25th Podcast Episode: Judith Dreyer Interview on Beyond50Radio.com with Dan Davis

I cannot believe this is my 25th episode! I began with encouragement, an idea and a love. My friends encouraged me to get my ideas out. My family said its time for a podcast. And, I enjoy the interviewing format. So an idea was born, a plan formed and here I am today so excited to not only share this podcast series with you but my interview on Beyond50Radio. They have a green, environmental track as well as interview folks from all walks of life. They were a joy to work with.

I cannot begin to tell you how satisfying it has been for me to interview. With our ever-growing, expanding and changing technology we can easily get more info out in easy-to-handle bytes based on our personal interests. I have the pleasure and honor of talking to folks deeply passionate about our earth, ones who have offered simple yet timely tips we can use today. I thank you for your time and your sharing.

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I, like many of you, are deeply concerned about climate changes that seem to be shifting our ability to adjust. If it’s affecting us, then it affecting every element, blade of grass and species on this beautiful planet, we call home. If we could do one better recycling task today, reuse something today, give gratitude for every breath we take today, we will make a difference. The innovations I see says we are making changes, creating incredible solutions, from the ground up!

I enjoy your comments. And appreciate you sharing these podcasts. I send each of you my heartfelt thanks.



Podcast: Meet Janet Verney: Wellness Designer

Description: Janet Verney shares her journey of seeking a diagnosis from a serious but unsolved lung ailment, undergoing multiple and complicated testing to letting go. It’s not an easy task to find health solutions but Janet’s journey inspires us as she learned about gut health, the detrimental effects of NSAIDS, (non- steroidal,  anti-inflammatory drugs, usually over the counter) and more. She offers practical health tips as she recounts her journey.

About My Guest: Janet Verney is certified in Integrative Health and specializes in Women’s Wellness. As The Wellness Designer, she creates fun and educational programs for women around the world. Janet is passionate about living a rich and full life through delicious food and an abundant lifestyle!

Transcript:  #25 Janet Varney

Blog: The Rights of Nature


Powerful, moving discussion on giving nature rights too. Historically, in modern society, we see nature as an object and in law, as property. The very laws we have created creates destruction, We have an unprecedented biodiversity crisis. This speaker says: “we have a right to life when that which gives us life doesn’t have a corresponding right to life.” She makes a beautiful and articulate case that when we activate the codes of love and compassion with all beings, we all flourish.

My guest this week, Pam Montgomery, offers classes and experiences to connect with a single plant. The results are life changing and I bet game-changing for some.  She too reminds us that we are dependent on the very things that sustain us, food, plants, animals, minerals, the stuff of this earth. Father Rohr reminds us that change happens from the bottom up not the top down.

There are many ideas bearing fruit in our world today that help mitigates the problems we have created: pollution of water, soil, and air. I have the privilege this year of speaking with so many passionate people walking their talk, especially in the plant world. This TED talk, adds more to the plea, to realize we need nature and nature needs us, today.

What one action can you make today to make a difference? Here are a few suggestions, with links to some of my favorite organizations.

  1. Support United Plant Savers, especially if you use herbal medicine. A donation helps them preserve plant species, support botanical sanctuaries all over our country.
  2. Support O.N.E.: its time to value nature again.
  3. Look at your yard differently. Replace lawn, even a small space area with wildflowers, improves biodiversity not just for your space but for your neighborhood.
  4. If you live in an urban area: look around. What land is fallow and could be turned into gardens or a wildflower meadow?
  5. Lastly, though there is so much more, walk out your door today and breathe the fresh air and give thanks.

What are your favorite organizations? What one change can you make today that supports sustainability in a positive way? Together, one idea at a time, joining our neighborhoods together in some sustainable way, makes a huge difference. I want to be a part of the solutions, don’t you?

I appreciate your ideas and comments. Please share. Thanks. Judith



Blog: The Power of Choice


This is a tough subject. Most of us enjoy the all -American breakfast of eggs and bacon, especially on the weekend. It’s a staple of family cooking and shopping. Foodies create dishes using bacon with more flair such as bacon bowls, goat cheese wrapped in bacon, pasta primavera with bacon. Then, there’s bacon jam and soup too.

Our taste buds love fat and salt so bacon has the perfect combination. Once thought of as a comfort food in lean times, bacon has taken center stage in foodie cooking, advertising. So, sales have risen. What are the implications for more pig products? The above video addresses a problem we mentioned in this week’s podcast with my guest Ellen Moyer.

