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11 Apr 2014

So Long East Coast Organic Milk

Just Us! is incredibly disappointed that East Coast Organic Milk has been unable to make a successful business. If policy-makers and marketing boards could have been more supportive it may have actually worked. You can listen to ECO Milk dairy producer, Frazer Hunter of Knoydart Farms, speak to these issues here (http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/Maritimes/ID/2446288971/)

This is a huge loss for Nova Scotia. ECO milk was an opportunity to be proud and supportive of local farm families committed to environmentally responsible practices, in striking contrast to the conventional milk industry heavily reliant on genetically modified feed crops, chemical fertilizers, herbicide use, and monocropping.  Just Us! was an investor and supporter of the NS organic milk project since it’s very conception and was one of its biggest customers since it...

17 Nov 2011
This week Jeff Moore and I have been travelling in Malawi, in southeastern Africa. Malawians have an amazing spirit filled with laughter, song and community. In our short visit here, we witnessed extremes, chaos and beauty. I can hardly begin to understand all the inter-relationships and dynamics...
10 Nov 2011
This week, Jeff Moore and I have been travelling in Kerala, a state in the southwest of India, with Richard Swift who is a freelance journalist and former editor of the New Internationalist magazine. We spent most of our days visiting small tea and spice farmers in the Western Ghat Mountains. The...
25 Oct 2011
Our colleague Jonathan Rosenthal collaborates with Just Us! on co-operative and ethical international trade development. He was in Haiti earlier this year to analyze the current state and opportunities for the nation’s coffee industry. While there, he connected us with COOPACVOD, a small...
05 Oct 2011
In our quest for convenience, we have outsourced our food system to industrial giants. But it is time to ask ourselves about the human and environmental costs behind cheap food. Corn is a critical example of a staple crop which has supported civilizations in Mesoamerica for thousands of years, that...
28 Sep 2011
9/11 raises questions about "terrorism" and who was/is behind it. Certainly, it is not as simple as picking a few bogeymen and getting rid of them. Most interesting, and even personal, for us at Just Us! is what Chomsky calls "The First 9/11". This was clearly a "terrorist" attack by the U.S.on...