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Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners – Energy Transfer partners stock quote downturn

So what is the big deal about what Energy Transfer Partners and their fearless leader taking a big dump on Native Americans and millions of other Americans south of Nebraska? #NoDAPL

Awaken With JP has the best video I have found online that explains the plight of the Standing Rock Tribe in terms everyone can relate to.

We Shall Live Again – You Don’t Stand a Chance Against My Love, You Don’t Stand a Chance Against My Prayers. Robbie Robertson

 JOSHUA BARAJAS  with PBS news has a more go for the throat, style of journalistic truth seeking, that melts my heart. Make sure to stick around to the good part where PBS squares up with the CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, Kelcy Warren on some public facts about his costly failures.

ABC News Channel 5 Has done an excellent job and listing out all the rational reasons why Energy Transfer Partners and their investors, of who include our president, Donald Trump, can NOT be trusted with our nations water supply.

The records show the company has lost at least 18,845 barrels of crude oil through pipeline spills across the country since 2005.

And since 2010, the government has fined the company and its subsidiaries more than $22 million for environmental and other violations.

“Do accidents happen? Yes. What do we do when accidents happen? We fix them,” North Dakota Petroleum Council President Ron Ness said.

Energy Transfer Partners turned down our request for an interview.” source:

Police use a water cannon to put out a fire started by protesters during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Reuters

Police use a water cannon to put out a fire started by protesters during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Reuters

Law enforcement officials deployed water hoses in freezing temperatures Sunday against hundreds of protesters decrying the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Video of the clash between police and unarmed protesters at Backwater Bridge, not far from the Standing Rock encampments, emerged on social media Sunday evening.

Activists can be heard on several Facebook Live videos shouting “No DAPL!” (Dakota Access pipeline) as law enforcement appeared to use water cannons, tear gas and sound weapons against the people amassed on the bridge.

In its initial statement, Morton County Sheriff’s Department said its officers responded to an “ongoing riot,” involving an estimated 400 protesters who had attempted to remove a burned truck that has been used to partially form a barricade on the bridge. The truck, along with the rest of the barricade, has been there for weeks.

Police confront protesters with a rubber bullet gun during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Reuters

Police confront protesters with a rubber bullet gun during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Reuters

Donna Hushka, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s department, confirmed to journalist Jenni Monet that law enforcement had used water as “crowd control” against the protesters, who had also started multiple fires around the barricade. Fire trucks at the scene doused those fires and the land around them to prevent them from spreading, she wrote.

Jade Begay, a spokeswoman for the Indigenous Environmental Network, told The Guardian that two bonfires were lit by activists for warmth and cooking, but that any others were started by weapons from law enforcement.

Begay told The Guardian that more than 160 people were injured and another seven activists were transported to a local hospital.

A protester gets warm by a fire during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Reuters

A protester gets warm by a fire during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Reuters

The Indigenous Environmental Network’s Dallas Goldtooth said the water cannons were an “excessive and potentially deadly use of force.”

“Because of the police enforced road block, ambulances now have an extra 30 minutes to get to the hospital,” he wrote in a statement.

When images from the incident started to appear online, critics, including the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council, called for law enforcement to stop using the water cannons against the protesters in temperatures reaching the low 20’s.

“As medical professionals, we are concerned for the real risk of loss of life due to severe hypothermia under these conditions,” the council said in a post on Facebook.

At least one person was arrested, the Associated Press reported.

A protester is given medical attention during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Reuters

A protester is given medical attention during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Photo by Stephanie Keith/Reuters

As protests against the pipeline continue across the country, the protesters who prefer to be called “water protectors” mobilized near the Missouri River have been bracing for a North Dakota winter.

Opponents to the pipeline, including the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, have said the project threatens the reservation’s main water supply and cultural artifacts of the land. The company building the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, has said those claims are baseless.

The Dakota Access pipeline is nearly complete, except for one parcel of land owned by the federal government. Energy Transfer needs a final permit to tunnel beneath Lake Oahe on the Missouri River in rural North Dakota.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the owners of that land, announced last week that it was delaying construction of the 1,170-mile pipeline until further analysis. The agency said it also welcomed inputfrom the tribe.

In response, Energy Transfer, said the Corps’ decision was “unjust,” adding the the ongoing ordeal over the pipeline’s construction was a “sham process” that send a “frightening message about the rule of law.”

Energy Transfer CEO Kelcy Warren told the NewsHour that the company was building the pipeline “to have minimal impact to all people concerned, and with great input from our government,” adding the “likelihood of a spill into Lake Oahe is just extremely remote.”

The struggle over the Dakota Access Pipeline has intensified, as more protesters have joined the standoff and the company building the pipeline filed suit to get its last permit issued. Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners, joins William Brangham to defend the project and insist it’s going forward.

