Ontario Supports Growing Local Food

November 6, 2013 by  
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  Preparing the soil by hand

The agricultural sector is a huge contributor to the Ontario economy.  How big?  According to the Ontario New release , the contribution from farm to fork is $34 billion.  That’s staggering and aspiring especially since the employment is more than 740, 000 jobs.

Local food is about health eating and knowing who is growing and caring for it.  The best person is YOU.  If you can’t grow your own, buy from someone you know, think about your food, who is growing it, where is it coming from, what nutrients do I need to function, to feel energized.  Local food is more than just economic it’s the social and environmental aspects that are equally important.

Start somewhere and support the local food movement- Grow your own!

Girls Day Out 2013

March 17, 2013 by  
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March 16, 2013
2:00 pmto3:30 pm

Presentation: Cultivating Culinary Herbs
 

Girls Day Out

Joan Kerr with Cynthia and Isabelle from Girls Inc

What a fun day at the Girls Day Out Event.  So inspiring!

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Of course talking about gardening is always a pleasure, especially when it’s about Herbs.  The Cultivating Culinary Herbs Presentation covered the following topics:

– Gardening Basics

– History of Culinary Herbs

– Culinary Herbs and uses

– Design Concepts

Participants planted seeds in peat pots to grao and plant in their gardens.  Everyone enjoyed the workshop.  Thanks to Girls Inc. for hosting this event!

ICT, gender equity and WSIS

March 3, 2013 by  
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The World Summit on Information Society held in Paris France 

WSIS in Paris

Joan Kerr and Fadi Chehade, President and CEO of ICANN

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Dorothy Gordon, Director, Kofi Anann Centre of Excellence

WSA Team

WSA Team

French Court declares Monsanto guilty

February 19, 2012 by  
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No thanks: An anti-Monsanto crop circle made by farmers and volunteers in the Philippines. By Melvyn Calderon/Greenpeace HO/A.P. Images.

Finally, US Agri-business Monsanto is declared guilty for the use of its pesticide in farming.  According to the Reuters’ Article:

“Monsanto always considered that there were not sufficient elements to establish a causal relationship between Paul Francois’s symptoms and a potential poisoning,” the company’s lawyer, Jean-Philippe Delsart, said.  Previous health claims from farmers have foundered because of the difficulty of establishing clear links between illnesses and exposure to pesticides.

Vanity Fair’s, Monsanto’s Harvest of Fear, tells the story of Monsanto’s ‘seed police’ and the tactics used to intimidate small farmers, coops and country stores.  The ‘seed police’ are sometimes referred to as ‘Gestapo’ and ‘mafia’ according to the article.

Taking Action

  • Watch the World According to Monsanto and become aware the Issues