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Monsanto and Why Your Vigilance is Needed…

Vandana Shiva on GMOsWe have been informed that Monsanto are backing out of Europe.

Cottage todayWe have been told that Monsanto do not see a viable market for their GMOs in the EU.

Bealtaine CottageHowever, it is important to realise that Monsanto have cultivated friends in the highest echelons of government worldwide.

Bealtaine CottageThe EU is now officially in bed with the US administration, via the recently verified Trade Agreement.

Feverfew and tomatoesMonsanto are not going away.

The lure of money and power is too great!

Be vigilant!

David's Oak treesMonsanto have been around for some time and used to playing the long game.

Do not let your guard slip on this one.

The stakes are too high!

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Update on 2nd of August.

As I suspected…

http://rt.com/news/court-overturns-french-monsanto-ban-930/

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Thank You, Monsanto!

Evening at BealtaineSo much for panicking…my computer is fixed!

I was really in a tiz thinking that I was going to be without the means of spreading the energy from Bealtaine Cottage and I’m glad about that, because as the evening progressed and my computer was being fixed, I had time to think about all the people I have met through this blog…and what we all have in common…Passion!

growing seeds at BealtaineGrowing life from seed and sharing the abundance of the ensuing seed and all because of Monsanto!

Elena's Rocket at BealtaineIf Monsanto had not attempted to own and monopolize  our seed, I would never have met Elena from Greece, who posted me this Rocket seed…now in the process of making more seed!

Oak seedlings growing at BealtaineOr David from the U.S. who sent me these Oak seeds, now growing in pots in the shelter of one of the sheds.

Sycamore and Fern at Bealtaine CottageAnd Eric who posted me a selection of tree seeds, all scattered in the gardens, for me to find in the autumn, as flowers and fruit and vegetables die back.

For then I will carefully lift and pot them on.

Fruit trees and berry bushes in the permaculture gardens of bealtaine CottageAnd the package I recently received from Switzerland, filled with Ginkgo seeds,  a unique species of tree with no close living relatives.

A tree that tolerates pollution and indeed even survived the Atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima!

Tunnel at Bealtaine this eveningOr the Black Tomato seeds from Tara in New York!

redcurrants ripening at Bealtaine CottageThe wickedness perpetrated by Monsanto, in trying to arrest, control and kill off the great biodiversity of life, has awakened so many to the very essence of life itself…seed!

Another Rose arch at bealtaine CottageWe are now aware and able to articulate what it is that makes life so fantastic…and it all stems from seed.

Apples growing in the permaculture gardens of Bealtaine CottageNine years ago, my main interest in seed was far from protecting it, but simply in growing.

Thanks to Monsanto, I got to know great people like Dr Vandana Shiva, who  opened the door into a wonderful world of possibilities and challenges, to save and nurture seed.

Feverfew at BealtaineNine years ago I was growing food and flowers…today I am growing an Ark for Mother Nature, one that is more than the sum total of everything I have ever done before!

Feverfew at Bealtaine CottageMonsanto has aroused passions in people that few were ever aware of…certainly I never felt this passionate about Mother Earth!

Poppies growing up through the Nectarine tree at Bealtaine CottageAnd that is the difference between Monsanto executives and Seed savers and nurturers…passion.

bealtaine Cottage this eveningThey just don’t have it!

Eat your heart out, Monsanto!

 

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Replacing Fear and Hopelessness with Fearlessness and Joy.

washing on the line at Bealtaine Cottage

The washing is on the line, as there’s a great breeze between the light showers and sunshine.

There is no washing machine or tumble drier here at Bealtaine Cottage, so a little barter or exchange takes place when the washing basket is full…which happens when I’m too busy to wash laundry daily.

A good friend did 3 loads of washing in exchange for a few kilos of blackcurrants from the freezer.

Jam making is under way at her house!

Blackcurrants in the freezer at Bealtaine CottageFrozen blackcurrants make a better tasting jam, as the enzymes have already begun to break down the sugars in the fruit.

recycling fish boxes for seed grwoing in the tunnel at Bealtaine CottageThe same friend brought me a stack of polystyrene fish boxes, that were to be thrown away at the market.

