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Follow-Up to Dr.Vrain’s Presentation

Not too many out on a stormy night to hear soil biologist Thierry Vrain speak on glyphosate, how it interacts with weeds and GMO crops, how its uses have developed and expanded over the years, its pervasiveness in the food system and how it affects humans and other animals. It’s very engaging material and laid out in a calm and logical order (one attendee noted that all the jargon was explained in a way that made the whole presentation very understandable for a lay person), but the implications are far-reaching and worthy of consideration.

 

Here are a few links to most of the material, and Dr. Vrain noted that he has written a chapter for an upcoming book that he will share with those interested. I will ask for a copy to share with those who want me to e-mail them a copy.

Review in EcoWatch of a book recommended by Dr.Vrain.
US Right to Know site:   (much on class action by cancer patients)
The following is the title of an article from Scientific American in 2012 (not written by Dr. Vrain and not about glyphosate, but our gut flora are subject to glyphosate action and this may affect how our organs function)
How Bacteria in OurBodies Protect OurHealth
Researchers who study the friendly bacteria that live inside all of us are starting to sort out who is in charge—microbes or people? 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile,  here is some reading for those attending tomorrow night’s AVTTS meeting, Char’s at 6:00

AVTTS Meeting 2017 11 15              Agenda

Introductions and Greetings

Shaun Loney presentation: Full schedule for Shaun. His message fits well with Transitions ideas on business, food security, health, housing and energy. Get there early! Echo, 7:00 p.m., November 30.

-Vrain presentation: not terribly well attended, but those who did attend got lots to chew on. Follow-up published on line.

Group Reports:

-Finance: see printed report.

Energy: little new on the horizon

Housing: initiatives splintered off in different directions. Little coherence and no single strategy or central funding initiative.

– Gleaning – officially wrapped up for the season. Final report submitted at ACRD.

-Cycle Alberni:

Maps arrived and are now available for distribution around town – yay!

Nov 20 – City Council Committee of the whole meeting about Active Transportation. Big Meeting at City Hall. 7pm. If you are interested in having safer biking and walking in Port Alberni PLEASE Go to the meeting and share your support. STAMP AVE bike path will be discussed.

 

Aspirations! What projects need doing? What interests you? What will interest a broader constituency? Let’s kick some ideas around in the run-up to the AGM in January.

 

-New Business

 

Adjournment and screening of A Silent Transformation.

 

Do Something!

There are many who are alarmed about housing conditions, about poverty stats, about derelict buildings, about stunted economic activity in our community and about a sense of social malaise that seems to permeate much of the discussion of events in Port Alberni.

Here is a gentleman who has levered resources to deal with much of what ails us, coming to share his experience and methods. Please make the effort to come hear Shaun speak at Echo, and for those inclined to constructive action, check out the workshop at Tseshaht Admin the following morning.  The diversity of the sponsors says something about the possibilities.