How You Can Support Standing Rock This is your pipeline battle too. Whatever you have to offer, we need it. Wherever you are, take one step deeper. Find your voice. Find your own front lines."When the Earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the Earth from many colors, classes, creeds and who by their actions and deeds shall make the Earth green again. They will be known as the warriors of the rainbow." — Native American Prophecy
I am a settler on this land but have spent the past couple of years supporting indigenous battles against new oil pipelines. These are the front lines of the struggle to end the desecration of Mother Earth, the catastrophes of climate change, and the ongoing genocidal occupation of Indigenous lands that makes that all possible.
Sunrise on the Cannonball River and the Oceti Sakowin camp, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Photo by Thane Maxwell.
Across the continent, Big Oil is pushing a massive new network of oil and gas infrastructure, retooling in a desperate attempt to extract the dirtiest fuels on the planet and squeeze the last few drops of profit out of an era that clearly needs to end. Without exception, these projects threaten tribal lands, and without exception, they face bold Indigenous resistance.
A historic new chapter in this story is now unfolding on the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. Thousands of people from hundreds of tribes and First Nations have gathered in solidarity to stop construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. I am one of the organizers helping to leverage resources and coordinate the campaign, and every day I hear from allies across the continent asking how to support the movement.
Federal Bill Seeks First Native American Land Grab in 100 Years Even as the Dakota Access Pipeline protest in Standing Rock has galvanized Native Americans across the U.S., a bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives by Utah Republican Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz seeks to take 100,000 acres of Ute tribal lands and hand them over to oil and mining companies.
The proposed bill also seeks to remove protection from 18 million acres of land in eastern Utah and prevent President Obama from designating the Bears Ears area a national monument.
Adjoining Canyonlands National Park and the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Bears Ears is an unprotected culturally significant region that contains more than 100,000 Native American archeological sites. These sacred sites are subject to continual looting and desecration. More than a dozen serious looting cases were reported between May 2014 and April 2015.
The area has been inhabited for at least 11,000 years. Many Southwestern tribes have longstanding connections to this land, including Navajo, Ute and Paiute peoples. The Navajo Nation and the White Mesa Ute Reservation border Bears Ears. Rock paintings and petroglyphs are found throughout the area.
Legal Levels of Roundup Pose Risks for Stream Algae Even though glyphosate is used to control weeds in agricultural fields, the world's most commonly used weedkiller has also been detected in streams, rivers and other aquatic systems worldwide due to runoff.
As we learn more and more about the potential environmental risks of glyphosate runoff, in Brazil—where almost 188,000 tons of glyphosate was sold in 2013 alone—new research published in the peer-reviewed journal Phycologia found that all-important macroalgae is sensitive to glyphosate exposure, even at legal levels. According to the study, the herbicide can alter the photosynthesis, chlorophyll levels and respiration of these key freshwater organisms.
Earth Sees Record Warming for 12 Straight Months There is now a 99 percent likelihood that 2016 will become the hottest year on record. NOAA also said the global average carbon dioxide concentration reached 399 parts per million in 2015.
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Food Waste numbers If the amount of food wasted globally were reduced by just 25% there would be enough food to feed all the people who are malnourished according to the UN.
Each year 1.3 billion tons of food, about a third of all that is produced, is wasted
Environmental impact: the carbon footprint of food produced but not eaten is estimated to be 3.3 gigatons of CO2 per year.
Did you know that despite endless aisles of food in the grocery store, only a small handful of companies decide what kind of food you can buy and how farmers can produce it? It’s true. Terrible farm policies and unchecked corporate consolidation have driven out much of the diversity in the marketplace and food system, creating powerful agribusiness giants (think ADM, Bunge, Cargill) who control much of what ends up on our plate.
Here’s a fact to swallow: Domestically, Big Agriculture controls over 83 percent of all foods in the U.S. marketplace, dictating what is available in the market. Thanks to U.S. farm policy, which subsidizes wheat, corn, and soy – all crops that Big Ag harvests – it is increasingly difficult for small family farmers to compete. U.S. agricultural policy puts the interests of food processors — such as Cargill, Tyson, Kraft and ConAgra — above the needs of independent farmers.
