13-Year-Old Food Freedom Activist On a Mission to Spread Seed Libraries Across the U.S.

By Jason Erickson

Alicia Serratos has been an activist since the age of 8 when she campaigned to get GMOs out of Girl Scout cookies, according to fellow activist and author Rob Greenfield seen in the video below.

Alicia hasn’t stopped since those early days of promoting food freedom; today at the age of 13 she has turned her attention toward seed libraries which aim to make seeds accessible to more people as well as educate about the importance of seed saving.

As regular readers might know, Big Ag and its corporate and government partners have been on their own mission to criminalize the act of sharing seeds, even going as far as to declare it a form of “Agri-Terrorism”  in violation of the Seed Act of 2004.

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Nevertheless, Alicia is being recognized by sensible people everywhere as a hero for her work. She has appeared in the documentary The Need to Grow, as well as being invited to Rob Greenfield’s World Solutions Speaking Tour.

Alicia’s new project is called 3 Sisters Seed Box, which will be a self-contained seed library starter pack that she aims to place in each of the 50 states.

She details her mission at her blog where you can donate if you would like to Support her work HERE:

My goal is to send out 100 Seed Boxes, with at least one in each of the 50 United States. I am excited to get started, but can’t do it alone. It will take all of you to help me reach my goal. I will need help with donations of organic seeds, a total of 2,000 packs! I will also be accepting monetary donations to purchase all of the other items that will go in the Seed Boxes and to help cover the cost of shipping.

Each Seed Box will include:

A binder, complete with everything you need to know about Seed Libraries

20 packs of seeds (including one each of corn, squash and beans)

20 containers to house each seed variety

20 wooden seed label stakes for labeling newly planted seeds

1 pack of envelopes (to check out and return seeds)

1 pack of pens

1 box

Follow Alicia on Instagram at @Alicia.Serratos  and Facebook at 3SistersSeedBox

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Australia’s “Rain Bomb” Lands as Thunderstorms Put Out Dozens of Fires in Drought-Stricken Region

By Elias Marat

Australia is beginning to receive its first significant rainfall in months as a low-pressure system sweeps in from the east bringing a much-needed respite to parched and fire-ravaged regions across the country.

On Thursday morning, downpours already began extinguishing 32 fires across the hard-hit state of New South Wales (NSW) with the number of blazes dropping from 120 to 88, the Daily Mail reports.

Communities in NSW and Victoria are both expected to see a healthy weekend of rain from Thursday into the weekend with forecasters saying that heavy downpours and thunderstorms in the region are likely.

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The Bureau of Meteorology said that it expects anywhere from over an inch (30mm) to over 3 inches of rain through the weekend in eastern Australia.

According to Sky News, a month’s worth of rain fell over Melbourne in only a few hours.

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Earlier this week, the NSW Rural Fire Service tweeted that the rainfall would be “all of our Christmas, birthday, engagement, anniversary, wedding and graduation presents rolled into one.”

NSW Rural Fire Service Inspector Ben Shepherd said:

“It’s the most positive forecast the RFS has had in months and will give crews a chance to regroup and work on containment lines.“

However, due to an extended drought period this weekend’s rain is unlikely to put out all of the fires which authorities have warned could continue raging through March.

The bureau also warned that while the rain can help with the fires the risk of other calamities has increased. Bureau meteorologist Sarah Scully said Wednesday:

“Hopefully some of this heavy rainfall will fall over fire sites and help control or even extinguish fires.

But it’s a bit of a double-edged sword because heavy rainfall and gusty thunderstorms bring the potential for flash flooding, particularly in the burnt-out areas of NSW and Victoria which are now vulnerable to landslips and trees coming down.”

The rain could also bring a new calamity to the country by washing toxic ash into waterways potentially leading to mass fish deaths and contaminating the drinking water supplies for millions of people.

Prof Stuart Khan, an environmental engineer and water expert at the University of New South Wales, told the Guardian:

“We are in a vulnerable position with all that ash sitting on a catchment that’s unstable and prone to erosion that could include landslides and trees being dislodged.