From Heyoka Rising

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Just in, press release issued via Jack “Sauron” Dalrymple Black Snake Lord Governor:

Executive Disorder 1964-08

WHEREAS, Mordor, oops– Morton County is currently experiencing severe winter weather storm conditions, and it is anticipated harsh winter conditions will continue until next spring as it has for time immemorial at this latitude; and

WHEREAS, winter conditions have the potential to endanger human life, especially when they are exposed to these conditions soaked in water from water cannons, while dodging rubber bullets, in a deep fog of tear gas and dodging concussion grenades; and

WHEREAS, large populations of Sioux and their allies have chosen to camp at Oceti Sakowin on treaty lands as their ancestors have done for thousands of years, in semi permanent structures, like Tipis, which have not been inspected and approved by Mordor Country as proper dwellings suitable for winter habitations; and

WHEREAS, the aforementioned areas of Oceti Sakowin are not zoned for proper dwellings like the Man Camps in the Bakken Oil Fields; and

WHEREAS, the United States Army Corps of Engineers has ordered the aforementioned area of Sioux Treaty Land to be the unceded lands of great Sioux nation according to the Treaties of Ft. Laramie of 1851 and 1868. The Army Corps respects the Great Sioux Nation’s wishes and has asked DAPL to vacate the sacred grounds due to public safety concerns related to DAPL’s inability to guarantee that a pipeline won’t break, ruining the water for the 17 million people that live downstream and that they will not disturb sacred burial ground risking the spiritual fury of disturbed ancestors; and

WHEREAS, it is the responsibility of the state to assist oil companies and their cronies that their financial investment in DAPL at the expense of it’s citizens and visitors. The Water Protectors are creating hardships for investors and the state will issue orders to block public roads, withhold emergency vehicles (after hosing off water protectors in freezing temperatures) and any order in the best interest of private oil interests; and

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Jack “Sauron” Dalrymple, Governor of the State of North Dakota, order mandatory evacuation of my bowels on to Treaty Rights, the Constitution, Civil Liberties, Democracy, the city’s coffers, the Missouri River, and on any semblance of human dignity and rule of law. This evacuation will shall remain until I’m removed from office, Treaty Rights are honored, the Black Snake is destroyed, and the Sheriff is arrested for civil rights violation and war crimes.

All persons in the press, including CNN, ABC, PBS, NBC and FOX shall NOT mentioning the stench that I’m making.

Any action or inaction taken by any party which encourages persons to enter, reenter, or remain in the evacuation area will be subject to strip search, asked to squat and cough in front of opposite gender officers, and placed in a dog kennel as defined by my Orc Sheriff Kirchmeier.

I direct state agencies, emergency officials and nongovernmental organizations to stay away out of my evacuations because I love my children and only I know what’s good for them.

Any person who chooses to enter, reenter, or stay in the evacuation does so at their own risk, and assumes any and all corresponding liabilities for their unlawful presence and occupation of the evacuation areas.

This order is issued pursuant the following authority and for the following reasons:
– The Governor is vested in his stocks at ETP (DAPL).
– The governor is vested with assault and battery on Water Protectors.
– The governor is vested in keeping the Great Sioux Nation as wards of the state vs. treating them like a sovereign state.
– A coordinated and effective effort for all state departments is required to keep the pipeline on schedule for completion. Failure to do so by Jan 1, 2017 will be a disaster and create a personal financial emergency for the governor.

This order is effective immediately, and it shall remain in effect until rescinded.

Executed at Bismarck, North Dakota, this 28th day of November, 2016

— Jack “Sauron” Dalrymple
Black Snake Lord Governor

(downloadable pdf here)


The US Government just released this advert about the Dakota Access Pipeline and it’s surprisingly honest and informative.

#NoDAPL #WaterIsLife


1. If you have money in any of these 17 banks, divest now! Close your account today and tell them why you are doing it:…/how-contact-17-banks-funding-…
2. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111 or (202) 456-1414. Tell President Obama to rescind the Army Corps of Engineers’ Permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
3. Sign the petition to the White House to Stop DAPL:…/stop-construction-dakota….
4. Call North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple at 701-328-2200
5. Contribute to the Standing Rock Sioux at…/standing-rock-sioux-tribe–dakot…/
6. Donate items from the Sacred Stone Camp Supply List:
7. Donate the following items to the Red Warrior Camp…/wishl…/21W6BM0GB2OFB/ref=cm_sw_su_w
8. Contribute to the Red Warrior Camp Winternizing Fund: or their Legal Fund:…/red-warrior-camp-legal-fund-no… + more ways to support Red Warrior Camp:…
9. Contribute to the Sacred Stone Camp Legal Defense Fund: and/or their gofundme account:
10. Like and follow these Pages to stay up to date with latest all the latest info and be prepared to raise awareness across all social media: Sacred Stone Camp | Red Warrior Camp | Standing Rock Sioux Tribe | Brenda Norrell at Censored News | Unicorn Riot | West Coast Women Warriors Media Cooperative | Shailene Woodley

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Patagonia : Unbroken Ground Film

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View Organic Food Composting event happening August 31st 2017 here!

