Monthly Archives: July 2014

Break-post 2: Semester 2 on the horizon

So, its been about 3 weeks since the start of break and I must say it has been extremely productive.  It is amazing what you can do when you don’t have TV, great stuff, haha.  I said I would talk about my Bokashi compost starter bin a little more, so I just want to say that it has been simple and easy, and that I couldn’t ask for anything better.  It doesn’t smell and the fermentation has begun.  I have found a garden close by to take the compost and the guy was more then happy when I told him it was from a Bokashi, so must be a good choice 🙂

I started my recycled paper project and it is going swimmingly.  It takes a little time to get the thickness just right but when you do, the possibilities are endless!  You can add anything you want to the paper: grass, dried flowers, glitter, images or paint. Really fun activity to do with anyone, kids especially.  At the end of August or beginning of September I am going to teach a class in the Melbourne CBD.   We are going to have some fun at the beginning of spring and even introduce people to some origami!

The palette project I wanted to do is still in the beginning stages because I got sick, but I reckon I’ll bust it out next week just before break is finished.  I have a pretty wild idea for it and will post pictures when it is complete 🙂

Also, and finally, I started my volunteering. I am now in the high level dementia wing and I think its going to be challenging, yet rewarding.  I will be associating myself with the art room, and hope to start a little painting group for some of the residents.

Its been a great break so far, and the last 10 days won’t be a waste either.  DJ competition in Brisbane to go support my friend, badminton, yoga, meditation, and who knows what else! Stoked for semester 2 to begin and I hope that any student reading this is ready for another big push of reading, homework and assignments. Thanks, be aware and eat with care 🙂

2 Articles: Pesticides: Our Children in Jeopardy + Link to: Study links pesticide exposure in pregnancy to autism

Article 1:  Pesticides: Our Children in Jeopardy

*Don’t be scared off by the name, this was written in the US and they go for shock value, but it does point out some major research that has been happening around pesticides and adverse effects on development.  Click on the link below 🙂

Pesticides and autism article

The author comments on a 2012 report released by Pesticide Action Network North America, titled “A Generation in Jeopardy.” The said report examines health risks posed by pesticides to children. It cites studies showing a link between pesticide exposure and an increasing rate of cancers, birth defects, and neurobehavioral disorders, especially attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism. The impact of pesticide effects on costs and the economy is discussed.

Ref:

Campbell, Andrew W.

Alternative Therapies in Health & Medicine. Jan/Feb2013, Vol. 19 Issue 1, p8-10. 3p.

Article 2:  Study links pesticide exposure in pregnancy to autism

*This is more of a general discussion about a study done in California recently.  It got people talking and has some good points.  Copy and paste the web address into your browser to check it out

http://news.yahoo.com/study-links-pesticide-exposure-pregnancy-autism-123742370.html

In a new study from California, children with an autism spectrum disorder were more likely to have mothers who lived close to fields treated with certain pesticides during pregnancy. Proximity to agricultural pesticides in pregnancy was also linked to other types of developmental delay among children.

Ref:  By By Kathryn Doyle June 23, 2014 8:37 AM

Thanks for reading, be aware and eat with care 🙂

 

Resource-based Economy?

Resource-based economy.  Its a theory, but it is already being seen today among people that are pushing for organic foods, local farming efforts, decreased use of pesticides, recycling initiatives, union support, and changing mentalities about health and wellness.  The URL above brings you to a perspective changing movie, and makes you question the system more then ever, while bringing hope for change.  Its logical and plausible.  Keep an open mind and be apart of the movement.

Thanks, be aware and eat with care 🙂