We’re not expecting extreme rainfall, but if any places do and they’re areas that have been burned, then we’d expect ash and soil running into waterways.”

Since the fire crisis broke out in September, at least 28 people have been killed and countless others forced to evacuate—sometimes more than once—as the unprecedented wave of bushfires swept across the country. The fires have consumed upwards of 25.5 million acres (10.3 million hectares) of land, an area equal to the size of South Korea.

Over 2,000 homes have also been destroyed during the crisis with more than half being destroyed by the nightmarish blaze since January 1.

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Farmer Sets Up Trough For Animals To Drink From While The Australian Bushfires Rage On

By Mayukh Saha

The Australian bushfires continue to devastate Australia for over a week now. And while ecologists believe that mitigation processes might help in afforestation, there is no way that the wildlife loss wouldn’t be a major shock to the entire country. This emu farmer has set up a drinking pool for animals. All the dams are quickly drying up, making it difficult for the wildlife to survive.

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Most people are supporting the firefighters in their struggle to control the fire. But some are trying to help the animals that have been worst affected by the Australian bushfires. Steve Irwin’s family has been responsible for treating almost 90,000 animals that have been wounded over the last few months. Now, an Australian farmer couple has set up a drinking pool on their emu farm, where animals can come and quench their thirst. Henley’s emu farm is located in New South Wales and is operated by Penny and Phil Henley.

The duo has also installed a ramp that leads directly to the water supply. This ramp was for those animals that have tiny feet or are flightless. The situation is getting critical as around 480 million animals have perished in the Australian bushfires since September, as reported by the University of Sydney.

Prof. Chris Dickman mentions that New South Wales has lost around three million hectares in the last ten days itself. But he also states that while most large animals like kangaroos and emus would be able to get away from the fire, animals such as koalas and echidnas will not be able to.

Even animals like the echidna are coming to drink water from the pool. Echidnas are known to drink water only when they are extremely thirsty.


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Study Shows Animal Life Thriving Around Fukushima (PHOTOS)

Nearly a decade after the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan, researchers from the University of Georgia have found that wildlife populations are abundant in areas void of human life.

Raccoon dog

The camera study, published in the Journal of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, reports that over 267,000 wildlife photos recorded more than 20 species, including wild boar, Japanese hare, macaques, pheasant, fox and the raccoon dog—a relative of the fox—in various areas of the landscape.

UGA wildlife biologist James Beasley said speculation and questions have come from both the scientific community and the general public about the status of wildlife years after a nuclear accident like those in Chernobyl and Fukushima.

This recent study, in addition to the team’s research in Chernobyl, provides answers to the questions.

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“Our results represent the first evidence that numerous species of wildlife are now abundant throughout the Fukushima Evacuation Zone, despite the presence of radiological contamination,” said Beasley, associate professor at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.

Species that are often in conflict with humans, particularly wild boar, were predominantly captured on camera in human-evacuated areas or zones, according to Beasley.

“This suggests these species have increased in abundance following the evacuation of people.”

The team, which included Thomas Hinton, professor at the Institute of Environmental Radioactivity at Fukushima University, identified three zones for the research.

Wild boar

Photographic data was gathered from 106 camera sites in three zones: humans excluded due to the highest level of contamination; humans restricted due to an intermediate level of contamination; and humans inhabited, an area where people have been allowed to remain due to “background” or very low levels of radiation found in the environment.

The researchers based their designations on zones previously established by the Japanese government after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi accident.

For 120 days, cameras captured over 46,000 images of wild boar. Over 26,000 of those images were taken in the uninhabited area, compared to approximately 13,000 in the restricted and 7,000 in the inhabited zones.

Other species seen in higher numbers in the uninhabited or restricted zones included raccoons, Japanese marten and Japanese macaque or monkeys.

Japanese serow

Anticipating questions about physiological condition of the wildlife, Hinton said their results are not an assessment of an animal’s health. “This research makes an important contribution because it examines radiological impacts to populations of wildlife, whereas most previous studies have looked for effects to individual animals,” said Hinton.

