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As promised, I just posted up the 1st case
study video on my NEW blog:

This amazing case study interview is with Brenda
Cobb from the Living Foods Institute and boy
does she have an amazing story!

When you watch and listen, you'll discover how
Brenda overcame breast and cervical cancer
with the raw food diet.

The doctors said she only had 6 months to 1
year to live.

...she became cancer free in only 6 months!

The raw food diet changed her life.

Here's the entire interview:

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Posted: Jan 27, 2008 10:30pm
Jul 12, 2007
Name: Robert Farmer’s family
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Farmer paints case for vegan lifestyle

Robert Farmer

Robert Farmer’s “Lunch Hour” pro-vegan paintings are on display at Hall Street Gallery through July 6.

By Ally Hughes
Published: Friday, June 29, 2007

A few years ago, Robert Farmer’s family made — in his opinion — a change for the better. They became vegetarians out of medical necessity, but he took an additional step to a complete vegan diet and lifestyle because of his sense of moral responsibility. Vegans don’t consume any animals or animal byproducts, such as milk, cheese or honey.

His ideology has also become the ethos for “Fodder,” the thesis exhibition for his Master of Fine Arts degree in painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Farmer’s work will be on display at Hall Street Gallery, 211 Hall St., through July 6.

Farmer’s paintings graphically illustrate his concerns about speciesism and hypocrisy in omnivorous diets. He questions why people care for some animals and consume others, implicating the animal farming and harvesting community in the United States of barbaric acts for profit — against human and animal welfare.

A few of his pieces, such as the large-scale “Because All Meat,” are inspired by publications by the controversial animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. While doing his ongoing research, Farmer saw a video that showed cats and dogs being farmed for human needs.

“There was nothing really out of the ordinary going on here except that they were potentially people’s pets,” said Farmer. “I was thinking — why not? If you are going to eat meat, why not eat all meat? The argument is that [pigs, chickens, fish, etc.] are intelligent creatures. Pigs have been proven [to have equal] cognitive abilities to that of a 3-year-old child, so accordingly that should put them above dogs. Should we only eat stupid animals? To me, it seems that if one should eat meat, one should eat all meat — one is as viable as the other.”

He also said that animals have the same human capacity as humans to understand and feel; thus, eating these sentient beings is unconscionable.

“The animals we kill every day for our food and clothing are living creatures that share with us the same capacity to feel love, joy, misery, fear and pain,” Farmer explained in his artist statement. “Animals raised on factory farms know only desperation and sorrow before their short, agonized existences are ended. We know that it happens, but turn an indifferent eye in favor of convenience.”

While Farmer said a vegan diet provides a multitude of heath benefits, some practical aspects are accessibility, cost and preparation. On average, vegans have to put more consideration into their diets and how they balance nutrition than other people, he said.

“We do our shopping at Brighter Day, and it doesn’t come out to be that much more [expensive] than it was before we became vegans,” he explained. “But you do have to think about what you eat and look at labels to read the ingredients.”

Farmer, a skilled and articulate painter who indeed makes an impact with his work, noted that whether people subscribe to his philosophy or act against it, veganism is an individual choice, and he isn’t out to hit anyone over the head with his message.

Ultimately, he chooses to express his way of life through the medium he prefers.

Farmer intentionally treats his characters with cartoonist likeability as a way of lightening the atmosphere surrounding his message. The paintings and drawings, which are for the most part large-scale, have an atmosphere fraught with meaning and personal symbolism.

“I don’t think of myself as controversial; these are just my views and my lifestyle,” he said. “Once I became a vegan, I had a pointed view where I thought I could add to the collective conversation and stand behind my beliefs.”
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Posted: Jul 12, 2007 10:00am
Dec 11, 2006
Focus: Environment
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Location: United States

The Case for Organic Cotton

Organic cotton items are fashionable, durable, and healthier for your family.

Gary Oldham’s family had been farming cotton in Texas for over 100 years, and in 1992, his farms were officially certified organic. At the time, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) had just launched their organic certification program, and few people had even heard of organic cotton.

“I didn’t want to farm with chemicals because it was too expensive and it wore out the land. I didn’t want to raise my children around that,” Oldham says.

To help bolster Oldham’s business, the TDA offered him a list of potential clients interested in raw organic cotton. But one woman on the list asked for organic cotton T-shirts.

“I didn’t have a clue how to start making such a thing, but I said I would try,” Oldham says.

A few months later, he launched S.O.S. From Texas, selling organic cotton T-shirts and knit products cultivated from his certified-organic farm. “When you buy organic cotton, you’re supporting a lifestyle that benefits the land and prevents chemicals from entering the body. We need to leave something for the next generation,” he says. Since Oldham started his business, the organic industry has exploded, and organic cotton fibers are now used in everything from personal care items and home furnishings to children’s toys and all types of clothes.

Thanks to the pioneering efforts of businesses like Oldham’s, clothing giants like Nike and Gap are starting to embrace organic cotton, meaning that it soon could catch up to the popularity levels of organic food as concerned consumers learn more about its benefits.

Whenever possible, choose organic cotton products over those made of conventional cotton. You’ll preserve the health of workers and communities; keep tons of pesticides out of our air, soil, and water; and help sustain the growing popularity of this versatile, comfortable fiber.

The Problem with Conventional Cotton

Conventional cotton farming is one of the most environmentally destructive agricultural practices—harming the air, water, soil, and farmers’ health and safety. The blame for that harm lies mainly with the huge amounts of pesticides used in conventional cotton farming. Although cotton occupies three percent of the world’s farmland, it uses more than ten percent of the pesticides, a category that includes herbicides, insecticides, and defoliants.

