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305 Brooker Hill Rd.
Box 487
Becket, MA 01223

tel (413)623-0012
fax (413)623-6042


Amberwaves, a network of concerned citizens, families, farms, and small businesses, was launched this spring to help preserve brown rice, whole wheat, and other essential foods from the threat of genetic engineering and to promote the health of society and preserve the environment. It is a division of Planetary Health, Inc., a federally approved nonprofit (501) (c) (3) organization.

The Board of Directors is drawn from leaders of the natural health and natural foods community, including Alex Jack, an author and teacher whose books include The Cancer Prevention Diet and Diet for a Heart; Edward Esko, an international lecturer and author of Healing Planet Earth; Gale Jack, a cooking teacher and author of Amber Waves of Grain cookbook; Shizuko Yamamoto, founder of the International Macrobiotic Shiatsu Society; Michael Potter, president of Eden Foods; and David Briscoe, a macrobiotic teacher and author of A Personal Peace.

The Amberwaves Action Committee consists of about 75 natural foods teachers and cooks, including Lino and Jane Stanchich, Denny Waxman, Martha Cottrell, M.D., Merdith McCarty, Heike Albers, Evan Root, Christina and Bob Pirello, Mina Dobic, and Jean Richardson. We have received the enthusiastic support of Lundberg Family Farms (largest producer of organic rice in the United States), Southern Brown Rice, Eden Foods, Whole Foods Market, and other natural foods companies.

Over the last few months, several thousand people have signed our Save Organic Rice Petition which will be presented to policy makers, agricultural organizations, the food industry, environmental agencies, the United Nations, and other bodies. We have also begun publishing and brought out our first book, Saving Organic Rice, featuring articles by Dr. Vandana Shiva, Dr. Mae-Wan Ho, Amory and Hunter Lovins, Paul Hawken, and other prominent scientists and environmentalists. We also published the first issue of the quarterly Amberwaves Journal featuring articles by Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich, sponsor of the Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act in Congress, and other authors and educators. In the summer of 2001, we sponsored the first Amberfest Concert on July 4.

There is currently no paid staff, and all work has been on a volunteer basis. In the future, Amberwaves hopes to open offices in northern California and other regions and have a modestly paid staff to put the organization on a more professional basis and relieve the board members who are currently handling most of the day to day operation. Planetary Health plans a wide variety of macrobiotic educational and publishing activities in the future and invites your active participation and support.

Board of Directors

Planetary Health/Amberwaves is in the process of assembling a balanced board of directors representing major social, cultural, and geographical regions of the country. Current members of the board include:

Alex Jack grew up in the Chicago and New York metropolitan areas and graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in philosophy. He has served as a reporter in Vietnam in the 1960s, editor-in-chief of the East West Journal in the 1970s, director of the Kushi Institute, and director of the One Peaceful World Society in the 1990s. He has taught around the world, including the kushi Institute, the Zen Temple in Beijing, the Cardiology Center in Leningrad, and conferences in Europe and Japan. He is the author or co-author of thirty-five books, including The Cancer Prevention Diet (with Michio Kushi), Complete Guide to Macrobiotic Cooking (with Aveline Kushi), Let Food Be Thy Medicine, and The Mozart Effect. (with Don Campbell). Alex lives with his family in Becket, Massachusetts. Alex is president of Planetary Health/Amberwaves.

Gale Jack graduated with a M.Ed. from Texas Tech University and taught elementary school teacher and served as a psychological counselor in the Houston and Dallas public schools. Co-founder of the Heart-of-Texas Macrobiotic Center in Dallas, she has lived in New England for the last thirteen years. She served as associate director of the Kushi Institute, taught cooking, and served as a medicinal cook and counselor. She is the author or co-author of several books, including Promenade Home, Amber Waves of Grain, Women's Health Guide, and Raising Healthy Pets. She has written for Macrobiotics Today, Cybermacro, and other print and online publications. The mother of two children, she lives with her family in Becket, Massachusetts. Gale is treasurer of Planetary Health/Amberwaves.

Edward Esko, a native of Philadelphia, served as vice president of the East West Foundation in Boston, initiated annual conferences on macrobiotics and cancer, and edited books such as Natural Healing through Macrobiotics and Cancer and Diet. He has lectured at the United Nations and in over a dozen countries. He is the author of Healing Planet Earth, Yin Yang Primer, and Contemporary Macrobiotics. He is a founder of KINA, LLC, a natural products company, and on the board of directors of the Preventive Medicine Center in Hartford, CT. Edward is a founder of of Planetary Health/Amberwaves, and lives with his family in western Massachusetts.

Woodward Johnson, co-founder and vice president of Quantum Rabbit, attended Curry College. Beginning in 1974 Woody became involved with Erewhon Natural Foods in Boston and one of the pioneer ecological land development projects in Massachusetts. He gave frequent lectures on diet and health at New England colleges and universities. He founded Woodland Energy Co. in 1984. Woody invented and received a patent on HUBERT®, a solar powered electric generator. It and several other low voltage rechargeable devices are available online and at the Woodland Energy showroom in Fitchburg, MA. Woody designed one of the first environmentally conscious, solar powered homes in New England. He is involved with a leading New England Conservation Trust and serves on the Board of Planetary Health/Amberwaves, a federally approved non-profit environmental and health organization.

Michael J. Potter, a pioneer in the organic foods industry since 1969, is chairman and president of Eden Foods, the premier organic food manufacturer in the United States. He is a founder and managing director of American Soy Products, Inc., the largest processor of organically grown soybeans in the world. He was also a founder of the Soyfoods Association of America. He is the president of the Eden Organic Pasta Company and New Meridian, the cannery for Eden Organic beans. He has served as an Official Advisor to the Director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture on matters pertaining to organic food production. Over the years, he has developed personal contacts and relationships with organic farmers throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, South America, Japan, Belgium, France, and the U.K. and been a leader in the campaign against genetically engineered food. He resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan, near his six children (two daughters, four sons) and two grandchildren.

Shizuko Yamamoto is one of the world's leading shiatsu practitioners and macrobiotic consultants. She served as president of the Macrobiotic Center of New York from 1970 to 1990, founder of the International Macrobiotic Shiatsu Society, and has given seminars and workshops throughout the United States, Europe, Cuba, and her native Japan. She is also an accomplished cooking instructor and has lectured and written widely on the importance of a diet centered on whole grains (and other fresh natural foods) to personal and family health. She is the author of several books including Barefoot Shiatsu, The Shiatsu Handbook, and Whole Health Shiatsu. She has been a macrobiotic educator in New York City for the last 35 years.

David Briscoe, an educator, consultant, and author, has been active in the natural foods community since 1972. He has managed the Amber Waves Café in Kansas City; served as general manager of the Vega Study Center in Oroville, California; and founder of Macrobiotics America. He lectures regularly to medical and lay audiences across the United States and abroad and directs a multi-media distance learning program on the Internet. He is the co-author of A Personal Peace, contributing author to The Whole Mind, and a columnist for Macrobiotics Today. A former secondary school teacher, he has also trained teachers at the university level. He lives in northern California with his wife, Cynthia, and six children.

Amberwaves P.O. Box 487, 305 Brooker Hill Rd., Becket, MA 01223 Tel (413) 623-0012 Fax (413) 623-6042

Amberwaves is funded by the generosity of its supporters. Heart-felt contributions are welcome.