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Issues and Myths:
     Agriculture and Global Warming  
    The Earth Charter    
    The Green Revolution  
          Immigration 
    Air Quality    
    Commercial Meat  
         Bush meat trade       
    Economic Justice  
    Ending Poverty  
    Teaching Peace  
    Food and Behavior   
        Brain Health 
    Food and Environment (UCS * EWG)  
    Genetic Engineering  (GMOs)   
        glyphosate  
        Toxic L-Tryptophan  
    Mad Cow?  
    Organic agriculture can feed the world!   
    Sustainablilty  

    Toxic Chemicals  
       Chlorine 
        Fluoride and others 
        Lead        
       Detoxifcation   
        Mold    
       Plastics 
    Urban Agriculture  
    Vaccine Issues  

God has given mankind a remarkable gift in God's amazing Creation. God has charged us to care for that Creation, that nourishes and sustains all of life. Yet we have used that Creation with little regard for the consequences of our actions.  This page contains many links that illuminate these very complex Creation Care issues.

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The Earth Charter  
... is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society for the 21st century. http://www.earthcharter.org/ 

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Transition United States
Transition Initiatives are part of a vibrant, international grassroots movement that builds community resilience in response to the challenges of peak oil, climate change and the economic crisis

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Main Street Project is a grassroots cultural organizing, media justice and economic development initiative working to help rural and urban communities face today's realities with hope. We provide creative and practical tools to give people of all ages, cultures, economic and immigration status the opportunity to more fully participate in all aspects of community life.

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Sustainability/Poverty Issues

On the evils of the "Green Revolution":
2000 BBC Reith Lecture series - Respect for the Earth
"Poverty & Globalization"
by Vandana Shiva  

"Recently, I was visiting Bhatinda in Punjab because of an epidemic of farmers suicides. Punjab used to be the most prosperous agricultural region in India. Today every farmer is in debt and despair. Vast stretches of land have become water-logged desert. And as an old farmer pointed out, even the trees have stopped bearing fruit because heavy use of pesticides have killed the pollinators - the bees and butterflies...."

Two myths that keep the world poor
by Vandana Shiva
This article appeared in Ode issue: Nov 2005

"People are perceived as "poor" if they eat food they have grown rather than commercially distributed junk foods sold by global agri-business. They are seen as poor if they live in self-built housing made from ecologically well-adapted materials like bamboo and mud rather than in cinder block or cement houses. They are seen as poor if they wear garments manufactured from handmade natural fibres rather than synthetics.
"Yet sustenance living, which the wealthy West perceives as poverty, does not necessarily mean a low quality of life. On the contrary, by their very nature economies based on sustenance ensure a high quality of life - when measured in terms of access to good food and water, opportunities for sustainable livelihoods, robust social and cultural identity, and a sense of meaning in people's lives."
 

Here is an organization that appears to be on the right track in Africa:    www.agra.org 
The work of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) is guided by its vision: that of a food secure and prosperous Africa, achieved through rapid, sustainable agricultural growth based on smallholder farmers, the majority of whom are women. A uniquely African Green Revolution will transform smallholder agriculture into a highly productive, efficient, competitive and sustainable system that lifts millions out of poverty.

Food Rebellions! Crisis and the Hunger for Justice  2009

A fascinating book which goes at some length into what is needed to fight hunger with local food systems. - Related sustainability issues

TransitionNetwork.org - role is to inspire, encourage, connect, support and train communities as they self-organise around the transition model, creating initiatives that rebuild resilience and reduce CO2 emissions.  

Democratizing the  Global Economy www.globalexchange.org/campaigns  

Colonizing the immigrant dream: The agri-foods industry's deadly cycle of dispossession, appropriation and substitution
From Eric's blog at www.FoodFirst.org 
On how immigration, the Green Revolution, and US farm policy are all intertwined. 

Choices for Sustainable Living 

Food and Environment

Union of Concerned Scientists - Working to promote sustainable agriculture in the United States - www.ucsusa.org/food_and_environment

Environmental Working Group www.ewg.org - information about a wide variety of environmental problems, including Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in ProduceTM

The End of Poverty by Jeffrey Sachs (PDF file)
We can banish extreme poverty in our generation--yet 8 million people die each year because they are too poor to survive. The tragedy is that with a little help, they could even thrive.

Malnutrition Is Cheating Its Survivors, and Africa's Future New York Times 

New York Times 
Published: December 28, 2006

Small Farms & Poverty

UN Millennium Project
The UN Millennium Project is an independent advisory body commissioned by the UN Secretary-General to advise the UN on strategies for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the set of internationally agreed upon targets for reducing poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women by 2015.

