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Monthly Archives: March 2017

The Maui Independent Debuts on the Web

alika-atay-Native Wisdom: Water Protector Alika Atay on the Power of We the People. Alika Atay was the lead plaintiff in the SHAKA Movement’s federal lawsuit over the invalidation of Maui’s successful GMO Moratorium initiative in 2014. This Maui Independent In Their Own Words features the barrel-chested, deep-voiced leader known to many Native Hawai’ians as “Uncle Alika.” His words are from interviews conducted during the past year by journalist Jonathan Greenberg. Read more of this post

The W.H.O. Guide to Vocal Vaccine Deniers

screen-shot-2016-08-18-at-4-36-49-pm_origThe European Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO)has published a 50 page guide for officials to publicly respond to what they term “vocal vaccine deniers.” “This guidance document provides basic broad principles for a spokesperson of any health authority on how to respond to vocal vaccine deniers,” it begins. “The suggestions are based on psychological research on persuasion, on research in public health, communication studies and on WHO risk communication guidelines.” Read more of this post

Hawaii’s Drowning in Pesticides

morihei-ueshiba-formal-portrait“Hawaii is a wonderful place, but all the agricultural chemicals used here are destroying the islands. Try to stop the desecration of your land.” – Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido, during his 1961 visit to Hawaii. Read more of this post

European Chemical Agency Says Monsanto’s Glyphosate Not Carcinogenic, While EPA’s New Scientific Advisory Indicates Carcinogenic Potential


A new report by the European Chemical Agency’s Committee for Risk Assessment (RAC) has concluded that current scientific evidence does not meet the criteria to classify glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup, as a carcinogen, as a mutagen or as toxic for reproduction. The finding is at odds with a new EPA Scientific Advisory Panel on glyphosate which offers there is “suggestive evidence of carcinogenic potential.” Read more of this post

Norwegian Farmed Salmon The World’s Most Toxic Food

Norway_12-038Norwegian farmed salmon suffer extremely unhealthy living conditions and are fed toxic substances – fish from the Baltic Sea contaminated by industrial wastes and Ethoxyquin to preserve the fat in those fish. The accumulation of this makes them “5 times more poisonous than any other food available in a normal supermarket” Read more of this post

If Climate Change Isn’t Real Why is the Pentagon Concerned About It

Brookes_01_559277cWith President Trump describing climate change as a hoax and gutting budgets that tackle it, it’s a good time to reflect on what Pentagon planners came up with in a 2015 report to Congress. The Defense Department  concluded: Global climate change will aggravate problems such as poverty, social tensions, environmental degradation, ineffectual leadership and weak political institutions that threaten stability in a number of countries, the Defense Department report to Congress concluded. Read more of this post

More Bad News For Monsanto

Monsanto-spraying-crops-GMOThe New York Times has reported that Monsanto hid evidence that showed concerns about the safety of the pesticide Roundup. A federal court unsealed documents raising questions about its safety and Monsanto’s research practices. The court documents included Monsanto’s internal emails and email traffic between the company and federal regulators, that showed that Monsanto had ghostwritten research that was later attributed to academics and that a senior official at the EPA had worked to quash a review of Roundup’s main ingredient, glyphosate, that was to have been conducted by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Read more of this post

EWG’s Annual Fruit/Veg Pesticide List


Strawberries remain at the top of the Dirty Dozen list of the EWG Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, with spinach jumping to second place in the annual ranking of conventionally grown produce with the most pesticide residues. Read more of this post

More Amazing Encounters with Neem Karoli Baba


A devotee of Maharajji tells this encounter – In 1935 I was on vacation from school and went to Dakshineshwar on a religious pilgrimage. When I reached the place where there were many Shiva temples, a man appeared before me whom I had not noticed to be there before.

“My son,” the man said, “You are a Brahmin? I shall give you a mantra.”

“I will not take it,” I said, “I do not believe in it.”

“You must take it,” he insisted and so I relented.

Thereafter I faithfully recited the mantra daily. Read more of this post

John Oliver & Dalai Lama Upset China


The Jakarta Post reports that “Last Week Tonight” show host John Oliver’s interview with the Dalai Lama pissed off China. China’s foreign ministry said the exiled Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader had appeared “deceptive” on the HBO show where he criticized some Chinese leaders as small minded and mocked Beijing’s portrayal of him as “a demon.” Read more of this post