The Department of Commerce and a little known sub-agency called the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) are pursuing a radical plan to develop fish feedlots 2 to 200 miles off our ocean coasts. This alarming plan would effectively privatize parts of the ocean for large corporations.
EXCERPT ON GENETIC ENGINEERING FROM THE 1996 LADY EVE BALFOUR MEMORIAL LECTURE DELIVERED BY HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES AT THE BANQUETING HALL.
LONDON 19 SEPTEMBER 1996
The Bush administration's US$2.77 trillion fiscal year 2007 federal budget proposes cuts in environmental protections and social programs, while lowering taxes on the wealthy. (1) Instead it includes increased funding for nuclear energy initiatives.
Rams Horn Magazine Editors note: The Kyoto Protocol on climate change seemed like a fine idea when the Convention on Climate Change was formulated in 1992. The Protocol, providing the specific recommendations for limiting climate change, had enough signatures to become formalized in 1994. It required ratification, however, by a specific number of high-polluting countries and this was not achieved until Russia ratified the Protocol this month (5 November, 2004.) Canada and the USA have not ratified the treaty .
Cotton, which is native to Southern Africa and South America, is grown on over 90 million acres in more than 80 countries worldwide. The millions of tons of cotton produced each year account for 50% of the world’s fiber needs (wool, silk and flax together account for 10%) and is widely used as livestock feed and in food products such as salad dressing and crackers. The United States is the second largest cotton producer in the world after China. In 1997, approximately 19 million bales (enough to make 9 billion T-shirts) were grown in 18 states.
As we watch the ocean and the blue sky, planning for the future, full of faith that it will be there for us, we have to be a little wary today. “Before the specialization of the disciplines that accompanied the Industrial Revolution, one of the dominant strains of Western culture was a concern for the limits of responsible action. And these limits were defined primarily by the human place, below the angels and above the animals, in the hierarchy of created things. To act in violation of these limits is to invite consequences that cannot be controlled, and may not be survived.’ – Wendell Berry
Nearly one million dead so far from Chernobyl nuclear accident April 26,1986. Covered by a sarcophagus that is now leaking. And then March 11, 2011 comes Fukushima disaster, which will prove many many times worse than Chernobyl... but the story of that April morning in the Ukraine as they were testing the reactor...