Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The Alaska Marathon

Hello my faithful readers,

Finally! It's here, with your support I have been able to raise $5500 for leukemia, lymphoma and Hodgkin's Disease and tomorrow Maria and I are off to Alaska to run a marathon in honour of those who are battling blood cancers.

As a team, Maria and I have been great together, however, as a team we are still shy $1775. We have until the end of the month to get it together, so hopefully we will reach our $11,000 goal eventually.

We have raffle tickets for sale, and the draw is July 1st.

The grand prize is an inflatable lifevest from Mustang Survival.
The second prize is a free teeth whitening.

Let me know if you want one! Or 177!

almost there

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Wal-Mart Organics - Halfway There

Wal-Mart has introduced an organic line to its mix at only 10% higher cost than its regular line. This has even the greatest Wal-Mart haters grumbling kudos. But is it really all rosy?

While this new accessibility to organic food is helping the organic food industry to slough off its elitist stigma, it neglects the ethical dimension of the process.

Organic food is more than just food without fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides. It is also an approach to food, and animals. While organic farmers have traditionally used animals that were local, and well-treated, Wal-Mart will reintroduce some of the captive and inhumane methods used in traditional livestock farming. In other words, they will piggyback on the goodwill of an organic label to sell food that comes from less-than-desirable conditions.

This is an education and awareness issue, but nonetheless it is positive to see healthier food become universally accessible.