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Paul F. Torrence is Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, USA. His career spanned 30 years at the US National Institutes of Health where he was a Section Chief and then 8 years at Northern Arizona University where he was department chair for 3 years. He has published more than 200 scientific papers and edited 4 books in medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, and drug discovery. He now lives in Williams, Oregon where he is an organic farmer also involved in forest and watershed restoration. He organized Congressional lobbying efforts for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in 1991 and in 1995, on leave from NIH, as an employee of the Northern Alaska Environmental Center. He was instrumental in forming the Shenandoah National Park Coalition in the early 1990's and served as a member of the Maryland Governor's Endangered Species Taskforce. He was a consultant and witness for the plaintiffs in Navajo Nation et al vs. US Forest Service et al in the issue of using reclaimed sewage water to make snow on the sacred San Francisco Peaks in Arizona. He has hiked and backpacked throughout the U.S. and mountaineered on five continents. He now serves on the legislative committee of the Williams, Oregon Grange (#399), and he is a scientific advisor to the German group SIMBIOSIS - Mensch u. Natur e.V. (www.promonte.de). He is also a BOD member of the Wilderness Land Trust (www.wildernesslandtrust.org). Most recently, he taught a course for Southern Oregon University's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute entitled "The Sixth Great Extinction and the Future of Medicine".
Dr. Torrence is a preservationist who believes that the most critical problem of all is human-induced species extinction. A fundamental disrespect of life is the root cause of much of societal failures and human suffering. Learning to co-exist with all species must form the foundation of any ultimately truly functional and successful culture.
It's Time For A National Institute of People's Medicine.
In response to a growing crisis of critical medicine shortages and a paucity of essential discovery and development of new antibiotics, we must form a corporate-independent National Institute of Peoples' Medicine to free us from a profit-mad industry.
Sunday, July 11, 2010(2 comments)
Save The Peaks
The courts and the USDA Forest Service have refused to acknowledge the religious beliefs and practices of the First Nations by allowing an expansion of a ski resort on sacred land coupled with the use of reclaimed sewage water for synthetic snow making. President Obama needs to live up to his earlier rhetoric that claimed respect for Native American religion and spirituality and stop this desecration.
Friday, July 2, 2010(1 comments)
Igniting the Southwest
This article speaks to the primitive policy we have toward recreational fires on our public lands. Caretakers and managers of our public lands seem to refuse to accommodate the careless and inept user, so that both the natural and human worlds suffer. We must adjust our policies toward recreational fire to accommodate an ongoing drought, climate change, and the careless inept human.