Friday, April 24, 2015

What the Heck is TPP?

In case you missed my last post, you might want to go back and read "There is Nothing Wrong with Being Passionate."
In this article I mentioned TPP.  What the Heck is TPP?
Trans-Pacific Partnership


From Democracy Now,
WikiLeaks has published the secret text to part of the biggest U.S. trade deal in history, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). For the past several years, the United States and 12 Pacific Rim nations have been negotiating behind closed doors on the sweeping agreement. A 95-page draft of a TPP chapter released by WikiLeaks on Wednesday details agreements relating to patents, copyright, trademarks and industrial design — showing their wide-reaching implications for Internet services, civil liberties, publishing rights and medicine accessibility. 

Critics say the deal could rewrite U.S. laws on intellectual property rights, product safety and environmental regulations, while backers say it will help create jobs and boost the economy. President Obama and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman reportedly wish to finalize the TPP by the end of the year and are pushing Congress to expedite legislation that grants the president something called "fast-track authority." However, this week some 151 House Democrats and 23 Republicans wrote letters to the administration saying they are unwilling to give the president free rein to "diplomatically legislate." We host a debate on the TPP between Bill Watson, a trade policy analyst at the Cato Institute, and Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch.

From Expose TPP,
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Empower Corporations to Attack U.S. Policies in Foreign Tribunals and Demand Taxpayer Compensation for Our Environmental, Health and Other Laws

The TPP would require us to limit food labeling and to import meat and poultry that do not meet U.S. food safety standards.


Under the TPP, any U.S. food safety rule on pesticides, labeling or additives that is higher than international standards would be subject to challenge as "illegal trade barriers." The U.S. could be required to eliminate these rules and allow in the unsafe food under threat of trade sanctions.

Buy American would be gutted, and American jobs lost, under proposed TPP rules requiring “national treatment” in government procurement. To implement this TPP requirement, the United States would agree to waive “Buy American” procurement policies for all firms operating in TPP countries, offshoring our tax dollars to create jobs abroad.

THE TPP IS TREASONOUS!!!  The TPP Takes away OUR RIGHT to live the way we want to live and BUY American if we choose to Buy American.

From Citizens.org
Although it is called a "free trade" agreement, the TPP is not mainly about trade. Of TPP's 29 draft chapters, only five deal with traditional trade issues. One chapter would provide incentives to offshore jobs to low-wage countries. Many would impose limits on government policies that we rely on in our daily lives for safe food, a clean environment, and more. Our domestic federal, state and local policies would be required to comply with TPP rules.

The TPP would even elevate individual foreign firms to equal status with sovereign nations, empowering them to privately enforce new rights and privileges, provided by the pact, by dragging governments to foreign tribunals to challenge public interest policies that they claim frustrate their expectations. The tribunals would be authorized to order taxpayer compensation to the foreign corporations for the "expected future profits" they surmise would be inhibited by the challenged policies.

We only know about the TPP's threats thanks to leaks – the public is not allowed to see the draft TPP text. Even members of Congress, after being denied the text for years, are now only provided limited access. Meanwhile, more than 500 official corporate "trade advisors" have special access. The TPP has been under negotiation for six years, and the Obama administration wants to sign the deal this year. Opposition to the TPP is growing at home and in many of the other countries involved.

 

From what I understand, there will be NO "Non-GMO" labelling under the TPP
There will be NO "Made in America" label under the TPP and NO "Pesticide free" labelling as it might be considered a "trade barrier"

IF THIS IS NOT A PERFECT TIME TO GROW YOUR OWN FOOD, THEN WHAT IS???
I am sick of standing back and watching all of this unfold without having a say in the matter.  Contact your state and local representatives.  Grow your own food and SAY NO to TPP!

Take Action Now! Click to Stop TPP
Email your Rep!
"I'm writing to urge my representatives to oppose Fast Track for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Congress needs time to debate and amend trade agreements that affect all of us. Fast Tracking the TPP is undemocratic, and I expect my lawmakers to oppose it. I'll be watching this issue closely in 2015." 


For those of you reading this that are already active....THANK YOU!!! 
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I appreciate your efforts and applaud your courage to continue to fight!

If you'd like to get more involved but you're not sure where to start, please feel free to ask.  You can send me an email to mary@marysheirloomseeds.com or you can comment here.  PLEASE remember that if you comment here but are a no-reply blogger then I am unable to respond.

We have set up a GoFundMe page for our educational programs.  So far, we have hosted several free workshops and give out hundreds of free seed packs nationwide.

GROW FOOD and Grow it organic.  As owner/operator of Mary's Heirloom Seeds, I would be happy to include a FREE pack of organic seeds if you place an order. 

EDUCATE first yourself, your family and then your community.

SHARE this information.  You never know who's life you might change positively by sharing just the tiniest bit of info.

GET ACTIVE in your community and around the world.  March Against Monsanto is a great start.  Worldwide May 23rd.  But that's only one day.  I choose to stand and fight daily and I have no regrets.

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There is Nothing Wrong with Being Passionate

I'm not talking about your sex life.  I'm talking about passion for LIFE and passion for a cause.  The Earth has been my passion for a very long time.  I grew up watching my grandmother in her garden.  She taught be about growing flowers.  She tended to her tomatoes with the same tenderness she showed us kids.  

In the past 8 years I have really become an advocate for Earth, the environment and all of the issues we face with the fight to preserve "Real Food."  This has alarmed quite a few people.  I have had my fair share of negative reactions, nastiness and even loss of friendships.