MakePovertyHistory
www.makepovertyhistory.org
 

Peace - Corollary to ending poverty - Teaching Peace  

      Video lecture by Colman McCarthy on Teaching Peace 

      Interview with  Colman McCarthy

Rodale Institute on Famine Prevention

Local efforts:

Lake Erie Western Alliance for Sustainability (gone as of Jan 2013)

See also Political Issues and Influence of Industry

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Toxic Chemicals & other toxins

CHEMICAL EXPOSURES LINKED TO DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES. HARRISBURG,
Pennsylvania, May 12, 2000 (ENS)

For guidance in avoiding all the toxic chemicals used in gardening see
Gardening for Maximum Nutrition and 
SafeLawns.org
 

The Green Guide - The Resource for Consuming Wisely
www.TheGreenGuide.com 

Chlorine in water associated with heart disease

Lead & violence

Beauty products contain many questionable chemicals. Details at EWG's Skin Deep: www.ewg.org/skindeep 

Plastics - The Numbers on Plastic Bottles - What Do They Mean?

Detoxification

Fluoride

Fluoride Action Network
"Over the past ten years a large body of peer-reviewed science has raised concerns that fluoride may present unreasonable health risks, particularly among children, at levels routinely added to tap water in American cities."

Fluoridation: The Fraud of the Century

The Devil's Poison, by Dr.  Dean Murphy - book recommended by Dr. David Brownstein and WAPF.

Fluoride Fatigue. Fluoride poisoning: is fluoride in your drinking water - and from other sources - making you sick? PDF copy at  http://www.pauapress.com/ 

See also http://www.holisticmed.com/fluoride/ 

Secrets to  Dental Health   

Other Chemicals

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate 

Vaccine Issues - http://wp.me/pZzqp-1FC  - also click on "Vaccine Nation Series
   and  Vaccination News or Vaccine Truth or NVIC.org 
   http://www.greatergoodmovie.org/ 

Detoxification is an essential element in healing a host of degenerative diseases. These are some useful resources:

The Detox  Book, by Bruce Fife, has a lot of good information on detoxifying your body.

Digestive Wellness, by Liz Lipski, has good information on detoxifying your body

Beating Cancer with Nutrition  has info on detoxing 

Toxins in food may be a problem - some diet addressing this issue

Internal Cleansing  
   www.blessedherbs.com

Chelorex - www.scienceformulas.com for heavy metal detoxification
recommended in Summer 2008 Wise Traditions

Dr. Mercola's Mercury Detoxification Protocol 

Surviving mold begins with knowing what's wrong and developing a plan to beat it. Website of Ritchie Shoemaker, M. D., biotoxin expert.

Probiotics for detoxing -  You Can't Detox Properly Without the Help of Some "Bugs"  

Other everyday detoxifyiers - Bentonite Clay & more
                                                       
Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth
                                                        Liquid Zeolite   
                                                        Cilantro   
                                                        Chlorella   
                                                         Veggie juices      
                                                        Modified citrus pectin      
                                                        MMS   
                                                        Oil Pulling        op  
                                                        Other  approaches      
                                                        Oxygen Therapies        

Detox Elixir from Kat James, who restored her health on a low carb, high fat delicious food routine.

See also Supplements , also Digestive Issues

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Food and Behavior

Violent Behavior: A Solution in Plain Sight, by Sylvia Onusic, PhD, April 2013
in which Sylvia describes the devastating social consequences of nutritional deficiencies.

A MIRACLE IN WISCONSIN

OCTOBER 14, 2002. In Appleton, Wisconsin, a revolution has occurred. It's taken place in the Central Alternative High School. The kids now behave. The hallways aren't frantic. Even the teachers are happy. See also this video story:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgabV3Ktgww&sns=em

Food & Behavior: A Natural Connection, 2004, by Barbara Reed Stitt. A review  
It is shocking that the connection between food and behavior has received so little attention. This book was first published in 1983 under the title, Food Teens & Behavior, and yet we still wonder why there is so much violence in our schools and communities. The typical teen diet dominated by junk food is a sure recipe for behavior problems. My only problem with the book is her lack of understanding of the value of whole natural fats, including butter and coconut oil, for helping to overcome the low blood sugar problems she so commonly finds.  She also unfortunately recommends soy milk and canola oil - neither one is a healthy choice!
   An interview with Barbara and her husband Paul  
   Letter to a senator by Dr. Stitt 

An urgent plea for better school lunches by Ann Cooper - unfortunately the recipes at her website generally follow USDA Dietary Guidelines (low fat), though I see butter, not margarine.