The organic food movement is growing to meet the demand for healthy, non gmo foods, sustainable practices and regenerative farming. Over 90% of customers prefer foods grown without the use of toxic pesticides, fertilizers and/or unhealthy farming practices.

Patagonia has stepped up to the plate and leading the way for other large corporate entities looking to maximize growth, foster customer loyalty and leave this world better than they found it.

Sandy Rowley, with MarketMyShop! promoted the event. Her local activism blog, promotes organic land management, pesticide free parks and policy geared towards protecting pollinators.

Last nights viewing of the documentary, Unbroken Ground, was a home run. Over 80 locals showed up with organic dishes and drinks and a thirst for knowledge about regenerative agriculture and our place within it.

“It’s encouraging to see an industry leader taking a big step outside its wheelhouse to promote the grassroots change many in the agricultural world have been calling for.” Gear Junkie

Local organic activist, farmers, landscape architects and organic food magazines answered questions, gave advice on how to start your own movement around the issue as well as practical resources to help homeowners practice organic land management at home.


Panel members at the event were:

Kunal Patel with Davidson’s Organic Teas #davidsonteas  Ask about their co-packing services.

Delaney Battista, BSc with Natural Grocers #naturalgrocers Ask about her nutritional coaching programs.

Jacob Nachel, with #greatbasinfoodcoop Organic Beekeeper and Grocery manager for Great Basin Food Coop.

Jana Vanderhaar founder Verdant Connections #janavanderhaar Ask her about her organic architect services.

Amanda Burden with Edible Reno Tahoe Magazine #edibletahoemagazine Subscribe to the areas top food magazine!!!

Benjamin Rush with Basin and Range Organics #BasinAndRangeOrganics Interested in starting your own organic farm? BARO has competitive rates to help small organic farmers get USDA certified organic.

Sandy Rowley with #beehabitat and MarketMyShop!

“Locals were creative with using ingredients from Patagonia Provisions. Fish tacos, bean dip and blue corn chips were some of the delicious dishes shared at the event. Volunteers made organic hummus, fruit pie, casseroles and other scrumptious side dishes. No one left hungry last night.” Sandy Rowley, promoter.


Wild Salmon Tacos with Cilantro Slaw and Mango Salsa

A perfect fusion of flavors compliments our Wild Pink Salmon in this taco recipe by Lynn Leishman.




  • 2 cups finely shredded fresh cabbage (green or a combination of green and red)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Whisk together mayo, vinegar, sugar, lime juice and zest then add shredded cabbage and cilantro. Season to taste with salt and pepper. (Note: Add dressing to cabbage right before serving, especially if using red cabbage.)


  • 1 ripe mango, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1 or 2 Serrano or Jalapeno chili peppers, seeded and minced
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Mix together mango, onion, chili pepper and lime. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


  • Spoon cilantro slaw into warm tortillas and top with flaked salmon. Top with a dollop of mango salsa (or serve salsa on the side).


  • Lime wedges, additional cilantro and crumbled Mexican cotija cheese Sliced avocado and/or thinly sliced radishes (optional)


Kunal Patel, Davidson’s Organic Teas, enjoying Joel L. Photo Bomb moment. 😉

My favorite drink was the Organic Pomegranate Iced Tea from Davidson’s. I will post the hummus recipe once I swindle Joel out of it.

Tomato and mozzarella salad with fresh basil leaves black pepper and olive oil

Tomato and mozzarella salad with fresh basil leaves black pepper and olive oil

Missy Ames, with Ames Family Farm, and Country Side Magazine, made a delicious Italian dish, was gone in 60 seconds.

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Organic fruit tart was a sweet surprise.

Last nights event at Patagonia shows how committed and passionate Reno citizens are around issues that really matter, our food.


Proceeds from the raffle go to benefit organic gardening classes for children at Urban Roots.



Best question of the night was “What can we do as local citizens to stop the spray of toxic weed killers in our communities.”

If you would like to learn more about similar events, sign up for our newsletter.

Learn more about small business marketing, social media management and non profit marketing on Sandy’s website here.

