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03 Feb 16

2016 WWB New Year’s Card

To our Beloved Whole World Botanicals Customers, The founders of Whole World Botanicals returned so late in December from our working trip to Peru that our schedule for getting out our annual Holiday/New Year's Card was completely thrown off! In these chaotic days of accelerated climate change, we wish you a healthy, purposeful, joyous and peaceful New Year! We live in times demanding the full force of our spirit to embrace and transform. Fortunately, we also continue to live in our dailyness, in our place and person-specific circle of meaning, challenge and contentment. From the beginning, Whole World Botanicals was conceived as a for-profit company with social goals. The mission in Peru—to contribute to the well-being of our suppliers—the growers and collectors of the botanicals which we offer in the marketplace—has always been viewed by us as essential to our business model. Our New Year’s photo this year…

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02 Feb 16

Whole World Botanicals partners with Water With Blessings to provide access to pure water in riverine villages along the Curaray River

Water With Blessings works to equip, empower and entrust MOTHERS as agents of clean water and compassion for their children and their communities. We recognize and build upon the capacity of local people as the solution for their own local need for safe water.  We know that technology alone is not the answer.  Our first step is to empower mothers in service to their communities...and then we equip them with the highest quality filtration system...finally, we entrust them with the role of Water Woman.  Water Women are the secret to our remarkable success in bringing clean water to families in the developing world. Missioners who serve in the developing world want to bring the blessing of clean water to their brothers and sisters.  As partners for our award-winning program*, they have access to a tested and proven program that empowers them to empower others. ​ Innovative, highest-quality equipment, combined with an innovative, best-practices program model...for amazing…

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16 Jul 15

Food Disaster: Republicans Stomp on GMO Labeling

If passed, a new bill will only escalate the assault on our health, and the health of Planet Earth. by Katherine Paul, Director of Communications for the Organic Consumers Association / AlterNet July 14, 2015 With no debate and only a voice vote, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture today (July 14, 2015) passed out of committee H.R. 1599, a bill to preempt states’ rights to label GMOs. Within hours, it was announced that the bill will go straight to the House floor, as early as next week, with no vote in the Energy and Commerce Committee. If we don’t stop it in the House next week, the fight to stop this “Mother of All Monsanto Protection Acts” will take place next in the U.S. Senate, before summer’s end. In his opening statement this morning, Committee Chairman Rep.…

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05 Jul 15

USDA Gives First Non-GMO Verification

Minneapolis, MN—The USDA has verified its first non-GMO claim through its Process Verified Program(PVP). Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack noted that while the PVP itself is not new, this is the first claim of its kind to be verified through it. He added that other companies have taken interest in having their claims verified through the program. PVP being used for non-GMO verification does not mean that the USDA has set its own non-GMO standards. Instead, the program has the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) act as a third party in verifying marketing claims, according to a statement from Sam Jones-Ellard, a spokesperson for the AMS. Jones-Ellard also noted that while the USDA’s organic certification process is also done through the AMS, the two programs will remain separate, meaning that even if a company is certified organic, they will have to…

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08 Jun 15

WWB Supports & Promotes Bio-energetic Agriculture

Whole World Botanicals' herbs are bioenergetically grown and harested. Maca roots, for example, are sown at the full moon and leafy plants are sown with the new moon. In order for medicinal parts to have maximum strength, plants are harvested at the full moon. These practices of native people all over the world are honored by WWB.

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08 Jun 15

A Hands on Approach – WWB works directly with native people

"In the high Andes, Dr. Viana Muller hlpes bring in the maca harvest." "Viana consults with an apu (local leader of a camu-camu collecting community) about challenges of life in the northeastern Peruvian rainforest. Outside commerical interests have clear-cut part of their forest and over fished their rivers, degrading their environment and impoversihing local river dwellers."

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08 Jun 15

Sunroom (Greenhouse) Solar Energy Project

"Men from 5 maca-growing communities construct a narrow room with glass walls and ceiling to collect the passive solar energy from the brilliant high altitude sun. During the dry season the daytime temperature rises to 70° F. and drops to below freezing at night. The heat collected in the sun space penetrates the 12" thick adobe walls slowly, reaching the inside of the house during the coldest hours of the night. This WWB Project was supervised by Dr. Richard Kpomp (bottom photo, center, rear) Co-founder of the Maine Solar Energy Association"

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08 Jun 15

Solar Cooker Project

"The men are just as fascinated as the women in exploring for the first time how well and quickly a solar oven works to cook their food in their high Andean home, with abundant sunshine" Whole World Botanicals collaborates with our organic farming and wildcrafting partners in the rainforest and the Andes to support not only green farming but also green living. Maca growers live and farm their organic maca crops at 14,000 feet above sea level which is above the tree line. People living there suffer from the cold because they have no heating fuel. They cook their food by burning animal dung whihc produces an acrid, smoky fire and blackens their lungs. Two yearsa go, the Company initiated a pilot solar energy project with maca-growing communities to demonstrate solar cookers and provided a workshop on building a solar…

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08 Jun 15

WWB – Practicing Fair Trade Since 1996

Whole World Botanicals has partnered for more than a decade with the Quechua-speaking communities who grow our organic maca roots in the high Peruvian Andes. WWB pays a floor price, which is above market price, for the maca roots. This allows the peasant producers with only a small land base to purchase basic necessities such as food which cannot be locally grown, clothing, transportation, school materials for their children and to live with dignity. Paying by a Fair Trade price has also permitted enough savings for a land-poor maca-growing community to build a low-heat solar dryer for drying the maca roots with technical assistance and an interest-free loan provided by the WWB. Tradtionally, the freshly harvested maca roots have been allowed to dry for six to eight weeks in the open air on the ground. With the disruptive global climate…

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