Interesting example of the importance of adequate omega-3 essential fats  
Omega-3's Matter  

See also here

Dr. Blaylock on nutrition and behavior (YouTube) Please be aware that his comments on milk and lard are referring to conventional products, not high quality raw milk and lard from animals raised on well managed pasture.

"You Do What You Eat" by Marco Visscher 
 http://www.odemagazine.com/doc/26/you_do_what_you_eat/ 
Forget tougher punishments and hiring more police. The solution to crime and violence is on your plate. Here's how healthy food can reduce aggressive behaviour.

Child Violence - Is Nutrition the Cause? 
http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/child-violence-is-malnutrition-the-cause/

Violent Behavior: A Solution in Plain Sight
http://www.westonaprice.org/uncategorized/violent-behavior-a-solution-in-plain-sight/

Manganese Madness - on the problems with manganese levels in soy infant formula
http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/manganese-madness/
 

Omega 3 Fatty Acids Influence Mood, Impulsivity And Personality, Study Indicates 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/03/060303205050.htm
 

Dr. Weil on the repercussions of excessive omega-6 fat consumption and the imbalance with omega-3 fats  - "The imbalance between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids may also contribute to obesity, depression, dyslexia, hyperactivity and even a tendency toward violence. Bringing the fats into proper proportion may actually relieve those conditions, according to Joseph Hibbeln, M.D., a psychiatrist at the National Institutes of Health, and perhaps the world's leading authority on the relationship between fat consumption and mental health. At the 2006 Nutrition and Health Conference sponsored by the University of Arizona's College of Medicine and Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Hibbeln cited a study showing that violence in a British prison dropped by 37 percent after omega-3 oils and vitamins were added to the prisoners' diets." See also this article from The Guardian

Can Omega-3 Fats Play a Role in Reducing Anti-Social Behavior  - 
"In 2004 the National Institutes of Health published a study that found a correlation between the intake in omega-3 fatty acids and lower murder rates[2]. Since then, there have been numerous studies reaching the same conclusions. The same author published a paper in 2006[3] with the following conclusion 'clinical studies suggest that supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids may reduce aggressive, impulsive and depressive behaviors' he went on to say that 'omega-3 supplementation would be an important contribution to public health because these nutrients are inexpensive, non-toxic and readily available."

"Tragically, a growing body of evidence suggests that the bizarre and increasingly common behavioral problems among young children and teen-agers are related to the combined effects of high sugar intakes and the virtual absence of omega-3 essential fatty acids in the American diet."
The Modern Nutritional Diseases, and How to Prevent Them -
Heart Disease, Stroke, Type-2 Diabetes, Obesity, Cancer
, page 199
by Alice and Fred Ottoboni, public health professionals

More on omega-3 and 6 fats   

Soda and Violence - ignore the stupid comments!

See also Gut and Psychology Syndrome

Lead and crime:
"Criminal Element: The hidden villain behind rampant crime, lower IQs, even rising ADHD?
Pb(CH2CH3)4" by Kevin Drum in Mother Jones magazine, Jan/Feb 2013, exposed the link between lead in the environment and violence/crime.  Now yet available online, but links to Kevin's brief blogs on topic are here.

Cholesterol and behavior:
"[L]ow cholesterol is seen more often in criminals, in people with violent or aggressive-conduct disorders, in homicidal offenders with histories of violence and suicide attempts related to alcohol and in people with poorly internalized social norms and low self-control."
 Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You! by Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD, 
See pages 150-151 on the effects of low cholesterol on brain function 

Improving school food:
Schools in California are coming up with ingenious ways of bringing organic food to young students in an affordable and educational manner. At Berkeley Unified School, a new program teaches kids how to grow and harvest their own organic food, which is then served in the school's cafeteria. Although the school must currently raise funds to pay for the program, educators hope that after demonstrating that organic school gardens result in improved childhood health, they will be entitled to government funding. The U.S. spent $75 billion treating obesity related health problems in 2003, according to the Center for Disease Control.
http://www.organicconsumers.org/school/school-lunch.cfm

Brain Health

Why Isn't My Brain Working? by Datis Kharrazian, DC, a world-renowned expert in natural medicine and nutrition. Very detailed, with many references, this book will teach you easy-to-understand strategies to save and improve your brain function.

