Only after the last tree has been cut down.  Only after the last river has been poisoned.  Only after the last fish has been caught.  Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.

"When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically. In this context the proponent of an activity, rather than the public, should bear the burden of proof." - Wingspread Statement of the Precautionary Principle.
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Frankly, we don't deserve this planet, and Mother Nature is about to take it away from us. It's time for us to either grow up, or perish. And all these people who say "we have to protect the economy, not the environment" should probably just be rounded up and shipped off to Mars where they can play with the Martian dust all they want until they finally get the picture.

~ Mike Adams, the Health Ranger


We are members of the most destructive culture ever to exist. Our assault on the natural world, on indigenous and other cultures, on women, on children, on all of us through the possibility of nuclear suicide and other means--all these are unprecedented in their magnitude and ferocity.

  ~ Derrick Jensen
Listening to the Land


The next federal election will decide Canada's fate. If any party - or combination of parties - that supports the FTA and NAFTA forms the next government, Canada is dead.

~ Paul Hellyer
Globalization is Killing Canada: Fight for Your Freedom - October 2000


We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.

~ Aldo Leopold


Meanwhile, down at the mall, there’s a mid-season sale. Everything’s discounted -- oceans, rivers, oil, gene pools, fig wasps, flowers, childhoods, aluminum factories, phone companies, wisdom, wilderness, civil rights, ecosystems, air -- all 4.6 billion years of evolution. It’s packed, sealed, tagged, valued and available off the rack (no returns). As for justice, I’m told it’s on offer, too. You can get the best that money can buy.

~ Unknown


It is clear to me that we are going to hit the wall. I feel like we're in a giant car, heading for a wall at 100 miles/hour, and everybody in the car is arguing about where they want to sit. It doesn't matter who is driving - just turn the wheel and put the brakes on. A few of us are saying that, but we're locked in the trunk and nobody can hear us! As I see it, the economy is going to crash, because it is built on nothing. Let's see if we are going to survive.

~ David Suzuki
(quoted in "Leading the way to the Sacred Balance" interview by Dominique La Roche in Health'N Vitality, Issue 22, Sept 2003)


The Earth is not dying.  It is being killed and the people killing it have names and addresses.

~ Utah Phillips


Everything faded into mist.  The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became truth.

~ George Orwell - 1984


In 2005, the world . . . pass[ed] the trillion-dollar mark in the expenditure, annually, on arms. We're fighting for $50 billion annually for foreign aid for Africa: the military total outstrips human need by 20 to 1. Can someone please explain to me our contemporary balance of values?

~ Stephen Lewis


. . . we have to accept that our tragedy lies always in our past, that we have to live with our ancestors' folly and suffer for it, just as they, in their turn, suffered, and as we, through our vanity and ignorance, ensure the pain and suffering of our own children. How to correct history, that's the thing.

~ Robert Fisk


Peace on earth depends on our ability to secure our living environment.

~ Wangari Maathai, 2004


Growth...for the sake of growth...not determined by any overarching social principle...[is] the phenomenon which, when it occurs in the human body, is called cancer.

~ Lesslie Newbigin, missionary and theologian


We are unwilling victims in a huge radiation, chemical, and genetic engineering experiment, without our informed consent.

~ Lynn Howard Ehrle, Organic Consumers Association


Eventually the world will no longer be divided by the ideologies of 'left' and 'right' but by those who accept ecological limits and those who don't.

~ Wolfgang Sachs


Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of  justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.

~ Haile Selassie


The simple fact is that if anyone is unaware of the grave problems that threaten the survival of life on this planet then they are anthropocentrically arrogant (man is the centre of the universe) or just plain wilfully ignorant.

~ Captain Paul Watson, Founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (1977)


Progress is the absolute destruction of the real world in favour of a technology that creates a comfortable way of life for a few fortunately situated people. Within our lifetime the differences between the Indian use of the land and the white use of the land will become crystal clear. The Indian  lived with his land. The white destroyed his land, he destroyed the planet earth.

~ Vine Deloria, Jr, a renowned Native American intellect, historian, author, scholar and activist and much more, was born March 26, 1933 and died November 13, 2005. He will be missed.


Remember this: that in politics the question seldom arises to do the idea right. The best that generally to be expected is to maintain a certain object. And for the accomplishment of this object, many things have to be done which are questionable. And many things have to be submitted to which, if rigorously investigated, could not be approved of.

~ Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the 8th Prime Minister of Canada


In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. --- That time is now. 

