CTA is a joint ACP-EU institution active in agricultural and rural development in ACP countries. This information is extremely interesting to a Dominican Agriculturalist.

Its mission is to advance food and nutritional security, increase prosperity and encourage sound natural resource management. It does this by providing access to information and knowledge, facilitating policy dialogue and strengthening the capacity of agricultural and rural development institutions and communities in ACP countries.

CTA publishes and co-publishes printed, electronic and/or multimedia information products on various aspects of agriculture and rural development (including CTA bi-monthly magazine Spore/Esporo).

I discovered them years ago when reading The Spore at the Roseau Library

Check out their catalogue of publications.


The next message you need is always right where you are.
~ Ram Dass

About a week ago I started to realize I had a chemical taste in the back of my mouth.

The only thing I could think might have caused it was I might have eaten perhaps a food that was laced with agrochemicals.

The taste came and went over the next days and I finally connected it to something!

I remembered that recently I had thought I might have a local skin condition so I purchased a cream made locally that contains sulphur. I used it off and on over the weeks – what I was tasting was the sulphur in the back of my throat. It had travelled through my body in just hours.

Experiment: I stopped using the cream for a few days then used it at 1 oclock in the afternoon; I realized I was strongly tasting the sulphur by the time I reached Portsmouth to teach my class at 4 pm.

That is how quickly what we put on our skin enters our blood stream and circulates through the body enough to come out on the breath!

This got me to remembering a friend of mine who was the guniea pig in an experiment at a Massage School in Toronto They wanted to know how quickly what they put on the skin travelled through the body so they put crushed garlic on her feet; within a very short period of time they were smelling it on her breath; they were shocked at how quickly!

This also got me to thinking of some of the stuff that is in cosmetics ; and how that would be coming out our breath within minutes of applying and entering our brain and other organs!

This experiment inspired me to start making my own cosmetics over 30 years ago.

I am glad I only put ingredients on my and my families skin I can eat! Less chemicals in my body and in the environment around me.

Traditionally Dominicans often made their own skin creams from local herbs; coconut oil; cacao butter and beeswax. 

What you put on your skin ….. goes into your body and comes out on your breath.