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Urban Agriculture & Community Gardens

GrowingPower - Former basketball player Will Allen is growing young hearts and minds - and healthy food besides - in low-income Milwaukee.
http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/food-for-everyone/growing-power-in-an-urban-food-desert

http://www.growingpower.org/

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/05/magazine/05allen-t.html 

See also Small Farms & Poverty

Local community gardens and urban ag programs.

Our City in a Garden www.ourcityinagarden.org 

Toledo  Grows on Facebook

Oneida Greenhouse Project on Facebook

Urban Ag Program at Owens College

Multifaith Grows - local churches supporting community gardens

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Genetic Engineering - a monster technology out of control

If you think Genetic Engineering is no big deal check out these stories, and here's what you can do about it:

The Threats from Genetically Engineered Foods - a rather comprehensive survey by Mother Earth News.  More detail here.

GMO Dangers * GMO Health Risks

Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies About the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You're Eating, by Jeffrey M. Smith, the leading spokesperson on the health dangers of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

Institute for Responsible Technology www.responsibletechnology.org
    also www.nongmoproject.org 

OEFFA on GMO dangers (pdf) - see second page

Perry Schmeister's fight with an agribusiness monster.
And an interview with Perry about that fight - Facing Down Goliath.

One specific, very dangerous  problem with GMOs!
Monsanto's Roundup Herbicide - Featuring the Darth Vader Chemical
- links to an interview with Stephanie Seneff, who has studied the enormous problems that glyphosate (& Roundup) is causing by it's affect on our gut bacteria. Most GMO crops are Roundup-Ready, so they are sprayed with Roundup, which does not break down that easily and is being found everywhere in our environment.  Seneff reports that research that claims to show that GMOs are safe are obviously biased (too short, set up wrong) and often misinterpreted,  so gov't claims of safety can't be trusted. 

Dramatic Health Recoveries Reported By Patients Who Took Their Doctor's Advice and Stopped Using GMO Foods http://vitalitymagazine.com/article/dramatic-health-recoveries-reported/ 

Doctors and farmers find that eliminating GMOs prevents disease
http://www.naturalnews.com/036988_GMOs_disease_prevention_doctors.html 

Toxic L-Tryptophan http://www.seedsofdeception.com/Public/L-tryptophan/index.cfm

Scientist finding many negative impacts of Roundup Ready GM crops  
    or  http://tinyurl.com/yjo59gk 

Look who's squealing now: GMO lovers freak over new study of sick pigs - This article illustrates the difficulty and pitfalls of doing GMO research, that can withstand the attacks by the other side.   

More links related to the theme of genetic engineering:

http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/SG/Home/index.cfm 

http://www.gmwatch.org/

http://farmwars.info/ 

http://www.biovision2020.org/ 

http://organicconsumers.org/monlink.html

The Effects of Genetically Modified Foods on Animal Health

http://bytestyle.tv/content/monsanto-extinction-gmo-primer 

www.geaction.org 

www.saynotogmos.org

www.centerforfoodsafety.org 

 

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Organic can't feed the world???

Yes!  Organic agriculture can feed the world!

Organic Can Feed the World  - The Atlantic 12/5/11

12 Reason why Organic Agriculture Can Feed the World - 10/13/11 http://realfoodforager.com/2011/10/12-reasons-why-organic-agriculture-can-feed-the-world/ 

"New Evidence Confirms the Nutritional Superiority of Plant-Based Organic Foods," State of Science Review, March 2008
http://www.organic-center.org/reportfiles/Nutrient_Content_SSR_Executive_Summary_FINAL.pdf
 

Institute of Science in Society
http://www.i-sis.org.uk/OrganicAgriculture.php
When someone claims that sustainable organic farming can't feed the world, here's info to refute that claim

And here is a compelling and encouraging piece on this topic from Acres U.S.A. January, 2004
Organic Agriculture Can Feed the World
by Andre Leu

More on Organic & Sustainable Agriculture

Organic Consumers Association - click on "Organic Food" and "Globalization." I cannot recommend their "Mad Cow" page which reveals an anti-animal, vegetarian bias.

Cuba: A Successful Case Study of Sustainable Agriculture 
by PETER M. ROSSET
 
http://www.foodfirst.org/cuba/success.html 

"[T]here are important lessons here for countries struggling to develop. Relatively small-scale farming, even using animals for traction, can be very productive per unit of land, given technical support. And it is next to impossible to have ecologically sound farming at an extremely large scale. Although it is undeniable that for countries wishing to develop industry and at the same time grow most of their own food, some mechanization of agriculture will be needed, it is crucial to recognize - and the Cuban example can help us to understand this - that modest-sized family farms and cooperatives that use reasonably sized equipment can follow ecologically sound practices and have increased labor productivity.

