We are a growing worldwide community of friends committed to working together and supporting each other in making the entire world organic, again. We hold life and nature as sacred and we, as individuals and communities, consumers and producers, gratefully accept this gift of life with the charge to protect, guide and develop it for the benefit of all.
We have created SOS-Earth.org to respond to the ongoing challenges, both natural and man-made, that destroy the natural environment and threaten our food supply and, therefore, our very existence. We step forward and identify ourselves and volunteer our skills, talents and resources, and commit ourselves to working together to establish and preserve a sane food supply by making the entire world organic, again. Please join us.
Phiya Kushi, third son of macrobiotic and organic and natural food pioneers, Michio and Aveline Kushi, grew up eating and promoting organics foods all his life. His first working job at age 17 was at Erewhon Natural Foods, the pioneering natural food company started by his parents in 1966 which launched the organic industry in the U.S. Erewhon not only convinced many farmers in the US to grow and sell organic crops but also imported many foods from companies in Japan who were then able to preserve their centuries old traditional and organic production methods.
Junko Kajino and Ed M. Koziarski wrote, produced and directed the psychological drama feature film The First Breath of Tengan Rei. Erika Oda of Kore-Eda's After Life stars as an Okinawan woman who kidnaps the teenage son of a U.S. Marine convicted of raping her when she was a girl. An IFP Independent Film Lab selection, Rei screened theatrically, at educational venues and festivals across the U.S., Japan and in India.
Julian Rose was born in March 1947 on the Hardwick Estate in South Oxfordshire's Chiltern Hills, the youngest of four children. On the premature death of his brother (1963) and his father a few years later, Julian suddenly found himself thrust from being the youngest sibling to becoming the heir to the thousand acre estate and baronetcy, passed down from his great grandfather.
After two generations of historical hardship, undergone in order to rescue the then mortgaged estate from bankruptcy, the estate had been left in a somewhat perilous position - presenting a significant challenge to the young protege.
Jadwiga Lopata is the initiator and co-founder of the ICPPC - International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside; at present vicepresident ICPPC and a director of ECOCENTRE ICPPC. ECOCENTRE contributes towards popularising ecological technologies and lifestyles and shows in practice how to protect the cultural and biological heritage of the Polish countryside. In June 2002, ICPPC's headquarters in Stryszow were visited by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales.
Pavel grew up in a small town in the beautiful Moravian region in the Czech Republic, helping his parents grow a large variety of organic produce for their own consumption. Perhaps that's how he developed his relationship with nature and appreciation for healthy food sources. He believes that we all can make the right choices if we're presented with the right information in the right manner, which is why he embarked on the quest of building SOS-Earth.org in the most user friendly and fun way.
Beti Minkin, a native of Turkey, has been an ardent advocate of traditional food wisdom, artisan-crafted foods and seed conservation since the 1990's. She initiated, and implemented sustainable village projects to protect and promote the endangered diversity of the legendary fertile lands of Anatolia, Turkey. She created the pioneer Tohum Projects (Tohum means seed in Turkish, see www.tohum.com) to raise public awareness in protecting heirloom seeds and traditional foods and lifestyles. Tohum Eco-Farm was established in a Mediterranean village, offering organic farming, holistic, macrobiotic workshops and eco-ethno tourism. Local artisan foods such as "Golden Sesame Tahini" (produced with heirloom golden sesame seeds), "Mulberry Pekmez" and "Grape Pekmez" (traditional fruit concentrates with healing properties) and wild crafted herbs were exported as organic products to the USA under the Tohum brand name. Village families benefited health-wise and economically, as they reintroduced these nutritious products into their daily diet and made an income from the sales of the products.
Jaroslaw (Jarek) Bizberg, president of Homa Therapy Foundation, was born in Przemysl, Poland, but was raised in England when his mother escaped Communist Poland for the West. He went to India in 1971 where he learned Agnihotra, the science of atmospheric purification through the agency of fire. His life changed completely and he dedicated his time and focus to teaching this healing fire.
Rory Maher, of Irish descent, spent his childhood in Peru and later lived in Northern Ireland and England. He learned Agnihotra while in Chile and from that moment he spent time practicing Homa Therapy while volunteering in the jungle area of Peru. There were many poor farmers in Peru learning Homa Organic Farming techniques in order to fight the diseases and pollution that were decimating their crops. He came to Poland and joined Ecovillage-Bhrugu Aranya in April 2000, where he took up gardening, specializing in growing herbs and Homa Herb Medicines.