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Growing change Class project

The final project I have chosen for the end of our class is on my tribe. This class deals with food in many ways. The most interesting thing i have come across this semester is what happens to our food. I know what happens to the food that I eat individually, but not my family or community. I would like to think my family and community is on the same page with me about not wasting food. I know that composting is not very popular in many homes so that is something that i want to share with the families in my Tribal community.

In Red Rock, Oklahoma our tribe the Otoe Missouria tribe has begun a new garden for the entire community. This project will be a great learning experience for everyone especially when food prices start to raise, due to drought or reduction of crops. the tribal garden will provide tribal members with fresh affordable healthy food. The will also be more involvement from the community and help from one another makes the job of gardening easier.

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In my research project i used a survey which focused on how tribal members made, cooked, and discarded left over food. Many of the tribal members asked me to explain a composting system to them because they were interested in gardening. A majority of the surveyors would rather buy food from a garden than grocery store where most tribal members shop. The access to fresh produce is not meeting the demand for the tribe. With the rate of diabetes in not only our community many many other tribal communities the advantages of gardening are worth the effort of tribal members. Those that I surveyed would support a tribal gardening and composting system. Both projects are ways to reuse and recycle our food at lost cost, time efficient, and energy saving for the community.

There are a lot of issues that deal with food, in America. The way we get our seeds to plant is changing through the Monsato case, and how American farmers will produce food is not going to be the same in the next few years. The climate change and weather is also affecting how much food farmers can produce at all. That then affects the food prices that we pay as consumers in the local grocery markets or from large food corporations.

The Monsanto Protection Act, essentially both written by and benefiting Monsanto Corporation, has been signed into law by United States President Barack Obama. The infamous Monsanto Corporation will benefit greatly and directly from the bill, as it essentially gives companies that deal with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and genetically engineered (GE) seeds immunity to the federal courts, among other things.

The bill states that even if future research shows that GMOs or GE seeds cause significant health problems, cancer, etc, anything, that the federal courts no longer have any power to stop their spread, use, or sales.”(2)

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Be careful these are all products used from Monsato, which can cause major health issues and some permanent damage.. especially to children!!!

Sources

1) http://www.omtribe.org/index.php?home

2) http://www.globalresearch.ca/monsanto-protection-act-signed-by-obama-gmo-bill-written-by-monsanto-signed-into-law/5329388

3) http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/09/345472.shtml

nature & Human effects on the environment

OGDEN, Utah – A pair of young beavers credited for helping keep an oil spill out of Willard Bay are now recovering in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Ogden.

A Chevron fuel spill was discovered near Willard Bay on Monday afternoon and crews spent the better part of Monday and Tuesday working to repair the broken 8-inch pipeline that caused the spill and the fuel that had spread through the area.

Cleanup crews say a beaver dam helped stop the fuel from reaching Willard Bay, but a pair of beavers were covered in the fuel and sent to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Ogden for cleanup and recovery. (1)

These animals are an example of how mother nature can protect humans as well as animals when it comes to harmful things like fuel spills. the animals here had no intentions of saving a towns water supply from damaging fuel spills, they were simple living as nature intended them to. the major crude oil spills have caused many hardships for humans that society rarely considers the affects on wildlife. Humans are the cause of these problems and it will be all of nature that has to suffer from the land, to the air, the water, and the animals. If we dont want to change the way we live to better our own health and the lives of our children we should at least do it for the animals that do not have a voice to talk.

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the beaver here is completely covered in fuel from the pipeline burst, it cannot open its eyes from the painful burn of the fuel

Employees at the center spent six hours bathing the two beavers, washing them twice with Dawn dish detergent. The pair were put on medication to help recover.

The beavers were reported doing a little better on Wednesday. One of the two is still lethargic, nauseated and didn’t have much of an appetite. The second has started moving around and has started eating a bit. (1)

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you can tell once the beavers was washed several times the difference in the fur, and the animal is attempting to open its eyes

another story of nature and human effects causing disaster : A man made disaster was made even worse by nature Wednesday night, as a severe thunderstorm hit Mayflower, Arkansas spreading the Exxon Mobil oil spill to the yards of homes along the cove and the main body of Lake Conway.(2) 

- For nearly two weeks, Exxon has maintained that oil has not reached Lake Conway, despite clear evidence both from aerial video and on-the-ground guerrilla reporting that showed oil had spread throughout a cove and wetlands, which are connected through ground water and drainage culverts to the main body of the lake. Images captured Wednesday night should put any doubt to rest that the main body of Lake Conway is now contaminated with oil. (2)

Over 40 homes had to be evacuated and that left families with the concern of finding new homes, maybe new schools, and even new jobs. In this economy that is not an easy task for anyone unless you are a millionaire and can afford to pay for the damages done by the oil spills. What makes the matter even worse is now the exxon mobil are claiming in the fine print that crude oil is different from the oil that was written down in agreements. Basically saying that since its not specifically written in agreement they are not responsible for paying for the damages caused by the spill. They have found a way to cop out of their responsibility for the damages done to the homes of the families as well as the community. The damages will last for years to come and they don’t have to do a thing about it. How is that fair or just in any way? Politicians who are behind the expansion of the keystone pipeline want to ensure american people that the pipeline will not break, and provide records of new and improved pipelines and manufacturers to build them. They have already broken that record by the spills that have happened this past year and its only may!

