1 Foreword This piece is about human beings, their food, and their farming, and all the rest of nature....and how they should all jog along together, or not as the case may be. It is NOT a catalogue of doom and gloom, and although some parts of this may seem that way, they are just snapshots, not the whole story. We can all help write a happy ending to this
Woke up this morning to this, which is hardly news, but it gave me the kick I needed to follow through with a piece of my own about Climate change denial. https://www.greenpeace.org/usa/global-warming/climate-deniers/koch-industries/ Koch Industries: Secretly Funding the Climate Denial Machine It also coincided with a First dog on The Moon piece published in the Guardian this week regarding a group of Australian youngsters and a Nun in Holy Orders
1: Ringing the alarm The environment. Hm. Let’s not get alarmist. 2: Soil So… humanity’s likely to run out of soil within 40 to 60 years1. Well, that could get pretty grim, I imagine. Starving children. Desperate families. Mass migrations. Not a pretty picture. Have you seen the film The Road2? 3: Water Water is also an issue. Changing weather patterns – driven by global warming – will
Recent reports show 85% of Food grown in the US contains some form of Pesticide or Herbicide A spokesperson for the US Department of Agriculture stated, “Good news, we planned to have 90% spray coverage this year (100% by 2020) and a 85% is a really good figure. The incredible diversity of pesticides, fungicides and herbicides found now in our food is proof positive that the system is working". "For
The world's biggest nickel producer, Norilsk Nickel, has finally admitted (after flatly denying), a spillage at one of its plants was responsible for the river Daldykan in the Russian Arctic turning blood-red. Heavy rains caused a "filtration dam" at its Nadezhda plant to overflow. It says there is no danger to people or wildlife to which we reply, well you drink it then.
Let us put a face to a name here, it’s yet another “unacceptable face of capitalism” ….and yet another bloody billionaire….80 years old too. Meet Pierre Papillaud. He is listed as a Businessman and his speciality is buying up water supplies. He really makes his money out of selling plastic bottles, which incidentally happen to be filled with water, but as soon as they are empty they get to be