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The Two Voices of Barbra Streisand

Last weekend, I died and went to heaven. Julia and I attended a MusiCares event honoring Barbra Streisand as their Person of the Year. MusiCares is a foundation providing medical and financial assistance for musicians during their time of need. In addition to performances by Barbra, the artists paying tribute included Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow, Tony Bennett, Seal, and Faith Hill, as well as Broadway veterans Lea Michele, Kristen Chenoweth, and Matthew Morrison, and their Glee castmate Darren Criss.

I instantly fell in love with Barbra when my parents took me to see her in Funny Girl on Broadway when I was eight years old. I thought I would marry her one day. From her humble Brooklyn beginnings, Streisand has gone on to become one of the few entertainers to win an Oscar, a Tony, a Grammy, and an Emmy, as well as a Director’s Guild Award.

Just as impressively, Streisand has had a second voice that has raised over $25 million through the Streisand Foundation and her live performances, donating to organizations supporting environmental preservation, voter education, women’s issues, and the protection of civil liberties. Barbra is also a committed environmentalist. One day, we were hiking in the Santa Monica Mountains and we were told that Barbra had donated the 22.5-acre Ramirez Canyon estate in 1993.

Bob with the "Warblers" from Glee

Whether you agree with her politics or not, she is a committed citizen who could have easily sat on the Malibu beach and done nothing. Instead, she has made a difference for so many people through her voice and her philanthropic efforts. At Organically Grown, we salute Barbra for not only her creative achievements, but for giving so much back.

By Bob Stein, co-founder of Organically Grown



Organically Grown Congratulates Stand Up to Cancer

This past Friday night, Julia and I had the honor of attending the Stand Up to Cancer global telethon. We salute our dear friends Rusty Robertson and Sue Schwartz, two of the founders of Stand Up to Cancer, along with their co-founders Katie Couric, Noreen Fraser, Sherry Lansing, Kathleen Lobb, Lisa Paulson, Ellen Ziffren, and Laura Ziskin, for accomplishing the impossible: Assembling a dream team of cancer researchers from many of the top notch hospitals, including Johns Hopkins and UCLA, working together to find a cure.

The benefit was hosted by Katie Couric, Brian Williams, and Diane Sawyer, and broadcasted  by all the major television networks. Celebrities such as Denzel Washington, Reese Witherspoon, George Clooney, Cindy Crawford, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Lance Armstrong manned the telephones and accepted donations.

Adding to the star power of the evening were performances by Neil Diamond and Stevie Wonder. If I were to go to the moon and was only allowed to bring a handful of albums, the music of these two icons would be right there with me. I was fortunate enough to meet  Stevie Wonder, and he is as beautiful as his music.

According to the Organic Trade Association, cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed crops, with over 450 million pounds of pesticides applied on conventional cotton each year. Seven of these pesticides are on the EPA’s list of known, likely, or probable human carcinogens. Furthermore, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ study “Cancer and the Environment” cites research stating, “Studies of people with high exposures to pesticides, such as farmers, pesticide applicators, crop duster pilots, and manufacturers, have found high rates of blood and lymphatic system cancers, cancers of the lip, stomach, lung, brain, and prostate, as well as melanoma and other skin cancers.”

I am inspired by Rusty and Sue, and everyone at Stand Up to Cancer. The cure to this awful disease is within our reach.

At Organically Grown, we offer affordable products that are made from 100% organic cotton..free of harmful pesticides. I believe that one day we will all be wearing organic clothing as we celebrate the end of cancer.

BY BOB STEIN, CO-FOUNDER OF ORGANICALLY GROWN

Please visit www.standup2cancer.org to donate money or to purchase SUTC gear. 100% of all donations and proceeds go to collaborative cancer research.

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For more information, please visit these links:

National Institute of Environmental Health Science’s “Cancer and the Environment”

National Wildlife Foundation’s “Cotton and Pesticides”