October 3, 2000

Subject: Green Files #14: Some Recent Feedbacks + The Simultaneous Policy + Report of the Anti-Globalization Protests in Prague + Urgent Action Alert to protect the rainforest in Ecuador and help those who defend it + Deep Peril for Deep-Sea Corals + Motorola demonstrates micro fuel cell + Update on Bear Bile Farming + CAPE CRUSADERS + A NEW LEASE ON LIFE + THE RED BARREN + THE NITRO OF THE LIVING DEAD + Growing Bio-Dynamic Food

Hello everyone

Here is another compilation with lots of important information to keep up with things, events and environmental crises that are definitely NOT reported in the megacorporate-owned masshypocrisy media.

I especially recommend to your attention the excellent Simultaneous Policy text which offers a comprehensive counterpoise and alternative to the world-elite-WTO-led globalization process which, as Ralph Nader explained on Larry King Live (CNN) this Monday evening (Nader was *really* excellent BTW), is engineering a worldwide lowering of environmental, health, safety and labour standards for the sole benefit of giant multinational corporations, the same ones that bought Gore and Bush with hundreds of millions of dollars in "political contributions" and corrupted the American democracy as he vigorously - and *rightly* - denounced. You will also find an interesting report of the protests in Prague last week...

And much much more!

Jean Hudon
Earth Rainbow Network Coordinator
http://www.cybernaute.com/earthconcert2000

P.S. I hope also you are all keeping up with the news about the terrible situation in the West Bank and Gaza. Now is really the time to dedicate our meditations and prayers *every day* to help bring Israelis and Palestinians back from the brink of war to the negotiation table and to peace.




From: "Rudolf Kampers" <rkampers@hotmail.com>
Subject: Subscription to newsletter
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2000

Dear sirs,

First of all, thanks for your e-mail about the World Bank/IMF-meeting! It
was/is very clear to me that those institutes are there to promote
capitalism and, in that way, contribute to 'the increase of global fear'
(further separation of our being instead of healing).

Please keep me informed about further events (I hereby subscribe to the
newsletter) and let me know if and how I can help you precious people!

Warm regards,

Rudolf Kampers (rkampers@hotmail.com)
Amsterdam, Holland




From: llferguson@webtv.net (Linn)
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2000
Subject: Meditation Focus

I just want to sincerely thank you and Spirit for this opportunity to
serve in this manner with so many lovely beings around this Earth.

Namaste, Moonanda
http://community.webtv.net/llferguson/MOTHERMOONSLIGHT




From: Mayr Hans <jeannot.mayr@saia-burgess.com>
Subject: FW: The Simultaneous Policy
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2000

Hello Jean,

This press release might be of interest for your work.

Congratulations for your good work

Jeannot

From: John Bunzl <bunzl@simpol.org>
Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2000
Subject: The Simultaneous Policy

Press release announcing the launch of the International Simultaneous Policy
Organisation (ISPO).

The Simultaneous Policy, a new international campaign to counter the
forces of globalisation and international competition, has been launched
in London. Based on the premise that all nations are subject to global
competitive forces unleashed by the ability of capital and transnational
corporations to cross national borders, no nation nor group of nations can
control global capital nor can they implement vital economic, social or
environmental policies that might incur market or corporate displeasure.
To break the vicious circle of global competition, both between nations
and between corporations, all nations need to act simultaneously by
implementing the Simultaneous Policy (SP); a range of measures to

re-regulate global markets and corporations in order to restore genuine
democracy, environmental protection and peace around the world.

Endorsed by Noam Chomsky, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Ed Mayo and many other
leading ecologists, counter-economists, churchmen and journalists, SP
recognises that party politics has become little more than a sham in which
whatever party we elect, the policies delivered inevitably conform to
market and corporate demands and to the dictatorship of competition. It
calls upon peoples all over the world to come together to take policy out
of the hands of politicians and, by force of their numbers and their
votes, to compel political parties around the world to adopt SP. By
transcending party-political differences and by offering a means that
allows politicians and governments to adopt it without risking their
respective 'national interests', SP claims to provide the long-awaited,
coherent and practical solution to globalisation and other world problems.

