great post, slo.
I am in contact daily with current national publications for the greenhouse industry. There is a national movement in its infancy, but growing rapidly, for greenhouse growers around the nation to move from flower production to year-round organic food production. Granted, most are not doing this as a way to stem the obesity problem here, but as a method of economic survival from the 2008 recession which hit the greenhouse industry very hard - no need for grasses or flowers when you can't pay the mortgage. Growers are pandering to the new and older generation of well informed consumers and apparently, there's a shitload of us. I'm very interested to see where this movement will be going in the upcoming years. I don't agree with the sometimes ridiculously high prices demanded from organic produce so I'm hoping if organic food production becomes much more commonplace, the prices will drop to boost sales. It's still not a great economy yet. At least not where I live.
Chemicals in our food? How about all around us. Better living through chemistry, Parkas. Like the feel of cotton? In the US in 2009, $687 million of pesticides were used on US cotton representing 23% of total GLOBAL pesticide use. In 2010, 45 MILLION pounds of pesticides were used on domestic US cotton. You can purchase 100% organic cotton; if you can find it as it currently accounts for 0.7% world production.
www.ota.com/organic/fiber/Cotton-and-the-Environment.html. Read all about it. And that's not even a food substance.
There is a saying in chemistry: garbage in, garbage out, meaning that unknown/unwanted contaminants at the start of a synthesis will end up in the final product. Turns out that the majority of rice produced in the US is produced in southern states on abandoned cotton fields in soil that was exposed to decades of unregulated arsenic based pesticides. Guess what rice does with arsenic; the same thing any good plant does; absorb it. The federal limit for arsenic exposure in drinking water is 10ppb (parts per billion). There is no limit for foods (go figure). US produced brown rice has upwards of 400ppb arsenic levels and these are the common avg. everyday brands found on store shelves. Might want to read this too as high levels of arsenic are being found in children's juices as well.
consumerreports.org/cro/arsenicinfood.htm.....excellent article with lists of foods and drinks that are rice based with levels of arsenic detected.
And who can forget this fine example from 1994 of the true relationship between mega-money and our elected and paid for government officials. These patrons of health are still around and doing quite well. Chemical kings themselves.
It's not hopeless, it's just about educating ourselves, thinking for ourselves and putting our money where we think it counts most.
Monsanto is one of the main culprits. Somebody else on this site was doing activism around Monsanto and they were actively being shadowed. Monsanto is aggressive in going after it's opponents!
It's a damn shame the evil conglomerates like Monsanto have more than enough money to keep the American public blissfully ignorant of the crap they dump into our "food." It continues to boggle my mind how few people realize the antibiotics, steroids, chemicals, etc. that we ingest every day by ingesting and digesting. "Sickening" and "angering" are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of how this enrages me, but it's a continually growing trend in how the corporations who REALLY run this country treat the American public. We're less than guinea pigs to them; all they want are our dollars, and they're more than happy to poison us to get them.
Look at a crop map of North America over the years and you’ll see there is a great migration going on in food production. Crops heading north. Corn and beans – soybeans – marching north toward the Canadian border and spilling over it into brand new territory. It’s about plant genetics and farming technique. It’s also about climate change. A southern tier turning too hot and dry. A northern planting season getting longer, more welcoming. Crop production is moving.
Guests on the program included: David Lobell, professor in environmental Earth system science at Stanford University. He is also director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment. Wolfam Schlenker, professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Donn Teske, farmer, president of the Kansas Farmers Union. Woody Barth, farmer, president of the North Dakota Farmers Union.
Interesting to note is that these commentators agree that there is no doubt that man-made emissions from the burning of fossil fuels is largely to blame. However, their corporate masters still deem it heresy and therefore these experts who work for them are unable to call it as they see it in plain language.
Deadly denial to keep the bottom line profitable in the short run.
Maybe it's all old news to everybody else... I never passed through this particular airport or heard anything about this. Maybe Colorado was once known for ranching and rodeos and is now known for survivalism.
Check out by googling -- Images for the Denver Airport Conspiracy --. One of the images is definitely the stealie and entire image that graces the front of the Winterland 73: The Complete Recordings box CD set, presumably with the permission of the artist and/or copyright holder granted.
Of spent nuclear fuel rods at it's six unit nuclear power operating station. TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) experienced hydrogen explosions and partial meltdown to all of it's six units after the tsunami wave swamped it. The tsunami, in turn, was caused by close offshore earthquake on 3/11/11.
It was disclosed today that 80 of the spent fuel rods that had been sitting in cooling ponds had been damaged before the accident.
There are ongoing leaks of radio-active waste water that is piling up inside the the containment vessels. The situation is clearly fluid and ongoing after 32 months. The government has just appropriated another 50 billion dollars to TEPCO in addition to an already appropriated 50 billion in loans.
One thing that is interesting to note is that people in the immediate area (more than 10 kilometers away) are being encouraged to move back into their homes because of new evidence that suggests there are safe, acceptable levels of background radiation. This is new and controversial but seems to have some weight behind it due to naturally occurring background radiation as well as man-made low-dose radiation from x-rays that are not observed to have adverse effects.
The Denver Airport has some rather bizarre pictures that many maintain have to do with the "New World Order". I'm not into conspiracy theories but with the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination coming up this week they do seem to be topical to current events.
Among the many pictures of original art at the Denver airport is a stealie that appears to be the artwork from Winterland 73: The Complete Recordings (A stealie in the pupil of an eye with a bunch of people milling about outside the eyeball?). I may have that mixed uo with the cover art of another box set or it may be a close approximation.
Does anybody know who the artist is?
I feel sorry for the mayor of Toronto. Ford has a major substance abuse problem and he refuses to resign and go to rehab.. The City Council cannot force him out but they are systematically stripping him of his powers.
The latest story has him slugging down shots of vodka after taking Oxycontin. He is also at the same time snorting lines of cocaine with a hooker in his office. Later, he has his driver pull over so he can urinate on a middle school.
I thought he would have done the sensible thing by now and bow to reality, biting the bullet for rehab.. Good luck Rob. You don't have to hit rock bottom before you get off the elevator.
For the Upton "Keep Your Health Care Plan Act of 2013" Bill. The vote was 261-157. The Bill has been announced DOA in the Senate. Obama has vowed to veto it should it reach his desk. The fact that it came up explains why Obama backed up yesterday on the ACA. It was political reality day after endless clips of "If you like...You can keep."
This bill would allow insurance companies not only to continue with "sub-par" insurance policies for people who got cancelled, but it would also allow those companies to sell to new customers. That is the really objectionable part that would effectively gut the ACA.
These Democrats who defected are the "Blue Dogs" in swing districts who needed to show their constituents that they are frustrated with the roll-out of the ACA. They are not changed on the ACA, merely bowing to reality.
Boy, this issue is red hot right now. Insurers will meet with the President today at the White House and state regulators will than have to weigh in. These parties have to agree to the regression.
"Society is at risk when any of us do not have insurance" Not my quote.