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sources

1) http://www.whitewolfpack.com/2013/04/hero-beavers-stop-oil-spill-with-their.html

2) http://www.whitewolfpack.com/search/label/oil%20spill?&max-results=6

3) exxonhatesyourchildren.com

Growing Change

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Venezuela’s food revolution-  begins with an investigation of the 2008 global food crisis, looking at the long-term underlying causes. Will an expanding large-scale, energy-intensive agriculture, be the solution or re problems? If we already produce enough food to feed the world why do so many people go hungry?

Now it is 2013, and there are still people in the world that go hungry. Native americans in the pine ridge reservation are dependant on the government for food. The food given to them by the government was spoiled, rotten, and infested with rodents so the elderly and young people in the tribe suffer from malnutrition and health problems. The people living on the reservation need a way to provide their tribe with clean, healthy, affordable food with the limited resources that they have. I hope my tribe will never suffer these hardships and making sure my family and children never go without food.

Here are a few facts from the Venezuela food Revolution video

1) A few companies, dominate the global food system.

In this manner the companies are making the rich, richer and the poor people, poorer. The companies want to control the food  because it is the most important resource to sustain life as well as water. the large companies should not have so much power over the people and how we obtain our food. We in the U.S. need to invest in making our own foods, and rely less on companies.

2) a billion people are hungry for change.

The people on the Pine Ridge reservation have made numerous attempts to complain and ask for the money back that was spent on the unhealthy food. They have begun to write reports and obtain signitures to petition for new leadership. this is an example of how people can decide to stop the injustice an demand for their rights to food.

3) how will the world feed itself in the future?

I hope to help my tribal community create and maintain a garden, as well as raising livestock like we already have. The people that I have surveyed all agreed that they would contribute to a composting system as well as buy produce from the tribal garden to feed their families. With food prices raising this will help our tribal econmy as well as the health of our tribal population to eat healthy affordable food. I will take the community to make the garden and omposting system as success and the community will benefit the most from all the hardwork, its possibble if communities not corporations take control of their food

5) farmers, fisherman, cocoa producers, urban gardeners, amd everyone who eats food is impacted by the Global food system

The people in Venezuela have taken the stand and joined their resources for the well being of the people in their country. It is goin to take all of them to make the food revolution a success. they are doing the necessary acts to relaim their farmlands and rights to obtain food. they are a great example for what the rest of the world should be doing. Instead of buying into big corporations, like we have done for the past decades.

another example is the Black gold documentary- Multinational coffee companies now rule our shopping malls and supermarkets and dominate the industry worth over $80 billion, making coffee the most valuable trading commodity in the world after oil. But while we continue to pay for our lattes and cappuccinos, the price paid to coffee farmers remains so low that many have been forced to abandon their coffee fields.

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Sources

http://www.simoncunich.com.au/#!vstc0=links- venezuela food revolution documentary

black gold documentary- director Marc Francis, Nick Francis, August 4, 2006
Tuesday January 9, 2007 (dvd) Mongrel Media studio

“Red Cry , Stand behind the Lakota grandmothers”- documentary on genocide of the pine ridge reservation- http://www.lakotagrandmothers.org/media/

the blue earth

 

The Big Blue River,

which runs from central Nebraska into Kansas where it intersects with the Kansas River east of Manhattan …

 

Named the Great Blue Earth River by the Kansa Indians, the Big Blue must in recent history have actually ran blue instead of murky brown-green. In the shadows, one can still see what it may have looked like.

 

source: http://atasteofmorning.com/tag/manhattan-kansas/

composting = restoring

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American society, politics especially are using the resources of our country in a way that is completely negative for the environment from oil spills to allowing  GMO plants in our soil that contaminate our farmland. I say society because we buy these products the majority of Americans live within an economy where we have to pay more money for healthy food from distributors making it cost less to eat food-like products, or fast-food and consumer products. The effects are damaging and endless unless we do our part in restoring the environment an most importantly our home. Composting is something so simple that you can do it from your own home and in larger places as well.  I found a website called Hidden Resources ( http://www.compostingconsultant.com/index.html )  with information on ways to develop and manage large scale composting sites. These larger sites are reducing the amount of waste put into our countries soil. This provides us with an approach to restoring larger areas of land and continue to expand the healthier soil.

Another program this website has is compost educational information providing knowledge and experience for at home composting systems and maintaining your compost in an effective way. This would benefit many tribal communities as well as University garden and composting projects for children.