The uninhabited zone served as the control zone for the research.

The scientists said although there is no previous data on wildlife populations in the evacuated areas, the close proximity and similar landscape of the human-inhabited zone made the area the ideal control for the study.

The team evaluated the impact of other variables: distance to road, time of activity as captured by the cameras’ date-time stamps, vegetation type and elevation.

Wild hare

“The terrain varies from mountainous to coastal habitats, and we know these habitats support different types of species. To account for these factors, we incorporated habitat and landscape attributes such as elevation into our analysis,” Beasley said.

“Based on these analyses, our results show that level of human activity, elevation and habitat type were the primary factors influencing the abundance of the species evaluated, rather than radiation levels.”

Macaque monkeys

The study’s results indicate the activity pattern of most species aligned with their well-known history or behavior patterns. Raccoons, who are nocturnal, were more active during the night, while pheasants, which are diurnal animals, were more active during the day. However, wild boar inside the uninhabited area were more active during the day than boar in human-inhabited areas, suggesting they may be modifying their behavior in the absence of humans.

One exception to these patterns was the Japanese serow, a goat-like mammal. Normally far-removed from humans, they were most frequently seen on the camera footage in rural human-inhabited upland areas. The researchers suggest this might be a behavioral adjustment to avoid the rapidly growing boar population in the evacuated zone.

The free-roaming menagerie in Fukushima also included the red fox, masked palm civet, weasel, sika deer and black bear. The full list of wildlife captured on camera and additional details on the study can be found at: esajournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/fee.2149

Additional authors on this study include Phillip Lyons, University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Aiken, South Carolina, and UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Athens, Georgia; Kei Okuda and Thomas Hinton, Institute of Environmental Radioactivity, Fukushima University, Fukushima, Japan; and Mathew Hamilton, SREL, Aiken, South Carolina.



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“We Were in Hell” — Thousands in Australia Seek Refuge on Beach as Wildfires, Dry Storms Rage

By Elias Marat

Thousands of locals and vacationers were plunged into nightmarish conditions Tuesday as fast-moving bushfires tore through southeast Australia, ripping through popular tourist sites and forcing people to seek refuge on nearby beaches.

Coastal towns filled with tourists who hoped to usher in 2020 in idyllic beach conditions instead were confronted with apocalyptic skies that glowed red as the massive fires mingled with choking black smoke, reports AFP. In the meantime, terrifying extreme dry-lightning storms raged nearby, threatening more fires.

About 4,000 people fled to the beaches in the town of Mallacoota as fires encircled the seaside towns, with many residents on boats even taking to the seas in a bid to ensure safety in the face of the encroaching inferno.

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Authorities had been warning tens of thousands of tourists enjoying their Australian summer holiday to evacuate the area, but many waited until it was too late to leave.

Local resident Jason Selmes, who evacuated his Mallacoota home, told CNN that “there’s no way in or out” of the seaside town.

Since late Monday, dozens of properties are estimated to have been destroyed while at least seven people remain missing in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria.

In Batemans Bay, NSW, hundreds of families fled their homes Tuesday as the sky turned forebodingly orange. Vacationer Zoe Simmons told CNN:

“It was like we were in hell … We were all covered in ash.”

Intense fires, thick smoke, and dry-lightning storms provoked by the historic blazes combined to prevent aerial reconnaissance and water-bombing operations from proceeding, according to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.

Australia’s bushfires have grown so monstrous that they are generating their own weather in the form of pyro-cumulonimbus clouds, or thunderstorms that create more fires, according to Victoria’s Bureau of Meteorology.

On Monday, the bureau tweeted:

“Pyro-cumulonimbus clouds have developed to altitudes over 16km in East #Gippsland this afternoon. These fire-induced storms can spread fires through lightning, lofting of embers and generation of severe wind outflows.”

Temperatures near bushfires zones can easily climb into hundreds of degrees Celsius, creating lethal perimeters around the fire that are so hot they kill anyone who is nearby long before the flames reach them.

