Moving the Giants: A Film of One Man’s Inspired Quest to Save Ancient Trees

Twenty years ago, David Milarch, a northern Michigan nurseryman with a penchant for hard living, had a near-death experience. After this experience, angels let him know that the earth was in trouble. Its trees were dying, and without them, human life was in jeopardy. The solution, they told him, was to clone the champion trees of the world – the largest, the hardiest, the ones that had survived millennia and were most resilient to climate change – and create a kind of Noah’s ark of tree genetics. Without knowing if the message had any basis in science, or why he’d been chosen for this task, Milarch began his mission of cloning the world’s great trees. Many scientists and tree experts told him it couldn’t be done, but, twenty years later, his team has successfully cloned some of the world’s oldest trees – among them giant redwoods and sequoias. They have also grown seedlings from the oldest tree in the world, the bristlecone pine Methuselah.

When Michael Ramsey, award-winning film director/producer met David Milarch, they formed an instant bond. When Michael learned about the story behind David Milarch’s quest to replant the millions of giant redwoods that were cut down and leaving only 5% of them left standing, he was compelled to create this beautiful short film, “Moving the Giants.”

From the website www.ancienttreearchive.org we read: The film is a finalist at the Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival. Premiering on November 7 at the festival on the same day via Video on Demand, proceeds from the sale of “Moving the Giants” will support Archangel Ancient Tree Archive and tree planting efforts around the world. Our deepest gratitude goes out to Michael Ramsey and Spoken Image for this wonderful gift of support.

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No GMO Shopping Resources

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While the Senate deliberates the second version of the “Monsanto Protection Act” (which the House already passed), the public outcry for non GMO foods gets louder. Of course, we’d all love to have a great garden planted with heirloom seeds, but that’s not always possible. Fortunately, the resources for shopping and avoiding GMO products are growing. Check out our new favorite site: www.nongmoshoppingguide.com . If you’re out at the market and need an easy method for checking the items in your cart, consider downloading one of the phone apps that allow you to scan the bar code of each item.

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France and Russia Ban GMOs – US Media is Silent

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France and Russia just banned GMOs, and the US media is silent. Why haven’t we heard about this in the main stream news? Could it be because the Senate is about to vote on a bill that would ban GMO labeling? Both France and Russia have banned GMOs in their countries, joining Germany , Scotland, Latvia, and Greece…. As reported a few days ago by Nick Meyers at www.march-against-monsanto.com : When two of the most modernized and economically powerful countries in the world decide to ban a type of food crop that has made its way into roughly 70-80% or more of the U.S. food supply, you’d think it would be considered newsworthy.

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Costco Under Pressure To Ban GMO Salmon

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This June, www.ecowatch.com reported that a coalition including Community Alliance for Global Justice, fishermen, members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 21 and concerned Costco customers rallied in front of the Costco next door to store headquarters and presented more than 300,000 petition signatures demanding that Costco Wholesale publicly commit to not sell genetically modified (GMO) salmon.

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Scotland Bans GM Crops

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Scotland is the latest country to ban growing GM crops within its borders. In a move designed to protect Scotland’s clean pastures, the government announced two days ago that it was banning new cultivation of genetically modified foodstuffs. The Rural Cabinet Secretary, Richard Lochhead, said: “ Scotland is known around the world for our beautiful natural environment — and banning growing genetically modified crops will protect and further enhance our clean, green status…”

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s campaign “Just Label It” to overturn the DARK Act

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Gwyneth Paltrow has joined a growing list of celebrities and politicians urging Americans to act quickly to prevent passage of the DARK Act — “Denying American’s Right to Know” whether their food contains genetically modified products. The need to act is urgent: the bill has already passed the House and is due to come before the Senate on August 5th. Passage of this bill would overturn mandatory GMO labeling in the three states that already have it, and prevent new measures from being taken across the country.

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Talk to Your Plants: They Really Are Listening

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How many of us talk to our plants? I know I do, pretty much as I would to a pet or a small child, only one that doesn’t follow me around. Well, it turns out that they really are listening. People have said for years that speaking nicely to your house plants or garden veggies can produce lusher, healthier growth, but scientists never understood the mechanisms for plant “hearing” until recently. More importantly, scientists weren’t clear on why a plant would need to “listen” at all.

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Stop Passage of the “DARK Act!”

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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.

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Humane Farming Assoc. Announces Unprecedented Drop in Veal Sales

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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 U.S. to an all-time low!”

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Lowes to Phase Out Pesticides Harmful to Bees

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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.

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