Pollution: How long have we got?

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(I have lost the link to the picture above and below; if you know, please let me know)

This is such a huge subject it is hard to know where to begin. Every living thing on this planet needs oxygen to survive, therefore pollution affects us all. WIKI has a lot to say about it. We may veer a bit off-track sometimes … but bare with me, it’s all connected.

pollution - how many types

How many major types of pollution are there 3 – 6 – 9 -12 ? keep on clicking the NEXT button when you get to the site above; very informative

DANGERS TO HEALTH: communities in developing countries; respiratory problems caused by burning wood to cook… and the solution.

Rather than burn wood, harming humans and the environment, an alternative would be to make low temperature charcoal from discarded wood / fallen branches etc.

CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Here (below) is a great video that discusses an alternative approach to actually avoiding pollution instead of wantonly creating it. I don’t necessarily agree with the concept of renting household products but it could easily work with larger items such as cars that often go unused for most of the time. What I would like to see, is that factories are forced to show some corporate responsibility, and are obliged to take back goods at the end of the product’s life, so that all parts could be recycled in one form or another and reused. I should think there are enough materials on the surface of the planet now for us never to have to dig for minerals again. In addition we could reduce our (corporate fed) need for consumerism. Then all we have to do is stop using fossil fuels and we will be on the right track. Anyway, watch the movie and feel free to give feedback, I’m sure there will be many different views about it.
Courtesy of The Ellen MacArthur Foundation

“The circular economy is a generic term for an industrial economy that is, by design or intention, restorative and in which materials flows are of two types, biological nutrients, designed to reenter the biosphere safely, and technical nutrients, which are designed to circulate at high quality without entering the biosphere.” Ellen MacArthur

Is pollution a modern problem? Yes and No! As far back as 1272  King Edward I of England banned the burning of sea-coal  in London because of smog. As a kid growing up in Liverpool I remember ‘pea-soupers’ where you walked to school along the gutter because you couldn’t see your hand in front of your face. Bus drivers had to have a ‘red lantern man’ walking along the gutter in front of the bus to get people to work. Pollution has of course become much worse since the Industrial Revolution; it always does.

It was much the same for America before they enforced the Clean Air Act.

CLICK HERE for a very revealing photo montage of how it was ‘back then’ in the US.

SMOGGY DAYS IN THE UK CIRCA 60′s

As we have seen in the news, China is having the same pollution problems now due to its burning of coal for energy.

“History teaches us nothing?”

Tai Chi or Where’s my Hand?

In a rare turn of events China allowed CNBC full coverage of what was happening. The China Daily even published pictures of a London smog day from back in the 50’s

It has to be said, China are currently expanding their clean air policy, but is it too little -  too  late?

EXPORTING POLLUTION
From The World OceanObservatory
Ship Decommissioning and Ship-Breaking

There are a huge numbers of ocean-going vessels out there, ranging in size from pleasure boats to aircraft carriers. The Lloyds registry alone has 200,000 entries for merchant ships larger than 100 gross tons, and this number is dwarfed if one adds military and private vessels to the mix. These ships do not last forever, of course, and when they are no longer useful, their disposal creates a major challenge …

URGENT: BRISTOL BAY NEED YOUR HELP TO SAVE THEIR FISHERIES.              Take action now!

CARS & …     how many were produced in the last year?

                        how many cars are there in the world?

CARS ARE THE BIGGEST POLLUTERS, RIGHT?

WRONG: THIS SHOCKING ARTICLE SHOULD MAKE YOUR HAIR STAND ON END! This industrial monster requires a massive 14 cylinder, 109,000 horsepower diesel motor that consumes 1,660 gallons of heavy crude oil an hour even at its most efficient setting. There are 90,000 such monsters traversing the world at any one time!

The Union of Concerned Scientists: Democrats and Republicans. Coming together on common ground to put an end to CO2 emissions and climate change.

Watch the video before reading on.

having said that … cars are a major contributor to CO2 gas emissions and inner city pollution. But we need cars so we have to put up with pollution, right?

Wrong!   WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR? would be a good place to start to find out why we don’t have 100% electric cars on the road right now.

In addition to that, you could read about a famous yet repressed scientist who gave us ‘free energy’ way back in the 1920′s. His name is Nikola Tesla.

Debate rages on about Nikola Tesla’s free energy devices but there is no disputing that the man was a genius way ahead of his time.

“Nikola Tesla was a multi-disciplinary genius. His discovery of the rotating magnetic field in 1882 lead to a series of US Patents in 1888, which gave us the AC electric power system still in use today. This one achievement earned him the honor of being called “The Man Who Invented the 20th Century”.

Here are a 10 Tesla inventions that changed the world.

Q            But what’s this got to do with pollution?

A            Everything.

Below are a list of other Tesla inventions

DVD Lecture Tesla’s Radiant Energy
Tesla’s Self-acting Engine
Tesla Wardenclyffe Project
Tesla Photo Archive
Short Tesla biography
Tesla Memorial Society of New York
Tesla’s US Patents
Tesla Museum in Belgrade, Serbia

CLICK HERE for a full list of Tesla inventions

What about Nikola Tesla and HAARP?