Watch full documentary, Unbroken Ground, here…


Patagonia events

Unbroken Ground Film Tour

Patagonia eventsYour invited to join us at the local Patagonia store for a free screening of the documentary, Unbroken Ground. Bring an organic drink or dish to share at our potluck.

Join us after the 30 minute film to discuss organic farming, non gmo food movement and local efforts to reduce pesticide exposures.

Panel Members are:

Kunal Patel with Davidons Organic Teas

Delaney Battista, BSc with Natural Grocers

Jana Vanderhaar founder Verdant Connections

Amanda Burden with Edible Reno Tahoe Magazine

Benjamin Rush with Basin and Range Organics

Sandy Rowley with

Watch trailer below!

Our food choices are deeply connected to climate change. Food will play a critical role in the next frontier of our efforts to solve the environmental crisis.

Join us to celebrate the release of Unbroken Ground, a compelling new film by Chris Malloy that explores four areas of agriculture that aim to change our relationship to the land and oceans. Following the 25 minute film, hear from a panel of speakers and taste Patagonia Provisions’ organic food sourced from our partners featured in the film. Reno Nv Aug 12 2016.

Show up or RSVP here.


On Saving the Honey Bee

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Gunther Hauk is the co-founder of Spikenard Farm, a biodynamic and organic honey bee sanctuary. In this video he describes some of the problems facing our honey bees and offers hope of solutions.

This is a fund raising video for a DVD that Gunther will be making. He runs Spikenard Farm Honey Bee Sanctuary, a a 501(c)(3) non profit organization and accepts donations from individuals or organizations.

Gunther’s groundbreaking work in organic beekeeping techniques for he hobby beekeeper and small scale “backyard beekeeper” on preventing Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) naturally will be made available on DVD in 2011.

For more information you can visit his website:

Video by Invictus Media:



NDOT Fails To Warn Motorists 2 4 D Ahead

NDOT broke Federal Law June 30 2016 on I 80 East at around 12:40 PM Pacific Time.

Laws broken:
– Spraying when temperatures were over 85 degrees
– Failure to protect persons in area from pesticide drift
– Spraying during time of day when pollinators are most active.
– Spraying within 250 feet of a water way, The Truckee River
– Improper signage, Wet Paint.
– Not enough time for drivers to merge.
– Failure to respond to requested pesticide complaint within 24 hours
– Spraying weeds after they had seeded.
– Spraying 2 4 D Weed ONE in wind speeds above 15 MPH, the average wind speed in that area was 25 mpg.
It Is A Violation Of Federal Law To Use This Product In A Manner Inconsistent With Its Labeling.
Read entire label before using this product. Do not apply this product in a way that will contact workers or other persons, ·either
directly or through drift. Only protected handlers maybe in the area during application. View EPA fact sheet on how to use this chemical here :

View Comments or Add your comment on Facebook here.


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It’s Madness to Routinely Expose Children To Poisons Just to maintain the cosmetic appearance of your lawn!

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Why are people so in love with their weed killers, synthetic fertilizers, leaf blowers and pesticides?

Even with all the mounting evidence that weeds are growing resistant to weed killers and insects are doing the same with insecticides… we still hold onto the “dream” that these man made chemicals will make your life easier, popular, prettier, smarter or envious of your community.

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We are learning more and more of farmers, landscape managers and public works departments complaining that the weed killers are not working anymore. They have been sold a lie that has made Big Ag and the Green Revolution, rich.

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What is the Green Revolution? Sounds like some earth friendly initiative… the only word that relates to the term Green in this statement, is money made on the lives of millions of victims around the world.

The Green Revolution swept across Punjab and much of Asia in the 1960s and ’70s. In the context of the times, “green” did not refer to what it means today — organic, pesticide-free farming methods. This Green Revolution was led by a loose network of politicians, scientists and philanthropists in the U.S. and other nations, driven by a combination of humanitarian zeal and Cold War-era politics.

They were convinced that if farmers in developing countries like India switched from traditional methods to the American way of farming — with pesticides, fertilizers and high-yield seeds — they could fight hunger and prevent the region from going communist.

The Green Revolution helped India transform itself from a nation that chronically begged for food aid to one that often exports grains. But many farmers in Punjab now wonder if they’re paying a price. Listen to report here.

More and more children and adults are being poisoned by these chemicals. Why are we seeing a sharp increase in acute poisonings in the news?

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and on Fox News too:

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ALS website lists pesticides as leading link to Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

Children grow up playing on soccer, softball and other sports fields loaded with toxic chemicals.