Based on a new book, "The Simultaneous Policy - An Insider's Guide to
Saving Humanity and the Planet" by John Bunzl, the International
Simultaneous Policy Organisation (ISPO) has been established to campaign
for the adoption of SP. Acclaimed as "the first writer on the 'sustainable
society' to advance beyond rhetoric and grapple with the problem of how
such a society might be achieved", the book crucially offers the blueprint
for a secure and responsible transition from the existing paradigm of
destructive, international economic competition to the new paradigm of
global cooperation in which global economic, environmental and social
problems can be solved.

For further information on SP, e-mail ISPO at info@simpol.org
or visit our website at http://www.simpol.org

Thank you

John Bunzl - Director
International Simultaneous Policy Organisation (ISPO)

--
Georges Drouet - Director
ISPO Belgique
ispo.belgique@simpol.org
--
ISPO Argentina
ispo.argentina@simpol.org
--
ISPO Mali
ispo.mali@simpol.org
--
ISPO India
ispo.india@simpol.org
--
ISPO Brazil
ispo.brazil@simpol.org




From: "Boudewijn Wegerif" <bw@jak.se>
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2000
Subject: A Special "Hello from Praha"

HELLO FROM PRAHA

Dear friends,

The hereon following 27 September "Hello from Praha" message by Vanessa M.
Lee of the Independent Media center www.indymedia.org (v_mijo@yahoo.com)
has just come to me via Art Rosenblum, the Aquarian Research Foundation --
artr@juno.com. It is a must for sharing.

The sobering background, as given today, 2 October, on the Independent Media
Center website, is that more than 859 prisoners were held as a result of S26
(September 26) actions. The police are reporting that of the 859 around 200
were not Czech citizens. The numbers that Indymedia have received are
inconsistent, however, it seems clear that hundreds of foreigners were
arrested, but they make up less than half of the total arrests. Only 20 have
been charged. More than 30 people inside the jails have been denied food,
water and sleep. There are reports of people having limbs broken, teeth
knocked out, and sexual abuse. There is clear evidence of torture by the
police. As of the 30th of September, many people have been released. There
is no information yet of the total numbers of people still in jail or
deported.

www.indymedia.org is THE site to visit for regular updates on the growing
world-wide movement against corporate globalisation.

In friendship,

Boudewijn Wegerif,
Monetary Studies Programme
FHSK Vardingeby
S-150 21 Molnbo, Sweden.

- -

Hello from Praha
Vanessa M Lee of the Independent Media Center

Here's my update from "S26" (September 26) the anti-IMF/World Bank protests
in Prague... I've been busy, ok? So I just tried to write my report of the
last TWO days and realized it's much to tell, requiring far too much
description and context.

I'll just say the achievements, and my best moments:

Achievements:

-Delegates were blocked in for hours, and fully freaked out.
-Some protesters actually got inside the congress center and again,
delegates were fully freaked out.
-A bus trying to take delegates back to their hotels was blocked and
detained and, you guessed it, delegates were fully freaked out.
-The opera house entertainment planned for delegates yesterday night was
cancelled (about 3,000 protesters blockaded the opera). Delegates were
probably freaked out.
-When delegates are freaked out, they start to wonder, to question what
they're doing. When people take to the streets like this, the public
starts to wonder what's going on. And those already in resistance know we
support them and grow stronger. So yes, through the tear gas haze I believe
I can see that we made an impact.

The best moments:

Yesterday morning -- I'd been staying at the stadium, along with about
1,000 Italians and a few hundred of many other nationalities. Yesterday
morning we all marched down together to meet up with the other protesters.