Just what is HAARP? There are continuing heated debates and conspiracy theories about HAARP and whether it causes earthquakes, global warming, change in weather patterns and potential pollution from fallout. You can read more about HAARP here, do some of your own research and make your own decisions. Never heard of it? Doubt it even exists?

The official government HAARP site is here.

CHEMTRAILS

Another hotly debated pollution topic is that of chemtrails. The chemtrail conspiracy theory holds that some trails left by aircraft are chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed at high altitudes for purposes undisclosed to the general public in clandestine programs directed by various government officials.

Here’s a Discovery Channel video that hotly debates the topic. Here is another video that shows three KC-135 US military aircraft that were ‘off the radar’ and on a collision course with a Fedex carrier in commercial airspace. You don’t have to look too closely to wonder what on earth they were spraying out. You can skip to 5:00 if you don’t have the time. (amazing footage)

Research scientist Clifford Carnicom asserts  that virtually every breathing organism is an unwitting participant in a massive biological experiment of unknown purpose.

SWEDISH MP ADMITS CHEMTRAILS ARE REAL

Katrineholms Kuriren, Hagberg has openly admitted that these unusual cloud trails are actually a toxic mix of chemicals, viruses, and metals that she has collectively referred to as “chemtrails.”

In fact, the Patent Application for the Stratospheric Welsbach seeding for reduction of global warming (chemtrail) system, can be viewed here. So, the system  itself – chemtrailing – can hardly be denied. The question remains then, what is being sprayed and why the denial and secrecy?

Was Hurricane Sandy exasperated by chemtrail dumps? Watch this video and see what you think.

BRITISH GOVERNMENT ADMITS PUBLIC WERE UNWITTINGLY INVOLVED IN GERM WARFARE TESTS

“…the report also reveals details of the DICE trials in south Dorset between 1971 and 1975. These involved US and UK military scientists spraying into the air massive quantities of serratia marcescens bacteria, with an anthrax simulant and phenol…”  Test centre based at Porton Down. The Guardian.

“Sue Ellison, spokeswoman for Porton Down, said: ‘Independent reports by eminent scientists have shown there was no danger to public health from these releases which were carried out to protect the public.”

Zinc cadmium sulphide, bromide, e.coli & bacillus globigii (mimics anthrax) serratia marcescens bacteria, phenol, untold germs, bacteria, micro-organisms, toxic heavy metals, carcinogenics are some of the chemicals commonly found in chemtrails (click for links)

Could anybody at Porton Down please tell me how any of these toxins are “good for the public.”

“Building on Carson’s ground-breaking research, we also know that certain kinds of chemicals can and do disrupt human [and other animals’] entire immune system.”

The very fact that the British government saw fit to arbitrarily and continuously spray millions of its subjects with a variety of toxic chemicals without permission is in itself an abhorrent and indefensible act of staggering contempt and belligerent disregard for the health and safety of the hapless public.

Who knows what ailments, birth defects, diseases these chemicals caused?  Certainly not the British public.

Okay, we have gone a bit off track here again, but it’s all connected in the bigger picture. Back to more commonly known forms of pollution…

 WHO ARE THE WORLD’S LEADING POLLUTERS?

WHO ARE THE BIGGEST POLLUTERS PER CAPITA?

WHO IS SPENDING MORE ON CLEAN ENERGY- THE US OR CHINA?

Clean energy investment in much of the Western world took a dive in 2012, thanks to regulatory uncertainty and steep curbs in subsidies.

That wasn’t the case in China, which saw investment in clean energy hit a record $67.7 billion last year, up 20 percent from 2011, largely due to a surge in its solar sector, according to a year-end report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

WHO IS SPENDING WHAT ON GREEN TECHNOLOGY? PICTOINFOGRAPH 

WONDERFUL NEWS: From … Sunrise in the dessert

“The trigger for leadership here to think about switching to renewable energy is one that is also driven by the legacy of this country being an energy player on the world stage. For five decades we’ve been producing hydrocarbon resources. Yes, we still have substantial reserves with us, but inevitably they’re going to diminish.”                What a great initiative from one of the world’s leading oil producers.

LET’S GO NUCLEAR ?

To overcome the energy problem China are now experimenting with nuclear power from thorium for ‘clean’ energy. But with ‘clean’ nuclear energy of course comes the dumping of nuclear waste

What are the long term effects of dumping nuclear waste? Technical

What can we do about nuclear waste? Less technical

According to a report from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, it will take 3 MILLION YEARS for radioactive waste stored in the United States as of 1983 to decay to background levels. So, presently, the only solution is to store the waste in a place so that the environment won’t be contaminated. The problem with storing nuclear waste is both political as well as technological. In terms of politics, no one wants it stored near them. So there’s much dispute as to where radioactive waste should be stored. In addition, storing so much waste is a major technological challenge. According to a report issued by the British Parliament, “In considering arrangements for dealing safely with such wastes, man is faced with time scales that transcend his experience.”

In layman’s terms; “after careful consideration … we have no idea what long term damage this will cause the planet… and future generations, but as long as it is out of sight …”

I believe there is an overwhelming lack of governmental and corporate responsibility here that ‘transcends experience.’

