal that has guided me through my last 10 years of education and experiences. So, amidst my finals hangover, I applied for the show and threw together an audition video.

To my surprise, I’ve actually received some votes! But, I’ll need a lot more to move onto the second round. The five people with the most votes on July 3 will go on. So, I’ll need a group of people who are willing to vote 100+ times per day until July 3. I’m hoping our WG community can help do that 🙂

It only takes about 2 minutes to vote 100 times. People have told me that they just click on the vote button and hold down the enter key! It’s like rapid fire from then on!

If you believe in spreading the message of integrative health, then I would LOVE it if you’d vote for me and help to make this happen. Let’s create something awesome together!

Click here to watch the video and vote as much as you can.

And please send this on to your contacts and post on your social media sites!

Much love and many, many thanks guys 🙂


This Sh.. is Bananas. February 4, 2010

There’s a new documentary about bananas. Well, more like conspiracy-deadly-fraudulent bananas. Here’s the quick summary:

“In the film BANANAS!*, twelve Nicaraguan banana plantation workers are suing Dole for concealing the dangers of a pesticide that they claim made them sterile.”

Check out the trailer for the film:


The chemical pesticide used on the bananas is Nemagon. There are valid concerns that this pesticide may cause reproductive issues and increase cancer rates. The film’s website also writes:

“Even as early as 1961, an internal Shell report recommended using impermeable protective clothing to prevent contact with the skin, because the product could have undesirable consequences for human reproduction.”

Obviously, Dole said the whole lawsuit was bananas. AND THEN, the attorneys for the plantation workers and other plaintiffs were charged with fraud. Watch Dole’s response video to all of this:

If you have time, also check out “The Facts” section from the film’s website and “The Timeline” to learn more of the sordid details.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Dole was being “loose” with the use of the pesticide. I mean really, we see this with TONS of other chemical and food companies. Unfortunately, the fraud charges are making the truth pretty impossible to reveal.

What do you think? Is Dole in the wrong? Could they have influenced the fraud charges? Or, are the plantation workers trying to take advantage of Dole (and wouldn’t that be horrible since I’m sure Dole has paid and treated them so well throughout the years)?


Cuke Skywalker, Ham Solo, Obi-Wan Canoli and… Darth Tater December 10, 2009

Filed under: Environmental Wellness,Nutritional Wellness — aprasek @ 2:31 pm

I’m supposed to be writing a paper… thankfully, it’s my last for the semester. But instead of being productive, I’m laughing hysterically (and all by myself) to vegetables and other foodstuffs explain the importance of organics while dressed as Star Wars characters. And yes, they definitely have lightsabers.


Grocery Store WarsCelebrity bloopers here


World’s Worst Industrial Disaster 25 Years Ago Today December 3, 2009

Filed under: Environmental Wellness,Nutritional Wellness — aprasek @ 5:18 pm

Twenty-five years ago today, a leak at the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal, India released about 75,000 pounds of Methyl isocyanate (MIC) into the surrounding neighborhoods. The toxic leak killed more than 3,800 people instantly and an estimated 20,000 in the months and years since. Read more about the disaster here. And a more recent article here.

We must have learned a lesson from this right??

Bayer bought the Union Carbide Corp in 2001. And even today, Bayer CropScience is believed to have a quarter-million-pound stockpile of MIC at their West Virginia plant. Bayer has recently pledged to reduce their stockpile, but seriously,  20,000+ deaths and 25 years later? Sorry, but you suck Bayer.

MIC is still used today to produce herbicides and insecticides that get sprayed on our crops. However, it looks like the pesticide Carbofuran (which contains MIC) will soon be banned by the EPA. The EPA writes, “Exposure to the pesticide carbofuran resulting from existing legal uses is unsafe– unsafe for the general population, and particularly unsafe for infants and children.

And big surprise, the National Corn Growers Association, National Sunflower Association, National Potato Council and the FMC Corporation (the only U.S. manufacturer of Carbofuran) are fighting the EPA for continued use of Carbofuran.

Chemical companies get away with use of chemicals such as these because there is little data on long-term exposure or cancer risk. Unfortunately, for those of us who end up ingesting or soaking up these chemicals, a LACK of data doesn’t confirm safety– Bhopal is evidence of that.