Ontario first in North America to curb bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides

Farmers and the province have agreed to rules for reduction that begins July 1, while the manufacturer maintains the controversial insecticide is safe.

 

http://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2015/06/09/ontario-first-in-north-america-to-ban-bee-killing-neonicotinoid-pesticides.html

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“Sale of organic foods is one of the fastest growing market segments within the global food industry” ~

I started this blog with one of my goals being the promoting of Dominica as an organic island. We are far from that; gramaxone dead zones are all over the island; but it does not hurt to dream!

On the positive side there is a new organic certification programme about to be launched. This program is truly amazing in that it is available to all; egalitarian certification is the only way to go.

I will write more later about this system in the weeks to come.

For now I just wanted to link you to the newest study of the higher quality of food that organic agriculture produces.

Fruit and Soil Quality of Organic and Conventional Strawberry Agroecosystems

Sale of organic foods is one of the fastest growing market segments within the global food industry. People often buy organic food because they believe organic farms produce more nutritious and better tasting food from healthier soils. Here we tested if there are significant differences in fruit and soil quality from 13 pairs of commercial organic and conventional strawberry agroecosystems in California.

“You must be the change you want to be in the world” ~ Mahatma Ghandi

A University in Malaysia has found a way to create biodegradeable plastic with agricultural waste! Nuff raspact to a University dedicated to this kind of program!

How wonderful to see the new ideas forth coming from the universities of the world.

I am not sure we need plastic and I would like to see the environmental impacts of making this plastic in large quantities.  Studies would need to be done to see if this plastic leeches into what it contains too. We do not want another BPA disaster.

There is hope for a sustainable ecologically aware future!

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” ~ John Dewy

RESPECT to Forestry Division; for their immense contribution to Dominica from their inception. I am so thankful for the parks here; and for preserving those sites that are so unique and special to Dominica. Forestry’s work never ends; with storms and other natural occurrences wiping out their hard work regularly it is hard to get ahead; but they have. In the last 10 years we have up graded our paths and nature sites tremendously. Forestry provides educational programs for children and adults and over the years the books and periodicals that have originated from that office have been some of the only resources available for teachers who wish to teach about the local environment.  ………nuff respect.   

 

HOLISTIC EDUCATION

Nature Education – Dominica’s Rainforest Environment

 

We have one of the last remaining coastal rainforests of the Caribbean.  Our children need to be proud of these forests to help preserve them for future generations.

 

I found Dominica’s Rainforests to be a dramatic thematic teaching concept that most students greet with enthusiasm.  In my classes in Canada and in Dominica I used the levels of the rainforest as a way to look in depth at the animals and plants that live in the forests. We sang Songs about the Rainforest, did Rainforest Math; Rainforest Language Arts; Rainforest Science; Rainforest Social Studies; Rainforest Eco Education; Rainforest Health and Wellness and Rainforest Cooking.

 

 

 I tied everything together using a large wall mural; drawing a cross section of the rainforest showing basic concepts such as the 4 levels; the roots etc.  We drew and labeled the animals, insects, birds and plants of the rainforest and attached them to the levels of the rainforest they lived in. The water cycle is easily added to this same mural too. Most importantly we spent structured and unstructured but guided time in the rainforest.

 

Rainforest Educational Links

 

 

Dominica’s Coastal Rainforest

 

Dominica’s Rainforest Parrots

 

Leeward Islands Eco Regions

 “The human body is a complex organism with the ability in most cases to heal itself – if only you listen to it and respond with proper nourishment and care.” ~ Introduction; Prescription for Nutritional Healing by James and Phyllis Balch.

 

Cacao – Super Food, Super Nutrition  

by Trudy Scott Prevost

 

Cacao (Theobroma cacao). The botanical name for chocolate means “Food of the Gods” and after studying the nutritional and health benefits I can see modern research has supported this concept that chocolate is a super food.

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Cacao Links


Organic Chocolate Producer and Chocolatier; St. Lucia

 Grenada Chocolate Company