In today's globalized economy, most of the everyday products we buy, wear, and eat are produced with labour from the developing world.
But do we ever think of the story behind the products that we buy? Who planted the seed for our cotton clothing and sheets? Where did the seed come from? Was it a genetically engineered seed? What fertilisers, herbicides, and pesticides were used on the cotton? How did those affect the health of the farmer workers. How old were the workers? Who removed the seeds from the cotton boll and who processed them, wove them and made them into garments? Were they paid adequately for their labours? This is the story of the cotton trail.
Theresa Grantham a haute-couture, or high fashion consultant and business woman in New Zealand, knew at a certain level there was a better way to service the fashion industry with a clear conscience. After a profound visit to India, she set out to change the karma of clothing and ended up launching a fashion brand that acts as a laboratory for social innovation and transformation.
The result is Atma Vichara. Atma Vichara was born of an idea that simultaneously developed in the minds of a group of people dispersed across four corners of the globe. This diverse group of individuals was inspired by a notion of another way to do business; of a way to value the people who are working to make products that each and every one of us are surrounded by.
Atma means consciousness or awareness or the unfathomable intelligence. Vichara means inquiry into. So Atma Vichara means inquiry into consciousness itself.
So Theresa and her partners are working to create conscious vibrational clothing, to bring morality into business. She prefers the word morality to ethics and says the business model is beyond ethics, sustainability and profit. They are creating a culture of positive storytelling, education, and transparency.
Theresa tells us of Value Chain Development. That is finding reliable ethical manufacturers and facilitating stakeholder interaction and engagement.
Then there is Supplier Development which involves rural outreach: and design interventions to improve lives of farmers and artisans. It also reviews existing supplier support programmes.
Business Model Development involves concept development, using fashion language to tell the story behind the label; business model design, and strategy and philosophy.
Translating ideals and ethics into company vision and mission is part of Organisational Development. There needs to be strengthening around core values; team building and value alignment. Self-inquiry is a basis for organisational learning.
All these contribute to creating a new way to do business, and from which others can learn and be advised.
You can find more on the web site: www.atmavichara.org
The sales arm of the organisation is www.seedtoself.in
To find out more about the cotton industry and why we need to be concerned, see the movie:
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New Zealanders working towards a new dynamic-community, democracy and goodwill.
Ranging over a wide variety of topics, that include complimentary and alternative health, the problems with chlorinated and fluoridated water. Biological agriculture as against chemical agriculture. Corporate control of chemicals and drugs, plus the galloping increase of corporate farming.
Our unhealthy common salt intake, lack of iodine is translating to global thyroid problems.
That five US corporations have virtually taken control of the world food chain, and use the WTO and the TPPA as mechanisms to tighten their grip.
He concludes with an overview of the USA and UK's astrological challenges that he says will become very evident over the next 18 months and how the US military appears only to go on the offensive when certain astrological configurations occur.
I asked Glen at the start of this interview to hit a number of balls out of the park and possibly he went one further and hit one, possibly two into near earth orbit ...
Using bio-dyamics and agricultural impulses first introduced by Rudolf Steiner and the basic thesis of as above, so below - as per the tree of life, leaves and branches above and perennial roots and feeder roots under ground.
Questioning how can we revolutionize and add to Biodynamics, because there are so many offshoots of the near religious connotations to it, that in many ways is not applicable to farmers for cultivation of the land and growing food, be it vegetable or animals. However, it is very much a science, once people learn to decipher the language of 1920's German to equate it to todays current vernacular.
With Glen's impute, this translates to plants being able to be warmed up to have a 3 degree frost protection capacity that has been tested by NZ's Horticultural Research Centre as well as increase photosynthesis by 20% and an ability to stop fruit splitting.
These are just a few of the new understandings of biodynamics, including highly potentized humus preparation of cow manure stored in cow horns under ground and silica sprays as well as preparations made of quartz crystals and dandelion, stinging nettle, yarrow, oak bark and chamomile, which we hear and know nothing about!
