Friday, December 31, 2010

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Push to get Genetically Modified Foods out of our food supply

My life is a stewardship for which I give account to God as to how I live. This is the perspective I am developing for every decision which I make in my life, including my health and how I eat. So, this is the context in which I post articles on my blog.
Ten years ago consumers in Europe forced food companies to not offer generically modified foods (GMOs). The power of the market place. This month in the USA there is a push to educate enough consumers about the options and how to avoid GMOs so that we reach a tipping point and cause GMOs to not be profitable for the food companies. Do it for your health and those to follow after us.

 Non-GMO Shopping Guide to print


App for the iPhone/iPod


Another App for the iPhone/iPod

Saturday, July 17, 2010

"Natural Flavors" ?!!?

Ever see "Natural Flavors" in the ingredient list of packaged food and wonder what it really is? (You really should read ingredient lists and know what you are acually eating!) Here is an explanation.
HVP (hydrolyzed vegetable protein)  is used to enhance flavors of thousands of food products, extend shelf life, and otherwise increase the food industry's bottom line.   HVP is an ingredient in just about every processed food available in stores.  As a paste or powder, it is added to soups, sauces, chilis, stews, hot dogs, gravies, snack foods, dips and dressings.  The name hydrolyzed vegetable protein most often refers to "hydrolyzed corn protein" or "hydrolyzed soy protein" and may sometimes be labeled as such.   If mixed with spices, it is routinely identified only as "natural smoke flavor" or "natural flavors."  This labeling practice protects proprietary recipes of manufacturers, but has long been a nightmare for people who are allergic to soy or corn, or who react to MSG, which is an inevitable and unavoidable byproduct of the hydrolyzing process. Products containing this additive may even state “No MSG” on the label, though this is clearly an untruth.
Source article 
The article also continues with more information about problems with eating soy.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Son Finds Place Back on Family Farm

This article really spoke to me about building generationally. Even more than just building a business or natural wealth to pass to the next generation, there is building a life with the principles and values of God that is transmitted to the next generation. But certainly working together in a family business gives great opportunity to see the application of those principles.

Deuteronomy 11:18-21 (New American Standard Bible)

 18" You shall therefore impress these words of mine on your heart and on your soul; and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontals on your forehead.
 19" You shall teach them to your sons, talking of them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road and when you lie down and when you rise up.
 20" You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,
 21so that your days and the days of your sons may be multiplied on the land which the LORD swore to your fathers to give them, as long as the heavens remain above the earth.

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Truth About Saturated Fat

Say "No" to canola oil and "Yes" to coconut oil.

Article

Sunday, June 6, 2010

USDA to Prepare Environmental Impact Statement for Genetically Engineered Sugar Beets – Seeks Public Comment

Here is your opportunity to tell the USDA your comments concerning the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), specifically sugar beets. This is their article with a link to comment online or address to mail your comments.

There has been no extensive study to determine the safety of tampering with God's genetic design but there is coming to light more and more information calling into question the health and safety of GMOs and their unfulfilled promises of increased productivity. Here is one study by the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Here is another article about GMO soy production in Argentina, which I have posted before. One point this article makes is that the use of herbicides was to decrease with the use of this GMO soya but herbicide use has actually increased and herbicide resistant super weeds are being found.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Reformation

"When we talk of reformation we are not just talking about manifestations of the Spirit designed to bless us. We are talking about a foundational renovation of everything that the Church is. Therefore, there can be no reformation without conflict. There can be no reformation without confrontation. Things have to break, things have to be remodelled, old things have to be renewed. A reformation is the critical activity of transformation within the very structure of the Church.
"'Behold the days are coming,' says the Lord, 'when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and with the House of Judah. Not according to the covenant I made with their fathers.' A new covenant is not a cloning of the old. You cannot take the old things into the new. It must be not according. You can't take with you your old attitudes, your old relationships, your old mentality and your old style. Things have to change. As long as we come over into the new, with the position and the mentality, with the desire and the perception of that which you were in the old, we will miss the frequency. The old vision cannot work in that which is new, there must be a re-evaluation of our personal postions in the Spirit.
"As long as we glorify, as long as we honour, as long as we are filled by that which we now have, there will be no transition, there will be no spiritual journey to a new position. Every reformation emerges from a spirit that is filled with hunger. There has to be a deep spiritual discontent. There has to be a breaking of that which is old. We have to come to a place where we recognize that we can no longer call the old success. If we continue with that which was successful, we now begin to define ourselves into a present failure. Therefore, reformation emerges out of that state of brokenness, that state of chaos, that state of personal tumult, that sense of a loss of the way. The passage to reformation is through violent seeking and through strong desire. There is no comfortable, complacent passage towards a reformation move of God."
Dr. Noel Woodroffe from the song, "Reformation"