Pesticides are most often sprayed from the air, so they spread easily to surrounding neighborhoods. Only an estimated ten percent of this flood of chemicals actually accomplish their goal. The rest are absorbed by plants, soil, air, water, and our bodies—killing wildlife and harming ecosystems. The US Fish & Wildlife Service reports that millions of fish and birds are killed every year from the legal application of pesticides.

Pesticides can also adversely affect the health of cotton workers and those living near cotton fields. The US Environmental Protection Agency has labeled seven of the top 15 pesticides used on cotton as &ldquoossible,” “likely,” &ldquorobable,” or “known” human carcinogens. Other pesticide-related health problems include birth defects, long-term memory loss, headaches, nausea, or problems with the nervous system, reproductive system, and immune system. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 20,000 people die each year in developing countries as a result of the chemicals sprayed on non-organic cotton.

Protecting People and the Planet

When it comes to cotton, the solution to the pesticide problem is to go organic. Organic cotton is grown without chemical fertilizers, defoliants, pesticides, or herbicides, and from untreated, non genetically-modified seed. Farmers rotate crops to replenish and maintain the soil’s fertility, and they control pests and weeds naturally, using insect predators, traps, or botanical pesticides that are broken down quickly by oxygen and sunlight.

As a result, organic farming is healthier and safer for farmers, fieldworkers, and nearby communities. Growing cotton organically also benefits small-scale farmers who don’t have the means to buy expensive pesticides. And organic cotton farming uses significantly less water and electric power than conventional cottonfarming techniques.

Keep in mind, however, that federal organic standards only cover the raw fiber harvesting process. Once the organic cotton fiber leaves the farm, there are no federal standards in place for further processing—so your organic cotton fabrics could be treated with harmful chlorine bleaches, heavy metal dyes, and finishers containing suspected carcinogens and other toxins.

“For the consumer, the most toxic part of clothing comes from fabric treatments. Chemicals that resist flames, water, moths, stains, soil, and wrinkles have been impregnated into the fabric and are often very hard to remove through washing,” says Annie Bond, author of Home Enlightenment. The Organic Trade Association has developed voluntary organic standards that address all stages of textile processing, including bleaching, dyeing, printing, product assembly, storage and transportation, pest management, and labeling.

Of course, choosing any kind of organic cotton products over conventional cotton keeps chemicals out of the environment and protects human health. But your best option is to buy organic cotton from companies that also avoid chemical bleaches, dyes, and finishers. When you shop for organic cotton products, ask companies whether they have organic production standards in place or have committed to the OTA’s standards.

Green businesses in particular have embraced the idea of making their organic cotton products sustainable from the farm to the store. For example, Earth Creations sells organic cotton and other natural fiber clothing made with nontoxic clay dyes and no chemical bleaches or finishers. In addition, their clothing is made in the USA by factories that are monitored for worker health and safety.

“There is a right way and a wrong way to make clothes,” says Earth Creations owner Joy Maples. “Organic benefits everyone. It feels great and looks great. And it has so many long-term benefits. It sustains the whole world, not just the US."

A Growing Industry: The Giants Jump In

Signs indicate that organic cotton is poised for major growth. Years ago, organic fibers were hard to find, but now major retailers—along with innovative green businesses—are incorporating organic cotton into their products, especially clothing.

Popular outdoor gear companies Patagonia, Timberland, and Canada’s Mountain Equipment Co-op have used organic cotton for years. Timberland plans for all of its cotton products to be 100 percent organic by 2011.

Following in their footsteps, clothing giants Levi’s, Gap, and Nike now use organic cotton blends in some of their products. Although their organic cotton use equals less than three percent of their total cotton use, they now represent three of the largest organic cotton purchasers in the country.

In addition, eco-chic was all the rage at FutureFashion, a special show during this year’s New York Fashion Week that featured clothes made from organic fibers. Popular designers such as Diane von Furstenberg and Oscar de la Renta created clothing from organic cotton, wool, and hemp.

“The natural fibers market is following in the footsteps of organic groceries,” explains Shari Keller, owner and designer of Mehera Shaw, which uses organic cotton fabrics from India. “Organic cotton is really coming into the mainstream.”

“Even people who don’t live a green lifestyle are aware of it,” agrees Maples. “It’s in their face now.”
But it’s the green companies who are leading the way in terms of sustainable practices, says Denise Hamler, Co-op America’s director of green business programs. “Some of the most cutting-edge initiatives in design, technology, and products are coming from the Co-op America Business Network members that are featured in the National Green Pages ,” she says.

How You Can Boost Organic Cotton

There are many things you can do to push for more organic cotton on the market.

Choose organic clothes: When you shop for cotton clothing for men, women, children, and babies, go organic whenever possible. Be sure to ask companies offering organic cotton if they have organic production standards in place to keep all chemicals out of their clothes. You can find a list of stores in your area that sell organic cotton by visiting

Look for other organic cotton products: Organic cotton isn’t just for clothes. You can find organic cotton bed and crib mattresses, towels, sheets, shopping bags, stuffed toys, cloth diapers, and other items in stores and online.

Support the greenest businesses offering organic cotton. More than 150 Co-op America Business Network members offer organic cotton clothing and other products. To find a list organized by product category, click here.

Go organic for promotional items. When you or your organization or business needs promotional items like T-shirts and bags, choose those made from organic cotton. Check the “Promotional Resources” category of our National Green Pages, or visit the OTA Web site.

Talk to retailers. Write letters and talk to local retailers, asking them to carry organic fiber products. If they already do, ask if they have organic production standards, as well.

“How can we not go organic?” asks Maples. “There’s shouldn’t be any other option.”

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