Thursday, April 30, 2009

Greenwash of the Week: Monsanto "Imagine"

Yea, “imagine” is right…Monsanto seems to think they can pledge more sustainable agriculture and we won’t notice all the harm they have done to the worlds food supply. “That’s sustainable agriculture. And that’s what Monsanto seeds are all about.” Um, no - it’s not.

Talk about greenwashing. There is a great campaign called Millions Against Monsanto, which details a few important things that can highlight just how concerned they are with sustainability…

  • Monsanto’s Agent Orange: The Corporation Continues to Refuse Compensation to Veterans and Families for Exposure to the Toxic Chemical
  • Monsanto Hid PCB Pollution for Decades
  • Monsanto Brings Small Family Dairy to Court
  • Taxpayers Forced to Fund Monsanto’s Poisoning of Third World
  • Yep, sounds like they are concerned with the environment…

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    Right now, there is probably no other company that is doing more to endanger the health of this planet, and it's inhabitants, than Monsanto.

    With Nazi-like attitude, they are leading the world in shear destructive evil greed. First they were a drug company, and then they expanded to become a drugs and genetic engineering company, and now Monsanto is attempting to acquire water rights in countries with water shortages in a move to control the people's basic means of survival, and production of the global food supply.

    Giant transnational corporations like Monsanto, in collusion with the World Bank and the World Trade Organization, seek to commodify and privatize the world's water and put it on the open market for sale to the highest bidder.

    Millions of the world's citizens are being deprived of this fundamental human right, and vast ecological damage is being wrought as massive industry claims water once used to sustain communities and replenish nature.

    Saturday, April 25, 2009

    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is twice the size of France

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    There are now 46,000 pieces of plastic per square kilometre of the world's
    oceans, killing a million seabirds and 100,000 marine mammals each year.
    Worse still, there seems to be nothing we can do to clean it up. So how do
    we turn the tide?

    A shark carcase on Kamilo Beach, Hawaii; Drowning in plastic

    Way out in the Pacific Ocean, in an area once known as the doldrums, an
    enormous, accidental monument to modern society has formed. Invisible to
    satellites, poorly understood by scientists and perhaps twice the size of
    France, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is not a solid mass, as is sometimes
    imagined, but a kind of marine soup whose main ingredient is floating
    plastic debris.

    Floating beneath the surface of the water, to a depth of 10 metres, was a
    multitude of small plastic flecks and particles, in many colours, swirling
    like snowflakes or fish food
    The world's navies and commercial shipping fleets make a significant
    throwing some 639,000 plastic containers
    overboard every day, along with their other litter
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    I know this is an old story, but like the plastic and trash we keep throwing away, it just won’t go away.

    Measurements show there is six times more plastic than plankton in this area.

    Plastic does not biodegrade; no microbe has yet evolved that can feed on it.

    Prolonged exposure to sunlight causes polymer chains to break down into smaller and smaller pieces, a process accelerated by physical friction, such as being blown across a beach or rolled by waves.

    Worldwide, according to the United Nations Environment Programme, plastic is killing a million seabirds a year, and 100,000 marine mammals and turtles.

    Bottle caps, pocket combs, cigarette lighters, tampon applicators, cottonbud shafts, toothbrushes, toys, syringes and plastic shopping bags are routinely found in the stomachs of dead seabirds and turtles.

    Every single molecule of plastic that has ever been manufactured is still somewhere in the environment, and some 100 million tons of it are floating in the oceans.

    Tuesday, April 21, 2009

    Global Cooling: An Inconvenient Fact

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    For the last decade or so, we’ve had to listen the the apocalyptic ravings of leftwing eco-nuts warning that the planet is growing warmer. They warn we are standing on the ledge of an abyss which would swallow the light of the world.
    The mainstream media has followed this irrational fear- mongering like a band of scared puppies.
    The Obama Administration is so sure that we are facing complete annihilation by our own hand, that they are moving a cap-and-trade policy through Congress at the speed of light. Global warming is an emergency; don’t you know?
    climate change is as natural as night and day
    Daniel Greenstein over at StormX, points to scientific evidence that the eruption of Mt. Redoubt in Alaska will result in a cooler than normal growing season for those of us in the Midwest
    The ash cloud, which is comprised of the same nasty chemicals as the smog in L.A. or Beijing, blocked the sunlight
    how are we to believe that smog over the world’s largest cities is somehow making the world warmer
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    Crisis. What Crisis?

    The fact is, the planet is cooling.

    Earth has gone through this cycle of cooling and warming many times, long before mankind ever showed up.

    True we are adding to the problem but nature will make adjustments.