The thing is, I haven't changed.  I will never stand down when I feel that my fight is justified.  There is nothing wrong with being passionate.  I was reminded of all of this today when I learned that a friend had lost her dad to cancer. My heart breaks for her.  The worst part is that she had NO idea that he had cancer and he had kept it a secret because of her feelings and beliefs about the "medical system."  That sucks.

When did it stop being okay for people to be passionate about things that matter.  I'm not talking about video games and tv shows.  Those things truly do not matter at the end of the day.  Fashion, actors and singers are fun things but what to they contribute to LIFE other than just to pass the time?

At the end of the day, making a positive change in the world is the only thing that truly matters.  Sure, that's just my opinion.  IF we as human beings choose to ignore the earth and the war that is going on to survive then there will be no fashion or reality tv to escape to and no sports events to attend.  LIFE as we know it depends on the survival of our precious eco-system.


Our Right to choose what to eat and know what is it we are eating is under attack.  The TPP, Trans Pacific Partnership, is global agreement between over 11 countries.  The TPP is currently on the table for discussion within our government.  But here's the kicker, most of the text is still a secret.  The Wikileaks scandal gave us a sneak peak and what we've seen is disturbing.

Our Food System is a war.  Every day I fight and educate to end the production of GMOs and cancer-causing pesticides.  Yes, pesticides increase our risk of cancer.  You don't have to believe me.  The EPA clearly states on their website all of the facts.  Here's a little-known fact, GMO Corn is a registered Pesticide.  WHY then are we being fed GMO corn?  MONEY and Power!

Earth is at war with those who choose profit over life.  BigAg has ravage entire forests to plant their GMO soy, corn and alfalfa.  With all of the chemicals and pesticide use, they are killing the bees and other pollinators by the millions.They must be stopped or it will be the end of life as we know it.
I share this often because it is the truth!
For those of you reading this that are already active....THANK YOU!!! 
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I appreciate your efforts and applaud your courage to continue to fight!

If you'd like to get more involved but you're not sure where to start, please feel free to ask.  You can send me an email to mary@marysheirloomseeds.com or you can comment here.  PLEASE remember that if you comment here but are a no-reply blogger then I am unable to respond.

We have set up a GoFundMe page for our educational programs.  So far, we have hosted several free workshops and give out hundreds of free seed packs nationwide.

GROW FOOD and Grow it organic.  As owner/operator of Mary's Heirloom Seeds, I would be happy to include a FREE pack of organic seeds if you place an order. 

EDUCATE first yourself, your family and then your community.

SHARE this information.  You never know who's life you might change positively by sharing just the tiniest bit of info.

GET ACTIVE in your community and around the world.  March Against Monsanto is a great start.  Worldwide May 23rd.  But that's only one day.  I choose to stand and fight daily and I have no regrets.

For more information about growing organic, feel free to sign up for our e-newsletter and check us out on facebook.


http://www.facebook.com/pages/Marys-Heirloom-Seeds/229833070442449

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Growing Pains & Glitches (Earth Day update)

Mary's Heirloom Seeds
Growing Pains & Glitches happen...
Our desktop site is functioning perfectly!

At the moment, our mobile web option is being updated and optimized. It is currently a bit glitchy.
We have simple solution.  If you're having trouble, Call in your order or send us your order via email.
(954) 654-3501
mary@marysheirloomseeds.com

  For your patience and to say thank you, we will include another free seed pack on the house.
 
Most days, I'd rather be out in the garden!


Don't miss out on our Earth Day Special.
NOW thru April 25th we are offering FREE SEED PACKS with purchase of select items at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.
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CELEBRATE EARTH DAY 2015


***UPDATE***
Growing Pains & Glitches happen...
Our desktop site is functioning perfectly!

At the moment, our mobile web option is being updated and optimized. 

It is currently a bit glitchy.  We have simple solution.  If you're having trouble, 
Call in your order or send us your order via email.
(954) 654-3501
mary@marysheirloomseeds.com

  For your patience and to say thank you, 

we will include another free seed pack on the house.


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April 22, 2015

Today is the official EARTH DAY!

We  try to celebrate every day like Earth Day at Mary's Heirloom Seeds.  We are constantly sharing eco-friendly growing tips, organic growing methods and DIY recipes.

April 22nd is a special day to focus on the planet and how we can each make a difference both big and small.  One tiny seed at a time, one city at a time and spread that across the world! 

CELEBRATE!    


FIRST, We're giving away more
FREE SEEDS  All orders of Seed Germination Supplies will include a FREE Pack of seeds!



All Orders of Seed Combo Packs will include an additional FREE Seed Pack
*We have quite a few combo packs*



All orders of
Organic, Non-GMO Alfalfa Meal or Greensand will include another
FREE Seed Pack


That's a whole bunch of FREE Seeds!
NO Limit on free seeds.  That means if you will receive a FREE pack of seeds for
EACH item listed above.
*$10 order minimum on all orders*
SALE thru 4/25/2015
How Else do we CELEBRATE?  
Learn more about the earth and environment
Cook an eco-friendly meal
Grow your own organic food
Plant a Seed or Plant a Tree!
Clean up litter in your community
Composting is a great way to recycle kitchen waste into FREE plant food
10 Water Saving Tips

Host a Seed Planting Party!


At Mary's Heirloom Seeds we strive to be as eco-friendly as possible.
From our Seed pack envelopes to our labels and shipping material, we use 20-100% post-consumer recycled products.
We do not offer a printed catalog and everything is available on our website.
Yesterday we upgrade to mobile-friendly to help you navigate our site with ease.
Even our web hosting company is
100% Wind Powered.  Not THAT is cool!
If you have additional questions please feel free to ask.  We usually reply to emails within a few hours. 
Thank you and have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Planting,