These make excellent seed boxes as you can see in the tunnel today, I have been busy sowing seeds and potting on.

Seed growing in the polytunnel in late April at Bealtaine CottageI lay the boxes on the soil as the warm earth will keep an ambient temperature over-night.

Plants and pots are packed into every available space in the tunnel today.

permaculture at Bealtaine cottage

People are angry with the governments who refuse to listen!

A petition was presented to the UK government recently, highlighting the concerns we all have for the health of bees.

It was ignored.

Governments are there to serve us.

The politicians are our servants.

They need to be reminded!Bees are the workforce of Mother Nature!

 

Buddha at Bealtaine Cottage Ireland

Aquilegia, Valerian and pot lilies surround Buddha in the potager beds today.

I will leave you with these wise words from Dr Vandana Shiva, my inspiration…

“[How do I do it?] Well, it’s always a mystery, because you don’t know why you get depleted or recharged. But this much I know. I do not allow myself to be overcome by hopelessness, no matter how tough the situation. I believe that if you just do your little bit without thinking of the bigness of what you stand against, if you turn to the enlargement of your own capacities, just that itself creates new potential. And I’ve learned from the Bhagavad-Gita and other teachings of our culture to detach myself from the results of what I do, because those are not in my hands. The context is not in your control, but your commitment is yours to make, and you can make the deepest commitment with a total detachment about where it will take you. You want it to lead to a better world, and you shape your actions and take full responsibility for them, but then you have detachment. And that combination of deep passion and deep detachment allows me to take on the next challenge, because I don’t cripple myself, I don’t tie myself in knots. I function like a free being. I think getting that freedom is a social duty because I think we owe it to each not to burden each other with prescription and demands. I think what we owe each other is a celebration of life and to replace fear and hopelessness with fearlessness and joy.” ― Vandana Shiva

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Me, You and the EU!

 

Missy Cat sleeps on the bed at Bealtaine CottageThe EU are trying to ban Heritage Seeds!

Bealtaine Cottage SeedsThere is a new regulation in the making as I type that will ban, yes, BAN, all old and rare varieties of seeds.

Bealtaine Cottage VerandaNot only ban these seeds of biodiversity and extreme importance to the health of the land and Nature, but will, in effect, threaten the exchange of seeds as I have been doing over recent months.

Old church pew at Bealtaine Cottage PermacultureThis ban will also prevent seeds of diversity from being sold!

So, the EU wants us all to bow down before Monsanto?

Well, I for one, will not!

Bealtaine Cottage Seeds from David in the USThe EU should be banning this monster called Monsanto and all the seeds of death it produces, not our seed heritage, nurtured and passed onto us by our grandparents!

Bealtaine Cottage standing stone in permaculture gardens“Monsanto’s GMO seed is neither ecological nor economic or socially sustainable. It is eco–cide and genocide.” ~ Dr Vandana Shiva

Bealtaine Cottage thinning trees“The courage to say no to unjust law…the law that says a farmer cannot save seed!” ~ Dr Vandana Shiva

Bealtaine Cottage potage beds in the permaculture gardensThere was another great Indian leader called Gandhi and what he had to say resonates very much with me today…and I shall heed his advice!

As Gandhi taught us, the most important assets we have are self governance, self sustaining agriculture and ability to speak truth to power!

I will not comply!

Will you?

 

I have also uploaded a video about this…

 

 

 

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Restoration through Forestation

The wisdom of Dr Vandana Shiva has been the greatest influence on the last nine years of my journey here at Bealtaine Cottage.

The Water gardens at Bealtaine Cottage PermacultureInspired by her wisdom, I have planted hundreds of trees and experienced the sheer abundance, beauty and fertility as the land is restored through planting…almost 900 trees to date.

The Barn at Bealtaine Cottage, midwinter 2012I am passionate about trees, planting trees, nurturing trees and creating a permaculture smallholding around them.

Vandana was greatly moved by the destruction of the great forests of the Himalaya.

Mist and trees in the permaculture gardens at Bealtaine CottageWriting of that period in the 1970’s, this is what she had to say…

“Logging had led to landslides and floods, and scarcity of water, fodder, and fuel.