We briefly addressed the power of choice too, how one choice such as “I want bacon with my eggs” leads us to all the implications needed to bring that choice home to our table. When we buy bacon at the supermarket we cast a vote. Increased need means we need more pigs. How are they taken care of? More pigs mean more poo and when manure is so concentrated it becomes a problem of where to put it. And if antibiotics and steroids, hormones are used en masse, these substances get into our soil, water, and air. Pig poo, in particular, is a major problem in certain areas. As the above video shows, neighborhoods are coated with the fine spray and the smell. It’s on everything. In Iowa and Minnesota, concentrated pig poo creates a foam and then that explodes, killing pigs.

The Modern Farmer states: “The University of Minnesota reported that in September of 2011, a half a dozen flash-fires related to pig manure sprung up in the UpperMidwest. The worst of the string killed 1,500 pigs and left one worker with severe burns.”

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Our food system is complex. We rely on convenience in our supermarkets, so what we purchase creates a demand. Every purchase casts a vote and the implications are huge. Ellen and others suggest, reducing meat consumption by one meal per week. Let’s look at 4 implications of choosing organic meat:

  1. Organic manure supports healthy soil management, healthy soils produce healthy nutrient-rich foods.
  2. Decreases the amount of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers/neurotoxins that seep into our soil, water, and air.
  3. Rainforests are often cleared for grazing. Our choices can decrease this practice and restore a more positive ecosystem.
  4. Our pocketbooks: decreasing our meat consumption by one meal /week saves us money.

Lastly, remember we vote with our dollars. Choose wisely.

What is your reaction to the above video? Send us your stories/comments. Please like and share. Thanks.


Podcast: Holistic Nature of Us: Ellen Moyer: To Help or Harm?

Podcast: Meet Ellen Moyer, author, TED talk presenter, who talks about her new book, Our Earth, Our Species, Our Selves: How to THRIVE While Creating a Sustainable World. I invited Ellen back to discuss the socio-economic implications of sustainability or not. What are the costs of eating meat and the long-term implications for our planet? What happens on pig farms that destroys property values in some states? Ellen offers intriguing insights on the short and long-term implications of some of the choices we make today specifically with regards to our food system. Ellen’s vast experience creating green environments offers all of us great creative solutions which we can act upon today. Some simple, some inspiring. And please comment, share and like. Thanks!

About my guest: Environmental engineer Ellen Moyer, Ph.D., wrote this book, her third, to empower and inspire readers to accelerate our urgently needed global transformation. She has more than three decades of experience in assessing and cleaning up contaminated soil and groundwater and designing “green” systems and solutions. Moyer holds a BA in anthropology, an MS in environmental engineering, and a Ph.D. in civil engineering. She is a registered professional engineer, a US Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. www.ellenmoyerphd.com.

Transcript: #19 Ellen Moyer

Blog: Planting by the Moon



Planting by the Moon? Romantic, Scientific? A Folk Tale?

It seems it’s all of the above and more. The Old Farmers Almanac gave gardening advice based on the moon phases for each month and region. They continue to do so. They relate many tales of local gardeners relying on the moon phases who grew larger turnips and harvested an abundance of beans. Yet has science caught up to the folklore? Some sources, such as the Rudolph Steiner biodynamic method, follow moon phases and claim abundant results.

The idea is the full moon correlates to gravitational pull upward. Tissues swell, growth expands upward. By the same principle, after the new moon occurs, planting bulbs, perennials, roots seems to produce a positive outcome too. Some scientists will give the gravitational pull effect a nod and others will consider the lunar gravitational pull as something to objectify.

Ute York, in her book “Living by the Moon”, says:

“The old-time gardeners say, “With the waxing of the moon, the earth exhales. ” When the sap in the plants rises, the force first goes into the growth above ground. Thus, you should do all activities with plants that bear fruit above ground during a waxing moon. With the waning of the moon, the earth inhales. Then, the sap primarily goes down toward the roots. Thus, the waning moon is a good time for pruning, multiplying, fertilizing, watering, harvesting, and controlling parasites and weeds” 

We know trees inhale and exhale but the earth too? Does it matter? We’ve been planting for eons. Some get it right, maybe have “green thumbs”, some of us are not so good at gardening. Biodynamic farming communities seem to thrive, combining good soil practices with moon phase, astrological understanding. My podcast guest this week, Agneta Borstein, professional astrologer, teacher and Shamanic practitioner would agree. A native of Sweeden, now living here in CT, plants by the moon and wouldn’t do it any other way.

My grandfather was an immigrant. He came here from Lithuania in the early 1900’s. He had a  green thumb and though I don’t know for sure I suspect he planted by the moon. Older cultures seem to know this, have this wisdom.

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Do you or your family plant by the phases of the moon? What wisdom did you learn from older family members? If yes, I would enjoy your stories. Send us a comment. Please like and share. Thanks, and enjoy.


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