The problem is that nothing we encase nuclear waste in will ever last anything like 3 million years. It safely be assumed then that we are leaving a horrifying legacy of toxic disaster for future inhabitants of this planet on a scale hitherto unseen. Literally, a ticking time bomb waiting to happen.

WIKI ANSWERS also has some interesting data on the subject of nuclear waste.

WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES TO DUMPING NUCLEAR WASTE?                     here are six alternatives – none of them great

TREATMENT OF NUCLEAR WASTE

In response to questions about nuclear waste,  Gordon Edwards responded, “the questions posed are good and sensible ones. Unfortunately there are no equally good and sensible answers.” A collaborative US-Japan research organisation.

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF NUCLEAR RADIATION ON HUMANS?

Birth defects among the children of atomic-bomb survivors (1948-1954)           

“No statistically significant increase in major birth defects or other untoward pregnancy outcomes was seen among children of survivors.” RERF

GOOGLE IMAGES of birth deformities caused by radiation and other inputs. Warning: harrowing pictures.

EFFECTS OF NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS: WIKIPEDIA

HAS THERE BEEN ANY NUCLEAR TESTING SINCE WW11?                               YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE THIS, TRULY.

And to back it up …

Nuclear testing by country This is a ‘must see’ site packed with statistical information, dates, locations, graphs and links.

United States: 1,054 tests involving at least 1,151 devices, 331 atmospheric tests

Soviet Union: 715 tests (involving 969 devices)

France: 210 test (50 atmospheric, 160 underground

United Kingdom: 45 tests (21 in Australian territory)

China: 45 tests (23 atmospheric and 22 underground)

Various others in India, Pakistan & North Korea make up the rest.

BROOKINGS: FIFTY FACTS ABOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS

I only recently found out about this nuclear testing during my research into pollution and I am still reeling with shock. Given the amount of testing, it really begs the question, “what effect do atomic explosions have on pollution, climate change, earthquakes and other ‘natural’ disasters. Why isn’t this in the news? Why don’t we all know about this?

I don’t have the answers, but I do have some information on where they were tested.

In 1951, the first Atom bomb was detonated over a section of desert called Frenchman Flat, about ninety miles northwest of Las Vegas. For more than forty years, this stretch of sage brush and sand would become ground zero for U.S. nuclear testing. In fact, the last detonation happened just fifteen years ago, on September 23, 1992. Since the early 1990’s, independent producer Claes Andreasson has interviewed test site workers, scientists, legal scholars and test officials, as well as people living “downwind” from the Nevada Test Site. “Dirty Harry: When the American Dream became a Nightmare” is a culmination of those interviews.

…and finally, how much does all this cost?

Between 1940 and 1996, the U.S. spent at least $8.63 trillion in present day terms on nuclear weapons development.

This does not include the $650 billion a year the US spends on ‘defense.’

The current US national debt stands at $16 trillion and counting …

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click link for update: US national debt clock

Why post a clock of the US national debt? What’s the point?

Because if the US had spent a fraction of this $16 trillion dollars leading the world in clean energy technology, instead of going to war with other countries, we wouldn’t have a global pollution problem now.

This is the dollar cost and does not, could not, equate what nuclear testing has cost planet earth from all ‘contributors’. I’m sure that any objection would be met with a platitude that “all tests were done under the strictest of safety conditions and were essential in the interests of national security,” from all parties involved.

HOW MUCH POLLUTION DOES WAR CAUSE?   The greenhouse gases released by the Iraq war thus far equals the pollution from adding 25 million cars to the road for one year says a study released by Oil Change International, an anti petroleum watchdog. The group claims Iraq war emissions estimates come from combat, oil well fires, increased gas flaring, increased cement manufacturing for reconstruction, and explosives.

LIFT THE VEIL  is a much watch documentary; “it is the long overdue film that powerfully, definitively, and finally exposes the deadly 21st century hypocrisy of U.S. internal and external policies,(leading to war and pollution) It imbues the reader with hope to bring about real systemic change while there is yet time for humanity and this planet.

I did not expect this atomic / nuclear issue to have so many facets or take up so much of this blog, but it would be remiss of me to leave it out. Moving on…

Therefore …

It would seem the best solution is to not create nuclear waste, or the threat of global pollution from war and atomic bomb(s) fall-out, in the first place.

“The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything except our modes of thinking, and thus we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.”  Albert Einstein

“an unparallelled catastrophe” – nobody really knows the long term effects of the pollution caused by an all-out atomic war, or how long it would take before the planet was habitable again, but you can get a very good idea by reading this article.

You can forget cars, airplanes, ships and factories. A global nuclear war would be the biggest and worst single polluting factor our planet has ever seen and one which would take untold years to recover from. Meanwhile, the few million that may survive would face a life of unparallelled plague, sickness and misery. The water, the air, the soil and any plant life or animals would be contaminated with cancer causing radiation, leading to grotesque deformities in newborns for many generations to come. The very lifeblood of the planet you need to survive would be killing you. Still think going nuclear is a good idea?

Ask yourself this question: Do you trust your government to act responsibly with its nuclear warheads? 100% ?

But what would we do without nuclear energy? What are the alternatives?