This process deals in minute quantities, down to parts per million and it leads into homeopathics, which again science has huge problems with getting their head around. The reason being most tinctures are so diluted that the particles are virtually non existence, and that only the wave-form exists, (such as the ghost in the machine).
Yet, we only have to look at the British Royal family, their robust health and long life and the Royal physicians who are steeped in homeopathic knowledge. Which is really a peoples medicine as it is also very cheap to produce.
In an ideal world, Glen would like to have as your healers Homeopaths and Naturopaths working together, as well as other secondary modalities (like acupuncture, iridology, chiropractic and osteopathy) along with a host of other natural remedial practices.
Note, that it is very difficult to make money out of homeopathy. Not like the multi billions that are channelled into pharmaceutical drugs where colossal patents and costs claw back their investment and ... then some!
Then Glen reminds us that at the beginning of the 20th century the call was for 'Government for the people by the people' - the 21st century is - 'Government by the corporations for the corporations' - the manipulating 1%.
With biological agriculture making inroads into dairy but even more so in the sheep and beef industry there is a rapidly increasing up-take that is two fold in nature, healthy non chemicalised soils is translating to healthy produce that is enabling a very healthy gut and alimentary canal in the human body, and a win win for all of us who are coming more conscious of holistic choices.
Now in Australia, the two largest controlling supermarkets have bought up a huge number of service stations including alcohol outlets and now due to depressed pricing, they are reportedly forcing many farmers into bankruptcy and buying their land, which means corporate control, and thus control of the food supply of middle Australia.
Then learn from a friend of Glen's that works at the United Nations that the worlds food supply is basically controlled by five United States corporations. Through the WTO, World Trade Organisation and now the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement, the secretive TPPA.
Hence the call for grass roots organizations to get savvy and organize ourselves into small dynamic cells to address these issues.
From the chlorination and fluoridation of water and the direct relationship with our iodine metabolism which knocks out our thyroid gland which stuffs up our metabolism, and then as the chlorine in our water gets to our gut it sterilizes that too, hence the beneficial microbes in our intestines are under constant assault.
If you are on metropolitan water … leading to the current explosion of uncertain, leaky gut and cancer of the bowel. Evidently, not too long ago 'they' increased the chlorine levels in NZ so as to sterilize the water to a greater degree …
Covering liquids that we drink, Glen asks the question; how can we have a bottle of fizzy drink cheaper than a bottle of water?
Then there is common salt and the lack of iodine, and that common salt is basically devoid of goodness, and that high sodium levels are supposedly replacing lithium in the brain and is causing bi polar disorders.
What the latest holistic research is saying is that ailments such as cancer, bi polar, diabetes and obesity are seen to be stemming out of our excessive use of common table salt.
Glens covers astrology as well, how the planetary elite use it for their own purposes, that Hitler used it, Ronald Reagan, and (the Royal Family) however the upper echelons of society do it in secret whilst publicly ridiculing it saying it is worthless rubbish. Glen mentions the physics of it, the geometry and that we live in an electro magnetic universe and that our bodies are also electro magnetic - we are energy fields oscillating in a universal energy field.
Glen then covers 20 minutes on certain astrological situations that I will leave for anyone who wants to follow this up to listen to this information filled interview.
A clue is that the USA and UK have major challenges for 2014 and into 2015, because of their astrological make up. USA being a Cancer country 4th of July and the UK being a Capricorn country based in the 1st of January 1801.
This is a packed out information rich interview, where Glen covers the information gamut in our localized universe and basically runs short of time.
Web site: www.bdmax.co.nz and http://garudabd.org
Independent researcher in spiritual science and metaphysics Tom Brown questions our world view and looks at how it is sometimes based on historically inaccurate science.
Have we created our society from a faulty model? Have Newton, Darwin, and others, made incorrect assumptions that science is still based on today?
How do our belief systems play into this, and why do we need a paradigm shift to correct this? Is our collective unconscious actually creating the reality that we experience? Is life as the quantum physicists describe to us, or have they got it wrong as well?