Because of this, Victoria’s authorities urged residents to flee to the ocean as a “last-resort option.”

The historic bushfires devastating vast regions of Australia have been raging since September, laying waste to wildlife and private property alike. However, the unprecedented firestorms have only grown in the face of strong winds and a brutal heatwave that has threatened major population centers like Sydney and Melbourne.

On Monday, roughly 100,000 people in suburban Melbourne were urged to flee as the bushfire crisis rapidly closed in on the region, killing a volunteer firefighter and pushing the death-toll to 11.

City officials in Sydney still plan to hold a New Year’s Eve fireworks show despite the city being enveloped in toxic haze from the bushfires. Meanwhile, similar shows in Canberra and other regional towns have been canceled.

The Australian government headed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison has belatedly acknowledged the role of climate change in the bushfire crisis. However, Morrison’s government has also come under withering criticism for ruling out any further action to reduce emissions while continuing to pledge his support to the lucrative coal-mining industry. The government has been accused of obstructing global summits on climate change and skirting its obligations under the 2015 Paris accord.

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16-Year-Old Teen Develops Armor That “Blocks” Radiation During Cancer Treatments, Reducing Exposure By 16%

By Amanda Froelich

Meet Macinley Butson, a young inventor who has received international recognition for her efforts to protect women from excess radiation during breast cancer treatments. Thanks to her ingenuity, the copper SMART armor has the potential to save countless lives.

Butson has always been fascinated by science. Only after her father, who works in medical physics, discussed his experience with ineffective cancer treatments did Macinley consider how she could add to the field. Knowing first-hand the loss of a relative due to cancer, she decided to conduct her own investigation on the subject.

As GoodNewsNetwork reports, Butson tried to begin her research by reading scientific journals. However, making sense of the medical jargon turned out to be a challenge. So, Butson turned to ‘YouTube University’ to discover videos that taught her how to read scientific journals.

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As she became familiar with the process, Butson found a key piece of information: copper has been shown to be dramatically more effective at protecting skin from radiation compared to lead. One day, during class at her high school in Wollongong, New South Wales, Butson had a “eureka” moment.

She and her 10th-grade class members were watching a film on medieval wars when she spotted the scaled patterns of armor. Equipped with fresh inspiration, she began designing an “armor” made out of copper.  To learn how to weave together tiny scales, Butson once again returned to YouTube.  Before long, the Australian teen made her own flexible scale-mail using high-density copper plating. She calls the result SMART Armor: Scale Mail for Radiation Therapy.

When the armor was tested in a laboratory setting, the invention reduced surface exposure to excess radiation by an astounding 75%. For her work, Butson won first place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair – she became one of the first Australians to do so in its 68-year history.

Butson hopes to get her SMART armor into clinical settings for use within a year.

Watch the video below to learn more:


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What’s The Difference Between REAL Science & CONSENSUS Science?

By Catherine J. Frompovich

REAL science is exemplified by demonstrable scientific findings like those of Copernicus and Galileo, who basically were called “quacks” by none other than the ruling authority of that time, the Roman Catholic Church, for insisting the Sun was the center of the Universe, not Planet Earth. Each suffered organized oppression by the Church, too.

Galileo’s books were banned from being read! Anything sound familiar in these censoring times?

Copernicus and Galileo: A Scientific Revolution
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REAL science also is found in the work of Sir Isaac Newton. An apple never can fall up! Newton’s Law of Universal Gravitation.

REAL science also can be found in the dabblings of the colonialist founding father Benjamin Franklin’s flying a kite in a rainstorm! That ‘foolhardy’ exercise led to the invention of the lightning rod and also understanding negative and positive charges.

The Periodic Table of Elements went from a “dream” by Russian chemist Dmitrii Mendeleev to a set table of the properties of individual elements, now complete [at least for the time being] as REAL science.

Real science is the standardized practice of questioning, researching, finding and reporting the “secrets” of how and what “makes things work” without any influences to deviate from those findings.