"The Cuban experience illustrates that we can feed a nation's population well with a small- or medium-sized farm model based on appropriate ecological technology, and in doing so we can become more self-reliant in food production. Farmers must receive higher returns for their produce, and when they do they will be encouraged to produce. Capital intensive chemical inputs - most of which are unnecessary - be largely dispensed with. The important lessons from Cuba that we can apply elsewhere, then, are agro-ecology, fair prices, land reform, and local production, including urban agriculture."

More on the benefits of organic food

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Agriculture, Global Warming, and Soil Mineral Availability

Soil Carbon  - research from the Soil Association

Carbon Farmers of America
The ultimate carbon sink - website no longer available, but found this explanation
http://urbanevolution.org/thinktank/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=138
 
http://carbonfarmingcourse.com/    

Soil Carbon Coalition http://soilcarboncoalition.org/ Put the carbon back where it belongs. To advance the practice, and engage people in the opportunity, of turning atmospheric carbon into soil organic matter (oxidize less, photosynthesize more).

Amazing Carbon http://www.amazingcarbon.com/ - lots of papers here - and example: 
      Carbon that counts by Christine Jones, PhD 

See also Holistic Management International  
   and http://www.savoryinstitute.com/ 

Allan Savory on desertification  on Mercola .com (see also here

Carbon sequestration

http://www.rodaleinstitute.org/global_warming

An example "...fulfillment in old-fashioned farming"
Let's put our people back to work in this satisfying and productive profession!

Mob Grazing Heals the Earth lecture by Greg Judy also here on vimeo
  Greg Judy's farm http://www.greenpasturesfarm.net/ 

A new book on the subject - Cows Save The Planet (2013) by Judith D. Schwartz - "looks at soil as a crucible for our many overlapping environmental, economic, and social crises. Schwartz reveals that for many of these problems—climate change, desertification, biodiversity loss, droughts, floods, wildfires, rural poverty, malnutrition, and obesity—our ability to turn these crises into opportunities depends on how we treat the soil." Sean Croxton interviews Judith Schwartz

More on this issue

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Economic Justice

Cheap food - politically popular, but economically disastrous! High taxes, high debt, inflation, devitalized food, poverty can be related to our government's unwillingness to support fair prices for the goods farmers produce.  It's time we understand this issue as we face sky-rocketing medical costs, an increasing gap between rich and poor in this country, and rising animosity around the world. Read more.

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Mad Cow Disease  

Mad Cow Disease has caused a great deal of concern, and the probably needless slaughter of hundreds of thousands of animal. The detective work of Mark Purdey in teasing out the environmental causes of this disease had been an embarrassment to the authorities, who have sought to squelch his work. But thanks to the Internet you can make up your own mind.

Sadly Mark Purdey died 12/11/06 of a brain tumor, but his work lives on.

Exposing the Lies: Prions, Organophosphates & Mad Cow Disease
Interview with Mark Purdey - Acres U.S.A., December 2001

Educating Rida: An Eco-Detective Journey
by Mark Purdey
Acres U.S.A., August-October 2003

Is the environment responsible for Mad Cow disease and its human counterpart?  by Nicholas Regush

Mark Purdey   - 'Seeking the truth through science'
"My new website features the scientific insight that I have gleaned from twenty years worth of unconventional, eco-detective adventures to isolated out-backs around the world - select regions where clusters of modern diseases have suddenly erupted."

The Purdey Environmental Home Page
"We're interested in exploring the ways in which the Environment may be causing a wide variety of diseases such as BSE, CJD, Scrapie, Alzheimer's disease, the Chronic Fatigue Syndromes and more."

Mad Cows or Mad Scientists?  
THE SUPPRESSION OF ALTERNATIVE EXPLANATIONS  

by David Crowe

Bush meat trade - a serious environment challenge in Africa, being addressed by the Jane  Goodall Institute 

Air Quality www.airnow.gov 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof
Psalm 24:1

On the Care of Creation 
Please disregard the misinformation about animals fats on this site.

 

 

Gifts from God

17Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father who created all the lights in the heavens. He is always the same and never makes dark shadows by changing. 18He wanted us to be his own special people, and so he sent the true message to give us new birth.

19My dear friends, you should be quick to listen and slow to speak or to get angry. 20If you are angry, you cannot do any of the good things that God wants done.

James 1:17-20 (CEV)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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