Chipotle Restaurant Chain Phases Out all GMOs
New York reported two days ago that Chipotle has completed phasing out GMOs from its menu, making it the first national fast-food chain to do so. According to the Talking Point, the Denver-based chain had already been using mostly non-GMO ingredients, but was working on making final changes to its tortillas. The Food and Drug Administration maintains that GMOs are safe....
In recent years, however, activists have been calling for regulations that require labeling for foods that contain genetically modified ingredients.
Apr 29, 2015 - 11:49:05 AM
Stop Passage of the "DARK Act!"
Two weeks ago Reuters reported that a Republican congressman from
Kansas introduced legislation on Wednesday that would nullify efforts in multiple states to require labeling of genetically modified foods. The bill, dubbed the "Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act" was drafted by U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo from Kansas, and is aimed at overriding bills in roughly two dozen states that would require foods made with genetically engineered crops to be labeled as such. The bill specifically prohibits any mandatory labeling of foods developed using bioengineering. Critics have dubbed it the “DARK Act.” Dark stands for Deny Americans the Right to Know.
Apr 27, 2015 - 2:09:51 PM
How to Help Nepal: Choose a Reputable Charitable Organization
From Public Radio International,
: As images of devastation and tragedy in Nepal and neighboring countries rattled by Saturday's earthquake pour across social media and TV, the natural question for many people is, "What can I do to help?" After disasters, the best way to help is generally to donate money to effective and efficient charities that have an established presence on the ground.
is one of the leading resources for evaluating the work of nonprofits, and the organization has
posted a list of highly-ranked charities
that have mounted relief operations in the aftermath of the 7.8 magnitude temblor that originated outside the capital,
Apr 27, 2015 - 12:32:41 PM
Humane Farming Assoc. Announces Unprecedented Drop in Veal Sales
The Humane Farming Association (HFA) is the nation’s leading farm animal protection organization.
They have been instrumental in securing the first ever felony convictions of veal industry leaders, blocking a major pig factory, and conducting the nation’s largest farm animal rescue. Recently, the HFA announced a new achievement:
“It is with good reason that
The New York Times declared our National Veal Boycott the most successful animal rights boycott in the
United States. We are pleased to report that, again this year, HFA's signature campaign has driven per capita veal consumption in the
an all-time low!”
Apr 27, 2015 - 11:18:08 AM
Wellbeing & Healing
Merlian News Podcasts With Mitzi Adams
Mitzi Adams was first introduced to Jin Shin Jyutsu in 1986 when she started her graduate studies in dance in Arizona. She has studied for a little over two decades and has taught Self-help Jin Shin Jyutsu at various universities. Her love and devotion to Jin Shin Jyutsu are witnessed through her
teachings, inspiring all those drawn to this profound art.
In this podcast, Mitzi discusses with Merryn Jose what Jin Shin Jyutsu is, how it is applied, how you can use it everyday, and the various healing benefits it provides.
Apr 25, 2015 - 10:00:43 AM
Feeling Great: Creating a Life of Optimism, Enthusiasm and Contentment
In an excerpt from Feeling Great: Creating a Life of Optimism, Enthusiasm and Contentment by Dadi Janki, Peter Vegso, and
Kelly Johnson, the authors write:
Optimism opens a door in difficult or hopeless situations. Optimism knows that there is always a way, no matter how many doors have been shut, and it believes that there is always a good alternative.
No matter what the crisis, an optimistic outlook will tell you that the situation you are facing is a sign that you need to find a different way of thinking or a new way of doing things.
Apr 23, 2015 - 1:03:19 PM
Lowes to Phase Out Pesticides Harmful to Bees
Last week Reuters reported that home improvement chain Lowe's Cos Inc will stop selling a type of pesticide suspected of causing a decline in honeybee populations needed to pollinate key American crops, following a few
U.S. retailers who have taken similar steps last year.
The class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids, or neonics, are sold by agrichemical companies to boost yields of staple crops but are also used widely on annual and perennial plants used in lawns and gardens.
Scientists, consumer groups, beekeepers and others say bee deaths are linked to the neonic pesticides.
Apr 23, 2015 - 10:25:31 AM
Dan Millman, The Peaceful Warrior, at Omega Institute May 8-10
Dan Millman is one of our favorite authors and teachers! He’s back at Omega Institute May 8-10
and his workshop is sure to fill up fast.
