By Richard S. Gubbe
The National Alliance for Mental Illness Fair, formerly the Janet Wattles Mental Health Fair, will be Oct. 1 at CherryVale Mall.
The fair is a “kick-off” for Mental Illness Awareness Week, and will be from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. The fair is a combination of Western and Eastern modalities, and is held throughout the mall. Last year’s fair was a big success.
To be included in the event and have a 6-foot skirted table with two chairs, the fee will be: $50 for not-for-profits; $70 for for-profit early-birds received by Sept. 24; and $100 for for-profits received after Sept. 24.
For more information, contact the Rosecrance Ware Center at (815) 720-5097, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Give us the right
Government interference in how we eat food and drink milk has gotten out of hand. If people are clamoring for less intrusion as to how we live our lives, why are there new laws trying to be introduced in Wisconsin to ban raw milk sales and on the federal level to abolish organic farming?
Talk about taking away your civil rights! Telling me I can’t grow vegetables or buy raw milk at a Wisconsin farm so big business can sell me tainted genetically-modified foods and hormone-filled milk is a call for rebellion. But before we take up arms, one group is suggesting the following amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
Food Freedom Amendment
The people shall have unrestricted access to food resources, directly from the farm or its agent, all commodities and products, simple, mixed or compound, or complements to such commodities or products, that are capable of being eaten or drunk, by either human beings or animals, irrespective of other uses to which such commodities or products may be put, at all stages of processing from the raw commodity to the products thereof in vendible form for human or animal consumption. The term “food resources” shall also include all starches, sugars, vegetables and animal fats and oils, cotton, tobacco, wool, mohair, hemp, flax fiber, and naval stores, but shall not include any such material after it loses its identity as an agricultural commodity or agricultural product. The people also secure the right to process, store and grow food. Farmers shall not be denied the right to water, seed, fertilizer or pasture. Farmers have the right to produce, process and distribute their products, themselves or by direct agent, without any government regulation or fees.
To support the grassroots movement, see www.foodfreedomusa.org.
Save ocean life
Greenpeace is taking on Chicken of the Sea. Casson Trenor, Greenpeace senior markets campaigner, has amassed more than 30,000 signatures to get the attention of the tuna company to halt the slaughter of non-targeted ocean life.
According to an Australian government study, the canned tuna industry is responsible for killing thousands of sharks, rays, sea turtles, sea birds and other marine life as a result of the methods they use to catch tuna.
Trenor says Chicken of the Sea has a particularly bad track record when it comes to ocean destruction. He said after he personally traveled to their headquarters to deliver a letter protesting their practices, “They promptly showed me the door and have refused to acknowledge the damage they are doing to the oceans.”
Trenor said he will be taking the 30,000 signatures back to their headquarters and delivering the message again. “As one of the largest tuna companies in the U.S., Chicken of the Sea has a major role to play in saving our oceans,” Trenor said. “They have a chance to be a real leader in the industry, but it is pretty clear that they aren’t going to do it on their own.”
Right now, the company is using something called fish-aggregating devices (FAD) to catch their tuna. The problem is that FADs, which are floating objects, don’t just attract tuna — they attract sharks, marlin and baby bigeye tuna, the latter becoming a rare species.
“When the ship returns, it takes everything that has gathered around the FAD with a net. Very few animals caught in these nets survive the process,” he says. “The simple truth is that if Chicken of the Sea doesn’t change how it catches tuna, our oceans don’t stand a chance.”
See the Greenpeace website for more details and to sign the petition. While the word “boycott” hasn’t been used, perhaps it should be part of the campaign.
Richard Gubbe is an award-winning journalist, public relations specialist and Reiki Master Teacher. He is a longtime Rockford resident who has taught preventive health, visualization and Reiki at Rock Valley College.
From the Sept. 14-20, 2011, issue