It was incredible to march down these ancient winding cobblestone streets,
lined with beautiful old buildings and approaching Prague's skyline with its
many towers and steeples. The energy was high, solidarity was strong, the
view was spectacular, and everyone was singing Italian and Spanish anthems,
waving banners, and generally feeling joyful. Down at Namesti Miru, one
of the major town squares, we merged with all the others - making about
12,000?? total (tho I've heard as many as 20,000 - I really don't know).

Then split into 3 marches, yellow, blue, and pink. First I went w/ the
yellows. There's this badass group of Italians called Ya Basta! They
are totally equipped with foam padding strapped all over their bodies, hard
hats, gas masks, goggles, water pistols (!), shields made out of garbage
can lids, and inner tubes. Hardcore.

They marched up to the main bridge separating us from the congress
center and faced off for at least 5 hours against thousands of police, fully
equipped with chemical weapons, batons, and tanks. There was no way they
could get through but I was so impressed anyway, with their courage and
solidarity and also their cool outfits.

Later, found the pinks coming down the hill, led by the fabulous Samba
Block, all dressed in silver and hot pink. As we came round the corner
to the back of the center, someone knocked down the flimsy barricades
separating us from the cops. You should have seen the looks on their
faces as they -- literally! -- ran away from us, scrambling up a steep
grassy hill. We followed, of course, the Samba leading the way, and here's
an image I'll never forget: the cops bottlenecked between the congress
center wall and some trees, literally shaking in terror, as a woman wearing
a bright pink headdress and a peacock costume dances a samba 2 feet in
front of them. With the terrifying force of latin beats we drove them all
the way back to the wall, repeatedly in fact. Then the riot cops came and
chased us all away, of course. But that was ok.

There was bad stuff too, but I'll save that for conversations.

I noticed on the indymedia website there's no update about the standoff
this afternoon. Several hundred tried to march to the jail and were trapped
on all sides by riot cops. The standoff lasted several hours, but did end
peacefully and everyone was allowed to go.

Several hundred are still in jail; not sure how many have been deported.
We hear that the women are being physically abused and sexually harassed.
Don't know what the action plan is to help right now, but check
www.indymedia.org for more info.

Heard that there have been solidarity actions in 50 cities - wow!

Haven't had time to read the reports, but I want to say thanks to everyone
who participated. Yes, that makes a huge difference.

I wish I could go into more detail, there has been so much surreal
stuff.

But that's my own private Prague in a nutshell.

I think we made an impact yesterday. It'll be fascinating to see how
this unfolds for the European movement.

Solidarity y'all,
Vanessa




From: "Teresa Perez" <teresap@wrm.org.uy>
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2000
Subject: Urgent Action Alert

Dear friends,

The Ecuadorian NGO Accion Ecologica --and specifically one of its members,
Ricardo Buitron-- are facing serious problems and require international support.
We are enclosing a model letter to be faxed to the Minister of the Environment
of Ecuador. We urge you to send the letter and to let us know at this e-mail
address.

Thank you in advance for your support in the name of Accion Ecologica.

Ricardo Carrere
World Rainforest Movement

Mr. Rodolfo Rendon
Minister of Environment of the Republic of Ecuador
Fax No. 593 2 565809
Quito - Ecuador

Your Excellency,

We have been informed about the serious events that are currently taking place
in Ecuador regarding the threats and harassment which Accion Ecologica is being
subjected to as a result of its involvement in the reports about the illegal
allocation of state forest areas by INDA (National Agrarian Development
Institute) to the logging company Botrosa and the conflicts that such action has
generated.

According to information that has circulated internationally, we have learnt
that the Ministry of the Environment --which you preside-- has presented a
report demanding Botrosa to return to the state the land it is occupying.
However, instead of complying with this demand, the company has incurred in acts
of violence, such as kidnapping and torture, against members of the Ecuador
Libre Association --based in the area of El Pambilar-- and has also sponsored
the legal demand lodged against Accion Ecologica's forest campaigner. Both
organizations have always worked to protect the remaining forests of western
Ecuador and have publicly made complaints about the irregularities which are
being committed there.

