RAW ENERGY HOTLINE
JUNE 5th, 2002
Hello, this is Rhio with the Raw Energy Hotline. If you are in the New York City area and would like to listen to an abbreviated version of the hotline toll-free, call (212) 343-1152, 24-hours a day. (Note: The telephone hotline has now been replaced by my weekly internet radio show at: www.TribecaRadio.net)
ITEM #1: The following poem has so much common sense, so much humanity and simple faith that it sustains and uplifts me. I hope it does the same for you too.
by Judyth Hill
Wage Peace with your
Breathe in firemen and rubble.
Breathe out whole buildings and flocks of red-wing blackbirds.
Breathe in terrorists
Breathe out sleeping children and fresh mown fields.
Breathe in confusion and breathe out maple trees.
Breathe in the fallen and breathe out life long relationships intact.
Wage peace with our
listening: hearing sirens, pray loud.
Remember your tools: flower seeds, clothing pins, clean rivers.
Play music; learn the word "thank you" in 3 languages.
Learn to knit: make a hat.
Think of chaos as dancing raspberries.
Imagine grief at the outbreak of beauty or gesture of fish.
Swim for the other side.
Never has the word seemed so fresh and precious.
Have a cup of tea and rejoice.
Act as if armistice has already arrived.
Don't wait another minute.
NEXT ITEM: A recent Swedish study has grabbed headlines worldwide and puts another piece in place for the scientific proof that a raw food diet is the safest and most beneficial diet known to humankind.
The Swedish study found that high-carbohydrate foods like bread, pasta, French fries, chips, cereals, rice, etc. contain a substance called acrylamide in very high concentrations. Acrylamide is known to cause cancerous tumors in rats. Acrylamide is NOT present in the same foods when they are uncooked. Frying, baking, roasting and grilling causes acrylamide to develop.
The World Health Organization will meet later this month to study the issue and provide guidelines to help consumers make appropriate choices. But if the preliminary recommendations put out by Government and Industry groups are any indication, then "conscious" consumers will have to provide suitable guidelines for themselves.
In a joint statement, the British Retail Consortium and the Food and Drink Federation said that they would work with the Food Standards Agency and internationally to establish the significance of the finding for public health and to reduce consumers' exposure. Until then, they said, there is little consumers can do to avoid acrylamide.
The British Food Standards Agency said in a briefing note, "Eating is not a completely risk-free activity. Acrylamide is one of many things we are exposed to in food that may be detrimental to our health, including immediate risks such as food poisoning from not cooking food thoroughly. There are no practical ways it can be avoided."
We beg to differ on both counts. Consumers could, if they were aware, switch to the raw food diet provided by Nature - acrylamide free. There is much consumers can do and there ARE PRACTICAL WAYS TO AVOID ACRYLAMIDE. Just don't cook food. Simple, easy and safe.
Contrary to the disinformation in the FSA quote above, food poisoning is not caused from "not cooking food thoroughly", it's caused from filthy conditions and procedures which contaminate food with virulent organisms. Clean up the conditions under which food is produced, grown and handled and it will be clean.
Aren't you glad that you are a raw food enthusiast and don't have to worry about the acrylomide lurking in your food?!!
NEXT ITEM: Coinciding with the BioDevastation/BioTechnology Conference in Toronto, Canada, June 7 through the 9th, The GE-Free Markets Coalition has announced a National Day of Action on June 8th, 2002. Recently through efforts of this coalition and many others, Trader Joe's, Wild Oats, and Whole Foods have already committed to REMOVING genetically engineered ingredients from their store brand (private label) products. It's time for all Local Supermarkets to make the same commitment. In order for them to start thinking about doing this, YOU have to tell your Supermarket to Stop Using Untested, Unlabeled, potentially hazardous to people's health, Genetically Engineered Foods!
On June 8th, there will be Actions throughout the US at targeted supermarkets. Join GE-Free Markets Coalition and affiliates, Greenpeace, Organic Consumers Association, Clean Water Action, MASSPIRG, Genetic Engineering Action Network (GEAN) and many others to demand that the following supermarkets and their subsidiaries STOP using GE ingredients in their store brands:
Here's how you can get involved:
1) Contact the GE-Free Markets Coalition Regional Affiliate for details on the local June 8th DAY OF ACTION in your area. (CONTACT INFORMATION - SEE BELOW)
2) Join an event at one of these supermarkets near you!
3) Hold a press conference outside your regional supermarket chain!
4) Coordinate a letter writing campaign or call in day!
5) Educate supermarket customers about the dangers of GE foods!
6) Get your children involved.
To get connected
with local groups in your area:
Jessica Hayes, Genetic Engineering Action Network (GEAN)
(617) 661 6626, email@example.com
For more information, leafletting materials, or to join an action near you, contact:
National: Simon Harris, Organic Consumers Alliance (510) 525 7054, firstname.lastname@example.org www.organicconsumers.org
Greenpeace (415) 255 9221 x 312, email@example.com
New England: Linda Setchell, GE Foods Campaign Director, Clean Water Action (617) 338 8131, firstname.lastname@example.org
Alliance for Safe Foods (941) 921 3330, email@example.com,
New York metro area: Claude Pedelaborde, SOS Food! (212) 529 9720, firstname.lastname@example.org
North Carolina: Rodney Webb, Carolina Partners for Pure Food (828) 656 2517, email@example.com
Pacific Northwest: Mark DesMarets, North West Resistance Against Genetic Engineering (503) 239 6841, firstname.lastname@example.org
Northern California: Heather Whitehead, Greenpeace (415) 255 9221 x312, email@example.com
Southern California: Brett Doran GE Free LA (310) 392 7656, firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on what students are doing nationwide, contact: Free The Planet! (202) 547 3656, email@example.com.
For more information on the GE-Free Markets Coalition contact: Jessica Hayes, Genetic Engineering Action Network (GEAN) (617) 661 6626, firstname.lastname@example.org
NEXT ITEM: The state of Maryland is the second state to declare a moratorium on executions, Illinois being the first. According to Equal Justice USA, in recent weeks the 100th and 101st wrongful capital conviction was overturned. There are 2000 groups nationwide, including 72 local governments that have moved to endorse a moratorium on further executions. Findings that a disproportionate number of black and hispanics are on death row for the same or similar crimes committed by whites who are sentenced to life have spurred many questions and studies.
Fourteen (14) states have introduced moratorium bills this year and several are still pending. New Jersey is poised to move on a moratorium bill this month. Twelve (12) states and the District of Columbia have outlawed the death penalty. The 12 states that do not have the death penalty, according to Moratorium Now, are: Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Dakota, Alaska, Hawaii, Iowa and Rhode Island.
Europe and many other civilized countries in the world have banned the death penalty. The top five countries still executing their citizens are China (#1) Congo (#2) US (#3), Iran (#4), Egypt (#5) Iraq is probably in there too but figures are not available - Aren't we in good company?!! To get involved in efforts in your state, visit the State by State portion of: www.quixote.org/ej or call (301) 699-0042.
Until next time,
Blessings of peace be with you,
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