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Organic Food IS Better….

So, “organic food is no better!”, I heard you all cry! “You’re mad! You’re being conned!”….

Yeah, right….

Half of all the fruit & veg you buy is contaminated.
http://tinyurl.com/nmuwmk

ALMOST HALF of the fresh fruit and veg sold across the UK is contaminated with toxic pesticides, according to the latest scientific surveys for the government.

Nearly every orange, 94% of pineapples and 90% of pears sampled were laced with traces of chemicals used to kill bugs. High proportions of apples, grapes and tomatoes were also tainted, as were parsnips, melons and cucumbers.

Alarmingly, as much as a quarter of the food on sale in 2008 – the date of the latest figures – was found to contain multiple pesticides. In some cases, up to ten different chemicals were detected in a single sample.
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Experts warn that the “cocktail effect” of so many different chemicals endangers health. They also point out that some of the pesticides are not only cancer-causing but also so-called “gender-benders” – chemicals that disrupt human sexuality.

I see,…. “cancer causing” as well as “gender bending” chemicals, that “disrupt human sexuality”?

What’s that? Speak up. You’ve gone quiet, you know who you are, you were happy to laud the FSA report at me the other day, what’s happened? Where’s your cocky put downs now?

So, the headline, on the BBC website, from the 29th July 2009;

Organic ‘has no health benefits’
http://tinyurl.com/ngjz27
Organic food is no healthier than ordinary food, a large independent review has concluded.

…. is basically, false, if not an outright lie. It clearly IS healthier, as I’m not ingesting pesticides capable of causing cancer or turning me into a female version of myself, or my son into his sister and vice versa. Not to mention, that the review was so large, it failed to take into account the pesticide issue, one of the main reasons people prefer organic produce.

You can believe the FSA if you want. I don’t. I’m sticking with organic food…. sorry, let me rephrase that, I’m sticking with naturally grown food. You can have the lab/chemically enhanced stuff if you want.

But then I’m going to remind you of it next time I hear you comment about how healthy my kids look compared to yours….

Rant over. For now….

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Here We Go Again….

Just when I thought I’d be blogging about something new, the Terrace Mountain fire has flared up again….

Terrace Mountain Forest Fire

As we sat on the beach in Peachland, I saw an odd cloud appear over the mountain, a familiar looking thing, out of place, as the sky as far as could be seen up and down the Okanagan was clear blue. Then, as we drove home and got this shot, with the radio on, we learnt that the Terrace Mountain blaze, still not under control from a couple of weeks back, apparently flared up

Evacuation orders all over the place for the Fintry areas, 2500 at the last report, so here we go again. For up to the minute information head over to the local radio station, at www.am1150.ca or the local web news site, www.castanet.net.

Normal blogging will resume shortly, eh….

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West Kelowna Fires, Day 4….

The view from the window is back to normal, almost…

It’s still hazy, hanging all down through the valley, but I can’t see any plumes right now, over at Goats Peak Mountain. That’s not to say "it’s OK to take your eye off the ball" though, eh…

I also took the missus to work and Rose Valley is a lot clearer. I think, most of the smoky haze is now being blown in from Fintry, which now stands at around 1300 hectares, but I’m trying to find out for certain.

The reports are saying around half of the evacuees have been allowed back, mostly the ones from the Glenrosa area. The Rose Valley evacuees are still waiting however. So, let’s not forget them.

Interesting piece from the Kelowna Daily Courier;

Fires man-made
Carelessness or something more sinister is believed to have caused the wildfires burning in West Kelowna, officials said Monday. “All three fires, we believe, are human caused,” Rob Moore of the B.C. Forestry Service said.
Read Article @
http://tinyurl.com/la79bv

"Something more sinister"? Interesting….

Oh and the highway is back open, apparently.

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A fireman, says….

Just had an email and comment, from a fireman….

I thought my readers would like to see what he says;

im battling up in rose valley and fintry as of this whole going on with the wildfires umm 40 % contained in glenrosa tryna tackle rose valley but steep terrain is keeping us at bay as we strategize our next move .. other fires ( small ones are being taken care of as I speak ). ill post more info after

Stay safe, m8. Our thoughts are with you.

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West Kelowna Glenrosa & Rose Valley Fire, Day 3…

We’re heading into the 3rd afternoon….

I may have to eat my words. There was a calm over West Kelowna earlier this morning, as I said, things ticking over as normal, well, as normal as can be expected. People were heading off to work, if they’d been evacuated, in the clothes they were evacuated in and things looked promising. As the radio lady just said, “one thing that’s great about the people here is there relative calmness right now.” I agree. It felt like that this morning!