Since women provide these basic needs, the scarcity meant longer walks for collecting water and firewood, and a heavier burden.

Bealtaine Cottage Midwinter GardenIn the 1970s, peasant women from my region in the Garhwal Himalaya had come out in defence of the forests.

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture midwinter 2012Women knew that the real value of forests was not the timber from a dead tree, but the springs and streams, food for their cattle, and fuel for their hearths.

The women declared that they would hug the trees, and the loggers would have to kill them before killing the trees.

A folk song of that period said:

These beautiful oaks and rhododendrons,
They give us cool water
Don’t cut these trees
We have to keep them alive.”

Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture Vandana goes on to explain the consequences of this brutality against Mother Earth…for there are always consequences, of that we can be sure…

“In 1973, I had gone to visit my favourite forests and swim in my favourite stream before leaving for Canada to do my Ph.D.

But the forests were gone, and the stream was reduced to a trickle.”

Bealtaine Cottage PermacultureVandana documents the origins of the Chipko Movement, one that was birthed by the women themselves as they struggled and resisted to protect the forests…

winter sunrise at Bealtaine Cottage permaculture gardens “One of the dramatic Chipko actions took place in the Himalayan village of Adwani in 1977, when a village woman named Bachni Devi led resistance against her own husband, who had obtained a contract to cut trees.

When officials arrived at the forest, the women held up lighted lanterns although it was broad daylight.

The forester asked them to explain.

Apples at Bealtaine CottageThe women replied, “We have come to teach you forestry.”

He retorted, “You foolish women, how can you prevent tree felling by those who know the value of the forest?

Do you know what forests bear?

They produce profit and resin and timber.” 

The women sang back in chorus:

What do the forests bear?
Soil, water, and pure air.
Soil, water, and pure air
Sustain the Earth and all she bears.

The full text of this essay by Dr Vandana Shiva, can be found at: 

http://www.gaiauniversity.org/gu_blog/post/vandana-shiva-everything-i-need-know-i-learned-forest

Bealtaine Cottage Alder treeTrees bring fertility back to the land, as is shown here at Bealtaine Cottage.

The 3 acres of gardens at Bealtaine Cottage are fertile.

Bealtaine Cottage Twisted Willow and BirchI grow an abundance of food.

I have no animals.

Heavy machinery is not allowed on the land.

Bealtaine Cottage Blackcurrant and RedcurrantsI do not use chemical fertilizer.

Here in Ireland, where the tree cover is the lowest in Europe, chemical fertilizers are spread each year.

That is because the land is depleted of what it needs for fertility.

It is heavily compacted by animals and machines.

The air is pushed out of it.

Rushes abound.

The landscape, once covered by Oak forest, is now bereft of trees.

Bealtaine Cottage Blackcurrants in the Permaculture GardensThe fertility in the soil at Bealtaine Cottage has been built up over 9 years of trees and compost.

Bealtaine Cottage compostMuch of the compost is made from thinnings that are shredded.

Goat Willow in the Fairy Wood at bealtaine Cottage Permaculture gardens.This much I have come to understand…trees stand between us as a human race and oblivion.

It is imperative, that we move away from the desolation of monoculture, towards maximum biodiversity, as fast as is possible.

Mother Earth will continue…but if we fail to grasp the importance of trees in our environment…then, without us!

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A Few Minutes of Truth…are you ready for this?

Rio+20.

The truth is more terrible than we could have imagined.

The truth hurts.

The truth will set us free.

Yes, that is true…for it will set us free, but only after a terrifying journey headlong into the abyss.

That is what I encountered after listening to Dr Vandana Shiva say a few poignant and awfully truthful words outside of the Rio+20 Summit.

I am not going to paraphrase any of what this mighty woman had to say.

It has touched me deeply and I am still in shock.

Take the few minutes to listen to her.

Please.

Let me know what you think?

I feel upset and even terrified.

It is the truth, but so very hard to come to terms with!

Click on the link below…

Her name is fitting. She is a destroyer of lies and a preserver of truth.

http://current.com/technology/93815835_dr-vandana-shiva-on-rio-20.htm