To create an awareness of the continued damage, abuse and destruction we, 'humans' have done to Mother Earth via environmental pollution and some steps we can take collectively to make things better. Hopefully in some small way, we can all contribute in helping heal our Planet...our home.
It"s been awhile since I have posted on this site... so after a period of almost two years I am back again, Yay Hippy Yay!!!
Okay so today I start by sharing with you information about my new book that's been recently published. The title - "Rosy & Friends learn about Climate Change, Global Warming, Plastic Pollution & The Three R's. Yes it is a rather long title but every issue mentioned in this title is worth mentioning. There is an urgency going on and we need to all awaken and stand up together and help make the change.
About the Book - The Issue
Climate change is real and yes, it is affecting us in many ways that we can see and feel - heat waves, droughts, flooding, storms, decrease in crop yields, rising sea level, to list a few... Why are these things happening, and what can we do about it?
This book will help the reader learn and understand the serious environmental issues we are facing such as global warming. The reader will also learn about plastic pollution and how it adversely affects wildlife, wildlife habitat and humans.
And the Solution...
As a solution to help alleviate these global environmental issues, the reader will learn about and how-to-recycle, reduce and reuse.
To help children become more aware of the current environmental issues we are facing globally.
The book was written in a story format rather than a text book style, to make this difficult topic more simple and easy to understand and follow.
GMO - genetically modified organism is the result of a laboratory process where genes from the DNA of one species are extracted and artificially forced into the genes of an unrelated plant or animal. The foreign genes may come from bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans.
Because this involves the transfer of genes. GMOs are also known as "transgenic"organisms. This process may be called either Genetic Engineering (GE) or Genetic Modification (GM); they are one and the same.
living organisms have natural barriers to protect themselves against the
introduction of DNA from a different species, genetic engineers must force the
DNA from one organism into another. Their methods include:
viruses or bacteria to “infect” animal or plant cells with the new DNA.
DNA onto tiny metal pellets, and firing it with a special gun into the cells.
the new DNA into fertilized eggs with a very fine needle.
electric shocks to create holes in the membrane covering sperm, and then
forcing the new DNA into the sperm through these holes.
But haven’t growers been grafting trees, breeding
animals, and hybridizing seeds for years?
engineering is completely different from traditional breeding and carries
ØIn traditional breeding it is possible to mate a pig with another pig
to get a new variety, but is not possible to mate a pig with a potato or a
mouse. Even when species that may seem to be closely related do succeed in
breeding, the offspring are usually infertile—a horse, for example, can mate
with a donkey, but the offspring (a mule) is sterile.
ØWith genetic engineering, scientists can breach species barriers set up
by nature. For example, they have spliced fish genes into tomatoes. The results
are plants (or animals) with traits that would be virtually impossible to
obtain with natural processes, such as crossbreeding or grafting.
Herbicide tolerance lets
the farmers spray weed-killer directly on the crop without killing it.
·Did you know that over 70% of foods in your grocery store contain
Genetically Modified (GM) ingredients?
·The most common foods that are genetically modified, or engineered,” include
corn, soy, canola, sugar beet, and cottonseed oil, which can be found as
ingredients in almost all non-organic packaged foods, and even in the food in
·Additionally, the vast majority of GM corn and soybeans are grown to
feed livestock—meaning the GMOs are incorporated into animal tissue and
ingested at a much higher rate by humans than if we ate the corn or soybeans
·So, unless you eat organic all the time, without food labelling, you
will inevitably participate in the great Genetic Modification experiment being
perpetuated on us all, whether we like it or not.
·GMOs are banned
in 27 and labelled in 61 countries. There must be a reason for this.
·GMOs have been
recently linked to cancer, leukaemia, autism, obesity, sterility and birth
defects, and a ton of other health issues.
your research online.
have a very negative effect on the environment. The herbicides used by Monsanto
and other similar companies to grow these crops, sometimes run off into
neighbouring farms, streams and populated areas, which is poisoning our
environment and us as well. They have been also linked to the recent bee colony collapse.
Being a keen gardener myself, this is a worrying issue not only for myself but for so many out there. (More on GMO to follow later) Roundupis a broad spectrum systemic herbicide-(is a
pesticide used to kill unwanted plants) which mean, it kills most plants that
it come in contact with. Roundup is also
the most widely used herbicide in the world. Roundup is the brand-name for this herbicide
produced by Monsanto. Its active
ingredient ‘glyphosate’was patented in the 1970s and first brought into the
market in 1974.
active herbicidal ingredient in Roundup.
Many genetically modified food crops, such as corn and soybean, have
been scientifically designed to be resistant to glyphosate.
Current glyphosate-resistant crops include soy, maize(corn), canola, alfalfa, sugar beets, and cotton, with wheat still under development.
In 2015, 89% of corn, 94% of soybeans, and 89% of
cotton produced in the US were genetically modified to be herbicide-tolerant.
Farmers spray Roundupon their fields and kill all the weeds, leaving only
the food crop standing. This greatly
simplifies weed control, but it also means the food crops are literally covered
with Roundup.And so is any food you eat
that’s made from these crops, like corn chips, bread, cereals, biscuits and other
crops are crops genetically modified (GM) to be resistant to the
Monsanto also produces seedswhich grow into plants genetically engineered (GE) to be
tolerant to glyphosate. The genes contained in these seeds are patented. Such
crops allow farmers to use glyphosate as a postemergence herbicide against
most broadleaf and cereal weeds. Soy was the first glyphosate-resistant crop.
2003 Monsanto patented the use of glyphosate as anantibiotic.
South Africa Roundup is manufactured by ‘Efekto’- ®
Registered trademark of Monsanto Company
On the surface ‘Recycling’ seems clear and simple,
however as you go deeper into the process yourealise that things can get a bit tricky, when you discover that some
glass, paper and lots of plastic can’t be recycled. Actually throwing out items into the
recycling bin that you were convinced can be recycled, but actually can’t be,
can worsen the environment…what a downer!
However since most people are aware of the
importance of recycling and the benefits it can provide to the environment, please continue!
Also note: Recycling regulations vary depending on where you live and what kind of facilities are in your community.