This unchecked corporate control has terrible consequences for our climate. Our industrial agriculture system is driving roughly one-third of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. These greenhouse gasses largely come from the conversion of tropical forests to feed crops and other livestock uses. The livestock sector is directly responsible for roughly 15 percent of all global GHG emissions – more than all of the world’s cars, ships, trains and planes put together. It is the single largest source of food-sector emissions.
Our current food system values efficiency and profit over the health and well-being of people, land, and animals. From the palm oil plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia to the corporate-controlled grocery stores in our neighborhoods, change needs to come at every level.
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Apocalyptic Capitalism By Chris Hedges Posted on Dec 6, 2015 — The Paris climate summit, dominated by the economic and political forces that are driving us toward destruction, will end with the usual empty rhetoric and a continued assault on the ecosystem.
Meat the Biggest Climate-Change Issue No World Leader is Talking About in Paris The UN Food and Agriculture Organization accredits 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions to the animal agriculture industry. That’s more than the entire transportation sector. But that’s not where it ends.
This destructive industry currently occupies over half of the world’s arable land resources and uses the majority of our freshwater store. Additionally, this system causes rampant air and water pollution, land degradation, deforestation and is pushing countless species to the brink of extinction. And yet, one in eight people still suffer from food scarcity.
As Nil Zacharias, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of One Green Planet says, “The real war against climate change is being fought on our plates, multiple times a day with every food choice we make.”
By simply leaving meat off your plate, you can HALVE your carbon footprint – if everyone in the world made an effort to even eat less meat and dairy, it would make an enormous difference.
10 Scary Facts About Meat and the Environment It takes more than nine times the fossil fuel to produce one calorie of meat than it does one calorie of plant protein.
Agriculture uses 70% of the earth's available fresh water. With one third of that used to produce grain fed to livestock [instead of hungry people].
26% of land worldwide is used for grazing livestock. And 33 percent more is used for growing livestock feed.
51% of global greenhouse gases are due to lifestock.
70% of grain grown in the U.S. is fed to animals in feedlots.
It takes 4.5 pounds of feed to produce just one pound of chicken.
Beef eaters use 160 times more land resources than plant based eaters do.
The EPA estimates that animal agriculture accounts for 50-80 percent of all man-made ammonia volatization in the U.S. [Ammonia gas can be lost from the soil and return to the atmosphere. This is called ammonia volatilization (U. of Missouri). Ammonia volatilization reduces the economic efficiency of agricultural cropping systems (Wikipedia).
Animals raised for food produce approximately 130 times more excrement [poop] than the entire human population.
By choosing to eat more plant-based foods, you can drastically cut your carbon footprint, save precious water supplies and help ensure that vital crop resources are fed to people, rather than livestock.
One woman's courageous stand against fracking and world's most powerful industry The judge granted Ernst the right to sue the oil and gas co. for negligence.
Cowspiracy: The Film That Environmental Organizations Don't Want You to See [The Sustainability Secret] Animal agriculture is the most destructive industry facing the planet today. Here's why:
CLIMATE CHANGEGlobal greenhouse gas emissions: 51% are due to livestock and their byproducts (13% are due to transport [road, rail, air, & marine]).
A plant-based diet cuts your carbon footprint by 50%.
Livestock is responsible for 65% of nitrous oxide emissions (a GHG [GreenHouse Gas] 296x more destructive than CO2).
WATER USEProducing one hamburger uses 660 gallons of water (the equivalent of showering for 2 months).
The meat and dairy industry use 1/3 of the earth's fresh water.
Animal agriculture uses 55% of the USA's water; domestic use is 5%.
DEFOFESTATION1-2 acres of rainforest are cleared every second.
Animal agriculture is responsible for 91% of the destruction of the Amazon forest.
Acres of rainforest cleared for palm oil production: 26 million.