SOLAR

There are two ways in which solar energy is currently used. Solar thermal uses the heat of the sun to warm water – which is then used either to provide hot water for use or to provide heating…

WIND

Windmills has been around for centuries – and recent technological developments has made wind turbines an efficient way of generating energy…

HYDRO

The development of hydropower began 150 years ago. Yet, by 2003, hydropower contributed only 2.2 percent to the world’s total supply of energy. This is only a portion of renewables’ 13.3 percent share in global TPES…

BIO FUELS

Biomass is derived from different types of organic matter: energy plants (oilseeds, plants containing sugar) and forestry, agricultural or urban waste including wood and household waste. Biomass can be used for heating, for producing electricity and for transport as biofuel. The use of biomass significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions …

GEO THERMAL

Geothermal energy is power extracted from heat stored in the earth. GEOTHERMAL energy offers the compelling prospect of base-load power generation that operates continuously – regardless of weather conditions, and with negligible fuel costs and greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions …

It is said that there is enough geothermal power underground to last planet earth for another 1,000,000 years. Is this true?

GEOTHERMAL POWER. FAQS AND MYTHS

So… if there is all this non-polluting, ecologically friendly, economical energy out there that would put the damage into reverse and save the planet from inevitable and irrevocable destruction, as we are already witnessing today, why are we still burning fossil fuels?

Don’t know, you’d have to ask the rich oil & coal barons about that one.

POLITICS AND OIL: OPEN SECRETS

BP FACES CRIMINAL CHARGES

BP Will Pay $4.5 Billion, Plead Guilty To Criminal Charges For Oil Spill

CHEVRON FORCED TO PAY $9.5b IN ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGES

THE THIRTEEN LARGEST OIL SPILLS IN HISTORY

DEEPWATER BLOW OUT: TWO MEN FACE CHARGES                              Unfortunately, these were not executives

One year on from Hungary’s red mud disaster

SAVING ICELAND Connected to the same disaster above

The Lumpor Sidoarjo Mud Volcano

…is one of the worst disaster known to mankind, and is still ongoing. At its peak Lusi spewed up to 180,000 m³ of mud per day.[3] By mid August 2011, mud was being discharged at a rate of 10,000 m³ per day. This was a significant decline from the previous year, when mud was being discharged at a rate of 100,000 cubic metres per day. It is estimated it will continue gushing toxic mud for another 30 years.

 It is the biggest mud volcano in the world, created by the blowout of a natural gas well drilled by PT Lapindo Brantas, Company officials contend it was caused by a distant earthquake. In August 2012, geologists stated definitively that the Sidoarjo mudflow was caused by drilling operation misconduct, which only used a quarter of the height of drilling wallpipe, strictly in violation of industry standards, and was not caused by a distant earthquake almost 300 km away.

Despite a network of dams and barriers having been erected to contain the flood, as of February 2007 the mud was up to 10 m thick, with an estimated volume of 12 million cubic metres. The enormous quantity of mud has so far buried 4 villages and 25 factories, some of which you can see here, barely protruding above the surface.

SOCIAL IMPACT REPORT ON LUMPUR SIDOARJO

BIG QUESTION: Why aren’t any of these executives facing criminal charges?

THERE IS A WHOLE LIST OF INDUSTRIAL DISASTERS THAT ARE QUICKLY FORGOTTEN; SOME OF THEM ARE ONGOING

While natural disasters can do much damage and devastation, some of the worst environmental disasters in history have been caused by people. Some are accidental. Some are speculated to be the work of government conspiracy. The 33 disasters on this list are ordered chronologically starting with the most recent, though they could be grouped by type. Moreover, the repetition of disaster types supports the argument that humans have failed to really learn from past mistakes. If this argument is correct, we may be adding another disaster to the top of the list fairly soon, but for now, here are our top picks among some of the world’s worst man-made environmental disasters.

  1. The Ones that Made History  (and in many cases are still a cause of pollution)

    1. BP Gulf Oil Spill
    2. Tennessee Coal Ash Spill
    3. Sidoarjo Mud Volcano
    4. Jilin
    5. Al-Mishraq Fire
    6. West Virginia/Kentucky Coal Sludge Spill
    7. Baia Mare Cyanide Spill
    8. Libby, Montana Asbestos Contamination
    9. Gulf War Oil Spill
    10. Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
    11. Chernobyl
    12. Chevron Oil Refinery Spill
    13. Bhopal India Gas Leak
    14. Meltdown at Three Mile Island
    15. Amoco Cadiz
    16. Cactus Dome Marshall Islands
    17. Seveso
    18. Times Beach Missouri Dioxin Contamination
    19. Fire Hole in Turkmenistan
    20. The Palomares Incident
    21. Ecocide in Vietnam
    22. Castle Bravo
    23. London’s “Great Smog” 1952
    24. Love Canal
    25. Minamata Bay toxic poisoning
    26. The Great Dustbowl
    27. Alabama PCB Poisoning
  2. Ongoing Disasters
    1. The Aral Sea
    2. Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone
    3. Great Pacific Garbage Patch
    4. Guiyu China
    5. The Niger Delta
    6. Picher, Oklahoma Lead Contamination

HOW MUCH DOES THE US SPEND ON GREEN ENERGY?                                      Tallying just how much cash went to green projects isn’t easy. The government website that tracks stimulus spending lists 27,226 individual awards under the “Energy/ Environment” section, totaling just shy of $34 billion.

