Let’s use explosives and bombs to keep whales out of oil spills

whalesThis story hit the headlines today and had this writer’s jaw drop. It surely falls under the heading of “What the heck are are they thinking!!”

In today’s The Globe and Mail:

“The proponents of two controversial pipelines to British Columbia’s coast say they would consider deploying underwater firecrackers, helicopters and clanging pipes, among other methods, to ensure whales don’t swim toward any disastrous oil spill that might result from increased tanker traffic carrying bitumen to Asia.”

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The bad news about GMO’s from a die-hard organic farmer

Editors Note:   The following is Part 2 of a series focused on genetically modified food crops from Wayne Kessler, a decades-experienced organic farmer in northern California.

Learn more about genetically modified foods so you can make informed, healthy choices

Learn more about genetically modified foods so you can make informed, healthy choices

All genetically altered organisms are tested badly. The USDA and the Food and Drug Administration report that GMO and GE foods are safe to eat. The food industry claims no one has gotten sick or died from eating billions of GMO meals. We don’t know because there have been few long-term studies linking animal and human health to GMO foods, including the residue pesticides and fertilizers in them. Remember, most if not all GMO foods come with tiny doses of chemicals that are used on or in them. There’s growing evidence that the cancers and other environmental diseases develop after years of tiny doses of toxins that we breathe and eat.

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of GMO’s from a die-hard organic farmer

The following article is by a colleague who, as a decades-experienced organic farmer, has first hand knowledge and understanding of the issues surrounding genetically modified or genetically engineered crops and their impact. Because this topic is so crucial, it’s published here as a three-part short series. Sources are attributed at the end of the series.  You’ll want to be sure to read it all.

GMO corn pic

I guess I’m just an old confused farmer, but I’ve been concerned about GMOs and the future for a while . Initially, I was optimistic. However the rapid growth and the way Genetic Modified Organisms (GMO) are being used has me worried. So far, the debate hasn’t provided clear solutions. As a food eater, I want to know all about the food I eat. Therefore, I’ve tried to look at the issues from both sides.

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New online video game makes learning how to recycle fun

Recycleg Sorter Game

The Super Sorter game makes learning about what’s recyclable fun

There’s no national mandatory recycling law so not everyone recycles. Many folks don’t know much about what can be recycled beyond paper or bottles. Now, as part of Keep America Beautiful and the Ad Council’s “I Wanted to be Recycled campaign, St. John & Partners have created a new interactive online game called Super Sorter that shows people different ways things can be sorted and recycled.

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Tomatoes as sustainable materials for vehicles?

Ford and Heinz work to create sustainable materials from tomato waste

Ford and Heinz work to create sustainable materials from tomato waste

You have to hand it to Ford Motor Company. They seem to be at the top when it comes to innovation and creative thinking.

Their latest venture has them  collaborating with Heinz, Coca-Cola, Nike and Procter & Gamble to further the development of a 100 percent plant-based plastic that can be used to make everything from fabric to packaging and with a lower environmental impact than petroleum-based packaging materials currently in use. And that’s where tomatoes come into play.

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SeaWorld set to “talk through the issue” of captive orcas

SeaWorld orca

Orcas at SeaWorld. Only in captivity are the fins on their backs folded over – another sign that something’s very wrong. Photo by Josh, flickr

Seems there’s a breakthrough in the making. As pressure increases on SeaWorld  since the release of the film Blackfish exposing details about its captive orcas. As the park continues to see serious drops in revenues from artists and tourist cancellations, it has decided it’s time to speak up. It announced that on June 5th a representative from SeaWorld will take on two prominent critics of the park to “talk through the issue” of keeping killer whales in captivity, according to Voice of San Diego, organizer of the unprecedented event that’s to be held at La Jolla’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Canadian organization argues for euthanization of oiled wildlife after oil spills

An oiled Canadian goose, photo courtesy of the U.S. EPA

An oiled Canadian goose, photo courtesy of the U.S. EPA

As yet another example of how out of touch we are with Nature and the vital role of  its creatures, now there’s a controversy as to whether “Canadian governments, industry and wildlife management groups” should work to save wildlife seriously effected after an oil spill or make the “tough” choice to euthanize these creatures.

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