SPECIES EXTINCTION110 animal and insect species are lost EVERY DAY from rainforest destruction.
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of
FISHERIES90 million tons of fish are pulled from the oceans each year.
3/4 of the world's fisheries are exploited [due to overfishing].
For every one pound of fish caught [in drift nets], 5 pounds of unintended marine species are caught and discarded as "by-kill."
28 billion animals were pulled out of the ocean last year, not giving them a chance to recover. Fishing is also destroying the ocean environment.
"If the oceans die, we die." (Captain Watson)
WASTEA farm of 2500 dairy cows produces as much waste as a city of 411,000 people.
EVERY MINUTE 7 MILLION pounds of excrement are produced by animals raised for food in the US.
LAND USE1/3 of the land is desertified* due to livestock.
Livestock covers 45% of the earth's total land.
1.5 acres = either 37,000 pounds of plant based food, or 375 pounds of meat.
Land needed to feed 1 person for 1 year = 1/6 of an acre for a vegan, or 3 acres (18x) for a meat eater.
Rainforests are essentially the lungs of our planet, breathing in CO2 and exhail oxygen. An acre of rainforest is cleared every second, primarily for animal agriculture. A hundred species are lost every day due to rainforest destruction.
WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT?
A person who follows a VEGAN diet produces 50% less CO2, and uses 1/11th the oil, and 1/13th the water and 1/18th the land compared to a meat eater.
Ban fishing and animal agriculture.
Notes from Movie
A lot of the people who really spoke out about animal agriculture were killed, like Sister Dorothy Stang. Over 1100 activists have been killed in the last 20 years just in Brazil. Environmental organizations are not telling us the truth about what is really going on. Diet, animal agriculture, is the problem.
For 1 gallon of milk, it takes 1,000 gallons of water to produce.
One $4 McDonald's hamburger actually costs $11. The $7 difference is made up by OUR tax dollars: subsisidies, etc.
Public lands are used for livestock grazing, so wild horses and burros, and preditors, like wolves, have to be gotten rid of; killed off from the air.
Meatonomics - hidden costs imposed on society by the meat industry, like health care, environmental damage, subsidies, damage to fisheries, and even cruelty. $414 million dollars. A $5 carton of eggs would cost $13. a $4 Big Mac would cost $11. The problem with these externalized costs being imposed on society is that YOU, even if you are a vegan, are paying for someone else's consumption of meat.
Al Gore, in his film, never mentioned the animal agriculture situation. This truth was too inconvenient even for him.
Animal Agriculture Alliance.
Howard Lyman was sued by agriculture for speaking the truth on the Oprah Winfrey show. Food Disparagement Law - unconstitutional - illegal to say something false about a perishable commondity. If you tell the truth today, you will be guiglty. If you cause a disruption of the profits of the animal industry, you are guilty under the Patriot Act.
Will Potter, author, "Green is the New Red." The animal agriculture industry is one of the most powerful industries on the planet. According to the FBI, animal rights and environmental activists are the number one terrorist threat. They are directly threatening corporate profits. One of the biggest industries on the planet trying to keep us in the dark about what they are doing. American activists are being targeted by the FBI.
The problem of human overpopulation. In 1812 there were 1 billion people on the planeet. In 1912 there were 1.5 billion. In 100 years our population exploded to 7 billion in 2012. 70 billion farm animals raised by humans.
Humans drink 5.2 billion gallons of water per day and eats 21 billion pounds of food. The cowa drink 45 billion gallons of water a day and eat 35 billion pounds of food. It is not an overpopulation issue; it is a humans eating animals issue.
15x the protein can be produced on the same land as animal protein.
We are growing enough food to feed everyone easily. But instead of feeding starving children, we are feeding the food to animals who are then fed to well-off people in other countries.
Michael Pollan, _In Defense of Food-. "A plant-based diet is the most sustainable." Now, we are gorging on meat, milk, and cheese.