Consensus science is a relatively new science ‘discipline’ invading all sorts of vested interests, corporations and businesses such as: pharmaceuticals [Examples: Vioxx and neurotoxic vaccines]; chemical companies [Example: Monsanto Roundup® glyphosate]; the microwave industries—anything from military radar to microwave ovens, cell phones, 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), and medicine [Examples: the War on Cancer, Autism, superbugs from excessive antibiotic prescribing; the opioid epidemic!]

“Consensus,” according to Merriam-Webster, means both “general agreement” and “group solidarity in sentiment and belief.” That sums up the problem. Is this consensus based on solid evidence and sound logic, or social pressure and groupthink? [Like at the CDC/FDA and Big Pharma.]

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When can you doubt a consensus? Your best bet is to look at the process that produced, defends and transmits the supposed consensus.

Source: https://stream.org/doubt-scientific-consensus/

[Also, consider who is paying for the ‘freight’ to produce the science?]

CONSENSUS science rears its unfettered ugliness in dramatic reversals of real science findings, which had to be sanitized and reformulated with actions taken by the CDC/FDA and Big Pharma.

Here are just a few examples:

June 2000 The Simpsonwood Meeting where CDC epidemiologist Thomas Verstraeten’s findings that certain vaccines DID cause Autism were discussed to change the outcome of Verstraeten’s original real science findings into a consensus science that no vaccine is capable of causing Autism, an elitist epidemiological ‘dogma’ which never can be challenged! The transcript of that clandestine meeting is here: http://fearlessparent.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Simpsonwood_Transcript_Scan_by_RJK_OCR.pdf

The Poul Thorsen, MD, PhD, / CDC’s Eileen Boyle, PhD, debacle
Dr. Coleen Boyle surfaces again in this featured story about Poul Thorsen, PhD, the MASTER MANIPULATOR who currently is under eleven (11) indictments regarding wire fraud and money laundering, and for ripping off the U.S. CDC to the tune of between One and Two MILLION Dollars.

Thorsen also used Danish demographics he was not permitted to use for his falsified study that the MMR vaccine does not cause autism.

Dr. Boyle was aware of that sticky-wicket issue about not getting Danish permission to use certain demographics, etc., but flew to Denmark to ‘save the deal’. It’s documented in the book, Master Manipulator. https://www.activistpost.com/2019/04/if-truth-be-told-about-cdcs-science-manipulators.html

• Whistleblower William Thompson, PhD, collaborated with, but rejected, the ultimate in CONSENSUS science when he exposed the CDC’s requirement to destroy all science by discarding their findings into a trash can the CDC provided! However, real science found the MMR vaccine actually CAUSED Autism in young black boys under three years of age, which was featured in the documentary VAXXED, From Cover-up to Catastrophe. https://www.activistpost.com/2019/04/if-truth-be-told-about-cdcs-science-manipulators.html

Washington, DC area constitutional attorney Jonathan Emord, who understands the law and how it applies to government officials and agencies, was totally aghast by the remarks he received from an FDA lawyer/attorney. Emord has authored two well argued, erudite books: Global Censorship of Health Informationand The Rise of Tyranny—How Federal Agencies Abuse Power and Pose Risks to Your Life and Liberty, regarding federal bureaucratic legal mischief. Emord says, “FDA refuses to honor five decisions holding its censorship unconstitutional.” [2]

Attorney Emord goes on to say that an attorney in the FDA Chief Counsel’s office regarding a court order to the FDA made this really shocking statement, “Jonathan, the FDA will never abide by the Pearson decision.” [3]

Despite Jonathan’s noting it was a final and binding decision—an order of the court—the FDA attorney said, “That may be so, but I am telling you the FDA will never abide by that court decision, never, ever.” [4]

Emord goes on to tell us, His words pierced to the very core of my being. Here was an agency’s legal officer telling me that the agency was, intentionally, lawless.” [5]
https://www.activistpost.com/2016/10/cdc-flagrant-refusal-of-subpoena-nothing-new-regarding-vaccine-coverup-fraud.html

So, there’s a very real conundrum as to why U.S. federal agencies and corporations can practice CONSENSUS science, but pawn it off as REAL science.