One idea that researchers offer is that soldiers on active duty are engaged in strenuous physical labor. Or, they are exposed to toxins which could play a role in ALS. The Association is helping to fund an effort by the Veterans Administration to collect information about veterans diagnosed with ALS, to shed light on possible environmental factors associated with the disease. This VA registry will also serve as a stepping stone to clinical trials. Both possibilities, of toxin exposure or the influence of intense exertion, are advanced when researchers consider the finding that Italian soccer players appear to have increased incidence of ALS. It remains unclear whether exercise is indeed a risk factor and what types of exercise may be of concern. Indeed some studies seem to suggest that a degree of exertion may be beneficial in ALS. Other ideas are that pesticides or some other chemical encountered on maintained playing fields might be involved. View website here.

All of the pesticides (weed killers, insect killers, fungicides and so on)… that we are exposed to in our life time… are passed onto our children and their children. All of the damage done to our DNA from these pesticides (yes, weed killers are pesticides) … are passed onto our children and their children.

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Why play Russian Roulette with your health, your community and the environment when we have safer alternatives that work better?

We are exposed to pesticides everyday… in places you would have never dreamed of. City parks, schools, hospitals, restaurants, health department… side walks, our neighbors yard, HOA’s and suburbs with landscaping companies who treat daily with toxic mix of chemicals never tested by the EPA, USDA, Department of Agriculture or the FDA.

Most people think, “they would have put up a sign or something, maybe sectioned off the area to let it dry.” NOPE, I wish. Most times, as soon as the chemical was sprayed in an area, the city workers leave (and do not return for up to 48 hours) but fail to leave a warning behind for the children, pets and wildlife that walk and play in the area.

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These pesticides are then tracked back into cars, homes and businesses…staying in the environment for months and sometimes years.

So, every day, you are treated with a dose of a pesticide… what pesticide? Who knows…there are hundreds that are used by home owners, schools and municipalities within our city…all at different times. You will often have a multitude of these pesticides in one area…and not one warning sign for the public.

Then, you have people who contract companies like Terminex, Orkin or my personal favorite (sarcasm here) Bizzy Bees Pest control… to come into their home, work, church, school… and spray even more of these pesticides!

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NOTE using pesticides in your home to kill and keep insects away does not work!

Read 10 Things Your Exterminator Won’t Tell You here.

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Learn how to really keep insects out of your home  without TOXIC chemicals here.

You would think, that the FDA would test these pesticides and make sure they are safe to use…but no, they accept the testing done my the pesticide manufacturers science lab as proof that the chemical is safe to use. Sounds nuts huh?

  • There’s strong evidence that long-term exposure can affect cognitive development

I think, these people that are so devoted to chemical farming and landscape maintenance have been cognitively affected by the very chemicals they use every day.

I ask, on behalf of every parent that has lost their child to cancer, STOP and THINK… use organic landscaping methods and STOP the use of synthetic fertilizers, pre emergent weed killers, insecticides, weed killers of all kinds and chemicals to temporarily kill something you think is a pest.

You may temporarily KILL a weed or insect…but, as science has proven, the pest will only keep coming back, stronger and stronger. Remember, these weeds and insects have a few billion years experience living and thriving on this planet… us humans, with about 150,000 years experience, we however will not come back. Oh, there is scientific evidence of this too. Click here.



Become a Good Beekeeper – Jacqueline Freeman

Colony Collapse Disorder solved. Well, I guess it’s been solved all along. The organic beekeepers experienced little, if any colony collapse disorder. Happy bees.

Jacqueline Freeman is the author of an upcoming book “Bees, the OTHER Way”. She points out the different strategies that conventional bee keepers might try to save their hives from colony collapse disorder.

Throughout the video I count off the first twelve. There are several more points that ended up on the editing room floor. For that stuff, make sure to visit the discussion at…

12 things to prevent colony collapse disorder:

#1 general approach: use organic practices
#2 general approach: strengthen bee immune system instead of “attack and kill” what nature uses to remove weak bees
#3 don’t use insecticide (for mite control or any other insect problem) inside of hives – bees are insects!
#4 allow bees to create their own cell size (typically smaller) – no more pre-made foundation or cells
#5 genetics based on “survival of the fittest” is superior to genetics resulting from mass production where the weak are medicated
#6 swarming is the natural way to good genetics
#7 local bees have adapted to challenges in your area
#8 stop moving hives
#9 feed bees honey, not sugar water
#10 feed bees polyculture blossoms, not monoculture
#11 stop using insecticides on crops – bees are insects!
#12 raise hives off the ground

Don’t feed bees honey that you find in the supermarket. The USDA has shared information with Jacqueline that “the honey that was at the supermarkets had spore in it for some of the diseases that can get passed around.”

Migratory beekeepers moves hives all over. An example would be to move them from the orange blossom flows in florida to the almond blossoms in california and up to the blueberries in minesota.