Movement of sustainable animal food producers in CA. b-gat.es/YrdxR3. 38:1 is energy conversion rate of chickens eating grain. For plants to replace eggs, it is 2:1. Trying to make the global egg industry entirely obselete. Omega Foods [plant-based dairy] takes 1/20th of the land and resources that dairy do.
Ethan Brown: Beyond Meat: Plant-based meat. To address climate change, human health problems, animal welfare, national resource conservation.
Vegans thrive. All the nutrients are in the plant kingdom. Milk is calf growth formula. There's nothing in it people need.
Being vegan, I save 1100 gallons of water, 45 pounds of grain, 30 sq ft. of forest, 20 pounds of CO2, 1 animal's life in one day.
Dr. Will Tuttle. _The World Peace Diet._
The solution is to stop eating animals. It can be done today. Nothing has a larger impact on the planet than choosing to be vegan.
Compassion, integrity, kindness. The only way to live on this planet with 7 billion people is to live a plant-based vegan diet. Don't eat others, eat FOR others.
Book Review:Bamberger, Michelle, and Robert Oswald. The Real Cost of Fracking: How America's Shale Gas Boom is Threatening Our Families, Pets, and Food. Boston: Beacon Press, 2014.
This was a heartbreaking book to read, but essential. It tells the stories of American families accosted--really invaded--by multinational corporations who are uninterested in human beings or morals and with no allegiance to our country. They poison the environment, in the process making people sick, their animals and pets sick, and polluting our food supply. Frequently, they end up killing people and/or animals.
"We learned that our land could be drilled under and the gas extracted without our consent... as long as a gas company owns leases on at least a certain percentage of the land (in New York, it is 60 percent) inside a certain amount of space (typically, one square mile), gas can be extracted from properties within that area even if the company does not have a lease on that land" (page 1).
These companies are mendacious, greedy, incompetent, wasteful, negligent, invasive, destructive, irresponsible, and have no respect for people or the law. Their workers sometimes steal tools and other things from the people on whose land they are drilling.
On top of that, they are using millions of gallons of our water per drilling site, mixing it with toxic chemicals, and pumping it underground, sometimes for miles, to "frack," or crack open, shale in order to extract gas. In the process often releasing even more toxic and sometimes radioactive materials. All the leftover trash water is stored on the surface, or used to water fields of vegetables, or used to water down road surfaces. As this water evaporates, the toxins are released into the air we breathe.
No federal or state agency seems interested in controlling these companies or testing the environment to find out what is being done to our country. It is shameless exploitation at the cost of the environment and those of us who live in it.
Exxon Targets Journalists Who Exposed Massive Climate Change Cover-Up Posted on Dec 1, 2015 By Lauren McCauley / Common Dreams
ExxonMobil has launched a full-throttled “bully” campaign against the graduate students who recently unmasked its scandalous climate change cover-up, threatening to pull funds from the university that helped bring to light its dangerous and “most consequential” lies.
The Next Great Extinction Crisis Is Under Way Under the Sea Overfishing, pollution, and climate change have contributed to a devastating decline in marine life.
Imagine the outcry if half the life on land had disappeared over the past 45 years.
That’s what has happened in the world’s oceans, according to a new report that finds that global populations of marine species have plummeted 49 percent since 1970.
Certain fish that people rely on for food suffered even steeper declines: Populations of tuna, bonito, and mackerel dropped by 74 percent, according to the study, which was compiled by the World Wildlife Fund and reviewed by researchers at the Zoological Society of London.
The scientists attributed the marine population crash to overfishing, habitat destruction, and climate change. In other words, the blame lies with us.
Don't read this if you don't want to know how bad it is Abrupt Climate Change forced by 30 some odd self reinforcing feedback loops is making it possible to observe what was projected by the IPCC to occur by the end of the century now.
Methane Hydrate releases in the arctic as warned of by Sam Carana are now reported by NOAA to be 150 miles across. You will remember that even slight releases of methane in the arctic were enough to cause polar researchers like Jason Box to freak out a little over a year ago.
Methane is orders of magnitude worse than CO2 and its being released in 50 Gigaton bursts farts that by themselves can cause an instant 1.3° C global temperature rise.