His new class is called The Hidden School - The Peaceful Warrior’s Path of Death & Rebirth.
From the Omega website: Take the next step along the journey with Dan Millman, a pioneer in the quest for personal evolution since the 1980 publication of his renowned book,
Way of the Peaceful Warrior.
Apr 21, 2015 - 12:49:40 PM
It's GMO Awareness Week 4/19-4/26
It’s GMO awareness week, and the push is on: thousands of activists are working to educate consumers, label GMO food, boycott, or outright ban it. Recently
the prestigious IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) of the World Health Organization has declared glyphosate a “probable carcinogen”
and many, citing the growing research that rolls in weekly, are pushing for the more serious categorization of “known carcinogen.”
Apr 21, 2015 - 10:47:41 AM
Merlian News April 2015 Newsletter
The April Newsletter is out! Merlian News is now translated into over 50 languages. Just go to
, upper right hand corner to Google Translate and use the drop down menu.
Also, don’t forget to check us out on
and please take a look at our Website of the Month!
Apr 16, 2015 - 12:22:48 PM
Anchoring the Reality That We Want
We've all experienced this phenomenon before: you've never heard of a particular item, idea, or person and then once you do you find it popping up all over the place. It's as if the whole world (or at least everybody you know on Facebook), all got the same buzz at the same time. Of course, we all know that someone had to be "the first" -- the first to think that thought, invent that item, do the research, say or do or discover something new -- and that everybody else caught on later....
Apr 16, 2015 - 10:30:53 AM
Ask Li Chen: Channeled Answers to Your Spiritual Questions by Jocelyn Graef
Q: Li Chen, can you help to resolve the emotions of anger and grief peacefully? A:
Dear One, painful emotions are always difficult. This does not mean it is necessary always to resolve them peacefully. This may be a surprising response, so let us look at these two powerful emotions.
Grief is an expression of loss of those who are beloved. It is an expression of honor in this sense. The passing of someone who has been important to you can be a sustained grief – there are many religions who suggest that a period of time be set aside to allow for grieving...
Apr 16, 2015 - 9:55:34 AM
Lucid Dreaming & Astral Travel in the Early Church by Robert Moss
Early fathers of the
Christian church were in favor of active dreaming and astral travel. Tertullian, who famously observed that “most people derive their knowledge of God from dreams” urged
Christians who found themselves in captivity, perhaps on the way to martyrdom, to get out and about in their astral bodies: Though the body is shut in, though the flesh is confined, all things are open to the spirit. In spirit, then, roam abroad; in spirit walk about, not setting before you shady paths or long colonnades, but the way which leads to God.
Apr 14, 2015 - 1:16:07 PM
Wellbeing & Healing
Delay or Reverse Aging with Qi Gong, Meditation, Yoga and More
There's increased evidence showing that practices such as qi gong, meditation and yoga can not only prevent disease, but actually reverse it and delay aging as well. As scientists learn more about such topics as gene expression, what turns a gene on or off, and how to prevent telomeres, (the strands of protein in our cells that control aging) from unraveling, it becomes impossible to ignore just how much our good lifestyle choices can pay off.
Apr 14, 2015 - 11:03:14 AM
Organic Compost Center Proposed for Greenburgh, NY
Officials in Greenburgh, NY
are looking into designating park area into organic composting site. The Town proposal aims to reduce waste by as much as 30% and save taxpayers money.
“…If the Landmark creates an organic recycling compost site on their property for their tenants it could generate significant momentum that could encourage more organic recycling throughout
Westchester! If schools encourage source separation--if major land owners encourage their tenants to source separate --if major businesses and governments do the same ---we will be able to REDUCE our waste and save significant taxpayer dollars.
Apr 9, 2015 - 1:08:46 PM
Retreats In Print - Vol.1:Spirit Guides & Invisible Influences
Stephen Thomson and Michael Guarino have done readers a real service in Retreats In Print.
Based on years of notes and anecdotes from their live workshops and retreats, Volume 1, “Spirit Guides and Invisible Influence,” is a treasure trove of knowledge about our guides, their purpose, how to learn more about them and how some may move into or out of our lives over time based on our interests and what’s happening in our lives.
Apr 9, 2015 - 10:43:10 AM
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