A quick solution for farms needing pollination: plant lots of other things in the area so you can keep bees in one spot all year.

Conventional bee keepers use insecticides to kill mites on the bees. The bees are insects too. So the challenge then becomes how to apply the insecticide so that you kill a lot of the mites while killing only a few of the bees. Unfortunately, the bees that live are now much weaker.

Conventional bee keepers use plastic frames with cells pre-made, or foundation with the cells already started. These cells are slightly larger than what the bees normally would build for themselves. The idea is that a bigger bee can haul more honey. Unfortunately, a side effect is that the bee gestation is now a little longer. And that longer gestation facilitates mites.

If you are doing just three or four things from this list, the bees can usually cope with that. But when you do six or more, you should expect colony collapse disorder.

In 2010 the rate of hives lost to colony collapse disorder is about 40% per year, every year.

In the video, I interviewed Lance Sundberg of Sunshine Apiary and Bob Barnes of Beaverhead Honey Company. Both of these guys were really great. You can really tell that Lance is a pro at getting interviewed (CBS with Katie Couric, New Yor Times, National Public Radio). I hope that they soon shake off their problems with colony collapse disorder. I really like Lance’s story of getting started in the eighth grade with a hive from sears.

Per Lance:

“Montana ranks fifth in honey production.”

“The almond industry in california is who really runs the bee business in the united states, more so than even the honey production anymore. 1.6 million colonies are just for that one crop. 60% of all bees in the united states go to do that one pollination.”

“Will agriculture anymore, compared to 30 years ago, monoculture style beekeeping is way more prevalent now than it was back then.”

“We used to medicate once a year for varroa mites and now it seems like we have to do it more like three times a year.”

Lance mentions a product for controlling mites that he says “are the most common ones still used and they’re not legal.”

Photo credits:
Vitalia Baranyai (luscius honey comb at 1:05 and 9:01)
USDA (mites 1:53 1:59 2:05 2:34 2:38 comb size 2:43)
Brendhan Horne (plastic frames 2:17 2:21 sugar water 8:57 plastic foundation 2:24)
Jacqueline Freeman (swarm 3:03)
Holly Wolfe (swarm 3:31 3:45)
Marisha Auerbach (truck 4:06)

Bee-come a treatment free beekeeper here!



Label GMO Nevada and local citizens take on Big Ag in Reno!


MYTH BUSTERS & FACTS @ Reno City Hall June 8th 2016. Just Label it already! City asked to support a motion to label genetically engineered foods in the state of Nevada. Help support Label GMO Nevada.

Outrageous myths shared by Nevada Department of Agriculture, Future Farmers of America, Dairy Farmers Board Rep and Big Box Chain Store rep:

  1. GMO’s are tested by scientists, over 3000 studies. (truth, over 3k Monsanto scientists have studied their own product and submitted to our FDA who approved without question)
  2. It is too expensive for us to re label our food products as genetically engineered and would drive up the cost of foods for poor citizens. (fact, the FDA just released last month, May 2016 that all food labels are required to re-lable all food products to bold the sugar and calorie numbers on the food panel. Every food producer in the country already has to re-lable their products or have HUGE fines from the government)
  3. GMO’s allow farmers to grow more food to feed the poorest countries in the world. (fact: GMO’s are used for ethanol and processed junk foods and are not nutritious)
  4. Future Farmers of America past president said “You should trust the hands that feed you.” (all i have to say is, children of the corn is a scary movie geeeez) see below.

Please do your part. Call our city representation and ask them to do the right thing and require labeling of GMO’s in our home state.

Mayor and Council:

Hillary Schieve <>

Neoma Jardon <>  ****our Ward 5 council person****

Naomi Duerr <> announced the pesticide-free park initiative

David Bobzien <> lives in our neighborhood

Jenny Brekhus <>

Oscar Delgado <>

Paul McKenzie <>

City Liasions:

“You cant call GMO’s natural. Injecting the DNA from a crab into the corn plant is NOT natural evolution.” Sandy Rowley

Naomi Duerr

Ask the City to protect open spaces with policy!

Thank you to everyone that showed up to show your support for healthy parks and open spaces at Reno City Public Comment yesterday.

I especially want to thank the couple that made time out of their busy day to share the painful story of the loss of there young son to a form of cancer linked to the use of pesticides/weed killers. This couple has lived in the keystone area community for over 30 years. They have worked hard to build a strong community and get to know everyone that lives there. After their young son got sick with cancer, they started noticing their neighbors were sick as well. This motivated them to keep track of as many neighbors as possible. They learned that clusters of families had sick children and parents as well.  This couple has spent years walking to each home in this large community and getting to know their neighbors. The have a long list of people in this community who are either struggling with cancer and other serious health problems or have lost a loved one. I know it was hard to get up and speak in front of so many people, but your community loves you for your courage and determination.