Referring often to Rudolf Steiner’s Etheric Sciences, Tom talks about man’s descent into matter, and how people are living in an illusion. Just to challenge us he asserts that not only is the earth going around the sun, the sun is going around the earth.
This interview will not only provoke you, but will stimulate you to question everything you thought you ever knew.
Before coming to New Zealand Tom worked as director & chief editor at Borderland Sciences Research Foundation in California. He also organised a global network of researchers and was publisher on numerous cutting edge projects.
In New Zealand in the late nineties he was the Founding Director of the New Zealand Hemp Industries Association.
He has written four books:
In the talk Tom refers to a movie by Ben Stuart, ‘Esotetic Agenda'
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* URGENT EARTHFILES FOR THIS WEEK! *
Both Lisa and Tim have already submitted
Keep GE and GMO'S out of Auckland and Northland.
We need your help! PLEASE WRITE A SUBMISSION. See below.
We need massive numbers of submissions to Auckland Council.
Auckland's proposed Unitary Plan includes good statements to protect the community against release of GMOs.
However, could you take a minute or two to write in support of this - preferably using your own words - and adding any points you want including from the 'background' section further down
Your message of support is needed NOW - before the government changes the RMA to block councils having a role in protecting against GM risks, and before Federated Farmers and others write to oppose the Precautionary Principle in the plan.
Including your Contact details you could write something like:
"I write to support the policy of precaution on GMOs contained in the Auckland proposed Unitary Plan.
The Unitary Plan's precautionary GE objective, and methods & policies to achieve that objective, are important to the community.
I support local protection against GMO risks, which have been recommended by the Northland /Auckland "Inter Council Working Party on GMO Risk Evaluation & management Options"
I support a precautionary approach by council providing an additional tier of protection against risks of outdoor use of GMOs which central government has not addressed through the EPA."
Include whether you wish to speak to your submission and whether you would like to receive further information.
Email your submission to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please email now.
Submissions close 28 February 2014 but please send your submission now, before The Minister for the Environment changes the law to stop any precautionary/ prohibitive GE content in the Auckland Council proposed Unitary Plan. NOW you can see what we are dealing with. The Government moving the goal posts, so that NZ may not become the only ark on earth for uncontaminated organic seeds.
Councils in Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, and Hawke's Bay have responded wisely to concerns about GMOs by investigating the risks posed by GMOs in the environment, and how they can best minimize these risks.
In Auckland we must write in support of the draft Unitary Plan sections prohibiting GMO release. Auckland Council has worked with other local councils to control GMOs because of gaps in the Hazardous Substances and New Organisms (HSNO) Act.
The Plans includes:
• ensuring GM operators are financially accountable for the full costs of contamination, clean-up, monitoring and remediation
• adopting a precautionary approach to manage potential risks (economic, environmental, social and cultural) from outdoor use of GMOs
• protecting marketing advantages associated with a “GE free” status
• addressing community and cultural concerns of mana whenua.
NOW PLEASE INVITE YOUR FRIENDS TO DO THIS, SO THAT WE HAVE HUNDREDS OF SUBMISSIONS.
THINK JUST HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO HAVE OUR BIGGEST CITY AND DISTRICT GE FREE IN OUR ENVIRONMENT.
Keep Monsanto out!!
This extraordinary New Zealand migratory bird flies each autumn just before the cold and dark of winter all the way from NZ in the Southern hemisphere up via China and Korea to the Alaskan warmth and light of spring and the coming summer in the Northern hemisphere.
However, after laying their eggs and bringing up their young, the godwits then fly nonstop back around the curve of our planet - to NZ … a distance of 11,500 kilometers – without stopping, and for the ‘new born’s’ this is an astonishingly long distance voyage … and to an unknown destination too.
Now …. Imagine you are up in Alaska and autumn foreshadows the coming cold and darkness of winter and the godwits along the shorelines prepare for their epic journey south as they sense the prevailing winds and conditions and ready themselves for take off.