As the morning has gone on though, what started out as a fairly clear morning, blue sky and so on, has become a hazy smoky afternoon. From my viewpoint, I can’t see much, other than smoke right now, but I just got this from one reader, who lives, almost between the 2 fires…

The Glenrosa fire seems to be stronger on this side in the last 1/2 hour, it was predominately on the other side of the mountain last night and this morning. It is at the top and not close to any homes that I can see. I can see glowing orange and at times black smoke. They are working hard and fast with the helicopters and buckets, sometimes flying over our house.

I think they may have a direct view between the 2 hills, straight along the highway almost, so can see a lot more than me from their angle.

The helicopters are aggressively water bombing the Rose Valley fire right now, and evacuation orders have been extended for another 72 hours, I think for areas around there. It’s holding at 150 hectares they say, although due to the steeps sides of the valley, it’s still too dangerous to attack the fire fromthe ground

Also, on the radio, I just heard that the fire is moving up over towards Peachland, with no containment of the fire on it’s southern flank, about 400 hectares. Nothing to worry about just yet though. I’ll keep listening….

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The Calm After the Storm…

Things seem to be calming down, from what I can see, but I realise the fight goes on….

Fires are still burning but the Glenrosa fire seems to be almost half contained now, again, pockets of smoke are still rising from various parts. I can’t see Rose Valley from where I live, so until I go out in a moment, I’m not 100% certain of that one!

West Kelowna centre is getting on with it, as they say. I just called the library and they said that the roads out of West Kelowna are still shut down, but you can get about if you tell the RCMP that you’re going to the shops and offices and so on.

The air quality is not good, although I can now see down to Peachland again, pretty clearly, so no strenuous gardening or exercise outside for me….

So on that note, I’m off to the library and I’ll report anything major, any serious developments, or non serious, if I get anything. If you want up to the minute news and stuff, head over to the 1150am radio website, for live internet radio, www.am1150.ca

Fingers crossed for a good day! It’s apparently going to be a hot one, in the mid 30’s they say….

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West Kelowna and Rose Valley Forest Fire, Updates…

I just took a quick drive around as far as I could….

Roads are still blocked so I couldn’t get too close, plenty of smoke, not many flames to be seen, but this is what I got;

Rose Valley….

Rose Valley Tonight 4

Rose Valley Tonight 2

Rose Valley Tonight 3

Rose Valley Tonight 5

Rose Valley Tonight 1


West Kelowna…

West Kelowna Tonight 3

West Kelowna Tonight 1

West Kelowna Tonight 2

Time now is 9pm. I’m off to get a hour or so sleep. I want to be awake for when it gets dark. The interesting time is coming up, as the air crew have to stop at sundown, it’s too dangerous, so the ground grew have to fight the fires. But Rose Valley, from what I have heard is too far in to be fought from the road, there’s no access. Only the helicopters have been going in.

One question I do have, if anyone can answer me, is why have the bombers not been used? Surely there25 odd tons of water, every 15 mins or so would do some good? I hope to have the answer soon.

Stay safe, good luck to the firemen and support staff and I’ll be back shortly.

JB

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Early Evening Update…

Here’s what I’m seeing right now….

6pm Shot...

Not a huge difference to this afternoons shot, but it is clearing slightly, although through the afternoon it has been see sawing backwards and forwards. If you look carefully, of click on the photo to get over to Flickr and see a larger version, smoke is starting to billow up from behind Goats Peak Mountain, heading over to Peachland. And if you look really close, you can see the 3 helicopters hovering above the smoke.

I’m still trying to get some shots of the Fintry fire. If anyone know a good site I can link to or recommend, it would be much appreciated. From what we’re hearing, it’s really got bad this afternoon, doubling in size in a matter of hours and expected to get much worse.

A reader has asked me about sorting out a Google map of the area, which I’m going to have a crack at. Any advice, greatly appreciated!

I hope everyone is OK. We’re getting there, slowly, but it’s not over yet.

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This Afternoon’s Update….

Currently, 1.30pm, this is what I am seeing, over West Kelowna….

ThisAfternoon

Haven’t been able to see much, so the pictures aren’t changing a whole lot at the moment, which is no bad thing… Rose Valley sounds like it is getting bigger, half of West Kelowna has been evacuated and smoke is in the air, we’ve been told to stay inside and not do anything to strenuous outside. You can smell the smoke, obviously, everywhere. Eyes are starting to sting, ever so slightly, throats are drying out a little, but we’re hanging in there.

Thanks for the comments and emails I am getting. It seems hardly anything to keep adding the odd picture and write a bit here and there, but from the feedback you’re sending me, you’re finding it useful just to see what’s going on as you are finding it hard to get in touch with families and friends here. So I’ll keep going!

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West Kelowna Forest Fire Latest….

The view, from the front, tonight….

Forest Fire 1

10,000 people evacuated or effected, 4000 homes and now over 300 hectares.

We’re still waiting for more news on the Rose Valley fire and how it is developing, although it’s being reported as over 20 hectares and parts are now being evacuated….

Forest Fire 2

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