The environmental organization Accion Ecologica is internationally well known
for its work to conserve the Ecuadorian forests as well as for its struggle to
protect the rights of local communities that defend their lands and the
country's natural resources.

Through this letter we wish to ask you to intervene in this case and that you
request the withrawal of the legal demand lodged against Ricardo Buitron from
Accion Ecologica and against the president of the Ecuador Libre Association and
that you intervene in the Botrosa-El Pambilar case, that contributes to the
preservation of the Ecuadorian forests, which constitute the heritage of both
Ecuador and the entire world.

Your sincerely,

SIGNATURE




Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2000
From: "Jackie Alan Giuliano, Ph.D." <jackie@deepteaching.com>
Subject: Update on Bear Bile Farming

Hello all,

A couple of months ago, I directed your attention to a Healing Our World
commentary I wrote on the horrific practice of farming bile from the
gall bladders of living bears. Nearly 7,000 bears suffer this torture in
tiny cages throughout Asia, mostly in China. You can find that article
at http://www.ens.lycos.com/ens/jul2000/2000l%2D07%2D21g.html

A recent story on the Environment News Service tell of some progress in
this issue. A Hong Kong based animal rights group has secured permission
to rescue 500 of these bears, some who have been lying on their backs in
cages for 22 years.

You can read of this interesting development at
http://www.ens.lycos.com/ens/sep2000/2000L-09-05-02.html

The way we treat animals is a defining statement of our humanity - or
lack of it. I don't know how to separate concern for human life from
concern for animal life. If we are as interconnected as all observations
and even scientific research suggests we are, then the two are
inseparable.

Take care and I wish you peace.

Jackie




Date: Sat, 23 Sep 2000
From: Mark Graffis <ab758@virgin.vip.vi>
Subject: Deep Peril for Deep-Sea Corals

Deep Peril for Deep-Sea Corals

September 19, 2000

By ANDREW C. REVKIN

For nine miles along a submerged ridge, the corals rise in lumpy hillocks that spread out 100 yards or more, resembling heaped scoops of rainbow sherbet and Neapolitan ice cream. The mounds, some 100 feet tall, sprout delicate treelike gorgonians that sift currents for a plankton meal. Fish, worms and other creatures dart or crawl in every crevice.

This description could apply to thousands of coral reefs in shallow, sun-streaked tropical waters from Australia to the Bahamas. But this is the Sula Ridge, 1,000 feet down in frigid darkness on the continental shelf 100 miles off Norway's coast.

The pinks, yellows, oranges and other colors are apparent only under the blazing artificial light beamed from remote-controlled submersibles wielding video cameras. Absent such intrusions, this is a world of utter blackness.

Nearly 250 years ago, Scandinavian scientists, including Linnaeus, first described some of these cold- water corals, but only from bits and pieces pulled up in fishing nets or on hooks. Only in the last decade or so, as research submarines and robotic devices have become widely used, has the diversity and extent of these banks and reefs become apparent.

Marine biologists now say that deep-sea corals and attendant organisms easily rival tropical reefs in their diversity and their fragility.

The same scientists who have been mapping these ecosystems for the first time in waters off Alaska, eastern Canada, Northern Europe, Australia and New Zealand have simultaneously been chronicling widespread damage from fleets of trawlers with gear that has been dropped ever deeper as fisheries in shallower waters are depleted.

"On sonar you can see the trawl tracks, like linear scars in the bottom," said Dr. Jan Helge Fosse, a marine ecologist at the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research.

Often, it has been commercial hook-and-line fishermen who have alerted scientists to the damage from the factory-scale fishing boats, which they see as a threat to their catch. That was the case in Nova Scotia, where reports surfaced several years ago of pairs of trawlers towing bottom-dragging cables between them to systematically topple forests of treelike Paragorgia corals so nothing would snag their gear on later passes.