Now we have El Nino acting like a blowtorch raising the temperature of the whole Pacific Ocean 4-8 ° C and directing its focus towards the west coast.
Fish can't adapt to temperatures rising that much that fast, neither can the plant life that recycles our oxygen. We ourselves are running out of drinking water even as the people making decisions for us have decided to irrigate our crops with fracking waste water.
Scientists Say Climate Change Has Reached the ‘Point of No Return’ – 5 Things You Can Do Today Physical changes to the planet are setting off alarm bells for climate change worldwide, concerning scientists in the process. A study conducted by several scientists including famed climatologist James Hansen and Michael Mann concluded that a newly discovered feedback loop in Antarctica has the capacity to raise mean sea levels by 10 feet by 2065. That’s ten times faster than the rates previously predicted for sea level rise! Sea level rise is also occurring as the result of warmer global temperatures that melt sea ice. As sea ice continues to melt, it flushes a vast amount of fresh water into the ocean which, by changing the salinity, results in slower ocean currents. And this in turn results in more extreme weather patterns in areas bordering the Atlantic Ocean.
In addition to the physical nature of the environment, ocean life has been another strong indicator of climate change’s rapidly expanding influence. Recently, warming ocean temperatures encouraged anchovies and krill to seek refuge in a cooler swath of water off the California coast. This attracted baleen whales to the area which showed up in record numbers. Walruses, over 35,000 to be exact, have also been observed cramming themselves into a shrinking cold habitat as sea ice melts in Alaska.
In tandem, ocean acidification, a growing problem resulting from increased carbon dioxide levels, has been observed weakening the shells of animals like snails as they dissolve in increasingly acidic sea water. And marine “dead zones” are increasing as warmer temperatures encourage more extreme algae blooms which will eventually choke out most marine life that stands in their way.
1. Push For A Planet That Is Free From Fossil Fuels
2. Plant A Tree! the planet can help absorb some of the extra carbon dioxide we’ve pumped out, but giving it a little help will do a world of good.
3. Boost The Organic and Local Food In Your Life - Adopting a diet that is free of animal products is already doing wonderful things for the planet. Take it a step farther now and aim for organic and locally grown produce. Organic veggies don’t utilize chemical fertilizers which carry a larger carbon footprint, and typically don’t require the massive fossil-fuel powered equipment used in conventional farming. If you can keep that organic produce as local to you as possible, you’ll also be cutting fossil fuels used in the transportation of getting your food from farm to table.
4. Trim Your Waste-Line - Direct organic waste to a composting system, whether it is municipal or one you keep at home. Make sure anything and everything that can be recycled ends up in the recycling bin.
5. Most Importantly … Choose More Plant-Based Foods - This last point might be one of THE most powerful things that you can do to protect the future of the planet. One Green Planet believes that our global food system dominated by industrial animal agriculture is at the heart of our environmental crisis.
This destructive industry currently occupies over half of the world’s arable land resources, uses the majority of our freshwater stores, and drives greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, this system causes rampant air and water pollution, land degradation, deforestation and is pushing countless species to the brink of extinction.
“The real war against climate is being fought on our plates, multiple times a day with every food choice we make,” says Nil Zacharias, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of One Green Planet, “one of the biggest challenges facing our planet, and our species is that we are knowingly eating ourselves into extinction, and doing very little about it.”
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"The United States spends over $87 billion conducting a war in Iraq while the United Nations estimates that for less than half that amount we could provide clean water, adequate diets, sanitations services and basic education to every person on the planet. And we wonder why terrorists attack us." - John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
9 Industries That Are Cashing In as Our Planet Heats Up Big Oil, Monsanto and Wall Street are all cashing in on climate change. Big Oil, Biotech, Flood Control, Air conditioning, Big Ag., Wall Street, Shipping, Desalination, Mining,
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Media Webinar on Dispersant Impacts: Tomorrow On January 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time, the ALERT Project and Government Accountability Project (GAP) will co-host a webinar to help members of the media understand the destructive impact of certain dispersants currently used to clean up oil spills. The webinar is offered because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering changes to current dispersant regulations.
