Archives for April 2012

Greenpeace: Tuna app

I love Greenpeace! They have done it again: Greenpeace have found another inventive way to help us to make the right choice. Because we all want to do this for our planet. And as well as making the right choice, we want convenience and knowledge, right at our fingertips. They have bought out a new ‘Tuna App’ where you download it (it’s free), installing it on your iPhone, enabling you to type in a brand of tuna (assuming you’re in the supermarket and not at your mum’s house, checking out her pantry) and make the right choice when purchasing voting with your dollars!

This app sits inside the Australian Marine Conservation Societies popular Sustainable Seafood Guide app; this way shoppers can make ocean friendly choices while shopping for canned and fresh fish in the supermarket. You can find out if a brand uses sustainable fishing methods and whether they care about the long-term protection of tuna.

“Canned tuna is the most commonly bought seafood product here in Australia” said Greenpeace Australia Pacific’s Oceans Campaigner Nathaniel Pelle. “But the overwhelming majority of it comes from companies that allow the use of destructive fishing methods. Most shoppers want a sustainable product and they don’t want to have to do a lot of research to find it. That’s where the Canned Tuna Guide app can help.”

“Despite more sustainable pole and line options being available than ever before – in just about every supermarket – shelves are still packed with tuna that’s either at-risk or caught using a destructive fishing method that’s wiping out vulnerable marine life.” [1]

In this YouTube clip, a helicopter pilot blows the whistle via footage he handed over to Greenpeace. He took this while he was filming his holiday adventures in the gorgeous pacific. We can see exactly how this unsustainable fishing practice pans out for the tuna, turtles and sharks of the Pacific Ocean.

As an example of a brand of tuna not to buy (as yet) is Woolworths home brand and Woolworths select, as they don’t use sustainable fishing practices… and they, at this point in time, offer the consumer no evidence saying they have stopped the awful fishing method of using purse seine nets with fish aggregation devices (FADs) for catching tuna. Sadly, this method also catches turtles and sharks within the nets. BAD Woolies!

Canned Tuna Guide app

You can read more about the app here and you can download the tuna app here

How else can you help? Follow these links where Greenpeace are running campaigns in the following countries:

Australia: While every major player in the UK tuna industry has improved how it sources tuna, the Australian industry drags the chain. If you’d like to help change this, you can add your name to this letter, to help stop unsustainable fishing practices, and the use of fish aggregation devices (FADs).

USA: Click here to ask tuna brand Chicken of the Sea to clean up their policy.

New Zealand: Click here to send a message to Sealord, New Zealand’s largest canned tuna brand, urging them to stop buying tuna from companies destroying ocean life in the Pacific.

And Canada: you can click here


Miche :)


(Greenpeace Banner: Trademark of Stichting Greenpeace Council)

Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.

Human trafficking

If every year thousands of girls and women are promised a dancing career in Europe, and they end up working in brothels, who’s fault is that?

This add, created by Duval Guillaume Modem, aims to bring awareness to human trafficking and slavery.

“So you think you will dance? Sometimes things are not what they seem. Men, women and children are trafficked – tricked, forced and exploited in the sex industry. Awareness campaign created by Duval Guillaume Modem and produced by monodot in support of STOP THE TRAFFIK.”

At the end of the choreographed dance show, the men who are standing around watching the show, look horrified when the words ‘Every year, thousands of women are promised a dance career in Western Europe. Sadly, they end up here. Stop the traffik. People shouldn’t be bought or sold.’ flash up on the screen. There jaws literally drop open as if the idea of women being forced into sex-work has only just occurred to them.

You can read more about how this video has gone viral here.

Who would think that in this day and age, women could be bought and sold as if they were nothing more than a commodity. When men (and women) pay for sex, wouldn’t they consider that maybe, just maybe, the person they are about to pay is not working as a sex-worker willingly? Wouldn’t that be something they’d take notice of? And if they did notice it, wouldn’t they do something about it? Or is it something that is just accepted by a client? If one person can treat another person like a piece of meat (one that can be traded over and over, until it’s time to get a new one), and men and women’s bodies can be capitalised on, then we, as a human race, have not evolved very far from barbarism at all.

STOP THE TRAFFIK is a group of communities, individuals, and organisations who fight to protect people who are trafficked, prevent the sale of people and prosecute the traffickers. They have over 10,000 activists around the world, in fifty countries. Their aims are to raise awareness about human trafficking, advocate for change within communities, and create an environment where it is difficult to exploit people. They also organise fundraising so they can finance ‘Stop the Traffik’ projects and anti-trafficking ventures, which work with their advocates and those vulnerable to being trafficked as well as those who have been trafficked.

As they say on their website:

“When people act, things change.”

You can help take action here.

If this were to continue happening, it would be our fault, as a society, for allowing the practice to continue.



Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.


(This poem, published previously, on The Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities, was recently workshopped in my Poetry 1 class at Victoria University, St Albans Campus, Victoria, Australia, under the bright shining poetry light of one teacher, Tracey Rolfe (you can visit her awesome blog here). This here is the latest version. Please feel free to leave your thoughts or comments in the comments box below.)


Ubiquitous in nature,

moulds: [1]Cladosporium spores

windswept, transported on the overcast

days you can’t tolerate, microbes of irritation

the sun and sharp vaporous fumes, cause and effect

sinuses aching into eye sockets, lungs wheezing out oxygen

symptomatic of your exposure to the fungi [2]Aspergillus fumigatus

the [3]volatile organic compounded malodour from spores

expanding, hyphae curling out and up like branches

in the night,  fruiting green-grey   monsters

seeking out moist darkness; its colony

a mushrooming city of allergens

released:   the curse of

your existence.

[1] Cladosporium spores: wind-dispersed moulds found in abundance outdoors; in large amounts, these allergens, can affect asthmatics and people with allergies and/or chemical sensitivities.

[2] Aspergillus fumigatus: mould commonly found in the break-down of organic matter such as soil, and compost; however, it can also be found in moisture-damaged buildings where it can grow on chipboard, wood and gypsum board (plaster), thus releasing cytoxins, which not only affect the indoor air quality but also the health of the occupants. Inhabitant’s symptoms can include: rhinitis, irritation to eyes and skin, fatigue and/or respiratory infections.

[3] Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs): organic chemicals released into the air from synthetic and natural occurring compounds. When VOCs are released from mould, these can contribute to sick-building syndrome.


© Michellina Van Loder, 2012


(Note: After living the last year of my life in a mould affected environment, the tole on my health has pushed me deeper into the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities, shitty at the best of times, agonisingly surreal at the worst of times. The following YouTube clip shows a different perspective on mould; a perspective of beauty and appreciation for something so horrid…  As you’ll see, there is some beautiful imagery there–fodder for this here poet!)



The Labyrinth: Pullularia Mould

Michellina Van Loder is a Professional Writer, Journalist and Blogger. This is where she shares her tales about trail blazing her way out of the Labyrinth of Chemical Sensitivities and Mould. This is also where you will find the latest Research on related topics.

Information, products and views presented by guest bloggers @The Labyrinth are not necessarily the same as those held by this blog's author, Michellina van Loder. Reviews are my own personal opinions (unless stated otherwise); and satire is used throughout personal posts. Any health topics discussed are not to be taken as medical advice. Seek out medical attention if needed and do your own research; however, you're welcome to use mine as a start.
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