Thursday, October 25, 2012

Something is Buzzing in Fremont

Peter Nolte manages his hives on the roof of Savage Color Printing in Fremont.

There's nothing we love more than supporting local businesses, especially when their employees are doing something to give back to the community.  That's exactly what Peter Nolte at Savage Color Printing in Fremont ( is doing.

When he discovered that his office building had a large, accessible rooftop, he inquired about establishing beehives so he could easily care for them when needed.  He was given the go-ahead and now hosts four active hives.  With the rapid decline in bee populations, and the desperate need for more pollinator pathways, using a commercial roof to host bees is a very good use of otherwise abandoned space.

Peter is an apiary manager with the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association ( which exists to promote the common interest and general welfare of beekeeping, to protect honeybees, to educate beekeepers, encourage good bee management practices, and to encourage good public relations between beekeepers and the public. There are also opportunities to host hives at your house or business if you have space.  If anybody is interested in hosting a beehive, please contact Peter for more information at peter at

I should also mention that we had some printing done at Savage Color. The service was personalized, fast and friendly.  The products look great, and the price was excellent! We will use them in the future, and we were not compensated in any way for this plug. :-)

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Monsanto Bombards California with Lies about Prop. 37

Starting on Oct. 1st, Monsanto and friends began airing TV commercials in California to spread pure lies about Prop. 37, the fight to label GMO foods. The lies say that it will increase costs for consumers, clog the courts with frivolous lawsuits, make for "confusing" labels, and bring "nightmares of paperwork" to poor farmers and grocers.

None of this is true.  There is already a standard for labeling food (obviously) that has been understood and effective for all food producers and grocers for decades.  Prop 37 will simply require that ingredients that are GM (genetically modified) be labeled as such.

So who do you believe? Will it drive consumers into bankruptcy if food distributors have to include the two letters "GM" on an ingredient label that's already being printed? Will you, the evidently "brainless" consumer, be overly confused between the words "corn" and "GM corn?"

Prop 37 had a 26% lead in the polls before the ads started to appear, and a new poll today shows that our lead has dropped by 19%.

So what does this mean? The deceitful, shameless television commercials are working!  The only way to fight back is GRASSROOTS action. Monsanto has $36 Million dollars set aside to defeat Prop. 37.  We will never have that much money, but we do have the power to make sure the people we know are informed about these lies and the simplicity of our goal.  Regardless of any push-back you receive, remember to ask this simple question:


If you live in California, click here to help:

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If you want to support Prop 37 with your dollar, click here:

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