Stephan A. Schwartz
Neonicotinoids have passed off the stage of media attention, but they have not gone away. This is both bad and good news. Bad for Santa Barbara, California, and other cities where industrial agriculture is practiced in the surround area. Good news in that those same cities are finally being forced to address this issue. Perhaps finally the death — in all sense of that word — grip of the chemical companies is loosening, at least at the local level.
‘Neonic’ Poison Found Throughout City
Creeks Division Testing After Rains Discovers Insecticide Fatal to Bees
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Trailkeepers is a new program being piloted by a new non-profit (StreamTrails.org) in Fairfax County. It brings together Scouts, hikers, cyclists, and horseback riders to elevate the stream trails, now a neglected asset, to co-equal status with the more formal trails where taxpayer dollars fund manpower, equipment, and improvement. The core concept is simple: those using the stream trails nominate needed bridges, obstacles, heavy litter (rubber tires, for example); Scouts (and others) do the volunteer work; and the Park Authority, which is in the middle of a Needs Assessment, changes its policies to respect citizen needs while providing the necessary oversight for insurance, legal, and safety in the public interest (under the old policies, footbridges built by citizens are an encroachment subject to destruction at taxpayer expense).
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Stephan A. Schwartz
The corporate control of the U.S. Congress, and many state legislatures, may not be enough to protect the Fracking component of the carbon energy industry. Non-carbon energy and falling oil prices have combined to strongly and negatively impact this toxic and dangerous technology. I think this is very good news.
Is Fracking Really Dying?
Consumer Self-Defense: 12 Ways to Drive GMOs and Roundup off the Market
Given the current barrage of pro-GMO propaganda in the mass media, “GMO-Free” proponents need to put far greater emphasis on the fact that it isn’t just the imprecise and unpredictable nature of gene-splicing itself—a process that produces toxin and allergens, and shuts down essential gene functions—that threatens human health and the environment. The billions of pounds of systemic toxic pesticides (herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides), especially Roundup, that are used on GMO and so-called conventional crops, are equally, if not more, hazardous to human health and the environment.These systemic agro-toxins, for the most part, cannot be washed off before eating.