7 Generations

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

7 Generations

7 Generations

Here is legal information related to GMO seeds and a court decision favoring farmers. I got the info from an ag attorney I met at the Sustainable OKC Green Drinks night last week. His name is Harlan Hentges.

Here is a link to a relevant page on the website of the premier U.S. ag law scholar.

Here is this quote from a concurring opinion in a case which lays the foundation for nonliability of the farmer for patent infringement. The next question is whether the owner of the genetically engineered seed would be liable for trespass. This case does not answer that question. And I don't think the law has reached that quetion yet.
Paroxetine hemihydrate is presumably a synthetic compound, created by humans in a laboratory, never before existing in nature, that is nevertheless capable of "reproducing" itself through a natural process. SK II, 247 F. Supp. 2d at 1022-23. This crystalline compound raises a question similar to one that might arise when considering the invention of a fertile plant [*1361] or a genetically engineered organism, capable of reproduction, released into the wild. Consider, for example, what might happen [**82] if the wind blew fertile, genetically modified blue corn protected by a patent, from the field of a single farmer into neighboring cornfields. The harvest from those fields would soon contain at least some patented blue corn mixed in with the traditional public domain yellow corn--thereby infringing the patent. The wind would continue to blow, and the patented crops would spread throughout the continent, thereby turning most (if not all) North American corn farmers into unintentional, yet inevitable, n7 infringers. The implication--that the patent owner would be entitled to collect royalties from every farmer whose cornfields contained even a few patented blue stalks--cannot possibly be correct. The underlying question that engaged the district court, and that led it to develop numerous alternative holdings, is why this implication is incorrect.SmithKline Beecham Corp. v. Apotex Corp., 403 F.3d 1331, 1360-1361 (Fed. Cir. 2005)

The Great Warming

After watching Bill Moyers, "Is God Green?" and hearing my evangelical friends talk about what's happening in their churches, I'm convinced there is a groundswell movement mounting that won't be ignored or stuffed back in the bottle.

This article from BushGreenwatch.org recaps some of what we've already discussed on this topic but also noted there's a documentary coming out, "The Great Warming," narrated by Alnis Morissette and Keanu Reeves which ....

"... depicts the threat global warming poses to millions of people, particularly the world's children, the poorest and the most vulnerable. The film also showcases the recent engagement of religious groups in confronting the enormous challenge of global warming. "

The Great Warming is set to open in 34 theaters around the country on the weekend of November 3. To find out where the film will be playing, visit www.thegreatwarming.com. Unfortunately, Oklahoma is not yet on the list.

Monday, October 23, 2006

A Thirst for Change

My biggest take-away from Sunday's screening of "An Inconvenient Truth," was people want to do the right thing, they want to change the way they live, and they want our leaders to step up to plate and help us get there.

We had great attendance at both screenings: 50 plus Sat. evening and 100 plus Sun. afternoon. I was told the discussion was lively Sat. evening and I can testify it was again so on Sun. In fact, we had to basically bring the discussion to an end. Jennifer Gooden did a great job of facilitating. People wanted more, were asking questions, asking for the DVD to set up more screenings, and so on.

Kenny promised the group Sun. afternoon that we would host another screening at Mayflower once the DVD comes out.

I did a quick scan of the survey forms and they are overwhelmingly postive. The only negative comments were related to logistical issues currently beyond our control, i.e need a bigger screen and a means of blocking the light from the big window.

Thanks to the task force: Bob and Carol, Kenny and Anita, Linda, and Jennifer for organizing a very successful event and to everyone else for supporting it! Great energy, good karma!

Monday, October 09, 2006

The Energy Diet

From the NY Times, one man's thoughtful article / essay on reducing your carbon footprint. Might be a good one to hand out at the screening and for discussion in 7 Generations group.

An Inconvenient Truth in OKC

AIT details: Free screening open to the public of "An Inconvenient Truth," Sat., Oct 21, 6 pm & Sun., Oct. 22, 1 pm. Jennifer Gooden, president of Sustainable OKC will be on hand after Sunday's screening to lead a discussion and Full Circle will be at Sunday's screening with related books.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Dates for inconvient truth

Hey all,
Finally figured out how to do this.....I'm so proud!! Anyhow called the church and nothing is booked we just need to figure out which weekend is better for all parties considered. It is either going to be the 7,8 OCT or 14,15 OCT in order to give us enough time to prepare the church and the media aspects of a screening like this. Drop me a line at my and let me know which dates are best.
Have a good one

Fiddling While the Planet Burns

Great editorial at scientificamerican.com in response to a recent Wall Street Journal editorial entitled "Hockey Stick Hokum."

