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Slow food and sustainable agriculture in NC
Discussing his new book Small is Possible, Piedmont Biofuels and sustainability in general.
National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility The proposed National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) would research high-consequence biological threats involving zoonotic (i.e., transmitted from animals to humans) and foreign animal diseases. It would allow basic research; diagnostic development, testing and validation; advanced countermeasure development; and training for high-consequence livestock diseases. And best of all, it will be run by Homeland security. NBAF in NC: NOBIO pt.1 from LibertyTUBEtv on
Alex Scholz Marcus Eriksen of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation has now gone public with the findings of their last voyage, what before was only mentioned in conference. In 1999, they found that the weight of plastic was six times greater than that of all marine life on the ocean surface. What's the news for 2007? After processing a handful of samples from this recent voyage, the estimates are 30 to 1. That's a five-fold increase in less than a decade, and for those of you who may have already appreciated the
Alex Scholz Former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, has just coauthored a book on the environment, A Contract with the Earth, with former zoo CEO Terry Maple, forwarded by the venerable Harvard biologist, E.O. Wilson. One might quibble about the strength or Newt Gingrich's environmental record, still, I like to give people the benefit of the doubt. Obviously E.O. Wilson has. The almost presidential candidate has seen the light on the environment. That's a fine thing.
- 20 November 2007
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Alex Scholz Conserving the Environment by Recycling Plastic into Toxic Children's Toys Following the work presented by the Algalita Marine Research Foundation pointing to a massive buildup of plastics in the sea, one has to wonder at the latest series of stories about children's toys from China being recalled. Many of these toys were made from recycled plastics shipped from the United States. The last recall was for toys that contained something similar in chemical composition to a date rape drug that was released when children put them in their mouths. You might say that this plastic consumption isn't so
Alex Scholz Our Synthetic Sea One reason people avoid reading sites too focused on the environment is that they tend to go heavy on the bad news. When I saw the video that follows I almost had to laugh at the immensity of it. Another problem - almost worse than the other ones. Funny if you enjoy black humor. Maybe not, if you don't. Researchers at the Algalita Marine Research Foundation trawled large swaths of the North Pacific Gyre with fine nets to discover that they were pulling up 6 pounds of plastic for every pound of bio-matter. The
Alex Scholz Is a Ron Paul presidency the specter of the unbridled capitalism of an 18th century London blackened with factory smoke, the waterways polluted? Or is it more like the start of the 20th century of Teddy Roosevelt promoting a national parks system and conservation? Yesterday, a doctor and congressman, long a darling in the alternative health community, raised 4.3 million dollars from 37,000 donors in a single day.