HOW MUCH DOES THE US SPEND ON WAR?                                                          For the 2011 fiscal year, the president’s base budget of the Department of spending on “overseas contingency operations” brings the sum to $664.84 billion. As of June 2011, the total cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is approximately $3.7 trillion so far.

So what can I do about stopping pollution?

SIGN A PETITION TO END FOSSIL FUEL SUBSIDIES

This year our governments will hand nearly hundreds of billions of dollars in government subsidies to the coal, gas, and oil industries — six times as much money as we invest in renewable energy.

Ending these subsidies could actually take a giant step towards solving the climate crisis, save gigatonnes of carbon dioxide emissions and help make clean energy cheaper than fossil fuels.

You can also raise awareness about pollution and the urgent need to stop using fossil fuels by sharing this site, raising your voice and speaking out. Simply by Lifting The Veil you can begin to get an awareness of what is happening on our battered planet and why. By raising awareness we can hopefully get back on the right track before it is too late (never say die) The three biggest threats we need to remove from our fragile planet, in any order, are 1) fossil fuels 2) atomic power, of any kind and for whatever reasons 3) megalomaniacs

There are many ideas HERE you can try out at home to reduce pollution. Every little helps. Or just Google ‘energy saving tips’ for tons of ideas.

Revolutions that Made the Earth: This book places humanity in context as part of the Earth system, using a new scientific synthesis to illustrate our debt to the deep past and our potential for the future.

“The current planet-reshaping activities of our species may be the start of another great Earth system revolution, but there is no guarantee that this one will be successful. The book explains what a successful transition through it might look like, if we are wise enough to steer such a course.”

RECYCLE EVERYTHING: why we must: how we can. “What does that mean?  It means that your laptop, desk, clothing, house—everything you possess or use at home or work, when those things are no longer usable, their materials can go to make new laptops, desks, clothing and houses, again and again.” To do this, we need materials that are engineered to be reused perpetually. Janet Unruh

Amazing Technology that could help to prolong the life of products. Is this the new Teflon?

Solutions for Saving the Planet and Humanity: by Phil for Humanity: includes a free ebook and links to other popular articles.

SHOP ECOLOGICALLY: some great eco consumer products here – I love the ‘GYO mushrooms’ idea. Don’t forget – you can grow your own greens in discarded water bottles.

HELPING HAND

 

 

CANCER: are pesticides slowly killing us?

 

 

IS CANCER AND PESTICIDE RELATED?

Sources included:

The Guardian

The Cancer Research Centre UK  

The CDPR 

THE EPA

THE IARC

THE WHO

Prof Mary H Ward

The Guardian report did not include a study on cancer related to pesticides and herbicides, but has been included here and below.

FAQ SUMMARY

12.6 million are diagnosed annually with cancer around the world.
7.5 million people die from cancer every year.
Cancer was the cause of 14% of total deaths globally in 2008.
27%  of deaths in the UK were from cancer in 2008
204 out of every 100,000 men get cancer 2008
165 per 100,000 women got cancer 2008
More than eight out of 10 cases (86%) are now in the developing world
Pesticide-related illnesses among farm workers in U.S.A. each year: 300,000. U.S. citizens who die annually from cancer directly related to pesticides: 10,400 

U.S. citizens killed each year by rifles is notoriously high, but according to the figures, still less than pesticides.

At least 12.6 million people are diagnosed with cancer around the world every year, and more than 7.5 million die of the disease – a toll that is steadily rising in every country as the population expands and people live longer, according to research by the World Health Organisation

Cancer was the cause of 14% of all deaths around the world in 2008, the year for which there are the most recent comprehensive figures, but the rates varied enormously from one region to another, from 5% in Africa to 21% in the western Pacific. More than a quarter of all deaths in the UK – 27% – were from cancer.

Cancer Research UK (Cruk) and the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) an arm of the World Health Organisation, are releasing their report as the first United Nations summit opens in New York on tackling the killer diseases that every nation is now having to confront: heart and lung diseases, diabetes and cancer.

These so-called “non-communicable diseases”, which have all taken off as sedentary lifestyles, junk food, smoking and drinking have spread around the planet, are already a massive burden on rich countries and are steadily becoming one in poorer countries, too.

ORGANIC CONSUMER ASSOCIATION

TAKING ACTION TO PREVENT EPA APPROVAL OF TOXIC PESTICIDES

Campaigning for Health, Justice and Sustainability

carlitos

To prevent dreadful birth defects like this associated with polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDes)   Photo source: Sarasota/Manatee Farm worker Supporters

“Instead of protecting vulnerable populations, corporate interests have continued to trump public health and common sense in the U.S.  BPA is a chemical known to mimic estrogen and which has been linked to increased risk of cancer, altered brain development, early puberty and other metabolic changes. It really shouldn’t be in our food supply.” Sarah Janssen, a scientist from the Natural Resources Defense Council

“Vegetables and fruits finding their way to Delhi markets are a toxic cocktail capable of causing cancer, heart disease and infertility and posing a risk to nervous system and liver.” Report on pesticides and food in India.

