February 1, 2008

  1. EDITORIAL: Wellness Show, Upcoming HANS Events
  2. UPDATE: Comment on GE Alfalfa by Feb 6, 2008
  3. UPDATE: Organic Pioneer says No to Nano


EDITORIAL: Wellness Show, Upcoming HANS Events

Hello HANS Supporters and Friends;

I hope you had as wonderful a weekend as we did here in Vancouver. The Vancouver Wellness Show was a lively event spanning three days, and our booth was a hotbed of activity. If you were one of the people who dropped by, thank you! It was wonderful so see so many familiar faces, and to make so many new friends who are interested in exploring natural solutions for health and the environment.

Announcing 3 HANS-sponsored Events
We're pleased to announce three HANS-sponsored events this spring. The first, "Cancer - Natural Approaches for Prevention and Healing," is a one-day conference with six expert speakers on March 30, 2008. Call us and purchase your ticket today! The event is a must-see - one that will impact the rest of your life.

On May 2, 2008, Dr. George Carlo, world authority on cell phones and electromagnetic radiation, which we are all exposed to, is in Vancouver for an informative evening cosponsored by Common Ground Magazine.

On June 2, 2008, is an extremely important event again cosponsored by Common Ground Magazine - "Endangered Natural Health Products?" with Shawn Buckley, LLB. According to this lawyer, who has repeatedly and successfully represented health product manufacturers against lawsuits by Health Canada, our current regulations threaten to strangle the natural health products industry. Find out how to protect to your favourite vitamins, herbs and nutritional supplements.

Warm regards,

Lorna Hancock
Executive Director and Founding Member


UPDATE: Comment on GE Alfalfa by Feb 6, 2008

The US Agriculture Department (USDA) announced on January 7, 2008, that it is preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) on the environmental effects of the widespread planting of genetically modified, herbicide-resistant hay, or alfalfa seeds.

The EIS will take up to two years to complete, and there is a 30-day public comment period until February 6, 2008, on what ecological health issues USDA should consider.

The findings of the EIS will be key for Wyoming, which annually produces 1.5 million tons of alfalfa for forage, grown over 600,000 acres.

Missouri-based biotech giant Monsanto Co. developed the genetically modified seeds for resistance to the company's broad leaf herbicide line of Roundup Ready weedkillers. The company claims the alfalfa seeds are genetically altered so that farmers can spray an entire crop indiscriminately with Roundup to kill weeds and maximize yields.

Last year, the Center for Food Safety sued USDA on behalf of farmers in South Dakota who complained that the biotech alfalfa could contaminate organic or conventional alfalfa if planted nearby.

Judge Charles Breyer of the US District Court for the Northern District of California upheld an injunction barring new plantings of Roundup Ready alfalfa and the resale of seeds, saying more studies are needed to determine the environmental effects of the biotech hay.

The decision marked the first time a court reversed a USDA decision to approve a biotech crop.

Request for public comments: Comments are being solicited from the public until the deadline of February 6, 2008. For instructions on submitting comments, please visit: http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main...

For the complete announcement in the Federal Register, please see:


UPDATE: Organic Pioneer says No to Nano

by ETC Group News Release

Now that you can drive your "nano" car, listening to your iPod "nano" while wearing "nano" sunscreen and "nano" clothing, the UK's largest organic certifier has just introduced the perfect nano-antidote - a "nano-free" standard for consumer products. The Soil Association - one of the world's pioneers of organic agriculture - announced on January 14 that it is has banned human-made nanomaterials from the organic cosmetics, foods and textiles that it certifies.

According to the US-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, there are over 500 manufacturer-identified consumer products on the market that contain nanomaterials. However, since manufacturers are not required to disclose the presence of nano-scale materials, it's virtually impossible for people to make fully informed choices. In its newly published standard, the Soil Association bans the use of human-made nanomaterials whose basic particle size is less than 125nm and whose mean particle size is less than 200nm. While the Soil Association's ban only affects organic production for goods certified in the UK, other organic certifiers worldwide are expected to follow suit.

More at http://www.etcgroup.org/en/materials/publications.ht...

Calendar of Events

Exercise & Aging
with Andre Noel Potvin, MSc, CSCS, Clinical Exercise Specialist
Thursday February 7th 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Optimal Aging for Men & Women
with Dr Brian Martin, BSc, ND, Anti Aging Diplomate
Saturday February 9th 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Look Good in Your Genes...Aging Gracefully....Inside & Out
with Three Guest Speakers: Andre Noel Potvin, MSc, CES, CSCS, Dr Brian Martin, BSc, ND, Anti Aging Diplomate, Dr Seema Kanwal, BSc, ND
Saturday February 16th 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Meet the Author
with Christine Byrne-Ralfs
Saturday, February 16th from 2 to 6 pm

Women's Health Seminar
with Dr Brian Martin, BSc, ND, Anti Aging Diplomate
Tuesday February 19th 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

with Caroline Markolin, Ph.D.
Thursday, February 21, 2008; 7:15 - 9:45 pm

Yin Yoga Workshop
with Sandra Tonn (certified yin yoga instructor)
Sunday, February 24, 2008; 2-4 p.m.

Look Good in Your Genes...Aging Gracefully....Inside & Out
with Three Guest Speakers: Andre Noel Potvin, MSc, CES, CSCS, Dr Brian Martin, BSc, ND, Anti Aging Diplomate, Dr Seema Kanwal, BSc, ND
Saturday March 8th 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

with Caroline Markolin, Ph.D.
March 15-16, 2008; 10 am - 5 pm

Media Watch

The ABCs of Canada's Climate Future
Canadian Provinces Eye Carbon-trading Plan
Fluoride: Top 10 Scientific Developments of 2007
Western hypocrisy over India's Nano ignores global need for fewer cars
Nano Hypocrisy
Top Health, Environment Leaders Urge World-Class Pesticide Ban for Ontario
Reverse Prostate Cancer and Aging by Changing Your Diet
Food Fight on GMOs: Canada Versus Europe
Yukon's Big No to GE Crops
Farming Fuels Global Warming
Mitigating Climate Change Through Organic Farming
UK and Irish Politicians Denounce Canadian Government Agent's Dirty Tricks over GMOs
Biotech Companies Desert International Agriculture Project
US Approves Animal Clones as Food
The Clones are Coming
Organic Trade Association: Organic Will Not Include Food from Cloned Animals
Dominant Traits: Monsanto's latest court triumph cloaks massive market power
Scientists Unveil "Supercarrot"
Top 10 Green Business Trends 2008
Saving the World with Biodynamic Farming
Canada Panel Suggests US $2 Billion Carbon Capture Plan
Banning "Bad" Biofuels, Becoming Better Consumers
What are the Health Effects of Wireless Communication Devices?
WiFi and EM Radiation - The Rest of the Autism Story
Keep Horse Meat Off the Menu, Says Activist
Livestock Breeding in the Hands of Corporations
Vitamins Cure Skin Conditions
Cholesterol Drug Doesn't Work, Suppressed Study Finds
How to Recycle Your CFLs
The Raw Milk Revolution
Fishy Fish News
Western Diet Leads to Metabolic Syndrome, Study Finds
Osteoporosis: The Effective Way of Treating it Without Drugs
Norovirus: The Latest Epidemic that Wasn't

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