How has this been allowed to happen, especially if there is another agenda, e.g., to change society’s understanding and acceptance of a once hallowed concept for research, which now has been trashed into nothing short of fraudulent science to promote advertising, billions of sales and ultimate obedience to control mechanisms?

Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice, plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer health ​issues researcher ​and holistic health advocate since the late 1970s; she continues researching and writing in retirement. Her career in holistic healthcare began in the early 1970s when she had to save, and restructure, her life resulting from having “fallen through the allopathic medical paradigm cracks.”

Catherine has written numerous books. The following can be purchased on Amazon books:

Eat To Beat Disease, Foods Medicinal Qualities (2016)
Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines (2013)
A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments (2012)
Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009)
Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)

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Ben & Jerry’s to Start Selling CBD-Infused Ice Cream as Soon as Possible

By Emma Fiala

Ben & Jerry’s, the Vermont-based occasionally political ice cream company, is ready to jump into the CBD game as soon as the non-psychoactive phytocannabinoid is legal in all 50 U.S. states. As of now, an FDA regulation prevents the cannabidiol from being added to both food and beverages.

The company announced on Thursday its “commitment to including CBD in its ice cream innovations,” in a press release.

While it may seem like the logical next step for a company manufacturing flavors such as Cherry Garcia, Half Baked and Magic Brownies, the issue is less about expanding on those groovy flavors and more about the fact that activism is “in the DNA of Ben & Jerry’s,” according to 2018 CNBC interview with CEO Matthew McCarthy.

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Ben & Jerry’s is poised to jump on the CBD bandwagon as soon as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows. It is currently illegal under the Food Drug & Commerce Act to add CBD or THC to food and to market it as a dietary supplement.

However, some states are independently dealing with the legality of CBD-infused foods and beverages. Earlier this week, the Arizona Supreme Court unanimously ruled that cannabis extracts—including infused food and beverages—are legal in the state. But for a manufacturer that produces products sold nationwide, the idea has to wait on the back burner until given a green light by the feds.

This isn’t the first time Ben & Jerry’s has mentioned the possibility of adding the cannabidiol to ice cream. Back in 2015, founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield spoke with HuffPost Live and hinted at the possibility.

“Makes sense to me,” Cohen said at the time. “Combine your pleasures.”

Barring any hiccups in the process, Ben & Jerry’s may not have to wait much longer. A public hearing is set to take place today, May 31st, to discuss the full legalization of CBD, to which Ben & Jerry’s has submitted comment.

FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said the move is part of a larger effort to build “lawful pathways by which appropriate products containing cannabis or cannabis-derived compounds can be marketed.”

Hopefully the FDA will consider Ben & Jerry’s CBD-infused ice cream to be an appropriate product. And when that happens, Ben & Jerry’s will likely source the CBD used from Vermont, according to the Guardian.

McCarthy said in a statement:

We’re doing this for our fans. We’ve listened and brought them everything from Non-Dairy indulgences to on-the-go portions with our Pint Slices. We aspire to love our fans more than they love us and we want to give them what they’re looking for in a fun, Ben & Jerry’s way.

A message on the Ben and Jerry’s website reads:

You probably already know that we’re fans of all things groovy. So it’s no surprise that we can’t wait to get into the latest food trend: cannabidiol, or CBD. We are committed to bringing CBD-infused ice cream to your freezer as soon as it’s legalised at the federal level.

The company is also urging its fans to contact the FDA to voice their support for modifying the current regulations.

This article was sourced from The Mind Unleashed.

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A Philippines Cafe Makes Straws From Coconut Leaves As A Perfect Alternative To Plastic Straws

By Mayukh Saha

Neil Armstrong said, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”.  Of course, he was talking about the Moon landing. But considering the present condition our society is in, it could very well apply to us. With the continuous influx of pollutants into our environment, it is high time we take teeny tiny steps ourselves to some solution. It might go a long way towards helping the environment.

