Dolphins and almonds |

Dolphins and almonds

Dear Editor:How can the individual in this day and age of the corporation make a difference? It takes a powerful grass-roots movement that affects the bottom line (sales) of big business. Large international corporations are not beholden to laws that most countries follow. They are responsible to one entity, the shareholder. In many cases, lobbyists for big business are so powerful that important laws put in place to protect citizens are either watered down or ignored altogether. One example, the Clean Air Act: The EPA is not enforcing it, and when they do, industry pays hand-slap fines and then returns to business as usual. Please rent the movie “The Corporation.”This past week, two issues hit me in the gut; the first involves dolphins, the second, almonds. There is a very short clip, free of charge, found at This footage, which is not for the highly sensitive or weak of stomach, depicts Japan’s yearly dolphin massacre. It’s hard to believe humanity has reached this level in the name of profit. As a global community, it is vital to experience the grief and horror of our actions and then take action when compelled. To sign petition, visit second issue involves a mandate to pasteurize every almond. This may seem petty, but through voicing our decent and taking action, we send forth a strong message to those desiring to control our food production and distribution. In the fall of 2007 we will not be able to buy fresh, unheated raw almonds. Why? A pre-emptive strike, by the almond industry, following the salmonella spinach scare. Salmonella and E. coli are not the devil. Most disease results from pollution and poor nutrition. Bacteria like salmonella and E. coli naturally occur in the body and play extremely vital roles. Louis Pasteur, the father of pasteurization and germ theory (the cornerstone of Western medicine) recounted his life’s work on his death bed, saying “the germ is nothing, the terrain is everything.” Widespread toxic pollution and poor nutrition weaken our inner terrain, resulting in disease.Our freedom to purchase and consume healthful raw and unprocessed foods is at stake. Contact Chairman David Phippen, the California Almond Board, at (209) 599-6111, (209) 599-4008 fax, to voice your concerns or me at to receive a complete list of contacts. Many great teachers have shared that real change can only be brought forth by changing ourselves. To bring about peace and freedom in the world, we have to be willing to face, transform and transcend the opposite within. By bringing the healing power of awareness to our self-hatred, pain, abuse, abandonment and fear, we open the doors to that which we most desire. Love then flows into the collective as we are all connected. Part of this process involves being authentic; it’s up to each of us to determine how best to be true.Branden CohenCarbondale

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