The Valley of the Moon(TM) Eco Demonstration Project is an activity of the Natural Solutions Foundation’s International Decade of Nutrition. You can visit www.NaturalSolutionsFoundation.org for an Executive Summary and more information about both.
Valley of the Moon(TM) Eco Demonstration Project is named to honor the name originally given to the Ciriqui region of Panama by the Noble-Bugle people, its original inhabitants. The name they gave this region was “Valley of the Moon” and once you see the magnificent, temperate and beautiful region for yourself you will understand why.
We have chosen to build our demonstration project here in order to create a farm and farm school to teach farmers from Central America and the world how to farm without chemicals once again and give them the techniques and technologies they need to raise safe food in a sustainable way while gaining the economic advantage necessary to resist being pushed off their lands by the industrial food supply corporate forces.
Valley of the Moon(TM) Project will be fully off the grid and will consist of
Housing for permanent residents built on the Natural Solutions Foundation Land Trust property (lease renewable in perpetuity, houses the property of their owners)
A Seminar and Education Center
Green Housing for Visitors and those who do not wish to build houses of their own
A Headquarters for the Natural Solutions Foundation
A Leading Edge Health and Medical Center using advanced practices without drugs
A BeyondOrganic BioDynamic(TM) Farm and Farm School consisting of
– 5 Commercial Greenhouses
– Open Field Agriculture
A Restaurant for visitors and guests serving only BeyondOrganic BioDynamic(TM) food
A Teaching Kitchen
A Meditation Area
A Yoga, Movement and Performance Center
Intensive agriculture classes for non-farmers so that families can have fresh vegetables year-round
What’s happening now is exciting! We have harvested the first of our GMO-, Pesticide-, Herbicide- and Chemical-free coffee and many of you have already received it. To do that, we had to use natural means to solve the terrible fungal problem which destroys so much coffee here in Central America and we have done that. We will be entering into a Joint Venture (JV) with the farmer whose process we tested and refined. That is the first of our NSF JVs. All participants in the Valley of the Moon(TM) are invited to propose JVs which will forward the goals of the Foundation and provide financial reward to all participants. We have two other JVs in formation and are discussing two more with potential participants. Everyone who becomes a participant will receive the financial benefit of these JVs. Please contact Ralph Fucetola for more information after you have visited www.NaturalSolutionsFoundation.org. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are in the process of purchasing a piece of land with 2 houses and enough room for the Headquarters, Hotel, Cafe, Teaching Kitchen, Seminar Center, Intensive Agriculture Center, Medical Center Yoga/Performance/Movement Center. That process should be completed within 2 weeks or so.
The first of two houses on this piece of land has been painted, repaired and is already receiving guests.
The second house will be available as soon as the people living there move out this week. We are about to start construction on the intensive agriculture education area and we have chemical free chickens clucking in their open enclosure as I write this.
We are receiving guests on a regular basis who want to come and experience the Valley of the Moon(TM) for themselves to see if this is something they want to participate in.
We are also in the process of purchasing the farm with 5 greenhouses and open fields about 5 minutes from the first piece of land. Once purchased, that farm will provide our food and our farm school where we will teach farmers and learn from them. Our leading-edge technology can help them – and the rest of us – push back the industrialized food so dear to Codex hearts and so toxic to us.
The contract for that purchase is being drawn up as I write this.
Next, the buildable lots will be purchased. The area near both of those pieces of land is available and we are investigating those purchases so that we have the land to build on that our participants have been told about.
We have secured approval from US IRA and 401 Custodians for the investment of those funds into our offshore entity, Natural Solutions Corporation, here in Panama. Several people have already made that investment and we know that others will want to do the same as the very real threat to their IRAs and 401s takes shape during the early days of the next Congress. But for those whose motivation is not simply protecting their investments, but building a piece of the future as well, this is an ideal off-shore opportunity through loans (at much better than US Prime rates), donations (fully tax deductible in the US), acquiring Beneficial Interest Certificates or BICs which come in two types:
1. Founder’s BICs which convey financial participation in the productivity of the Valley of the Moon(TM) and
2. Participant’s BICs which convey no buildable lot but a higher level of financial participation in the productivity of the Valley of the Moon(TM).