And us.

According to a report in 2016, 40 kg of plastic is produced for each of the 7 billion humans every year. It’s no mystery that it will grow. And because of that hundreds and thousands of marine animals continue to fall victim to gruesome deaths.

Plastics are non-biodegradable substances which take centuries to decompose. They clog the throats of marine animals leading to them choking and dying. They also contain harmful chemicals that make the soil infertile for future cultivation.

While plastic straws are not the main contributors to plastic pollution, Americans still use around 500 million straws daily. And at least 8 billion plastic straws end up on beaches globally. Also, plastic straws do comprise 4% of the total plastic waste, which is not negligible.

And that’s why small changes tend to matter a lot.

In the Philippines, the manager of Café Editha in Surigao Del Norte, Sarah Tiu, has chosen to go down the non-plastic route. She never liked plastic anyway. At first, she tried using stainless straws and paper straws to replace plastic straws. Well – the customers weren’t fans of the alternatives. She had to find some other way.

When she went on a trip down to Corregidor Island, she found a way to transform her eco-friendly ideas into action, without causing dissatisfaction among customers. There she learned how to use natural products like cut lukay and fresh buko to make straws. Lukay is coconut fronds and leaves while buko is coconut juice.

Once she learned to make these ‘natural’ straws, her idea was to implement it in her cafe. And she did so. The customers loved it. They started sharing the news, along with pictures, on social media. These straws were biodegradable, but the best part, they did not make any sounds and were leakproof. Customer satisfaction guaranteed!

The straws are easy to make and Tiu has shared pictures of these straws to encourage others to adopt them. She makes them with her workers’ assistance before the store opens in the morning.

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How a Quick Walk Turned into a 17-Day Survival Ordeal in the Hawaiian Jungle

By Daisy Luther

More than 2 weeks ago, the news was abuzz about Amanda Eller, a 37-year-old physical therapist/yoga instructor who took a walk in a Maui forest and never came back to where her car was parked. Theories abounded about Amanda because she’d left her water bottle, cellphone, and wallet in her car. People wondered whether she’d been kidnapped or murdered.

The official search was called off after only 72 hours, leaving the hunt for Amanda in the hands of thousands of volunteers who combed the forest.

The Makawao Forest Reserve is a 2000-acre area on the north side of Maui that is surrounded by even more thousands of acres of dense forest, steep ravines, lava rocks, and vegetation so thick that it often must be hacked with machetes to get through it.

There’s a lot we can learn from the survival stories of other people and  Amanda’s story also has many lessons. While I’ll point out a few mistakes, keep in mind that nearly every survival story begins with something going wrong. Amanda survived a situation many people could not, and did so barefoot and with a fractured leg.

How did she get lost in the first place?

Amanda told reporters she didn’t take her water or phone because she was planning only a quick walk. One thing Selco drummed into us during our course is that you don’t even walk across the street without a layer one that contains at the least some water purification tablets, a lighter, a whistle, a trauma bandage, and a knife.

According to news reports, Amanda intended to walk a quick three-mile trail. But when she stopped to rest, she got turned around and that was when things went wrong.

‘I wanted to go back the way I’d come, but my gut was leading me another way — and I have a very strong gut instinct.

‘So, I said, my car is this way and I’m just going to keep going until I reach it.

‘I heard this voice that said, “If you want to live, keep going”.

‘And as soon as I would doubt my intuition and try to go another way than where it was telling me, something would stop me, a branch would fall on me, I’d stub my toe, or I’d trip. So I was like, “O.K., there is only one way to go”.

‘The whole time I was going deeper into the jungle, even though I thought I was going back where I came from. (source)

Unfortunately, her instincts led her astray. Anyone who regularly walks in wild areas should learn the basics of navigation using the sun, or better yet a compass,  (You can get watches that have compasses built in. Be sure to calibrate your compass with a known accurate compass.)

How she survived

Amanda told reporters she hiked for about 14 hours the first day hoping to get back to her car. She was only wearing a tank top and capri pants. Temperatures in that area drop to about 60 degrees at night.