WHAT ABOUT SOME COLD HARD FACTS?

Immunochemical Assays in Pesticide Analysis
For the technically minded

Pesticides are widely used in agriculture and there are concerns that they could increase the risk of cancer. Studies have suggested that pesticides could increase the risk of  leukaemialymphomas, brain cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer

“For now, the evidence is not strong enough to give us any clear answers.”
But given the fact that cancer is on a rampant rise, along with the heavy use of pesticide, herbicides and fertilisers in industrialised farming, doesn’t that make alarm bells ring in your head? Read on.

First hand information: when I worked on a station (ranch) in Australia, one of the tasks was to tend to the ten acre apple orchard. In the shed was a selection of around 10 pesticides in 5 gallon drums. Each drum was clearly marked DO NOT MIX WITH OTHER PESTICIDES as the toxic effect of such a mixture was unknown – and still is.  But what did we do? Yup, you guessed it. Took an empty 5 gallon drum and mixed a little from each drum into it, sloshed it around,, poured it into the pressure sprayer, went off and merrily sprayed the trees. This was over 20 years ago, I was concerned then; on hindsight, I am horrified today. It is probably hasn’t changed. And this folks, is why you should always peel an apple or buy organic or, best bet, grow your own. I don’t know why people stopped the practice of growing fruit trees in their back gardens. Grow fruit trees folks!

Phillip Voice at Landscape Juice says, “when it comes to organic farming you just need to follow your gut.”

If you did a survey of 1 billion people, how many do you think would say that pesticide on your food is actually good for you? Yeah … that’s what I thought.

Problems with the evidence related to cancer and pesticides on crops

The scientific evidence on pesticides and cancer is still uncertain; more research is needed. Studies done share common problems:

  • They usually involve a small number of people. This makes it more likely that their results are down to chance.
  • It is difficult to work out the amounts of pesticides that people were actually exposed to.
  • Most studies estimate exposures based on a person’s job. Others ask people with cancer to remember whether and how they used pesticides in the past.
  • Their answers might not be accurate and may have been influenced by different factors.
  • There is a wide variety of pesticides and it is not clear which, if any, affect the risk of cancer. (or what the toxicity is when different pesticides are mixed)
  • The results from different studies are not consistent.

Chart Pounds of Pesticides Categorized as Carcinogens Reported in California

The graph report above shows the reported pounds of carcinogenic pesticides being applied in California from 91 to 98 – if this doesn’t scare you …

PESTICIDES AND CANCER: by Mary H Ward Ph.D Occupational Epidemiology Branch: National Cancer Institute
10% of community drinking water contained at least one or more pesticides
Tap water in 27 of 29 cities tested had 2 to 9 different pesticides
14 million people regularly drink tap water contaminated with herbicide
Most occupational exposure to pesticide is through the skin and can be high

Costa Rica uses pesticide in a deadly quantity of around 52 kgs per hectare.
It is followed by USA with around 48.6kgs per hectare on an average.

Unconfirmed source taken from a blog.

ARE PESTICIDES RELATED TO CANCER ?  
Proceedings of the International Academy of Ecology and Environmental Sciences, 2011, 1(2):125-144

Varieties and consumption of pesticides worldwide have been increasing dramatically along with increased population and crop production. In this process pesticide misuse becomes more and more serious; this has resulted in heavy environmental pollution and health risk for humans. In order to safeguard human health, threatened species and ecosystems from pesticide pollution, the consumption and pollution of pesticides worldwide …

DO PESTICIDES CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS?

Human reproductive system disturbances and pesticide exposure in Brazil

Moderate to high Pearson’s correlation coefficients ranging from 0.36 to 0.81 were observed among pesticides sales in eleven states in 1985 and further reproductive hazards during the nineties (Table 3). Statistically significant correlations were seen for breast cancer mortality among women 50-69 yr. during 1995-1997 (r = 0.81, 0.41-0.95), women 40-49 yr. (r = 0.66, 0.10-0.90), ovarian cancer mortality (r = 0.71, 0.19-0.92), and a borderline result for sperm evaluation rates (r = 0.60, -00.1-0.88).

The observation of reproductive disturbances in humans and in the wildlife has been reported in the last decade in different countries. Exposure to different chemicals possibly acting in the endocrine system or endocrine disruptors, including pesticides, has been a hypothesis raised to explain the observed changes.”

Pesticide-Induced Diseases: Birth/Fetal Effects USA

In 2005, the births of three babies born in Florida with severe birth defects to mothers who all worked for Ag-Mart Produce, a company that produces chemically-treated tomatoes and other agricultural products, brought the connection between birth defects and pesticide exposure into the public consciousness. Birth defects are structural or functional abnormalities present at birth that cause physical or mental disabilities, ranging from mild to fatal. Researchers have identified thousands of different types of birth defects. Currently, birth defects are the leading cause of death for infants during

FOOD WITH LEAST AND MOST PESTICIDES

BUT IF PESTICIDES CAUSED CANCER THE BIG CORPORATIONS OR THE GOVERNMENT WOULD STOP IT, RIGHT?
Before you answer that you’d better check out this old add for ‘Radiating Healthy Skin.’

