Ziggy Marley

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Next weekend Jan 21st 2012 I will play a benefit concert in Boulder Colorado USA for GMO Free Boulder check out http://www.no-gmo-boulder.com Genetically Modified Organisms are not something I would feed to myself or my children. The struggle for humanity today and in the years ahead is the struggle to remain free, and especially free from Genetically Modified Organisms as food. Without knowledge, information, choice and a say in society about our food and our land, our basic freedoms are denied. Our lives and our children's lives, the life of earth, plant and seed are today in our hands.
here is some info.
Background:
Genetically Modified Food has entered the national food system without the consent of the American public. Species that are not sexually compatible are now genetically manufactured in laboratories and the new seeds are then owned by a single patent holder who has taken control of the food system. Creating insecticide inside the cells of the plants has created a new era of farming that has lead to a genetically altered food that has never been tested for human health yet has been moved to our grocery shelves without notice. As awareness increases across the globe, these new foods are now banned in 36 countries while Americans are unaware of the GMO component in their own food due to federal regulations that have refused to label GMO foods.

The takeover of public lands
And now, the patent holder of these new seeds seeks to increase their profit margins by taking over publicly owned lands to grow crops they can sell on the international commodities markets for corporate gain. In a move to take over public Parks and Open Space in Boulder, Colorado, the patent owner, Monsanto, lobbied public officials to ensure they gained a foothold in the future of Boulder County’s agriculture.

Boulder, Colorado fights back
In what has come to be known as the epicenter of the natural and organic foods industry, Boulder, Colorado took a stand. GMO Free Boulder is a campaign to raise awareness about the truth behind the ownership and genetic modification of our food system and how that system has infiltrated our local Parks and Open Space, our political policy, our school lunch system and most importantly, the lifestyle that has come to be known here as health and sustainability. They are supported by both local and national business leaders, citizens, doctors, authors and school children and gives a voice to the 71% of voters in Boulder County who want GMOs prohibited on public land.

A landmark vote
In a vote that took two years, three advisory committees, concerted lobbying efforts by international giant, Monsanto, and the lead story in the local papers for months, GMO Free Boulder and thousands of local citizens successfully led Boulder County Commissioners to weigh heavily in favor of policy to include the labeling of all GMO foods as part of their legislative agenda and to ban the use of GMO alfalfa that would have destroyed the organic dairy farm industry in Boulder County. However, Monsanto successfully expanded their stake in public lands when the Commission voted to allow new GMO sugar beet seeds to be considered along with the continuation of GMO corn as legal crops on public land.

In 2012, GMO Free Boulder will continue to rid GMOs from the public arena, in both agricultural land as well as public school lunch as there have yet to be any pediatric studies on human health effects of GMO consumption in children. Allergies, diabetes, obesity and illness are rising at the same rates as the acreage of GMO crops are planted.

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Interesting 2012 so far. Africa keeps coming up on my mindar ( radar ) After posting on two great Africans i post on another with reason. The ANC ( Africa National Congress ) with the leadership of brother Nelson Mandela led the struggle against the ignoble apartheid regime in South Africa. The ANC celebrates it's 100th birthday today sunday the 8th. i will never forget the days of my youth hearing about the ANC in jamaica and feeling solidarity with the struggle and so wishing i could go there to join the struggle. So today we say Happy Birthday ANC and thank you for standing up for Africa. All the best Father Mandela. Jah Bless you

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Africa seems to be on my mind in this new year. First Fela and now H.I.M. it is 2012 and a vision of the Unity of Africa is haunting me.
here are some words of H.I.M. "Furthermore no clear consensus exists on the how and the what of this union. Is it to be in form federal, confederal or unitary ? Is the sovereignty of individual states to be reduced if so by how much...... On these and other questions there is no agreement, and if we wait for agreed answers , generations hence matters will be little advanced, while the debate still rages..... The opponents of Africa's growth whose interest would be best served by a divided and balkanized continent..."

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Irie new year family. One of the first things on my list this year is to go see FELA! the musical based on Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s life one of my musical spiritual influences. I have his records, his documentary, his photos “everybody say yeah! yeah! ". I saw Fela live and met him in chicago in the 80's right before I went to new york to record conscious party. I will never forget it and I will never forget Fela. "everybody say yeah! yeah!"
Oh! it’s playing in los angeles at Ahmanson Theatre if you in town and want to check it out, JAH know I love Fela. bless

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blessings my family, i greet you with love and joy as i wish everyone irie holidays and a happy new year.

2011 saw many creative activities that we shared, the graphic novel marijuanaman, the album wild and free, a world tour, revolutions, and especially beautiful for me the birth of my son.

i just want to say thanks to everyone for the support and love you have shown me and i look forward to 2012 being a year of shared experiences with more creativity and positive vibes. here is a photo of me and ben harper at club nokia to close out the touring for 2011. see ya in 2012.

love

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hey it's another ZFF , this time i have a joke i heard about a rastaman. SO A RASTAMAN GOES TO VISIT A FRIEND IN AMERICA HE KNOCKS ON THE DOOR AND SOMEONE ANSWERS : WHO IS IT ? THE RASTAMAN REPLIES : IT IS I AND I, JAH RASTAFARI,KINGS OF KINGS, LORD OF LORD, CONQUERING LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH, SON OF HAILIE SELASSIE I" THE PERSON UNFAMALIAR WITH THE RASTAFARIAN CULTURE REPLIES : I AM THE ONLY ONE HERE AND I AM NOT OPENING THE DOOR FOR SO MANY OF YOU. hahahaha

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From ZiggyMarley.com: Tree Planting at the Chepstowe Basic School

In keeping with the National Tree planting project in Jamaica the students planted Neem, Java plums (ribena), Pride of Barbados.

The students were assisted by teachers Ms. Brown and Ms. Gray, Ms. Sutherland, contractor Mr McEwan and Jason from Marley Coffee.

For more about the Chepstowe School, please visit:
http://www.ziggymarley.com/urge

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i'm a big football /soccer fan and a player ( center mid-field) . today i got this surprise from adidas. from what i've heard they do more than just go on your foot. i'm going to check them out tomorrow. anyone heard of these ? football forever : )

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me and stephen with the king himself . both stephen and i have been nominated for a reggae grammy for our recent releases.thank you. we also want to congratulate all the other reggae grammy nominees. a just one love . bless.

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welcome to another ziggy fun friday ( ZFF ) . today i put to you a jamaican riddle for you to solve. it goes like this. riddle me this, riddle me that, guess this riddle and perhaps not. " wha deh back ah cow and front ah woman " good luck . hehehe

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Z and The I - Threes

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hahaha look what we found in the collection, bob, steve and me live in concert. can anyone tell where this was taken? bob's clothes should give you a clue. lol sweet times .

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Marijuanaman in Times Square

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Studio Pic

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Studio Shot #3

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Studio Shot #2

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Studio Shot #1

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