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Palm Oil Since palm oil tends to pop-up in everything from laundry detergent and make-up to highly processed snacks, the best way to avoid palm oil is by going natural with your cooking, cleaning, and personal hygiene-ing. Here are a few tips you can use to avoid palm oil in your life. Not only are these alternatives better for your conscience but they’re great for your health (and the planet’s) as well.
Join One Green Planet’s ‘Eat for the Planet’ Movement! As the largest independent green site on the Internet with the largest vegan recipe database, One Green Planet is the leading voice in the sustainable food space. Using this authority, the #EatForThePlanet campaign aims to inspire the public to take control of the damage being caused by animal agriculture, and show them how the fork can be an incredibly effective tool in the fight against climate change... the real war against climate change is being fought on our plates... It’s time for us to recognize that animal agriculture is the leading cause of the climate crisis and exercise our power to be a part of the solution with every food choice we make.
If every person in the U.S. were to choose more plant-based foods, we could cut our carbon footprint in half, save around 200,000 gallons of water each redirect enough grain from the livestock system to feed roughly 2 billion people. We have the potential to make an enormous impact.
If every person in the U.S. were to choose more plant-based foods, we could cut our carbon footprint in half, save around 200,000 gallons of water each redirect enough grain from the livestock system to feed roughly 2 billion people. We have the potential to make an enormous impact.
10 Scary Facts About Meat and the Environment There’s been a lot of buzz in the media lately about the negative impacts that meat production and consumption have on the environment and with good reason. Many issues that our planet currently faces, including increased green house gas emissions and unsustainable water usage to name just a couple, can be tied directly to animal agriculture.
Stunning Graphics Highlight the Animal Victims of Our Reckless Consumption Habits In the past 40 years, around 52 percent of wildlife have disappeared from the face of the planet for three primary reasons: poaching, habitat loss, and climate change. All of which are driven by human actions. The rate at which species are currently going extinct is a shocking 1,000 times faster than normal which has led many scientists to assert that we are in the midst of the world’s sixth period of mass extinction, and if we don’t do something to change our habits soon … we stand to send our global ecosystem into a complete state of collapse.
Lancet: Fossil Fuels Are Killing Us... Quitting Them Can Save Us Comparing coal, oil, and gas addiction to the last generation's effort to kick the tobacco habit, doctors say that quitting would be the best thing humanity can do for its long-term health
Video: Reveals The Hidden Water in Meat and Dairy When you take into account how much water is needed in the meat and dairy industries to grow the feed for animals, hydrate them, and keep both factory farms and slaughter facilities clean, we’re looking at two incredibly thirsty operations... You can save 50,033 gallons of water a year by leaving dairy off the menu. If you swapped meat for a plant-based option, you’re total water savings would be 162,486 gallons.
Agroecology Boosted at Pioneering Meeting BRAZIL - We have reached a landmark moment for the global recognition of ‘agroecology’ as a solution to the global food and climate crisis, according to Friends of the Earth International. "The agroecology and food sovereignty movement gives us a path to completely transform the industrial food system which is responsible for up to half of man made climate emissions and perpetuates hunger and poverty.”
Agroecology is rooted in the practices of small scale food producers who conserve soils, preserve thousands of varieties of seeds, livestock and fish and still feed over 70% of the world’s population despite owning a tiny proportion of its land.”
“Instead of backing food corporations, our governments must put in place public policies to support agroecological production by small scale producers.”
"Bush's National Park Service announced this February that it would allow BNP Petroleum Corporation to drill for natural gas on Padre Island National Seashore. This will put pipelines, heavy equipment, and large trucks on the longest undeveloped beach in America... It will hurt tourism, the ecosystem, wildlife, and local businesses -- all so one oil corporation can plunder a minor gas deposit that amounts to only one day's worth of fuel for America" (Jim Hightower. "Walking On Air." Texas Observer, 5/21/04: 15).