-Dr. Wangari Maathai, Kenya's "Green Militant" and winner of Nobel Peace Prize, 2004


Our present 'leaders'- the people of wealth and power - do not know what it means to take a place seriously: to think it worthy, for it's own sake, of love and study and careful work. They can not take any place seriously because they must be ready at any moment, by the terms of wealth and power in the modern world, to destroy any place.

~ Wendell Berry, Out of Your Car, Off of Your Horse


Only after the last tree has been cut down.  Only after the last river has been poisoned.  Only after the last fish has been caught.  Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.

~ Cree Indian Prophesy


We should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food.  Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible.

~ Monsanto director, in The Ecologist, May 2005


What kind of world will we leave to our great-great-grandchildren?  And on what basis will they judge us?

~ G. Miller, Ontario's Environment Commissioner, Toronto Star, October 22 2004


The planet earth is a seamless structure with a thin slice of sustaining air, water and soil that supports almost four billion people. This thin slice belongs to all of us, and we use it and hold it in trust for future Earthlings. Here we must take our stand.

~ Ralph Nader 1970


You can pay your farmer, or you can pay your doctor.

~ Greg Higgins, Chefs Collaborative


Our present 'leaders'- the people of wealth and power - do not know what it means to take a place seriously: to think it worthy, for it's own sake, of love and study and careful work. They can not take anyplace seriously because they must be ready at any moment, by the terms of wealth and power in the modern world, to destroy any place.

~ Wendell Berry, Out of Your Car, Off of Your Horse


To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.   

~ Confucius


When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it - always.

~ Mahatma Gandhi


Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.

~Carl Gustav Jung


Science is not bad, but there is bad science.  Genetic engineering is bad science working with big business for quick profits against the public good.

~Mae-Wan Ho, "Genetic Engineering:  Dream or Nightmare?" 1998


The generation that destroys the environment is usually not the generation that suffers.

~ Waangari Maathai, Kenya's "Green Militant" and winner of Nobel Peace Prize, 2004


A CORPORATION, essentially, is a pile of money to which a number of persons have sold their moral allegiance.  

~Wendell Berry, The Idea of Local Economy


CORPORATION - noun:  an ingenious device for obtaining profit without individual responsibility. 

~Ambrose Pierce, 1906


Fascism begins the moment a ruling class... begins to destroy political democracy in order to retain its power of exploitation...

~Tommy Douglas


Fascism should more properly be called corporatism, since it is the merger  of state and corporate power.

~Benito Mussolini (cited by Lewis Lapham in Harper's, January 2002)


The earth is not dying, it is being killed. And those who are killing it  have names and addresses!

~Utah Phillips


Concentrate on what cannot lie. The evidence...

~Gil Grissom


If we did a better job of managing our resources more sustainably, conflicts over them would be reduced. Protecting the global environment is directly related to securing peace.

~Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, 2005


What some people mistake for the high cost of living is really the cost of high living.

~Doug Larson


Our present 'leaders'- the people of wealth and power - do not know what it means to take a place seriously: to think it worthy, for it's own sake, of love and study and careful work. They can not take any place seriously because they must be ready at any moment, by the terms of wealth and power in the modern world, to destroy any place.

~Wendell Berry, Out of Your Car, Off of Your Horse


"When I was a kid, we dumped our garbage in the local creek.  Everything from old cars to potato peels.  It soon became evident we needed a plan and built refuse dumps.  Now we are getting into recycling.  We have to speed up the process and stop peeing on the living room floor."

~ Anonymous


"Everything faded into mist. The past was erased, the erasure was forgotten, the lie became the truth."

~ George Orwell - 1984


Once we cut through the numbers games and semantics we recognize that what economists call economic growth is really the liquidation of the natural wealth of the planet.

~ Excerpt from Post-Issue Activism, and Essay by Patrick Reinsborough

The entire text of Patrick's essay can be found at  http://www.rachel.org/library/getfile.cfm?ID=508


At this turning point in our relationship with Earth, we work for an evolution: from dominance to partnership; from fragmentation to connection; from insecurity, to interdependence.

~ Declaration of Interdependence, David Suzuki Foundation


Don't wrestle with pigs: You'll get all muddy and the pigs love it.

~ Ralph Milton


Society feels no remorse for ensuring the world's youth are left to clean up our mess.

~ Paul Girling, Toronto, Canada,  taken from BBC News January 27, 2005


The 'environmental crisis' has happened because the human household or economy is in conflict at almost every point with the household of nature.

~ Wendell Berry


A corporation, essentially, is a pile of money to which a number of persons have sold their moral allegiance.