Our mayor, Hillary Schieve was livid after hearing about the constant pesticide trespass that happens in our city every day and vowed to find a way to stop it. We are meeting in a few weeks to discuss policy to solidify these words.

Also at the public comment were the very people responsible for promoting and training our city employees on how to “safely” use these toxic substances. Big Ag made a huge display at the city council meeting, bringing in the big retail giants, public works crew members, Future “farmers” of America, a local gmo dairy producer, a teacher from the UNR Agro department, a local dietitian, as well as the Nevada Department of Agriculture bringing in 5 of their very best.

Each made a plea for the safety and wonderful uses for these chemicals. The UNR teacher professed his devotion to big ag, speaking about the thousands of studies showing the safety and benefits of using pesticides. He failed to mention, those 3000+ studies were done by the very chemical companies that produce and make BILLIONS of dollars from cities, counties and other municipalities that purchase synthetic fertilizers and pesticides from them each year. View some highlights from their evangelists for chemical industry here.

Our very own Public Works director shocked us all with his comments (see video above). He stated that “We (city of Reno public works) do not use pesticides. How could the director of public works not know that his own employees spray with toxic herbicides everyday?

Sandy Rowley, founder of, summed up all the points made by the chemical industry and corrected the inconsistencies they shared with validated facts easily found online at the CDC, USDA, FDA and World Health Organization websites.

Cory Frey, local citizen who was sprayed in the face accidentally by a city employee, and Lisa Hill, a local member of the community, made awesome points that really made the council sit up and take notice. So much so that they all agreed to help the community keep their open spaces organically managed without toxic pesticides.

City council really listened to our comments and offered real world solutions, even asking Jana Vanderhaar if she would volunteer her time to train city public works employees on best practices in managing land without toxic chemicals. Jana has over 20 years experience in organic land care.

Our mayor and city council were very supportive of our requests and agreed to meet with us next week to discuss implementing policy to protect open space and park areas within Reno from future pesticide miss use.

Please call your city council and thank them for caring about the health of their community.

Mayor and Council:

Hillary Schieve <>

Neoma Jardon <>  ****our Ward 5 council person****

Naomi Duerr <> announced the pesticide-free park initiative

David Bobzien <> lives in our neighborhood

Jenny Brekhus <>

Oscar Delgado <>

Paul McKenzie <>

City Liasions:

Learn more how other cities in the USA and around the world are switching to organic land management here.

This Wednesday @ Reno City Hall!

From Lisa Hill – Reno, Nv

Please consider submitting comments about the recent use of 2,4-D in the West Wash Dam area near Keystone Ave. for the Wednesday June 8 Reno City Council meeting.
You may submit comments by:
  • using an electronic public comment form by clicking this link.
  • writing to the contacts below, or
  • attending the meeting which starts at 10 am.  Public comment starts shortly thereafter.  Fill out a public comment card and give to the proctor.

Pesticide reno nv 2016The herbicide, associated with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a blood cancer) and sarcoma (a soft-tissue cancer), was distributed via blower specifically NOT recommended by state ag officials near private residences due to drift.  One of our neighbors experienced illness after being spraying in her back yard.  For some reason, spray was distributed late in the weed cycle with questionable benefit.

Mayor and Council:

Hillary Schieve <>

Neoma Jardon <>  ****our Ward 5 council person****

Naomi Duerr <> announced the pesticide-free park initiative

David Bobzien <> lives in our neighborhood

Jenny Brekhus <>

Oscar Delgado <>

Paul McKenzie <>

City Liasions:

Meeting Details:

June 8 Reno City Council meeting: 
June 14 Ward 5 NAB meeting:
  • The Ward 5 NAB meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month from 5:30 – 7:30 pm in the Council Chambers, located on the 1st floor of Reno City Hall, One East 1st Street.
  • Public comment is held at the beginning of the meeting.  If you would like to speak, fill out a form and give it to the proctor.  You will have 3 minutes to speak. Keep in mind that speaking publicly is impactful.  Our council person Neoma Jardon usually attends this meeting.  It is smaller than a city council meeting and you will get more attention at this meeting.
Parking is available on the top floors of the Cal Neva lot, metered street parking, or downtown parking lot.

Thanks for your consideration.

Lisa Hill

Information about 2,4-D (or do your own research):
Source:  The Natural Resources Defense Council

2,4-D: The Most Dangerous Pesticide You’ve Never Heard Of

This toxic herbicide comes with known health risks, but it’s still being used on crops, in parks, and maybe even in your own backyard.

