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Natural Awakenings Greater Boston - Rhode Island

Finding Solutions that Lead to Harmony

In preparation for selecting the specific content for the magazine each month, I receive the gift of assisting our editor in reviewing and selecting the snippets of cutting-edge information we bring to readers through Health and Global Briefs.

As with all editorial, we work hard to offer helpful tips for healthy living which bring a feeling of gratitude within the reader for obtaining the information. We seek to provide content that helps people consider solutions to potential health conditions or improve their overall well-being.

It’s not always easy when sometimes the news seems dismal. Agree or disagree though, I believe anything is possible and there is always a solution that can lead to harmony down the road. Perhaps that’s the Pollyanna in me or maybe it’s the part of me that knows that there is always at least a glimmer of light at the end of every tunnel.

The Global Brief, “Shell Game,” was the spark for this reflection as it brought up both positive and negative emotions for me. In brief, the U.S. Dept of Agriculture has changed the name of the controversial, “Genetically Modified Organism (GMO)” to “Bioengineered”.

At first, I was angered and irritated by an intense negative judgement and assumption that behind this new identity for GMOs is a master-manipulative marketing plan to confuse consumers with a simple rebrand. Once the initial disgust wore off, gratitude for the opportunity to share this information with you came to mind.

Knowing that many of our readers love to share the tidbits of information they pick up through Natural Awakenings makes it all the sweeter. Though mostly an idealist, the realist in me accepts that there may always be deception behind mass agendas. This only lights the fire and increases the passion that inspires our mission to inform, educate and provide helpful alternatives for our community.

As always, may you find something within these pages that lifts you up in some way, shape or form.





Maisie Raftery, Publisher