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In light of this year’s Earth Day we at SBT Seabuckthorn thought it would be a good time to share our beliefs on sustainability, packaging, and giving back to the earth and those on it. Sustainability Not only does the sea buckthorn plant offer many benefits to the human body, but it also helps out […]

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If you’re a freshman at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, you’re weighed, and if your BMI (Body Mass Index) is over 30, you have to complete a healthy lifestyle course in order to graduate, including either losing weight or participating in a sport. The article above focuses on the legality of the course as it pertains […]

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I cannot help but think that this is a case of far too little far too late on the part of the CHFA.  We, Seabuckthorn International, wrote to the CHFA several times requesting that your organization get intimately involved with Health Canada as they were moving towards these rather punitive policies.  We were totally ignored. […]

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In addition to fonts, I love birds. One of my favourite pastimes is sitting quietly in my garden listening to the busy chatter and watching the hypnotic movement of birds.  While I do have a lot of glass in my home and deck, my home must be situated just right because, thankfully I do not […]

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According to a recent Vancouver Sun article – We’re told to go easy on students, B.C. teachers say – school principals are ordering teachers to ensure good grades to students, even if it means never giving a zero on an assignment or allowing a student to take a test as many times as necessary to […]

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I am not a particularly good student of history but I do remember that we spent considerable time studying the violent and bloody history of Europe. As I recall the obscene wealth and land holdings of the few were built on the virtual slave labour of the many. The many were called serfs. They worked […]

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Remember the 80s movie Big? In it, a 13 year old boy makes a wish to be ‘big’, and wakes up an adult. In the movie, the experience was fun, embarrassing, and understandably traumatic. Imagine a magic hockey helmet that could instantly make you 10 years older? Sound fun? Well as youngster Miller Donnelly explains […]

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“The conditions under which migrant and immigrant farmworkers live and work in B.C. are as bad as in any Third World country, activists said at the release yesterday of a study called Cultivating Farmworker Rights.”  The study, by Arlene McLaren, economist David Fairey of the Trade Union Research Bureau and Mark Thompson of SFU’s Sauder […]

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In November of 2006, the World Trade Organisation ruled in favour of Canada, the United States and Argentina that the European Union was unreasonably delaying approving the sale of genetically modified organisms to the European market. As Canadian author and activist Murray Dobbin says in recent Tyee article Food Fight: Canada vs. Europe, the EU […]

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Academy Award® winning actress Geena Davis was watching television with her young daughter in 2004, when she noticed that there was a noticeable disparity in the representation of male vs. female characters in children’s programming. We’ve known for a long time that females in film and TV are often sidekicks, romantic interests or just absent, […]

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Advocates for people in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside (this city’s Skid Row and Canada’s poorest community) have found an unique way to communicate information regarding legal rights – lightweight, waterproof blankets printed on the inside with the rights and responsibilities of homeless people and authorities. Originated by Pivot Legal Society and manufactured by Mountain Equipment Co-op, […]

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Food security. Defined narrowly as access to adequate supplies of safe, healthy food, and more broadly as the societal and organisational responsibility to plan and provide for long-term food supplies that are not only adequate, safe and healthy, but also ethical and sustainable, it is a topic that few Westerners think about. Whether your concern […]

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Urban farming update

Our recent post Urban farming and other news is one of the most popular on the site, and it touches on an important topic, food security. We’ve just updated the urban farming post with a new link, to the Urban Agriculture section of FoodSecurity.org, a wonderful web resource for information, research and activism on food- […]

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A few days ago, Bill Maher came down hard – in his own inimitable way – on Big Pharma, critiquing pharmaceutical companies, the politicians that enable them, and the people who obligingly turn to pills first rather than lifestyle changes. Some memorable sound bytes include: …But none of the plans address the real problem: we […]

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Here on Seabuckthorn.net, our blog tagline is “Caring for ourselves and each other, our communities and our world”. We at SBT Seabuckthorn International Inc. envisioned this location to be a haven of health and community here on the internet. We hope that the blog content we cover has, and will continue to, reflect that vision.  […]

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24 Hours for Darfur

In the Darfur region of Western Sudan (in Africa), political and military unrest since 2003 has caused the deaths of up to 250,000 people (450,000 by some estimates), the torture of countless others, and the displacement of millions. Many organisations and individuals have been working diligently to compel world governments and governing bodies to intervene […]

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Economy of scale is one of the main principles behind the overwhelming post-war economic growth of the West, but this model, the poster child of modern business development, is proving problematic in many aspects of food production. Factory farming has critics on many fronts, from issues of animal welfare to watershed contamination to pharmaceutical overuse […]

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Please, check out this compelling article on how the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association (CTFA) is approaching the misinformation ‘wars’ in the United States.  I am thinking the CTFA has a pro active and probably effective long term approach to articles appearing on a regular basis in the media such as the one that just appeared […]

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Half the pharmacists surveyed by Alberta researchers said they had seen evidence of dangerous interactions between natural health products and prescription drugs, a “startling” result that suggests… ????? – Tom Blackwell, National Post, Natural remedies ‘potentially harmful’, Published: Monday, July 23, 2007 Take a guess at how this sentence ends?  In fact, you pick the ending that you think […]

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The quiet Canadian is starting to refer to Health Canada the way more and more Americans are referring to the FDA as evidenced in this excellent article. I would not want to be on the business end of the reaction coming from the small Canadian manufacturers, their employees and their families and their millions of […]

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