In the U.S., we pride ourselves on having choices and making informed decisions. Under current FDA policy, we don't have that choice when it comes to genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in the foods we purchase and feed our families.
But thanks to your tireless support, Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) will introduce new Federal legislation next week that would require the labeling of all genetically engineered (GE) foods; the first labeling bill to be introduced in the Senate in over a decade!Tell your Senators and Representative to Co-Sponsor the GE food labeling bill!
Without mandatory labeling of GE foods, consumers are being left in the dark about the foods we are purchasing and feeding our families. Sixty-four countries have mandatory labeling policies for GE foods including South Korea, Japan, the United Kingdom, Brazil, China, South Africa, Australia, the the European Union, and many others. The U.S. is one of the only developed countries in the world that doesn’t require labeling. Yet there is overwhelming public demand—consistently near 95%—for the labeling of GE foods. Already in 2013, 53 GE labeling bills have been introduced in 26 states, including Hawaii, Washington, Indiana, Missouri, and Vermont, with more expected by year’s end.
New GE Labeling Bill Being Introduced in Congress!
Send an email to your Senators and Representative to co-sponsor the new federal
GE labeling billTAKE ACTION TODAY!
Happy spring! Click on the image to access our magazine archive and enjoy the latest issue of Our BerkshireTimes magazine!
So many people are exposed to very unhealthy chemicals in their skin care products every day so I wanted to share this terrific workshop . . .
Radiant Natural Skin Care Workshop
Date: Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 12-3:00pm
Place: TriYoga Berkshire, 1124 North Main Street ( Route 7), Sheffield, MA - (413) 854-3177
Price: $50 all material included. Advanced Registration Required by 4/1/13.
Come join us for this riotously fun time of making delicious natural skin care products using all natural ingredients from the kitchen and garden - fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, essential oils and your creative spirit will make up salves, creams, masks, lip balms, and more. Bring your notebook to record these amazing recipes and wear clothes that you can play in! Offered by Pam Youngquist, PhD, Traditional Naturopathic Care. To register call (413) 229-9013 by 4/1/13
The first ever Berkshire Flea, artist, designer, and vintage market
will be held at the St. Francis Gallery in South Lee on Saturday March 9th from 11am-5pm.
This event was coordinated to showcase local designers and treasure finders and we hope to hold it at least once a season. The Gallery is located on Rt 102 beside the fire station and there is parking on Fairview and Church Streets, both sides of Rt 102, and in the Gallery parking lot. There is a $2 entrance fee and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Sawa Sawa Foundation Inc. supporting humanitarian health, education, and agriculture projects in Kenya. There will also be a 50/50 cash raffle at the door.
DARROW WELCOMES COMMUNITY
TO MAPLE FEST 2013, MARCH 13
NEW LEBANON, NY--When daytime temperatures rise above the freezing mark, while nights stay cool, the Darrow School community swings into action to begin the process of producing its signature maple syrup. According to the School's Maple Sugaring Director, Nancy Dutton, in the 2012 season, faculty members and students gathered more than 3,500 gallons of sap from the maple trees surrounding the hillsides of the campus, and processed it in the Darrow Sugar House to make hundreds of gallons of syrup. The gathering process begins as soon as the sap starts running and continues until the trees produce their first buds.
The next Great Barrington Green Drinks is Thursday, Feb 7, at Route 7 Grill, from 5:15 on. This month they have their semi annual Benefit Book Sale of great, brand new green titles on topics like: Green building, Sustainable agriculture, Green living Natural history, Gardening . . . and more, all received at the Orion magazine office from book publishers eager for a review in the magazine. The best part is that whether you buy a book for your organization or for personal enjoyment, all the proceeds will go to Route 7 Grill's nonprofit of choice, and this time, Greenagers gets all the cash!
Jow Ga Kung Fu for Adults - Mixed Levels
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 5-6:00pm at Healing Rhythms Center at the Lenox Commons, 55 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, MA (413) 551-9581
Every Wednesday this adult Kung Fu class is an effective, “no frills” form of self-defense, as well as an excellent activity for building muscle tone and a balanced cardiovascular exercise. Visit www.rhythmscenter.com/class-schedule
to see more events or to post your event for free!
Starting January 23 at Matrushka Toys and Gifts - Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School
(GBRSS) announces the Spring 2013 performance schedule of children’s puppet plays, starting with “The Starry Night,” a gentle tale about a baby who cannot sleep and a mother who lulls the child by reminding her about the stars and moon watching lovingly from above. “The Starry Night,” first of three puppet plays in the series to take place at Matrushka Toys and Gifts, 309 Main Street, Great Barrington, starts Saturday morning January 26 at 10:30am, with a second show at 11:30am. More “Mornings at Matrushka” puppet plays continue February 16 and March 23, 2013, with two morning shows each performance day. As spring advances, puppet plays will continue in the GBRSS Early Childhood center at 35 West Plain Road, Great Barrington, on April 6 and May 11 at 10am, followed by an opportunity to learn more about early childhood programs at the school. All events are free. To learn more, call Tracy Fernbacher at (413) 528-4015, ext. 106 or visit gbrss.org
What do you do with a broken toaster? Or with a bike that needs repair? Or with a pair of pants when a seam rips? Or a partially dysfunctional umbrella? Throw it away? Certainly not!
The Pittsfield Resilience Circle is organizing the Berkshires’ first ever Repair Café. It will be held in Pittsfield on Saturday, January 19, 2013, from 1-5pm in the St. Stephen's Church basement at 67 East Street.
The event is entirely free.
The Jewish Federation of the Berkshires presents Energize with Tai Chi — A Workshop,with certified traditional Tai Chi instructors Kathy and David Crowe. These workshops are open to the public.
Mondays, January 14 & February 4 & 25 | 1pm | Congregation Knesset Israel | 16 Colt Road | 413-442-4360 x15 | $3