March 15, 2016

  • Danielle Sedbrook

One of the cheapest and most common weed killers in the country has a name you’ve probably never heard: 2,4-D. Developed by Dow Chemical in the 1940s, this herbicide helped usher in the clean, green, pristine lawns of postwar America, ridding backyards everywhere of aesthetic undesirables like dandelion and white clover. But 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, as it’s known to chemists, has a less wholesome side. There’s a growing body of scientific evidence that the chemical poses a danger to both human health and the environment.

Gavin Baker Photography/Shutterstock

The pesticide, which allows not just grasses but also fruits and vegetables to flourish, can attack both the roots and leaves of weeds by making the unwanted plant’s cells grow out of control—sort of like inducing cancer in the plant to kill it or drastically slow its spread. It’s used widely in agriculture in soybean, corn, sugarcane, and wheat fields, and it turns up in most “weed and feed” products as well as in many lawn treatments. The problem is, the herbicide that was once considered clean and green may no longer be safe by today’s standards.

The evidence is slowly mounting—but not yet conclusive. It’s not always easy to determine whether a particular substance is causing harm or just happens to be present when some other agent is to blame. Public health experts can’t always draw a firm conclusion from studies whose methodologies are lacking in scientific rigor. Take the link between chronic exposure to 2,4-D and cancer: “The evidence isn’t clear enough to draw conclusions with confidence, but it is better to take precautions to prevent possible cancers than to wait for more evidence,” says Jennifer Sass, an NRDC senior scientist.

Researchers have observed apparent links between exposure to 2,4-D and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (a blood cancer) and sarcoma (a soft-tissue cancer). But both of these can be caused by a number of chemicals, including dioxin, which was frequently mixed into formulations of 2,4-D until the mid-1990s. Nevertheless, in 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer declared 2,4-D a possible human carcinogen, based on evidence that it damages human cells and, in a number of studies, caused cancer in laboratory animals.

More conclusive is the proof that 2,4-D falls into a class of compounds called endocrine-disrupting chemicals, compounds that mimic or inhibit the body’s hormones. Laboratory studies suggest that 2,4-D can impede the normal action of estrogen, androgen, and most conclusively, thyroid hormones. Dozens of epidemiological, animal, and laboratory studies have shown a link between 2,4-D and thyroid disorders. “That’s really important when we’re thinking about development,” says Kristi Pullen, a staff scientist in NRDC’sHealth program. “Our thyroid works to ensure the proper timing and development of the brain.”

There are reports that 2,4-D can decrease fertility and raise the risk of birth defects. But even though fetuses, infants, and children are at highest risk of these, no studies have looked directly at the effects of 2,4-D on those groups.

Despite concerns about potential health risks, in 2014 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved the combined use of 2,4-D and the popular weed killer Roundup (also known as glyphosate, a whole other—and in many ways more worrying—story when it comes to health and the environment). Enlist Duo, as the combo is called, was already legal in several states. It is used mainly on big farms, where it is sprayed on genetically modified crops called Enlist soy and Enlist corn that have been engineered to be resistant to the poisons.

In other words, farmers can now douse their fields with high concentrations of the weed killer without worrying that it will also destroy their crops. Originally, plants genetically engineered to resist Roundup were sprayed with that herbicide alone. But when the weeds it was intended to kill also developed resistance, 2,4-D was added to make the mix more effective. As Pullen puts it, “These chemicals by themselves can be problematic, but when we start combining them with other toxic chemicals, we’re just creating a new problem in order to solve another problem.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that by 2020, the use of 2,4-D on America’s farms could rise between 100 percent and 600 percent now that it has been approved as part of Enlist Duo. According to Pullen, “When you combine increased use with the potential for increased developmental, cancer, and other health impacts, you could create a perfect storm of hazard and exposure coming together.”

Also problematic: 2,4-D sticks around in the environment. Depending on the formulation, it can drift through the air from the fields where it is sprayed or be tracked inside homes by pets or children. By the EPA’s own measure, 2,4-D has already been detected in groundwater and surface water, as well as in drinking water. Australian scientists reported in 2012 that it was found in more than 90 percent of samples taken from agricultural catchments bordering the Great Barrier Reef—bad news for many fish, for whom the herbicide can be toxic. It can also poison small mammals, including dogs who can ingest it after eating grass treated with 2,4-D.
The easiest way to avoid 2,4-D is to avoid the products that contain it. You can ask your town whether 2,4-D is used in specific parks. You can also visit the website of the National Pesticide Information Center, which has easy-to-read fact sheets on 2,4-D and most other pesticides. If you think you, your child, or your pet have been in contact with plants recently treated with 2,4-D or any other pesticide, contact a poison-control center.