By day 3, she stopped looking for the trailhead and began searching for water. Generally, when you’re lost, water should be a resource you look for sooner due to the immediate risk of dehydration. This was the same day she fell off a cliff and injured her leg, fracturing it and tearing her meniscus. The following day, she found water indeed when a flash flood swept her shoes away. Now, injured and barefoot, she was not moving as fast, and she was crawling instead of walking, but the entire time, she was moving deeper into the jungle. From her hospital bed, she said, “I heard this voice that said, ‘If you want to live, keep going.”

She covered herself with ferns and leaves at night. She slept in the mud, and another night in the den of a wild boar. (It’s interesting to note that boars are the most dangerous wildlife on the island. Aside from boars, there aren’t any large predators.)

She ate wild strawberry guavas, berries, and moths for 17 days. Fortunately, she had learned enough about the local flora to know what she could safely eat. She stayed by a stream, from which she drank water.

But she was beginning to lose hope. “I was getting so skinny that I was really starting to doubt if I could survive,”

The rescue

Even though officials gave up on the search after 72 hours, the locals did not. Volunteer search parties combed the area near where Amanda’s car had been found.

Meanwhile, an army of volunteers turned seemingly every stone looking for her. They rappelled into ravines, searched caves, free-dove into pools and navigated fast-moving streams looking for Ms. Eller. Others killed aggressive wild boars and checked their intestines for human remains. At least one volunteer was attacked by a boar. (source)

A friend of mine in Hawaii joined the search and told me that the volunteers were searching miles and miles on foot, day and night, despite the lack of official support. Finally, by sheer good fortune, Amanda was out in the open when a search helicopter flew over.

Rescue workers had been combing the thickly wooded 1.5-mile radius around Ms. Eller’s car. But on a whim, the searchers in the helicopter on Friday decided to go farther, about seven miles from the central search area by air — the equivalent of 30 miles walking in such rough conditions, said Javier Canetellops, a search coordinator who was in the helicopter…

…On Day 17, Ms. Eller was near a stream searching for “some plant to eat for dinner and some place to sleep that wasn’t directly in the mud” when she saw a helicopter. She said she had seen and heard multiple helicopters fly above her during her ordeal, according to her friend Ms. York, but none had spotted her. This one did.

“I looked up and they were right on top of me,” she said. “I was like, ‘Oh my God,’ and I just broke down and started bawling.” (source)

Here’s the footage of Amanda’s rescue.

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Rescuers say that Amanda was found in an extremely treacherous area, deep in H’aiku’ several miles above Twin Falls. She was immediately airlifted to a hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. In the following video, a rescuer described finding Amanda.

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Amanda had a lot to say about the volunteers who searched for her and about her “spiritual journey” while she was lost. Here’s her statement from the hospital.

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And, finally, this is a press conference held at the hospital updating us on Amanda’s condition.

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Amanda walked with a fractured tibia, severe sunburn, infected wounds in her lower extremities, and a torn meniscus. Miraculously, her doctor said she was well-hydrated when she was rescued and that she looks great. She did not contract any issues from drinking water from the stream. Physicians expect a full recovery.

Her doctor chalks up a great deal of her survival to the fact that she was very healthy and well-nourished before her ordeal.

What do you think?

When I heard about this story and a week had gone past, I certainly didn’t expect to hear a happy ending. In nearly every survival situation, mistakes are made. Amanda’s will to live helped propel her through what must have been a terrifying two and a half weeks.

Could you survive 17 days in the wilderness? What do you think of Amanda’s story?

Daisy Luther is a coffee-swigging, gun-toting blogger who writes about current events, preparedness, frugality, voluntaryism, and the pursuit of liberty on her website, The Organic Prepper, where this article first appeared. She is widely republished across alternative media and she curates all the most important news links on her aggregate site, PreppersDailyNews.com. Daisy is the best-selling author of 4 books and lives in the mountains of Virginia with her two daughters and an ever-growing menagerie. You can find her on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter.

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