HOW DO I DEAL WITH BUGS WITHOUT PESTICIDES?

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SOME MORE NATURAL BUG REMEDIES HERE

THE CODEX ALIMENTARIUS


There’s been a lot of talk just recently about the codex alimentarius. But just exactly what is it?

For: The government says it’s good for you.

Against: Public sector say government control of food is a bad thing.

Codex C A conspiracy debunked

Codex C A exposed

Codex is one forum in which the genetically modified (GM) food battle is being played out, between the United States, Canada and Argentina on the one hand, and Europe on the other.  Europeans have been resolute in their opposition to GM foods, despite a more recent softening of the stance of governments and trade bodies.

THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ORGANIC AND NON ORGANIC CROPS.

“Smith-Spangler and her colleagues found there was no difference in the amount of vitamins in plant or animal products produced organically and conventionally – and the only nutrient difference was slightly more phosphorus in the organic products.”

Given the choice between having a salad that was generously sprayed with pesticide and one that was not, I wonder what choice Ms Smith-Spangler would make?

Worth noting: “Many of the studies didn’t specify the standards for what constituted “organic” food and only 200 studies were done against a population of 300 million.

THE EPA

THE EPA KNEW THAT …

THE EPA KNEW PESTICIDES CAUSE CANCER “…there are strong biological reasons to believe that human exposure to organic arsenicals may lead to a related pattern of cancer as does human exposure to iA’s (inorganic arsenicals)…” EPA


Q: JUST HOW MUCH PESTICIDE DOES THE US USE ANYWAY?

A: 857 MILLION POUNDS ANNUALLY: 684 million pounds in agriculture alone (On a population of 300 million people)

“Pesticide use in agriculture is down slightly, from 948 million pounds in 2000 to 877 million pounds in 2007. But that’s only about 1% per year, and still close to one billion pounds of toxic chemicals intentionally introduced into the environment and our food supply each year.” (knowing that it is carcinogenic and results in bad health)

  • Use of organophosphates continues to decline, and this definitely is a good thing, as these are among the most acutely toxic pesticides still used. But 33 million pounds is still 33 million pounds too many, and despite the decline these neurotoxins are still detected in the bodies of most Americans (see the CDC’s National Report on Human Exposure to Environmental Chemicals) and commonly found on our food.
  • The herbicide glyphosate has more than doubled in use, from 85-90 million pounds in 2001 to 180-185 million pounds in 2007. According to a report from the Organic Center, this increase is likely a reflection of the rising popularity of Monsanto’s RoundUp Ready genetically modified crops. (Glyphosate is the active ingredient of RoundUp.)

THE EPA: “The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in cooperation with states and other agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), is responsible for regulating the production and use of pesticides in the United States.”
READ THE FULL EPA REPORT HERE

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NOTE: there are many photographs on the net portraying infants / children with dreadful deformities purporting to be related to pesticides and cancer. They are far too disturbing to post on this blog.

MONSANTO – FOOD & PESTICIDES

The company manufactured controversial products such as the insecticide DDT, PCBs, Agent Orange, and recombinant bovine somatotropin. Monsanto was among the first to genetically modify a plant cell, along with three academic teams, which was announced in 1983,[6] and was among the first to conduct field trials of genetically modified crops, which it did in 1987. It remained one of the top 10 U.S. chemical companies until it divested most of its chemical businesses between 1997 and 2002, through a process of mergers and spin-offs that focused the company on biotechnology.

LEAKED MONSANTO REPORT: Internal memo study sheet on pesticides. Global: A scientific manuscript reviewing virtually all Monsanto and
publicly-available studies on glyphosate, AMPA, Roundup herbicide and the
polyethoxylated tallowamine surfactant (POEA) was published by leading
mammalian toxicology experts. The paper concludes that, under present and
expected conditions of use, Roundup herbicide does not pose a health risk to
humans.

TOP BREAKFAST CEREALS THAT CONTAIN MONSANTO CORN

SOME CONFIDENTIAL FACTS YOU MIGHT NOT WANT TO KNOW: MONSANTO GMO CORN IS NOW BANNED IN RUSSIA !

Kucinich Calls Out Monsanto: Americans Demand GMO Labeling

“After the first ban in France, there is a now a high possibility that Monsanto will soon be facing a European ban.”

MONSANTO AND GMO’S EXPLAINED
Endless greed, bad technology: Domination of technology over sharing of wisdom  


ARE PESTICIDE KILLING BEES?

“Bees are still dying and EPA is still sitting on its hands. Luckily for those of us who like to eat…”

ALBERT EINSTEIN & BEES 
Albert Einstein once said: “If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than four years to live. No more bees, no more pollination … no more men!”

My thought: we might be able to manufacture cabbages by the ton, but all the spice and variety would go out of food.

THE OFFICIAL VOICE OF THE EPA
“The EPA is responsible for ensuring that the American public is protected from potential health risks posed by eating foods that have been treated with pesticides.”

