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Whereas: The Amazon is not just an online book store

February 7th, 2008 by Peggy Farabaugh

More urgent reasons behind Vermont Woods Studios fight to save the Amazon and other rainforests:

  1. The Amazon Rainforest oft described as the “Lungs of our  Planet”, recycles the green house gas, carbon dioxide into oxygen.  More than 20 percent of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon!
  2. You won’t believe this but widespread fires in the Amazon, set intentionally to clear land for agriculture, are now making Brazil one of the world’s leading greenhouse gas producers!
  3. At least twenty percent of the Amazon has been cut down/slashed and burned in the last 40 years (more than in the previous 450 years of European colonization)
  4. Scientists predict that another 20% will be lost over the next 2 decades
  5. Nearly every road in the Amazon is unauthorized — cut by trespassing land sharks (with forged phony land titles) who clear the land for timber, pasture and soy production.  (Brazil is the world’s largest exporter of beef and second only to the US in soybeans.  Rainforest soil is not suited to these purposes, thus mass amounts of pesticides and fertilizers are used further worsening the problem)
  6. I’m not making this stuff up.  My sources aren’t some left wing groups you’ve never heard of.  Check out some of these mainstream references:  National Geographic, Audobon Magazine, United Nations Millenium Ecosystem Assessment, CNN Planet in Peril.  If we want to keep breathing oxygen, we’ve got to get busy and do something now!  Read more and get on The Green Train.

A Manifesto?

February 5th, 2008 by Peggy Farabaugh

Treebark1 I’ve been trying to find a better way to share our vision and mission for Vermont Woods Studios Furniture and also wanting to let you know how we’re doing at meeting the goals we’ve set in order to achieve our vision. I’m thinking of writing a manifesto

I’ve written previously about how and why we conceived this business, about our green mission and about the artisans that craft our beautiful furniture.  What we're up to is so exciting and so important!  But with all the demands of a start up company that bear down on the very few individuals that make it all work, the excitement can sometimes get a little lost in the day to day madness. I want to have one document, one place where we can tell the world (and remind ourselves) what we’re all about and how we plan to use our furniture business to help solve urgent environmental problems like global warming, rainforest destruction and species extinction. A manifesto seems to be the instrument to do that. What do you think?