“Date: May 27, 2016Author: Brooks Kaiser 0 Comments Industrial concentration can sometimes be good for the environment, if not cheap prices or even economic playing fields.This week a group of mass retailers and processors of Northeast Atlantic Cod (Espersen (Privately held, Danish), Nomad Foods Europe (NOMD on the NYSE), Icelandic Seachill/The Saucy Fish Co. (Icelandic Holding company/subsidiary), Young’s Seafood Ltd (Privately held, British), Tesco (TSCO on the LSS), Morrisons (MRW on the LSS), ASDA (British subsidiary of WalMart (WMT on the NYSE)), Marks and Spencer (MKS.L on LSS), Sainsbury’s (JSNSF on OTC) and McDonalds (MCD on NYSE)) acted in concert with Norwegian and Russian fishermen (Fiskebåt, Karat) to stem the trawl fishing that Greenpeace has identified moving toward Svalbard as the Arctic ice retreats and grants access.”
Pilfered Comment from the Times:
jlalbrecht Vienna, Austria, “This great article should be posted each time a politician recommends de-funding and/or neutering the EPA.”
“Back in 1970, Los Angeles was known as the smog capital of the world — a notorious example of industrialization largely unfettered by regard for health or the environment. Heavy pollution drove up respiratory and heart problems and shortened lives.But 1970 was also the year the environmental movement held the first Earth Day and when, 45 years ago this month, Congress passed a powerful update of the Clean Air Act. (Soon after, it was signed by President Richard Nixon, and it was followed by the formation of the Environmental Protection Agency and passage of the Clean Water Act, making him one of the most important, though underappreciated, environmentalists in American history.)”
Great comments. Read these after the article below.
I started my adult career as an avid genetic engineering student. I am now an organic farmer. So I ask just a few questions –
In 2015, after 20 years of Biotech-based agriculture, have we –
1. decreased the tonnage of pesticides applied?
2. decreased the toxicity of pesticides applied?
3. increased reliable weed and insect control?
4. protected bees, butterflies and other beneficial organisms?
5. increased farm/rural viability and profitability?
6. increased regional food security and sovereignty?
7. increased food nutritional value?
8. increased soil health and decreased soil loss / degradation?
9. increased water quality and reduced water use?
10. decreased dependence on purchased finite off-farm resources?
11. reduced agriculture’s impact on climate change?
12. reduced the amount of petroleum-based energy used on farm?
13. increased biological and genetic diversity on farms?
Never ever forget that it is the entire package of this style agriculture – the pesticides, fertilizers, neonics, ethanol-driven markets, monopolization of the farm supply chain, rural social impacts, unintended environmental and health consequences, plus the genetic event – that is the ‘proof of the pudding’. It is that entire ‘pudding’ that we must honestly evaluate.
In fact, glyphosate has been known to have very serious health consequences for some time, even to Monsanto. Further, it has been found in the urine samples of virtually everyone ever tested for it in random trials.
What we need is old-fashioned farming, involving crop rotation and variety, beneficial insects to eat the crop-killing ones, and a tax system that penalizes low-yield high-acreage farms, instead of labor-intensive, high-yield, low acreage farms.
See also here on the last point: http://www.opednews.com/articles/The-Tax-on-Land-and-the-Na-by-Scott-Bak…
– Scott Baker, president of Common Ground-NYC
I’m reading Dan Brown’s Inferno for the second time. Bill and Melinda should read it. Brown dares to bring up the idea that overpopulation is the main disease, and all the other problems are symptoms. It is true that the world took 2 to 5 million years to get to one billion people. Then it took only 100 years to get to two billion. In the next 100 years we went to four billion. In this next 100 years, we will go to eight billion. If we can’t stop our out of control reproduction, we need the plagues that Bill Gates wants in this op-ed to make war on, to save us from Dante’s nine rings of hell, right here on earth. Throughout the history of China, cannibalism became normal during times of excessive famine or drought. As Colin Turnbull reported in his book on the Ik’s of Africa, when food and water get scarce, social norms disintegrate. The graph of world population looks either like ______/ or this _____| . !
From Brooks Kaiser. Article and film about removing two dams from the Elwah River in Olympic National Park in 2014. A wild river is restored.
Brooks wrote: “Tradeoffs, value shifts and resource conflicts, a must see for environmental economists, I suspect.”
Sad, and problematic, in that the obvious short term cause of loss it the construction of the dam, but the comments provide serious connections between the poetry of the piece, and the relationship to climate change caused by overpopulation.
Why is this not surprising? Earthquakes are apparently caused by pressures building up under the earth’s surface. Fraking builds up pressures under the earth’s surface.
Michael Wines at the NYT writes: “Wells for fracking are typically sunk horizontally into thin bands of shale deep beneath the surface, and a soup of water, chemicals and sand is injected under intense pressure to fracture the rock and release trapped oil and gas.
The Poland Township study concluded that only two of the seven wells, with segments closest to the fault, were inducing the earthquakes. “It seems that only the segments that were within about a thousand yards from where the fault was produced earthquakes,” Michael R. Brudzinski, a professor and seismologist at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, said in a telephone interview.”