May 25 2011 12:00 AM

Time banks growing

Thank you for covering Time Banks last
week ("Time is money," 5/11/11). Time Banks organize people to get
services they want locally without money. For members time is the
currency exchanged. I am working with a group of people to start a time
bank in the Lansing area. Our biggest challenge is marketing a concept
that is new to most people. We’re looking forward to sharing the idea
with as many people as possible in the coming months. 

Orientation meetings will be held at Gone
Wired Café on Michigan Ave every Monday from 6 to 8pm starting June
6th. Meetings will last about 30 minutes or less. Please contact us with

The new time bank is open to members of
Lansing and East Lansing. We are doing a few things differently than
other Time Banks to address some of the problems mentioned in the
article. For example our website will present rewards to active members
when they log in. These rewards may be additional incentives like
theater tickets or a free lunch at a local restaurant. 

Economist Bernard Lietaer wrote ‘The
design of our currency determines the design of our society.’ What if we
lived in a society where everyone’s skills were valued equally? What if
that value was not attached to a nine-to-five?   What if our economy were not based on consumption but on give and take?

— Edge Brussel, Lansing

What´s in your meat?

As if there weren’t already enough
reasons not to eat meat, a recent study shows that MRSA, an
antibiotic-resistant staph bacterium, can be found in supermarket beef,
chicken, and turkey. This really shouldn’t come as much of a surprise:
Many other harmful organisms, including salmonella, campylobacter,
listeria, and E. coli, are routinely found in our meat supply.

Filthy, overcrowded factory farms have
given rise to swine flu, bird flu, and other animal-borne diseases that
threaten human health. A Belgian survey showed that MRSA has been found
in 68 percent of the pig farms in that country. In 37 percent of the
cases, the farmer and the farmer’s family carried pig MRSA—a variant of
human MRSA, which can cause skin infections and serious illnesses.

If you want to reduce your risk for MRSA
and other superbugs—and for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other
diseases—trade in your hot dogs, hamburgers, and chicken sandwiches for
healthy, great-tasting vegan foods.  For recipes and product suggestions, see

— Heather Moore, The PETA Foundation, Norfolk, Va.