Biologists have become alarmed by the extent of damage, with surveys in Norway indicating that a third to half of the charted deep reefs show some harm from fishing. This is particularly distressing, scientists say, not only because it could take centuries for the slow-growing corals to regenerate, but also because they contain clues to past climate and ocean-temperature shifts.

Variations in their microscopic growth rings and chemical composition provide the deep-sea equivalent of the climate record in tree rings, and scientists are just beginning to assess this newfound trove of data, said Dr. Michael Risk, a geologist at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, who recently published a paper in Nature on the temperature data in a coral sample.

"The weak point always in every climate model is that we don't know what happens in the oceans, and here we've got this benthic tape recorder," Dr. Risk said. "The problem is, it's being wrecked."

He said a fisherman provided an early hint of the potential locked in the corals. "He hopped a fence at a wharf a couple years ago, went to a trawler and grabbed a specimen out of their net," he said. "He shipped it to me and it turned out it was 500 years old. That fisherman started getting death threats. And that piece was one-and-a-half inches in diameter. We hear stories of corals as big around as your leg. Some of these things may live thousands of years."

At the first international conference on deep sea corals, held this summer in Halifax, Nova Scotia, nearly 100 biologists and geologists compared notes and issued a statement calling for the expansion of marine protected areas to shield deep corals. So far only Norway and Australia have begun to do so.

"Most scientists are rather cautious types, but at the conference there was a very strong feeling that we have to step out from the closet of science and do something to protect them," said Dr. Martin Willison, a biologist at Dalhousie University in Halifax, who helped organize the conference.

The joint statement said, "It is essential that existing national laws and international conventions for the protection of biodiversity and the regulation of fisheries be extended to cover these unique and vulnerable deep-water habitats."

In a recent interview, Dr. Willison marveled at how knowledge of deep corals had exploded in the last couple of decades. Scientists have now mapped them in the Gulf of Mexico and Mediterranean, along continental shelves on both sides of the Pacific and Atlantic, and from Tasmania to the Arctic.

"I can get under my belt the idea of coral reefs in northern waters," Dr. Willison said, "but to think of them above the Arctic Circle was really quite spectacular."

CLIP

The diversity of life in the interstices of the coral mounds is dizzying, and just beginning to be appreciated. Several years ago, Andreas Jensen and Rune Frederiksen, from the Zoological Museum of the University of Copenhagen, dissected 40 pounds of coral hunks retrieved from a reef near the Faroe Islands, east of Iceland. They counted 4,626 organisms belonging to 256 species, with 42 other species in loose coral rubble that came up with the pieces.

Nearly 100 species had never been recorded from that region before. And when the scientists compared the creatures with those from coral samples taken from reefs in Norway and the Bay of Biscay, there were only a few overlaps, indicating just how variegated this deep-sea quilt is.

Surprises continue to pop up. At the Halifax conference, Sanford Atwood, a longtime hook-and-line fisherman from The Hawk, a Nova Scotia village, showed some visiting scientists a few of the small, pillow- shaped corals he had collected. They were eight or nine inches across and were called "hard hats" by the locals because of their shape.

"Some experts there said the chances of hauling that up where you said you did is the same chance as finding something in our forest that belongs in a rain forest," said Mr. Atwood, who recently shifted to lobster fishing because of declines in stocks of haddock, cod and other fin fish. He said the destruction from trawling could well be contributing to the drop in fish populations.

At the Hell Hole, a spot favored for generations by Nova Scotia long-liners, he said, the corals were always a well-known feature of the bottom. But now they appear to be mostly knocked down, he said, and the fishing suffers.

"I'm not an expert when it comes to science, but I do know how to go fishing and what fish depend on," he said, adding that it made no sense to let the destruction of the corals continue. "We take and take and take but never give. It's about time we did something for the ocean."

