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About Gail

I have a keen eye for what influences human life. My keen eye opened widely while working in Washington, D.C., for ten years. In the early 1980s, while working for Organic Farms, Inc., the world’s largest distributor of organic food at the time, an unusual alliance presented itself. The National Coalition for the Misuse of Pesticides (NCAMP) sent a letter to Organic Farms, Inc. asking Organic Farms to join their organization. Joseph Dunsmore, President, asked to write a letter back. The letter advised NCAMP that organic farming practically implements NCAMP’s environmental concerns. The letter from Organic Farms, Inc. resulted in NCAMP using organic food at their conference and spearheaded most National organizations exploring the practical implementation of their environmental concerns through organic farming in D.C. During this time of organic farming and environmental organization connection, Michael W. Fox, Vice President of the Farm Animal division at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), met me at one of the conferences and offered me a position. He wanted to create a Humane, Sustainable Agriculture (HSA) program at HSUS. Which I did. Later advising a book of producers be identified. The Humane Sustainable Agriculture program, coordinating with organic certification organizations, environmental groups, conventional agriculture associations, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and university extension agencies; during this time, I toured organic farms across the country, assisted with policy analysis of the Organic Foods Act of 1990; and was delighted to set with a friend in the balcony of the Senate when this landmark legislation was passed! ‘The Humane Consumer and Producer Guide’ was published in 1993.

Workers of the World and Discovery of Self

April 27, 2012
April 27, 2012

Some Philosophers, Sages, and ancient truth seekers believed to know oneself is the highest form of knowledge. Knowing oneself surpasses all other knowledge, and that Self-knowledge is also timeless, which means that what is gained in one era benefits all subsequent generations. They believed knowing oneself to be so important that they chiseled the words ‘Know Thyself’ above the Greek God Apollo’s tomb. I didn’t learn about this belief until I stumbled on it much later in life.  

Because of what these Sages and Philosophers did and my experiences growing up, I’m convinced there is more to you and me than meets the eye.  My journey takes me beyond what meets the eye. It is a time-consuming, expensive, and magical journey. 

Learning about myself was separate from my educational curriculum.  Our government standards, in my opinion, could be more inclusive. Focusing on competitiveness and creating a workforce is short sighted. Using economic growth as our only measuring stick for success is both short sighted and dangerous in my opinion. Most of my readers agree. Again, in my opinion  this is an obsolete approach.

Preserving life in all its forms must be our goal.  Leaving the majority of society scrambling to just survive…never mind flourish, in my opinion, is disgraceful behavior of our species. It’s like the saying, “cutting of our nose dispite our face”.  A slow suicide! 

The alternatives we embrace will tell our future.  Every dollar you and I spend shape the future of industry. I’ve understood for some 50 years why Organic and Biodynamic farming is our Magic for the 21st Century. I’m a reflection of the flourishing it weaves around the world. My people and I are blazing a flourishing trail with every dollar we invest in clean living soil which comes from growing food for people, not for profit. We understand how crucial the interconnectedness of the land, water, air, and life, seen and unseen, around us dictates our well-being.  

We are so much more than a workforce. We, each of us, are the stewards of our world and must educate ourselves accordingly. Education reform must be a priority. Mandatory curriculum’ must reflect stewardship of our communities, cities, states, countries, and the whole of Earth, at all levels in our educational institutions, never-ending and free. Appropriate time should be allowed for such intricate education. It must not be hurried.

Going beyond the name of a thing is the language humans must learn to speak. Doing so will unlock the mystery which lies within each of us. You know the one. The one always gnawing inside. Who am I? Why am I here?  

If each of us had been given the time to know ourselves, we would have forged a different trail and would more fully understand Nature’s language, my language, your language…then, I imagine a Paradise. 

What each of us do and do not do matters enormously! We, humans, are powerful beyond belief.  We’re a Planet of Superbeings; unfortunately, most don’t know this. Have we been misguided? Yes.  But, we are unstoppable when we find a direction we like. The pioneering spirit is in our DNA. It’s who we are! Transcending time.

Happy Magic for the 21st Century trails!