Ralph Fucetola, email@example.com, 973-300-4594, is available to answer questions and discuss these options. Please feel free to contact him.
We hold an open Conference Call each Sunday night at 10 PM Eastern time. Please contact Ralph for the phone number and an invitation to join the NSF-Panama Forum on Yahoo! Groups. This forum allows discussion and information sharing, has our Foundational Documents, Photos and more. You are welcome to join if you are interested.
We also have photos available at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Natural-Solutions-Panama-Pictures/.
The following is a briefing on the facts and myths of GMOs which I prepared for members of the Panamanian Government and interested citizens concerning the dangers of genetically modified or, as they are known in Panama, transgenic foods.
The briefing notes the Panamanian legal situation. In Panama, as in the US, GMOs are permitted in the food chain without any labeling at all. This is an ecological, medical and consumer’s rights disaster.
Only strong consumer advocacy, and market pressure against anything which might have GMOs in it (that means avoiding anything which is not labeled “organic” or “GM Free”) will change US policy. But once the environment, or your body, is contaminated with foreign DNA, there is no know way to reverse that process.
Codex, like the US, is totally untroubled by GMOs.
Here is the Myth and Fact Summary
Yours in health and freedom,
Summary of Myths and Facts RE: Transgenic Foods
Rima E. Laibow, MD
May 25, 2008
The provisions of Panamanian Law No. 48 of August 8, 2002 that created the National Commission of Biosecurity for GMOs, in Article 7 – Section 8 – that the Commission â€œPromote the permanent update of the registries, national and international, of organisms genetically modified based on the precautionary principal.â€ This principal requires the utmost caution in allowing transgenic products.
The Natural Solutions Foundation urges the Government of Panama to implement this provision of law by imposing an
immediate moratorium on any additional GMO approvals without strict risk analysis and competent scientific proof of
lack of risk.
Transgenic crops increase yield, reduce cost and reduce pesticide use. In fact, experience and analysis of the impact of GM crops have shown that none of these commercially useful, but unfounded, assertions is accurate.
Panama had registered coffee (arabica), yucca, yam, banana, banana tree, sugar cane, taro root, several varieties of rice, maize, pumpkin, kidney bean, sorghum, and strawberry with UPOV, the International organization, as of 2006 and is releasing a long grain transgenic rice in a few days.
Transgenic crops are carefully regulated before release in prepared foods or as crops
In the US, where virtually all transgenic crops originate, the FDA and USDA operate under a 1992 Executive Order which says that modified and unmodified foods are equivalent. Hence, no safety or other testing is required and both FDA and USDA refuse to require or examine safety testing. Only a patent is necessary to release a food into the food chain and environment. No environmental impact studies or statements are required.
Transgenic crops can be contained in the area where they are planted
Transgenic crops contaminate both same-species and other-species plants.
– Monsanto sues about 500 farmers per year for intellectual property rights through â€œvolunteerâ€ seeds trespassing on the farmersâ€™ land via pollen drift and pollinator contamination
– Organic and conventional plants are irreversibly contaminated by
o Although the US allows 10% GM contamination in certified organic foods (1), compared with most countriesâ€™ limits of 0.9% or 1.0%, organic foods sources are still in short supply in the US because of gross contamination of organic crops
o Conventional crops quickly become contaminated
o Louisiana rice crop contaminated with pharmaceutical rice grown by Bayer â€“ many farmers now growing corn instead to avoid contamination
o Pharmaceutical rice by Bayer Cropscience was shipped as human food to at least 30 countries
o All South African corn now contaminated with Monsantoâ€™s MON810 which has not been approved for human consumption and is considered unsafe in Europe
o New Zealand contaminated by 3 years of mislabeled shipment of maize by US
o All Mexican corn now contaminated by US corn
o Super weeds and super pests are prevalent wherever transgenic crops exist