~ Wendell Berry, The Idea of Local Economy


I really think food - nurtured with stewardship, tended without exploitation, and transacted with justice - is the only hope for our world.

~ Tony Ends, Wisconsin Farmer, November 2004


Democracy is the art and science of running the circus from the monkey cage.

~Henry Louis Mencken


Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.

~Thomas Jefferson


We’ve signed a stunning new trade pact with Canada. The Canadians don’t understand what they’ve signed. In twenty years, they will be sucked into the U.S. economy.

~Clayton Yeutter, U.S. Trade Representative, on October 3, 1987 (the day the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement was signed).


Industrial farming isn’t just bad for chickens and hogs, it destroys family farms, aquifers, soils, and pollutes the air and water....Industrial meat moguls site their stinking farms in the poorest communities and pay slave wages to their miniscule work force for performing one of the most dangerous and unhealthy jobs in America.

~ Robert Kennedy, Jr.


The generation that destroys the environment is usually not the generation that suffers.

~ Waangari Maathai, Kenya's "Green Militant" and winner of Nobel Peace Prize, 2004


Many wars we witness around the world are over natural resources. Without a properly managed environment, all of our lives are threatened ... In sustainable development, we plant the seeds of peace.

~ Waangari Maathai, Kanya's "Green Militant" and winner of Nobel Peace Price, 2004


How come, at a time  when the environmental movement is stronger and richer than ever, our most pressing ecological problems just get worse? It's as though the planet has hit a Humpty-Dumpty moment in  which unprecedented amounts of manpower and money are unable to  put the world back together again." 

~Time Magazine Aug. 26, 2002


We cannot solve the problems we have created with the same thinking that created them.

 ~Albert Einstein


Here's the difference between fast food and slow food.

Here are the ingredients you need to make a strawberry milkshake the old-fashioned, slow-food way:  milk, cream, vanilla beans, strawberries, sugar and ice.

Here are the ingredients you need to make a fast-food strawberry milkshake:  milk-fat, non-fat milk, sugar, sweet whey, high-fructose corn syrup, guar gum, mono- and di-glycerides, cellulose gum, sodium phosphate, carrageenan, citric acid, sodium benzoate, red colouring #40, and artificial strawberry flavour (amyl acetate, amyl butyrate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate, cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl kentone, ethyl acetate, ethyl amylketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerate, heliotropin, hydroxphenyl-2 butanome, x-ionone, isobutyl anthranilate, lemon oil, maltol, 4-methylacetophenone, methyl anthranilate, methyl benzoate, methyl cinnamate, methyl heptine carbonate, methyl naphthyl ketone, methyl salicylate, mint oil, neroll oil, nerolin, neryl isobutyrate, orris butter, phenethyl alcohol, rose, rum ether, y-undecalactone, vanillin, and solvent).

Now,  which one of these strawberry milkshakes would you rather drink?

~The Ecologist


Supporters needed:  Slow food is an idea whose time has come.  But it needs plenty of practitioners and supporters who can help turn it into an unstoppable international movement.  Already more than 100,000 people around the world have joined in the movement to reject fast food and the unsustainable production system that supplies it.  They have turned instead to organically grown food that is as nutritious as it is palatable - and conducive, as well, to a more leisurely and environmentally friendly way of life.  

~Eric Schlosser, The CCPA Monitor, September, 2004


Start at the table:  Our defence against fast food should begin at home at our own dining table.  Let us rediscover the flavours and savours of regional foods and cooking, and banish the degrading effects of fast food.  

~Eric Schlosser, The CCPA Monitor, September 2004


The first step:  In the name of productivity and higher economic growth, fast food has changed our way of life and now threatens our environment and landscapes.  A conversion to slow food is the first step toward a progressive alternative lifestyle.  

~Eric Schlosser, The CCPA Monitor, September 2004


Enslaved by speed:  We have been enslaved by speed.  To support our fast lifestyle, we have come to rely on fast food.  The price we pay in lost health, lost leisure, lost privacy, lost family farms, and lost family relationships is surely far too high.  

~Eric Schlosser,  The CCPA Monitor, September 2004


"Science is not bad, but there is bad science.  Genetic engineering is bad science working with big business for quick profits against the public good."  

~Mae-Wan Ho, "Genetic Engineering:  Dream or Nightmare?" 1998


"Foreign investment is in fact foreign debt.  Our natural resources, which should be the heritage of all Canadians, are now owned by foreign corporations and used for their benefit, not ours."  