MEANWHILE … back to the EPA

DO PESTICIDES AFFECT US IN OUR URBAN  COMMUNITIES? HEALTH EFFECTS DIVISION: OFFICE OF PESTICIDE PROGRAMS:
US ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ASSOCIATION (EPA)  (leaked document)

“There are residential exposures to homeowners and children (e.g. toddlers) from the use of cacodylic acids (pesticides) on ornamentals, during lawn renovation and weed control, and around buildings and walkways.”

“Long term oral exposure to iAs (inorganic arsenics) has been reported to be associated with several cancers (e.g., skin, lungs, bladder)” EPA

MOVING ON TO GMO’s (a new GMO post has been created)

Read continuation of previous report not covering pesticides…

Or scroll down to But what can I do?

Cruk has high hopes of the summit, which is intended to focus the attention of government leaders on ways of preventing as well as treating the new scourge. “While it is clear that tackling cancer worldwide will remain one of the major challenges in the 21st century, this high-level meeting will finally put cancer on the global agenda, providing the biggest and best opportunity to drive forward major changes in this area,” says its report.

Worldwide, men are more likely to get cancer than women – 204 out of every 100,000 men and 165 per 100,000 women got cancer in 2008, according to age-standardised data. The incidence rate is rising fast in the developing world but is still markedly lower in Africa, where 88 per 100,000 people got cancer, than in North America and western Europe, where 334 and 335 people respectively per 100,000 were diagnosed.

Data is not well collected or kept in most developing countries, but the younger age of the population and different diets and lifestyles play a big part. The highest incidence among men in the world was in France and Australia, which had 361 cases per 100,000. Among women, it was Denmark, with 325 per 100,000. The UK rate was 33rd highest among men and 12th for women.

Four common cancers are responsible for 45% of the death toll, says the report – lung cancer, which is the biggest killer among men, liver, stomach and colorectum. In the UK, the biggest killers are lung, colorectum, breast and prostate.

For several decades, lung cancer has been the most common cancer in the world. In 2008, there were 1.6m diagnoses and the largest proportion – 55% – is now in the developing world, where public smoking bans and advertising restrictions generally do not apply.

The declaration to be signed at the end of the UN meeting will call on governments to take action against tobacco marketing. About a quarter of all adults in the world – more than 1 billion people – are thought to smoke. In Europe, male smoking has peaked, but the habit is still on the increase among young women and girls. The UK has the seventh highest lung cancer rate in women among 184 countries with reliable statistics in the world.

Breast cancer is by far the most common cancer among women, with 1.38mdiagnoses in 2008, which is a quarter of the total for women. It affects a larger proportion of women in wealthy countries, although the developing countries have high numbers and it is a growing problem there.

Reproductive behaviour – having fewer children and postponing childbearing, and breastfeeding less – as well as weight, lack of exercise and drinking are all thought to be factors in the rise in cases. Breast cancer is the most common cause of death among women worldwide.

Cervical cancer hits developing countries hardest as screening, vaccination and treatment bring the numbers down in the richer world. More than eight out of 10 cases (86%) are now in the developing world, and 88% of the 275,000 deaths. The UK death rate is low, ranked 157th out of 184 countries on mortality rates.

But what can I do? Nothing I can do, right?

Wrong.

It only takes one 4×4 square foot garden box to supply one adult one full, healthy salad meal per day. A family of four? 2 meals per day? You do the math.

We as individuals can make a difference. It’s just a state of mind. Most houses in the UK have gardens. Those gardens are usually a total waste of space, energy and resources. They could be used to grow your own healthy crops. EVERY family discards brown and green carbons EVERY DAY! (sorry – was I shouting? ) these discarded brown and green carbons make fantastic humus. You grow crops in humus. No digging. No weeding. No hard work. You start a never ending cycle. Imagine.

Imagine what would happen if a thousand, ten thousand, a million people started to blow the pesticide driven farming industry out the window. Imagine the financial impact. The pesticide and farming industry would sit up and take notice. Radical? Revolutionary? Not really. My father and his father before him used to grow their own vegetables. The difference between now and then? It’s much easier now with modern (refound) techniques than it was back in the old sod-turning, back breaking days.

So what are you waiting for? Get to it!

What am I doing? I’m working on it, really.

NO DIG FARMING ORGANIC

In addition, farmers need to be re-educated in farming practices. By current methods the soil is destroyed by constant tilling and tiny microbes that live in the soil don’t get a chance to survive and help the crop. And of course, pesticides …etc …

What are the alternatives?

There is a practice called the No Dig  Method

Basic of no dig method: Lay a ‘ground-sheet’ of cardboard
Add generous layer of mulch and allow to rot down
Plant seed and grow organic crops
Planting companion plants eradicates the need for pesticides
no tilling – no weeding – 70% less water – keep adding mulch for healthy crops

CHECK OUT THE NO DIG METHOD WITH TREE HUGGER

In a recent mail to me Richard wrote:

“This topic came up at the Real Farming Conference in Oxford yesterday. All topics lead to the inevitable question, especially the last session held in Merton College, Oxford University, on How can We Rebuild our Soils.
The conclusion  was that we need to add organic matter in the right condition to do this. This is why the  Howard-Higgins compost system has been developed.”
Richard
Co chair WG05, sanitation to agriculture http://sustainableagriculturelondon.ning.com/

should we eat organic food or pesticide?

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