"San Antonio's Unified Development code encourages sustainable development practices... some developers do not want to do the right thing and claim their property is grandfathered from the UDC...
"The Planning and Zoning committees are examples of committees weighted with more developers than citizens. They rubber-stamp almost every project over the Edward's Aquifer recharge zone by granting waivers..." ("Keep San Antonio's Unified Development Code Strong." Alamo Sierran, Aug. 2004: 1-2).
"The United States, with less than five per cent of the world's people, consumes over twenty five percent of its resources...
"...the really scary news is that the rest of the planet is scrambling to catch up with our lifestyle. If all 6.4 billion people did so, we'd need four more Earths to accommodate them" ("The Sierra Club Launches its "True Cost of Food" Campaign." Alamo Sierran, Aug. 2004: 1-2).
"... in the capital of the European Union [Brussels], an unprecedented challenge to longstanding practices of American industry is unfolding...
"..."old Europe" is now wielding new world power.
"Just this year, US manufacturers of such goods as chemicals, cars and cosmetics have been confronted with EU regulations that force a choice: Either conform to the EU's standards of pre-emptive screening for toxicity--far tougher than US standards--or risk sacrificing the European market, which, with 450 million people, is now larger than that of the United States. In the process, the European Union is challenging US presumptions of unilateral decision-making...
""Americans are in for a rude shock," says Clyde Prestowitz... "Other players are establishing their own standards, and they have the muscle to make them stick. We are headed into a new era"...
"...REACH--Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals... threatens a revolution in chemical regulation--upending decades-long practices that were pioneered in the United States...
"The REACH directive represents an upheaval in the basic philosophy of chemical regulation, flipping the American presumption of "innocent until proven guilty" on its head by placing the burden of proof on manufacturers to prove chemicals are safe--what is known as the "precautionary principle." REACH adds extra bite with a requirement that toxicity data be posted publicly on the new agency'w website. Thus, test results that were once tightly held by chemical companies will suddenly be available to citizens and regulators across the globe. That prospect foreshadows trouble for ES chemical producers...
"Never before has an EU proposal drawn fire from such heavy guns. The US chemical industry, like other American industries, has been discovering that a presence in Brussels is now a must--and has had to learn new ways to exert influence in a governing institution with three chambers, twenty-five countries and twenty national languages, and in which the usual cocktail of campaign contributions, arm-twisting and seduction are neither warmly received nor, in the case of campaign contributions, legal...
"The [US] lobbying campaign has largely backfired...
"Neither the Food and Drug Administration nor any other government agency regulates ingredients used in the preparation of cosmetics. The Food, Drugs and Cosmetics Act of 1938 established extraordinarily lax standards for the regulation of cosmetic ingredients...
"The improvisational nature of the cosmetics industry is about to change. EU member states submitted plans to the European Commission to institute new guidelines established by what's known as the "Cosmetic Directive," which takes effect this coming February. The directive calls for the removal of ingredients suspected of causing "harm to human health" from cosmetics and personal care products in Europe. The effects of that directive are being felt around the world...
"EVery year aging cars left to decay in scrapyards or fields or suburban driveways, create more than 15 million tons of waste across the United States and Europe. Many components in those autos contain toxic ingredients, including metals... Cars and their component parts are left to despoil the landscape, leach into the soil and poison groundwater. There is nothing to stop them.
"Across the Atlantic, the EU has implemented a program with the oddly philosophical title "End of Life Vehicles Directive." Starting in 2006, all cars produced or sold in the EU must be built with at least 85 percent recyclable components; by 2015 that figure rises to 95 percent. The directive also bans toxic heavy metals like cadmium and requires that manufacturers take responsibility for disposing of their cars...
"For US car manufacturers, the directive presents a historic challenge. American car companies export virtually no cars to Europe; thus US manufacturers are under little direct pressure to adapt to European standards. But each of the US Big Three has substantial ties to the Euripean market: Ford has its own Ford Europe production facilities and owns the Jaguar line in Britain...
