"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness." Dalai Lama

Issue 14

Issue 14 Editorial

“Live simply, so that others can simply live…”



GM food and crops: what’s happening in South Africa?

An update on the state of GMOs in South Africa.

Dam Bad News

The controversial De Hoop Dam is seducing the people of the region with the promise of jobs and water. If they succumb, the legacy they will leave their great-grandchildren is likely to be a denuded landscape, ravaged by toxic waste.

Eden Campus: The Karatara Project

South Africa’s first free rural eco-business school for entrepreneurs has been launched.

Cob in the City

Muizenberg’s first cob house has almost been completed. Cob is one of the natural building techniques — like adobe bricks, rammed earth, sandbag structures and straw bale — presently used in South Africa. All of them use natural materials (sand, clay, straw) to create solid structures that breathe

Opposing Nuclear Energy

If South Africa is to step back from the brink of atomic war and nuclear destruction, we must embrace the global struggles of peoples such as the Navajo.

Vegetarian Food

A vegetarian menu is a powerful and pleasurable way to achieve good health.

A New Global Warming Stategy

Environmentalists are overlooking the fact that vegetarianism is the most effective tool to fight climate change in our lifetimes. Global warming poses one of the most serious threats to the global environment ever faced in human history.

Food pets die for: the multi-billion dollar lie about your pet’s food

We see pictures of whole grains, prime cuts of meat and human grade vegetables on the bag, and we assume there’s some chef in a pet food kitchen cooking up the best for our loved ones. Unfortunately, this is far from the truth. Most of what makes up dog and cat food comes from the rendering plant.

The Shift is Happening Now

There are many quantifiable scientific indicators proving that the Earth and the Solar System are going through changes which have never previously occurred in recorded human history.

The Truth about Cholesterol

In most major long-term studies, lowering cholesterol has done more harm than good.


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