Our Syrian Fundraiser Faces Investigation

Our Syrian Fundraiser Faces Investigation When local farmsteader and inspiration, Maryann Borch posted that she was doing a refugee fundraiser at her farm (about 1 hour out of town) I suggested that we hosted one of them in Edmonton so that it was more accessible to more people. I did not realize that our Syrian …

Monkey Free Coconut Oil

So you would think that coconut oil might be free of animal involvement. As it turns out there are many companies/suppliers that are using monkeys to go up the trees and knock down the coconuts where their human masters are waiting. At Earth’s General Store we carry Monkey Free Coconut Oil. I have received a …

Comments on Alberta Minimum Wage

Being a small business owner since 1991 and a business that I believe is more socially based than most, I would like to offer my perspective on the Alberta minimum wage. (This blog post is in response to an article in the Edmonton Journal on June 29th, 2015, “Impact of unprecedented Alberta minimum wage increase disputed.” I was not able to post there since my response was too long.)

Litter – be the change!

Such a small piece it won’t matter – right? Well all those little pieces not only add up to be an unsightly mess but they can end up killing people and animals Don’t discard litter – put it in its proper place. Prevention is best. If you can avoid taking another plastic bag, another disposable …

Ecocide – Why we need a International Law

Before I started the store I came to the conclusion that too many organizations were focused on their own territory – what we would call departmentalism in government and large organizations. They didn’t include the larger picture – it is all connected/related and if we do things piece meal then we will not succeed in the time frame needed. The Ecocide Law would address the shortcomings of the present laws.

GMOs in Organic Food?

People often ask me whether certified organic food has GMOs and I say – “no”. This is a qualified “no” insofar that the grower starts with land that has not had any synthetic fertilizer or pesticides on them for a minimum of three years, the soil has been enriched with organic matter (compost), had the soil tested and their records reviewed by a certification board, and the seeds they placed into the soil were seeds that were not genetically modified/genetically engineered. BUT, that does not mean that after going through this whole process that the crop is then not contaminated by seeds dispersed into their fields by birds/animals or the pollen blown into their fields. The grower did not start off with the intention of having GMOs in their product. I don’t think they should be tarred with the same brush of a crop that is grown on land that has used synthetic herbicides/pesticides and planted with GMO seeds.