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Lans book overview

  1. 1. Books by Cheryl & Ken Lans
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  3. 3. Poems for LynnA TALE OF NIGHT SAUCESHow great is my life ever since I’ve found peace of mind with my whole body sound!When I survey the wonders I have wrought,The results justify the means and the thought.Ruler! Supreme in My enchanted garden,I suffer no one here to remain harden.My plants are my children, all blooming and bright, with marvellous flowers, blossomsand buds, To delight all my friends and my minions are so few.The few things missing I shall never rue!Rosebushes have thorns, those pricks I do fear, for by any other name is pickas I stillhear! Subtly sweet are the fragrances whereer I walk.Softly whisper the leaves as they exchange old talk, with gossipy breezes rustling amongthe branches,Causing endless play of light and shadows, while the benign sun shuffles through thehollows, amused no doubt by efforts seeming ever so grand to me, Empress over allthis enchanted land!
  4. 4. Politically incorrect and bourgeois: Nariva Swamp is sufficientonto itselfFig 3. Location of major sectors in the Nariva Swamp (source Wildlife Section, 1993)
  5. 5. Politically incorrect and bourgeois: NarivaSwamp is sufficient onto itselfThe push towards quantifying Nature as ‘ecosystem services’, or theeconomic benefits provided by natural ecosystems is part of a market-oriented mechanism for conservation says McCauley (2006) in a much-discussed article in the journal Nature. The underlying assumption is that ifscientists can identify ecosystem services, like the Manzanilla Windbelt,Bush Bush and Bois Neuf islands for birds, other wildlife, and the mudvolcanoes and the tourist potential they represent, then they can quantifytheir economic value, and align conservation with market ideologies. Thiswill then move decision makers away from environmental destruction(McCauley, 2006). This McCauley claims is akin to saying that civil-rights advocates wouldhave been more effective if they provided economic justifications for racialintegration. Nature conservation should be framed as a moral issue andargued as such to policy-makers, says McCauley, since policy makers arejust as accustomed to making decisions based on morality as on finances.McCauley, D.J. 2006. Selling out on nature. Nature 443 (7107): 27-8.
  6. 6. Creole Remedies of Trinidad andTobagoFigure 96.Angostura trifoliata Plants used for stomach problems, pain and internal parasites that should take priority in Permalink: clinical trials are Bambusa vulgaris, Bidens alba, Jatropha curcas, Neurolaena lobata, Peperomia WVA18Q rotundifolia and Phyllanthus urinaria.
  7. 7. Books by Cheryl & Ken Lans
  8. 8. Mini Blagues from Trinidad
  9. 9. Mini Blagues from TrinidadPermalink:  I had always liked planting things. The sight of a shoot bursting through the soil is a great thrill and I was a great experimenter in those days. I achieved very good results from the corn, the butter beans, and various flower seeds that I had planted. It seemed only logical at the time to experiment with coins! I recall diligently watering the spots where I had made some of my investments. I can also remember that there were no green shoots after all the effort! In much later years when my parents told me that money doesn’t grow on trees, I wisely swallowed my response that it doesn’t grow from coins either!
  10. 10. A “Rounders” Story About the“Green Cheese” MoonPermalink: A very, very, long time ago, two and a half billion years ago, to be exact, the moon was much closer to the earth.
  11. 11. Movement Towards an Alternative Food Economy? SocialEconomy, Co-Operatives and Sustainable Agriculture inBritish Columbia  My research from 2003 - 2005 explored the evolution of an alternative food economy and the response to this by actors in conventional agriculture. The research was designed to be useful to urban and rural people trying to build sustainable and vibrant communities. The research also looked at the role that co-ops play in the development of this alternative food economy. Permalink:
  12. 12. Movement Towards an Alternative Food Economy? SocialEconomy, Co-Operatives and Sustainable Agriculture inBritish ColumbiaFred was able to present his struggle and his up-coming class action suit in his ownwords. He claims that his fight is one against the “Marketing Borg”. He says that:followers of Star Trek the Next Generation know that the Borg are an evil force thatassimilates all humanoid life forms into their collective as in a “chicken is achicken” [referring to a previous legal judgment by Madame Justice Smith againstFred] and “you shall be assimilated”. They also state to their would-be victims that“resistance is futile”. It was eerie when I got the e-mail from Samuel about talkingto the IOPA AGM and he “looked forward to hearing about our resistance to theBoard”. I laughed immediately because there has been one constant throughoutour struggle and that is that many people have and still say that resistance is futile. Wendy A. Baker, Partner, Miller Thompson LLP and Fred Reid, Olera Farms
  13. 13. Ethnoveterinary medicinesused for pets in BritishColumbia Permalink:  There are two case studies in the paper. Dog A was given Phytolacca decandra, Ganoderma lucidum, Lentinula edodes, Rumex acetosella leaf, Arctium lappa root, Ulmus fulva bark and Rheum palmatum root. This dog was also given six herbs for lymphatic drainage. Dog B was given Frangula purshiana bark, Zingiber officinale root, Glycyrrhiza glabra root, Ulmus fulva bark, Althea officinalis root, Rheum palmatum stem, Rumex crispus root and Plantago psyllium seeds. Trifolium pratense is used for tumours in the prostate.The following plants are also used to treat cancer: Artemisia annua, Taraxacum officinale and Rumex crispus.These treatments were said to prolong the lives of the dogs treated.
  14. 14. MONEY AND THE EPISTEMOLOGIES OF IGNORANCE CONCERNING CLIMATE CHANGE  Terry (2009) claims that the mainstream policy discourse of climate change is stereotypically masculine- consisting of computer models, neoclassical economic approaches like carbon trading and quick fix technologies.While not completely agreeing I would add nuclear energy to this list (Mummy will clean up the messy nuclear waste). The majority of the politicians and businessmen involved in the climate change dispute, and in the Super Pac donations are men. Ross (2008) found that oil-dominated economies had repressive gender policies because of the oil wealth, which boosted male dominated construction (golf courses) and services but suppressed alternative manufacturing which served as career entry points for women (like sewing). Lisa Blaydes and Drew Linzer (2007) found that lack of economic opportunity ledPermalink: women to embrace fundamentalist belief systems in order to make themselves more marriageable (marriage becoming their main economic support).