"The concept of being responsible for the ultimate disposal of those cars has been received in this country like a message from another planet...
"...today's European Union. For the first time in history, a superpower has emerged that is not based on nationalistic ambitions or military power but upon a voluntary sumission of national aspirations to a transnational authority...
"On foreign affairs, Europeans continue to have trouble speaking with one voice... But on domestic matters, the EU speaks for Europe...
"Indeed, a broad spectrum of American industry has already felt the potency that comes from an integrated market and differing standards of environmental and consumer protection. Microsoft, for example, was fined $497 million earlier this year by the EU for its "anti-competitive practices," and General Electric's long-planned takeover of Honeywell was skewered in 2002 by the EU's Competition Commission, which has now emerged as a critical first stop by corporations en route to a merger...
"...as Europe becomes a more assertive political force, the question will become..."Why shouldn't Americans enjoy the same standards as Europeans?"
"Such a basic question used to run in the other direction, when the United States set the gold standard for the world's environmental health. And the answer strikes at the core of the Bush Administration's most savored narratives--that we, alone, are masters of our nation's fate" (Mark Schapiro. "New Power For 'Old Europe'." The Nation, Dec. 27, 2004: 11-16).
Marine Conservation"As the UN environment programme reports, overfishing is becoming an international crisis. Agencies such as the Unep are no match for the 3 million fishing vessels on the seas--leaving a quarter of the world's fish stocks in danger of being destroyed, while pollution, litter and deep-sea drilling all contribute to harming marine life. Protecting whales from hunting may still not be enough if all there is for them to swim in is a lifeless, toxic soup" ("Save the soul of the sea." Guardian Weekly, June 23, 2006: 3).
Could Veganism End World Hunger? The World Health Organization calls malnutrition "the silent emergency", and says it is a factor in at least half the 10.4 million child deaths which occur every year.
If you’re concerned about animal rights, water conservation, clean air and health then you may already be on the road to becoming vegan – so why not take five minutes and find out how veganism could end world hunger?
There is more than enough food being produced to feed everyone in the world twice over.
The problem is, our meat-based diet means that land, water, and other resources that could be used to grow food for human beings are being used to grow crops for farmed animals instead.
70% of U.S. grain production is fed to livestock.
One-third of the world's fish catch is fed directly to livestock.
In cycling our grain through livestock, we waste 90% of its protein and 96% of its calories.
An acre of cereal can produce five times more protein than an acre devoted to meat production. Legumes [beans] can produce ten times as much.
"Those who consume livestock products and fish are competing directly with those who need grain for food." (Lester Brown, president of Worldwatch)
The truth can no longer be dodged. Livestock farming gobbles up agricultural land, water and energy that could be far more efficiently devoted to growing food for people.
The cost of an 8 ounce steak will fill 45 to 50 bowls with cooked cereal grains.
Livestock now outnumber humans by almost three to one. In the last 40 years, the number of cattle has doubled and the fowl population has trebled.
The meat and dairy industry is also putting a huge strain on our water supply.. it is unsustainable.
"The American fast food diet and the meat-eating habits of the wealthy around the world support a world food system that diverts food resources from the hungry" [Dr. Waldo Bello].
It would take just 40 million tons of food to eliminate most world hunger, yet a staggering 760 million tons of grain will be used to feed farmed animals this year.
An individual can make a huge difference. They can stop supporting the meat, fish, egg and dairy industries. They can become vegan.
In the U.S., 64% of cropland produces feed for animals, while only 2% grows fruit and vegetables.
It takes about 300 gallons of water per day to produce food for a vegan, and more than 4,000 gallons of water per day to produce food for a meat-eater.
Fact: You save more water by not eating a pound of beef than you do by not showering for an entire year.
Veganism is about wanting something better.. for the future of our children and the world as a whole.
Veganism is about making the world we live in a better place for people and animals alike.
Diet and Global Warming If one takes the threat of global warming seriously, the most powerful personal step you can take may well be choosing a vegetarian diet.
Colby Glass, MLIS