Finally lifting off to fly continuously hour after hour, the sun overhead will appear to track from east to west and after 12 or so hours the sun will set and darkness sets in - yet flying all night, up to an altitude of 2 or 3 kilometers above the earths surface, with starlight above them and the planet still turning on its axis, they will witness the sun rising in the east the next morning as they continue there arduous journey.
And with our planet still turning they will persist all day, all night flying without sleep or rest in a southerly direction – across the expansive Pacific ocean - continuously for another 6 days and nights ...
To finally swoop down into Miranda on the Firth of Thames in NZ, and safely land.
Having traversed 11,500 kilometes.
What an enormous ‘flight of passage!’
How can the godwit, a very small bird with a frail appearance accomplish such a gigantic feat and every time find its way 'home'?
When we look at the human species and look at our capabilities …
If a bird brain can find its way home, how come the human species has not realized that it’s 'our planet' that is our collective home, and the urgent need to take care of it, for as you may very well know, birds do not soil their own nest, so how come the human species manages to accomplish this act without even thinking?
This 52 minute interview covers some of the mysterious elements of physiology, such as the godwits ability to reshuffle proteins in their bodies before they set out flying and that this allows them to reduce the size of their food-processing organs.
Navigation; How do they know where to go and what time to fly? Introducing Rupert Sheldrake's ideas on 'morphic resonance' and other phenomenon beyond the visible.
Loss of habitat and decline of population and Fukushima radiation, and could Godwits be the 'Canary in the Nuclear coal mine?
Godwits - Long Haul Champions by Keith Woodley from Penguin Books.
The Ornithological Society of New Zealand:
Bird Migration is the one truly unifying natural phenomenon in the world, stitching the continents together in a way that even the great weather systems, which roar out of the poles, but fizzle at the equator, fail to do. It is an enormously complex subject, perhaps the most compelling drama in all natural history. ~ Scott Weidensaul.
Dr. Paul Connett, PhD, Emeritus Professor from St. Lawrence University USA. He is an, executive director of the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) and its parent organization, the American Environmental Health Studies Project.
For years health experts have been unable to agree on whether fluoride in the drinking water may be toxic to the developing human brain. Extremely high levels of fluoride are known to cause neurotoxicity in adults, and negative impacts on memory and learning have been reported in rodent studies, but little is known about the substance’s impact on children’s neurodevelopment.
In a meta-analysis, researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and China Medical University in Shenyang for the first time combined 27 studies and found strong indications that fluoride may adversely affect cognitive development in children.
Based on the findings, the authors say that this risk should not be ignored, and that more research on fluoride’s impact on the developing brain is warranted.
Yet New Zealand Authorities are challenging Councils that want to keep being fluoride free or remove fluoride from the water supply.
And isn’t it a basic human right NOT to be mass medicated, even if some might think they are doing us a favour?
When the fluoridation of water began, there was little evidence for its long term safety (as for GMOs) and since then little attempt has been made to monitor its health effects systematically.
Because there are so many unanswered health questions, fluoridation of water must be considered an ongoing experimental procedure, and as such it is a violation of the Nuremberg Code, which forbids experimentation on humans without their informed consent. In Europe, nearly all countries have either never fluoridated their water or have ceased doing so.
Yet the incidence of tooth decay has declined just as much as in those countries that practice fluoridation. This fascinating interview with Dr Paul Connett, will raise alarm bells about many aspects of the mass medication of the population by fluoride and he challenges us to do something about it.
NOTE: This may be a repeat, but it has a NEW INTRODUCTION, covering what has happened in Hamilton over the last few months and why Hamiltonians would collectively vote to mass medicate themselves with chemicals that slowly over time actually alter the bodies chemistry and make up.
To get involved in opposing fluoride and for an overview of which towns are fluoridated in New Zealand go to FANNZ website;
For 50 reasons to oppose fluoride – go here;