Tag Archives: Environment

Hemp Could Save Our Nation

This is a must read diary from DailyKos…

Hemp is the hidden key to legalizing marijuana.

Here’s an excerpt…

Hemp is the far bigger economic issue hiding behind legal marijuana.

If the upcoming pot legalization ballot in California were decided by hemp farmers like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, it would be no contest.  For purely economic reasons, if you told the Constitutional Convention in 1787 that the nation they were founding would someday make hemp illegal, they would have laughed you out of the room.

If California legalizes pot, it will save the state millions in avoided legal and imprisonment costs, while raising it millions in taxes.

But if it then legalizes hemp, it will open up to a multi-billion-dollar crop that has been a staple of human agriculture for thousands of years, and that could save the farms of thousands of American families.

In order to understand the full impact of hemp on our economy, read the complete diary at this link.  Imagine all the trees that would be saved if we switched from wood to hemp for making paper.

The Declaration of Independence is written on hemp paper.

The Plastic Garbage Patch

Are we slowly eliminating the human race with plastic?

Oceanographer Curtis Ebbesmeyer, Ph.D., an expert on marine debris, agrees. “If you could fast-forward 10,000 years and do an archaeological dig…you’d find a little line of plastic,” he told The Seattle Times last April. “What happened to those people? Well, they ate their own plastic and disrupted their genetic structure and weren’t able to reproduce. They didn’t last very long because they killed themselves.”

Plastic Oceans:  This article explains how we are destroying the oceans with nasty plastic and is on the “must read” list.

Not only are submitting our food chain to plastic, we consume toxic plastic when we microwave in plastic containers and/or eat from plastic containers.

When shopping, take along cloth shopping bags and when asked by the clerk, “Paper or plastic?” just say “No” and give them the cloth bags to use instead.

Coming to Your Neighborhood

Hydraulic fracturing for natural gas destroys our air and our drinking water. Cheney’s bad environmental decisions which supported the profits of Halliburton over the health of Americans lives on. Soon, there will be gas wells all over the publicly owned lands in Pennsylvania. The damage created to the environment by these wells will destroy vegetation and wild life. There are many hunters in Pennsylvania and they will find that there will be less areas where they can hunt because the gas companies will take over the land and the hunters will be restricted from entering what was once prime hunting grounds.

Joe Sestak for US Senate

Pennsylvania for Change endorses Joe Sestak for US Senate representing the people of Pennsylvania.

http://joesestak.com/welcome/Home/Home.html

Joe is a supporter of gender equality.

Joe Sestak believes in building better lives and futures for working families – particularly America’s women. Today, women earn only 77 cents for every dollar that men earn and 12 percent of women are their family’s main wage earner. To ensure the opportunity for a more secure future for women and their families, Joe believes we need to ensure that women are not only provided fair wages, but also benefits that are based on their performance; equal rights to challenge unfair practices, secure health and safety – including the right to choose – and skill training in fields that are underrepresented by women; and secure retirements and pensions that guarantee their independence and economic security in the coming years.

He also supports a public option health care plan.  When Joe Sestak retired from the Navy, he was offered many positions working for the military complex and he turned down these high paying jobs to run for Congress because he believes that it is his turn to give back to the American people.

Visit Joe’s website and read more about his position on issues, volunteer and/or contribute to his campaign.  During the 2010 primary, help get out the vote for Joe.

Just a slap on the wrist

(This is a re-post from last August.)

For decades, Monsanto had been polluting a creek in the town of Anniston, Alabama.

On the west side of Anniston, the poor side of Anniston, the people ate dirt. They called it “Alabama clay” and cooked it for extra flavor. They also grew berries in their gardens, raised hogs in their back yards, caught bass in the murky streams where their children swam and played and were baptized. They didn’t know their dirt and yards and bass and kids — along with the acrid air they breathed — were all contaminated with chemicals. They didn’t know they lived in one of the most polluted patches of America.”

“Today, parts of Anniston are so contaminated that residents have been told not to grow vegetables in the soil, kick up dirt, eat food, chew gum or smoke cigarettes while working in their yards. ‘Our children have to play in the streets, on the sidewalks, because they can’t play in the grass because it’s contaminated,’ says resident David Baker. ‘We have to wear masks if we cut our grass. Where else in the United States of America are people doing that?'”

“In my judgment, there’s no question this is the most contaminated site in the U.S.,” says Dr. David Carpenter, a professor of environmental health at the State University of New York in Albany. [10].

(source Wikipedia)

Besides dumping PCBs into the streams, Monsanto has also dumped mercury and lead down the Company’s sewer drains which eventually made its way to the sewage treatment plant.

In 2002, a jury found Monsanto guilty of polluting for decades in the Anniston area. This opened up the opportunity for further lawsuits.

Monsanto was found negligent because back in 1966, Monsanto managers discovered that fish turned belly within 10 seconds, spurting blood from their mouths and shedding their skin as if they were dropped in boiling water. Instead of reporting this information, Monsanto decided to keep it secret and the residents of Anniston continued to fish and swim in this toxic soup which was once a pristine stream. Monsanto hid decades of pollution.

As posted in Mindfully.org, (if you have the time, read the entire article)

They also know that for nearly 40 years, while producing the now-banned industrial coolants known as PCBs at a local factory, Monsanto Co. routinely discharged toxic waste into a west Anniston creek and dumped millions of pounds of PCBs into oozing open-pit landfills. And thousands of pages of Monsanto documents — many emblazoned with warnings such as “CONFIDENTIAL: Read and Destroy” — show that for decades, the corporate giant concealed what it did and what it knew.

Monsanto has been dumping PCBs for over 40 years and creating “super fund” sites and we, the taxpayers, are stuck with the clean-up bill.

How long have we known about the toxicity of PCBs?

In early 1967, a group of Swedish scientists demonstrated publicly that PCBs were a threat to the global environment. The Swedes identified traces of PCBs throughout the food chain: in fish, birds, pine needles, even their children’s hair. They proved that PCBs are persistent — which, as one lawyer drawled in court last spring, “is nothing but a fancy word for ‘won’t go away.’ ” But Monsanto’s primary response was to prepare for a media war.

Monsanto has no scruples and continues to provide products that are risky to our health.

Additional reading:

http://www.greenleft.org.au/1997/292/15855