The New York Times on the Web




From: http://www.enn.com/news/wire-stories/2000/09/09272000/upi_fuelcell_31950.asp

Motorola demonstrates micro fuel cell
Wednesday, September 27, 2000
By United Press International

Motorola Labs has demonstrated a prototype of a new miniature fuel cell that could replace traditional batteries in portable electronics ranging from laptop computers to cellular telephones.


The new fuel cell - which has 10 times the energy density of a conventional rechargeable battery - was shown at the Power 2000 Conference in San Diego, California, this week. The 2-inch-square ceramic cell is less than half an inch thick and an assembly of them produced a continuous 100 microvolts in the lab depending on load.

The prototype was developed in cooperation with the Los Alamos National Laboratory (http://www.lanl.gov), which is operated by the University of California for the U.S. Department of Energy (http://www.doe.gov/).

The fuel cell mixes a small reservoir of inexpensive liquid methanol (wood alcohol) and oxygen at room temperature to produce electricity. It uses a catalyst and air and the only byproducts are water vapor and carbon dioxide gas. There are no air pumps, heat exchangers or other devices used in conventional fuel cells. Water produced by the reaction is recycled to mix with the methanol.

"Portable electronics are becoming more essential to daily life and increasingly we want them to have new capabilities," said Jerry Hallmark, manager of Motorola's Energy Technology lab in Tempe, Arizona.

Hallmark said the fuel cells could be the breakthrough technology to make the dream of a cheap, lightweight energy source for electronics come true. Scientists said in a few years a fuel cell about the size of an ink pen cartridge would be capable of powering a cell phone for up to a month eliminating the need for battery chargers and adapters.

It could also be used in digital cameras, PDAs and electronic games. A spent fuel cell could be thrown away like a dead battery. The basic concept of a fuel cell to convert a chemical reaction into electricity is 161 years old but the first practical application was in the 1960s when NASA developed a pressurized hydrogen fuel cell for the space program.

Copyright 2000, United Press International<BR>All Rights Reserved


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DAILY GRIST
September 27, 2000
News summaries from GRIST MAGAZINE
http://www.gristmagazine.com


1.
CAPE CRUSADERS
South Africa outlined a sweeping conservation plan yesterday to
protect biodiversity and estuaries across 35,000 square miles of the
Cape Floral Kingdom, a region in the southwestern part of the nation.
The ambitious plan, which is being hailed by enviros, aims by 2020 to
set up a network of terrestrial and marine conservation areas,
including three "mega-reserves," while also integrating social and
economic concerns. South African Environment Minister Valli Moosa:
"We are making history as far as conservation is concerned. South
Africa is increasingly being viewed by the rest of the world as a
place where important conservation lessons can be learnt." Officials
hope that the plan, developed by the South African government and the
Global Environment Facility, will get some backing from international
funding organizations like the World Bank.

straight to the source: Cape Times, Melanie Gosling, 09.26.00
http://www.iol.co.za/html/frame_news.php?click_id=143&art_id=ct20000926204007904C12390&test=

CLIP

5.
A NEW LEASE ON LIFE
Washington, D.C.-based Conservation International is trying a new
approach to saving natural areas in developing countries: leasing
trees. CI is working on a deal to buy the logging rights for up to
25 years for 200,000 acres of pristine rainforest in southern Guyana
in South America, planning to spend several million dollars to
protect the land with what it calls a "conservation concession."

Usually concessions, or development rights to land, are sold by
cash-strapped governments to logging and mining companies, often at
prices as cheap as a few dollars an acre. CI now intends to compete
with these private companies to buy concessions, also offering to pay
governments enough to compensate for any lost jobs or economic
activities. CI may take this model to Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, and
Peru.

straight to the source: New York Times, Reed Abelson, 09.24.00
http://www.nytimes.com/2000/09/24/business/24WORL.html




DAILY GRIST
September 28, 2000
News summaries from GRIST MAGAZINE

WHERE ELSE CAN YOU FIND THIS MUCH BAD NEWS IN ONE PLACE? Tell your
family and friends to sign up for Daily Grist --
http://www.gristmagazine.com/grist/signup/tell_pal.asp