Points out the inconsistencies of the WSJ editorial deriding Michael Mann's study on global warming and why the WSJ editorial is wrong.

The piece also indirectly brings up the role good science plays in our lives.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

This is the link to the website where you can get all of Eco Economy for free in Adobe PDF format.

Friday, September 08, 2006

interesting article

i got this off my yahoo news.

Christian group encourages recycling

By JEFF BARNARD, Associated Press Writer Fri Sep 8, 3:50 AM ET
Tending to your soul at the Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Boise, Idaho, involves recycling old cell phones and printer cartridges in the church lobby, pulling noxious weeds in the backcountry and fixing worn-out hiking trails in the mountains. This is part of the ministry of Tri Robinson, a former biology teacher whose rereading of the Bible led him to the belief that Christians focused on Scripture need to combat global warming and save the Earth.

"All of a sudden Boise Vineyard is one of the most important driving forces in our community for the environment," Robinson said. "People say, 'Why are you doing that?' Because God wants it."
Many evangelicals have dismissed environmentalists as liberals unconcerned about the economic impact of their policies to fight global warming. Long-standing distrust between the two camps over issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage has discouraged evangelicals from joining liberals on the environment.

But shared concerns over global warming and protecting the Earth are bringing together the two groups in ways that could make the Republican Party more eco-friendly and lead some evangelicals to vote Democratic.

In signs of change, Robinson had a representative at his environmental conference recently, and the Sierra Club invited Calvin DeWitt, a University of Wisconsin biology professor and a founder of the Evangelical Environmental Network, to its summit last year where it declared global warming the top issue for the coming decade.

"More and more evangelicals are coming to believe creation care is an integral part of their calling as Christians. It is becoming part of their faith," said Melanie Griffin, director of partnerships for the Sierra Club and an evangelical.

Dewitt said evangelicals will not call themselves environmentalists.
"They are going to call themselves pro-life," he said. "But pro-life means life in the Arctic, the life of the atmosphere, the life of all the people under the influence of climate change."
The last time the environment was a major political issue was the 1970s, when rivers were catching fire, acid rain was killing lakes and Earth Day was created. President Nixon, a Republican, signed landmark legislation to combat air and water pollution, protect endangered species and create the Environmental Protection Agency.

Since then, League of Conservation Voters scorecards show Democrats getting greener and Republicans browner.
President Bush earned the organization's first "F" for a president.
Hoping to sway Bush, 86 evangelical pastors, college presidents and theologians signed a letter in February calling on Christians and the government to combat global warming.
One of the signers was Bert Waggoner, national director of The Vineyard USA, a network of more than 600 churches with 200,000 members.

"If you believe, as I do, that the ultimate end is not the destruction of the Earth but the healing of the Earth, you will be inclined toward wanting to work with God to see it restored," he said.
Much of the old guard remains unmoved.

The Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in the country, adopted a resolution in June denouncing environmental activism and warning that it was "threatening to become a wedge issue to divide the evangelical community."

Focus on the Family leader James Dobson admonished evangelicals to remain focused on stopping abortion and gay marriage.

The Interfaith Stewardship Alliance, which includes Christian leaders with close ties to the Bush administration, argues that if humans are responsible for global warming, the costs of preventing it outweigh the harm it causes, said spokesman Calvin Beisner.
"This is not a split," DeWitt said. "It is a transformation. What you find in the evangelical world in contrast to mainline denominations is that they are very suspect of authority."

A Pew Research Center for the People survey this year found that 66 percent of white evangelicals said there was solid evidence the Earth was getting warmer, with 32 percent blaming human activity, 22 percent natural patterns and the rest undecided.

John Green, professor of political science at the University of Akron and a senior fellow of the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, sees evangelicals, particularly the young and educated, increasingly interested in issues that could take some of them out of the Republican Party.
"Climate change is not only a part of this but perhaps the most public part," Green said.
Robinson said he voted for Bush in 2004 because of his opposition to abortion, but it was a tough decision, making him feel he was voting against the environment.
"If the conservatives want the Christian vote, they are going to have to address this," he said.
The pastor feels like Noah cutting his first tree to build the Ark.
"God blesses small beginnings," he said. "That's why we're trying to get people to recycle — do the little things. I believe God will meet us."
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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

from the co-op page

did u guys read the story on the ok coops web site about the chickens that are grown on farms have to be given to the customers by the person that raised them or be subject to the laws of this wonderful state!? its crazy! i agree with the guy who wrote it that its all in the name of...drum roll please....corporations!