~Duncan Cameron, Political Scientist and Commentator, The CCPA Monitor, September, 2004


The relationship between a regulator and the regulated must never become one in which the regulator loses sight of the principle that it regulates only in the public interest - and not in the interest of the regulated."  

~Justice Horace Krever, Commission on the Blood system in Canada, 1996


Industries can't be regulated by government - and for environmental and health reasons they must be - if that government is in bed with them." 

~Globe and Mail editorial on the Westray mine disaster, Dec. 2, 1997


Water is a funny thing.  When we have enough of it, it has almost no value whatsoever.  If you have lots of water, you don't even think about it.  But, if we don't have enough, it becomes priceless and the most valuable resource there is.

~ Dr. John Pomeroy, B.Sc., Ph.D., Saskatchewan Watershed Research Facility (SWRF), U of S


"Intensive agricultural operations" - industrial production models typified by hog" mega-barns" - are incompatible with the NFU's vision of a strong and sustainable agricultural sector based on small and medium-sized family farms and thriving rural communities. In fact, although mega-barn proponents try to appropriate to themselves the terms "farm", "farmer", and "normal farm practice", their operations represent the antithesis of responsible farming, which cares for the land, the animals, and the future of the community.

~ The National Farmers Union of Ontario


The problems we face won't be solved by the minds that created them.

~ Heifer International


Humankind is engaged in a gigantic global experiment as a result of the inefficient and often overuse of fertilizers, the discharge of untreated sewage and the ever-rising emissions from vehicles and factories.  Unless urgent action is taken to tackle the sources of the problem, it is likely to escalate rapidly.

~ Dr Klaus Toepfer, UNEP


I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. . . . Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money-power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.

~Abraham Lincoln [1864]


The most important thing to do in solving a problem is to begin.

~Unknown


You can either take action, or you can hang back and hope for a miracle.  Miracles are great, but they are so unpredictable.

~Peter Drucker


Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.  Talent will not: Nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent.  Genius will not: the world is full of educated derelicts.  Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.

~Calvin Coolidge


If we do what we've always done, we'll get what we've always gotten.

~P.U. Bender


Anyone who has accustomed himself to regard the life of any living creature as worthless is in danger of arriving also at the idea of worthless human lives.

~Albert Schweitzer


Shop local. Eat local. Hire local. Work local.

~David Suzuki


The future belongs to those who give the next generation reasons to hope.

~Pierre Teilhard DeChardin


Particularly at a time when there is a real crisis for farmers worldwide, it is even more vital to take stock of the long term consequences of industrialized farming systems and re-examine the inherent benefits of a more traditional approach to the overall goal of true sustainability.

~Prince Charles in Regina, Friday, April 27, 2001


We must be the change we wish to see.

~M.K. Gandhi


Each of the great social achievements of recent decades has come about not because of government proclamations, but because people organized, made demands, and made it good politics to respond. It is the political will of the people that makes and sustains the political will of government.

~James Grant, Former Executive Director, UNICEF


The idea that our health could possibly be related to the soil is an extremely radical one. It hasn't been discussed much in medical literature. It isn't recognized as important by your family physician. It isn't taught in high schools or colleges. If you would ask the Department of Agriculture--Is our health related to the soil? It would answer--Yes--but from that point on they and I ride on different trains. They actually believe that to obtain health from food, you have to use chemical fertilizers to build up the soil's fertility. I shall try to show how ridiculous that attitude is.

~J.I. Rodale, The Organic Front (1948)


All things are interconnected. Everything goes somewhere. There's no such thing as a free lunch. Nature bats last.

~The Laws of Ecology


How we eat determines to a considerable extent how the world is used.

~Wendell Berry


When spiders unite, they can tie down a lion.

~Ethiopian Proverb


"It matters not whether market control is by the central planning of a communist government or by large corporations, the disastrous effects on our competitive markets are the same."

~F.A. Hayek, Nobel prize winning economist


We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. 

~Aldo Leopold


As the system is currently structured, farmers are just the hamsters in the wheel that powers an expanding agribusiness empire.  And government’s solution to the farm crisis is for the hamsters to run faster.

~NFU report: The Farm Crisis, Bigger Farms, 
and the Myths of ‘Competition’ and ‘Efficiency’


There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.

~ Robert Lynd


Canada will soon be home to as many pigs as people as hog production in industrial-scale barns grows by more than one million each year.

~ Vancouver Sun


Never in the history of mismanagement was so much owed by so few to so many.

~ Anonymous

 

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