1.
THE RED BARREN
According to a new "red list" released today by the World
Conservation Union (IUCN), 11,046 plants and animals worldwide are at
risk of extinction, up by more than 200 species from the last time
the list was updated, four years ago. This includes 24 percent of
mammal species and 12 percent of bird species. And the IUCN cautions
that its list may represent only a fraction of the number of species
truly at risk because many species have yet to be discovered by
scientists. Habitat loss is a factor in roughly 90 percent of the
endangered listings. The IUCN also pointed to three other growing
threats: the "bush meat" trade in Africa and Asia, which endangers
primates; the longline fishing industry, which threatens 13 species
of albatross; and the poaching of turtles and other reptiles for use
in traditional Asian medicines.

straight to the source: CNN.com, 09.28.00
http://www.cnn.com/2000/NATURE/09/28/redlist/index.htmlBR>
straight to the source: London Evening Standard, Peter Gruner, 09.28.00
http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/news/story.html?in_review_id=320909&in_review_text_id=264145

CLIP

6.
THE NITRO OF THE LIVING DEAD
In the past few decades, industrialization, population growth, and
the heavy use of chemical fertilizers have doubled the amount of

nitrogen in circulation, contributing to environmental problems
worldwide and possibly human health problems like cancer and memory
failure, reports the Baltimore Sun in a five-day series. Hardest hit
are coastal bays and oceans -- deadly algae blooms are cropping up
from Finnish beaches to Hong Kong harbors, fish kills are occurring
from Maryland's Chesapeake Bay to Russia's Black Sea, and coral reefs
are in decline around the globe. With world population increasing
and the growing preference for a North American-style meat-based diet
-- which requires heavy use of fertilizers to grow large amounts of
animal feed -- a solution to the problem of nitrogen pollution
doesn't appear to be in the offing.

straight to the source: Baltimore Sun, Heather Dewar, Tom Horton,
and Frank Langfitt, 09.24.00-09.28.00
http://www.sunspot.net/content/cover/story?section=cover&pagename=story&storyid=1150470208371




Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2000
From: Wayne and Sharon McEachern <Essences@LightExpression.com>
Subject: Growing Bio-Dynamic Food

Hi Jean!

Thanks for all of your good work in keeping folks informed on important issues and
promoting healing.

I am glad to see the spread of interest in organic growing and to realize that there
are some very active organizations throughout various countries in the world which
have set goals for substantial organic growing practices established over the next
few years.

What I am most excited about is what comes next after the conscious move into
organic growing. Just wondering -- have you ever heard of Bio-Dynamic Farming and
Gardening practices? This is a farming and gardening protocol established by Rudolf
Steiner earlier in this century (20's and 30's).

We have toyed with these growing techniques over the past few years coupled with
working with Nature (the Devic Kingdom) and have been very surprised this year with
a garden which has grown so fast and with abundance that it is truly hard to
believe. The BD protocol is what I would term super organic -- as it has no
scientific agriculture incorporated in it (NPK) -- and works to build soil humus,
encourage earth worm activity, and promotes super growth through minimal input. The
process uses what I would term "growing essences" -- an energy process basically
which calls in plant vitality from seemingly magical sources.

Bio-Dynamic agriculture is found in many parts of our world. Its concentration per
capita is more concentrated in some other countries (other than the US). But with
communication globally through resources such as the internet, many more will
develop interest and BD will one day be realized by the "straight farmer" who simply
wishes to be more productive and make more $$$. Through my experience, I believe
this means of growing is the most environmentally friendly and productive promoting
earth healing that we can realize.

A website that offers more information on this wonderful growing practice can be
found at http://www.igg.com/bdnow/ This website is a member of a webring
which will share other websites working to promote Bio-Dynamic growing practices and
link folks who are interested with a Bio-Dynamic email list where a discussion is
always in progress for sharing this important growing practice.

We thank you!

In light,

Wayne



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