Composting Education
Successful composting education requires a combined knowledge of the biological process, the latest
resource management and conservation management methods, creative presentation, and effective instructional techniques.
Hidden Resources designs composting education curricula, exhibits, and materials that stand apart
from most, taking into account adults, like children, learn and retain information better through visual, interactive fun, and original approaches.
Our team of associates includes experts in all areas of recycling, highly creative graphic designers and copywriters, and a pool of skilled professionals dedicated to teaching composting, conservation and resource management through the most compelling
and effective methods possible.

Tribal composting is a great way to encourage community recycling and preventing more pollution to the environment. This will save tribal members time and money on garbage having to pay for it to be taken away we can recycle materials in new ways.   pic1

      ” Some tribes have also found it useful to establish composting programs at specific tribal facilities such as the community garden, the local school, a tribal business such as the casino, or the elder center. This may be especially beneficial if these facilities produce large amounts of compostable materials such as food waste.” (2)

The benefits of composting outnumber the amount of work you must do. the results will encourage more people to get involved an use composting methods for fresh affordable food in their own garden. The composting methods is one of the best an easiest ways to restore the damage that has been done over the past century and preventing future damage from happening. Which is why i encourage composting even in the smallest ways.

sources

1) http://www.compostingconsultant.com/index.htm

2) http://www.epa.gov/region9/waste/tribal/waste-reduction/composting.html

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The truth has spilled out!!

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video link : http://youtu.be/u30m8U6VP3E

Hardy Roots at HOME

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For a successful agricultural program it takes twelve farmers plus their families, using approximately 70 acres of farmland. This operation is reasonable for a tribal community to achieve. Hiring tribal members would be positive and not cost the tribe very much money, because most tribes have available land that families can use for farming. The Hardy Roots project is an ideal program that can employ families year-round to farm and use traditional ecological knowledges in ways to provide healthy food. It is important for people to be able to sustain their households with healthy food and clean water,  using the same techniques as the Hardy roots community. With these ideas many tribal communities will become less dependent on using money to provide food. Instead those families in the tribal community can grow their own healthy, and fresh food.

                 “We base our growing practices around organic standards, using only natural sources of fertilizer and organically approved products for pest control. We do not seek certified organic status from the USDA due to the cost of the program; our CSA members have a direct connection to the farm, and many of them visit the farm every week. That is more meaningful certification than a bureaucratic program could ever achieve!” ( Hearty Roots Community Farm Ltd.)

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The tribal land that I come from in Red Rock, Oklahoma was once used for farming by American Indian Families. Today the majority of families do not farm, instead go to the groceries stores to buy their food. The diets of our tribal members are not as healthy as they should be, not trying to generalize the community. If the tribe, through an agricultural program; could produce and provide healthy affordable food. With access to this food, I strongly feel the diets of our tribal members would be much healthier. There are government programs that allow tribal families to receive food, if a household cannot provide or afford enough food. The food offered by the government through commodities or school programs is not always fresh, healthy food. The government food is the only alternative for our tribal community in Red Rock if we are not capable of going to buy food from the grocery stores, or local restaurants which both require an income. A program similar to Hardy Roots, in my tribal community would help in a tremendous way this is an option that a tribal council could create and benefit the entire tribe. In a larger city the, ” Hardy Roots program provides food to 500 families on a weekly basis,” (1) I can only imagine how many tribal families we could help.4

Another program is the Waltham Fields Community Farm in Massachusetts, they not only grow food to help families, but they teach individuals and groups about the importance of agriculture.

We seek to reconnect people with the knowledge of how food is produced. Children and adults learn about plants, food production and farming when they come to WFCF to work in the fields and greenhouses and participate in our programming. Guided by experienced staff, field volunteers help sow seeds, transplant seedlings, weed and harvest crops. Educational programs include Children’s Learning Garden Programs, adult workshop offerings, public events, special service learning opportunities, and our Farmer Training program for people who have had some previous experience on farms or in the sustainable agriculture field and are serious about pursuing farming as a career.” (3)

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The statistics for Native Americans is not great when dealing with diabetes and its from an unhealthy diet. Instead of allowing this to increase, Tribal communities can change the statistics by growing our own healthy, fresh, affordable food. The tribal members do not have the same connection with the earth that we once had, much is due to our relocation and the new technologies that we have grown accustomed to. The different techniques for gardening and growing will help tribal members make the reconnection with the earth learning to care and improve the environment that we live in. The time and energy it will take to grow food will help tribal members appreciate the environment and save money while becoming healthier. Having a agricultural program is a way to sustain our resources, promoting healthier lifestyles and a cleaner environment. The main reason I would like to see an agricultural program in my tribal community is to reduce the amount of money and expenses on food from grocery stores and restaurants that is unhealthy.

Sources

1) Dirt!-  http://www.youtube.com/movie/dirt-the-movie?feature=mv_sr

Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow- 2009

2) http://www.heartyroots.com/contact-us/

3) http://www.communityfarms.org/index.php/programs/programs-overview

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