Monday, March 29, 2010

Community knowledge

Many indigenous cultures don't have a capitalistic or possessive mentality about knowledge or things. Knowledge is held in common for the good of all and God's creation has abundance for all to utilize for themselves and their family. But neither is this culture of community communism or socialism imposed by external force. It is the values in their heart which governs their lifestyle. Here is another article about the conflict some communities in the Amazon encounter when they are forced to interact with society outside of their communities:
Indigenous Community

Monday, March 22, 2010

Making a house a home

You've probably heard the saying, "Home is where the heart is." Certainly a home is more than a house. Here is an interesting article on home-making.
Anyone up for building real relationships?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Argentina - impact of GM soya production

A look at some of the effects of genetically modified soy bean production in Argentina:
article

Another example of greed overriding the common good.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Thursday, February 25, 2010

WAORANI The Saga of Ecuador's Secret People: A Historical Perspective

This article is such a clear presentation of how modern civilization is destroying traditional cultures and teaching them to live in the ways of the corrupt world system which is destroying them.
GOD, LET YOUR KINGDOM COME AND RULE IN THE HEARTS OF THESE PEOPLE.

Not just the Waorani but all the weak and defenseless people being abused by the big, powerful, greedy societies; so-called Western "civilized" society. Help your people to rise up, seize the opportunities to be the voice for these that have no voice, to show them the ways of the kingdom and to true life in Christ.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The prudent sees the evil and hides himself,

Proverbs 22:3 (New American Standard Bible)
The prudent sees the evil and hides himself,
But the naive go on, and are punished for it.


Troubles are a part of life. Don't be lulled to complacency by apparent peace. Please prepare.
This is a very interesting allegory:
The Storm.

 Picture source

Honor and respect in the Xavante people

I enjoy learning and reading about different indigenous tribes.
This is an excerpt from a paper I found on the SIL website, concerning respect and honor in relationships with in-laws in the Xavante people in Brazil, a very popular subject, I'm sure, for all married people! ;) For me it is very thought provoking concerning treating everyone with respect and honor.

1.3 In-laws
 Perhaps the most central and crucial relationship in Xavante society is that of son-in-law–parents-in-law, especially that of son-in-law–father-in-law. When a young man marries, he moves into his in-laws' house. At this point he must accept his father-in-law as head of the household, and treat him with utmost respect. He is obliged to work for him in his fields and in general is subservient to him. During this potentially volatile transitional phase, the son-in-law avoids making eye contact with or speaking to either of his parents-in-law unless absolutely necessary, and usually communicates by using his wife or, less commonly, someone else as a liaison. At those times when he must speak to them, he employs the respect forms. Curiously, the father-in-law rarely speaks directly to his son-in-law as well, despite the fact that he is in a position of authority over him. Again, when direct communication is necessary, he also utilizes the respect forms. Perhaps this serves to emphasize the extreme volatility of the relationship. Avoiding direct address at all costs enables those involved to avoid direct confrontation and the possibility of the severing of the relationship. As the relationship is stabilized and the son-in-law matures, the speech taboo is utilized less and less as a form of avoidance behavior. Nevertheless, the honorific grammatical forms continue to be used by the in-laws to call attention to and encode their relationship. For girls, the above phenomenon involving men which so strongly characterizes Xavante culture is rarely exhibited. A young married girl has little direct contact with her father-in-law, and although she may frequently visit her mother-in-law, the relationship is usually anything but tense. Nevertheless, a mother or father-in-law will use the honorific forms to address a son's wife.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Small farms getting big

I was encouraged by this article to stay focused, though it's been slow, on my process to get setup on my land:

Small farms getting big

I'm looking at planting some trees to start the 5 year clock to get the ag exemption on my land. I'm thinking about oak to be able to harvest for firewood.

Friday, January 29, 2010

What is happening to our food supply?

A large part of the food industry is a perfect example of a system based upon greed not doing what is right for the welfare of it's customers.
Here is an article on GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) food.

Here is more info on shopping for non-GMO food, including a downloadable shopping list:
Non-GMO Shopping

Here is a petition to Pres. Obama for labeling on GMO food:
Petition for GMO labeling.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Interesting stories from this past year related to the environment

While I am certainly no proponent of the politically correct global warming theory, there are certainly issues of stewardship and personal responsibility which we must address regarding our health and the environment. Here is one writer's review of stories from this past year, many of them in which I take particular interest.